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Coronavirus has made this a pretty strange election cycle. But with some campaign norms on the chopping block, why not take look at whether debates or conventions are good for democracy? On today's show, Elizabeth Drew, long-time journalist and author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall (The Overlook Press, 2014), and Molly Ball, Time Magazine's national political correspondent and the author of Pelosi (Henry Holt and Co., 2020), talk about how campaigns are different this year — and Elizabeth Drew's call to end the presidential debates.
Biden tapped Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman to appear on a major party ticket. Was it the right choice for the Biden campaign?
On Today's Show:Jonathan Swan, national political reporter for Axios, and Jami Floyd, WNYC legal editor, talk about the selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D CA) as Joe Biden's running mate. Plus, Swan discusses the experience of conducting a much-watched interview with President Trump on "Axios on HBO."
As workplaces and schools and other public spaces re-open, could good airflow help keep us safe indoors? On today's show, Dr. Linsey Marr, the Charles P. Lunsford professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, discusses what scientists know about how COVID-19 moves through the air and how ventilation could help lower the risk of spread.
After besting Bernie in the primary, Biden has his work cut out for him with young voters. Will they protest at the ballot box? Will his VP pick change minds? On today's show, Juana Summers, political reporter for NPR covering demographics and culture, on the latest political news and previews next week's Democratic Convention, Biden's VP pick, and whether young people will even tune in to conventions.
What if thinking about race and class in this country isn't enough? What if we considered the distribution of political power in terms of caste instead? On today's show, Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Warmth of Other Suns and her latest, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House, 2020), argues that beyond race and class, America is structured in a caste hierarchy and how that shapes individuals' lives.
With negotiations stalled in the Senate over the next phase of federal COVID relief, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talks about what's on the table, and her plan for the post office in a vote-by-mail year.
As Congress works on another round of COVID-19 relief, many are looking for them to extend unemployment benefits. But there's a spate of other issues that workers should keep an eye on. On today's show, millions of Americans are unemployed and waiting for the federal government to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus relief bill. Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, and Ana María Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, talks about where lawmakers are on negotiating this deal, and what they'd like to see come through for workers.
The federal government let the $600 supplemental unemployment benefit expire earlier this week. We check in on Congress's negotiations, and on listeners who needed that money to get by. On today's show, lawmakers remain at an impasse over what to include in the fifth coronavirus relief bill. Emily Cochrane, reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, covering Congress talks about what's on the table, and listeners' calls on what the end of the $600-a-week unemployment benefit means for your life
This isn't the first time a President with authoritarian tendencies has sent in federal troops to quash protest and unrest. The last time was May 1, 1971. We look at the parallels.
On Today's Show:Lawrence Roberts, investigative journalist and the author of Mayday 1971: A White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s Biggest Mass Arrest (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), talks about the anti-war protests of 1971 when President Nixon called in federal troops in D.C.
There was a lot we got wrong at the beginning of the pandemic. With cases rising around the country, maybe it's time to lock it down again, and take the second chance to get it right. On today's show, Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, infectious diseases physician with expertise in emerging infections and biosecurity, talks about the latest COVID-19 news, including what needs to happen to avoid another nationwide shutdown: faster and improved testing, a scaled up contact tracing program, and plans for isolation and quarantine for those who test positive. Plus, a look at how healthcare personnel are coping with no end in sight.
Portland has been protesting police brutality for 2 full months. In recent weeks, the addition of federal agents seems to have re-ignited the public's outrage. On today's show, Anna Griffin, vice president of news at Oregon Public Broadcasting, Anne Applebaum, staff writer at The Atlantic, historian and author of Twilight of Democracy: the Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, and Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, professor of Black Studies at Portland State University, offer different perspectives on the clashes between federal agents and protesters in Portland, Oregon.
Federal agents are cracking down on Portland protesters and AG William Barr set to testify on that. Plus, Trump's mixed messages in responding to COVID.
On Today's ShowAyesha Rascoe, NPR White House reporter, talks about the latest political headlines
It's Monday morning politics. Today's top stories -- will congress extend the $600 unemployment checks, and are the BLM protests in Portland still about Black lives?
On Today's Show:Eugene Scott, politics reporter for The Fix at The Washington Post, talks about the latest national political news, including where Congress is on the next coronavirus relief bill, the federal agents in Portland and more.
Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens), on A.O.C. vs. Ted Yoho. Plus what's in the next coronavirus relief bill.
As businesses re-open and employees go back to work, how can they be sure their employers are taking their health seriously enough? And if they get sick, could they sue? On today's show, Heidi Li Feldman, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, explains worker's rights and the legal protections for their employers as reopening continues during the pandemic.
There's a newish acronym, BIPOC, that encompasses the victims of US colonization and slavery. But should they be lumped together? And who does that label leave out?
On Today's Show:Jonathan D. Rosa, sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist at Stanford University, who researches language and race, talks about and answers questions on what BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) means, who it serves, where it comes from and how it affects our society, presently and in our future.
The President's aversion to facts has created fertile ground for conspiracy theories to take root. The most important question: will he and his base accept the results of the election?
On Today's Show:Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post columnist and host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, talks about his latest CNN special, examining President Trump's proclivity for conspiracy-theory thinking, its history in the U.S., and what his claims about voter fraud could mean for the 2020 election
The late Rep. John Lewis was a powerhouse of civil rights activism, and a leader for justice among lawmakers. We dip into the archive and listen to the history of "Good Trouble" he lived. On today's episode:We hear a conversation Brian had with Rep. John Lewis on the day that President Obama became the first Black Democratic nominee for president, tape of C.T. Vivian, a top lieutenant of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who died on the same day as Lewis, standing up to a sheriff in Selma, Alabama to defend the right to register Black voters. Jonathan Capehart, member of The Washington Post editorial board, host of the “Cape Up” podcast and an MSNBC contributor, remembers John Lewis, and talks about his legacy in Washington today.
