October 11 - How Scandal is Consuming Our Politics and the Media; As Long as NATO Expands We'll Have Problems With Putin; The Band-Aid Approach to Helping Haiti

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Part 1

We begin with the extent to which scandal is consuming our politics and media and will likely intensify between now and the November 8th elections. Mark Feldstein, a professor and the Chair of Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland and author of “Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture”, joins us to discuss how The Washington Post’s recent scoop breaking the news of Donald Trump’s lewd behavior in the “Access Hollywood” video that NBC owned and was sitting on, shows the problems inherent in the ownership of the media by a few conglomerates whose news divisions are dwarfed by more profitable entertainment divisions which explains in part why our culture is getting dumbed-down in terms of “infotainment” and the trivial pursuit of social media that substitutes for news and information serving an informed citizenry and building civic engagement.


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Part 2

Then, with President Putin cancelling a planned visit to France after French President Hollande said Russia could face war crimes over it bombing of civilians in Syria, we will examine growing tensions between Russia and the West over Syria that could end up being a flashpoint with calls for a no-fly zone from Hillary Clinton as Russia deploys surface to air missile systems as a hedge against U.S. and coalition airstrikes against the Assad regime.  A former Fulbright Scholar at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia, Gordon Hahn, a Professor and Researcher in the Terrorism Research and Education Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, joins us to discuss how Putin will continue to cause problems for the West as long as NATO expands eastward.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Brian Concannon, the Executive Director and founder of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti who previously worked for the United Nations in Haiti as a Human Rights Officer. He joins us to discuss the need for sustained help from humanitarian organizations and NGO’s following the latest hurricane and the current cholera epidemic in Haiti, rather that the Band-Aid approach that follows earlier earthquakes and hurricanes where little is done to improve infrastructure as long as the U.S. supports corrupt governments that are incapable of disbursing aid to their own citizens who they care little about.