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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: House Intelligence Committee hearings on Russia — where does this all lead?

In this week’s episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk about the House Intelligence Committee hearings on possible Russian involvement in the U.S. election and ask — where does this all lead? Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery for The […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Sativa and Sessions are a bad combo

Washington these days has the paranoid atmosphere of a John Le Carré novel, with whispers of shady Russian connections lingering in the air like stale cigarette smoke and old tweets. Existential dread is the dominant mood — not only the dread of nuclear annihilation, but also of continuing to exist under a regime so topsy-turvy it makes imagining what will happen tomorrow impossible. Everyone is overwhelmed, simultaneously addicted to the constant upswell of scandal and false hope of normalcy. We’ve all become spies. […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Private prisons in the Trump era

Private prisons in the Trump era and getting (legally) stoned to cover the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), those are the topics on deck for the latest Democracy in Crisis podcast. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo supporting the federal government’s continuing use of private prisons, rescinding an Obama administration directive […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Flynn’s transformation from ‘Water Brother’ to hardliner

Unlike Milo Yiannopoulos, who lost everything at once, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn wasn’t entirely ruined when he resigned as national security advisor on Feb. 13.

“For your information, we are not throwing Mike Flynn off the Water Brothers surf and skate team.”

That’s Sid Abruzzi, owner of the Water Brothers surf and skate shop in Newport, Rhode Island, and a grizzled old head on the scene. I called him when a line in “General Chaos,” Nicholas Schmidle’s recent New Yorker’s profile of Flynn slammed into me like Chris Miller hanging up at Del Mar in 1985. […]

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Democracy in Crisis Podcast: Immigration Crackdown

In this edition of the Democracy in Crisis Podcast, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with reporter Aura Bogado about a powerful profile she wrote in Teen Vogue about 14-year-old Jackie Rayos-Garcia whose mother Guadalupe García de Rayos was detained while talking to immigration officials and deported — perhaps the first deportation under the […]

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