Schools around the nation weigh the safety of students and staff against pressure from parents who can't go back to work with their kids staying home. Part 2 of a 2-part discussion: What do teachers need in the discussion about re-opening schools? On today's show, Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, offers the union's view on how to balance the need to reopen schools against the risks of COVID-19 exposure.
Schools around the nation weigh the safety of students and staff against pressure from parents who can't go back to work with their kids staying home. Part 1 of a 2-part discussion: What do parents need in the discussion about re-opening schools? On today's show, Brigid Schulte, director of the Better Life Lab and author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when No One has the Time, and New York City Council Member Brad Lander (39th district in Brooklyn) discuss the school and child care puzzle that New York faces. NOTE: One day after this interview was completed on Wednesday, July 15, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan along the lines of the proposal Councilman Lander presented on the show. Lander's reaction to the mayor's plan is included at the end of this episode.
You might know her from MSNBC as AM-JOY, but now, Joy-Ann Reid is getting her own show, making her the first Black woman in the host chair on prime time TV since Gwen Ifill. On today's show, Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC political analyst, host of the new show "The REIDOUT" and the author of The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story (William Morrow, 2019), discusses her career, her new show and being the only Black woman news host in prime time.
An open letter in Harper's Magazine argues that social media public shamings hamper free speech. A rebuttal letter argues that cancel culture is about shuffling who has a platform and the power to wield it. Claire Potter, professor of history at The New School, and the executive editor of Public Seminar, a digital magazine of politics and culture based at The New School, signed the letter, and Malaika Jabali, writer, activist and attorney, signed a response letter that argued the original letter “does not deal with the problem of power.”
As the rest of the country contends with rising COVID-19 numbers, the North East is concerned that returning travelers will bring the virus back with them. On today's show, Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and Baltimore's former Health Commissioner, talks about the rise in Covid-19 cases, including the surge in Florida, quarantining travelers coming to New York, and more.
With President Trump is still leaning on the racist rhetoric that helped him win in 2016. But this time, it's not working. So what's different now? On today's show, Perry Bacon Jr., senior writer for FiveThirtyEight, breaks down the latest national political data and news, including Biden's vice-presidential options, and Trump's falling poll numbers.
Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that international students would have to leave the country unless they were enrolled in an in-person class. On today's show, Nicole Agu, vice chair for international student affairs University Student Senate of CUNY, and Dan Berger, partner at Curran, Berger & Kludt, specializing in academic immigration, discuss the response to a new ICE policy requiring international college students in the U.S. to attend in person classes in the fall in order to remain in the country.
The Supreme Court ruled on whether President Trump has to release his tax returns. The verdict? It's complicated, but we got two people deep on this beat to explain it.
On today's show, Andrea Bernstein, WNYC senior editor, co-host of WNYC's and ProPublica's podcast Trump Inc., and the author of American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (W.W. Norton and Company, 2020), and Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, break down what these rulings mean and what's likely to come next.
People are struggling right now, and the Federal government is now deliberating over a 5th-round stimulus. But are there sustainable solutions that look beyond today's urgent needs? On today's show, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) talks about the Senate's latest response to the public health and economic crisis.
In this episode, we look at the distant, and not-so-distant past in the context of today's Republican Party and the confederate statues being torn down around the country. On today's show, Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast Politics and Polls, and author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press, 2020), talks about his new book and offers historical context for today's news.
The US has tightened its borders to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But it's not raising a drawbridge, there are visas and green cards at play. What do those policies mean for immigrants? On today's show, Anu Joshi, vice president of policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, talks about the latest immigration news, including President Trump's suspension of new work visas until the end of the year.
During the pandemic, unemployment is top of mind. But it won't go away when we get control over the virus. Our guest wrote about a "vaccine" for unemployment: a federal jobs guarentee.
On today's show, Pavlina R. Tcherneva, associate professor at Bard College and research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and the author of The Case for a Job Guarantee, talks about the Modern Monetary Theory and why it allows for full employment at a living wage -- even now.
As we go into the July 4th weekend, we're seeing COVID-19 cases take a dramatic rise across the country. Did we declare independence from the virus too soon? On today's show, Health officials are urging Americans to rethink their holiday plans as virus case levels reach new highs. Dr. Ashwin Vasan, physician, epidemiologist, and professor at Columbia and CEO of Fountain House, a community-based mental and public health organization, talks about which states are now setting single-day reporting records, and takes your calls.
What can we learn from the writings of James Baldwin, a Civil Rights era thinker who, in exploring injustice, treated the whole person, body and soul, as subject? On today's show, Eddie Glaude, chair of Princeton's African-American studies department, talks about his new book, Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (Crown, 2020).
A generation of Black children has been raised on videos of violence against those who look like them, committed by police. How can we help them make sense of these traumatic images? On today's show, Elizabeth Alexander, poet, educator, memoirist, scholar and president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, talks about raising Black sons, and how they and their generation are coping with the trauma of watching police violence against Black people, caught on video.
A moment at last week's Senate Judiciary Hearing on policing reform underscored a persistent and common misunderstanding about the difference between personal and systemic racism.
Eugene Scott, The Washington Post political reporter covering identity politics for The Fix, breaks it down.
Systemic racism is everywhere, from social media policies around hate speech, to the Department of Justice. Today, a look at some of the finer details of the reforms needed beyond policing. On today's show, Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, talks about the changes his organization is pushing for, and where he sees the Black Lives Matter protest movement going from here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put healthcare systems around the world under close scrutiny. Today, we discuss what works, what doesn't, and where there's room for improvement.
On Today's Show:
Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives, and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, an "architect of Obamacare," co-host of the podcast "Making the Call," and the author of Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care?, compares the healthcare systems around the world, including Taiwan, Germany, Australia and Switzerland, to see which country does it best and could be a model for the U.S.
Not long ago, New York was suffering the worst COVID outbreak in the world. Now, other states, like Texas Florida and Arizona, are showing case rates ticking up.
