March 19 - Trump Gets Tough on Heroin Dealers to Solve a Problem Caused by Prescription Drugs; A Serial Bomber and the Racial Divide in Austin; Cambridge Analytica's Secrets are Pouring Out

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Part 1

We begin with the speech in New Hampshire today by President Trump outlining his plans to deal with the opioid crisis in which he called for his border wall and the death penalty for drug traffickers. Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who spent 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico and is the author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”, joins us to discuss Trump’s use of a medical and social crisis that cost the lives of 64,000 Americans in 2016 as a political platform to call the Democrats out for their opposition to his border wall, claiming that “ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border where eventually the Democrats will agree with us to build the wall to keep the damn drugs out”. With big pharma largely responsible for creating the opioid crisis, in particular Purdue Pharma which spent hundreds of millions promoting their prescription drug Oxycontin from which they reaped tens of billions in profit, we will assess whether Trump’s get-tough approach on heroin dealers makes any sense when the source of the problem is prescription drugs.

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Part 2

Then we speak with Dr. Richard Reddick, an award-winning Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy with an appointment in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. He joins us to discuss the extent to which the city of Austin is gripped in fear after four bombings in mostly minority neighborhoods of Austin from a serial bomber who appears to have sophisticated training in explosives. We will examine the possibility of the bomber having a racist agenda and the racial divide in Austin between the city’s east side and west side.

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Part 3

Then finally with the UK government seeking a warrant to inspect Cambridge Analytica's databases, we look into the role of the political data analytics firm in influencing the Brexit vote and the U.S. election now that Facebook has suspended the company along with a Russian professor who got data from Facebook for Cambridge Analytica, Aleksandr Kogan. Mark Rotenberg, the President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington D.C. who teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss the damning information thanks to a whistleblower Christopher Wylie, that is pouring out of the secretive company advised by Steven Bannon and funded by Robert Mercer.

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