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March 08, 2022
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"Too Cruel for School."

In This Episode

Hysteria’s Erin Ryan joins as co-host to talk about the wave of anti-LGBTQ and abortion laws moving through red states and the GOP’s recent string of technology fails, and Mehdi Hasan also joins to talk about new ways to help Ukraine that won’t get us into a world war.


How to Help in Ukraine


Support Trans Youth


Show Notes



  • NYT: States Aren’t Waiting for the Supreme Court to Tighten Abortion Laws 
  • Yahoo: Disney Boss Bob Chapek Says Company Won’t Slam Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Directly, But Still Committed To Inclusion 
  • NYT: Texas Is the Future of Abortion in America
  • CBS: Florida Governor DeSantis defends controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill
  • The Hill: Does Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill violate the First Amendment?
  • Texas Tribune: As Texas targets trans kids, their families scramble to find lawyers 
  • NYT: Texas Court Halts Investigation of Parents Over Care for Transgender Youth
  • NYT: Florida Lawmakers Vote to Ban Abortions After 15 Weeks
  • NYT: Supreme Court Lets Kentucky’s Attorney General Defend Abortion Law
  • Philadelphia Inquirer: 2022 is ‘poised to become the year of the most anti-LGBTQ legislation’ in the United States
  • Pew Research: Deep partisan divide on whether greater acceptance of transgender people is good for society



  • Business Insider: ​​Some Russian officials think invading Ukraine was ‘a mistake,’ and are ‘discouraged, frightened’ and ‘making apocalyptic forecasts’
  • WSJ: How Oil Giants’ Bets on Russia, Years in the Making, Crumbled in Days
  • FT: Russia’s war on Ukraine threatens a global food security crisis
  • Atlantic: The Strategy That Can Defeat Putin
  • Foreign Affairs: America Must Do More to Help Ukraine Fight Russia



  • Mother Jones: Aging Senators’ Zoom With Zelensky Went About as Well as You’d Expect 
  • WaPo: Senate Republicans threaten to slow efforts to fund federal agencies, deliver aid to Ukraine
  • Daily Beast: Donald Trump Can’t Stop Whining About His Failing Social Media App Politico: The Emptiness Inside Donald Trump’s New Social Media Platform
  • Slate: Pretty Much No One Is Using Trump’s New Social Media App (Not Even Trump) 



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