April 4, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    The Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the Panama Papers

    We begin with the release of the 11 million documents from a Panamanian law firm, a massive data dump the should prove to be the single biggest blow to the offshore world of tax havens and clandestine webs of shell companies that hide the ill-gotten gains of dictators and kleptocrats along with the hidden wealth of the world’s elite of business moguls, celebrities and politicians. Gerard Ryle, the Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who organized the international effort to structure and release the “Panama papers” to more than 100 media outlets worldwide, joins us to discuss how the ICIJ handled this enormous trove of financial and legal documents going back decades that were reported to be leaked to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung from the database of Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm situated in Panama.

  • Segment 2:

    The Global Rich and Powerful Have Their Money Co-Mingled With the Scum of the Earth

    Then we follow up with James Henry who is a Global Justice Fellow at Yale University and a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Investment and a Senior Economic Advisor to the Tax Justice Network. We will discuss the political resistance to going after tax havens and offshore and onshore shell companies and why it took whistleblowers and journalists to uncover this tip of the iceberg of global corruption and not governments or law enforcement, the answer being in large part because the rich and powerful have their money co-mingled with the scum of the earth.

  • Segment 3:

    Donald Trump's Leverage Over Fox News

    Then finally we speak with Gabriel Sherman, the National Affairs Editor at New York Magazine and author of the New York Times best-selling biography of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country”. He joins us to discuss his latest article at New York Magazine “Operation Trump “Inside the most unorthodox campaign in political history” and the leverage that Donald Trump has over Fox News.