American Discourse

American Discourse

Doing the deep dive into what it means to be an American today. What is it that divides us? How can we diffuse the hyper-charged state of vitriol?

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June 21, 2021 34 min

OK, so Juneteeth is an official holiday. That's a good thing. Is it the only thing? Far from it!
How about making Election Day a holiday? How about securing voting rights? Oh let's not forget fixing our crumbling roads and bridges. There is so much work to be done and at every turn, there seems to be a single individual standing in the way. These days it feels like it is Joe Manchin, Kevin McCarthy, or the reliably dastardly...

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It seems inconceivable that we have to lure, entice and cajole people to get vaccinated. No matter what color your hat, we're pretty sure no one wants to relive the past 16 months. This week Robin, David, and special guest Dr. Lettisha Bilbrew dive into what's behind the various states of concern, confusion, and outright rejection of science.

Front and center on the world stage, Joe Biden will stride into talks with America&...

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June 8, 2021 33 min

Joe Manchin (D- W. Virginia) is basking in the limelight that he created by being a lynchpin in the US Senate. His antics are a continuing source of frustration for the President and the rest of the Democrats in the Senate. His deluded stubbornness, refusing to be a team player, or perhaps playing for the wrong team is nothing short of maddening.  Singlehandedly he is holding up any forward movement of the Biden agenda. Democrats a...

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It has been a most trying time, filled with fear, apprehension, confusion, mixed messages, and a whole lot of finger-pointing.  That was then, so what exactly is now? That's what we're all trying to figure out as summer nears and vaccinations are reaching critical mass.  Are we safe? Can we do this? Can we not do that? There might be more questions than there are answers. One thing is for sure, there does appear to be a lig...

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Watching the carnival sideshow that the Republican Party has devolved into is either fascinating or terrifying. On one hand, there are internal forces threatening to blow the whole thing up, on the other hand, there are so many lawmakers ready to fall on their swords for the twice-impeached, two-time popular vote LOSER, Donald Trump.  

The media is transfixed by it all because as we all know, "If it bleeds it leads" and ther...

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May 5, 2021 33 min

Is there ANY hope for a sane and reasonable Republican Party?

The true conservatives in Congress are fewer in number and being forced into hiding. In their place, the loud, insistent rantings of the far-right are screaming from the rooftops (and on Fox "News") to drown out anyone who speaks the truth. It's not easy being Liz Cheney or Mitt Romney these days.  As the stalwarts continue to be booed and vilified for not sup...

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After promising to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days, President Biden upped the stakes, applied the pressure, and obliterated that initial projection. Over 230 million vaccine shots have been administered to Americans of all ages.? By any measure, it has been a soaring success, one that took firm resolve, reliance on experts, and the following of science. This major milestone also comes exactly one year after Presiden...

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The trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd held the nation's attention as we waited on pins and needles to hear the verdict, would justice be done or would the entire country go up in flames? It felt like so much hung in the balance and...let's not pull any punches, it did.

Does the GOP bear any resemblance to “The Party of Lincoln”?  The factions within the party right now would seem to prove otherwise.  Betw...

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April 17, 2021 30 min

On September 11, 2021, our nation's longest war will come to an end. Not with a glorious conclusion complete with victory parades but with a long-overdue ending. That doesn't make the sacrifices of our troops any less worthy of our remembrance or appreciation for their service.  President Biden announced the pull-out and within minutes the GOP pulled out all their righteous indignation, even though they didn't say a wor...

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April 8, 2021 32 min

In a week that spanned the spectrum, from uplifting (4 million shots a day) to disconcerting (Texas & Florida ignoring science), surprising (Schumer brings a pot bill to the floor) to slimy (Matt Gaetz, do we need to say more?) there was plenty to chew on before taking the Discourse Deep Dive.

After a year unlike any other in modern times, we saw enormous voter turnout for both the general and run-off elections.  Clearly many pe...

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Whether it's gun-control, infrastructure, or the outrageous voter suppression law passed in Georgia and is threatening to roll all over the country - at some point the logjam in the Senate has to give way so that bills like the John Lewis Voting Rights Act can get voted on. The only way for that to happen is for the filibuster to either disappear or revert back to the talking filibuster of yesteryear.

Robin Biro and David Katzne...

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March 22, 2021 31 min

QUIZ TIME: Which state has the bigger population? Wyoming or Washington DC? If you said DC you are right AND wrong! More people live in the District of Columbia but it's not a state! That's right, 800,000 Americans have no representation in Congress. It's a hot-button topic but not one that Robin Biro and David Katzner are afraid of wading into.

Speaking of hot-buttons, let's talk about taxes. No, don't click awa...

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The ascension of Deb Haaland to Secretary of the Interior is both significant and historic. The first native American EVER to sit in a presidential cabinet. Just another win for the Biden-Harris team that is racking up victories and making their GOP counterparts look silly.  3,000,000 vaccines a day?!! Even in our wildest dreams, we couldn't envision that happening and yet here we are. This unprecedented mobilization of resourc...

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There is no way to look at the results of the past week as anything other than a huge win for the Biden-Harris administration, the Democratic Party, and all Americans longing for even the smallest dose of truth, sanity, compassion, and vaccinations!  With the passage and signing of the American Rescue Plan Act, along with the announcement that vaccinations are rolling out even faster than expected, the light at the end of the tunne...

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It was another tumultuous legislative week in Congress with House and Senate Democrats managing to somehow stick together to overcome the Republican Party's obstructionism, every single member of Congress with an R (or Q) after their name ignored the polls and the pleas of their constituents by voting No again and again.

Make no mistake, this was a huge win for Joe Biden and his administration but it also showed that his dreams ...

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Join Robin Biro and guest host David Katzner as they do the deep dive into just what the heck happened in Orlando at CPAC.  The shameless display of fealty to Trump was front and center for three days of mind-blowing insanity, conspiracies, and alternative reality.

Was it a peek into the future of the Republican Party (such as it is) or was it the last gasp for the failed, twice-impeached, disgraced ex-president who is still raging,...

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While politicians are squabbling over who is outmaneuvering who and coming up with new ways to gridlock our nation's ability to recover from the raging pandemic and economic catastrophe (oh and did we mention the armed militias stockpiling weapons?), there are real-world issues that Robin thinks deserve more airtime.

In this episode, we examine how the expiring moratoriums in mortgages and rents have everyone on edge. Should we ...

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  Welcome to the inaugural edition of American Discourse. Host Robin Biro has a lot on his mind this week, from Ted Cruz's Cancun Calamity to the student loan and mortgage crises, oh and let's not forget the pandemic, how about those vaccinations!  Way to go Joe!
  Robin's guest this week is a real spitfire who is rising up the social media ranks in the world of outspoken, real-world people trying to make ends meet. Betw...

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