January 23, 2017

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Trump Hands China a Massive Victory

    We begin with Donald Trump’s tearing up of the T.P.P., the transpacific trade partnership which in effect hands China a great victory making its alternative, the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the only game in town, thus empowering China to write its own rules going forward, the very criticism that Trump levelled at China during his campaign. Alfred McCoy, Chair of History at the University of Wisconsin and the author of “Policing America’s Empire: the United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State” joins us to discuss how Trump is weakening America at warp speed by undoing the architecture of America’s global strategic and economic power built up over decades. Added to which, as Trump hands over the Asia/Pacific to China, he is threatening to abandon NATO as is encouraging the breakup of Europe, which in turn hands victories beyond Putin’s wildest dreams to Trump’s favorite autocrat in the Kremlin.

  • Segment 2:

    The Subtext of the Hearing for the Head of the CIA

    Then we examine the possible subtext to today’s hearing to confirm Congressman Pompeo as the next head of the CIA, following the nomination of another partisan politician to become the Director of National Intelligence. A long-time senior staffer on the House and Senate Intelligence Oversight Committees, Loch Johnson, the Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia and author of “The Threat on the Horizon: An inside Account of America’s Search for Security After the Cold War”, joins us. We will discuss whether the counterintelligence investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin can be stopped by Trump’s political appointees and if the Intelligence Community will still be able to speak truth to power.

  • Segment 3:

    Could Saturday's Demonstrations Evolve Into a Tea Party of the Left?

    Then finally we speak with Michael Kazin, Professor of History at Georgetown University and co-editor of Dissent magazine. He joins us to discuss his article at Foreign Policy “Trump’s Civil Religion has an Angry God” and whether Saturday’s massive demonstrations against Trump could evolve into a Tea Party of the left that could influence the Democratic Party as the Tea Party has intimidated the GOP, as well as how lessons in Kazin’s new book “War Against War: The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918” apply to today’s demonstrations.