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Borgen: A Near-Arctic State  Season 4, Ep 5

The Chinese delegation is making plans for oil extraction directly with the Greenlanders. Birgitte Nyborg's change of attitude has left her without many political friends, and she is now also called to a meeting with the US Secretary of State, who demands that Nyborg intervene against China's actions in Greenland. Rumors about Katrine Fønsmark's leadership style are starting to swirl in the media, and she makes a drastic decision to stop it. [IMDB] [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jun 24, 2022 - 0 comments

Borgen: The Minister Doesn’t Wish to Comment  Season 4, Ep 4

In the negotiations with Greenland regarding the distribution of oil revenues, Asger Holm Kirkegaard must play Birgitte Nyborg on the field, but the meeting far from goes as planned. Fønsmark has found decisive evidence that Nyborg lied to the Foreign Policy Committee, and is trying with all her might to hold Nyborg responsible for her breach of the Ministerial Accountability Act. In her eagerness to achieve her journalistic goal, Fønsmark creates conflicts internally on TV1. [IMDB] [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jun 24, 2022 - 0 comments

Borgen: Inuit Nunaat: Land of the People  Season 4, Ep 3

After her statements in the Foreign Policy Committee, Birgitte Nyborg is threatened by a vote of no confidence, and when one of the Greenlandic members of parliament goes against her, the government's majority begins to crumble. Nyborg now has two options: Either she must resign and stand by her ideals. Or she and the government must change policies and suddenly advocate for the exploitation of oil. Moreover, she discovers that her son Magnus has suddenly become an additional political burden for her. [IMDB] [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jun 24, 2022 - 0 comments

Borgen: Pest eller kolera  Season 4, Ep 2

Birgitte Nyborg receives crucial information about the Russian owners of the company which drills for oil in Greenland. Asger Holm Kirkegaard, who is now on Greenlandic soil, tries to help his minister at the same time as he tries to keep Hans Eliassen in check. Nyborg is called in front of the Foreign Policy Committee, and to help a close ally, Nyborg decides to use a daring tactic, which, however, turns out to have greater consequences than she had imagined. [IMDB] [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jun 24, 2022 - 0 comments

Borgen: The Future is Female  Season 4, Ep 1

Birgitte Nyborg is taking on a new role as Denmark's foreign minister while Katrine Fønsmark returns to journalism, landing a managing post at her former TV workplace. [IMDB] [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Jun 24, 2022 - 3 comments

Book: The Southernization of America

A series of essays by two noted left of center personalities in the South (Frye Gaillard and Cynthia Tucker) that looks at what went wrong in the US, and how we got to a place in the county where 40% of the electorate are flat out racists. [more inside]
posted by COD on May 16, 2022 - 0 comments

Anatomy of a Scandal: Episode 1  Season 1, Ep 1

James scrambles to mitigate the scandal's impact, while a devastated but determined Sophie remembers happier moments and Kate weighs her next move.
posted by penguin pie on May 12, 2022 - 1 comment

Book: The Buried

“Nuanced and deeply intelligent—a view of Egyptian politics that sometimes seems to look at everything but and that opens onto an endlessly complex place and people.” —Kirkus, starred review [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Apr 12, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The First Purge

America's third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.
posted by Literaryhero on Mar 21, 2022 - 12 comments

Book: White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

"The American political scene today is poisonously divided, and the vast majority of white evangelicals play a strikingly unified, powerful role in the disunion. These evangelicals raise a starkly consequential question for electoral politics: Why do they claim morality while supporting politicians who act immorally by most Christian measures? In this clear-eyed, hard-hitting chronicle of American religion and politics, Anthea Butler answers that racism is at the core of conservative evangelical activism and power." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Nov 16, 2021 - 2 comments

Book: The Devil You Know

Writes Blow: "The proposition is simple. As many Black descendants of the Great Migration as possible should return to the South from which their ancestors fled." By concentrating their political power in key Southern cities, Blow posits, Black Americans will be able to effect actual social change. "The mission begins with the states, which are the true centers of power in this country, and as such control the lion's share of the issues that bedevil Black lives: criminal justice, judicial processes, education, health care, economic opportunity and assistance." - - Hope Wabuke
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 28, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

Jimmy Carter's election to the presidency of the United States in 1977 was helped by the links that this fan of pop music had with stars. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jan 3, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: The Contender

Senator Laine Hanson (Joan Allen) is tapped by the President (Jeff Bridges) to be the first woman as Vice President. But first she must run the gauntlet of her confirmation hearing, led by Republican Congressman Sheldon Runyon (Gary Oldman). Will the GOP sabotage her career with scandal and innuendo? [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Oct 31, 2020 - 4 comments

Movie: The Trial of the Chicago 7

The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Oct 22, 2020 - 11 comments

Movie: Fahrenheit 11/9

Michael Moore's 2018 documentary explored two questions of the first Trump Era: How the fuck did we get there, and how the fuck do we get out? It's good/bad! to look back at the beginning of this cluster. A lot of his usual stuff, plus some original / new POV's, for those who didn't watch tv during that time.
posted by growabrain on Jun 7, 2020 - 1 comment

Mrs. America: Phyllis  Season 1, Ep 1

Phyllis, the first episode of Mrs. America, introduces Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly (portrayed by Cate Blanchett). The docudrama chronicles the real-life political movement that Mrs. Schlafly spearheaded in the 1970s against women’s liberation and LGBT rights. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Apr 15, 2020 - 8 comments

Podcast: Chapo Trap House: 391 - Bernie Won (2/5/20)

We celebrate Bernie's victory in the Iowa Caucus. [more inside]
posted by JimBennett on Feb 5, 2020 - 5 comments

Book: White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

"White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways., as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice." [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 10, 2019 - 6 comments

Book: What's the Matter with Kansas?

“Raise less corn and more hell!” Mary Elizabeth Lease exhorted her fellow Kansans in the late 19th century. Kansas was the epicenter of left-wing populist fervor. Kansans agitated against big banks and other businesses that took advantage of the working class farmer. Fast forward a hundred years, and Kansas is one of the most stridently right-wing states in the nation. Native Kansan Thomas Frank explores the changes that led the state's working class voters to redirect their anger. He also relates these changes to the new political landscape of the country as a whole. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Oct 27, 2019 - 3 comments

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 - 17 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 - 8 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 - 7 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 - 6 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 - 11 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 - 19 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 - 2 comments

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 - 1 comment

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

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