March 24, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    ISIS Plans for Asymmetrical Warfare in Europe

    We begin with an assessment of the recent AP report based on French and Iraqi intelligence sources that claims 400 daesh or Islamic State fighters have been seeded into the refugee flow in Europe and are now poised to create mayhem. A former radical who was deeply involved in jihadism until he came to see that his extremism was inconsistent with the teachings of the Quran, Mubin Saikh, joins us. He became an undercover counterterrorism operative for the Canadian security intelligence service and is the author of “Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18 – al Qaeda Inspired, Homegrown, Terrorism in the West” and we discuss how as daesh is getting pounded in Syria and Iraq and losing territory, it is striking back by employing asymmetrical warfare to attack soft targets in Europe.

  • Segment 2:

    Will Paul Ryan Be The Next GOP Presidential Nominee?

    Then we speak with Peter Dreier, the Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College and author of “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame”. We discuss his article at The American Prospect and The Huffington Post “Paul Ryan: The GOP’s Next Presidential Nominee?” and the desperate efforts underway by the Republican “establishment “ to stop Trump as they throw their lot in with a right-wing radical now posing as a centrist Ted Cruz, and we’ll look into whether the increasing speculation about a brokered Republican convention could be an opening for a dark horse to emerge in the form of Paul Ryan riding to rescue the GOP from an electoral meltdown in 2016.

  • Segment 3:

    Inside Bernie Sanders' Fundraising Revolution

    Then finally we examine the revolution underway in political fundraising that Bernie Sanders has tapped into where a grassroots army of small donors is making up for the billionaires arrayed against the Sanders campaign which has forged a partnership with the non-profit ActBlue who this month announced they had raised more than a billion dollars for Democrats since their launch in 2004. David Karpf, a Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and author of “The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy”, joins us.