September 13 - Could Sanders' Medicare for All Shift Focus from Saving Obamacare?; An Advocate for Medicare for All; The Need to Restrict Trump's Power to Wage Nuclear War

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We begin with today’s unveiling of the “Medicare for All Act of 2017” by Senator Bernie Sanders which has the support of 15 Democratic Senators but has not been embraced by the Democratic leadership in the Senate or House. The author of “The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office”, James Morone, a Professor of Political Science at Brown University noted for his work on health policies, joins us to discuss concerns expressed by Nancy Pelosi that Sanders’ single-payer plan shifts focus away from fighting to save the Affordable Care Act which the Republicans could still try to repeal. We also assess the uphill battle to get politically powerful insurance companies out of the healthcare business even though they contribute nothing but expensive overhead and spiraling costs under our current sickness/profit system called healthcare.

 

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Then we hear from an advocate of “Medicare for All”  Dr. Adam Gaffney, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Secretary of the advocacy organization, Physicians for a National Health Program. He joins us to discuss why the advanced democracies who spend less than half of what we do on healthcare with better results, have adopted a single-payer system and how the overhead for Medicare is just 2% while the cost of overhead at health insurance companies is 14%.

 
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Then finally we will examine the concerns expressed by the Republican Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which is shared among leaders of America’s closest allies, that Donald Trump may not have the “stability” to be trusted with the nuclear codes given that there is no impediment between the President and his authority to launch nuclear weapons. Jeffrey Bader, who was a special assistant for national security affairs on the National Security Council where he was the principal advisor to President Obama on Asia, joins us to discuss his article at The New York Times “Time to Restrict the President’s Power to Wage Nuclear War” and concerns about the exchange of bellicose threats between Trump and Kim Jong-un.

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September 12 - How the War on Terror Has Become a War on American Democracy; Is Trump Driving Putin and Merkel Together?; Ramped-Up Sanctions on North Korea

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We begin with an historical perspective on how wars in the past like the Civil War which ended slavery and World War 11 which brought about a social safety net have enhanced American democracy whereas since 9/11 and the war on terror our freedom at home has been restricted and we no longer defend democracy abroad but threaten it. Jeremi Suri, Professor of History and Public Affairs at the University of Texas joins us to discuss his new book “The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office” and his article at The Washington Post “How 9/11 triggered democracy’s decline”. We look into why the U.S. no longer wins wars and why we are fighting wars against our own democracy.

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Then we speak with Mona Krewel, a Professor of Government at Cornell University who is a Fellow of the Mannheim Center for European Research at the University of Mannheim in Germany. She joins us to discuss German Chancellor Merkel’s offer to participate in future nuclear talks with North Korea and her talks with Russia’s President Putin with whom she shares a growing alarm that Donald Trump is escalating the nuclear crisis with the equally unpredictable Kim Jong-un.

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Then finally we examine the new round of sanctions on North Korea following a unanimous vote by the U.N. Security Council and speak with Sung Yoon Lee, a Professor of International Affairs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University who has an article at The New York Times “The Way to Make North Korea Back Down” and another at The Los Angeles Times “Why won’t the U.S. use its full sanction power against North Korea”. We discuss China’s dilemma of not wanting to create a failed state on its border at the same time as not wanting Kim’s provocations to cause more U.S., South Korean and Japanese military power being introduced into the neighborhood.

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September 11 - Examining Bannon's Post-White House Agenda; The Ethnic Cleansing of Burma's Rohingyas; The Effectiveness of the Trillion Dollar Response to 9/11

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We begin with the “60 Minutes” interview with the recently-fired White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon in which he accused the Republican establishment of “trying to nullify the 2016 election”, saying that the House and Senate leaders “do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented”. Adele Stan, a weekly columnist for The American Prospect who covers the intersection of religion and politics joins us to discuss how Bannon’s patron the right-wing mega-donor Robert Mercer, is ready to pour millions into primaries to defeat incumbent Republican senators Mitch McConnell supports, replacing them with Tea Party zealots from the fringes of politics and in some cases sanity, such as Arizona’s “Chemtrails” Kelli Ward and Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore who wants to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Ten Commandments.  

