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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.
Remaking US Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of a President Who Has Been "Drunk at the Wheel"
It is possible that in January 2021, America may welcome a president with more foreign policy experience than anyone who has assumed the office in more than three decades.That will be vitally important given the damage that Trump has done to our institutions, relationships and interests at home and abroad.In the first of our "Agenda 2021" series of podcasts exploring the priorities a new president ought to pursue, we speak with two distinguished American foreign policy leaders, both who have held the job of Deputy Secretary of State, Ambassador Bill Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment and the top foreign policy advisor to the Biden campaign Tony Blinken.If you care about the future of America's role in the world, you won't want to miss this.
Under Cover of Covid: While One Crisis Commands Our Attention Others are Brewing
COVID has taken such a ghastly human and economic toll that people can speak of or think of little else.That's dangerous.Because opportunists and worse are seeking to take advantage of the fog of this moment to advance dangerous or unsavory agendas.From China moving against democracy in Hong Kong to Russia upping the ante in Libya, from Netanyahu planning illegal annexations of Palestinian territory to the US pulling out of important international treaties, serious risks are rising.Further Trump himself might use the crisis as an excuse to reschedule or suspend elections in the U.S.Far-fetched?We shouldn't count on it.Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law, Ed Luce of the Financial Times, David Sanger of the New York Times and Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund join for this unsettling episode.Don't miss it.
The Craziness in Washington is Not Just a Sideshow, It is a Symptom of an Unprecedented US Leadership Failure
We have a new Director of National intelligence who doesn't meet the minimum statutory requirements for holding the job.We have an administration that has become a disinformation engine.People are fired for telling or seeking the truth.We are actively dismantling the international system that we helped build and giving autocrats their way worldwide.Sometimes it all feels like more reality TV politics, but it is something much more serious and dangerous.Join Ryan Goodman of Just Security and host David Rothkopf as they discuss in a special conversation with Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.Don't miss it.