Reality Asserts Itself

Obama Chose Wall St. Over Main St. – Thomas Frank on RAI (8/9)
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Obama Chose Wall St. Over Main St. – Thomas Frank on RAI (8/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank says the Democratic Party must acknowledge that in 2008 the crash and the discrediting of Bush, created conditions for much a more progressive policy – but Obama did not step up; with host Paul Jay. This episode was produced on December 29, 2017.

Clinton and Obama Helped Make the Democrats a Wall Street Party – Thomas Frank on RAI (7/9)
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Clinton and Obama Helped Make the Democrats a Wall Street Party – Thomas Frank on RAI (7/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank, author of Listen Liberal, says Democratic Party administrations allowed the big banks to run economic policy and create exploding income inequality – with host Paul Jay. This episode was produced on December 28, 2017.

Clinton, Blair, and Obama Destroyed the Idealism of Politics  – Gabriel Byrne on RAI Pt 3/4
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Clinton, Blair, and Obama Destroyed the Idealism of Politics – Gabriel Byrne on RAI Pt 3/4

On Reality Asserts Itself, actor Gabriel Byrne says his journey as an Irish immigrant helped to radicalize him, as did his disillusionment with leaders who promised transformation and delivered conservatism with a “different tie” – with host Paul Jay. This is an episode of Reality Asserts Itself, produced December 26, 2017.

The Miners Strike Taught Me to Think Critically – Gabriel Byrne on RAI Pt 2/4
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The Miners Strike Taught Me to Think Critically – Gabriel Byrne on RAI Pt 2/4

On Reality Asserts Itself, actor Gabriel Byrne says that in the ’70s, being Irish in London was like being a Muslim now; PM Thatcher’s campaign to crush the miners union in 1984 helped him understand how the media were anti-working class and anti-union – with host Paul Jay. This is an episode of Reality Asserts Itself, produced December 24, 2017.

From Priesthood to Actor to Activist – Gabriel Byrne on RAI Pt 1/4
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From Priesthood to Actor to Activist – Gabriel Byrne on RAI Pt 1/4

On Reality Asserts Itself, actor and climate activist Gabriel Byrne speaks of growing up in a working-class family that was religious, Irish nationalist, and where joining a seminary made parents proud. He came to understand the injustice of the life working men like his father faced; with host Paul Jay. This is an episode of Reality Asserts Itself, produced December 22, 2017.

From Ronald Reagan to Bernie Sanders – RAI with Thomas Frank (5/9)
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From Ronald Reagan to Bernie Sanders – RAI with Thomas Frank (5/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank, author of ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas?’ and ‘Listen, Liberal,’ talks about his journey from being an enthusiastic supporter of the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan to embracing Franklin Roosevelt and socialist Bernie Sanders. This episode was produced on September 15, 2017.

Clinton Democrats Hate the Left – RAI with Thomas Frank (4/9)
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Clinton Democrats Hate the Left – RAI with Thomas Frank (4/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank, author of ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas?’ and ‘Listen, Liberal,’ tells host Paul Jay that Bill Clinton tried to drive the left from the party; now Clinton Democrats blame the left for Hillary’s defeat. This episode was produced on September 12, 2017.

Liberal Elite Doesn’t Care Much About Inequality – RAI with Thomas Frank (3/9)
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Liberal Elite Doesn’t Care Much About Inequality – RAI with Thomas Frank (3/9)

Bill Clinton accomplished a Republican agenda and Obama allowed the Tea Party to steal the economic populist moment, says Thomas Frank on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay; Frank is the author of “What’s the Matter with Kansas” and “Listen, Liberal”. This episode was published on September 10, 2017.

Clinton Attacks Sanders in New Book – RAI with Thomas Frank (2/9)
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Clinton Attacks Sanders in New Book – RAI with Thomas Frank (2/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank, author of ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas?’ and ‘Listen, Liberal,’ and Paul Jay discuss Hillary Clinton’s new book ‘What Happened,’ and identify the real differences between Clinton and Sanders. This episode was produced on September 7, 2017.

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