On today's show, Dr. Uché Blackstock, emergency medicine physician, founder & CEO of Advancing Health Equities and a Yahoo News medical contributor and Dr. Amesh Adalja, infectious disease doctor and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, talk about COVID-19 surging in places like Arizona, Florida and Texas, and testimony before Congress by Dr. Fauci and CDC director Dr. Redfield.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical expert in the federal response to this pandemic, on the role of the media, the upticks in Florida and other places, other pandemic updates. On today's show, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses how the U.S. is doing in its fight against COVID-19 and the effect the virus is having on the American healthcare system.
On the same day of the president's poorly attended in-person rally in Tulsa, the Poor People's Campaign held a highly attended virtual rally to set an agenda to address systemic injustices.
On today's show:
Jonathan Capehart, member of The Washington Post editorial board, host of the “Cape Up” podcast and an MSNBC contributor, talks about the latest national political news, including the
The urgent needs of Black politics today have roots in the failures of the Reconstruction era. Today, a look at how that history led us to the present moment, and what the future could hold. On today's show, Adam Serwer, staff writer at The Atlantic talks about how to be anti-racist now and the past and future of Black politics.
Trump tried to rescind an Obama policy granting legal status for those who illegally immigrated as children. The Supreme Court said the reversal was "arbitrary and capricious."
On today's show, Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, and Beth Fertig, senior reporter at WNYC covering immigration and courts, talks about the Supreme Court's decision.
On policing, what happens in communities on the ground often has to do with the tone set by the brass. So what happens when the President stokes his base by applauding rough policing? On today's show, Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC contributor and host of "The Oath" podcast, former US attorney, senior FBI official and acting head of the DEA, talks about the new season of his podcast, a series of interviews with former government officials about what the oath of office meant to them, plus offers his take on national security news.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that LGBT people cannot be fired for simply being LGBT, a landmark ruling that has consequences for gender equality in its many forms. On today's show, Gabriel Arkles, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project (and part of the team on the Aimee Stephens case), talks about the landmark Supreme Court decision.
As we reckon with racism in our present, many point to today's injustices as a continuation of a history of racism. So what should be done with the historical symbols of that racism? On today's show, Lecia Brooks, outreach director at the Southern Poverty Law Center talks about what statues have come down in the past few weeks, and what remains. Plus Gurminder Bhambra, professor of postcolonial studies at the University of Sussex on the parallel protests happening in Britain around symbols dedicated to the British Empire and colonialism.
Around the country, states are starting to reopen, some faster than others. Given that, and the fact that cases are climbing in some areas, have we learned how to start up again, safely? On today's show, Alice Miranda Ollstein, health care reporter for POLITICO, discusses where states went wrong while reopening their economies.
The city of Camden, New Jersey disbanded and rebranded it's police department in 2013. As reform advocates around the country weigh the options, what can we learn from Camden? On today's show, Allison Steele, news reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, talks about the extent to which Camden, NJ's 2013 dissolution of its dysfunctional police department, and its replacement with a county force, can be a model for police reformers today.
Police on TV, from Law and Order detectives to the reality show Cops give an unrealistic sense of what it's like to be in law enforcement.And some of them are given easier access to city permits for their positive portrayals. On today's show, Alyssa Rosenberg, opinion writer covering culture at The Washington Post, argues that Hollywood should immediately (but not permanently) halt production on cop shows and movies and take the time to rethink the stories it tells about policing in America.
CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour has seen a lot of unrest around the globe. She says we have to see the George Floyd protests for what they are. An uprising. On today's show, Amanpour, chief international anchor and host of CNN's Amanpour, and of Amanpour & Company on PBS, talks about international reaction to the unrest in the US and what it is like covering it as a foreign correspondent.
Now that protesters have gotten politicians to commit to action on police reform, we explore just what form those reforms should take. On today's show, L. Joy Williams, president of the Brooklyn branch of the NAACP, political strategist, creator and host of the podcast "Sunday Civics" and chair of Higher Heights talks about the protests in Brooklyn, and the political change she and other advocates are pushing for.
Mayor Bill de Blasio answered questions from listeners and Brian about the protests, police violence, looting and COVID-19 in NYC, and how he's managing a crisis within a crisis.
On today's show, Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.
President Trump has laid the groundwork for sending in the U.S. military in response to unrest over the police killing of George Floyd. We asked veterans what they thought of the idea. Raising issues that ranged from constitutional ideals to difficulties recruiting service members from communities of color, today's callers, like some of the President's current and former military advisers, take issue with militarizing America's streets. On today's show, Robert Costa, national political reporter at The Washington Post and moderator of Washington Week on PBS, talks about the president's handling of the protests, Gen. Mattis' criticism of the president and more.
Police weigh in on policing protests. Protesters weigh in on protesting the police. And our expert guest weighs in with what the research says about when the two groups meet.
On Today's Show:Jamiles Lartey, a New Orleans-based staff writer for The Marshall Project, looks at what research shows works best for policing protests, and when over-policing leads to more violence.
What are the political roots of this country's ongoing racial injustices? And what will be the political impact of this moment? Let's break down where we are, and how we got here. On today's show, Dr. Jason Johnson, professor at Morgan State University, political contributor at MSNBC, contributor to The Grio and Sirius XM, and Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, host of the podcast FAQNYC, politics editor at The Grio and the host of The Aftermath on Ozy , talk about the uprisings happening across the country, and the political ramifications.
Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. The list of unarmed black people killed by the police and other armed white people keeps getting longer. On today's show, Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press, 2019) and the forthcoming MEDIOCRE: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (Seal Press, 2020) talks about how Americans can have honest conversations about these killings, and race, racism and white supremacy.
Brian Benjamin, New York State Senator (D, 30th district), argues that false reporting of a crime should be added to the list of charges eligible for hate crime status.
With the election coming up, many states are eyeing a move to a vote-by-mail balloting. What does that mean for the sanctity of the vote, and why has this democracy issue become partisan?
On Today's Show:Amber Phillips, reporter at The Washington Post's The Fix, explains ballot "collecting" explores why President Trump points to the practice as grounds to resist expanding vote-by-mail, and talks about how mail-in ballots have worked for states where it's been on the books.
