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Politically Correct

“Politically Correct” originated as an insult on the fringes of the American left…and migrated over to the conservative rhetorical arsenal. In an archive edition of Truth Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan asks an expert of political rhetoric…Kathleen Hall Jamieson…about Donald Trump’s use of the term, hears about its origins and evolution from linguist John McWhorter, and talks with comedian Josh Blue, who dances along the PC line every night as part of his stand-up routine. “Politically...


Presidential Milestones

The slave owner who founded the Democratic Party and, much later, a favorite of Donald Trump. The first President to be impeached. The history of Ronald Reagan’s most famous speech. In a compilation from the archives of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan hears about the disruptive Andrew Jackson, the lurid impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, and how a junior speechwriter came up with the line: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” It’s a “Presidential Milestones” Edition, on the...


How Civil Wars End

The final phase of the civil war in Syria is descending to new levels of agony as Syrian and Russian jets reduce a suburban of Damascus to rubble, forcing 400,000 people to live underground. On the next “Truth, Politics and Power,” Neal Conan refreshes “How Civil Wars End.” Listen back to groundbreaking comparative analysis of the causes, resolutions and duration of civil wars, to a conversation with Deborah Amos on the history of the conflict in Syria, plus historian Annette Gordon Reed...


The Politics Of Oil

The boom in oil and gas production in the US has profound effects on the economy and foreign policy - the technology that created the boom, fracking, has industrialized and polluted many communities. In a “Politics of Oil” edition of Truth, Politics and Power, host Neal Conan asks about the trade offs in the oil and gas glut, about how it changes politics around the world and whether it will delay any transition to clean sources of energy, and thus accelerate the catastrophe of climate...


Gun Rights And Gun Control

Gun Rights And Gun Control by Truth, Politics and Power


Family Ties At The White House

Family Ties At The White House by Truth, Politics and Power


America First

In his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Trump turned to a slogan he trumpeted during his campaign and his inaugural address. But this time, he spoke of “America First” almost exclusively in terms of trade policy. In the next edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” host Neal Conan asks whether the slogan more accurately describes a nationalist revision of American foreign policy that threatens to make the world more chaotic and more dangerous. Plus we revisit...


The Next Middle East War

In his first year in office, President Trump extended full American support to Israel and Saudi Arabia, reinforcing their unspoken alliance against Iran and its proxies. Now, the US forces that went to eastern Syria to fight ISIS have a new mission: to frustrate Iran. In the next “Truth, Politics and Power” host Neal Conan explores the transition in Syria, as Damascus, Ankara, Teheran, Moscow and Washington all jockey for control, with a special focus on the wild card in the equation, the...


The inauguration Edition - One Year Later

A year ago, as Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States, many compared elements of his campaign to fascism. This week, we invite you to revisit the inaugural edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” where host Neal Conan asked whether it was fair or accurate to use terms like fascist and Nazi, or to make direct comparisons to Adolph Hitler. A year later, the conversations with Hitler biographer Volker Ullrich and historian Robert Kagan resonate with the tumultuous...


Confronting Iran

As President Trump makes a crucial decision on the deal to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program, two old enemies confront each other in eastern Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and in the waters of the Persian Gulf. In “Confronting Iran ” Truth, Politics and Power host Neal Conan considers the consequences of the current stand-off, and re-visits conversations on two crucial periods - how Iran emerged as the winner of the US lead invasion of Iraq, and the small naval war between Iran and...


Seven Dirty Words

Control represents another round in the long conflict between politics and science. In a “Seven Dirty Words” Edition of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan revisits the history of science and censorship. Plus a conversation about what actually happened in Florida after the state government prohibited employees from using the term, “global warming” , how the Helms Amendment changed the way we talked about AIDS education, and the strange story of the FCC and George Carlin’s Seven Dirty...


When The World Outlawed War

Two law professors from Yale argue that a now-obscure treaty ,,,the Kellogg-Briand Pact…marked a major turning point in world history; prior to its ratification in 1928, war and territorial conquest were entirely legal. Their book, “The Internationalists” has been hailed as one of the books of the year by, among others, The Economist. In a re-run of one of our favorite episodes of Truth Politics and Power, they tell host Neal Conan how an agreement to outlaw war transformed the world...


King Coal

Donald Trump’s promise to end what he called the war on coal played a critical role in his presidential campaign. On a “King Coal” edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” host Neal Conan asks what Trump has done in his first year in office to redeem his promise to revive the industry. We’ll also go to Appalachia to listen to the men and women whose jobs and way of life are threatened by cheaper, cleaner energy alternatives and mechanization; and we’ll learn about the critical role coal...


Bully Pulpit

Presidents use the power of speech to persuade, console, encourage and inspire. On a “Bully Pulpit” Edition of Truth, Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan speaks with linguist John McWhorter about the distinctive cadences of President Barack Obama plus extended conversations with former presidential speechwriters Peter Robinson and Paul Glastris on the purpose and meaning of the rhetoric of the presidents they wrote for - Reagan and Clinton - and President Trump’s prolific use of twitter to...


Plea Deal

Plea Deal by Truth, Politics and Power


War Powers

From Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo to the War on Terror, Presidents have gathered more and more authority to start and conduct wars on their own. In a “War Powers Edition” of Truth Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan asks how the commander in chief acquired that authority, why Congress has surrendered its constitutional role and whether there are any checks and balances on President Trump’s ability to launch a nuclear first strike on North Korea.


The U.S. And Saudi Arabia

Next Time on Truth Politics and Power, Saudi Arabia and the United States…Donald Trump made his first visit as President to Saudi Arabia and embraced King Salman and his son. Now the Crown Prince, the 32 year old Mohammed Bin Salman arrested hundreds of prominent Saudis in what’s been described as a purge…he’s also responsible for Saudi Arabia’s aggressive proxy wars with Iran…and it’s unstated alliance with Israel.


The Presidents Club

The Presidents Club by Truth, Politics and Power


Tax Reform

Tax Reform by Truth, Politics and Power


The Forseeable Future

While details of the future obviously remain unknowable, we can predict that the next few decades will be profoundly affected by climate change, that unmanned weapons systems - drones - will come to play bigger and bigger roles in war and that changes in the populations of Japan and China will be a major factor in the destiny of East Asia and the Pacific Rim. In a “Forseeable Future” Edition of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan holds in depth conversations with leading...


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