April 19, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    How Wall Street Sees Bernie and Hillary

    Ahead of tonight’s results from the New York primary races we’ll begin with the subject that was most debated between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and that is who would be tougher on Wall Street or more effective in reigning in the big banks. William Cohan, a former senior Wall Street investment banker and New York Times best-selling author of “Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World”, who writes a bi-weekly column for The New York Times Deal Book section ‘Street Scene’, joins us to discuss how Wall Street feels about how they are being portrayed in this presidential campaign and whether if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, all of Hillary’s promises to clean up the Street in response to Bernie’s attacks on her ties to bankers will be forgotten and forgiven as Wall Street flocks to support her over Trump.

  • Segment 2:

    The UN General Assembly's Special Session on Drugs

    Then we cover today’s opening of the U.N. General Assembly’s special session on drugs and speak with John Walsh, a Senior Associate for Drug Policy and the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America who coordinates their Drug Policy Program that supports more humane and effective drug polices in the Americas. We will discuss how Russia has led the effort by a number of countries to maintain a punitive approach in spite of the failure of the war on drugs, while other nations are trying to move the focus to harm reduction.

  • Segment 3:

    Dysfunction and Corruption in Baghdad as More American Troops Arrive

    Then finally we speak with Iraq expert Juan Cole, a professor of Modern Middle Eastern and South Asian History at the University of Michigan whose latest book is “The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East”. He joins us to discuss the crisis of confidence in the Baghdad government that is mired in dysfunction and corruption and whether the addition of more American troops announced today by the Pentagon is mission creep.