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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






20240219 It's President's Day with The F#*king News - Nicole Sandler Show

If I hadn't taken last Monday off to hang with my daughter, I'd probably be enjoying a President's Day holiday off, but I couldn't justify it. Besides, I put together an open for Jonathan Larsen's The Fucking News segment, and I didn't want to wait another week to play it. --- Send in a voice message:


20240216 Emptywheel Friday

From Special Counsel David Weiss's bs case against Hunter Biden falling apart after his big witness, Alexander Smirnov, was arrested and charged with making it all up(!) to a photo of sawdust on a table saw that they claimed was cocaine to Fani Willis on the stand defending her right to a modicum of privacy and more, Marcy Wheeler of is here to tell all in our regular Friday get together. Buckle in. It's a wild ride! --- Send in a voice message:


I'm back from Vacation and Howie Klein's Here Too - Nicole Sandler Show 2-15-24

I spent the last week enjoying my daughter's first visit to Arizona and honestly did my best to steer clear of the news as much as possible. She left last night and I've been catching up. Oh my, the shit really has hit the fan all week, and today is no exception. As I'm writing this and setting up today's show, Fani Willis is on the stand in Fulton County, GA in a suit brought by Trump allies attempting to have her removed from the case due to her alleged misconduct with a prosecutor she hired for this case. So, we'll discuss a bit of that, some of what happened while I was gone, then Howie Klein joins in for the second half hour... --- Send in a voice message:


20240214 Valentines Day is Different Here - Nicole Sandler Show

We end my week of vacation shows with a flashback to February 14-- Yes, it's Valentines Day. It's also the anniversary of the mass school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. --- Send in a voice message:


20240213 Flashback Tuesday with GottaLaff

Laffy's been taking some time off from her regular appearances on the show. Since I'm on vacation this week, we go back to one of her shows from the past --- Send in a voice message:


20240912 Flashback to a Farewell to Florida with Jim DeFede 9-11-23

Last week, a video of my friend and former colleague Jim DeFede questioning a Republican member of Congress from South Florida went viral. I'm happy his regular diligence in reporting was recognized and praised so widely! Jim DeFede is the last Florida guest I had on the show before leaving the fascist state. I thought I'd share that program today... --- Send in a voice message:


20240209 Flashback Emptywheel Friday plus Joan Baez & Dar Williams

Since it's Emptywheel Friday and I'm on vacation, I thought we'd go back to Marcy Wheeler's first appearance on this show-- October 12, 2011. Then we go back to this date in 1996.. I was hosting mornings on KSCA/Los Angeles. That morning 2/9/1996 we were broadcasting live from a Starbucks in Encino with our musical guests Joan Baez and Dar Williams! --- Send in a voice message:


20240208 Flashback Nicole Sandler Show from 8-17-21 with Melanie

August 17, 2021 was the day after President Biden pulled the last troops from Afghanistan, finally ending our longest war. It was an ugly end to an ugly war, and we dealt with it on the show that day. It was also the 52nd anniversary of the last day of Woodstock, billed as three days of Peace and Music. I was joined by Melanie for a treat of an interview. I'm sharing it today to honor the woman who passed away just about a week ago. --- Send in a voice message:


New News, Old News, Lots of News and Then Some... Nicole Sandler Show 2-7-24

When it rains it pours, and I'm not even in California anymore. After yesterday's long-awaited decision on the former guy's non-immunity, there was another opportunity to almost feel sorry for Republicans. The new, inexperienced and in-over-his-head Speaker of the House learned nothing from his Democratic predecessor who NEVER brought a vote to the floor without knowing she had the votes to win, lost... spectacularly. Of course, the assist goes to Rep Al Green of Texas, who left his hospital bed to vote, causing a tie, and another GQP loss. When I get through the new news, we'll dip into the old news as I reconnect with an old friend. Actually, an old boss! I came across Charlie Seraphin's new book on Facebook with some curiosity. I think the last time I saw Charlie was the day I left the CBS radio building in Los Angeles for my new job at KLOS in June of 1990! The book the piqued my curiosity is called THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE: WRITE YOUR OWN OBITUARY. OK, we'll talk about it. --- Send in a voice message:


20240206 No Immunity Tuesday Special with Emptywheel! Nicole Sandler Show for Tue 2-6-24

Because of big breaking news this morning, Marcy 'Emptywheel' Wheeler makes a special Tuesday appearance on the show to talk about the decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on TFG's claims of 'absolute presidential immunity.' As we knew, there is no such thing, and the bipartisan three-judge panel ruled so unanimously, releasing their decision this morning. Since I'm on vacation for a week after tomorrow, Marcy Wheeler jumped on the Zoom with me this morning to discuss what it all means. --- Send in a voice message:


