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Podcast: Pod Save America: “Watch out for falling Keurigs.”

Republicans are divided over whether to support an alleged child molester for the U.S. Senate, Trump gets cranky at the end of his foreign trip, and Congress plows ahead on their plan to cut taxes for the rich and raise them for the middle class. Then Dan Rather joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about Trump and the media, and DeRay calls in to discuss Republican judicial appointments. Elsewhere in the Crooked Media universe... [more inside]
posted by asteria on Nov 15, 2017 - 6 comments

The Mayor: City Hall-oween  Season 1, Ep 4

As Halloween approaches, Mayor Courtney Rose and Police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) find themselves at odds on how to handle the night. At a press conference, Mayor Rose announces the community's first annual spook-tacular celebration at City Hall, surprising Chief Fox and his own team. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 26, 2017 - 2 comments

Mr. Robot: Eps3.2legacy.so  Season 3, Ep 3

Official synopsis: "The former interim CTO of E Corp returns." My summary: it's an in-fill eposide, focused on Tyrell Wellick and what he saw and experienced following the 5/9 hack until almost the present, with a cameo from Wallace Shawn, and a brief return for Joey Bada$$. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 26, 2017 - 14 comments

The Mayor: Buyer's Remorse  Season 1, Ep 3

When Courtney faces a dismal approval rating, he realizes that he needs to take an unconventional approach and comes up with a plan to turn public opinion in his favor. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 18, 2017 - 1 comment

Mr. Robot: Eps3.0power-saver-mode.h  Season 3, Ep 1

Elliot realizes his mission, and needs help from Angela; Darlene worries about them coming out clean. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 12, 2017 - 9 comments

The Mayor: The Filibuster  Season 1, Ep 2

Courtney makes another bold promise and has to find out how to back it up, with support from Valentina. Meanwhile, Jermaine proudly embraces his new role as communications director, as T.K. struggles to find meaning as director of Constituent Services. Good thing Dina can use some help delivering phone books. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 11, 2017 - 4 comments

House of Cards: Season 5  Season 5, Ep 0

At least one election, a fair amount of death and subterfuge, some new fourth wall breaking, the introduction of Mark Usher, Sean Jeffries, and Jane Davis, a Bohemian Grove-esque retreat, Congressional investigations, surveillance, and a recreation of the Situation Room photo. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Aug 17, 2017 - 2 comments

Movie: Get Me Roger Stone

A documentary that loosely follows avowed dirty trickster Roger Stone through the 2016 campaign while reviewing the broad outlines of his career - from outsider, to Reagan campaign insider, to consultant, to outsider and insider and outsider (and insider?) again, all loosely framed around his (claimed) desire to someday run Donald Trump as a candidate for President. Featuring interviews with Stone, Paul Manafort, Tucker Carlson, Trump, and many others.
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 7, 2017 - 2 comments

The Magicians: The Rattening  Show Only   Season 2, Ep 11

Quentin accompanies Julia to the underworld on a journey to help her recover her shade. Penny tries to use his Neitherlands Library position to gain access to a mysterious room that houses literature about god killing, for Kady. Eliot and Margo discover that a strange spell has been cast over Fillory. Senator Gaines begins to understand his powers. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 7, 2017 - 12 comments

The Magicians: The Rattening  Books Included   Season 2, Ep 11

Quentin accompanies Julia to the underworld on a journey to help her recover her shade. Penny tries to use his Neitherlands Library position to gain access to a mysterious room that houses literature about god killing, for Kady. Eliot and Margo discover that a strange spell has been cast over Fillory. Senator Gaines begins to understand his powers. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 7, 2017 - 3 comments

Elementary: The Ballad of Lady Frances  Season 5, Ep 17

The police call in Holmes and Watson to consult on a homicide "heard" by a cutting edge gunshot detection system when they can't find any tangible evidence that a crime was committed. [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Mar 22, 2017 - 5 comments

Book: Hope in the Dark

Our new Hope in the Darkness nonfiction club kicks off with a discussion of Rebecca Solnit's 2004 book designed to give liberals fearful of an increasingly dark political climate hope and strength to fight back. "No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that's marked this new millennium." —Bill McKibben
posted by sciatrix on Feb 9, 2017 - 3 comments

Interest in a nonfiction #resistance club?

I am toying with this idea, in part because of chainsofreedom's new fictional "in these trying times" club and Miko's excellent recent ask. Except these days, most of what I read is nonfiction. Anyone up for a nonfiction #resisting club tackling useful works to know about? I'm thinking a mix of history, maybe some political thought, maybe some sociology kinds of things. Suggestions inside the cut. [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Feb 7, 2017 - 15 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: KITTEN WITH A WHIP  Season 6, Ep 15

"She's all out for kicks... and every inch of her spells EXCITEMENT!" A fairly stupid, but not unkind, Senate candidate gets accidentally mixed up with a girl and her thug friends. Most viewers seem to agree this is not a terrific episode, but some humor may be wrung out of the political angle. The movie itself may be one of the better ones to get sent to the S.O.L.: it's rated Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes! It's based on a novel by the same name. YouTube (Official, with annotations!) (1h32m) Premiered November 23, 1994 (Turkey Day). [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 2, 2017 - 5 comments

Politics Inside Out + Side of Beans?

