April 25 - What Can We Praise About George W. Bush?; Hysteria Over Terror While Accepting Daily Gun Deaths; The Corporate Takeover of Food

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We begin with today’s opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas attended by five living U.S. presidents. We discuss the legacy of the 43rd president and recent attempts at revisionist history by some Republicans suggesting that he wasn’t all that bad. Paul Glastris, the editor-in-chief of The Washington Monthly joins us to discuss his new ebook “Elephant in the Room: Washington in the Bush Years”. paul glastris

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Then we speak with Michael Cohen who is a columnist for the UK Guardian and the Observer where he has an article “Why Does America lose its head over ‘terror’ but ignore its daily gun deaths?” We examine the paradox of our inordinate fear of random violence from terrorists, compared to our acceptance of the daily death toll from guns and the preventable workplace deaths of 14 Americans every day. As well as try to understand why 3,531 Americans, more than were killed on 9/11, have died from guns since Newtown, yet a majority of Americans are not as motivated to do something about it as the 1% who belong to the NRA, who are highly motivated to ensure that America’s criminals and terrorists are the best-armed in the world.

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Then finally we discuss the corporate takeover of food as powerful corporations like Monsanto are able to show how they can flex their political muscle in Congress and shut out the judicial branch of government. Frederick Kaufman, a contributing editor at Harper’s joins us to discuss his new book “Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food” and, while our food gets less healthy and more expensive, explain the hidden connection between global food and global finance.

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