On Wednesday morning, prominent conservative radio show honcho and guy whose last name sounds like his first name Hugh Hewitt backpedaled on his former endorsement of highly un-endorseable man Donald Trump. In fact, Hewitt went so far as to suggest the Republican National Convention should change its rules to allow them to get rid of Trump as the presumptive nominee. Via Red State:
“It’s like ignoring stage-four cancer. You can’t do it, you gotta go attack it,” Hewitt said. “And right now the Republican Party is facing — the plane is headed towards the mountain after the last 72 hours.”
Hewitt said he disagreed with Republican senators like Lindsey Graham and Mark Kirk who said they could not vote for their party’s nominee. “I wanna support the nominee of the party, but I think the party ought to change the nominee. Because we’re going to get killed with this nominee.”
He’s not wrong! Hewitt joins a number of Republicans who are now distancing themselves from their party’s presumed nominee, following Trump’s comments about Judge Gonazalo Curiel’s “Mexican heritage.” What exactly it was about this comment that caught the GOP establishment so off-guard is a mystery, as it would be far more shocking for Trump to say something thoughtful and inclusive about racial minorities.
Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, likewise “un-endorsed” Trump, saying that “After much consideration, I have concluded that Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world.”
This all follows harsh-ish comments from Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemning Trump’s comments as actual racism (Ryan: “textbook definition of a racist comment.” McConnell: “stop attacking … various minority groups … and get on message.”).
Terrific. Only two questions. First, if these comments are so obviously bad, why do Ryan and McConnell still feel that Trump is fit to lead the country? Second, what exactly was it about Trump’s earlier behavior that made all this such a surprise?
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
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Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.