October 20 - Turkey's Apparent Shift Over Kobani; Media-Stoked Fear and Paranoia Over Ebola; Turkey's Reluctance to Get Involved Militarily in Syria

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We begin with the apparent reversal on the part of Turkey which up until now has appeared indifferent to the plight of Syrian Kurds under siege by the Islamic State in the border town of Kobani. David Phillips, a foreign affairs expert and former senior advisor to the U.S. Department of State in the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama and author of “The Kurdish Spring: A New Map of the Middle East”, joins us to discuss whether Turkey’s decision to allow Kurdish fighters and weapons to cross into Syria from Turkey is cosmetic or represents a strategic shift, given that Turkey still will not allow the U.S. to use the NATO airbase nearby at Incirlik in Turkey.

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Then we look into the exaggerated fear and paranoia being stoked by the media over two cases of Ebola in the United States while little attention and focus is being applied to West Africa where 5,000 have died and where the source of the Ebola outbreak in located and must be contained before the disease is allowed to spread further. Roxane Silver, a professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Irvine, joins us to discuss comparisons with the hysteria generated by the media over the Boston Marathon bombings that she studied which found that individuals who were exposed to a great deal of the media reported more acute stress than did people who were actually at the marathon.  

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Then finally, Henri Barkey, who served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff dealing with the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean and Intelligence, joins us to discuss why Turkey has been so reluctant to get involved in Syria while still insisting that the removal of the Assad regime should be the number one priority, at the same time appearing to be in denial about the extent to which Turkey turned a blind eye to the creation of the Islamic State which they helped facilitate.

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October 19 - When Scandal Replaced Substance in our Politics; The Mother of all Political Scandals

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We begin with the extent to which scandal dominates politics today and how every political incident nowadays ends up with a “Gate” attached to it, the latest of which is the recent so-called Secret Service scandal which has yet to be branded Secret Service Gate, but stayed tuned. Matt Bai, the national political columnist at Yahoo News and a former chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine joins us to discuss his new book “All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid”, which traces the current fusion of news and infotainment to the scandal that erupted around Senator Gary Hart back in 1987 when he was the front-runner to be the next president of the United States, way ahead of George H.W. Bush in the polls, only to become the laughing stock of late night television and a footnote in history. We examine what happened to break the tradition of silence about the private lives of politicians, in particular presidents like FDR, JFK and Lyndon Johnson, who the press knew were engaged in extra-marital affairs but never went public with the information.

 

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Then we hear from John Dean in an interview I did with him back on August the 7th when his new book came out “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It”. We discuss the mother of all political scandals Watergate and its legacy on journalism and in politics as the reforms that took place in the wake of Watergate are being rolled back and all political scandals since, whether large or small, have been given the “Gate” label whether they deserve it or not.

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October 16 - Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust ; The Star of Inequality for All

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We begin with a broad national and international perspective on the growing disparity of wealth and income gaps between the rich and the poor and speak with the Vice President for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution Darrell West, the author of a new book “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust”. He joins us to discuss the 1,645 men and women who control a massive share of global assets worth $6.5 trillion and what that means for the other 99.99998% of us and what we can do to reverse the capture of our politics by the super-rich as American democracy becomes more and more of a political game-show orchestrated by oligarchs who in turn work with an oligarch-controlled press to perpetuate the myth of an American dream and a meritocracy.

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Then we hear from Robert Reich who I spoke with back on February the 10th when the new documentary feature starring him “Inequality For All” was released. He was the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration and has since become a leading voice for the voiceless as he tries to lead a popular revolt against the domination of our economy and politics by a handful of plutocrats and giant corporations who have purchased the best government that money can buy.

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October 15 - Jessica Levinson sits in for Ian Masters

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We begin today’s show with Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School, discussing Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, an organization dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted.

 

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Then we are joined by Fran Seegull, the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Impact Assets. She helps shed light on the growing field of impact investing and creative ways to incentivize philanthropy.   

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Our last guest is Carla Marinucci, the Senior Political Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, who joins us to discuss the upcoming elections in California where we are seeing too little engagement from both the public and the candidates.

 

 

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October 14 - Jonathan Taplin sits in for Ian Masters

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With the 2014 Nobel Prize in economics just being awarded to Jean Tirole for his work studying monopolies, today we look into the rise of digital monopoly capitalism in the media industries. We begin and speak with Bob Kohn, a technology lawyer, entrepreneur and investor, about Amazon's domination of the book bussiness.   bob kohn

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Then we are joined by John Bergmayer, a senior staff attourney at Public Interest, to discuss the upcoming Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and net neutrality.  ethan zuckerman

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Finally, we speak with Ethan Zuckerman about the role of Google and the ad-centered web economy. Ethan directs MIT's Media Lab and is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection ethan

 

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