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Abortion, Guns, Racism: Is the US still Liberty’s poster child?

The United States is bitterly divided over abortion and gun ownership. Is American democracy at risk? Our guests: Emilia Roig (political scientist), Laura von Daniels (analyst), Erik Kirschbaum (journalist)

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