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Episode 431: Nothing Is on the Level

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Ben and Travis discuss Michael Cohen's testimony and the North Korean summit and they then are joined by entrepreneur and 2020 candidate Andrew Yang to discuss health care, universal basic income and a mindset of scarcity in the American people.


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Episode 430: Another Rorschach Test

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Ben and Travis update you on Roger Stone, Bernie Sanders and a fake university sting set up by I.C.E.


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Episode 428: A Marathon, Not A Sprint

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Ben is joined by Jehmu Greene to discuss the State of the Union address, two scandals unfolding in Virginia and the continuation of the women's wave.

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Episode 427: Roger's Time in the Barrel

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Ben and Travis discuss "Progressive Prosecutor" Kamala Harris, Roger Stone's indictment and then they are joined by comedian Mohanad Elshieky to discuss his experience of being pulled off a bus and asked to present his papers by immigration officials.

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Episode 426: Who Counts, Who Gets Counted?

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Ben is joined by filmmaker Astra Taylor ("What is Democracy") and they discuss corporations fueling automation, digital media as the people's platform, and binary choices in American politics. 

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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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