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Episode 34: Tony Blair says the left has lost its way

9/25/2017
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Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair sits down with Susan Glasser in New York City to discuss the similarities between Brexit and Trump, negiotating peace in the Middle East and the populism of the far left.

Duration: 00:35:14


Episode 33: Twitter Man vs. Rocket Man

9/18/2017
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Back in July, President Donald Trump was already escalating his rhetoric against North Korea as it became clear the rogue state was on the brink of a major breakthrough in its nuclear program, development of a ballistic missile capable of striking the continental United States. Still, he insisted, “I don’t draw red lines,” and wouldn’t be sucked into doing so.

Duration: 01:13:50


Episode 32: Are Democrats more than the Party of Not Donald Trump?

9/11/2017
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On this week's episode of The Global Politico, a group of leading Democrat strategists reconvene a year later to debate their election losses, the diagnosis of why Trump beat them in 2016, and how much to stake themselves on an oust-him-at-all-costs strategy now. Their internal battles may not be as sexy as the unprecedented hostile takeover of the GOP by an outsider president not beholden to it – yet they are just as consequential.

Duration: 00:57:22


Episode 31: Dealing With Hurricane Trump, with Jeh Johnson

9/4/2017
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Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief, on the many crises, natural and otherwise, of the Trump era. Much of America’s fourth-largest city is still underwater, as the drowning of Houston rapidly becomes the costliest disaster in U.S. history. President Trump is threatening a major confrontation with Congress over funds to build his proposed border wall with Mexico.

Duration: 00:57:28


Episode 30: For all his fire and fury, Trump hasn’t changed much

8/28/2017
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A look back on the first seven months of the Trump administration, Susan Glasser walks through ten lessons we've learned about Donald Trump's foreign policy philosophy since he took office.

Duration: 00:56:46


Episode 29: The new Cold War?

8/21/2017
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This week The Global Politico examines whether America and Russia are really doomed to clash on the world stage, how we got Vladimir Putin so wrong — and what’s next for the Kremlin leader. Is it a new Cold War? Are we Russian hands too obsessed with making Putin and his country a boogie man in American politics today?

Duration: 01:13:26


Episode 28: The Republican war within

8/14/2017
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The Republican Party under President Trump is a party divided, one at war with itself. Torn between a leader who came to office vowing to drain the Washington swamp – and the swamp creatures in his own party who now run both houses of Congress. This week, The Global Politico convened two groups of Republicans - a group of party insiders here in Washington, the ones Trump and Company are throwing the bombs at, and a group of pro-Trump Republicans who want a war with Mitch McConnell and then...

Duration: 00:59:59


Episode 27: What it's like to watch a democracy die in Venezuela

8/7/2017
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Hannah Dreier joins The Global Politico this week to recount her experience covering the Venezuela crisis, as an AP correspondent. She takes listeners inside what it is like to live through complete upheaval and the crazy things you get used to when your home is falling apart. Hannah was robbed, snatched by the secret police and bought Cheerios on the black market. This is a story about an oil rich country that has lines for bread and milk and toilet paper, the world’s highest crime rate,...

Duration: 00:42:32


Episode 26: Why the Middle East hated Obama but loves Trump

7/31/2017
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, fresh from a summit with Trump, explains a region in turmoil. The tone was measured, but taken together his comments amount to a striking and stark indictment of Obama and much recent U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Duration: 00:28:47


Episode 25: The Trump White House’s war within

7/24/2017
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Until a couple weeks ago Laurel Miller was America’s top diplomat charged with dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Miller joins The Global Politico for an exclusive interview on the State Department shutting down SRAP (the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan) and lays out the tale of the increasing dismemberment of the State Department under Trump and Tillerson.

Duration: 00:51:21


Episode 24: Don’t compare Trump to Nixon. It’s unfair to Nixon.

