February 11 - Looking Ahead to Nevada and South Carolina; A Further Look at the Bernie Sanders Revolution; The Filmmaker of the Academy Award-Nominated "The Look of Silence"

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We begin with a look ahead to the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina primary which is expected to be a nasty mud-slinging competition on the Republican side and speak with Margie Omero, a managing director at Purple Strategies and the former President of Momentum Analysis where her clients were the DNC, the DCCC, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Emily’s List, Members of Congress and campaigns across the country.  We will discuss the momentum Bernie Sanders has and Hillary Clinton’s problem in this year of the outsider as a status quo candidate who wants to improve the system, not change it.

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Then we take a further look at the Bernie Sanders revolution with Will Bunch, an award-winning senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News whose latest E-book in “The Bern Identity”. He joins us to discuss his article at Philly.com “Bernie Sanders and the revolution of rising expectations” and how the festering anger in the land over income inequality, diminishing opportunity and a general disgust with politics and politicians is now finding its voice at the ballot box.

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Then finally we speak with Joshua Oppenheimer, a two-time Oscar nominated film director of a new feature documentary up for this year’s Academy Awards best feature documentary. He joins us to discuss his sequel to “The Act of Killing” which profiles perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide as they reenact their war crimes without remorse, his new film “The Look of Silence” which is just out in theaters nationwide. 

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February 10 - A Political Insurgency on the Left and Right; An EPA Whistleblower on the Flint Cover-Up; SCOTUS Sides With the Polluters

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We begin with an analysis of the Democratic presidential race going forward following Senator Bernie Sanders’ blowout victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “Generation Sanders” and the growing divide between the Democratic and Republican political establishments and political insurgents like Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left, who continue to defy conventional wisdom in this year of the outsider.

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Then we hear from a whistleblower at the EPA, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, who served as the executive secretary of the EPA’s Environmental Working Group and is the author of “No Fear: A Whistleblowers Triumph over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA”. We discuss her article at The Guardian “Water crises like Flint will continue until the EPA is held accountable” and the culture at the EPA of regulatory capture that explains why a top EPA official covered up the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan which turns out to be the tip of the iceberg as we learn that many more cities across the country are poisoning their residents with lead-tainted water.    

 

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Then finally we examine the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to halt the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until legal challenges from a number of states are resolved. David Arkush, the managing director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program joins us to discuss this blow to the Obama Administration’s efforts to phase out coal burning power plants which will delay progress in dealing with climate change at a time when more assertive action is needed. 

 

 

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February 9 - A National Broadcast of Ian Masters’ Coverage of the New Hampshire Primary Results on the Pacifica Radio Network

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Today we are covering the New Hampshire primaries as the results come in live on the Pacifica Radio network. Most of the polls closed an hour ago but many in the big urban areas of New Hampshire just now closed at 8 PM eastern so we will be examining the results and assessing their implication for the crowded field of Republican candidates that is expected to be winnowed a little after tonight as well how the two Democratic candidates were judged by the voters of New Hampshire in this first in the nation 2016 primary.

Joining us tonight to offer a critical overview of the place where these candidates hope to end up in living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January of 2017, that broken, polarized and gridlocked capitol otherwise known as Nigeria on the Potomac, is a 28 year veteran senior Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren, the author of “The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted”. He will guide us through the Republican trumpeting and trampling of elephants to find out which clowns have been dropped from the caravan as the circus leaves town on its way to Nevada and South Carolina.

Then also on the panel we have Adele Stan, a columnist for The American Prospect who will handicap Hillary as this second of largely white states votes ahead of the next two where minority voters will have their say.

Also on tonight’s panel, is Jacob Heilbrunn, a Senior Editor at The National Interest and author of “They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons”. And while this a local election for us, for the rest of the world it is a global election and Jacob will assess the foreign policy implications in terms of who is leading on both sides and in particular the fortunes of Marco Rubio, who if elected, will revive the neocon’s disastrous foreign policy and likely lead us into as many wars as the neocons and Sheldon Adelson can find.

And last but not least we have Jedediah Purdy, a Professor of Law at Duke University whose most recent book in “A Tolerable Anarchy”. He is a supporter of Bernie Sanders and we will look ahead to whether this insurgent socialist candidate is on his way to the White House or on his way to building a national movement, or both.

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February 8 - A Young Millennial Feminist Supporter of Bernie Sanders; What Can Hillary do to Win Over Younger Female Voters?; "How the White House is Handing Victory to Bashar Al-Assad, Russia and Iran"

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We will begin with the backlash to efforts by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem to urge women and young women in particular to vote for Hillary Clinton. We  look into the apparent split between younger and older feminists following the votes in the Iowa caucus when younger women aged 18 to 29 voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by a margin of 6 to 1. Joining us first is Amanita Funaro, a student in New York City and a first time voter in the 2016 presidential race who is a passionate supporter for Bernie Sanders. We will discuss why young millennial women prefer the 74 year old Senator from Vermont to the former Secretary of State and First Lady who if elected, would be the first female president of the United States.

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Then we will get another opinion on which of the two Democratic presidential candidates is winning the feminist vote and speak with Gloria Feldt, the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead and author of “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power”. The former president of Planned Parenthood, she joins us to discuss why younger voters find Bernie Sanders more authentic than Hillary Clinton and what Clinton can do to keep millennials in the tent and motivated to vote in the event Bernie loses the nomination to her.

 

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Then finally we speak with Emile Hokayem, a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London who has an article at Foreign Policy, “Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels: How the White House is handing victory to Bashar al-Assad, Russia and Iran." We discuss the gains Russia and Iran are making on the ground in Syria and whether Saudi Arabia and Turkey will try to counter Putin without the backing of the U.S.

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February 7 - A Robotic Rubio Has a Rough Debate; North Korea's Tyranny of the Weak; Russia Creates Facts on Ground in Syria

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We begin with the final Republican debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary and speak with David Graham, a staff writer for The Atlantic where he has an article “A Rough Night for the Frontrunners”. We discuss the robotic response that Marco Rubio had to sharp criticism from Governors Bush and Christie that appear likely to slow Rubio’s rise in the polls as the seemingly over-caffeinated candidate kept resorting to his canned attack lines that suggest President Obama is some sort of Manchurian candidate who is serving alien interests and using his presidency to destroy the United States from within.   

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Then we examine the fallout from the North Korean launch of a long range missile that has the U.N. Security Council convening an emergency meeting to decide on a response. Charles Armstrong, a professor of History and the Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University and author of “Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World 1950 – 1990” joins us to discuss the latest attention-grabbing act by North Korea’s boy emperor who has all of the Republican presidential candidates calling for more sanctions and increased pressure on China to lean on its erratic neighbor.

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Then finally we assess the possibility of a Saudi and Turkish military intervention in Syria with Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces rapidly changing the military situation on the ground as their offensive to cut off and encircle Aleppo gains ground forcing more and more refugees to flood into Turkey. Henri Barkey, who served on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department, joins us to discuss his article at Foreign Policy “Erdogan’s Foreign Policy is in Ruins” and the extent that Russia is creating facts on the ground while the U.S. complains indignantly from the sidelines.

 

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