September 22 - The Crisis on Turkey's Southern Border; An Update on the U.N. Summit on Climate Change; The Koch Brothers Fund "Economic Freedom" Courses on U.S. Campuses

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Part 1

We begin with the refugee crisis on Turkey’s southern border with Syria where local Kurdish families are fleeing from an offensive by the Islamic State or ISIL.Asli Bali, a professor at the UCLA School of Law where she teaches International Law, International Human Rights and the Laws of War, joins us to discuss whether Turkey will adopt a more aggressive posture towards ISIL now that Turkey’s diplomats held hostage by the Islamic State have been released, and how Turkey will cope with the influx of 130,000 refugees in recent day, on top of the more than 200,000 Syrians refugees already living in camps on the border.



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Part 2

Then we get an update on the U.N. climate summit underway in New York and speak with Cleo Paskal, who is a Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, and a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, NATO and the OSCE. She is the author of “Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map” and has been engaged in climate diplomacy in the Pacific on behalf of endangered island nations facing extinction from rising sea levels. We will discuss why the first and third biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, China and India, are not sending their heads of state to the summit which President Obama will address on Tuesday.

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Part 3

Then finally, we examine how the Koch Brothers are radically increasing their donations to American universities, in particular targeting economics departments with grants to hire professors who share the Koch’s libertarian philosophy and will teach courses in “economic freedom”.Connor Gibson, a member of Greenpeace’s Investigations team who is the co-author of Greenpeace’s new report “Koch Pollution on Campus: Academic Freedom under Assault from Charles Koch’s $50 Million Campaign to Infiltrate Higher Education,” joins us to discuss how Koch investments in universities have skyrocketed from just seven universities in 2005 to 254 today.

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