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  • The Effects of the Unhealthy Air on the Health of Californians. Then, The Nazi and The Psychiatrist
    A follow up of the effects of the air quality on the health of Californians two weeks after the Camp fire in Butte County and the Woolsey fire in Malibu started. Guest: Dr. Kari Nadeau is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University.  She is one of the nations foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma in the country. Then, The Nazis and the Psychiatrist with Jack El-Hai. Guest: Jack El-Hai is a journalist who covers history, medicine, and science, and the author of the acclaimed book The Lobotomist. He is the winner of the June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism, as well as fellowships and grants from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Center for Arts Criticism.
  • Letters and Politics – November 19, 2018
    A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
  • History of U.S. Involvement in Honduras and Why Hondurans Are Seeking Asylum in the U.S. Today
    The U.S. political and military intervention in Honduras can be accounted from the United Fruit company and the exploitation of resources in the “bananeras” or plantations; to the use of the Honduran territory for military purposes: to maintain control of the region, to overthrow a democratic elected president in Guatemala in the 1950’s; and to overthrow the Sandinista government in Nicaragua during the 1980’s.  Most recently, in 2009 the U.S. was involved in the ousting of elected President Manuel Zelaya, a development that can be accounted as one of the major factors in the increase of Honduran migration to the U.S. in the last few years. Guest: Dana Frank is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of several books including Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America, most recently,The Long Honduran Night: Resistance , Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup.
  • Federal Courts Ruling on Vote Counting in Georgia and Florida. Then, The Latest On the US-Iran Affairs
    Two federal court rulings in Georgia will mean potentially thousands of additional votes will be counted in the highly contested elections.  And in Florida today a federal court starts a hearing to decide recount timetables, ballot disqualification rules and whether GOP Gov. Rick Scott can sit on a panel that will certify who wins the race. To talk more about the situation of these elections we are joined by Steven Rosenfeld. Then, we talk to journalist Reesse Erlich about the latest on the US-Iran relationship. Guests: Steven Rosenfeld is a senior writing fellow of the Independent Media Institute [1], where he covers national political issues. He is the author of several books on elections, most recently Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election. [2]His latest writings can be found on Alternet.  [3] Reese Erlich [4] is a journalist who has cover the Middle East since 1987 and reported from Iran since 2000. He is the author and co-author of many books including Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You. Most recently The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What’s Wrong with U.S. Policy. [1] http://independentmediainstitute.org/ [2] https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/democracy-betrayed-steven-rosenfeld/1127810302;jsessionid=AC5E9DD4655097E5A38BC19EF350CCC2.prodny_store01-atgap04?ean=9781510729452#/ [3] https://www.alternet.org/authors/steven-rosenfeld [4] https://reeseerlich.com/
  • The Brown Dynasty in California
    A conversation on the history of the Brown Dynasty in California with historian Mirian Pawell author of The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation. Guest: Miriam Pawel is author and a Pulitzer-prize winning editor and reporter.  She is the author of The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, and The Union of Their Dreams – Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement.  
  • The Forced Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and What’s the Direction of the New Congress
    A wide-ranging conversation with Nation Magazine’s Washington correspondent John Nichols about the midterm elections, the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the direction of the new Congress. Guest: John Nichols is the National Affairs Correspondent of the Nation Magazine. [1]     [1] https://www.thenation.com/authors/john-nichols/
  • 2018 Midterm Elections: Results and Reactions
    The day after the election, some of the predictions in the large picture have been confirmed where the Democrats would take control of the House of Representatives, while the Republicans extended their lead in the Senate. For analysis about these results we are joined by Thomas Frank, Barbara Arnwine, and Geoffrey Kabaservice. Guest: Thomas Frank is a political analyst, historian, and journalist. He has written several books, most notably “What’s the Matter with Kansas?; “Listen, Liberal” and his latest Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society. Barbara Arnwine is the President & Founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition and is internationally renowned for her work on racial justice, voting rights, women’s rights, economic and environmental justice issues.  Barbara Arnwine is President Emeritus of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Geoffrey Kabaservice is a Republican historian and the Director of Political Studies at the Niskanen Center, a Think Tank in Washington D.C. He is the author of several book including Rule and Ruin and The Guardians.
  • A History of the Most Consequential Midterm Elections
    A conversation with Professor Thomas E. Mann about of some of the most consequential midterm elections in the history of U.S. politics, including the 1994 midterm when Newt Gingrich and the Republicans took power in the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years.  And in 2010, when the Tea Party swept many Republicans to power, two years into Barack Obama’s Presidency. Guest: Thomas E. Mann is Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He has co-authored many books including One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.    
