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Nicole Sandler has worked in radio her entire adult life. After a successful career in music radio in NY and Los Angeles (WPLJ, KLOS, KSCA and others), she returned to talk radio to host mornings on then-progressive talk WINZ/Miami. After a flip to sports, she moved to Air America Radio for a nightly show. When AAR went off the air on Jan 21, 2010, Nicole Sandler moved online where she continues to question authority daily at


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Nicole Sandler has worked in radio her entire adult life. After a successful career in music radio in NY and Los Angeles (WPLJ, KLOS, KSCA and others), she returned to talk radio to host mornings on then-progressive talk WINZ/Miami. After a flip to sports, she moved to Air America Radio for a nightly show. When AAR went off the air on Jan 21, 2010, Nicole Sandler moved online where she continues to question authority daily at





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20240418 Thursdays with DownWithTyranny's Howie Klein on the Nicole Sandler Show

Another Thursday has arrived, which means we have two things going for us today: 1. Howie Klein is here and 2. Tomorrow's Friday so the weekend is near. This has been a crazy week at a moment in history that promises to be among the craziest, certainly in our lifetimes! The number of jurors seated in the first criminal trial of TFGDJT has dropped from 7 to 5. Why? Because the defendant is intimidating potential jurors, thumbing his nose at the judge's orders not to do that. And the media is also complicit. We'll discuss that and more. Like the madness of Marjorie Traitor Greene who today introduced a few batshit amendments, including one to fund those pesky Jewish space lasers at the southern border. You can't make this stuff up... --- Send in a voice message:


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20240417 Project 2025 Takedown with Tiffany Torres Williams on the Nicole Sandler Show

The first criminal trial of Donald Trump to convene is on recess today (no Wednesday sessions, per the judge), but it was a busy Tuesday as seven jurors were seated. Five more plus six alternates are expected by the end of the week, with opening arguments as soon as Monday. So today's circus was in Congress, where House Republicans walked their articles of impeachment for DHS Secretary Alejandro Majorkas, and the nonsense continued. I'll run down the latest on those and other stories, and then we'll get to today's main attraction: Project 2025, or the GOP's plan to bring down democracy in the USA. It's a topic I've been concerned about, but wasn't sure who to invite on the show until last week, when I get a message from Rachel Bitecofer imploring her readers to follow a new substack by Tiffany Torres Williams called Project 2025 Takedown. So I subscribed ( and invited Tiffany on the show. To add an interesting element, Tiffany had considered herself a "conservative Republican". Oh I have so many questions for her... --- Send in a voice message:


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20240416 Run As If Our Democracy Depends On It (It Does) on the Nicole Sandler Show

Have you ever thought about running for office? Now would probably be a good time to do so. Republicans have effectively taken over state legislatures, city councils and school boards, doing great damage to our institutions along the way. And their embrace of a dictatorial conman as their presumptive presidential nominee is a mortal threat to our democracy. The stakes have never been higher, and no elected office is unimportant. School boards have become intense battlegrounds. With groups like Moms for Liberty and Turning Point USA trying to indoctrinate our kids while dismantling our public educational system, it's time for those of us on the side of education, democracy and facts take back control. Today, I've invited two women who I met this weekend while they were canvassing in my neighborhood. One of them, Zeyna Pruzhanovsky, I met a month or two ago when she first stopped by. She's running for a seat on the Chandler Unified School District Board. Joining her yesterday was Laura Metcalfe, who's running for Maricopa County School Superintendent. They'll join me live in the studio to talk about what's at stake and what made them decide to jump into the race. I'll also bring you up to speed on Day 2 of Trump on Trial, and the Supreme Extreme Court who heard the case of one of the 1-6 insurrectionists that could impact the prosecution of both Trump himself and others who stormed the Capitol that day. --- Send in a voice message:


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20240415 Taxes, Trump on Trial and The F*^king News to Start the Week on the Nicole Sandler Show

It's April 15. Have you done your taxes yet? Remember when TFG was in office and he told us we'd be filling out our taxes on a postcard? Yeah, not so much. But he's in a Manhattan courtroom today as his first criminal trial begins... And of course, Jonathan Larsen is here with the fucking news. And I'm in the perfect fucking mood for it. I just spent the morning at the doctor's office and she thinks it IS gout. FML. --- Send in a voice message:


