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Democracy in Crisis: ‘Bloodsport’ and our president’s dickpunching politics

It makes cosmic sense that “Bloodsport” — which was released 30 years ago on Feb. 26 — would be Trump’s favorite movie. It says something about political discourse too: The turning point involves its hero, Frank Dux (Van Damme), proudly punching someone squarely in the dick. […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Reporter Alec MacGillis on Jared Kushner, Ben Carson and Mitch McConnell

This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis about Jared Kushner’s rental properties, Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the machinations of Mitch McConnell, whom MacGillis wrote about in his book ‘The Cynic.’ […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Dale Beran on 4chan, the alt-right and the rise of Donald Trump

This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with Dale Beran about 4chan, the alt-right and the rise of Donald Trump. Earlier this year, Beran wrote an article about the growth of 4chan from a message board used by (mostly) young men talking about things like comics and video games to a site associated with far right movements. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Fearing deportation, Haitians flee the U.S. for Canada

Francois LeFranc, 45, lingers over breakfast in the dining room of the NAV Centre, an Ontario hotel and conference center on the banks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, he displays only one sign that he had been detained by the Canadian immigration authorities five days earlier: a plastic, hospital-style turquoise bracelet he wears with his I.D. number on it. […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: D. Watkins on white supremacy, policing and the Trump administration

This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with author D. Watkins about white supremacy, policing and the Trump administration. D. is the author of ‘The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America’ and ‘The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir’ and is editor at large for Salon. […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Wil Hylton on Breitbart and Bannon

This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with Wil Hylton, whose New York Times Magazine story “Down the Breitbart Hole” gives readers an up-close view of the inner workings of the media platform. But just two days after the story came out, Steve Bannon was booted from the White House and returned to the website, potentially shifting the trajectory of the website. And then Bannon called Wil … […]

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Democracy in Crisis: I took my Trump-loving father to Mar-A-Lago

A couple of weeks ago, my dad and I stood on a Palm Beach sandbar staring at President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago golf club and resort. Even though my dad and I were standing on the same sandbar, looking through the same zoomed phone screen, squinting in the same midday sun and turned away by the same security guard, we saw totally different things. […]

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