September 11, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    A View From Inside Trump Land

    We begin with the paradox that the people who support Donald Trump are the Americans who need government support the most, but want it the least, with many living amidst great industrial pollution who nevertheless dislike all environmental regulation. Arlie Russell Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, joins us to discuss her latest book, just out, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on The American Right”. Over the past five years, she embedded herself in Lake Charles, Louisiana amongst red state supporters of Trump and went to his rallies to find out why, as liberals often lament, working class white Americans seems to vote against their own interests which they are certainly doing supporting such a manifestly false prophet as Donald Trump who represents an oligarchical system that has left them at the back of the line. We will look into what the emotional or cultural self-interest is that sustains those that feel alienated and betrayed by their own government and what can be done to bridge the gap between patronizing liberals and good-hearted folks who are falling victim to a political huckster.

  • Segment 2:

    The Saudi 9/11 Cover-Up and What Russia's Spies Are Up To

    Then, on this anniversary of 9/11, we speak with Robert Baer, a veteran CIA officer and author of four New York Times bestsellers, including “See No Evil” and “Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude”. Now the national security affairs analyst at CNN, he joins us to discuss the continuing cover-up of Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 attacks and the alleged role of Russian Intelligence in apparently interfering in our election to help elect Donald Trump while undermining Hillary Clinton who has already been a victim of damaging and well-timed data dumps that first revealed her private email server and exposed how much the DNC was covertly supporting her. We also examine whether the former KGB Colonel Vladimir Putin is using the SVR, FSB and GRU to pay America back for what he sees as interference in his backyard in Georgia and Ukraine, and also look into possible ties between Russian Intelligence and the founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange, as well as the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden now marooned in Moscow, about whom Oliver Stone has made a movie that is coming out soon. All this from the perspective of a former spy familiar with the grey world of “active measures” and cyber espionage that has Putin’s Russia, which has an economy comparable to Canada’s, punching above its weight on the world stage.