May 21 - A Priceless World Heritage Site in Syria Now in Hands of ISIS; Another Nuclear Plant Faces NRC Scrutiny; Big Banks Pay Fines While Republicans Cut Enforcement For IRS and CFTC

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Part 1

We begin with the capture of a priceless World Heritage site, the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. We speak with UCLA Historian James Gelvin whose research focuses on the Middle East and in particular Greater Syria and discuss the likelihood that the ancient Roman ruins at Palmyra will be the next victim of the desecration and destruction of antiquities by the terrorist group whose theological justification for such barbarity against human history is found in Saudi Wahabbi doctrine.



Part 2

Then we look into the ruling by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that will decide whether the controversial Diablo Canyon nuclear plant was illegally allowed to alter the plant’s license in an attempt to hide its vulnerability to earthquake faults only 3.5 miles offshore and one that is less than 1,000 feet from the ocean water intake that cools the plant with 2.5 billion gallons of seawater per day. The former head of the TVA, New York Power, the LA DWP and the California State energy czar, David Freeman, a leading authority on the production, management and delivery of energy to large populations, joins us.


Part 3

Then finally, following the $5.8 billion fines against 5 big banks for fixing markets, we look into the disconnect between claiming success for penalizing too-big-to-fail banks without jailing too-big-to-jail bankers while the Republican Congress cuts enforcement funds for the IRS and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. James Henry, an economist, lawyer and investigative journalist joins us to discuss the almost trillion dollars per year in revenues owed to the federal government that is not collected.