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Episode 425: Mirrors of our Leadership

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This week we discuss Steve King's racist remarks, Trump's AG nominee William Barr and we are joined by attorney Rabia Chaudry (author of "Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth & Justice After Serial" and host of "Undisclosed") to discuss criminal justice reform, privatization of incarceration and immigration law.

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Episode 424: An Impressive Lack of Outrage

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We discuss the ongoing consequences of the government shutdown and we are joined by immigration attorney Lance Curtright to discuss unpacking disinformation, "Blame the Immigrant" rhetoric and what the future has in store. 

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Episode 423: Deep in the Bench

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We're back from the break to discuss the government shutdown, newly implemented state laws, and issues with the for-profit college system. 

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Episode 422: Dancing Bear

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This week we discuss the potential government shutdown, new Russian sanctions and the removal of US troops from Syria.

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Episode 421: Soft Coup

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This week on Top Hat we discuss new blood in the democratic party, Pelosi's meeting with Trump and the power grab by the Wisconsin Republican party.

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Episode 419: Post-Truth

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Ben and Travis discuss the National Climate Assessment, the use of tear gas at the border and The Proud Boys. Ben is then joined by writer Rachel Monroe to discuss her upcoming book and her profile on Damien Echols in the New York Times. 

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Episode 418: Clunky Titanic

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Ben recaps the week in news and focuses on the First Step Act, the spat between the medical community and the N.R.A. and is joined by Joe Toscano to discuss his book "Automating Humanity" and they discuss universal basic income and the questions politicians aren't (but should be) asking tech companies. 

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Episode 417: Whiplash Week

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Ben reports from the road and covers the midterm results, Jeff Sessions' resignation, and delves into the background of Sessions' replacement, Matt Whitaker

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Episode 415: Bread & Butter

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Ben and Marcus discuss the bombing scare, the migrant caravan and Trump's personal cell phone use. 

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Episode 414: Red Meat

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Ben and Marcus discuss undocumented workers, the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi and Ben breaks down the toss-up districts in the House of Representatives elections. 

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Episode 413: Devil Without a Cause

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Ben and Marcus discuss the Washington Post's Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance in Saudi Arabia, Nikki Haley's resignation and Ben gives you a breakdown of the upcoming Senate elections. 

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Clarifications:

Jamal Khashoggi is a resident of the United States, not a citizen. 

Kanye West and Kid Rock were at the White House to celebrate the signing of "The Music Modernization Act". 

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Episode 411: Cards Facing Out

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Ben and Marcus discuss Trump's UN press conference, Rod Rosenstein's tumultuous week and Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh's testimonies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Episode 410: The Vote is Broke

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Ben discusses the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and the vulnerability of voting machines to hacking. 

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Episode 409: Muck up the Works

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Ben is joined by the president of Diligence LLC and former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker to discuss the NYTimes Op-Ed, lack of nuclear weapons at the North Korean military parade, and the future of cyber warfare.

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Episode 408: Lodestar

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Ben and Marcus discuss the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, Roy Moore and Michael Cohen's GoFundMe campaigns and guess at who could be behind the anonymous NY Times op-ed "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration".

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Episode 407: Terrifying and Interesting

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Ben and Marcus discuss the passing of John McCain, the Arizona and Florida primaries and Alex Jones. 

Ben is then joined by journalist Mark Jacobson to discuss his prolific career, the shifting public perception of the FBI & NSA and his book "Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America".

Episode 406: The Fire is Here

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Ben and Marcus discuss the Cohen and Manafort verdicts, the ongoing prison strike and Trump's interview on Fox News.

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