July 11 - Both Sides of the Police and African American Divide; Is Putin Tipping the Scales for Trump?; South Sudan's Leaders Resume the Fratricide

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Part 1

We begin with the Dallas police chief’s remarks that society is asking too much of police officers expecting them to be mental health professionals, marriage counselors, dog catchers and school monitors. Lisa Campbell, who comes from a family of police officers and served 20 years in Law Enforcement joins us to discuss both sides of the issue as a female African/American police officer and someone who does not want see black brothers and sons gunned down by either the police or gangs. We discuss her new film “Shoot, Don’t Shoot”, a documentary that tries to bridge the gap by addressing the underlying issues leading to the escalation of violence by and against the police in urban communities like Chicago, Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas.

Part 2

Then we investigate the possibility that Putin is tipping the scale for Trump against Hillary Clinton since it was Putin’s propaganda outlet RT that first published hacked emails in March of 2013 from Clinton’s private server that first led to the revelation of the server that has dogged her campaign. Jacob Heilbrunn, a Senior Editor at The National Interest and author of “They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons”, joins us to discuss Putin’s ties to General Michael Flynn who is apparently Trump’s favorite pick for VP and Flynn’s new book co-authored by the prominent neocon Michael Ledeen “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies”.    

Part 3

Then finally we look into the resumption of the civil war in South Sudan that has already wreaked havoc and death upon the world’s newest country whose leaders have all but destroyed their country over the personal rivalries between the president and the vice president. Lako Tongun, a professor of International and Intercultural Studies and Political Studies at Pitzer College who was born and grew up in South Sudan, joins us to discuss the head of the U.N’s urgent call to massively reinforce the U.N. mission after two Chinese peacekeepers and a U.N. staff member were killed along with hundreds of civilians.