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20240412 Emptywheel Fridays on the Nicole Sandler Show

I am honored that the independent national security journalist Marcy Wheeler, whose original reporting you can find at, joins me on my show every Friday for an hour-long discussion of the news that matters and, for the most part, hasn't been reported accurately or with enough urgency elsewhere. Today, in addition to preparing for Monday's beginning of jury selection in the NY fraud case involving the payoff to Stormy Daniels, I was thrilled to be able to congratulate Marcy for her journalistic prowess! She went the extra mile to intervene in a CIPA case in 2022 that now will impact the Mar A Lago classified documents case that Judge Aileen Cannon seems bound and determined to not treat fairly (my convoluted language to try to express her general support of TFG). --- Send in a voice message:


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20240411 Blue America Thursday with Howie Klein, Digby & Guests on the Nicole Sandler Show

Howie Klein has been doing a weekly segment on my show for more than a dozen years now. He and I first met some 30+ years ago on Los Angeles where I was doing (really great) music radio and he was President of Reprise Records. When Howie exited the music biz, he turned his energies toward getting real progressives elected to office. He began blogging at In 2006, Howie joined forces with Heather "Digby" Parton of Digby's Hullabaloo ( and John Amato of They created the Blue America PAC, enlisting the help of Jacquie Propps (@Jacqrat) to help with the organizational aspects of running a PAC. Jaquie wrote "Fighting The Right Wing Since 2006" for the Blue America blog to reacquaint the blogosphere with Blue America, now in its 18th year. (Read it at We agreed that with the most consequential election season of our lives underway, this would be a good time to get some of the players together to recognize the work they do and shine a spotlight on this year's group of Blue America endorsed candidates. So, joining Howie and me today -- Digby, of course. And Tom Maxwell. Huh? Tom Maxwell is a musician. You probably know him from his time with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. In 2006, Tom contributed a song, "Have You Had Enough?" --sung by Rickie Lee Jones - to one of the first Blue America campaigns, that one to oust the predatory Republican Speaker of the House Denny Hastert. It was a success and the campaign was a hit. And the rest, as they say, is history! They'll all join in at around the 30 minute mark. But we'll start with some news and memories spurred by the news that OJ Simpson has died. Open the floodgates.... --- Send in a voice message:


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20240410 Back to 1864 & 2022 with Bill Baird on Birth Control & Abortion on the Nicole Sandler Show

I'm new to Arizona. We moved here from Florida for a number of reasons, chief among them was the fact that AZ was trending bluer while FL has become Fascist Central. Well, yesterday Arizona's Supreme Court reinstated a law that was in effect until 1973 when Roe v Wade came into effect and legalized a woman's right to choose what happens with her own body. Since that 1864 law was never officially removed from the books it was still in effect once Roe was overturned. ARGHH. I attempted to get some AZ officials and others to discuss the ramifications of yesterday's news to no avail. That makes sense as I'm guessing this is an all hands on deck moment. So, I thought back to how we dealt with the Supreme Court overturning Roe two years ago. It was June 24, 2022 when they did the unthinkable. The following Monday, June 27, I spoke with the man regarded as the father of the birth control and abortion rights movement, Bill Baird. I was introduced to him by the always brilliant Barry W. Lynne. When we spoke almost two years ago, Bill had just turned 90! As is too often the case, we had some technical difficulties, but it's worth hanging through them to meet and learn about Bill Baird. I hope he will give you the inspiration he's given me during incredibly awful times like these.... We'll begin with a song from Jill Sobule that she wrote after Texas enacted its disgusting Fetal Heartbeat bill that outlawed abortion after six weeks. (From Wikipedia: The Texas Heartbeat Act, Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), is an act of the Texas Legislature that bans abortion after the detection of embryonic or fetal cardiac activity, which normally occurs after about six weeks of pregnancy. The law took effect on September 1, 2021, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for emergency relief from Texas abortion providers.[1] It was the first time a state has successfully imposed a six-week abortion ban since Roe v. Wade, and the first abortion restriction to rely solely on enforcement by private individuals through civil lawsuits, rather than having state officials enforce the law with criminal or civil penalties. The act authorizes members of the public to sue anyone who performs or facilitates an illegal abortion for a minimum of $10,000 in statutory damages per abortion, plus court costs and attorneys' fees.) --- Send in a voice message:


