Trump Moves to Make Our Kids Unhealthy Again
Is the Bipartisan Agreement to Avoid a Shutdown the Beginning of the End of Trump?
Is Trump's Impeachment All-But-Inevitable?
We will begin with Trump’s latest act of petty vindictiveness in killing two signature programs of Michelle Obama’s to educate adolescent girls and the requirement for more nutritious school lunches nationwide to promote health and combat childhood obesity. Marion Nestle, a Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University and author of “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” and her latest “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)”, joins us to discuss the announcement by the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue that the 32 million American kids who receive federally subsidized meals will now have more calories, fat and sodium and less whole grains, fruits and vegetables in what is served in their school cafeterias. In other words Donald Trump’s favorite food, Big Macs, KFC and chocolate milk will be back.
Then we will speak with Paul Light, a Professor of Public Service and the founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service at New York University. His latest book is “Government by Investigation: Presidents, Congress, and the Search for Answers,1945 – 2012”. He joins us to discuss whether the bi-partisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown could be the beginning of the marginalization of President Trump who is clearly unhappy with the deal and is now calling for “a good (government) shutdown” in September.
Then finally we will look into the possibility that an impeachment of Donald Trump is all-but-inevitable as his erratic and intemperate behavior with CBS’s John Dickerson is compounded by his spectacular ignorance of American history revealed in Trump’s claim that Andrew Jackson could have prevented the civil war that took place 16 years after his death. Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and author of “Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility” joins us to discuss the growing evidence that the Republican Congress are not afraid of Trump and don’t need him anymore.
Can Obama Rescue Britain From Cameron’s Self-Inflicted Brexit Catastrophe?
We begin with the arrival of President Obama in the U.K. where he will be having lunch on Friday with the queen who turned 90 today then meeting with the Prime Minister.Â Apparently David Cameron is counting on Obama to help him out the mess Cameron got into by calling for a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the E.U. that now is dangerously close to becoming a self-inflicted disaster of historic proportions that could lead to the unravelling of the E.U., the weakening of NATO and the downsizing of Britain into small island nation. EconomistÂ Stephany Griffith Jones, Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London joins us to discuss the dire consequences of a so-called Brexit.
Cameron’s Unpopularity and the Rabid Murdoch Press Could Spell Disaster
Then we get a second opinion on this unnecessary crisis in Europe which is already beset with a refugee crisis and terrorist attacks, and speak withÂ Toby MillerÂ one of the worldâ€™s leading analysts of popular culture, media, and there connection to everyday life. A Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in the U.K., he joins us to discuss David Cameronâ€™s low standing in the polls following revelations in the Panama Papers about his familyâ€™s hidden offshore wealth and the role the Murdoch Press in stirring up ignorant anti-European demagoguery.
The Life and Legacy of the Extraordinary Harriet Tubman
Then finally we look into the life and legacy of the extraordinary woman who in a few years will be gracing the front of the $20 bill, Harriet Tubman.Â Kate Clifford Larson, the author of â€œBound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Heroâ€, joins us to recount the dramatic career of a disabled 5 foot-tall African American woman who escaped slavery, smuggled slaves to freedom, spied for the Union and led raids in the Civil War, and fought for a womanâ€™s right to vote.
Will Wall Street Become Less of an Issue in a Trump-Clinton Race?
We begin with the big victories for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in New York and assess whether they point towards a Clinton – Trump race in the general election and speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter for ProPublicaÂ Jesse EisingerÂ who covers Wall Street and finance and writes a regular column for The New York Timesâ€™s Dealbook section. We discuss how much the focus on Wall Street in the Sanders-Clinton debate may have influenced the outcome and whether in the general election reforming Wall Street might become less of an issue while Donald Trump, assuming he wins the Republican nomination, could himself become the issue in the fall campaign.
Saudi Arabia’s Internal Powder Keg
Then we will examine the apparent snub that President Obama received from the Saudi king who sent a minor official to greet Air Force One when Obama arrived in Riyadh today for a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting. Dr. Alon Ben Meir, a professor and Senior Fellow at New York Universityâ€™s Center for Global Affairs joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post â€œSaudi Arabia – A Kingdom in Retreatâ€ and the many current tensions between the U.S. and the Saudi ruling family who are critical of U.S. policies in the region but seem incapable of dealing with the kingdomâ€™s own internal powder keg of a restive young population waiting for their “Arab Springâ€.
The Dead President’s Shuffle With Jackson Out and Hamilton Still In
Then finally, with todayâ€™s announcement by the Secretary of the Treasury of changes to the $5, $10 and $20 bills, we will speak withÂ David ReynoldsÂ a distinguished professor of American Studies at City University of New Yorkâ€™s Graduate Center and author of â€œWalking Giant: America in the Age of Jacksonâ€. We discuss Jacksonâ€™s replacement on the $20 bill by the first non-president and a woman, the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and Alexander Hamiltonâ€™s reprieve in remaining on the face of the $10 bill.