Can Obama Rescue Britain From Cameron's Self-Inflicted Brexit Catastrophe?
Cameron's Unpopularity and the Rabid Murdoch Press Could Spell Disaster
The Life and Legacy of the Extraordinary Harriet Tubman
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.
The Global Impact of China’s Stock Market Turmoil
We begin with the suspension of trading on the Chinese stock market and the effect that uncertainties over the Chinese economy, along with increasing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran and falling oil prices are having as global markets and Wall Street took a hammering today with the Dow down 392 points, its biggest loss in three months. First we go to China and speak with Scott Kennedy, the deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and the director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The author of “Beyond the Middle Kingdom” and the forthcoming book “The Dragon’s Learning Curve: Global Governance in China”, we will discuss China’s dilemma in wanting more participation in the global economy but at the time not wanting to be subject to the kind of market forces that brought about the 2008 crash.
The More Important Concern, China’s Currency
Then we hear from Victor Shih, a Professor of Political Science in the 21st Century China Program in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. He joins us to discuss the more important issue than China’s stock market, the decline of China’s currency the renminbi which is at its lowest point in six years, and whether currency depreciation is being used to stimulate growth as currency weakness, economic slowdown and stock market turmoil combine to question how much the Chinese government is in control.
Michigan’s Governor Poisoned Children to Cut Costs
Then finally we go to Flint, Michigan to speak with Lonnie Scott, the Executive Director of Progress Michigan, about the poisonous water from the contaminated Flint River that the citizens of Flint have been forced to drink over the past year because of austerity imposed on the city by the state’s Republican governor Rick Snyder. We discuss the call by Flint’s most famous resident Michael Moore that Governor Snyder resign and be placed under arrest by the FBI for poisoning children in the name of cutting costs.