October 21 - The Midterm Elections May Not Be Over Until January 2015; "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things"; An American Prisoner Released from North Korea

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With two weeks to go before the November 4th midterm elections, we begin with an analysis of the critical senate races that will determine the fate of the remainder of the Obama presidency. Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore, the principal writer for the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog, who was formerly Vice President for Policy at the Democratic Leadership Council and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, joins us to discuss the recent shift in the polls in favor of Republicans that make it more and more unlikely the Democrats will retain the senate, particularly with fear-mongering driving Republicans to the polls while apathy and indifference on the Democratic side usually makes turnout low for them in midterms.   

 

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Then we examine the epidemic or unreasonable fear and irrational paranoia sweeping the land following the contraction of Ebola by two healthcare workers in Texas. Barry Glassner, a professor of sociology at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon and author of the award-winning book “The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things”, joins us to discuss why, according to recent polls, almost 50% of Americans believe they are at risk of contracting Ebola and how much exaggerated fears drummed up by Republican politicians of porous borders allowing Ebola and the Islamic State to spread across the land are likely to drive voters to the polls.

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Then finally we speak with Sung Yoon Lee, a Professor of International Affairs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an Associated in Research at the Korea Institute at Harvard University, about the release of one of three Americans held captive in North Korea and examine the possible reasons why North Korea’s young leader has been absent from view as speculation over his health has prompted false rumors of a coup when it might just be that Kim Jong-un has gout as a result of eating too much rich food in a country where people are starving.  

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