  • The Effects of Mass Communications on Politics
    A conversation with Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson.  She has been conducting research in the last forty years on how mass communication affects politics.  After conducting extensive forensic analysis of the 2016 election, she says there’s a a strong case to be made that the alleged Russian hacking of the DNC and pushing information obtained was enough to sway the presidential election. Guest: Kathleen Hall Jamieson is Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. She is the author of many books, including Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism (with Joseph Cappella), and The Obama Victory (with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy) and her latest Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know    
  • How Republican Party Members Stood Up to Nixon’s Abuses of Power
    A conversation on the Republicans within the Nixon administration who opposed the president and Nixon’s attempt to use the federal government to go after his political enemies. Guest: Michael Koncewicz is the Cold War Collections Specialist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. He previously worked for the National Archives at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. He is author of the new book They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power.    
  • The Changing Nature of the Two Major Political Parties. Then, Immigrants Running for Office
    A conversation with Professor Matt Grossmann about his research on how the two major parties are changing and resulting in a wide polarization and dysfunctional governing. The Republican Party he says, is the vehicle of an ideological movement while the Democratic Party is a coalition of social groups. Republican leaders prize conservatism and attract support by pledging loyalty to broad values. Democratic leaders instead seek concrete gove rnment action, appealing to voters’ group identities and interests by endorsing specific policies. Guest: Matt Grossmann is the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Associate Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is co-author with Professor David Hopkins of the new book Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats. Then, the new wave of candidates running for office with Sayu Bhojwani. Guest: Sayu Bhojwani is the founder and president of New American Leaders, the only national organization focused on preparing immigrant leaders to run for public office. She served as New York City’s first commissioner of immigrant affairs. She is author of People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door.  
  • Birthright Citizenship And The Suffocation of Democracy
    A conversation with Professor Christopher R. Browning about the similarities and differences in which the current political situation in the United States resembles the interwar period of WWI and WWII and the rise of fascism in Europe. Guest: Christopher R. Browning is Frank Porter Graham ­Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author, most recently, of Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp.  His latest piece “The Suffocation of Democracy” appears in the October, 25 issue of the New York Review of Books. German President Paul von Hindenburg and Chancellor Adolf Hitler on their way to a youth rally at the Lustgarten, Berlin, May 1933        
  • Stochastic terrorism and mass shootings. Then, Far-right leader wins presidency in Brazil
    Brazil presidential election was won by far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has frequently disparage women, gays, and blacks; praised torture an killings by police, and has said he will bring military men to his cabinet. Guest: James Green is professor of Brazilian History and Culture at Brown University. And the Director of the Brown-Brazil Initiative. Professor Green is author of the new book Exile within Exiles: Herbert Daniel, Gay Brazilian Revolutionary. Then, In the wake of the mass shooting at a Synagogue inn Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the 14 pipe bombs mailed to democratic leaders and supporters; we talk about “stochastic terrorism” and the latest cycle of hate crimes with Patrick Blanchfield. Guest: Patrick Blachfied [1] is a writer, and a journalist. His writings address issues about American culture and violence. He is also a faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. [1] https://carteblanchfield.com/
  • Pipe bombs and Explosive Conspiracy Theories. Then, How the Electoral System Is Falling Apart
    We are joined by Adele Stan to talk about pipe bombs found in the mail to highly visible Trump critics, and some of the conspiracy theories going around, especially those concerning billionaire George Soros, one of the recipients of such a package. Guest: Adele Stan, is a columnist for The American Prospect, and the editor of Right Wing Watch. Then, a conversation about how the American electoral system is falling apart -as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. Guest: David Faris is associate professor of political science at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  He is author of the new book It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. About the book In it’s Time to Fight Dirty, David Faris describes how the Constitution’s deep democratic flaws constantly put progressives at a disadvantage, and lays out strategies for “fighting dirty” though obstructionism and procedural warfare: establishing statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico; breaking California into several states; creating a larger House of Representatives; passing a new voting rights act; and expanding the Supreme Court.
  • The Midterm Elections and Allegations of Voter Suppression Across the Country
    A conversation about what a big turnout could mean for the midterm election, the credibility of the process and the online political manipulation.  Also, we talk about the bombs sent by mail to the Obama’s, The Clinton’s, George Soros and CNN. Guest: Steven Rosenfeld, is a senior writing fellow of the Independent Media Institute [1], where he covers national political issues. He is the author of several books on elections, most recently Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election [2].     [1] http://independentmediainstitute.org/ [2] https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/democracy-betrayed-steven-rosenfeld/1127810302;jsessionid=AC5E9DD4655097E5A38BC19EF350CCC2.prodny_store01-atgap04?ean=9781510729452#/

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