I've recently been listening to the podcast Politics Inside Out by marketplace. I have been really enjoying the topics brought up for discussion, but the show is super short and often makes me want some follow up thinking and hashing of things. [more inside]
posted by Feantari on Dec 14, 2016 - 0 comments

Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't)  Season 1, Ep 5

When the Center for Disease Control has its funding temporarily cut, Luke attempts to reach a compromise to have the money reinstated, but Red's political machinations undermine him at every turn. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Jul 25, 2016 - 4 comments

Interest / Appropriateness of a few political podcasts...

Would there be interest in adding discussions for a few political podcasts? With the size of the election threads on the blue quickly reaching into the thousands of comments, I thought maybe this might be a good way to have a more focused conversation. [more inside]
posted by the_querulous_night on Jul 22, 2016 - 5 comments

BrainDead: Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and...  Season 1, Ep 4

Laurel and Rochelle try to persuade Laurel's friend Abby to get an MRI so they can uncover the real cause of the strange behavior taking over Washington, D.C. Also, Luke attempts to reopen the government through a secret deal with the Republicans.
posted by phearlez on Jul 18, 2016 - 3 comments

BrainDead: Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy  Season 1, Ep 3

Agent Onofrio's investigation of a deadly incident on live TV causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to delve deeper into the bug mystery. Luke tries to hide his affair with Scarlett. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Jun 28, 2016 - 7 comments

Movie: Dick

The Internet Movie Database has the movie described as follows: "Story of two girls who wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon." Ah, but it's so much more. [more inside]
posted by raysmj on Apr 20, 2016 - 9 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #58 Earth Pony

This week we learn the truth behind Carl Diggler, the internet's most successful election forecaster. And a special Yes Yes No featuring comedian/actor/podcaster Jason Mantzoukas.
posted by lunch on Mar 17, 2016 - 8 comments

Podcast: Slate's Political Gabfest: The "Hate and Castrate" Edition

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the unfolding anti-Trump effort, Hillary Clinton's general election potential and the Supreme Court's recent debate about abortion access in West Texas. [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Mar 4, 2016 - 3 comments

Arrow: Taken  Season 4, Ep 15

Oliver realizes he needs help battling Darhk so he calls in an old friend – Vixen. Using her magical ability to summon animal powers, Vixen gets a lock on Darhk's location and the team goes to war. Meanwhile, Thea has a heart-to-heart talk with Malcolm. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Feb 29, 2016 - 10 comments

Podcast: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: Episode 178: Whoops! Democracy!

There’s a rat looking at us and a hawk flying overhead as Ask Ken and Robin fields a Michael Shreeves question on making familiars narratively satisfying. Our lead time prevents the Politics Hut from engaging in prognostication, so instead we step back to look at ways of understanding this most chaotic and suspenseful of US primary seasons. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Feb 19, 2016 - 4 comments

Podcast: Reply All: #47 Quit Already!

Everybody has that one Facebook friend who just won't stop posting their political opinions. This week, we talk to one of those Facebook friends, someone whose opinions got her into an enormous mess. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Dec 3, 2015 - 5 comments

South Park: Where My Country Gone?  Season 19, Ep 2

Mr. Garrison, a straight-talking American who just wants to make his country great again, wants to build a wall. But damned if the Canadians don't build one first, designed to keep us out.
posted by jbickers on Oct 1, 2015 - 3 comments

Steven Universe: Political Power  Season 1, Ep 47

Steven goes on a ride-along with Mayor Dewey to reassure Beach City after the Crystal Gems cause a blackout.
posted by Small Dollar on Mar 11, 2015 - 13 comments

Vikings: The Wanderer  Season 3, Ep 2

The farmers settle in at Wessex, politics complicate the situation in Hedeby, and dreams trouble the women left behind in Kategat. [more inside]
posted by suelac on Feb 28, 2015 - 4 comments

Movie: Selma

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 9, 2015 - 17 comments

Movie: Election

THE SPIRIT OF 99 - a high school student rigs an election, and all hell breaks loose [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 3, 2014 - 31 comments

The Wire: Port in a Storm  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 12

After a setback, the Detail scrambles to make the most of a bad situation. For once, interdepartmental communication (or lack thereof) helps the case instead of hindering it. For once, good policing is rewarded with rock solid evidence and suspects in custody. For once, all the police seem to get what they want—closed cases, busted unions, scrambling crime lords. But for all that finally went right for the Detail, the world continues to turn, criminals adapt, and the scope of what they're fighting to bring to justice just keeps scaling up.
posted by carsonb on Sep 21, 2014 - 6 comments

