August 28, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Will the Republicans Be Punished for the Spread of ZIKA?

    We begin with the Zika epidemic that is out of control in Puerto Rico and has now landed in an American city, Miami, with many infected by local mosquitos now carrying the virus.  Dr. Susan Wood, a former FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health who is the Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services joins us to discuss how Zika has been a public health crisis in South America and the Caribbean and its spread to Puerto Rico and Miami has been anticipated, but preventative action has been stymied by the Congress. Since the Republican House put riders on the compromise Senate funding bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood, the Clean Water Act and protect the Confederate flag, we look into whether pregnant woman in Puerto Rico and now Miami will be holding the Congress responsible for their anxiety over giving birth to a child with Microcephaly.  And by extension, will the feckless Democrats hold the Republicans responsible for endangering American women to protect the Confederate flag?

  • Segment 2:

    The Charter School Racket

    Then we examine the charter school racket that was exposed by John Oliver on his HBO comedy show which raises the question of whether some of the best investigative journalism nowadays is being done by comedians. Joining us is Diane Ravitch, who served as Assistant Secretary of Education under George W. Bush then made a radical break with his policies like “No Child Left Behind” which she wrote about in “The Death and Life of the Great American School System” and in her latest book “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools”. We discuss how, instead of investing in our students, America’s kids have become profit centers for scam artists as public schools are de-funded to serve the whims of egotistical billionaires experimenting with the future of America’s students whose future their meddling is diminishing.

  • Segment 3:

    The Media's False Equivalence is to Blame for Trump Getting Away With Calling Clinton a Bigot

    Then finally we analyze the impact of the media’s convention of false equivalency that allows Donald Trump to get away with calling Hillary Clinton a bigot without providing any factual evidence compared to her speech about the alt-right that documented Trump’s many racist remarks and the extent to which the white nationalist movement in this country has flocked to his banner. On top of which Trump recently appeared on stage with the racist head of UKIP and hired the head of Breitbart Media which claims to be the platform for the alt-right as his campaign chief. Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, who served as the Associate Director-Legal Affairs of the Southern Poverty Law Center, joins us to discuss how the press is helping Trump muddy the waters as to who is the racist running for president.