 

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Then we examine the tragic situation in Myanmar/Burma where according to the U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights, the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority is being ethnically cleansed by Buddhist vigilantes and the Burmese military who have ruled the country for decades. A leading specialist and prominent scholar who has made many trip to Myanmar and is writing a book on the Buddhist/Muslim conflict who, because of his close relationship with political opposition figures at risk inside the country, prefers to remain nameless, joins us. We discuss the roots of this conflict and the silence of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Then finally, on the 16th anniversary of 9/11, we assess the effectiveness of the trillion dollar response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the averted attack on the capitol, and speak with Dr. John Mueller, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies and professor of political science at The Ohio State University and author of “Chasing Ghost: The Policing of Terrorism”.

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September 10 - A Report From Florida Where Hurricane Irma is About to Hit; Does Putin Have Buyer's Remorse Over Trump?; How American Freedom is Manipulated in Russia Information Warfare

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We begin with the massive hurricane making landfall on Florida’s southwest coast as we go to air and speak with Dr. Susan McManus, the Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at the University of South Florida. A long-time resident of Florida who has experienced many hurricanes, she is just north of Tampa which is poised to suffer a direct hit from Hurricane Irma but her house is on high ground and she will be hunkering down to ride out the storm. Since Tampa has not seen a direct hit from a major hurricane in almost a century, we discuss how state and local authorities have handled the looming disaster and whether those who evacuated Miami and sought shelter in Tampa, will be in harm’s way as the storm surge is expected to impact Tampa Bay with a wall of water between 10 and 15 feet high.

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Then we get an update on the latest revelations about Russia’s active measures campaign to influence the last election which, while it has sown chaos in the United States and could lead to more political paralysis and possibly a constitutional crisis involving the 25th Amendment or even impeachment, this multi-faceted intelligence operation has also impacted politics in Russia with blowback that has Putin on the defensive having over-reached massively while the leader of the far-right New Russia Movement is on state TV threatening to “hit Donald Trump with our Kompromat”. A veteran former CIA officer Robert Baer who is now the national security analyst on CNN, joins us to discuss the growing weight of evidence that a vast Russian intelligence operation targeted U.S. democracy in 2016 and now its architect Vladimir Putin may well have buyer’s remorse.

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Then finally we speak with Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean at Yale Law School who teaches National Security Law and served as a Special Agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation specializing in counter-intelligence operations. She joins us to discuss her article at Politico “How Facebook Changed the Spy Game” and assess at what point will all the dots be connected to reveal the full scope of the Russian active measures operation, as breaking news dribbles out almost daily revealing more incriminating details.

 

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September 7 - More Evidence of Russia's Brazen Election Meddling; How Breitbart Helped Shape Election Press Coverage; Facebook's Role in Helping Elect Trump; Trump's About Face Stiffing Mitch and Paul While Embracing Chuck and Nancy

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We begin with growing evidence that the Russian influence attack on the election was more widespread and brazen with Facebook announcing that they had shut down several hundred accounts created by a Russian company with ties to the Kremlin who spent $100,000 pushing divisive fake news attacking Hillary Clinton in order to help elect Donald Trump. Dr. Michael Sulmeyer, the Director of the Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs who was formerly the Director of Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, joins us to discuss the warning by Senator Warner, the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Facebook’s Russian ads are ”just the tip of the iceberg”.

 

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Then we speak with Hal Roberts, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University who is the co-author of a new study “Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 Election” which documents how, along with Russian interference, highly partisan right-wing sources like Breitbart helped shape mainstream press coverage and seize the public’s attention in the 18-month period leading up to the election.

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Then we speak with Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland and author of “The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information”. He joins us to discuss Facebook’s decision to get rid of human curation of the news because of bogus Republican charges of bias and the role of Cambridge Analytica’s owner Robert Mercer and Stephen Bannon in flooding social media with fake news, possibly in collusion with the Russians.

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Then finally we try to make sense of the Oval Office about face that stunned Republican leaders as President Trump suddenly embraced his new political allies Chuck and Nancy as he agreed with the Democrats on a 3 month extension of the debt limit instead of the 18 month extension that McConnell, Ryan and the Secretary of the Treasury were arguing for. Lawrence Jacobs, the Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey School of Political Affairs, joins us to discuss if there is a savvy strategy here or whether President Trump has gone rogue.

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