Deep State Radio
Hostage Musicals, Rap Names and Twitter Trolls: A Conversation with Warren Leight
After 300 rejection letters from local newspapers around the country, Warren Leight decided it was time to ditch his journalistic pursuits, and we're lucky he did. Warren has always had his thumb on America's political pulse merging the most topical issues into his work. While he never found an audience for his feel good hostage musical comedy, he found critical acclaim writing/producing Law & Order SVU. His new "ripped from the headlines" show Law & Order: Hate Crimes is poised to take deeper look into the issue. And most importantly we talked about Ice-T, Emily's rap name, twitter trolls and why people need to stop blaming him for Chris Meloni leaving SVU.
A Song of Fire and Ice...and Cyber and Terrorists and Lawyers
In Game of Thrones leadership decisions were made with the help of dragons and Moon Doors and Valyrian steel daggers.In America today, people play just as rough but their tools are cyber warfare, disinformation, mobilized extremist groups and court orders that suppress the vote.It is so sordid it makes you wish there were still a dragon or two available.But absent that, understanding and preparing for the threats democracy faces is our best option.That's on this episode we speak to former FBI Agent and cyber specialist Clint Watts, former White House official Dr. Kavita Patel and "Just Security" co-editor and NYU law professor Ryan Goodman.Don't miss it.
From a Wannabe Authoritarian to the Perfect Weapon
Donald Trump has unleashed resources of his government to support his campaign against Joe Biden in a way that America would condemn were it the behavior of any foreign government.In fact, as David Sanger pointed out in a recent NY Times article, he has crossed lines that may damage America's standing for years to come.We discuss that article and a host of recent foreign policy developments with David as well as Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University Law Center and Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute.Then, we get an exclusive preview with David of the upcoming HBO documentary based on his best-selling book "The Perfect Weapon."It's deeply relevantto politics today as well as to critical strategic choices any new president will have to make.Don't miss this wide-ranging and fascinating discussion.
From the 25th Amendment to a Trip to the Hague: What to Do About Trump?
The increasingly erratic president was pretty erratic to begin with.Which has made the past week all the more unnerving.Throw in revelations about the unusual layers of secrecy and the cover ups surrounding the president's health and new revelationsabout one of the most disturbing policies of the Trump Era, the decision to tear families apart at the border and prosecute tiny children and this has been one of the disturbing weeks of the most disturbing presidency in US history.We discuss with Michael Schmidt of the New York Times, Dr. Kavita Patel, a former senior White House staffer, and Ryan Goodman, co-editor of "Just Security" and professor of law at NYU.Don't miss it.