April 21 - Can Obama Rescue Britain From Cameron's Self-Inflicted Brexit Catastrophe?; Cameron's Unpopularity and the Rabid Murdoch Press Could Spell Disaster; The Life and Legacy of the Extraordinary Harriet Tubman

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Part 1

We begin with the arrival of President Obama in the U.K. where he will be having lunch on Friday with the queen who turned 90 today then meeting with the Prime Minister.  Apparently David Cameron is counting on Obama to help him out the mess Cameron got into by calling for a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the E.U. that now is dangerously close to becoming a self-inflicted disaster of historic proportions that could lead to the unravelling of the E.U., the weakening of NATO and the downsizing of Britain into small island nation. Economist Stephany Griffith Jones, Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London joins us to discuss the dire consequences of a so-called Brexit.  


Stephany Griffith-Jones

Part 2

Then we get a second opinion on this unnecessary crisis in Europe which is already beset with a refugee crisis and terrorist attacks, and speak with Toby Miller one of the world’s leading analysts of popular culture, media, and there connection to everyday life. A Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in the U.K., he joins us to discuss David Cameron’s low standing in the polls following revelations in the Panama Papers about his family’s hidden offshore wealth and the role the Murdoch Press in stirring up ignorant anti-European demagoguery.


Part 3

Then finally we look into the life and legacy of the extraordinary woman who in a few years will be gracing the front of the $20 bill, Harriet Tubman. Kate Clifford Larson, the author of “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero”, joins us to recount the dramatic career of a disabled 5 foot-tall African American woman who escaped slavery, smuggled slaves to freedom, spied for the Union and led raids in the Civil War, and fought for a woman’s right to vote.