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WHILE LIFE AS WE KNOW IT HAS BEEN COLLAPSING AROUND US, four US Senators, who were privately briefed in advance of the severity of the coronavirus epidemic, apparently used the information to sell millions of dollars of stocks before the stock markets began to crash! Illegal? Insider trading? Listen and you be the judge!

Here is the scoop from Tom's guest, journalist Robert Faturechi of Propublica.

NPR obtained a secret tape of Senator Richard Burr on February 27th, 2020 cluing in big contributors about what was coming while Donald Trump and his supporters were calling the then-coming pandemic "a hoax". Burr later sold off his stocks in 33 separate transactions before the stock markets actually crashed.

Here's even more from TheHill.comFour senators sold stocks before coronavirus threat crashed market.

Propublica is doing amazing reporting now that so many newspapers and radio stations have given up on actual journalism. Tom supports Propublica and donates as well. If you want more journalism like this, here's how to support this nonprofit organization and this great work.

NPR is also so valuable at this time when we need true facts and information the most. Here's how to support NPR.

How do you feel about the crooks in Washington cashing in on this national emergency? Tell Tom right away:


CORONAVIRUS: HOW LONG WILL THIS GO ON? What have we learned so far? How are US authorities handling this worldwide crisis? Are we really prepared for what might really happen? Many who miss Tom's live show have been asking for his takes, and here they are.

Tom mentioned this book during this episode.

Tom wants to know your takes on coronavirus:


WHY ARE SEAN HANNITY AND RUSH LIMBAUGH STILL CALLING CORONAVIRUS A "HOAX"? Tom talks to former fellow radio talk show host Charlie Sykes, founder and editor-at-large for, about why right-wing TV and radio personalities continue to rant that we shouldn't believe that the worldwide pandemic in front of us is actually a thing.

Here's the New York Times article Tom read that inspired this episode.

Read Charlie's book, How The Right Lost Its Mind.

Is coronavirus a thing? Tell Tom:


BERNIE SANDERS: TIME TO HIT THE ROAD Hear Tom tell you why Bernie Sanders and his supporters have been wasting their time, why it's time to end his campaign, and why it's time for #BernieBros to accept Joe Biden into their lives. 

From NPR: Bernie Sanders' Call For Young Voters Isn't Working Out The Way He Planned

From The New York Times: ‘It’s Just Everywhere Already’: How Delays in Testing Set Back the U.S. Coronavirus Response

From ABC News: Official: White House didn't want to tell seniors not to fly

From The New York TimesBernie Sanders Will Remain in Race

Last time we had a "youth candidate" as a nominee (in 1972), see what happened to George McGovern.

Agree or disagree? Now is the time to tell Tom why:


WHY WON"T WOMEN ELECT A WOMAN PRESIDENT? Find out why Tom thinks it's their own fault!

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EVEN MORE RENT CONTROL? A renter's group in Santa Ana, CA thinks California's rent control doesn't go far enough! So they're trying to get a measure on the ballot that will limit rent increases to only 3% or just 80% of the rate of inflation. What about the property rights of the people who own rental properties including many middle class families?

Here is the piece from LAist that lays the Santa Ana proposal out.

Here is the Facebook thread Tom discusses in this episode where you can join in.

How do you feel about rent control? Tell Tom directly:


RUSH LIMBAUGH'S LUNG CANCER DIAGNOSIS Tom has a complicated history with and complex feelings about fellow talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh. Hear some things you never knew about Rush and Tom, Tom's reaction to Rush's cancer diagnosis, and find out why it's hard for him to feel badly for Rush.

Here is the song (along with others of its kind) that KFI Radio used to play ad infinitum before Tom Leykis and Rush Limbaugh were heard in tandem in Los Angeles radio beginning in 1988: KFI had about one percent of the Southern California radio audience at that time.


Are Tom's feelings about Rush justified? Let him know:


PEOPLE WHO KEEP BRINGING UP THE RAPE ALLEGATION AGAINST KOBE BRYANT So many of us continue to feel the pain of Kobe Bryant's untimely death. But some people just can't stop bringing up the 2003 sexual assault allegation that followed Kobe ever since. Can we just feel bad about Kobe's death without this never-proven allegation rearing its ugly head?

Tell us how you feel about Kobe Bryant's legacy:


OUR LISTENERS REACT TO THE DEATH OF KOBE BRYANT Our listener reactions to Kobe's death are all over the map and some will, frankly, offend Kobe fans and basic human decency. But we don't believe in censorship, so it's all here, the reverent, the irreverent, even the musical. Click to hear what our listeners had to say about the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.

A short, bonus episode that's nothing like the previous episode.

If you are easily offended, please don't press the play button! Skip over this episode and wait for the next!


THE LOSS OF KOBE BRYANT Kobe Bryant was more than the greatest basketball player of all time. Much more. This episode is ad free for all subscribers.

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