Our COVID-19 strategy started with containment and then shifted to flattening the curve. As we begin to reopen and learn to live with COVID-19, it's time for a "harm reduction" approach. On today's show. Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner, argues that the United States needs to move to the public health strategy of harm reduction.
Trump wants his renominating convention to be "a party." But are the roughly 17,000 GOP members who planned to attend OK with taking on those health risks? And could this hurt Trump in North Carolina in November? On today's show, Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt talks about President Trump's threats to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina if the governor can't guarantee the event will be able to move forward at full capacity.
A month after being hospitalized for COVID-19, NYT's Mara Gay is still fighting double pneumonia, and she's got some advice for the country: Don't underestimate this disease. On today's show, the New York Times editorial board member talks about her firsthand experience with COVID-19, the patients of color she met who didn't make it, and takes calls about how to ballance Memorial Day traditions against the risks of this pandemic.
We know a lot more now than we did at the beginning of this pandemic, and we know it's going to take a lot more to come out strong on the other side. Is Washington, D.C. up for it? On today's show, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about federal relief, including SNAP benefits and state and local funding for hard-hit areas;
She pioneered the way we think about disaster economics. Today, the author of Shock Doctrine explains who's profiting from the new telecommuting surge. On today's show, Naomi Klein, senior correspondent for The Intercept, the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University, co-founder of The Leap, a climate justice organization, and the author of many books, including On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2019), argues that the pandemic has been a major opportunity for Big Tech to integrate more completely into Americans' lives, and that politicians have given Silicon Valley more power than ever before.
Germany, Finland, Taiwan and New Zealand have at least two things in common: women heads of state, and relative success battling the coronavirus pandemic.
On today's show, Amanda Taub, writer for The New York Times Interpreter column, looks at what we can — and cannot — learn from that information.
From Madison to Atlanta to California, cities and states are starting to re-open, and we asked callers from around the US to report on how their areas are handling slackening anti-COVID measures. On today's show, Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, discusses the latest COVID-19 news, the political nature of the debate over masks and shelter-in-place measures, and the latest developments in national politics.
A new documentary is spreading dangerous misinformation about COVID-19. In the age of Trumpian untruth, we explore why, how and with whom these conspiracy theories have taken root. On today's show, Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of The Atlantic, talks about how conspiracy theories are appealing to a growing number of Americans, how the president often amplifies them and why that is a threat to all of us.
Amid the COVID crisis, don't forget that it's census year! Today, a history of censuses, all the way back to the Bible, plus listeners' questions.
On today's show, Andrew Whitby, data scientist and author of The Sum of the People: How the Census Has Shaped Nations, from the Ancient World to the Modern Age (Basic Books, 2020), breaks down the three-thousand-year history of the census and traces the making of the modern survey and how it impacts political power in the digital age.
What role does testing play in fighting this pandemic? Trump's mixed messages on testing, plus, should people, or their police officers be responsible for enforcing social distancing?
On today's show, Dr. Mary Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, as well as professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, talks about the longstanding health and socio-economic disparities that have made minorities more vulnerable to Covid-19.
Joe Biden isn't staying as quiet as you might think. Still, many Dems want to see more of their presumptive candidate. Plus, how good are the alternatives to in-person voting? On today's show, Gabriel Debenedetti, national correspondent at New York Magazine, and Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration (Random House, 2019), talk about the latest on the Biden campaign and look ahead to November.
Congress is slowly inching toward another COVID relief package, and several White House staffers have tested positive for the virus. What's going on in the nation's capitol? On today's show, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (D, NY-4, Nassau County) on Congress, the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic, and on the DOJ's decision to drop the charges against Gen. Mike Flynn.
Sweden's herd immunity approach to the pandemic sets a seductive example. But other countries should approach with caution. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and Gzero Media, takes calls from around the world.
She's the most powerful woman in Washington. On this episode, a look at the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the federal relief bills she's negotiating, how she got where she is, and what's next for her? On today's show, Molly Ball, Time magazine's national political correspondent and the author of Pelosi (Henry Holt and Co., 2020), talks about Nancy Pelosi's life and her leadership during the pandemic.
The dean of Harvard's Public Health Institute wants the CDC to be part of the nation's COVID response. So why isn't the Center for Disease Control playing a starring role? Our expert guest talks about the disbanding, and subsequent un-disbanding of Trump's Coronavirus task force, talks about how to re-open the economy, and learns a thing or two about elevators of all things from a particularly insightful caller.
On Today's Show:Dr. Ashish Jha, professor of Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, explains the relationship between the Trump administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and how it may impact the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virus is a virus. It can't discriminate. So why are people of color being hit harder? And how should we think about the inequities playing out in the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, we look to the lessons and icons of the civil rights movement.
On Today's Show: Peniel Joseph, professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books, 2020) talks about his new book, plus the racial disparities in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most college students didn't expect to spend Spring semester off-campus. Now, amid much uncertainty, higher-ed administrations nationwide are scrambling to plan for the fall semester. On today's show, Lilah Burke, reporter at Inside Higher Ed talks about the varying plans and possibilities and takes calls from parents, educators and students concerned about the upcoming academic year.
Workers at companies like Amazon, Shipt, Instacart and Walmart are walking out Friday to protest working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jane McAlevey, organizer, senior policy fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center, The Nation's strike correspondent and the author of, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing & the Fight for Democracy (Ecco, 2020) talks about how they are organizing, how the companies are responding and what may come next for these essential workers plus, Chris Smalls, whistleblower and former Amazon employee, talks about the planned strike.
Joe Biden has promised to tap a woman for his VP pick. But allegations against him by a former staffer are creating a difficult situation for those hoping to share the ticket.
On today's show, Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York Magazine and the author of, most recently, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger (Simon & Schuster, 2018), talks about Biden, his yet-to-be-selected VP candidate and the known unknowns of Tara Reade's claims.
Congress is hammering out the details of COVID Relief/Stimulus 4.0. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens) updates us on those talks, the meatpackers who could strike over a Trump order to keep working, and the latest national political news.
This is an unprecedented election year in a lot of ways, but that doesn't mean history can't be a good teacher. Today, we look at how Biden is squaring up against Trump for the election in November, and the sexual assault allegations that could haunt him on the trail. On today's show, Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast Politics and Polls, and author of the forthcoming Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press, 2020) , offers historical context for the current crisis and the upcoming election.
If widespread testing is the first step toward getting control over this pandemic, then the second step is contact tracing. But a virus that can spread without symptoms poses special challenges. With sexually transmitted infections, the list of potential contacts is finite, and mostly knowable. With COVID-19, that list would include people who visited the supermarket at the same time as you, people who have touched your building's doorknob. So the teams of contact tracing investigators being amassed around the country have their work cut out for them.
On today's show, David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), talks about what tracing entails, why it's important and how it's been used to abate the damage of other diseases like HIV, Zika and Ebola.
As New York City announces the results of their first phase of antibody testing, and plans for future phases. So what do we know now, and what's left to learn?
On today's show, Apoorva Mandavilli, science journalist, frequent contributor to the New York Times, and the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Reporting, talks about New York State's preliminary antibody test results and what they may mean for the future of the COVID-19 epidemic and lockdown.
Rather than giving assistance to state, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'd prefer to make states whole by letting them declare bankruptcy. On today's show, Sen. Chris Murphy (D CT), member of the Foreign Relations committee and author of the forthcoming book The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy (Random House, 2020), discusses the latest relief package, Connecticut's plans for reopening, the need to support the WHO, and Mitch McConnell's statements on states hard hit by the pandemic to declaring bankruptcy, rather than receive federal relief.
President Trump says that he wants to halt parts of the immigration system in response to COVID-19, leaving many in limbo, including those who were on their way to obtaining green cards. On today's show, Sayu Bhojwani, founder and president of New American Leaders and the author of People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door (The New Press, 2018) talks about the president's latest return to immigration as a central issue, and reflects on stories of uncertainty from listeners in the immigrant community.
Gyms. Bowling alleys. Tattoo parlors and piercing shops. Barbers and hair and nail salons. Masseuses. If you live in Georgia, some of those establishments could be open for business as early as this Friday. But those tracking COVID-19 say that the Peach State has yet to hit its peak infection rate. As Governor Kemp hastens to reopen, residents of Atlanta are worried about what the consequences will be for the state's biggest city. On today's show, Gregg Gonsalves, co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and contributing writer to The Nation, discusses the state of testing, the re-opening of Georgia, and why the federal and state governments need to work together.
As the infection, hospitalization and death rates begin to plateau in hard-hit New York City, pandemic-adjacent issues -- food security, unemployment and right-wing protests against social distancing measures -- come into clearer focus. On today's show, Tom Suozzi, U.S. Representative for NY's 3rd District, an area that includes parts of Long Island and Queens, NY, and member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, talks about the federal response, the politics of pandemic and the need for a widespread testing regime.
On today's show, Rep. Max Rose represents a swing district in NYC. Today, he talks about his work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, both in Congress and on National Guard duty.
New York City is the densest city in the US. The runner up is San Francisco. NYC has more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths. As of Monday, San Francisco had 15. Not 15,000. Fifteen people. California got hit with COVID-19 first, but they didn't get hit hard. We explore why, and what places like New York can learn from their approach. On today's show, as states begin to weigh how to enter people back into the workforce, Thomas Fuller, San Francisco bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses how California is approaching the move and what New York can learn from the state and Moritz Kraemer, scholar and researcher of epidemiology at Oxford University, joins to discuss what we know about how the virus has spread worldwide.
What does science tell us about the smartest, safest steps to take to restart the country once we start coming down the other side of the flattened curve? And what could life look like during the reboot?
On today's show, Sharon Begley, senior science writer for STAT News, and author of Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions, discusses when it will be safe to relax the COVID-19 lockdown, and how it should happen.
New York Times opinion columnist Thomas Friedman argues that Joe Biden should create a unity cabinet, appointing members across the political spectrum to serve in key positions, fromDemocrats on the Bernie Sanders left to Republicans on the Mitt Romney right.
COVID-19 originated in China and exploded across the US. Today, a look at the leaders of those two countries: What have they done right to contain this pandemic, what have they done wrong, and what haven't they done at all? On today's show, Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer, Peabody, and Polk-prize-winning health and science writer, and author of multiple best-selling books on global health and epidemic diseases, including, The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance ( Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1994) discusses her cover story from The New Republic’s May issue about how Presidents Trump and Xi set the stage for the coronavirus pandemic.
Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, talks about some of the things that might have flown under the radar during this public health crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit some groups harder than others. Why is this virus affecting healthcare workers, Black and Brown neighborhoods and poorer communities worse than others?
On today's show, Irwin Redlener, professor of pediatrics and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, co-founder of the Children's Health Fund, and the author of The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for Twenty-First-Century America (Columbia University Press, 2017), talks about the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of testing, medical volunteers and disparities in outcomes by sex, age, income and race.
As educators around the country hunker down for what looks like months more of social distance learning, graduations and standardized tests loom, and video-chat tools have raised some eyebrows.For insight, we turn to the issues faced by the New York City school district, the largest district in the country in the hardest-hit city in the world.
This marks the third week of distance learning for NYC schools. Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, and Alex Zimmerman, education reporter at Chalkbeat New York, report on how it's going, including the news that the Department of Education will prohibit the use of Zoom after reports of insecure connections on the popular video chat site.
With some hopeful signs coming out of hard-hit Italy and Spain that social distancing measures are flattening the curve, New York, Detroit and the state of Louisiana are projected to reach peak infections in the coming week. Going into this critical moment, we look at the federal response to the pandemic. On today's show, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, Jonathan Lemire talks about the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidelines and relief proposals.
Somehow, this pandemic has become partisan. We've been hearing from callers and other reporting that ardent supporters of President Trump have been making a point of breaking social distancing guidelines to try to paint the crisis as an inflation of the media and Trump's political opponents. On soday's show, McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House (Little Brown, 2015), talks about how some Conservatives and Republicans are defying social distancing measures as a political act.
