October 1 - America's First Ebola Patient Provokes Hysteria; A Regional Shift Could Make a Dirty Deal with Assad Possible; Playing Catch-Up with Republicans on Dark Money Makes Hypocrites of Democrats

audio

Full Producer

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

audio

Part 1

We begin with the first diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S. befalling a patient who was recently in Liberia and was sent home by a Dallas hospital only to return by ambulance two days later. Kevin Outterson, the co-director of the Health Law Program at Boston University and a founding member of the C.D.C’s working group on antimicrobial resistance, joins us to discuss how this case will be contained even if the panic about Ebola in the U.S. might not, particularly with politicians like Texas Governor Perry grandstanding about threats to schoolchildren. We also discuss how Republican budget austerity has impacted the N.I.H. and C.D.C. with budgets today for these medical first responders much lower than they were in 2010

kevin outterson

audio

Part 2

Then we examine the prospects for a deal to work with the detestable Assad regime to eliminate the even worse Islamic State, who just beheaded a number of Syrian and Kurdish prisoners, including some women fighting with the Kurdish pershmerga. An expert on Syria and the region, Asher Kaufmann, a professor of History and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, joins us to discuss whether Turkey and Jordan could be brought on board assuming the U.S. is open to such a deal, and what Israel’s attitude might be since they seem to have had a stable Modus Vivendi with the Assad regime prior to the civil war.

asher kauffman

audio

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Thomas Edsall, a professor of journalism at Columbia University who has an op-ed at The New York Times, “Are Liberals Funding Hypocrites?” We discuss his contention that by joining in the chase for dark money from anonymous billionaires to play catch-up to the Republicans, the Democrats are losing the moral high ground in getting money out of politics and, in effect are getting their money from the same people as the Republicans, which only serves to perpetuate the oligarchic control of our politics.

thomas edsall

 

mp3audio: 

September 30 - An Update From Hong Kong on China's National Day; Time for the U.S. To Make a Deal With Assad; India's New Prime Minister's State Visit

audio

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

audio

Part 1

We begin and go to Hong Kong for an update on the continuing demonstrations that have grown in size and determination against Hong Kong’s Chief Executive who is increasingly seen as a stooge of the Chinese Government in Beijing. Michael Davis, Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, joins us on China’s National Day marking the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, to discuss how far the demonstrators can push the envelope before the leadership in Beijing cracks down.

michael davis

audio

Part 2

Then we speak with Graham Fuller, the former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA and author of “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East”. We discuss Turkey’s moment of decision in terms of dealing with the mess they helped create next door in Syria, and Graham Fuller’s article at The Huffington Post, “Embracing Assad in a Better Strategy for the U.S. Than Supporting the Least Bad Jihadis” which makes a case for the U.S. to recognize its policy in Syria has failed and to swallow the bitter pill of joining with the despicable Assad regime to eliminate the Islamic State or ISIL.

graham fuller

audio

Part 3

Then finally we look into the two day visit by India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington and the White House where President Obama gave him a State dinner at which Prime Minister Modi did not eat because he is engaged in a religious fast. Sumit Ganguly, the Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University and author of “India Since 1980” and “India, Pakistan, and the Bomb: Debating Nuclear Stability in South Asia”, joins us to discuss the rock-star welcome Modi is getting from the Indian Diaspora and the demonstrations against him.

sumit ganguly

 

mp3audio: 

September 29 - As Protests Grow in Hong Kong, China Cracks Down on Social Media; The Shadow of Tiananmen Hangs Over the Chinese Politburo; Is Obama Reading Putin Correctly?

audio

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

audio

Part 1

We begin with the continuing protests in Hong Kong where the use of tear gas by the police appears to have backfired, prompting ordinary citizens to join the students in growing demonstrations that are surely making Communist Party leaders in Beijing nervous. Victoria Hui, a Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame University, who has worked in the democracy movement in Hong Kong and now serves on the Academic Advisors Committee of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, joins us to discuss the Communist Party’s crackdown on social media as Beijing tries to contain the contagion of democratic protest from spreading to the mainland.

audio

Part 2

Then we speak with a leading expert on China’s culture, language and people, Perry Link, who edited the “Tiananmen Papers”, a collection of documents leaked by a high-level Chinese official that chronicle the before and after events of the student massacre in 1989, the publication of which led to Perry Link being blacklisted by the Chinese government in 1996. We discuss how the shadow of Tiananmen hangs over the Politburo as President Xi Jinping erects a media firewall to keep the Chinese people in the dark about protests in Hong Kong while promoting an anti-corruption campaign at home largely designed to placate its angry citizens by going after minor local officials and the occasional big fish who is invariably a high-ranking political rival of the president’s.

