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How coronavirus reveals political differences in US

Americans see coronavirus in terms of politics more than public health. Blue states are enforcing “social distancing.” Red states are reluctant. Is President Trump dividing the country when it needs unity more than ever?


Coronavirus, climate change, and living in states of emergency

There’s been early denial and official inaction when it comes to both the coronavirus outbreak and climate change. Can either crisis teach us about the other?


Coronavirus continues to threaten public health and the economy

A private lab in Southern California says it’ll still take another two months before we know the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. President Trump wants a payroll tax “holiday.” But that won’t diminish the possibility of an economic recession.


Coronavirus, public health and the economy

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will likely mean crowded hospitals, school closings and shuttered workplaces. It could even lead to a global recession. We hear about the symptoms of the disease, how government agencies are struggling to get control, and what’s in store if they don’t.


California primary’s impact on Democrats, big oil’s misinformation campaign

California’s Super Tuesday results could spell the end for some Democatic hopefuls. But climate change will live on in the presidential campaign. How did big oil use the mainstream news media to make a nonpartisan issue into a political hot potato?


In ‘Slaying Goliath,’ former privatization supporter fights for public schools

”The education reform movement is not only a hoax, it’s dead,” says Diane Ravich. A one-time advocate of privatization, she’s now fighting “to save public schools.” Reform is a hot topic in next month’s LA Unified School Board election with a continuing struggle over charter schools.


Is President Trump a very stable genius?

The president calls himself a “very stable genius,” and stories from a new book by that name are already part of Trump lore. He was confused about Pearl Harbor. He didn’t know India had a border with China. Some aides doubt his fitness for office.


Sanders and 'socialism,' Trump and disinformation

With Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic candidates, Republicans are reviving a political dirty word: “socialism.” Meantime, the Trump campaign has weaponized digital media, assaulting voters with disinformation. Will Democrats respond in kind?


The US ‘rendered itself incapable’ of handling a disease epidemic

China has locked down an entire city to control the coronavirus, while President Trump has eliminated federal programs to cope with disease epidemics. Meantime, the Iowa caucus disaster means continued disunity for the Democratic party.


Super Bowl gambling behind bars

John J. Lennon is a confessed killer doing time at Sing Sing Prison. He’s also published in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Sports Illustrated. He talks about illicit gambling behind bars and “escape” into fantasy football for this week’s Super Bowl.


Trump’s impeachment: politics and the Constitution

Did President Trump abuse his power? That’s now up to the Senate. But is that even a crime? Democrats and Republicans agree on the facts, but not on the Constitution. Trump says he can do whatever he wants. At stake is the separation of executive and legislative powers basic to America’s founding document.


The climate debate and impeachment

While Trump cuts environmental protections, Democrats debate climate change -- when reporters give them a chance. CNN didn’t ask until the second half of the latest debate. We hear what the candidates said. In the meantime, Chief Justice John Roberts will “preside”over the impeachment trial, but he won’t be a judge.


President Trump is trapped in history

President Trump and Iran’s Ayatollah brushed with armed conflict this week. Did it all begin with the U.S. embassy takeover in 1979 or the violent replacement of Iran’s elected president in 1953? What will killing an Iranian general mean for America’s third president to face impeachment?


‘Homewreckers’: the demolition of the American dream

In 2008, the subprime mortgage crisis cost hundreds of thousands of American families their homes. A small group of predatory lenders ultimately made billions. They include not just some of Donald Trump’s inner circle but members of his presidential cabinet. Peabody-winning investigative reporter Aaron Glantz says it was probably legal.


The Whistleblower who came out into the cold...

The White House insider who blew the whistle on President Trump remains under federal protection. But whistle-blowing is a dangerous game. Warren talks with a whistle-blower who did prison time after his identity was revealed. Was he guilty of espionage--or being African-American in the CIA?


Artificial Intelligence and your life in the future

Thinking machines are finally able to think for themselves. In the US, it’s for money. In China, it’s to enforce state control. Futurist Amy Webb warns about “the steady erosion of humanity” if America’s “tech titans” don’t learn to share values with China’s.


Brexit: Britain’s history and America’s future

Conservative leader Boris Johnson won big in the Brexit election. Labor’s Jeremy Corbyn lost disastrously. Is there a lesson for America’s Democrats who are still divided over next year’s presidential nominee? With the failure of the UN Climate Conference in Madrid… are multilateral organizations losing their grip?


President Trump’s broken bromance with his generals

Donald Trump took office with more generals in his cabinet than any previous president. It didn’t take long for all to resign or be fired. Peter Bergen’s new book is “Trump and His Generals: the Cost of Chaos.” He takes readers from the Pentagon’s secret decision room to the battlefields of Afghanistan, and assesses the consequences for the chain of command and America’s interests.


Deadly protests in Iran; divestment from fossil fuels

When political protesters were gunned down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was it a victory or a defeat for President Trump? Also on this episode: the rude disruption of this year’s Harvard-Yale football classic in the fight over climate change. Should their massive endowments divest themselves of fossil fuel stocks?


Draining the swamp -- for better or worse?

“Draining the swamp” was a popular slogan, and President Trump has made good on his promise. Crucial firings and resignations have hit almost every department. Are Americans better off? Joel Stein gives his answer in a new book titled “In Defense of Elitism.”