September 1 - The Failure of the West to Understand Putin; Pakistan's Army Orchestrates the Latest Political Crisis; The Islamic State's Use of the Media

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We begin with the intensifying crisis in Ukraine where the Russian military is overtly intervening and the Ukrainian military is suffering setbacks. Roger Morris, who served on the National Security Council under presidents Johnson and Nixon and is the author of “Kindred Rivals: America, Russia and their Failed Ideals”, joins us for a strategic analysis of the forces at play between the “New Russia” asserted by Vladimir Putin and the old NATO meeting in Wales this week with President Obama and the other European heads of state in attendance. We discuss the failure of the West to understand Putin and a recent essay by Henry Kissinger that argues America’s principles “need to be paired with recognition of the reality of other regions’ histories, cultures and views of their security”.

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Then we look into the political crisis in Pakistan caused by street protests headed by the cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan and an obscure Canadian Sufi cleric that has the beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turning to the army who are likely behind the chaos that they are stirring up. Christine Fair, a professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and the author of the new book “Fighting to the End: Pakistan’s Way of War”, joins us to discuss this latest orchestrated coup by Pakistan’s army to assert its control over foreign policy and perpetuate their disproportionate share of the economic pie in a country that does not so much have and army, as an army that has a country.  

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Then finally we speak with an expert on the Arab media about how ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, use the media in a way that recruits fighters from the West while intimidating its enemies and promoting its claim of a caliphate. Marwan Kraidy, the Anthony Shadid Chair of Global Media, Politics & Culture and Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, joins us to discuss the symbolism of beheading Americans in orange jumpsuits and how the black flag of ISIS has expropriated the universal message of Islam that resonates among Muslims worldwide

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August 31 - Putin's Perpetual Destabilization of Ukraine; What You Need to Know About the TPP; The Great Stagnation of Wages Over the Last 44 Years

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We begin with the call by Russia’s President Putin to discuss “statehood” for Eastern Ukraine, and go to Moscow to speak with Dr. Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent defense analyst who writes for Novaya Gazeta, practically the only newspaper left in Russia not controlled by the Kremlin. We discuss Putin’s strategy of permanent destabilization of Ukraine until it submits to Moscow’s demands, and the much less likely scenario of a Russian military invasion to cave out a land corridor to Crimea.

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Then finally we speak with Lori Wallach, the Founder and Director of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen who is an expert on NAFTA, the WTO, KAFTA and the latest trade agreement now in the works, the TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership. We discuss why it is that President Obama, who can’t get anything done with the current Congress, has been given fast-track authority by Congress to negotiate the TPP in secret, in spite of a continuing trickle of leaks coming out of the negotiations between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia and Japan.

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Then, on this Labor Day weekend we examine the state of working America with Sylvia Allegretto, a labor economist and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley and the co-author of several editions of The State of Working America, a bi-annual report that is considered the authoritative source on the American workforce. We discuss how the median salary for a male worker in 1969 was $35,567 in 2012 dollars, and today it is $33,904, indicating that for 44 years most Americans have been caught in a great stagnation, while the wages of the top 10% have continued to climb.

 

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August 28 - Economic Patriotism as Shaming Corporate Inversion; "Boomerang Kids" of the Millennial Generation; Elite Education as Temples of Mercenary Mediocrity

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We begin with the notion of economic patriotism and whether corporate America can be shamed into keeping their headquarters in the U.S. rather than resorting to the increasingly popular practice of corporate inversion where they move overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. One of the country’s leading expert on taxes, David Cay Johnston, a professor of law at Syracuse University and editor of the new anthology “Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality”, joins us to discuss whether the White House can work around Congress to block the corporate tax flight, and the extent to which falling wages in the U.S. are hurting companies like McDonalds and Wal-Mart that cater to low-income consumers.

