December 28 - The Year of Women Making a Stand; The "#MeToo" Movement and Women Running for Office

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Today we look back at the story in the news that began the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated and has grown steadily into both a powerful political and social movement which has already exposed men in high office and promises to sweep Trump from office in 2020 if not earlier. Lisa Graves, who served in all three branches of the federal government – as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, as Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a Deputy Chief for the U.S. Courts, joins us to discuss the emerging political clout of American women who are both running for office and mobilizing at the grassroots. We will also examine the attempt underway led by Fox News to create an alternative reality of manufactured scandal to mirror the Mueller investigation and diminish its impact by dredging up fictional ties between Hillary Clinton and the ludicrous “Uranium One” deal while the real uranium scandal is that Trump has opened up protected national parks in Utah that belong to the American people to uranium mining which will desecrate national monuments and destroy native American history as well as sites of prehistoric dinosaur fossils  

 

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Then we continue the conversation about 2017 being the year of the woman with Adele Stan a journalist based in Washington who is a weekly columnist for the American Prospect where her latest article is “On the Road to Kleptocracy”. She joins us to discuss the extent to which the emerging “#MeToo” movement has exposed sexism, misogyny, harassment and discrimination in the workplace across corporate America, inside the Congress and the U.S. government and in the entertainment business. We also assess how the #Metoo movement relates to the emerging political activism of women in our politics and examine the growing number of women running for local, state and national office and the prospects for a number of women on the Democratic side likely to run for president.


 

 

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December 27 - Hope Arises as the Resistance Emerges; The Director of the New Movie "In The Fade"

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Today we look back on the first year of the Trump Administration and search for some glimmers of hope amid the dark clouds at home from the destruction of our domestic tranquility and the diminution of America’s standing abroad as Trump undermines democratic values while encouraging authoritarianism and white nationalism. We will begin with Roger Morris, who served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon until resigning with Anthony Lake over the bombing of Cambodia. He joins us to assess the extent to which Newton’s Law applies to our domestic and foreign policy in terms of every action having and equal and opposite reaction. We explore whether Trump’s avarice, amateurism, ignorance and cynicism will eventually catch up with him as the huckster who promises bigger and better things delivers less and less. We will look into how already there are impressive signs of opposition forming at the grassroots which is likely to build as more and more Americans recognize the hollow and fraudulent nature of the empty promises coming from the White House while the criminality and kleptocracy of this regime comes under increasing scrutiny from the special counsel, who Trump might well fire as Mueller gets close to indicting him.

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Then we speak with the director of a new film that takes on the issues of immigration and race relations roiling America and Europe and deals with the ugly re-emergence of white nationalism. Fatih Akin, the director of “In the Fade”, a feature film out of Germany starring Diane Kruger, joins us to discuss this drama about a German woman seeking justice for the terrorist attack that killed her Kurdish husband and son. Based on a real incident involving young German neo-Nazis who killed Turks living in Germany, the movie reflects the political tensions resulting from immigration in Germany today that Donald Trump has inflamed here at home and which emerged in Charlottesville.

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December 26 - A Russian Journalist's Advice on Covering Trump; "Game of Thrones" for morons; "Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House";

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Today we look back at a few interviews throughout 2017 examining the secret ties under investigation between Putin and team Trump and his family. On January 18 we called Moscow to speak with a Russian journalist who sees a familiar authoritarian leader in Donald Trump and his handling of the American press after covering Vladimir Putin for 12 years spoke with Alexy Kovalev, a Russian journalist who writes about propaganda, fake news and Russian state media on noodleremover.news and has an article at medium.com “A message to my doomed colleagues in the American media”, joins us. We will discuss the similarities between these two authoritarian leaders with massive egos and a deep disdain for the press that Putin dominates and controls in his country with ease while Trump, who was elected with the help of $5 billion’s worth of free media as he spewed contempt for the very media that could not get enough of him, has already reigned in the White House press corps as his media spokesperson Kelly Ann Conway spins the American press daily with breathless doublespeak.

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Then we will go to a broadcast from May 10, 2017 just after the firing of FBI Director Comey in a desperate effort by Donald Trump to shut down the Russia investigation in which the craven Republicans are complicit as they slow walk the investigations and continue to distract and delay in the hope that they can get their agenda enacted before Trump is impeached. The author of “The Great Questions of Tomorrow”, David Rothkopf, the publisher of Foreign Policy Magazine and foreignpolicy.com where he has an article “Is America a Failing State?”, joins us to discuss a White House out of control consumed by infighting, amateurism and intrigue which is now being described as “Game of Thrones for morons”. We will look into the efforts by Stephen Bannon to undermine the only adult left advising Trump, General McMaster and Trump’s latest display of affection for autocracy where he banned the U.S. free press from today’s White House meeting with Russia’s foreign minister but allowed in
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Then finally we go to a broadcast from November 19, 2017 and speak with The Guardian’s former Moscow bureau chief who was expelled from the country by the Kremlin about his new book just out, “Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House”. Luke Harding who knows Julian Assange and Edward Snowden well and has interviewed the author of the Steele dossier Christopher Steele, joins us to discuss why Steele believes that his dossier on Trump’s collusion with the Russians is between 70 and 90% accurate, and why Steel feels he will be vindicated as the special counsel’s investigation digs deeper into Trump, his family and associates’ contacts and collusion with Russians close to Putin.

