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Movie: All the President's Men

The movie begins and ends with images of print on paper. Typewriter keys slam a date onto a blank page: June 1, 1972. President Nixon, in the midst of his re-election campaign and returning from a trip to Moscow, arrives at the Capitol Building to address Congress and the nation. Soon after, in the pre-dawn hours of a Saturday morning, security guard Frank Wills (portraying himself in the film) summons police to the Watergate Complex after discovering evidence of intruders in an office building. In the 6th floor headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, plainclothes officers responding to the call apprehend five well-dressed men in the midst of an attempted burglary. Later that morning 29-year-old reporter Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), hired just months ago at the Washington Post and the lowest-paid member of its staff, is called in to cover the suspects’ arraignment. The case seems of little importance, yet puzzling details soon emerge that arouse Woodward’s suspicions. Another eager young Post reporter, Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), is assigned to join Woodward in following-up on the story. Through diligence, persistence, prodding from editors, and crucial assistance from a shadowy source, the duo uncover some startling connections. [more inside]
posted by theory on Aug 19, 2019 - 14 comments

Years and Years: Episode 3  Season 1, Ep 3

It’s 2026 and a General Election is looming. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 30, 2019 - 6 comments

Years and Years: Episode 2  Season 1, Ep 2

The world is still reeling from the events of Hong Sha. Daniel tries to build a new life with Viktor. Edith returns home for good. Rosie, attends Viv Rook's political rally and is amazed by her power and passion. Celeste loses her job, but that's just the start of her problems: when she and Stephen are woken at 4am by a series of urgent texts, they realise their entire life is about to come crashing down.
posted by Faintdreams on May 22, 2019 - 6 comments

Movie: Knock Down the House

Four women channel personal hardships and national angst into progressive, grassroots Congressional campaigns: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Amy Vilela (Nevada), Cori Bush (Missouri) and Paula Jean Swearengin (West Virginia). The trailer.
posted by growabrain on May 3, 2019 - 7 comments

The Twilight Zone: The Wunderkind  Season 1, Ep 5

A down-on-his-luck campaign manager is determined to get a kid elected as the President of the United States. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 26, 2019 - 4 comments

The Orville: Sanctuary  Season 2, Ep 12

The crew discovers that visiting Moclans aboard The Orville are harboring a secret. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 12, 2019 - 33 comments

Movie: Primary Colors

Based on the initially anonymous blockbuster 1996 account of Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, the film version continues the novel's weak à clef distance, casting a thinly disguised John Travolta as Bill and Emma Thompson as Hillary as they navigate the ethically trying road to the White House. [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Feb 10, 2019 - 5 comments

Podcast: Making Obama: All Episodes

Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. A six-part podcast from WBEZ. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Dec 27, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Vice

Vice explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Dec 27, 2018 - 10 comments

House of Cards: Season 6  Season 6, Ep 0

Robin Wright stars as a US president dealing with the previous President's legacy, Russia, the press, the powerful Shepherd siblings (played by Greg Kinnear and Diane Lane), a fatal chemical plant accident, and more. This is the final season of the US House of Cards. [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Nov 6, 2018 - 10 comments

Bodyguard: Episode 6  Season 1, Ep 6

With no-one left who believes him, Specialist Protection Officer David Budd's enquiries put him in mortal danger.< [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 3, 2018 - 18 comments

Bodyguard: Episode 5  Season 1, Ep 5

Displaying increasingly irrational behaviour but determined to prove his innocence, PS David Budd is desperate to get to the bottom of the conspiracy. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 3, 2018 - 2 comments

Bodyguard: Episode 4  Season 1, Ep 4

Struggling to come to terms with the traumatic events of the last 24 hours, the home secretary's bodyguard David Budd himself falls under suspicion. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 3, 2018 - 2 comments

Bodyguard: Episode 3  Season 1, Ep 3

As the terrorist threat increases, PS David Budd strives to prevent the home secretary Julia Montague from falling victim to an assassination plot. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 3, 2018 - 1 comment

Bodyguard: Episode 2  Season 1, Ep 2

Home secretary Julia Montague's controversial policies make her a terrorist target and test the loyalty of specialist protection officer David Budd. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 3, 2018 - 1 comment

Bodyguard: Episode 1  Season 1, Ep 1

A troubled war veteran, PS David Budd, is assigned to protect a controversial politician who may be the target of a terror plot. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 3, 2018 - 3 comments

Book: Fear

Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 13, 2018 - 15 comments

Who Is America?: Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

Is it funny, rude, productive, deceitful, illuminating, mean, subversive, constructive, or a great example of how we got where we are today pretending to be a solution to where we are today? Sacha Baron Cohen's latest "entertainment" involves four characters (disguises) who question political figures, celebrities, and ordinary citizens about the current state of American politics. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk on Jul 19, 2018 - 7 comments

Podcast: NPR: Planet Money Podcast: #845: REDMAP

Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jun 15, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: The Manchurian Candidate

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 12, 2018 - 14 comments

Movie: Reds

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 22, 2018 - 4 comments

Riverdale: Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens  Season 2, Ep 17

As the town (and school) politics heat up, Hiram's mobster associates come to stir up some trouble; things take a dangerous turn when an unexpected guest shows up at the Cooper residence; there's a good old-fashioned conversion asylum break-out! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 31, 2018 - 0 comments

Riverdale: Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors  Season 2, Ep 16

Jughead takes drastic measures to voice his opposition to Hiram's plans for Riverdale; Andy Cohen, Hermoine's friend, visits to lend a hand; Veronica decides to run for student council president; Cheryl worries that she is being targeted; and Mary Andrews (Molly Ringwald) is back, to help her ex, Fred, with legal troubles. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 24, 2018 - 1 comment

Movie: Syriana

A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 19, 2018 - 2 comments

Riverdale: Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood  Season 2, Ep 15

Fred considers running for Mayor, and Archie picks sides; Betty becomes increasingly suspicious of Chic; Jughead makes a major discovery in his quest to take down Hiram, while there are more Blossom bombshells dropped. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 17, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 7, 2018 - 7 comments

Podcast: Pod Save America: “Have fun at Davos!”

The Shithole Shutdown ends as McConnell promises a vote on a bill to protect the DREAMers, and Democrats vote for another short-term funding bill. Then medical student and immigration activist New Latthivongskorn joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss the challenges he's faced as an undocumented American. Previously... [more inside]
posted by asteria on Jan 22, 2018 - 2 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Kill All Others (K.A.O.)  Season 1, Ep 7

During a televised interview with The Candidate (Vera Farmiga), she makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. No one seems to pay much heed, except a plant worker, Philbert Noyce (Mel Rodriguez), whose responses draw attention to him. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 22, 2018 - 10 comments

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: Safe and Sound  Season 1, Ep 9

A small-town girl (Annalise Basso), already gripped with social anxiety, moves to a big city with her mother (Maura Tierney). For the first time she is exposed to urban society's emphasis on security and terrorist prevention. Her school days are soon consumed by fear and paranoia, but she finds guidance and companionship in the most unexpected of places. [Channel 4 summary] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 22, 2018 - 6 comments

Podcast: Pod Save America: “Have some crullers, bureaucrats.”

Republicans don't yet have the votes to jam through their Donor Relief Act, Trump goes all-in for Moore, Conyers steps down from Judiciary, Tillerson guts State, and Mulvaney appoints himself consumer watchdog. Then Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Cass Sunstein joins to talk about his new book, Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide. Elsewhere... [more inside]
posted by asteria on Nov 27, 2017 - 2 comments

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 - 8 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 - 16 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 - 3 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 - 13 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 - 4 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 - 6 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 - 10 comments

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