August 7 - Trump vs Clinton: Anti-Intellectualism vs Intellectualism; Third Parties as a Fools Errand; Is Putin Deliberately Tipping His Hand in Supporting Trump?

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in terms of the intellectual versus the anti-intellectual and assess the extent to which the Clinton campaign smugly takes comfort from Trump’s daily bomblets of political incorrectness and fact-free pronouncements, instead of understanding the anger, disgust and disillusionment that drove people to vote for Bernie Sanders and underpins support for Donald Trump. Michael Lind, the co-founder of The New America Foundation and the author of “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States” joins us to discuss his article at The Smart Set, “Intellectuals Are Freaks: Why professors, pundits and policy wonks misunderstand the world” and whether being the smartest person in the room is a help or hindrance in the 2016 campaign.

Part 2

Then we speak with Joel Rogers, a professor of law, political science, public affairs, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and author of “American Society: How it Really Works”. He joins us to discuss the Trump rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin at which Donald Trump read a prepared text endorsing House Speaker Paul and Senator John McCain in an apparent act of contrition orchestrated by Paul Ryan’s friend the RNC Chair Reince Preibus. With right-wing activists like Ann Coulter actively campaigning against Ryan’s reelection in Tuesday’s primary, we examine how this rust belt state could end up being the key to who wins the election.

Part 3

Then finally we look into the remarks by the former acting director of the CIA, Mike Morrell, who called Donald Trump an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation, and assess why Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to help elect Trump when the smart money is on Hillary Clinton winning handily. A former Senior Staffer on both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Loch Johnson, the  Regent’s Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia and author of “The Threat on the Horizon: An Inside Account of America’s Search for Security After the Cold War” joins us to discuss Putin’s undisguised dislike of Hillary and why she and President Obama should try to reach out to the Russian leader.