July 10 - Race Relations and Gun Violence Roil America; Linda Greenhouse on the Rise of the Judicial Right; The Fox News Kingmaker Makes News

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Part 1

We begin with the roiling political turmoil in the country over race relations and gun control following the shooting of African/American men in Louisiana then Minnesota, then the payback massacre of police officers in Dallas by an African/American sniper who shot dead five policemen and wounded seven others in the midst of a peaceful demonstration against police violence. Garrett Duncan, a Professor of African/American Studies at the University of Washington in St. Louis joins us to discuss the sudden shift from public sympathy for victims of police violence to public sympathy for the police as victims of violence as well as the role of guns in our society since Philando Castile in Minnesota was apparently killed because of his mere possession of a gun, which flies in the face of the NRA’s claim that guns prevent violence as opposed to attracting it.


Part 2

Then we speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse who covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times for nearly 30 years and currently teaches at Yale Law School. We will discuss the recent decisions from an evenly divided Supreme Court that is unable to seat a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Merrick Garland, who President Obama has nominated because the Republican Majority Leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell wants to wait for the results of the next election to see if his candidate Donald Trump, who McConnell has not endorsed, will win and thus be able to pick a right-wing replacement. We will also discuss Linda Greenhouse’s latest book, just out, “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right”.


Part 3

Then finally we examine to travails of Roger Ailes, the Republican political powerbroker and head of Fox News who is now facing sexual harassment charges from a former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson, with a number of other women coming forward who buttress her claims. Dr. Kerwin Swint, a professor of politics at Kenneshaw University and author of “Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes” and his latest, “The King Whisperer: Power Behind the Throne, From Rasputin to Rove”, joins us.