October 13 - What Theology Informs Dr. Ben Carson?; Contrasting the GOP Presidential Debates With Tonight's Democratic Debate; Dutch Report Makes It Clear A Russian Buk Missile Shot Down the Malaysian Airliner

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of the theological underpinnings of the second-placed Republican presidential candidate who is rising in the polls, Dr. Ben Carson, whose appearance at a White House prayer breakfast at which he aggressively criticized his host Barack Obama, made him an instant hero of the Religious Right and the Tea Party movement.  Sarah Posner, a contributing writer at Religion Dispatches where she has an article “On Guns and Religious Liberty, Ben Carson Leaves Fellow Adventists Mystified”, joins us to discuss how Carson has allied himself with the Tea Party and the Religious Right despite his Seventh Day Adventism, not because of it, as well as Carson’s conspiratorial belief that “secular progressives” are the enemy within America and that he would engage America in a “battle royale” with the Russians in Syria.

Part 2

Then we contrast the upcoming first debate of the Democratic presidential candidates with the recent Republican candidates’ debates where both the Fox News and CNN moderators seemed more interested in creating friction among the candidates than shedding light on their policies and positions on issues. Michael Cohen, a columnist for the Boston Globe and the London Observer and author of “Live from the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America”, joins us to assess whether substance over “sound and fury that signifies nothing”, will prevail in tonight’s Democratic debate.

Part 3

Then finally we look into the just-released report from the Dutch Safety Board on the shoot-down of the Malaysian Airliner over rebel-held Ukraine that makes it clear a Russian-made Buk missile shot the plane down killing all 298 aboard, but stops short of saying who fired the missile. A former Swedish diplomat, Anders Aslund, a professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University joins us to discuss how the many conspiracy theories manufactured by Russian propaganda to muddy the waters have now been put to rest and whether in the forthcoming criminal report, the Dutch will lay out the overwhelming evidence of Russian culpability and hold Putin responsible for the deaths of 298 innocent civilians.