Deep State Radio
Beware the Man with a Cheeseburger in the Pocket of HIs Bathrobe
A lonely old man wandering the White House late at night in his bathrobe, perhaps with a half-eaten McDonald's cheeseburger in his pocket gets angry at the world...so angry that he hits the ALL CAPS button on his cellphone and starts to Tweet out threats at a foreign nation. "ALL CAPS?," says his target, "this means WAR!" That's very nearly where we were this week when Donald Trump lashed out at Iran. Was a clever distraction? A mental misfire? We may never know, but we know this: as long as the president can Tweet, none of us are really safe. Our great panel including Loren DeJonge Schulman of of the Bombshell podcast, Kori Schake of IISS and Ed Luce of the Financial Times discuss this, playing politics with security clearances and the rest of the week's latest developments. Tune in!
Europe on the Brink
Russia seems poised to further invade Ukraine. The Biden administration continues diplomatic efforts to prevent the worst but will it be enough? What leverage can America use against Russia? How could sanctions impact Americans at home? Is there a way for Putin to walk away while saving face? DSR Host David Rothkopf discusses these and other pressing questions with Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations, Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute, and Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University. Find out about the current state of Russian aggression and what could happen next in this vital conversation.
COVID at Two: Where Did We Go Wrong?
It has been two years since COVID-19 started hitting the headlines globally. As the new omicron variant is causing surging caseloads across America and around the world, it seems as though the end of this moment is very far away. What mistakes have we made? What should the Biden administration be doing next? How does the pandemic connect to the fight to protect democracy? What does the Supreme Court decision on the vaccine mandate mean for the fight against the virus? To answer these and other pressing questions, DSR Host David Rothkopf spoke with Kavita Patel of the Brookings Institution and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett. Don't miss this timely conversation.
Machiavellian Narcissistic Psychopaths, Oh My!
Brian Klaas's research on dictators and tyrants around the globe highlighted a vital question; whether corrupt people are drawn to power or if power corrupts. His new book Corruptible Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us explores this subject and underscores the need to reform governmental systems before it is too late. DSR host David Rothkopf discusses the thesis of the book as well as the lessons it has for those working to protect American democracy with Brian in this incisive episode.Don't miss it.