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Ep: 4-44 More death and slaughter in America

Three of the deadliest mass shootings in US modern history have occurred in the last five months. David Hogg, survivor of Florida school shooting: "This is the 18th one this year. That’s unacceptable. We're children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role.”


Ep: 4-43 Greece and Macedonia spar over a name and what is happening in the Maldives?

I’m joined by Tim Marshall in London, editor of thewhatandthewhy.com to do our monthly look at World politics away from the special relationship. In the last week, tens of thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets in a protest about the dispute over the name of the republic to the North. Many Greeks object to the country calling itself Macedonia, saying it implies a territorial claim on Greece's northern Macedonia region, what has caused this round of mass demonstrations?


Ep: 4-42 The Black Brexiter, why I and other ethnic minorities voted to leave the EU - Kunle Olulode

Polls conducted before the European referendum – and indeed some conducted afterwards – indicated that ethnic minority voters were more likely to vote Remain. However, there is data to suggest that the strength of euroscepticism within the British South Asian population was perhaps stronger than previously anticipated. A number of areas with large South Asian populations delivered Leave votes, including Luton (56.5% Leave), Hillingdon (56.4% Leave), Slough (54.3% Leave) and Bradford (54.2%...


EP: 4-41 America's S*** Hole diplomacy in 2018 and Maduro the authoritarian democrat

Today I'm joined by Tim Marshall in London, editor of thewhatandthewhy.com to do our monthly look at world politics away from the special relationship’. Trump and his Shithole view of the world and is Maduro a democratic authoritarian, who has used a referendum to expand the powers of his presidency, imprisoned political prisoners, attacked the judiciary branch of his government, and restricted the freedom of the press?


Ep: 4 - 40 Nathaniel Wayne on gender fluidity and why gender X matters.

Today we are joined by Vlogger, Nathaniel Wayne in Vermont to discuss Gender Fluidity and as the State of Vermont considers a 3rd gender option on driver's licenses. Starting January 27, the ability to identify as male, female or X on birth certificates. The policy lets Washingtonians change existing documents; The rule, announced by the state Department of Health, defines X as the following: A gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex,...


Ep: 4-39 President Oprah and Bannon gets the boot

Hello and welcome to Mid Atlantic the show where we look at the news and views from one side of the Atlantic from the perspective of the other, I’m Roifield Brown in a damp San Francisco. Today we are joined by Doug Levy, communications expert in and wine connoisseur and by Mic Wright the technology, music and popular culture journalist in Norwich. In a week that has seen Theresa May try and assert her authority over the Tory government through her cabinet reshuffle. We take a look at one...


Ep: 4-38 Cyril Ramaphosa becomes the ANC president and Poland Defies the EU

Zuma and Ramaphosa battle over SA’s future Jacob Zuma, South Africa's scandal-hit president, may not see out his second term now that the African National Congress party has elected his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa its leader, is time up for Zuma? Poland judiciary reforms: EU takes disciplinary measures While Brits are focused on Brexit, The European Union has launched unprecedented disciplinary measures against Poland, saying its judicial reforms threaten the rule of law. The EU states that...


Ep: 4-37 May is defeated in the Commons and Trump's candidate looses in Alabama

Today we are joined by Doug Levy, communications expert in transit in south California and by columnist Sunny Hundal who is sat in Barcelona. In a week that has seen the Tory rebels finally rebel we ask will the Tory rebellion give Parliament a much greater say in leaving the European Union? Are the Commons defying the will of the people in the referendum?


EP: 4 - 36 The special relationship, Trumps tweets and Meghan's marriage.

In a week that has seen two different sides of the special relationship between the US and the UK, we ask do the president's tweets mark a sad and low moment for AngloAmerican relations, which in teh words if a British MP, betrays a deep ignorance of the very real challenges of tackling the insidious rise of extremism and prejudice that threatens us all?


