April 22 - How the Troubled War-Torn Caucasus Might Have Influenced Tamerlan Tsarnaev; An Earth Day Call to Replace the GDP with the Genuine Progress Indicator

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Part 1

We begin with an examination of the troubled regions of the Caucasus that the accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev visited for six months last year after Russian Intelligence had flagged him and asked the FBI to look into his possible ties to radical Islam. One of the country’s leading experts on Russian/Chechen relations and the Caucasus, Gordon Hahn, joins us to discuss the extent of cooperation between Russian and American Intelligence Services and the history of this troubled war-torn region and how it might have influenced the actions of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. gordon hahn


Part 2

Then on Earth Day we look into how none of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use. We speak with Daphne Wysham, the director of the Genuine Progress Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She is working on ways to build a more sustainable society by using the Genuine Progress Indicator which Maryland and Vermont have adopted as an alternative metric to the Gross Domestic Product or GDP, to move beyond a system that “simply steals from the future, sells it in the present, and calls it GDP”.

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