Aug 15 - What Makes Rick Perry Presidential; Ron Paul's Almost Win; Why The Rich Aren't Empathetic

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We will begin with a profile of Texas Governor Rick Perry who has just entered the race for president, shaking up a crowded field of Republican candidates, none of whom have broken out of the pack, perhaps explaining why Perry is already considered a front-runner. Emmy award-winning television news correspondent James Moore, who has covered Texas politics for decades, joins us.

Part 2

Then political scientist Jonathan Weiler, author of Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics joins us to discuss another front runner, who has moved from the fringes to the mainstream of the Republican Party. We will discuss how close Libertarian Ron Paul came to winning in Iowa and how he can at the same time, appeal to both dope-smoking anti-war activists and anti-government gun lovers.

Part 3

Then finally, we will look into an article in Monday’s New York Times that President Obama referred to, “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich”, written by one of America’s richest billionaires, Warren Buffet. Dr Michael Kraus, lead author of a new study which finds that wealthy people are less empathetic, joins us to discuss why Warren Buffet is the exception to that rule.