The Wire: Bad Dreams  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 11

As much as they'd like to continue investigating the sprawling criminal activities of the (still largely unknown) Greek, The Detail's hand is forced and with the help of the FBI they break down all the doors they know, gathering evidence and suspects. Valchek finally gets to participate in a very special perp walk. Sobotka eventually visits Ziggy, after a stop at the union hall and a quick trip downtown. Lieutenant Daniels and Omar Little dash off to deliver very personal messages to Landsman and Mouzone, respectively. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 14, 2014 - 8 comments

The Wire: Storm Warnings  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 10

Ziggy continues to wreak havoc but this time his unchecked impulsiveness takes him over the line and into a lot of trouble. Trouble that spreads and pools and spatters on everyone. – Valchek is pissed and brings in the Feds to assist the Detail. The Feds assist the Detail, and Valchek is pissed. – Just as Stringer's off-brand plan goes into effect, Brother Mouzone arrives to enforce the status quo and so Bodie and crew begin to understand the nature of the new arrangements. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 11, 2014 - 3 comments

The Wire: Stray Rounds  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 9

Bodie's plan to increase sales backfires tragically. So String's gotta make some tough decisions, change tactics, take account for the inevitable crackdown. With Sobotka and The Greek spooked and ready to turn tail the Detail has to adapt as well. Their investigation feels on target despite a minor tantrum from Valcheck, and when the prostitution investigation goes international inside Freamon's assessment of McNulty's bad accent is spot on. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 comments

The Wire: Duck and Cover  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 8

Jimmy McNulty, Captain Chesapeake, has stopped bailing and started drinking again and so finds himself sinking quickly to the bottom. He's desperate to get on the detail where they've got every swinging dick setting up The Wire on Sobotka and The Greek, so Daniels puts what little flex he has on Rawls. Turns out McNulty's just the john they were looking for. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 23, 2014 - 7 comments

The Wire: Backwash  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 7

Through the turmoil of low-end product and family troubles, the Barksdale Organization moves on though in different directions. East-side Joe makes Stringer a Proposition that's hard to refuse, but Avon is adamant. Lester and Bunk put Daniels in a tough spot, setting up their surveillance at the off-site office and pleading to join up their murder investigations with the case against Sobotka. Together with Greggs, Russell, and Prez they delve deeper into the smuggling process, getting a handle on how the operation works. The detail also continues to investigate the prostitution racket and make connections between the drugs and the docks. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 20, 2014 - 7 comments

The Wire: All Prologue  Season 2, Ep 6

Perhaps there's no better description for Omar Little than "a rare pleasure," though anyone on the wrong end of his double-barrel sawed-off court testimony might disagree. Having wrapped up the last Bird of business from before, McNulty drops the search for Jane Doe's real name, retires to the boat, and makes another go of his marriage. "I'm done fucking myself up," he declares, and downs a beer. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 18, 2014 - 7 comments

The Wire: Undertow  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 5

Detail work starts in earnest on Sobotka, and Freamon looks to make a connection between Valchek's 'too much money' accusation and his own 14 murder investigations. Dockworkers who worked on that ship get summoned to testify in front of a grand jury. Ziggy continues to spend his easy money recklessly, and Nick is forced to help him deal with the consequences. Omar Little finally comes in to testify against Bird. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 17, 2014 - 7 comments

The Wire: Hard Cases  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 4

The full extent of Avon's hot shots plan is realized as the authorities look to shave years in exchange for easy answers. D'Angelo hears his cousin's music but refuses to dance. Burrell puts the hard sell on Daniels and keeps him around with the promise of a promotion, a permanent Detail AND the good police he needs to run it. McNulty continues to try to put a name on his 'floater,' and enlists Bubs in the search for Omar. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 17, 2014 - 2 comments

The Wire: Hot Shots  Season 2, Ep 3

D'Angelo's discovered heroin in the clink, and Avon sets a plan into motion that he hopes will discourage his cousin's habit as well as push back some against Proposition Joe's expanding territory. Zero progress is the report Prez gives his father-in-law Valchek when asked about how the new detail's case against Sobotka is coming along, and to boot the Southeastern's surveillance van goes on an unauthorized global tour courtesy of IBS chapters around the world. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 16, 2014 - 3 comments

The Wire: Collateral Damage  Rewatch   Season 2, Ep 2

The shipping container full of dead women is shrugged off as accidental and everyone still breathing scrambles to cover their own ass and minimize the, well, collateral damage. Everyone except McNulty of course, who pokes his nose into Beadie's "investigation" and sniffs out 13—make that 14 murders. Daniels puts in notice and looks to pursue a career in lawyering. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 15, 2014 - 5 comments

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