April 29 - Could Trump Win the Nobel Prize and a Second Term?; Kim Jong-Un's Charm Offensive Undercuts Trump's Leverage; Is Kim Jong-Un Playing Trump?

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Part 1

 We begin with President Trump’s premature boasts about a successful summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un which has yet to take place and his tweet “KOREAN WAR TO END” which has prompted Senator Lindsey Graham to gush on Fox News “if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.” Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, the best-selling author of ‘The Making of Donald Trump” and his latest “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America”, joins us to discuss whether Trump could get a second term. We will assess the state of the Democratic opposition which in large part is depending on Trump to either melt down and be dragged out of the Oval Office in a straightjacket or be dragged out of the Oval Office in an orange jumpsuit by Robert Mueller. With the crowd shouting “Nobel, Nobel” last night at a Trump rally in Michigan, at the same time a comedian was trashing the president at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner which Trump boycotted for a second time, we will explore the separate universes in American politics with Trump-haters disgusted at Republicans on one side and Trump-lovers who hate Democrats on the other.

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Part 2

Then we look into the extent that Donald Trump is being played by Kim Jong-un whose charm offensive with the South Koreans appears to be undercutting the leverage Trump has in terms of pressuring North Korea with sanctions and maintaining military threats when the two Koreas are talking peace. Gilbert Rozman, a Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and author of “International Relations and Asia’s Northern Tier: Sino-Russian Relations and North Korea, and Mongolia”, joins us to discuss what kind of a deal is likely to emerge from the forthcoming Trump-Kim summit.

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Part 3

Then finally we get an assessment of what denuclearization of the Korean peninsula could mean and whether greater engagement between the two Koreas could lead to the opening of North Korea to the outside world and speak with Sung Yoon Lee, a Professor of International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tuft’s University. He joins us to discuss whether either of the summits will lead to the North demobilizing its outsized standing army and the firing of thousands of be-meddled generals and the removal of hundreds of thousands rockets and artillery tubes targeting Seoul.