On the premiere episode of Adamize, Adam Serwer talks to Anna Holmes about the London Olympics, touching on the racial politics surrounding gymnast Gabby Douglas and the fetishization of biracial women like hurdler Lolo Jones. Adam notices that female athletes are overshadowing the male athletes this year. Pivoting to the election, Anna asks whether attempts to paint Obama as a cultural “other” will work. Adam wonders what’s in Mitt’s tax returns, and stands in awe of Harry Reid’s wild allegations about Romney’s taxes. In closing, Anna suggests that Democrats should “troll” Republicans more often.Play entire video
Journalist Tony Ortega explains how the organization has used its canonical texts to justify incidences of child sexual abuse. Plus: Scientology vs. the IRS.Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv
Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether Joe Biden can maintain populist appeal without making promises to the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. Plus: Sunday Night Football, interrupted.