June 8 - Bernie Vows to Take the Fight All the Way to the Convention; Democrats Might Get Rid of Super-Delegates While Republicans Who Want to Stop Trump Wish They Had Them; India's Prime Minister Visits the White House and Addresses Congress

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of Bernie Sanders’ challenge last night after losing the New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and California primaries, that he will take the fight to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.  Will Bunch, an award-winning senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of “The Bern Identity: A Search for Bernie Sanders and the New American Dream”, joins us to discuss Bernie Sanders’ defiant non-concession speech following Hillary Clinton’s victory speech, and whether the Democratic convention in Philadelphia will be a scripted coronation and infomercial as recent conventions have been, or will we return to the 1960’s and 70’s when delegations fought it out on the floor before the winner’s final acceptance speech.

Part 2

Then we look into apparent efforts underway to unify the Democratic Party starting with Bernie Sanders’ meeting with President Obama on Thursday, and speak with Lawrence Jacobs, the Walter and Joan Mondale Chair of Political Science and the Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Political Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The author of “Class War? Economic Inequality and the American Dream”, he joins us to discuss the need for the Democrats to cut back on the number of super-delegates which the Republicans don’t have, although many who want to stop Trump, wish they did.

Part 3

Then finally we assess the visit of India’s Prime Minister Modi to the White House and his address to a joint session of Congress and discuss the difference between the uncritical embrace of the controversial leader in the United States compared to his critics at home, many of whom see him as a dangerous and divisive figure. Sumit Ganguly, the Chair of Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University joins us to discuss the U.S. effort to enlist India in building up its naval presence in the Indian Ocean to counter the growing global reach of China.