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    'Mommy, Where Do Lies Come From?'

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    On today's BradCast, guest hosted by Angie Coiro, we discuss the revelations of Lies, Incorporated, from Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America. Then an analysis of the court case that's garnered attention throughout and beyond the US: the conviction and sentencing of attempted rapist Brock Turner of Stanford.

    Ari Rabin-Havt hosts The Agenda on Sirius XM. He collaborated with Media Matters for America on the book Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics. He tracks to their source the lies that will not die, like death panels and climate change denial. Surprisingly, the shadowy, well-funded individuals that do this work aren't always motivated by the money. Remember Todd Akin's claim that "if it's legitimate (!!) rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down?" Turns out he may have really believed that.

    Also today: why did the judge in the trial of Stanford athlete Brock Turner ignore both mandatory minimum sentence guidelines and the prosecutor to bestow a sentence much lower than anyone expected? Guests Imani Gandy and Sajid Khan weigh in on what it means in court to be white, male, upper middle class, and a jock.

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    Politics, climate change denying, lies, rape, US election primaries, 2016 Election, 2016 US Presidential Run, GOP, Republicans, Democrats, Todd Akin, Brock Turner, United States
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