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October 20, 2021
The Great Resignation Meets The Upcoming Climate Summit
The past year or so of the COVID pandemic has reshaped the global economy. An international update on that, plus, a preview of the upcoming UN Climate Summit in Glasgow. On today's show, Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post columnist and author of Today's WorldView and the Post's international affairs newsletter joins to talk about the latest in world news, including a preview of the global COP26 summit on climate change.
October 19, 2021
What Trump And Bannon Might Be Hiding
Trump is suing a Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, as well as the National Archive, over whether he can exert executive privilege after leaving office. On today's show, Claudia Grisales, congressional reporter at NPR, brings the latest national political news, including Trump's lawsuit against the Jan. 6 Select Committee and the National Archives, and Biden's efforts to convince Congress to move on his legislative priorities.
October 18, 2021
Adam Schiff On Colin Powell, Trump For House Speaker(?), Vote Nullification
Today, a conversation about protecting democratic norms like voting rights in the face of attempts by Trump and his allies to rewrite them. On today's show, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, talks about his new book Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could (Random House, 2021), in which he looks back at his experience as chief prosecutor in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Plus, the latest news on Capitol Hill as negotiations continue over the Build Back Better agenda.
October 15, 2021
NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe on Biden, Branding, and Seeing The Pope
How does Joe Biden's Catholicism square with his agenda? We talk about that, and other ways the President's beliefs intersect with his political "brand." On today's show, Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent for NPR, brings the latest national political news, including a preview of President Joe Biden's trip to the Vatican and updates on the infrastructure deal.
October 14, 2021
Paul Krugman (Of All People) Sees Things Getting Better
The economy isn't in good shape right now, but this Nobel laureate in economics thinks a post-pandemic upturn is just on the way. On today's show, Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the author of (now in paperback) Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020) talks about the debt ceiling, the long-term economic picture and more.
October 13, 2021
White Privilege, Trump, Police Unions At NJ Guv Debate
Last night was the second debate in the race for New Jersey governor, but the issues at play aren't unique to the Garden State. On today's show, Michael Hill, WNYC Morning Edition host and Nancy Solomon, reporter and editor in the WNYC newsroom talk about the second gubernatorial debate in New Jersey (which Michael moderated), between incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, and former Assembly member Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican.
October 12, 2021
In Search Of: What Manchin and Sinema Really Want
Much ado has been made about the motivations of Senators Manchin and Sinema. What are they hoping to get out of the game of hardball they're playing with their party's agenda. On today's show, Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post's Washington bureau chief, talks about the latest national political news including continuing negotiations in Congress over the debt limit and crucial legislation related to physical and social infrastructure.
October 11, 2021
What We Can Learn From Iceland, Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia About Childcare Policy
As Congress negotiates the childcare provisions of a multi-faceted spending bill, we look at how US policy compares to the rest of the world. On today's show, Bryce Covert, an independent journalist who covers the economy and a contributing writer at the Nation, discusses the lack of public spending for early child care and the how the reconciliation package would affect it.
October 8, 2021
The Nobel Peace Prize Winners Are Journalists
The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have been announced, and this year the honor goes to two journalists "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression." On today's show, Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses the obstacles the journalists faced and this moment in journalism.
October 7, 2021
Is It About To Get Easier To Have Your Student Loans Forgiven?
The US Department of Education has announced an overhaul of its student loan forgiveness program for public service workers. So who's eligible, and what exactly are they eligible for? On today's show, Stacy Cowley, New York Times finance reporter with a focus on consumer issues and data security, discusses the overhaul to a federal student loan forgiveness program that will benefit more than a half-million public service and non-profit workers.
October 6, 2021
Democrats and Republicans Find A Common Enemy (Yes It’s Facebook)
Over the past week, a whistleblower's revelations about Facebook and an outage that brought the tech giant offline for hours have given Congress some rare bipartisan common ground. On today's show, Cecilia Kang, national technology correspondent at The New York Times and co-author with Sheera Frenkel of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination (Harper, 2021), breaks down the key takeaways from yesterday's congressional hearings on the matter.
October 5, 2021
The Case For Abolishing The Debt Ceiling
How worried should we really be about our national debt, and are the benefits of congressional oversight of the "debt ceiling" really worth the costs of government shutdowns? On today's show, Teresa Ghilarducci, labor economist focusing on retirement security, director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, and a senior contributor for Forbes, explains what government shutdown would mean for ordinary Americans.
October 4, 2021
Why China Thought Trump Might Start A War Before Biden Took Office
A new book from a pair of renowned investigative journalists documents the turmoil that marked Trump's final weeks in office. On today's show:Robert Costa, national political reporter at The Washington Post and co-author with Bob Woodward, of Peril (Simon & Schuster, 2021), talks about his new book about the shaky transition of power from the Trump to the Biden administration.
October 1, 2021
Deal or No Deal Dems Tearing Their Hair Out
A couple of Senate Democrats are playing hardball with some of their party's agenda for this legislative session. Plus, the Senate and House passed a short-term spending bill yesterday, ahead of a midnight deadline which would have shut down the government. On today's show, Seung Min Kim, White House reporter for The Washington Post, discusses the latest news and what happens next.
September 30, 2021
Fresh Out Of A Leadership Meeting, Rep. Jeffries's Updates On Infrastructure Deadline From Congress
Today, a crucial deadline in Congress for the Democrats' infrastructure bill and other legislative matters. We caught up with a Dem. leader right after a meeting on the day's agenda. On today's show, U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens), House Democrats chairman, talks about where things stand with the infrastructure bill, the safety net reconciliation bill, the debt ceiling and more as Congress wrestles over President Biden's big agenda items.
September 29, 2021
How Much Is The Most Intimate Health Care Worth?
With Biden's infrastructure bill center stage in Congress, what could it mean for home health aides and family caregivers? On today's show, Ai-jen Poo, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, talks about what substantially more funding could mean for both home health care workers and the people who rely on their services.
September 28, 2021
More Variants Could Arise Without Global Vaccine Equity
With the U.S. rollout of booster shots for vulnerable people, much of the rest of the world is still struggling to get the first dose in people's arms. On today's show, Richard Mihigo, MD, MPH, immunization and vaccines development program coordinator at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO), makes the case for prioritizing vaccine equity.
September 27, 2021
Action-Packed Week In DC For Racial Justice and Biden’s Agenda
It's going to be a busy week in Washington, D.C. From a debate over Biden's immigration approach, to a deadline to pass two major bills, there's a lot to watch for. On today's show, Patrick Gaspard, president and chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress and former US ambassador to South Africa, talks about the latest on Haitian migrants and the United States' immigration policy, plus other national political news.
September 24, 2021
Biden Hit From Within On 'Inhumane Counterproductive' Deportations
A senior U.S. diplomat to Haiti resigned over what he called the Biden administration’s "inhumane" decision to deport Haitian migrants. On today's show, Anu Joshi, vice president of policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, and Tracy Reines, regional director in the resettlement, asylum & integration unit at the International Rescue Committee, talk about the mounting crisis at the southern border.
September 23, 2021
Here’s How A Great Climate Communicator Talks To Skeptics
Climate change has become a politicized issue, from whether or not it's occurring at all, to how it can be addressed. But what if we re-frame the debate around our shared values? On today's show, Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University, chief scientist of The Nature Conservancy, lead author for the Second, Third, and Fourth US National Climate Assessment, host of the PBS digital series Global Weirding and the author of Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World (Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2021), talks about how to avoid letting political polarization derail actions, big and small, to address climate change.