October 28 - The Week of Hate Inflamed By Trump and Murdoch; How Steve Mnuchin Made the MAGA Bomber Homeless; The Golden Handcuffs on Trump's Women

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We begin with the week of hate in America starting last Monday with a pipe bomb delivered to George Soros then on Wednesday a white supremacist shot two African Americans at random in a store in Kentucky, then as the week proceeded more pipe bombs were delivered to two former presidents, a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a former head of the CIA, the former Director of National Intelligence, two U.S. Senators and a Congresswoman. By Friday the would-be assassin and bomb-maker was caught after mailing 14 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats singled out by Trump for vilification. And just as the bomber’s pro-Trump profile and burning hatred of Democrats, Jews, gays, Muslims, blacks, Latinos, and CNN emerged, on Saturday a heavily-armed white man shouting anti-Semitic hate opened fire in a Pittsburg synagogue killing 11 worshipers and wounding two more as well as four police officers. David Neiwert, an award-winning journalist, author and expert on right-wing extremism whose latest book is “Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump”, joins us. We will discuss the obvious connection between Trump’s rhetoric and his apparent inability to criticize American neo-Nazis and white supremacists which has enabled fringe movements to enter the mainstream, emboldened to act on their sick beliefs and tortured conspiracies that are propagated by Fox News, Breitbart, Limbaugh and Alex Jones.

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Then we look into why the alleged bomber Cesar Sayoc was attracted to Trump with cult-like fervor to the point he decided to assassinate Trump’s critics in the leadership of the Democratic Party, along with top former intelligence officials and Trump’s “enemies of the people”, the press.  David Dayen, a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept where his latest article is “Cesar Sayoc’s Home Was Foreclosed on by Steve Mnuchin’s Bank Using Dodgy Paperwork”, joins us to look into how Sayoc became homeless and ended up living in a van and blaming Democrats instead of those who are taking away what’s left of a social safety net this ill and troubled man so clearly needed.

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Then finally we speak with Nina Burleigh, the National Politics Correspondent at Newsweek who latest book, just out is “Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women”. She joins us to discuss Trump’s wives and daughters and the connections that Ivana the mother of Trump’s children Don Junior, Eric and Ivanka has had with Czech intelligence and the KGB and the role of Rupert Murdoch who is not just the major propagandist for Trump and one of his main advisors, but the matchmaker who brought Ivanka and Jared Kushner together.

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October 25 - A Murderous Prince Will Bribe a Corrupt Dictator; The Consequences of Hate Speech; "Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen"

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We begin with the alarming possibility that the brutal and unconstrained Saudi Crown Prince MbS will get away with a gruesome murder that shocked the world because the corrupt Turkish dictator Erdogan who may or may not have the evidence of what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, is so easily bribed. David Phillips, the Director of the Peace-building and Rights Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and author of “An Uncertain Ally: Turkey Under Erdogan’s Dictatorship”, joins us to discuss his article at the Globe Post, “U.S. Needs Strategic Balance in Dealing with Saudi Arabia and Iran” and how Erdogan is likely to line his pockets rather than reveal the evidence of MbS’s guilt which he has been dribbling out. And although there are reports that Erdogan is trying to talk King Salman into not having MbS ascend to the Saudi throne, the likelihood is that this reckless, ignorant young leader will be around for decades causing a lot more chaos than the disastrous record so far in his short tenure as Crown Prince.  But with America led by a venal and callous president and his sycophantic Secretary of State, along with our own wrecking ball John Bolton, the kind of strategic balance in the region between Saudi Arabia and Iran that David Phillips is calling for is not likely to come from this administration, unless the American people rise up and vote these corrupt incompetents out of office.   

 

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Then we speak with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and a cultural critic who writes on fascism, racism, authoritarian rulers and propaganda. She joins us to discuss her article at CNN, “Mail bombs: Hate speech can have consequences” and we examine some historical parallels with the rise of Mussolini in the 1920’s and rise of political violence in America today under a president who has been inciting political violence throughout his campaign and presidency. We also assess whether Trump will resort to a “Reichstag fire” event to distract the public and inflame his base prior to the election.

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Then finally we look into the latest surge of demonization of immigrants as a threat to U.S. national security from Trump who is unleashing shameless demagoguery at the caravan of migrants heading north from Central America to our southern border where Trump has now deployed the U.S. military. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, joins us to discuss his new book, just out, “Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen” and what it is like living in the shadows with no fixed address while being subject to deportation at any moment.

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October 24 - The Obvious Connection Between Trump's Rhetoric and Right Wing Violence; The Possible Motives and the Methods of the Bomber; Voter Suppression in the Tight Gubernatorial Race in Georgia

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We begin with the attempted bombing of George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Brennan and Congresswoman Maxine Walters, all of whom Donald Trump has demonized and singled out for abuse. Chip Berlet, an investigative journalist who studies the spread of conspiracy theories in the media and on the Internet, and political cults who is the author of “Right Wing Populism in America: Too Close to Home” and editor of “Eyes Right! Challenging the Right Wing Backlash”, joins us. We discuss Donald Trump’s responsibility for the emergence of right wing radicals, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who have made their way into the political mainstream clearly emboldened by Trump’s election and presidency to now strut their stuff on the streets of America like the “Proud Boys” did recently in front of the Republican Club in Manhattan. We assess whether efforts underway by Fox News, Limbaugh and the right wing echo chamber to blame the attempted assassinations on a Democratic false flag operation will work, and explore the connection between right wing violence and the hateful rhetoric of a president who makes no attempt to be the president for all Americans. Instead Trump consistently riles up his base with fiery, divisive rhetoric rife full of personal attacks on critics and leading Democratic figures to the extent that it is little wonder one of Trump’s acolytes might be motivated to assassinate someone they see as part of a plot to destroy America.

