December 7 -- Trump's Cynical Choice for Head of the EPA; Academic McCarthyism; The Continuing Fallout From Trump's Taiwan Call

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Part 1

We will begin with Donald Trump’s naming of the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt as the next head of the EPA and speak with a leading expert on energy and environmental issues who helped bring about the Environmental Protection Agency under President Nixon. David Freeman, a senior advisor to Friends of the Earth who headed up the Tennessee Valley Authority, New York Power, the Los Angeles DWP and is the author of “All Electric Future: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future”, joins us to discuss the cynical choice of an aggressive anti-environmentalist to head up an agency meant to protect the land, air and water. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, a protégé of Oklahoma’s global warming denying Senator James Inhofe, has spent most of his time suing the EPA on behalf of fossil fuel companies and shale oil “fracking” outfits who have turned Oklahoma into the earthquake capitol of the United States. 


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Part 2

Then we speak with Anthea Butler, a Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is on a McCarthyite hit-list funded by a right wing billionaire that targets academics who they consider subversive which results in an organized blizzard of hate mail and demands for resignation sent to university chancellors, deans and students to get professors fired. She joins us to discuss her article at The Guardian “I’m on the ‘professor watchlist’. It’s a ploy to undermine free speech” and the Orwellian nature of “reporting” on professors by students who, in the name of fighting “bias”, are encouraged by groups like Turning Point USA and Campus Reform, to be informants rather than enter into dialogue and discourse with those who have differing opinions.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into the continuing fallout from Donald Trump’s call to the leader of Taiwan with The New York Times’ revealing that Senator Bob Dole, a lobbyist for Taiwan, helped arrange the call that has China fuming and many wondering whether it is a sign of incompetence and amateurism or if there is some kind of strategy at work. An expert on Taiwan, Shelley Rigger, a professor of Political Science at Davidson College and author of “Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse” joins us to try to make sense of where relations between the U.S. and China might be heading amid mixed and contradictory signals from the new Trump Administration.

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