January 9 - Obama's New Man at the Treasury; What Can Be Done to Reduce Gun Violence?; The Hottest Year on Record but Denial Still Dominates

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Part 1

We begin with an assessment of the likely new Secretary of the Treasury Jacob “Jack” Lew who is currently President Obama’s Chief of Staff. Felix Salmon, a financial journalist and blogger for Reuters joins us to discuss the choice of this consummate Beltway insider to head up Treasury who, although Speaker Boehner asked Obama to replace him as negotiator, will apparently continue to do battle with the Republicans. felix


Part 2

Then we look into what the President, who has deputized Joe Biden to take on the task of reducing gun violence in this country, can achieve in the face of determined, organized and well-funded opposition. Saul Cornell, the author of “A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America” and “The Second Amendment Goes to Court”, joins us to discuss what could be achieved through executive order short of the American people standing up to the NRA.



Part 3

Then finally, with 2012 the hottest year on record in the lower 48 states, we speak with Daphne Wysham, the founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network. We discuss what little the U.S. is doing to slow climate change compared to poor countries like Uruguay which will be 90% energy renewable by 2015, and Germany and Denmark who are also on track to be 100% renewable in spite their lack of sun and wind compared to the U.S.

  MUSIC: Fiddler on the Roof - If I Were a Rich Man; The Roots - Guns are Drawn; The Beatles - Happiness is a Warm Gun / Here Comes the Gun