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Everything is Easier When You're Stupid
When Donald Trump was presented with the overwhelming evidence of Russian interference in the US elections (of which he was Exhibit A) he said, "I don't believe it." When presented with proof of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's role in ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi he said, "I don't believe it." When presented with his own government's assessment of the catastrophic costs of climate change he said, you guessed it, "I don't believe it." Who needs rose-colored glasses when you have your head that far up your own narcissism? Is this a canny strategy or is Trump our Maroon-in-Chief? Kori Schake offers Henry the IVth, Part 1 as one of her Tiara-of-Optimism worthy examples. Mieke Eoyang and Emily Brandwin are not quite so sanguine but all discuss this phenomenon as well as Russia & Ukraine, Brexit, our self-inflicted border crisis and more! Tune in!
We are in the Worst Case Scenario...What's Next?
In this special Agenda 2021 episode, we bring together three of America's top expert commentators on the COVID crisis to discuss where we are in the crisis, what may impact it between now and the election and then what the first 100 days health policy priorities for a Joe Biden Administration ought to be.Pulitzer Prize Winner Laurie Garrett, former Baltimore Health Commissioner and practicing ER physician Dr. Leana Wen and former senior Obama health advisor and practicing physician Dr. Kavita Patel join for a hard-hitting assessment of why things are so bad, why they may get worse and why a Biden Administration will have to be bold in its response to undoing the damage their predecessors have done.Don't miss this crucial discussion.
"This is America's Last Chance"
For four decades America has been led away from the values of opportunity and creative ingenuity that led it to become the greatest power in the world.Inequality has grown, society has grown more divided, and powerhas grown more concentrated in the hands of the few.How we got here is revealed in Kurt Andersen's brilliant, insight-rich new book "Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History."In this episode we talk to Andersen about the book, about the choices we currently face as a society, about who is responsible for the state we are in and about who may ultimately determine how we break out of this era and its crushing consequences.Andersen's book comes out early next week, so you'll have the chance to listen to the podcast and then pre-order the book and still get it just as it is hitting the bookstores.A great, thought-provoking conversation you won't want to miss.
Election 2020, What Could Go Wrong?
America has had disputed election results in the past.2016 comes to mind.So does 2000.So does 1876.But, in all these cases and with all the instances of trying to fiddle with democracy that have marked our history, there has never been a case where the President of the United States and his entire executive branch seemed so committed to rigging the election in their favor or, short of that, to throwingthe election results into doubt.Whether it is seeking foreign intervention (again) or threatening to postpone the vote, creating false doubts around mail in ballots or working with the postal service to ensure as many ballots arrive too late to be counted as possible, via disinformation or voter suppression, our democratic processes are likely to be under siege this November.The questions we must grapple with are what might that look like and what is to be done about it.We are joined by a group that has recently participated in scenario exercises on just this subject.Our own Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University was one of the organizers and DSR regular Ed Luce of the FT was a participant.In addition to them, guests include Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson of the College of William & Mary.It's a vital discussion.Don't miss it.