President Trump last night in the State of the Union Address did not invoke, nor that he threaten to use a declaration of a national emergency in order to get his wall in the U.S. southern border. It is still possible he can still use his power and use this recourse in the next week … Continued
Letters and Politics
10:00 AM Pacific Time: Monday-Thursday
Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
On today’s show we sit down with Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary and currently the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. We’ll have a wide ranging conversation on the economy from the creation of some 300,000 jobs in January to current U.S. Tax structure and the proposed 70% tax rate for the wealthiest … Continued
Today we talk in-depth about the latest on the US foreign affairs of the Trump administration, from withdrawing US troops from Syria, to the U.S. recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, to the U.S. announcing plans to withdraw from a corner stone nuclear non-proliferation treaty, Guest: Stephen Kinzer is … Continued
A conversation about two legendary German philosophers, Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger, and how their ideas have influenced today’s far right-wing ideologues such as Richard Spencer, Aleksandr Dugin, and Steve Bannon. Guest: Ronald Beiner is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto and author of numerous books, including Political Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters and Civil Religion: … Continued
A conversation with veteran journalist Darh Jamail, former war correspondent who has now traveled the world including some of this planet’s most remote places covering the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice. We talk about his findings in Alaska, the Amazon rainforest, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and everywhere in between. He is … Continued
Journalist Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief was arrested and held hostage between 2014 and 2016 by Iranian police, accusing him of spying for America. We’ll talk about his experience and reflections two years later and current Iran-U.S. relations. Guest: Jason Rezaian served as Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post and is now an opinion writer for the paper … Continued
Sanctuary cities in United States are not new, in fact it can be argued that they existed during the era of slavery. Today we will be in conversation with historian Andrew Delbanco, author of the book The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil … Continued
Today we are in with conversation with one of the most radical activist and voices in the country, Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, independent journalist, and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S.
Today Chris McGreal helps understand how the opioid addiction became a catastrophic and deadly epidemic in America. He argues that the epidemic was born of Congressional neglect, amplified by corporate greed, and brutally exploited by illegal drug cartels. Guest: Chris McGreal is a senior writer at the Guardian and former journalist for BBC. He has published several articles on … Continued
We talk to Ralph Nader about the government shutdown -in its 32nd day already, and about his book To the Ramparts: How Bush And Obama Paved The Way For The Trump Presidency, And Why Ii Isn’t Too Late To Reverse Course. Ralph Nader has spent his lifetime challenging corporations and government agencies to be more accountable to … Continued