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December 25 - A Witness to the Nazi atrocities in Charlottesville; A Rabbinical Student Who Faced the Nazis in Charlottesville; A Former Neo-Nazi with "Life After Hate"

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Today we look back at the story in the news that defined the struggle between the better angels of our nature and the emerging dark side of America that exploded into the open this year in Charlottesville, Virginia. We begin with a broadcast of Background Briefing from August 13, 2017 on the violence that was brought to Charlottesville, Virginia by the Ku Klux Clan, neo-Nazis and white nationalist groups under the banner of “Unite the Right” who organized a Nazi-like torchlight protest Friday night against the removal of a statue of the Confederate leader Robert E. Lee then on Saturday converged on the statue wearing military gear waving Confederate flags and Nazi swastikas chanting “you will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us” as they clashed with counter-demonstrators. Nicole Hemmer, a professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and author of “Messenger of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics”, joined us to discuss her article at U.S. News and World Report “Sounds and Silence in Charlottesville: As the violence of white nationalism spilled onto the streets of Virginia” and what she witnessed after a car driven by a white supremacist ploughed into a crowd of demonstrators celebrating the dispersal of the “Unite the Right” demonstrators.

 

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Then we go to our broadcast from August the 14th, 2017 following the grudging acceptance by Donald Trump of the need to condemn Saturday’s violence by neo-Nazi white supremacists in a television address in which he insisted on first emphasizing what a great economy he has created before addressing the burning issue of Charlottesville as if it were an afterthought. A witness who was part of an interfaith protest by clergy who faced Saturday’s phalanx of heavily armed white supremacist Stormtroopers spewing racist hatred, Bryan Mann joined us. He is in his sixth year of studies at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston and will be an ordained rabbi in June of 2018. With his prayer shawl and kippa, linking arms with other clergy led by Cornell West, Bryan faced the Nazi taunts of “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us”, and he describes how the police did nothing to protect the counter-protesters who were defended by the Antifa, the anti-fascists who came to their rescue meeting violence with violence which has led many, including Trump, to assign blame to “many sides”.

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Then finally we go to the August 15th broadcast of Background Briefing for the extraordinary reopening of self-inflicted wounds by Donald Trump who reversed his reluctant acknowledgement that neo-Nazis and white supremacists were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville to blame what he called the alt-left, reviving his inexplicable compulsion to pander to the far right fringe of his base for reasons that remain unclear unless our president is in fact a racist. Anthony McAleer, Board Chair and Co-Founder of Life After Hate, a non-profit working to de-radicalize Neo-Nazi and white supremacist youth whose funding grant from the Department of Homeland Security was rescinded by Katherine Gorka, the wife of White House deputy Sebastian Gorka who vowed to shut down the DHS’s Countering Violent Extremism program and shift funds away from white supremacist domestic terrorism to target American Muslims, along with getting his wife a job. From a former member of WAR, the White Aryan Resistance, we  learn about the mainstreaming of white racism today away from tattooed skinheads to clean-cut people in suits such as Richard Spencer who look like our neighbors.

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December 24 - War and Peace in the Middle East; The Prospects for Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men

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We begin on this Christmas Eve with a specialist on the Middle East about the likelihood of war and the prospects for peace two thousand and seventeen years after the birth in the holy land of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace. We begin with Robert Baer a former CIA veteran of the Middle East and author of “Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold our Soul for Saudi Crude” who is currently the national security analyst for CNN. He joins us to discuss the activities of the founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, Erik Prince, who along with Oliver North, have revived the idea of an independent “off the books” alternative to the CIA which has found traction in the Oval Office. We  examine the possibility of this mercenary military force that operates out on the Emirates in the Gulf, being used as proxies to start a war with Iran in order to distract the American public from Trump’s domestic difficulties, particularly if he fires the special counsel Robert Mueller which is likely to provoke a massive blowback of public protest.

 

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Then on this Christmas Eve we explore further the prospects for peace on earth and good will towards men which appears to be increasingly unlikely in the Trump era given their disdain for diplomacy and the evisceration of the State Department which had contributed to the isolation of the U.S. at the U.N. and unease among allies. David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and author of “Civil Society, Peace and Power” and editor of “Peace Policies”, joins us to discuss the urgent need to remove Donald Trump’s hand from the nuclear button.

 

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