April 20 - Will Wall Street Become Less of an Issue in a Trump-Clinton Race?; Saudi Arabia's Internal Powder Keg; The Dead President's Shuffle With Jackson Out and Hamilton Still In

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Part 1

We begin with the big victories for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in New York and assess whether they point towards a Clinton - Trump race in the general election and speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter for ProPublica Jesse Eisinger who covers Wall Street and finance and writes a regular column for The New York Times’s Dealbook section. We discuss how much the focus on Wall Street in the Sanders-Clinton debate may have influenced the outcome and whether in the general election reforming Wall Street might become less of an issue while Donald Trump, assuming he wins the Republican nomination, could himself become the issue in the fall campaign.

Jesse Eisinger

Part 2

Then we will examine the apparent snub that President Obama received from the Saudi king who sent a minor official to greet Air Force One when Obama arrived in Riyadh today for a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting. Dr. Alon Ben Meir, a professor and Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “Saudi Arabia - A Kingdom in Retreat” and the many current tensions between the U.S. and the Saudi ruling family who are critical of U.S. policies in the region but seem incapable of dealing with the kingdom’s own internal powder keg of a restive young population waiting for their "Arab Spring”.

Part 3

Then finally, with today’s announcement by the Secretary of the Treasury of changes to the $5, $10 and $20 bills, we will speak with David Reynolds a distinguished professor of American Studies at City University of New York’s Graduate Center and author of “Walking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson”. We discuss Jackson’s replacement on the $20 bill by the first non-president and a woman, the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and Alexander Hamilton’s reprieve in remaining on the face of the $10 bill.