The F#cking News with Jonathan Larsen - Nicole Sandler Show for Monday 2-5-24

Jonathan Larsen has spent many years in the progressive news broadcast biz -- you knew him before you knew him from Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, and Morning Sedition and The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, to name just a few of his credits. Now he's back with an imperative newsletter, The Fucking News ( And he joins me each Monday for a recap and a preview of what happened last week and what might and could happen in the week just starting. Come hang with us today! --- Send in a voice message:


Emptywheel Fridays! Marcy Wheeler joins Nicole Sandler 2-2-24

Every Friday we get together with Marcy Wheeler who does real journalism over at to get the latest on the various trials, hearing, indictments, and drama surrounding the failed, twice impeached former guy who once again wants to occupy the oval office (but is really only running because he sees it as his only way to stay out of jail). Today, Marcy explains the story she singularly broke regarding the warrants issued in the Hunter Biden so-called investigation and lots more. --- Send in a voice message:


Talking Politics Thursdays with Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny - Nicole Sandler Show - 2-1-2024

It's Thursday, so Howie Klein is here from his perch at Down With Tyranny and the Blue America PAC. Since election season is here, he's bringing on one of the Blue America-endorsed candidates for Congress, Jerrod Christian, running in Ohio's 12th District. --- Send in a voice message:


20240131 What's News Wednesday on the Nicole Sandler Show

There's a potpourri of news today, so we'll attempt to cover as much of it as possible. From Taylor Swift causing Republicans to lose their collective shit, to a shit show in the senate as social media CEOs get a taste of their own harassment. No guest today, so it's up to you to weigh in on all that's going on in our opposite world. Anything goes. --- Send in a voice message:


1-30-24 Nicole Sandler Show - Let's Try This Again with Brian Karem

Last Wednesday, we were expecting journalist Brian Karem to pop into the Zoom room at any moment. That moment never came. When I invited Brian on the show, he told me that he had pool duty that day, but should be on the tarmac at LAX where he could jump on the air with me while waiting for the president to get back to the plane. Unfortunately, the Secret Service had a different idea that day, and Brian was unable to join us. So we'll try again today when, I think, he'll be in a more accessible position. We'll find out soon enough. --- Send in a voice message:


20240129 Nicole Sandler Show - The F@cking News with Jonathan Larsen

He's baack! I've been a fan of Jonathan Larsen's before I knew his name. He worked behind the scenes on some TV shows you probably watched -- he helped create and launch Anderson Cooper 360 at CNN, worked on Countdown with Keith Olbermann for about five years, then created and ran Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Did I mention that he also worked at Air America Radio as Executive Producer of Morning Sedition with Marc Maron and The Rachel Maddow Show? Now you get it, right? Well, Jonathan Larsen just relaunched his daily irreverent news roundup, The Fucking News. (Subscribe at He'll join us today for the first of what I hope will be a regular segment on the show because we all need the fucking news delivered with the attitude it deserves! --- Send in a voice message:


2024126 Nicole Sandler Show - Emptywheel Fridays

Every Friday we recap the week in Trump trials and legal issues facing our democracy with Marcy Wheeler of Today, the latest in the Trump tantrums at the second E Jean Carroll defamation trial, which he throws on purpose to command the media's attention who are busy watching his sideshow instead of covering the important news he's distracting them from. And the persecution of private citizen Hunter Biden, the false equivalencies pushed by the magaT contingent, and lots more... --- Send in a voice message:


20240125 Nicole Sandler Show - Thursdays with Howie Klein

Howie Klein of ⁠Down With Tyranny⁠ took off for a few weeks over the holidays, and then another couple to battle Covid. Thankfully he's back today in time to tell us about TFG's latest troubles, about Matt Gaetz's resurrected troubles, about the impending blue wave and whatever else we have time for. (Awesome artwork courtesy of Down With Tyranny's official artist Nancy Ohanian) --- Send in a voice message:


20240124 Nicole Sandler Show - About Last Night

Primary Night Coverage isn't going to win any awards for suspense! The networks called it for Trump just moments after the polls closed in New Hampshire last night. And despite pronouncements to the contrary by the idiots at Fox, they called the Democratic primary for Joe Biden shortly after, even though his name wasn't on the ballot thanks to some DNC nonsense. Yawn. Until Trump is convicted, it'll continue like this. Then, all bets are off. --- Send in a voice message:


20240122 Nicole Sandler Show - Racing to NH & Black History Month

So many developments over the weekend, much of it seems to be in the quest of a VP nod by TFG. Ron DeSantis 'suspended' his presidential campaign and quickly kissed the ring. Nikki Haley keeps doubling down on her racism comments. And Tim Scott proposed to his female girlfriend. Hmmm. I think it's all related. We'll talk about it in the first half-hour of the show. In the second half-hour I welcome today's guest, Keith Boykin. He's a TV and film producer, former CNN political commentator and a NY Times-bestselling author whose brand new one, WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE ABOUT RACE?: 25 Arguments that Won't Go Away, is officially released tomorrow. --- Send in a voice message: