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America is Just Going to Have to Learn to Accept Good News
The Biden Administration, it seems, is on the verge of winning approval for its Build Back Better Package.If the deal is roughly as reported it will be between $1.5 and 2 trillion in fully paid for investments in America.Which means that in this year alone the Biden Administration will have overseen investments of $5 Trillion in the economy, the creation of 5 million jobs (more than the last three GOP administrations added up), distribution fo 200million plus vaccines, significant economic growth, and much more.You wouldn't know it from reading the press or following social media, but understanding just how big and beneficial all this is may be key to Democratic victories in 2022 which will be essential to preserving democracy in the U.S.We discuss how we got here and how to frame these achievements going forward with California Representative Ro Khanna, the Washington Post's Greg Sargent and Dr. Kavita Patel, formerly of the Obama White House.Don't miss this crucial conversation.
Spy World Frenemies
Mossad’s got a killer new boss and the US is buying China-made drones. Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve drill down on both.
There is Nothing for You Here: A Conversation with Fiona Hill
Fiona Hill may have risen to public prominence during Donald Trump's first impeachment but there is much more to her story than just her time in the White House.In her new book "There is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century", she describes her journey from a coal-mining town in Northern England to studying in Moscow and ultimately to serving three different Presidents.Hill argues that expanding opportunity rather than clinging to the past is the only way to save democracy in America and elsewhere and that Putin and Trump are more alike than you may think.We discuss this fascinating new book with Fiona in a can't miss conversation.Join us.
How Many Times Over Must We Be Able to Destroy the World to Prove We are Not Wimps?
America's nuclear weapons submarine fleet has the capability to produce something like 40,000 Hiroshimas.But it is just one leg in our nuclear forces.What possible reason, asksour guest Joe Cirincione of the Quincy Institute, for possessing that kind of destructive force?For giving the president sole authority to launch a first strike?We discuss these and othernuclear modernization choices facing the Biden Administration with Joe as well regulars David Sanger of the New York Times, Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute and Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law School.We also take time to reflect on the legacy of the late General Colin Powell.Join us.
How Many Commissions, Presidents and Senators Does It Take to Change a Supreme Court?
The first report from the commission looking at ways to change the Supreme Court is out and its conclusions are...well, they seem to be thoughtful but unlikely to produce change in the near future.For folks concerned about the politicization of the court, that's a problem.Where do we go from here?We discuss with the Media Editor of SCOTUSblog & host of the "Words Matter" podcast, attorney and journalist, Katie Barlow and our co-hosts Dr. Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution and David Rothkopf.Join us for an important discussion about these and other recent developments in our not-terribly-well-functioning justice system.
The Peanut Butter Spies, CIA’s China Initiative & Secret Service Burnout
Washington Post intelligence reporter Shane Harris discusses odd happenings in the spook world with Jeff Stein, and former Secret Service Special Agent Jonathan Wackrow analyses a new report on tanking morale in the uniformed division with Jeanne Meserve.
Everything is Peachy Keen
President Biden is on the verge of a transformationalvictory... or is he.We discuss the state of the negotiationsaround his Build Back Better agenda and how Democrats can get this legislation on the President's desk with political commentator Karen Finney and Kavita Patel, former senior Obama White House official.This is a pivotaltime and these negotiationswill impact the lives of Americans for years to come.Don't miss this conversation.
For Your Eyes Only
Legendary ‘Condor’ author James Grady discusses James Bond’s evolving cinematic villains with Jeff Stein, and Jeanne Meserve digs into the massive hack of a far-right server with extremist expert Heidi Beirich.
Voter, Heal Thyself: A Conversation with Tom Nichols
Tom Nichols has become an essential voice for audiences trying to make sense of current trends in American politics.His book "The Death of Expertise" was a landmark volume offering key insights into why our society was faltering.His latest, "Our Own Worst Enemy" continues the journey.For those hoping for a magical solution, a white knight, a top down solution for American political dysfunction, this book will be frustrating but eye-opening.Nichols believes, rightly in our view, that the answer starts with each of us, with a civic minded populace remaking our political culture from the ground up.We discuss this new book with Tom in a conversation you won't want to miss. Join us.