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Lessons from Alaska’s earthquakes; Plus: the Dubious Friends of Donald J Trump

0:08 – On November 30, 2018 a 7.0 earthquake shook Alaska, but no one was killed thanks in part to lessons learned from a massive 9.2 earthquake in 1964. We’re joined by Charles Wohlforth, an Alaskan author and writer to explain. He’s authored more than 10 books, a weekly columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, and a radio host of Outdoor Explorer on Alaska Public Media. His latest book is Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets.

0:34 – What to expect when the next Big One hits

Jennifer Strauss is External Relations Officer at UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and Regional Coordinator for ShakeAlert Northern California. She is a co-author of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario.

Dr. Anne Wein is a principle investigator with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in the Western Geographic Science Center, Menlo Park, California and co-editor of the HayWired Earthquake Scenario — Engineering Implications, which was released last spring.

Khalid Mosalam is a Professor of Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley and Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.

1:08 – The Flynn sentencing memo and what it means for the Mueller investigation

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheelis an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Motherboard, the New Republic, and Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

1:18 – To navigate the political consequences, we’re joined by John Nicols (@NicholsUprising) Washington correspondent for The Nation.   

1:34 – Winter Fund Drive Special Film

The Dubious Friends of Donald J Trump is a ground-breaking Dutch documentary first released in 2017. 

For months, the FBI have been investigating Russian interference in the American presidential elections. ZEMBLA (@ZEMBLA) is investigating another explosive dossier concerning Trump’s involvement with the Russians: Trump’s business and personal ties to oligarchs from the former Soviet Union. Powerful billionaires suspected of money laundering and fraud, and of having contacts in Moscow and with the mafia. What do these relationships say about Trump and why does he deny them? How compromising are these dubious business relationships for the 45th president of the United States? And are there connections with the Netherlands? ZEMBLA meets with one of Trump’s controversial cronies and speaks with a former CIA agent, fraud investigators, attorneys, and an American senator among others.

 

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