June 19 - Obama's Call to Cut Cold War Nukes; What is Behind the Protest Across Brazil? Drones Over America
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|We begin with President Obama today at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin where both Presidents Kennedy and Reagan made historic speeches, calling for Russia and the U.S. to reduce their nuclear arsenals by one third. Joseph Cirincione, the President of the Ploughshares Fund and author of “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons”, joins us to discuss the need for the U.S. to get rid of thousands of these Cold War relics whether or not the Russians reciprocate.|
Then we speak with Paulo Sotero, the Director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the former Washington correspondent for Estado de Sao Paulo, a leading Brazilian daily newspaper. We discuss the nationwide protests in Brazil that began over police brutality in response to public protests over a rise in bus fares, and have since spread to protests at soccer stadiums being built for next years World Cup where minority voices are making themselves heard about the need for investments in health, education and social services.
|Then finally we examine the issue of the domestic use of drones that came up in a Senate hearing today where the outgoing head of the FBI said that drones have been used in America against Americans in “a very minimal way” with a very small footprint. Ryan Calo, a Professor of Law at the University of Washington who was the former research director at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University joins us to discuss today’s hearing and his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the domestic use of drones.||