EP: 4-35 The pernicious power of Fake news with Gleb Tsipursky of the Pro Truth Pledge

I’m joined by Gleb Tsipursky, Co-Founder, of the Pro-Truth Pledge. In a week that has seen that Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, we look at the psychology around Fake news and demonising legitimate media scrutiny. Are we are facing a systematic danger for our democracy with Alabama front-runner Senate candidate Roy Moore calling The Washington Post “fake news” after the newspaper published a thorough investigative report of his sexual improprieties. He forms...


EP: 4-34 Is Britain ungovernable and a week in Trumps America

Today we are joined by writer, editor, and historian Nathaniel Popkin in an always sunny Philadelphia and by Jonn build some bloody houses Elledge from a dank and damp Brexit ridden London. In a week that has seen yet another senseless mass shooting in The States which the gun lobby would tell us has nothing to do with guns we ask is Britain ungovernable?


Ep: 4-33 Tim Marshall on Catalonia vs Madrid and Trump's bellicosity towards North Korea

I’m joined by friend of the show and the former BBC and sky news foreign news and international diplomacy expert. Tim is editor of http://www.thewhatandthewhy.com With the Spanish government in Madrid suspending the autonomy of Catalonia, a decision which prompted anger across the region, this is Spain’s deepest constitutional crisis since the restoration of democracy in 1977. Donald Trump said the US may be obliged to “totally destroy” North Korea. He has also denounced the endeavours...


Ep: 4-32 May vs The Tory Party and Trump vs Corker

Today I’m joined by wine expert and writer Doug in the North Bay and map geek and pedant irascible Englishman Jonn Elledge in London. In a week that has seen Theresa may dodge the question as to whether she would vote for Brexit if there was another referendum, we ask was Corbyn right when he said are the Tories more interested in fighting amongst themselves then solving problems?


Ep: 4-2 A conversation about America's love of guns - Corey Ryan Forrester

Today we look at the issue of Gun Violence and how The U.S. Compares With Other Countries. Today Im joined by Corey Ryan Forrester the Comedian and Co-Author of National Best Seller The Liberal Redneck Manifesto.


Ep: 4-30 Catalonia vs. Spain with Tim Marshall and Dominique Stewart

Spain is desperately trying to halt a drive for independence in Catalonia. The Catalan government has said that they will declare independence from Spain after violent clashes between Spanish police and voters on Sunday. Tim Marshall from The Why and The What and Dominique Stewart.


EP: 4-29 Trump speaks to the world as his poll numbers go up

Today I'm joined by Wine expert and ex Columbia university communications head Doug Levy and by part-time Buddhist and Bernie Sanders forward planner Reggie Hubbard. In a week in which President Donald Trump’s poll numbers and approval ratings stabilize and move up slightly over the past month, we ask is Trump and his breaking of political norms, the new normal. Following a low of 39 percent in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll last month after his controversial reaction to the violent...


Ep: 4 - 28 Nik Gowing, Thinking the Unthinkable

Thinking The Unthinkable Britain out of the EU? President Trump? To express incredulity is not a political judgment. Until a few weeks ago, what many viewed as outlandish ‘unthinkables’ were not even being considered or investigated as part of corporate or political risk assessments. Now they have to be.


Ep: 4-27 Trump, white supremacists and murder in Charlottesville.

Today we are joined by part time Buddhist and Democratic party apparatchik Reggie Hubbard in Washington DC and by wine expert and ex Director of Communications at Columbia Univ Doug Levi in San Francisco. In a week that has seen white supremacists murder a peaceful protester in Charlottesville, we ask is this the end for Trump.


Ep: 4.26 - Trump turns on Sessions and the meaning of Dunkirk

Today I’m joined by the Founder of the Echo Chamber Club. Alice Thwaite in Berlin and by yogic Democratic party operative Reggie Hubbard in Washington DC, we start by a look at the last week in Trump's America and his treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We end the show by looking at the meaning of Dunkirk to Britain.


Ep: 4.25 - Peter Joseph and the New Human Rights Movement

Today I’m joined by Peter Joseph an American independent filmmaker and political activist. He is best known for the Zeitgeist film series, which he wrote, directed, narrated, scored, and produced which spawned The Zeitgeist Movement to talk about his new book, The New Human Rights Movement.


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