April 2 - the Market Plunges on Fears Trump Is Starting a Trade War; Sinclair: America's Ministry of Truth; A Teacher on Why She Is on Strike in Kentucky

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While our peripatetic president strikes out in all directions tweeting out attacks on NAFTA, DACA and Amazon, we will begin with the stock market taking a hit today as investors worry that Trump is precipitating a trade war with China. Matt Gold, a Professor of Law at Fordham University where he teaches international trade law, who previously held an appointment within the Executive Office of the President as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North America, joins us. We  discuss the dangers of such a woefully ignorant president without impulse control threatening a trade war who has no grasp of history when it comes to the lessons from the nativist boneheaded Smoot-Hawley tariffs in 1930 which plunged the country and the world into the great depression. We will assess whether Trump will get a reality check as the stock market he takes credit for plunges, and his tariffs start to cause job losses which might also get the attention of Republican congressional leaders facing a tough election year.

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Part 2

Then we speak with Michael Copps, a former FCC commissioner who currently heads the Media and Democracy Reform initiative at Common Cause. He joins us to discuss America’s Ministry of Truth and the Orwellian dictates from  the owners of the Sinclair Group who are forcing their news anchors at their soon-to-be 215 TV stations to all read the same propaganda script in a Soviet-style effort to portray themselves as the “fair and balanced” media while labelling real news fake news. With an overwhelming number of Americans opposed to the Sinclair-Tribune merger, and the FCC’s gutting of net neutrality, we will speculate when the democratic will of the majority will overcome the money and influence power of the inside-the-Beltway minority.

Part 3

Then finally, with strikes by teachers having erupted in West Virginia and now spreading to Kentucky and Oklahoma, we will speak with Tammy Berlin, an arts and humanities teacher at Atherton High School in Kentucky and vice president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association. She joins us from Kentucky’s capital where she is participating in a statewide teachers strike to force the legislature to fund schools and pay teachers a living wage.

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