Episode 12 begins with the hopeful notion that we are not the first people to use that reference about the failure of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance and dips into pathos and pain (Donald Trump, progressives' failure on that ballot measure) before briefly reaching into the more lofty and uplifting realm of conscious empathy and cross-party pals.
First, Jeb Lund (The Guardian, Rolling Stone) dials in to discuss Donald Trump's "campaign" "book" (both loose notions), Crippled America. If you caught his review on MSNBC, you may already realize the book is a bad investment (bankrupt of ideas?), but take a listen to our talk for bonus insight on the difference between Jeb! and Jeb? [Mini episode here.]
Next, The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel joins us for a bathroom break: Should liberals have fought back harder and faster against the notion that public accommodations laws are about more than pooping and snooping (Houston's covered race, gender, military status and disability)? What do conservatives do in bathrooms that make them think they're dirty and not just dirty? And, given the credulousness with with conservatives treat reports of bathroom sexual predation, should women who report campus assaults simply suggest they were using the facilities if they want to be believed? Good times. [Mini episode here.]
Finally, the return of "Some of My Best Friends" and guest friend Tim Carney (Washington Examiner columnist and visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute). Tim talks about learning to turn off the switch in his head that made him stop listening every time a liberal called a conservative "racist": He had been hearing it as a judgment of character, and the Trayvon Martin case helped him realize he needed listen for the impact of the policy and attitudes being described. Also: the principle of "attraction rather than promotion" when it comes to politics as well as spirituality. [Mini episode here.]
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