perry link

audio

Part 3

Then finally, we examine the latest fighting in Ukraine where nine Ukrainian soldiers died on Monday from shelling by pro-Russian separatists in the midst of a supposed ceasefire. A former Swedish diplomat, Anders Aslund, the co-chairman of the board of trustees of the Kyiv School of Economics joins us to discuss the devastated state of the Ukrainian economy and the increasingly debilitating effect of Western sanctions on the Russian economy, and whether President Obama’s recent assessment on CBS’s 60 Minutes of Putin’s predicament, rings true.

anders aslund
 

 

mp3audio: 

September 28 - How Hard Will China Crack Down on Hong Kong Protests?; The Explosive Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes; Why Wall Street Always Wins

audio

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

audio

Part 1

We begin with the riots in Hong Kong where citizens are protesting China’s imposition of candidates chosen by the PRC in the next election as opposed to local popularly elected candidates.Susan Shirk, the Chair of the 21st Century China Project at the University of California, San Diego, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, joins us to discuss whether China can put down the protest of thousands of people blocking the main road into the financial central district of Hong Kong, and how much the protests will resonate on the mainland as the Communist Party seeks to contain its citizen’s growing demands for greater freedom and accountability. 

susan shirk

audio

Part 2

Then we look into the explosive story broken by NPR’s “This American Life” in conjunction with ProPublica, that exposes the capture of Federal Reserve regulators by the big Wall Street banks, in this case Goldman Sachs, where a bank examiner who joined the New York Fed as part of a new wave of post-2008-crash examiners, secretly tape recorded meetings in which it is painfully clear that the regulators are pathetically deferential to the bankers, revealing a culture of cowardice and collusion that is designed to deceive the public into believing that here is actually oversight over Wall Street. William K. Black, the Former Litigation Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, who put hundreds of bankers in jail for the S&L rip-offs during the 1980’s, joins us to explain how these revelations answer the question of why bankers today are too big to jail.

william k black

audio

Part 3

Then finally, we hear from William Cohan, the author of “Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World”. He joins us to discuss his article at Politico, “Why the Fed Will Always Wimp Out on Goldman” and explain the culture of regulatory capture on Wall Street that these secret tapes expose, and what the likely outcome will be from the Congress and the public now that the delusion that there is such a thing as regulation of the banking industry has been laid bare.

william black

 

mp3audio: 

September 25 - Attorney General Eric Holder's Exit; The Status of Legal Battles to Overturn Voter ID Laws; How CREW Got the Secret Documents From the Republican Governors Association

audio

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

audio

Part 1

We begin with the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder and speak with Robert Weissman, the President of Public Citizen who has been a critic of the Justice Department’s failure to prosecute Wall Street bankers who not only caused the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression, but were made whole by the taxpayer in the greatest transfer of private debt to public debt in history. We discuss how Holder’s close personal relationship with President Obama has kept him on the job longer than he would have wished and whether the Attorney General will go back through the revolving door to a big law firm that represents Wall Street and lobbies for their interests in Washington.

 

robert weissman

audio

Part 2

Then, with the midterm election a little over a month away, we will get an assessment of how the legal battles to overturn voter-suppression laws in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin are proceeding. Myrna Perez, the Director of the Voting Rights and Election Project at the Brennan Center for Justice, joins us to discuss the new voter ID laws pending since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in states with a long and disgraceful history of disenfranchising minorities with poll taxes poor people could not afford and arbitrary requirements targeted at minorities. We also look into the status of a critical case on appeal in Texas she has been working on that, if Governor Perry prevails, will result in 650,000 Texans who have previously voted, some for decades, being denied the vote in November.

myrna perez

audio

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Melanie Sloan, the Executive Director of CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, about the secret documents CREW obtained from the Republican Governors Association offering access to governors in exchange for campaign donations for some of America’s biggest corporation whose identities have been shielded from the public through a post Citizens United use of a IRS 501c-4 tax-exemption supposed to be used for “social welfare”. We discuss how CREW got the documents and the secret corporate/Republican pay-to-play money pipeline they expose.

melanie sloan

 

mp3audio: