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Blog Topic: Democracy in Crisis

  • In the Loop: Podcast: The Racist Rally in Charlottesville

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    On this week’s episode, Marc Steiner talks to co-host Baynard Woods and Baltimore City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg about their experiences at the racist rally in Charlottesville.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Calvin Perry for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra (although this week, we mixed it up a bit).

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  • In the Loop: White House Shrugs Off Stories Suggesting Trump Orchestrated Russia Cover-Up

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    Photo Credit: Baynard Woods

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    At Tuesday’s press briefing, just a day after Anthony Scaramucci was fired from his role of White House Communications Director, that story already seemed distant. As Sarah Huckabee Sanders came out into the briefing room, everyone wanted to ask about two stories that had broken since the Mooch’s ignominious departure.

    The Washington Post reported Monday that President Trump himself had dictated his son’s first, misleading statement that the discussion with a Russian lawyer—who we now know had contacted Don Jr. with the promise of handing over dirt on Hillary—had been about adoption.

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  • In the Loop: Podcast: Alternative Voices Are Silenced

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    On this week’s special episode, co-host Marc Steiner and Baynard Woods are joined by Baltimore City Paper and Democracy in Crisis editor Brandon Soderberg and City Paper staffer Lisa Snowden-McCray to discuss the impending doom that is facing both "The Marc Steiner Show" and the City Paper.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Imani Spence for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

    The podcast will take a two-week break and return Aug. 10.

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  • In the Loop: Podcast: Trump's Mob Ties

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    On this week’s episode, co-hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with Baltimore City Paper's Edward Ericson Jr. about the way President Donald Trump's old mob ties might affect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Imani Spence for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • In the Loop: Podcast: Trump Protesters Prosecuted

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    On this week’s episode, co-hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk about the the various legal cases extending from the arrest of more than 200 protestors on Inauguration Day.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Imani Spence for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • In the Loop: Podcast: The Alt-Right's Racist Rallies

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    On this week’s episode co-host Baynard Woods talks with Baltimore City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg and Center for Emerging Media's Imani Spence about the racism, rallies and the rift on the far right.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Imani Spence for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • In the Loop: Nazis Gather in DC for 'Free Speech' Rally

    "Can I get some sunscreen?" one young Nazi asks another young Nazi near the Lincoln Memorial where the alt-right’s "Free Speech" rally—the more edgy of two right-wing rallies scheduled for the same time in Washington, D.C. on June 25—is about to kick off.

    The second rally, which is supposed to be "against political violence" splintered off from the first once alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer was invited. Spencer and his supporters call Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and the other viral right-wingers leading the competing march “alt-light” because they are less openly racist and mostly fall in line with Trump.

     

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    Photo Credit: Brandon Soderberg

    Who these “free speech” Nazis are specifically—their names, where they came from, the specifics of their beliefs—doesn't matter, and many don't call themselves Nazis, but that doesn't matter either. (FWIW, they prefer "tribalists" and/or suggest white pride is like black power or whatever and shouldn't be a big deal.)

    The Nazi in need of sunscreen eventually gets some from a Baby Huey-like Nazi wearing a baseball helmet, holding "Join, or Die." flag. Bounding up the steps past Baby Huey is neo-Confederate Jason Kessler, who waves a Confederate flag and yells that Lincoln was a traitor in the direction of D.C. United Against Hate’s nearby counter-rally.

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  • In the Loop: Podcast: Journalist Jailed Covering Trump Protest

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    On this week’s episode, co-host Baynard Woods talks with Baltimore City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg and the Center for Emerging Media's Imani Spence about the charges against journalist Aaron Cantú stemming from the black bloc actions on Inauguration Day.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Imani Spence for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • In the Loop: Podcast: Did Trump Violate the Constitution?

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    In this week's episode, host Marc Steiner interviews Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who, along with his counterpart in Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit alleging that President Trump violated the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits U.S. leaders from accepting gifts or benefits from foreign leaders.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, and produced and engineered by Imani Spence for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music is by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • In the Loop: Sessions' Sexist Stonewalling at the Senate Hearing

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    Photo Credit: Baynard Woods

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Tuesday.

    If you didn’t know, via obscure Latin etymology, that the word “testify” is related to the word “testicles,” you sure could have guessed it from watching Senate testimony pretty much any time ever, but certainly this year. (For what it’s worth in Rome, you swore on your balls to tell the truth.) 

    Back when now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in the middle of the confirmation hearings in which he seemingly perjured himself about contacts with Russian officials, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to read a letter Coretta Scott King wrote to the Judiciary Committee about Sessions into the congressional record. King wrote the letter in 1986, when Sessions was up for a federal judgeship. Though Sessions didn't get the post because of his racist views, the letter never made it into the record, and Warren was trying to correct that. 

    Majority Leader MItch McConnell pulled out an obscure rule to censure Warren for impugning the character of a fellow senator. McConnell uttered the now famous phrases: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” 

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