July 30 - A Clue to the Mystery of the Disappearance of the Malaysian Airliner; Jeb Bush: Medicare's 50th Anniversary Party Pooper; Drones Avoid Putting Our Troops in Danger but Put the Rest of Us in More Danger

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Part 1

We begin with the discovery of debris that is likely to be from the Malaysian airliner that disappeared over the Indian Ocean 17 months ago prompting the most extensive and expensive search in history. Dr. John Hansman, a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT where he is the Director of the MIT International Center for Air Transportation joins us. The Chair of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Research Engineering & Development Committee, we will discuss the significance of this discovery and whether it will help explain the mystery of what happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8, 2014 with all 239 passengers and crew on board.

Part 2

Then on the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid that was signed into law by President Johnson on July 30, 1965, we look into the health and durability of Medicare that serves 54 million Americans along with Medicaid that covers 70 million people. Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author of “The Political Life of Medicare”, joins us to discuss the current attacks on these popular programs from Congressman Paul Ryan who was recently joined by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who, speaking before a Koch brothers-sponsored event, called for the phasing out of Medicare claiming it was not solvent.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with one of America’s premier military experts William Arkin, who co-authored the landmark “Top Secret America” investigation and is the co-author of the national best-seller of the same name. He joins us to discuss his latest book “Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare” and how our security is undermined by the impulse to gather too much data and that by using drones to avoid putting our troops in danger, we put the rest of us in more danger.