National policy conflicts with state policy conflicts with world policy on wearing masks to protect from COVID-19. Should you make your own? And if so, how? On today's show, as calls mount for a change in official guidelines on masks for non-healthcare workers, science journalist Roxanne Khamsi discusses the reasons for (and against) everyone wearing masks to protecting themselves and others against COVID-19 and Amy Wilson, a Jersey City-based artist who teaches in the Visual and Critical Studies department at the School of Visual Arts and maker of "political crafts," talks about some of the patterns and considerations for making them at home.
ABC's White House correspondent asked the President recently whether everyone who needs a life-saving ventilator will have access to one. The President dodged, and called it a "cutie-pie" question. On today's show, that very correspondent, Jonathan Karl talks about what it's like to cover a public health crisis from inside Trump's White House. His advice for those looking to understand the administration's response: Look at what Trump does, not what he says.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. congresswoman representing parts of Queens and the Bronx, talks about the federal relief package which is to include cash payments to everyone, as well as rent and mortgage relief, plus what social distancing means for the census.
New York, now the epicenter of the global pandemic, has hit a threshold of 1,200 deaths from COVID-19. That comes as a U.S. navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, docked this morning in the Hudson River. Based on epidemiological projections, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo says the worst is yet to come.
On today's show, as the U.S. attempts to tame the exponential spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Eunice Yoon, Beijing bureau chief and senior correspondent at CNBC and NBC News, reports from China on the differences between the Chinese and American approaches, and what we can learn about containment and treatment from China's approach.
Can you catch COVID-19 from a cardboard box? What about a plastic takeout bag? Today, tips and best practices for safely getting things delivered to your home while social distancing.
On today's show, Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explains what we know in terms of how long COVID-19 lives on various surfaces, and best practices to stay safe.
As government officials have sparred this week over a massive $2 trillion relief package, President Trump is chomping at the bit to get the economy back up and running. With a sizable subset of healthy Americans in tenuous employment situations, and worried about how they'll pay April's rent, economic concerns have overshadowed the issue of navigating this pandemic as a public health crisis.
On Today's Show, we refocus on that question. Our guest, Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and former acting director of the CDC, updates the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak and talks about those most at risk from the disease and the actions to prevent its spread.
The Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus and relief package yesterday, aimed at making sure the global COVID-19 pandemic doesn't send individual Americans, and the economy at large, into an inescapable financial hole. The bill goes to the House floor tomorrow, before it reaches the White House for President Trump's signature. On today's show, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11) dives into the recently-released details of the bill, and talks about why enabling Americans to remain unemployed, for now, could help slow the virus and get the country back on its feet faster.
As the economy crashes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catherine Rampell, syndicated opinion columnist at The Washington Post, political and economic commentator at CNN and special correspondent at PBS Newshour, talks about the federal government's stimulus proposals, and how the Defense Production Act could address manufacturing shortages of PPE and much-needed ventilators.
As members of the public are asked to stay home, and keep distant from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19, what about those in jail or in prison, where inmates are most often housed in close dormitory quarters, with limited access to hygiene products like hand sanitizer? An outbreak in a jail could prove fatal for aging inmates, and could threaten the health of communities outside, who could be infected by corrections officers or recently-released former inmates.
On today's Show, we look at a notorious New York City jail on Riker's Island as a bellwether for how jails and prisons around the country will have to react to the current public health crisis. Almost forty cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed inside Riker's, a number that is expected to grow. Robert Cohen M.D., corrections health expert and member of the NYC Board of Correction, and Jose Saldana, director of the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, discuss how the city should respond, including releasing inmates who are most vulnerable.
NOTE: In the podcast, Dr. Cohen is introduced as a commissioner of the New York City Board of Corrections. The BOC is an oversight body independent of the Department of Corrections, which runs the city's jails. Dr. Cohen is a member of the Board of Corrections.
President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, which empowers the White House to order private manufacturers to produce certain goods, but has thusfar resisted using it directly, instead using it as a bargaining chip to get companies to voluntarily pivot to medical supplies like ventilators, respirator masks and other protective gear. In lieu of that, how is the federal government getting the supplies that are available to where they're needed. Plus, a federal economic stimulus has stalled in Congress, including a proposed $1,200 direct payment to each American, leaving many wondering how they'll pay April's rent as the first of the month draws nearer.
On today's show, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page discusses how the White House and Congress are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
Today, we lighten the mood with listeners calling in to tell us how they're making the most out of self-quarantine. As many Americans settle into a new life at home, Anne Helen Peterson, senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News, offers suggestions as listeners discuss the creative ways they're finding to pass the time, like, video-chat table reads of Shakespeare, for example.
If you work in healthcare, food distribution, delivery services, telecommunications, and other fields deemed "essential." We take calls from folks in those jobs on their safety concerns. And, to answer those questions, an occupational safety official and a workplace justice advocate.
Elizabeth Joynes Jordan, supervising attorney on the Workplace Justice Team at Make the Road New York, and Charlene Obernauer, executive director at The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), talk about how essential workers, on the front lines of the pandemic, can best stay healthy, and what they can demand from their employers in terms of protective gear and paid sick leave.
More resources: Frequently Asked Questions from Make the Road NY on workers' rights in this moment.
After a week of accelerating government responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Government is working out how to put money in the hands of the workers and businesses whose finances are in jeopardy from the social distancing efforts we've all been asked to take part in. Part one of those efforts, a federal package that expands paid leave and promises that testing for the virus will be free, was approved by the House and Senate, and signed by President Trump yesterday. Part two is a trillion dollar stimulus package, part of which would help businesses keep workers on payroll, part of which would inject some fiscal fuel into hard-hit critical industries like airlines. A third part, according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, will be direct payments (monthly, for the duration of the federal "national emergency" designation) of $1,000 to every American adult, plus an additional $500 per child. The House and Senate are still hammering out details, but this stimulus package is expected to be passed and signed in the coming days. On today's show, Rep. Tom Suozzi, U.S. Representative for NY's 3rd District, an area that includes parts of Long Island and Queens, NY, and member of the House Committee on Ways and Means talks about the Trump Administration's financial aid package to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 and how his district is responding to the pandemic.
