Links to today’s show transcripts:
As Jon Ossoff Loses Georgia Special Election, Where Do Democrats Go from Here in Challenging GOP?
In the most expensive congressional race in history, Republican Karen Handel has defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special election in Georgia. Today’s show looks at the role of gerrymandering in shaping the outcome of the race. Amy Goodman spoke to Georgia state Senator Nan Orrock and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the chair of the New Georgia Project, which conducts voter registration and outreach to the state’s growing population of color. He is also the senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which was the spiritual home of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Katrina vanden Heuvel Cautions Against Overreading into Ossoff’s Loss in Georgia Special Election
Amy Goodman speaks to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation and columnist for The Washington Post.
Media Malpractice? As GOP Moves to Strip Healthcare from Millions, Press Remains Focused on Russia
As Senate Republicans draft their repeal of Obamacare behind closed doors, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel discusses secret bills, single-payer healthcare and the media’s coverage. Her latest article is titled “On Trump, the Media’s Malpractice Continues.” In it, she critiques what she calls the mainstream media’s “prevailing focus on palace intrigue and White House scandals,” which comes at the expense of substantive policy coverage. Vanden Heuvel points to the Republican healthcare bill, drafted entirely in secret, as a prime example of important issues that have been overlooked.
Can Brooklyn’s Little Pakistan Survive Trump? Inside One Family’s Fight to Stop Their Deportation
A new piece in The New Yorker titled “Fighting for the Immigrants of Little Pakistan” looks at how a predominantly Muslim neighborhood in Brooklyn is coping with the presidency of Donald Trump, who, just seven days after taking office, issued a controversial travel ban targeting predominantly Muslim countries. Trump’s presidency also ushered in a rise in immigrant deportations and arrests. We speak with the author of the piece, Jennifer Gonnerman, who looks in part at the story of Shahid Ali Khan and his family, who are facing possible deportation. We also speak with Mohammad Razvi, founding executive director of Council of Peoples Organization (COPO), a community group serving Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.