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20240409 Tripping for Mental Health & WTF AZ on the Nicole Sandler Show

Another busy day in today's strange new world. We begin today with breaking news from my adopted state of Arizona where we moved from Floriduh because AZ was a bit less fascist... Well, today the AZ Supreme Extreme Court upheld an 1864 near total ban on abortions. The only exception is to save the life of the mother. Yeah, I'll have a few words on that one to start today's show. While we're on the subject of abortion, the orange weather vane backtracked on his promise of a national abortion ban yesterday only to be criticized by some of magaT world, including the sycophantic Lindsey Graham. TFG lashed out so Lindsey did what Lindsey does and dropped to his knees to do magaman's bidding. You can't make this shit up. Then, I'll speak with the author of a new book hits the shelves today. TRIPPED: NAZI GERMANY, THE CIA, AND THE DAWN OF THE PSYCHEDELIC ERA by author Norman Ohler recounts the reason psychedelic drugs are classified as dangerous narcotics. Of course, one need look no further than the Nazis. Figures. --- Send in a voice message:


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20240408 Another Monday with the F$^king News on the Nicole Sandler Show

Well, so far no rapture but we did see the eclipse here in Arizona! It's another Monday so we start the f$^king week with more f$^king news from Jonathan Larsen at because someone's got to do it! --- Send in a voice message:


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It's Emptywheel Friday on the Nicole Sandler Show 4-5-24

We couldn't end the week and usher in the weekend properly without a visit from Marcy Wheeler of As she does each Friday, Marcy will walk us through the latest developments in Trump Trial World, including the batshit whack-a-doodle-ness of Judge Aileen Cannon who is doing TFG's bidding so much to his liking that he publicly promised her a Supreme Court nod if he's somehow re-elected. As someone suggested last week, the subtitle of this show is "You can't make this shit up!" --- Send in a voice message:


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Thursdays with Howie Klein (and gout?!?!) on the Nicole Sandler Show

It's a Thursday, so Howie Klein takes a weekly break from writing at and vetting the best candidates for the Blue America PAC to support. There's no shortage of topics to discuss today, but I'm running late as I spent the morning at the doctors office and urgent care trying to figure out what's going on with my foot. (Stay tuned for another episode of the Mal-ladies, where we discuss what ails us. Ugh) I also have to share a few words from one of the people I most respect in this world, Chef Jose Andres. I'm just sick about everything today. --- Send in a voice message:


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20240403 Justice or Injustice with Lisa Graves on the Nicole Sandler Show

If you're thinking that in the US, all may theoretically be created equal, but we're sure not treated equally under the law. It's a fact that those with money, fame and power get away with (almost) murder. And if Donald Trump did, indeed, shoot someone on Fifth Avenue? Well, let's just say the jury's still out on that one. And if TFG has any say, the trial would be perpetually delayed. Of course I have a million questions for Lisa Graves, the unofficial legal expert of the Nicole Sandler Show, having to do with Teflon Don. But wait, there's more... There's our Supreme Extreme Court, where ethics apparently aren't a requirement to be a Justice. And there's an organization made up of Republican Attorneys General (RAGA) who've fully transitioned from public servants who serve the law to more magats perverting the law to support TFG. --- Send in a voice message:


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Threats- The Trump Eras on the Nicole Sandler Show 4-2-24

Yes, we're in the Threats era of the Trump tour of America's court rooms. The National Lampoon magazine cover depicted on today's show graphic is a classic! It's an actual magazine cover from 1973. it was funny because it was so absurd and obviously a joke. But the current incarnation of Donald Trump isn't making humorous threats. His threats are serious. Deadly serious. Judge Merchan who's overseeing the first of the criminal prosecutions against TFG just had to revise his gag order to include language that prohibits the orange menace from threatening family members of court personnel. He violated that gag order just moments after the order was revised. Just what is law enforcement doing about it? Not a whole lot, from what I can tell. Our pal Spocko was wondering about the same thing, and he has a new post up at Digby's ( ). He'll check in with us too --- Send in a voice message:


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20240401 The F^%king News on the Nicole Sandler Show