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Then we speak with Ryan Cooper, a national correspondent at The Week who joins us to discuss his article at The Week “America has a right wing terrorism problem” and make the obvious connection between Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and the actions of a likely follower of the president who was motivated to blow up the president’s enemies because Trump has cast Democrats and those he has singled out for denigration and demagoguery as enemies of America. We look into the motives and methods of the bomber who may be among the group Trump says he loves “the poorly educated”, because of misspelling on the packages and the fact that John Brennan works for MSNBC, not CNN where a package addressed to him with a pipe bomb inside was intercepted in the mailroom, causing the evacuation of a high-rise building in Manhattan.  

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Then finally we look into the neck-and-neck gubenatorial race in Georgia that is tied in the polls and examine the recent debate between the Democratic challenger Stacy Abrams and the Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp who is overseeing his own election while brazenly suppressing the votes of likely Democratic voters. Andra Gillespie, a Professor of Political Science at Emory University who worked as an analyst for Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, joins us to discuss why the tape that Rolling Stone obtained incriminating Kemp in discussing voter suppression tactics was not brought up in the debate.

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October 23 - Trump's Torrent of Lies Rally His Base; Trump's Lie-Filled "Nationalist" War on the Truth is Moving the US Towards Tyranny; A Capitalist's Critique of American Capitalism

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We begin with the torrent of lies issuing forth from Donald Trump as he doubles down in the final two weeks of campaigning ahead of the midterms rallying his base with the most absurd lies and fact-free assertions echoed by Fox News which unfortunately too many Americans believe. Charles Lewis, a bestselling author and investigative journalist and founder of the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists joins us to discuss his book “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity” and Trump’s war on the truth.  We examine why ridiculous lies like passing a new middle class tax cut in November when the congress in not in session and the bill has not been written are believed by Trump’s base who, according to the polls, are increasingly motivated to vote apparently by the combination of brazen lies and demagogic fearmongering. We will assess whether facts matter anymore in America and since we are reaching the point in the public discourse where virality trumps veracity, we explore the role of the tech titans like Facebook and Google in providing platforms for the spreading and dissemination of lies without what is described as algorithmic accountability.

 

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Then we look further into Trump’s assault on the truth and his unabashed cynicism as he stokes fears of an invasion of migrants mixed with terrorists and criminals heading towards out southern border because Democrats have promised them luxury cars, even Rolls Royces. Will Bunch, an award-winning writer and national columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer Daily News and author of “The Backlash: Right Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama” joins us. We discuss his latest article “With lie-filled ‘nationalist’ war on caravan, transgender people, Trump moves U.S. toward tyranny” and how much Trump is motivated to stop the Democratic takeover of the House because of his fear of impeachment.

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Then finally we speak with a successful capitalist, Jonathan Tepper, about his new book which is a critique of American capitalism “The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition”. He joins us to discuss how monopolies and oligopolies are not inexorable and how a revival of antitrust is needed to save us from an economy in which consumers already have little to no choice in banking, beer, beef, health insurance, social networks, air travel, Internet access and even the funeral industry.

 

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October 22 - Is the Caravan From Central America a Pre-Election Gift to Trump?; Trump's Withdrawal From the INF Treaty is a Gift to Putin; A Founding Member of Pussy Riot Calling for More Activism to Drive Putin and Trump Away

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We begin with the caravan of Central American migrants now 5,000 strong heading north for the United States from Mexico’s southern border and speak with Adrienne Pine, a Professor of Anthropology at American University and author of “Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras”. She joins us to discuss Trump’s wildly inaccurate tweets and cynical demagoguery blaming the exodus of migrant families from violence-torn Honduras and El Salvador on the Democrats and on George Soros for mysteriously funding the caravan. Trump is also raising the specter of terrorism claiming that people from the Middle East have been sprinkled along with criminals inside the large group of migrants who are seeking protection in numbers from the Mexican criminal gangs and drug cartels who prey on these desperate refugees as the head north. We also look into the origins of this caravan which is proving to be a pre-election gift to Donald Trump who is rallying the Republicans ahead of the mid-term elections with the catch-cry of “Kavanaugh and the caravan”.

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Then we get an analysis of the consequence of Trump pulling out of the INF treaty signed 30 years by President Reagan and former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev who has been sharply critical of the White House move warning that a U.S. withdrawal would reverse efforts made to achieve nuclear disarmament. Kingston Reif, Director of Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association joins us to discuss the consequences of Trump’s move and John Bolton’s current trip to Moscow.

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Then finally we speak with Nadya Tolokonnikova, an artist, political activist and founding member of Pussy Riot. The recipient of the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace and the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought she is the author of the new book, just out “Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism”. We discuss her call for more activism in the U.S. to stop the drift in this country under Trump towards the kind of authoritarianism she and her fellow activists suffer under Putin after having been beaten and tortured in a Russian gulag for trying to perform a punk prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow: “Mother of God, Drive Putin Away”.

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