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A fast-paced, news based one-hour daily national program that focuses on the hot-button issues of the day, co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International.

A fast-paced, news based one-hour daily national program that focuses on the hot-button issues of the day, co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International.
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

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A fast-paced, news based one-hour daily national program that focuses on the hot-button issues of the day, co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International.

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English

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1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Firestorms, Federal Relief and Climate Change

11/14/2018
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Victims of California’s fires can apply for assistance, but President Trump had a warning for the state’s residents. He wants to see a change in forest management. Scientists tell us the firestorms are are result of climate change--which the president still denies. Should cities still allow for building in firezones? Later, Warren talks to one Malibu resident about his firsthand experience in the Woolsey fire.

Duration:00:49:42

The Voting is Over, but the Campaign Continues

11/8/2018
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Women had a major impact on the midterm elections. So did $5 billion in campaign spending. Meantime, Democrats now lead the House while Republicans dominate the Senate, and the politics of division continues on Capitol Hill. We’ll hear how former House Speaker Newt Gingrich helped start an era of gridlock and perpetual campaigning.

Duration:01:11:09

Midterm Elections and the Divider in Chief

11/1/2018
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During a visit to Pittsburgh to honor the victims of an anti-Semitic attack, President Trump was met with protests. The president has ridiculed Democrats targeted with pipe bombs and deployed troops against Central American asylum seekers. By defying the tradition of ‘President as Unifier,’ can Trump help maintain Republican dominance in Washington?

Duration:00:55:27

Donald Trump In the Upper Midwest: The Man Who’s Not on the Ballot

10/25/2018
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Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania went twice for Barack Obama. But they gave Donald Trump his Electoral College upset when they had the chance. Would they do it again? Trump’s not on the ballot, but he’ll have a big influence on year’s Midterm elections. Races for Governor and other statewide offices will have echoes in Washington.

Duration:01:02:05

Voter Suppression, Climate Change and the President

10/17/2018
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As America prepares to vote again, a question remains from 2016: are the Russians still “meddling” with US elections? Meantime, are Republican election officials in Georgia and Kansas suppressing the vote to serve their own interests? Those updates and the latest on climate change: President Trump says, maybe it’s not a hoax after all.

Duration:00:36:34

Rebecca Traister and the Power of Women’s Anger

10/15/2018
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One of America’s leading feminist writers says women have changed history since Ancient Greece. The backlash to President Trump was just the beginning. Record numbers of women are running for congress, state governorships and local offices, says Traister in her new book.

Duration:00:45:18

The Kavanaugh Factor and the Midterm Elections

10/10/2018
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Republicans have secured their long-term goal: a right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. There are conflicting expectations for rulings on abortion, immigration, voting rights--and the powers of both the White House and Congress. In this divided nation, public trust in the rule of law is also at stake. How will the bitter battle over Brett Kavanaugh impact next month’s midterm elections?

Duration:00:54:16

How Russian Cyberwar Elected Trump

10/3/2018
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President Trump has denied Russian interference in the U.S. election. However, carefully gathered evidence shows that Russian hacking and social media made a difference. Especially important: targeting of African Americans, veterans and Christian fundamentalists. News coverage was oblivious to the source of misinformation. Warren talks with one of America’s most credible analysts of campaigns and voting patterns.

Duration:00:52:01

Voter Suppression and November’s Elections

10/1/2018
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Voting may be the lynchpin of democracy, but it’s not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. The Founding Fathers set the stage for the dirty tricks and legal discrimination we see today. Just weeks before the November elections, two experts update voter suppression strategies and the role played by the US Supreme Court.

Duration:00:36:57

The US Supreme Court and Gender Politics

9/27/2018
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Judge Brett Kavanaugh did what no Supreme Court nominee had ever done before. He defended his reputation in public--on Fox News. Meantime, male Republican Senators said they’d hired a “female assistant.” She’ll question the woman accusing the judge of sexual assault while he was in prep school. What’s in store for Kavanaugh’s confirmation-- and the prestige of the highest court in the land?

Duration:00:31:25

Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Meets #MeToo

9/19/2018
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Senate confirmation looked like a done deal, but gender politics are disrupting the process. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s unblemished record is up against a woman’s lifetime of trauma--depending on who you believe. What are the options for Senate Republicans less than two months before this year’s elections?

Duration:00:31:13

White House ‘Norms:’ Past and Present

9/14/2018
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President Trump has famously violated traditional rules of presidential behavior. Now Barack Obama has broken the studied silence maintained by former presidents. He’s even attacked Trump by name. Warren explores the historical context and future implications with Tim Naftali, who once ran the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.

Duration:00:25:21

Climate Change and Big Money for New Technology

9/12/2018
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California leads the nation in reducing greenhouse emissions, but Governor Jerry Brown concedes that’s just the beginning. Will his global conference on climate change make any difference? Not without trillions of dollars, which will have to come from private investors. We’ll hear about some exotic technologies attracting that kind of money.

Duration:00:49:51

The Supreme Court and the End of Judicial Restraint

9/6/2018
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Senate confirmation for SCOTUS nominees has become a political circus. That’s because unelected judges have seized legislative powers--when Congress fails to take action. Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Roe v. Wade is bad constitutional law, even though she agrees with the outcome. Should abortion have been left to the voters? Will Brett Kavanaugh make a difference?

Duration:00:49:59

Fascism in Trump’s America

8/30/2018
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Adolf Hitler admired Jim Crow laws, segregation and other historic departures from America’s highest ideals. That’s detailed in, “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us Against Them.” Yale philosopher Jason Stanley says that President Trump is resurrecting ideas, rhetoric and practices from the past to divide Americans in the present.

Duration:00:48:06

Can President Trump’s Climate Change Denial Survive Massive Wildfires?

8/23/2018
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has admitted that climate change is a factor in this year’s massive wildfires. But President Trump continues pushing a disinformation campaign. That’s fueling the conflict between environmentalists and the timber industry over how best to manage America’s forests.

Duration:00:21:14

Follow the Money

8/16/2018
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President Trump promised to hire “the best people” and “drain the swamp” in Washington. But he’s setting White House records for firing his own staff, and it’s “business as usual” for many of those who remain. We’ll look beyond the trial of Paul Manafort.

Duration:00:39:24

The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid?

8/9/2018
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Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”

Duration:00:49:09

Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats

8/2/2018
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From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.

Duration:00:52:35

Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions

7/25/2018
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Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.

Duration:00:45:31