7/17/2017
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This week's guest, Elizabeth Drew, wrote the book, Washington Journal, as a real-time diary of how the American political world handled the spiraling Watergate investigations. Susan and Elizabeth discuss how Nixon is — and isn’t — like Trump, why our new president has already in her view committed an impeachable offense and whether Congress is up to the job of dealing with a constitutional crisis once again. Subscribe to The Global Politico's Monday morning newsletter here:...

Duration: 00:48:38


Episode 23: Tom Donilon on the one thing Trump gets right about Obama and Russia

7/10/2017
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Tom Donilon, President Obama’s national security adviser and co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s national security transition team, makes a strong case for why who sits in the Situation Room really matters, why Donald Trump’s explosive new ways and foreign policy about-face from the Obama era may well have long-term consequences.

Duration: 01:01:07


Episode 22: J.T. Rogers, foreign policy wonk meets playwright

7/3/2017
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J.T. Rogers is not a diplomat or a military officer or politician. He’s something most unusual in American public life: a playwright whose subject is world affairs — we call him America’s only foreign policy playwright — and he’s just won pretty much every award there is for his latest work, “Oslo,” a powerful look at the historic moment in 1993 when peace between Israel and the Palestinians seemed like it might really happen.

Duration: 00:57:10


Episode 21: Why Rep. Adam Kinzinger is raising ‘holy hell’ over Russia

6/26/2017
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Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he is prepared to wage a rebellion and raise “holy hell” in the face of new efforts by the White House and its allies to water down a bill enshrining into law tough sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s government. The measure—which passed overwhelmingly in the Senate—ran into trouble last week as Trump allies raised procedural roadblocks and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson complained the bill unduly ties the administration’s hands.

Duration: 00:34:35


Episode 20: Tom Malinowski on arguing with dictators and human rights in the Trump era

6/18/2017
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Tom Malinowski served on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff, then became Washington director of Human Rights Watch, and then for the last term of President Obama’s administration, as assistant secretary of state for human rights. In other words, he had a front row seat for the debate over whether and how we should intervene to help the millions of innocent civilians caught in the civil war in Syria, how we should respond to the Arab spring, to the war between Russia and...

Duration: 00:58:28


Episode 19: The shove heard round the world

6/11/2017
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A conversation with Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic about the shove he received from U.S. President Donald Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. Plus, a conversation with Damon Wilson of the Atlantic Council to lend context to the incident and on Montenegro's bid for and accession into the NATO alliance.

Duration: 00:51:55


Episode 18: Strobe Talbott on confluence of Moscow and Washington

6/4/2017
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Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott delves into Trump and Putin, Moscow and Washington, as we find ourselves consumed by the unlikely confluence of two stories that he happens to know more about than just about anybody.

Duration: 00:48:39


Episode 17: Is Prime Minister Theresa May a British Hillary Clinton?

5/28/2017
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The Global Politico hits the road again, to the scene of last week’s terrorist attack in Manchester — as it caused an unprecedented halt to political campaigning just two weeks before the general election. And we’ll explore the backstory of Brexit, how it does and doesn’t compare with the populist wave that’s brought us Donald Trump in the United States and a host of political upheavals in other countries. Our guest for most the podcast is Steve Hilton, who was long a British political...

Duration: 00:55:23


Episode 16: John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chief on Trump, Comey and his own email being hacked

5/21/2017
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In an exclusive interview with Susan Glasser, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta blasts Donald Trump as unfit for office and predicts Trump's GOP enablers on Capitol Hill will stonewall the Russia hacking probe. As for the president's excuse that he fired Comey for mishandling last year's Clinton investigation? Laughable, really laughable, Podesta says.

Duration: 00:58:15


Episode 15: Condoleezza Rice: American democracy will survive Trump

5/14/2017
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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledges her concerns about a president accused of eroding democracy at home and ignoring it abroad and says Trump, a novice in world affairs, has a “steeper learning curve than most” presidents. Rice also offers her personal revenge theory of Vladimir Putin’s 2016 U.S. election hacking, says she’s not going to serve as Trump’s FBI director, and tells the backstory of how she met Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Duration: 00:56:39

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