 

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Then we speak with James Marten, a historian at Marquette University and the editor of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. We look into the phenomenon of “boomerang kids” of the millennial generation who are returning home to live with their parents because they are burdened with student debt and can’t find suitable jobs. We also discuss the relatively recent history of such a thing as childhood, since not long ago, children were primarily seen as economic assets meant to work, not be nurtured and indulged.

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Then finally we examine how our elite system of higher education is exacerbating inequality, retarding social mobility, perpetuating privilege, and creating an elite that is isolated from the society that it is supposed to lead.William Deresiewicz, a contributing writer for The Nation and contributing editor at The New Republic and The American Scholar, and author of the new book “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life”, joins us to discuss how institutions of elite education have become temples of mercenary mediocrity.

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August 27 - Assad's Cynical Attempt to Ally with the U.S.; The Economics of Ebola Treatment; The Record Melting of the World's Largest Ice Sheets

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We begin with the cynical efforts by the Syria government to suggest that they could be allied with the United States against ISIS in Syria, and whether the embattled Free Syrian Army that the CIA is supposed to be supporting has sufficient morale and resources to carry that fight to both Assad and ISIS now that the U.S. has suggested it might bomb ISIS in Syria. Syrian-born specialist on the Middle East, Murhaf Jouejati, a Professor of Middle East Studies at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, joins us to discuss the fate of the democratic opposition in Syria who rose up against the Assad dictatorship but now find themselves fighting both the Assad regime and ISIS.

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Then we examine the economics of Ebola treatment where both big pharma don’t see a sufficient financial incentive to invest in drugs to treat the deadly hemorrhagic fever, and where the victims of Ebola don’t have sufficient funds to buy the drugs to treat it, even if they were available. Kevin Outterson, a co-director of the Health Law Program at Boston University and a founder member of the Center for Disease Control’s working group on antimicrobial resistance, joins us to discuss what incentives can be put in place to get pharmaceutical companies interested in providing cures for what the World Health Organization calls “neglected tropical diseases”.

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Then finally, with the world’s largest ice sheets melting at the fastest rates ever recorded, we will speak with Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, a Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, about how human-caused climate change is driving the unprecedented glacial melt that is causing the oceans to rise, as well as the shortage of water in California and the west, where groundwater that is thousands of years old, is being drawn out of aquifers at record rates, a depletion of groundwater that will take nature centuries to replace.

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August 26 - Secret Bombing of Libya and a Long Civil War Ahead; Public Support for Israel is Eroding in the U.S.; Saudi Responsibility for the Spread of Radical Islam Around the World

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We begin with the secret bombing of Libya by warplanes from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates that caught U.S. officials by surprise, and speak with Ali Abdullatif Ahmida, the Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of New England and author of “The Making of Modern Libya”. We discuss Libya’s descent into chaos following the ousting of the dictator Qaddafi by the U.S. and NATO and the capture of Tripoli’s main airport by ultraconservative Islamists, and the patchwork of warring factions involving various Islamist groups, a renegade general and tribal militias that all suggest Libya is in for a long civil war.

 

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Then we look into the extent to which the latest assault on Gaza by Israel has eroded their public support in the U.S. and whether AIPAC, the Israel lobby, which has been undermining Obama’s Middle East policy, is losing influence. Lisa Goldman, the director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at the New America Foundation and the co-founder and contributing editor to 972mag.com, a progressive digital magazine based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, joins us to discuss recent polling by Gallup that finds only one quarter of Americans under the age of thirty thought Israel’s actions in Gaza were justified.

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Then finally we speak with Dr. Ali Alyami, the founder and director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. He joins us to discuss Tuesday’s meeting in Saudi Arabia between Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Saudi officials and whether the two countries who are fighting a Cold War in the region, have decided their proxies are getting out of hand. We also discuss the routine beheading that goes on in Saudi Arabia that ISIS are copying and Saudi responsibility for the emergence of Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Shabab, and the spread of radical Islam around the world.

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