With election officials weighing the importance of their role in democracy against the massive public health threat posed by COVID-19, should primaries be called off? Should early voting and vote-by-mail systems be expanded? If today's primary elections are postponed, does that set a precedent for potentially putting the general election on hold? This is just one of the places where pandemic meets politics.
On today's show, Vanita Gupta, current president and CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights coalition, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), former Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in the Obama administration and former Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, explains how the pandemic is eroding election integrity, and how to fortify voter rights and voter protections during this crisis.
Experts have told us to keep "social distance." But what does that mean? Is dog walking OK? Can I have dinner with a friend at their apartment? And how does social distancing work? There are a lot of questions about the most responsible way to behave right now. We've got answers to some of those questions, and on the questions we can't answer, some clarity on why that is.
On Today's Show:James Hamblin, doctor of preventive medicine, staff writer at The Atlantic and the co-host of The Atlantic's new podcast "Social Distance," lecturer at Yale School of Public Health and the author of the forthcoming book Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less (Riverhead Books, 2020), talks about how and why to practice social distancing, what to do if you start feeling sick and more as the COVID-19 pandemic upends life around the world.
With the spread of novel Coronavirus looking to spread the health system thin, and with social distancing casting millions of workers into uncertainty, what's Congress doing about it? From an unemployment relief package, to sick leave, to maybe mobilizing the army reserves to help build temporary hospitals and coordinate contingencies, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries fills us in on what's being done on Capitol Hill amid this public health crisis.
On Today's Show, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat representing NY's 8th district, including parts of Brooklyn and Queens, talks about the federal response to COVID-19.
Bill de Blasio is the mayor of the most populous city in the U.S. And right now, that means he's at the helm of efforts to navigate an outbreak of novel coronavirus. The situation changes, "not daily, but hourly," the mayor says, and is likely to get worse before it gets better. Some are calling on him to shut down the New York City public school system, which serves over 1 million students. The density of the city's school buildings could cause the virus to spread quickly, but de Blasio is reticent to close them for the duration of this public health crisis. For one thing, impoverished and homeless students rely on the system for food and shelter. For another, keeping kids at home could force parents who work in healthcare to abandon their posts to stay home with them.
Last night, just hours after the World Health Organization officially designated COVID-19 a pandemic, President Trump announced new measures to combat its spread and mitigate its impacts, with proposals including payroll tax relief and small business grants. He also implemented a ban on travelers from most of Europe, with carve-outs for the U.K., Ireland, which both host golf courses owned by the President.
On Today's Show:Dr. Ashwin Vasan, an epidemiologist & Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s public health policy adviser, breaks down the latest novel coronavirus news, and takes calls.
After two March shellackings, the Sanders campaign appears to have lost its path to the nomination. With Biden's lead poised to widening enough to avert a brokered convention, the question for the Democrats going forward is decreasingly, "Who?" and increasingly, "How?" How should Biden try to bring Sanders supporters on board? And will Sanders do a better job than in 2016 of uniting his base behind the party's candidate?
On Today's Show:Gabriel Debenedetti, national correspondent for New York Magazine, breaks down yesterday’s primaries, the first contest after Super Tuesday narrowed the field, and the second of three major contest days in March.
Holly Bailey, Washington Post national political reporter, and Stephen Henderson, host of Detroit Today,preview what’s at stake in the six presidential primaries today, including the key contest in Michigan. Sanders beat Clinton there in 2016, but Biden leads the polls.
Since Super Tuesday, some things have changed. Former Democratic nomination hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris and Corey Booker endorsed Joe Biden over the weekend. The Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Sanders, a coda back to the 1988 democratic primary, in which Sanders endorsed Jackson, who was at the time, largely seen as a spoiler against Mike Dukakis. With Biden picking up more mainstream Democratic endorsements, the pressure is on the Sanders campaign to show strong numbers in Tuesday's contests, particularly in Michigan and Washington state, which he won in 2016, but appears to be falling behind in the polls this time around.
Elena Schneider, national political reporter at Politico, where she covers the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and general election, previews this week’s primaries and caucuses and discusses the latest developments in the campaigns.
The day after Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race, we asked her supporters to share what her campaign, meant to them, how they feel now that it's over, and who gets their votes now.
On Today's Show, Laura Barron-Lopez, national political reporter at Politico covering the 2020 election, and Marisa Franco, director and co-founder of Mijente a grass-roots organization that mobilizes Latinx and Chicanx voters, takes calls, talks about how the Democratic Socialist has attracted Latino voters, and what the nation's largest ethnic minority is looking for in a candidate.
On today's show, we take a look at whether the U.S.'s healthcare system, which is often criticized for being too expensive, too complex, too disjointed and not patient-centric, is also hindering public health officials' efforts to track and contain the spread of coronavirus.
Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at Community Service Society, and co-founder of Healthcare for All New York, talks about how the coronavirus crisis highlights the disparity of healthcare coverage in this country, and if the government is up to the task of protecting, and paying for coronavirus testing and treatment for all Americans.
After Super Tuesday comes "What Happened" Wednesday. Today, Rolling Stone reporters from both coasts debrief what we know about how the biggest primary day went, and what's next. Senior writer Jamil Smith and politics staff writer Tessa Stuart talk about Bloomberg's role, Warren's path or lack thereof to the nomination, Klobuchar's endorsement power, and of course, what Bernie and Biden need to do in the late-March states to wind up on top once the Convention rolls around.
The Democratic primary field is now down to five, and it looks like Biden could get a Super Tuesday bump from his strong performance in South Carolina. David Plouffe, campaign manager for President Obama and the author of A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump (Viking, March 3, 2020), previews Super Tuesday and talks about his new book.