The big guns come out on Mondays.... From Rachel Maddow and Jen Psaki to Jon Stewart and now Jonathan Larsen of The Fucking News! He's here every Monday to help kick off the week with a dose of news that you're not getting from the corporate mainstream media. Today Jonathan Larsen is breaking news that will be released to paid subscribers at concerning one of the more concerning underbellies of the US government... The Family, the National Prayer Breakfast and now... NASA? Jonathan will fill us in. But first, Easter blasphemy from TFG, his daughter-in-law, and plain truth from the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer... --- Send in a voice message:


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20240329 Emptywheel Fridays on the Nicole Sandler Show

Every Friday is a good Friday here because Marcy Wheeler is our guest for the whole hour, recapping most of the important news of the week. Today we touch on the Ronna NotRomney McDaniel/NBC News mess, the latest Trump trial news, Trump financial issues and gag orders, the Supreme Extreme Court, Julian Assange and Hunter Biden too... And we wish Marcy Wheeler a very happy birthday too! --- Send in a voice message:


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20240328 Thursdays with Howie Klein of DownWithTyranny on the Nicole Sandler Show 3-28-24

Today is Thursday, so we have our weekly get-together with Howie Klein of and the Blue America PAC. Last week, you may recall, Howie brought along a guest --Jersey City Mayor and already declared-candidate for NJ Governor in 2025 Steven Fulop. The conversation concerned the race to replace corrupt Sen Bob Menendez from NJ. Fulop had reversed his endorsement of Tammy Murphy (wife of NJ's current governor who's being term limited out of office) in favor of Congressman Andy Kim. Hmm, Murphy dropped out of the race just a couple of days later.... Today, among other stories, I'll ask Howie about his experience with the former senator/would-be spoiler (via No Labels), and why his VP candidacy with Al Gore at the top of the ticket was the first time Howie didn't vote for the Democrats in a presidential election. --- Send in a voice message:


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20240327 Disinformation Nation with Barbara McQuade on the Nicole Sandler Show

This time she really will be here! I confirmed it. And I spent all day yesterday rebuilding my studio so I think I've exorcised the gremlins, at least for a little while. I hope... Barbara McQuade is a former US Attorney, professor at the University of Michigan Law School, co-hosts the #sistersinlaw podcast, and is an MSNBC legal expert. On top of all that, she just released a new book, ATTACK FROM WITHIN: HOW DISINFORMATION IS SABOTAGING AMERICA. We get to talk under the backdrop of NBC pulling back their offer to former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to be a paid analyst after an uproar from staff and the public. --- Send in a voice message:


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20240326 Nicole Sandler Show - Celebrating Women with Amy Simon

We cannot let the month of March - Women's History Month - end without a visit from Cultural HERstorian Amy Simon, creator of "She's History: The Most Dangerous Women in America Then and Now" and its various incarnations over the years. So Amy is here today to shine a light on some of our unsung heroines. It's fitting on the day that the Supreme Extreme Court heard the case the could roll back women's bodily autonomy rights to the stone age... But first, Rachel Maddow must have heard my pleas yesterday, and called out NBC News and MSNBC management for their sick and truly dangerous hiring of Ronna Not-Romney McDaniel and normalization of the fascists trying to overturn our democracy! --- Send in a voice message:


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20240325 It's F&#king Monday with The F&#king News on the Nicole Sandler Show

Despite our wishes for an endless weekend, Monday has again arrived. And with it, lots of F&#king News! So in the tradition of Rachel Maddow, Jen Psaki and Jon Stewart, Jonathan Larsen is here every Monday morning to tell us wtf is going on. A few things in the f&#king news today: Ronna McDaniel NBC kerfuffel, TFG in a NY courtroom, penalty payment day has arrived, no government shutdown this time, motion to vacate again, SCOTUS hears the mifepristone case this week.... I could go on, but you should just listen... --- Send in a voice message:


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20240322 Nicole Sandler Show - Emptywheel Fridays

Marcy Wheeler reports the important news daily at She joins me on Friday's to recap what the highlights (and lowlights) from the week. Today, the latest Comer farce impeachment inquiry hearings and the various pending cases against him. Plus NBC News' latest hire and more... --- Send in a voice message: