March 8, 2017

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Protests and Strikes on International Women's Day

    We will begin with today’s International Women’s Day and the strikes and protests it has generated around the world and speak with Ruth Rosen, a pioneering historian of gender and society who is professor emerita of history at UC Davis and a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. The author of “The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America”, she joins us to discuss the second wave of feminism and how the women’s movement has moved from conscious raising to hell-raising with an extraordinary grassroots mobilization of women across the country and around the world that took to the streets in record numbers on the day after Trump’s inauguration. She will also give us a history of International Women’s Day that began in New York in 1908 and was largely ignored for decades during the Cold War as being too “socialist” until relatively recently, and today it even got a blessing from Donald Trump who tweeted that “he has tremendous respect for women”.

  • Segment 2:

    How Breitbart News Influences Trump's Mind and the Broader Media Agenda

    Then, since Donald Trump’s extraordinary smear of President Obama that he has yet to explain, justify, provide evidence or apologize for, entered into the President’s mind via a story in Breitbart News, we examine a new study at the Columbia Journalism Review “Breitbart-led right wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda”. One of the study’s authors, Ethan Zuckerman, who directs the Center for Civil Media at MIT and teaches at MIT’s Media Lab, joins us to discuss how the pro-Trump media sphere set the agenda for the conservative media and strongly influenced the broader media agenda, particularly to the detriment of Hillary Clinton.

  • Segment 3:

    China Warns That North Korea and the US Are on a Collision Course

    Then finally we assess what China’s Foreign Minister called the head-on collision course that the U.S. and North Korea are on and the rejection by the U.S. Representative to the U.N. of China’s suggestion that the North Koreans should stop their nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea ending military exercises. David Kang, a Professor of International Relations at USC and the Director of the Asian Studies Center, joins us to discuss Nikki Haley’s remark that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is “not rational” and whether cutting him off from the SWIFT international banking system will moderate the regime’s behavior.