Pete Buttigieg is out. Biden took South Carolina by storm. Super Tuesday looms large. What to expect? Who better to run down the latest from the field than Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report, host of Politics with Amy Walter on WNYC’s The Takeaway, and now the host of the “micro-podcast” How to Vote in America.
President Trump appointed VP Pence to oversee the administration's coronavirus response. In Indiana, then-Governor Pence did little to quash a sharp uptick in HIV infections, and has also held ideas about health that run counter to science, including that gay conversion therapy is beneficial, and that smoking doesn't cure cancer. Michelle Goldberg, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, talks about the administration's response to the coronavirus, plus the latest news in the 2020 presidential campaign.
How is coronavirus impacting the global economy, and how is that impact impacting real people? Listeners call in with anecdotal reports, and Jeanne Whalen, global business reporter for The Washington Post, puts those accounts in context and explains what it means that U.S. companies are still waiting for a dizzying array of products from stalled Chinese factories.
The Dems bought daggers for Sanders to the pie fight that was last night's South Carolina debate. The front-runner from Vermont has apparently emerged unscathed. How did everyone else do? And what important points were made between the crosstalk? Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and member of The Washington Post editorial board, breaks down the final joint appearance by the Democratic presidential hopefuls before Super Tuesday, after which 61% of all the nomination delegates will be pledged to the candidates.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18) represents a district in the Hudson Valley that was held by a Republican not that long ago. As you may remember from his questioning in the impeachment hearings, he is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee. That means he was in the room last week when the committee was reportedly briefed that Russia is out to help Donald trump win the presidency again. On today's show: Rep. Maloney talks about the firing of the acting Director of National Intelligence, reports of Russian interference in the 2020 campaigns, and explains why he thinks Bernie Sanders could jeopardize the House majority that Democrats won in 2018.
If it wasn't clear before, Sanders' big win in Nevada suggests that his appeal isn't niche, nor is he too radical to win a broad base of support. Moderates worry about what that means. On today's show: Beth Fouhy, senior politics editor at NBC News and MSNBC, discusses how Sanders won, what that means for the future of the nomination contest, and the future of the Democratic party.
In the wake of an important Nevada union's decision not to endorse any candidate because of their concerns over the health care proposals across the board, a subset of Sanders voters reportedly took to social media to harass and harangue the union. On today's show: Jane McAlevey, labor and environmental organizer, post doctoral fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the author of A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy, discusses how the candidates are courting organized labor, and how unions' political capital could play in the primary and general elections.
Like 2016, Russia is again working to tip the election in Trump's favor. One of the top brass of the Intelligence Community was just ousted by an irate President after warning Congress. On today's show: Domenico Montanaro, NPR's senior political editor and correspondent, discusses recent reports that the firing of acting DNI Joseph McGuire was related to his staff briefing Congress on a major election security issue ahead of the 2020 presidential contest.
Mike Bloomberg took a walloping at last night's debate. One weakness his opponents seized on? He refused to lift gag orders on women who have made sexual harassment claims against him. On today's show: Julie Roginsky, advocate, activist, political consultant, former FOX News contributor, a plaintiff in the harassment suit against Roger Ailes, and co-founder of Lift Our Voices, a non-profit that pushes for an end to non-disclosure agreements s.
Attorney General William Barr has been accused of working on behalf of the president's personal interests. But is the president's personality enough to make him resign?
Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare, talks about the president's pardon power, and the complicated relationship between the president and the Attorney General.
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg just qualified for the Nevada debate, polling 19 percent among Democrats nationally. So Amy Klobuchar gets her wish to meet him on stage, along with Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren. The NPR/PBS/Marist poll of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents has Sanders in the lead with 31 percent support, followed by Bloomberg. On today's show: Dan Pfeiffer, a co-host on Pod Save America and former White House communications director under President Obama, introduces his new book Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again (Twelve, 2020), questions how different "Trump-ism" is from previous GOP positions and reacts to the news that Michael Bloomberg will join the other qualifying Democrats on stage to debate in Nevada.
On this Presidents Day 2020, we talk about the Democrats who want to be elected president in 2020 — and their money. On Today's Show: Maggie Severns, Politico reporter covering money in politics, discusses the latest political news and talks about how the campaigns are poised to move past the early states and on to Super Tuesday.
What should we make of the Justice Department rolling back the sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone? Today, a look at William Barr, the nation's top law enforcement officer. On Today's Show, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), a Judiciary Committee member and House Democratic caucus chairman.
Joan Walsh has been watching the campaigns, and she has some thoughts. She tackles Bloomberg's record, the media's treatment of Warren, and the left's homophobia, aimed at Mayor Pete. On Today's Show: Joan Walsh, national affairs correspondent for The Nation and a CNN political contributor, talks about the latest news in the 2020 campaign.
Following the results of Democratic primary races in Iowa and New Hampshire, with Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg neck and neck for the frontrunner spot, the campaigns now head to Nevada and South Carolina, states that are far more racially representative of the Democratic party than the Hawkeye and Granite states. How will the campaigns play to audiences that are more Black and Brown, and how will candidates' records on racial issues come into play? On today's show: Georgetown University Sociologist, Michael Eric Dyson, contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, contributing editor of The New Republic.
New Hampshire votes today. Bloomberg's massive ad-buys appear to be working, at least in Dixville Notch, which started voting at midnight into early this morning and where five voters wrote in the former Mayor of New York, whose name does not appear on the New Hampshire ballot. But a new audio leak places him at odds with most liberals, and crucially with Black and Brown voters on the issue of stop and frisk. Warren "out of the spotlight," under the radar as candidates launch attacks on Iowa front-runners Sanders and Buttigieg. Plus, what is electability worth to Joe Biden if he has yet to win a primary election. On Today's Show: Jess Bidgood, national political reporter for the Boston Globe, breaks down the latest out of New Hampshire on its “first-in-the-nation” primary;
Bloomberg campaign volunteer Dennis Walcott says the former mayor doesn't have a "racist bone in his body." Plus New Yorkers call to talk about how stop and frisk affected their lives.
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