October 22 - Will the Release of the JFK Assassination Files Clear the Air?; The Author of "How the Right Lost Its Mind"; How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump

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Part 1

We begin with Thursday’s expected release of the last of the JFK files on the Kennedy assassination following a 1992 order from Congress to the National Archives to release the documents 25 years later. Along with MLK and RFK, the JFK assassination has long been the subject of a cottage industry of conspiracy theories, and now with a conspiracy theorist in the Oval Office who claimed Ted Cruz’s father was seen with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before Kennedy’s death, we have Trump tweeting out on Saturday that “I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JKF FILES to be opened”.  Philip Shenon, the bestselling author of “The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Commission” and a former reporter with The New York Times for 20 years, joins us to discuss his latest book “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination” and his article at Politico “The JFK Document Dump Could be a Fiasco”. We examine whether Thursday’s release will satisfy conspiracy theorists and whether there will be further redactions before the release of the last of the classified documents.

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Part 2

Then we speak with Charlie Sykes, a longtime host of the #1 conservative talk radio show in Wisconsin who is now a regular contributor to MSNBC. He joins us to discuss his new book, just out “How the Right Lost Its Mind” and the paradoxical place the Republican Party is now in with control of all branches of government and the judiciary but with all that power they can’t seem to get anything done and are becoming increasingly unpopular. We look into why Republicans have abandoned facts in the Trump era, why they can’t govern and when will traditional Republicans fight back in Steve Bannon’s “season of war” against the GOP.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine how voter suppression in Wisconsin may well have been the deciding factor in Trump’s narrow win of 23,000 votes in that key swing state. Ari Berman, a senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights and author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America”, joins us to discuss his article at Mother Jones “Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump”. We look into the key role in enabling voter suppression that the judiciary played, and now that Trump is stacking the Federal Courts with reactionary judges, how Wisconsin’s “success” in voter suppression will be expanded nationwide.

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