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Did Trump get conned by Kim?

6/13/2018
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Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.

Duration:00:52:50

Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway?

6/7/2018
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California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?

Duration:00:52:04

The politics of prison reform

5/31/2018
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Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?

Duration:00:45:27

California and America’s future

5/29/2018
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Less than 10 years ago, historian Kevin Starr warned that California might be “the first failed state in America.” But, despite that dire prediction, the Golden State is now roaring back. Is California’s resurgence establishing pattern for America?

Duration:00:43:10

Trump’s war on the FBI

5/24/2018
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Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”

Duration:00:44:04

Touching down in fly-over country

5/21/2018
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Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.

Duration:00:37:41

Diplomacy in Jerusalem, death in gaza

5/16/2018
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As the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers were killing unarmed protesters in Gaza. Good politics for Trump and Netanyahu, but how long will that last--especially if support for Israel becomes a partisan issue in the U.S.?

Duration:00:54:25

Teachers are battling back

5/14/2018
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Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?

Duration:00:40:44

After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B

5/10/2018
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President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?

Duration:00:51:42

Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork

5/3/2018
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Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.

Duration:00:45:10

Cuban U.S. relations

4/30/2018
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Since 1959 a member of the Castro family has led Cuba, but last week Cuba installed a new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel. This historic and highly anticipated event passed almost unnoticed, so what are the chances of meaningful change on the island or between Cuba and the United States? Also, the untold story of “intimate diplomacy” between ABC news anchor Lisa Howard and Cuba’s revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro.

Duration:00:44:26

Immigration enforcement and family breakups

4/26/2018
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Seven hundred children have been separated from adults applying for asylum at the Mexican border. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that’s what it takes to prevent immigration fraud--even if it means breaking up families. A federal court is deciding whether to end the practice.

Duration:00:33:50

Scott Pruitt and James Comey: In and out of the Trump Administration

4/19/2018
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EPA Director Scott Pruitt is undergoing an ethics investigation, but his Obama-Era predecessor, Gina McCarthy, says the real scandal is that he “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” We’ll also tackle the backlash against fired FBI Director James Comey. Can his credibility survive angry public exchanges with President Trump?

Duration:00:41:58

What’s the global state of democracy?

4/13/2018
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Roughly six months ago Swedish author and journalist Bruno Kaufmann set off on a democracy tour. He’s visited more than 20 countries on four continents; his mission was to assess the global state of democracy.

Duration:00:24:49

The internet, privacy and data protection

4/12/2018
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Mark Zuckerberg survived this week’s Congressional grilling. But Facebook still profits on free information: yours and mine. Three experts on big data explain how it works and lay out the risks as well as the benefits. Also, a veteran of Washington’s war games says President Trump is right to want U.S. troops out of Syria

Duration:00:50:47

Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century

4/4/2018
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President Trump and Kim Jong Un have revived fears about weapons of mass destruction. But “tactical” nuclear weapons for use on the battlefield are still around, too. Is President Trump--like Barack Obama before him--relaying on a World War II technology ill-adapted to modern threats like cyber warfare? Also, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright on his new miniseries “The Looming Tower” about the FBI, CIA and September 11th.

Duration:00:46:51

Election integrity in 2018 and Truth Decay

3/29/2018
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After the revelations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, do American voters have faith that this won’t happen again? As the lines between opinion and fact continue to be blurred, how do we learn to navigate the changing information landscape?

Duration:00:49:57

How to fix the future

3/22/2018
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Silicon Valley has been the driver of tech innovation that has changed the world. But there’s been a backlash. Other countries are showing the way to transparency, enhanced privacy and consumer protection. In the meantime, will Facebook and Google help protect this year’s U.S. elections from Russian hacking?

Duration:00:50:54

Does universal health care have a future

3/15/2018
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Despite controlling the White House and Congress, Republicans have failed to repeal Obamacare. But they are chipping away. Some Democrats advocate universal coverage. So, what’s in store for this year’s midterm elections? Has either side come up with a way to cut costs? To achieve that goal, is it time for doctors to change their focus--away from health care to health itself?

Duration:00:52:53

Trump’s family ties

3/8/2018
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The Trump White House is rife with apparent conflicts of interest. Only Congress or Special Counsel Robert Mueller can determine whether they’re real. What’s at stake for America’s national interest when foreign governments are trying to manipulate Jared Kushner?

Duration:00:56:44