Transcripts (35)

What's Really in the Covid Relief Bill?

Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

  • about 11 hours ago
  • 40:01

This week the House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion Covid relief package by a 220-210 vote. It now moves to the Senate, where it will have to make it past a Republican filibuster. Huffpost reporter Arthur Delaney and Elizabeth Pancotti, Policy Director at Employ America, join Ryan Grim to discuss what’s actually in the bill.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

France and the Myth of the Color-Blind Society

Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

  • 7 days ago
  • 41:34

After a series of high-profile terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in France, the country finds itself in a heated debate over some of its most cherished values: laïcité, or secularism, and the principle of race-neutrality, or color-blindness, in public policy. A controversial new bill proposed by President Emmanuel Macron targeting "Islamic separatism" is meeting with fierce opposition. French author, journalist, and filmmaker Rokhaya Diallo joins guest host Vanessa Bee to discuss.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Let’s End the War in Yemen

Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

  • 21 days ago
  • 44:44

In his first significant foreign policy announcement since taking office, President Biden broke with both former presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama and declared an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. But it will take more than U.S. withdrawal to end the violence there. Rep. Ro Khanna, activist Shireen Al-Adeimi, and reporter Akbar Ahmed join Ryan Grim to discuss.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Filibuster or Bust

Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

  • 28 days ago
  • 55:25

If President Joe Biden is going to be able to pass any part of his agenda, he'll need to get it past the Senate filibuster. That's likely impossible given the chamber's 50-50 split. Is it time to finally change the Senate rules and allow the body to operate on a simple majority basis? Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and author Adam Jentleson join Ryan Grim to discuss.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Could the For the People Act Save American Democracy?

Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

  • about 1 month ago
  • 51:41

H.R.1, also known as the For The People Act, is a sweeping reform bill that aims to make voting easier, gerrymandering harder, and to generally rein in the out-of-control minoritarianism that has come to characterize American democracy. Does it have a chance of becoming law? Congressman John Sarbanes, political scientist Jacob Hacker, and the Intercept’s Jon Schwarz join Ryan Grim to discuss.  See for privacy and opt-out information.