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The Woman Who Invented Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan would not have been president nor would he have enjoyed the successes he had as a politician without the active role played by his wife, Nancy.Often underestimated, sometimes the subject of gossipy slights, this woman was really one of the principle architects of a watershed presidency, among the very top advisors in an era in which some of the others including Washington titans like James Baker and George Bush.Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty has written what is already being hailed as the definitive biography of the former first lady, "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan."The book itself is a triumph and offers a vital insight into a watershed moment in modernAmerican history.It also is rich with color including from the golden age of Hollywood.We discuss all that in a special one-on-one conversation with the author that you won't want to miss.Join us.
How Do We Get from Here to Accountability?
In an importantruling this week, Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote a scathing assessment of the Barr Department of Justice's efforts to rationalize their handling of the serial obstruction of justice within the Trump Administration.This may have been another significantstep toward getting some accountabilityfor the last administration's serial abuses.The decision came in a case brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).We are joined by CREW president Noah Bookbinder and our regulars, NYU Law Professor and co-editor of Just Security Ryan Goodman and former senior Obama White House official and former Senate staffer Dr. Kavita Patel to discuss how, if ever, we might get from where we are toward bringing Trump and his associates to true justice.It's an important discussion that you won't want to miss.Join us.
Shots in the Dark
Jeanne Meserve looks into the mysterious directed-energy attacks on officials in Washington with Mark Zaid, lawyer for CIA and State Department victims. Then Ronen Bergman, author of a groundbreaking book on Israeli assassination operations, talks with Jeff Stein about the effect of Mossad’s hits on Iran’s nuclear scientists and uranium facilities. Last but hardly least, Jeanne talks at length with technology venture capitalist Gilman Louie about his work with the CIA and the perils of losing the raceon artificial intelligence to America’s adversaries.
Is this Just Indian Summer for Democracy in America?
Joe Biden is doing a remarkable job.Public support for Biden's bold economic initiatives is exceptionally high.But there are warning signs about what may be around the next bend in American politics.The GOP is punishing those in its ranks who dared to speak the truth.The most extreme actors on the right seem to have the best prospects.Republicans are posed to do well in the 2022 mid-terms.And if that happens, will this moment be seen as a momentary return to sanity before we continue the Trumpian slide to neo-fascism?Do threatsto democracy elsewhere in the world, such as India, forebode ill as well?We discuss with Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University, Max Boot of the Washington Post and Ed Luce of the Financial Times.Pour yourself a stiff drink and tune in.
A Stake Through the Heart of Reaganomics
We are in the middle of an economic sea-change in the United States.The prevailing views of the past 40 years--call them Reaganomics or neo-liberalismor the Washington Consensus--are being pushed aside.The inequality they left in their wake are being addressed by new policies that focus on investing in the middle class and the most vulnerable.The leader of this revolution is not some young firebrand but a seasoned figure of the Washington establishment, President Joe Biden.We discuss his bold economic vision and its potential consequences with Ed Luce and Rana Foroohar of the Financial Times.It's a great, provocative discussion.Don' miss it.
Biden Gives the Most Kennedy-esque Rooseveltian Speech in History
Joe Biden spoke to a joint session of Congress and outlined an economic plan that exceeds in scope anything we have seen nearly a century.It was specific, doable, and would be paid for simply by restoring taxes to levels they were at past periods of American prosperity and growth.He framed it as not just urgent from a domestic perspective but critical to "winning the 21st Century", to our competition with China.Is it realistic?How will it become law?How will the GOP respond?What are the political consequences?(And what are the consequences of this weeks' raid on Rudy Giuliani's Upper East Side of Manhattan apartment?). We discuss with Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, Dr. Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution and Ryan Goodman of NYU Law School and "Just Security."Don't miss it.
Fire and Ice
In this week’s edition of theSpyTalkpodcast, Jeff Stein goes deep on the CIA’s looming eviction from Afghanistan with Lisa Curtis, a longtime former CIA, State Department and White House National Security Council expert on the region. And then co-host Jeanne Meserve conducts a lively interview with a former senior CIA and NSA analyst, Alma Katsu, about her new, post-government-service thriller,Red Widow, which features a gutsy female spy heroine.
Biden's First 100 Days, The Foreign Policy Perspective
Going from Donald Trump to Joe Biden has been as striking a politicalshift as most Americans have encountered in their lifetimes.But the shift has sent shockwaves around the world.America's allies are cautiously optimistic.Autocrats not so much.We discuss the first 100 days of Biden foreign and national security policy and their implications with Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute, David Sanger of the New York Times and Ed Luce of the Financial Times.Join us.
Will We Ever Have Real Police Reform in America?
In the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict, while there was a consensus that a degree of justice was achieved, that a massive jobof work remained to end the long historyof systemic racism in US law enforcement and throughout society.The question is how do we get there from here?Will government have the courage to stand up to special interests and produce the kind of real structural change that is necessary?Or will this issue be punted and produce further tragedies, abuses and social division?We discuss with former US attorney and host of the "Talking Feds" podcast Harry Litman and Dr. Kavita Patel, former senior official in the Obama White House.Join us.