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Al Franken's career arc has taken an unconventional turn: The comedian has nailed down the Minnesota Democrats' endorsement for the U.S. Senate, following in former Gov. Jesse Ventura's footsteps as a performer-turned-politician in the Midwestern state. Starting out in comedy may serve Franken well in Congress, where knowing how to work a tough crowd just might come in handy.

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Air America, the progressive radio network, celebrates its relaunch with a look back on the good and the bad, plus a preview of what's to come and a shout-out from Bill Clinton.

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If Don Imus' Rutgers smear marks the boundary for what is considered indecent on radio, conservative pundits beware. Here is a sampling of the racism, sexism, homophobia and hate pumped out by talk radio every day.

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Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn't work, what he's going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America's largest progressive radio network. Pictured above, Al Franken, who was an Air America host.

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Mark Green, the new president of Air America, tells Truthdig why it didn't work, what he's going to do to fix it and what you can expect in the future from America's only progressive radio network.

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The former Air America CEO and music mogul discusses the significance of the Dixie Chicks' Grammy win; Al Gore's prospects for 2008; and the liberals' responsibility to "blow the wind" of change.

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