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EP 62 THE BATTLE WITH ISIS-ARE WE WINNING?

During the 2016 campaign and in the early days of his presidency, President Donald Trump made ‘defeating radical Islamic terrorism’ a key part of his counterterrorism strategy. He also said that he would step up efforts to blunt other terrorist groups. At the same time, he vowed to be successful without deploying large numbers of United States soldiers. Dr. Anne Speckhard, director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, joins us to discuss how this strategy is working out.
Learn more about The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism at http://www.icsve.org/
 

EP 61 OPIOID NATION

In America, we’ve experienced four decades of progress against preventable deaths.  We’ve cut death rates for motor vehicle accidents, homicides and smoking.  That was before the opioid epidemic, which has driven the national death rate from overdoses to 9.3 per 100,000 in 2015, up from 0.4 in 1975.  What once was rarely seen is now commonplace. Money is being spent, commissions formed, media attention growing, but have we tackled the issue in a meaningful way?  Dr. Jon Zibbell, a senior public health analyst at RTI International, who formerly worked at the CDC, will detail the nature of the problem and how difficult it will be to combat.
https://www.rti.org/expert/jon-e-zibbell
THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND THE SOUTHERN BORDER
Sam Quinones, author of ‘Dreamland’, tackles a number of topics pertinent to our nation.

EP 60 SEGREGATION’S SEAL OF APPROVAL

Did you ever look around your cities and towns and wonder why so many folks look alike?  In cities, often we see a preponderance of people of color and in suburbs and rural communities just the opposite.  An accident, you wonder?  Just the way things happened…birds of a feather?  Not quite.  In fact, finally, thanks to Richard Rothstein, author of ‘The Color of Law’, we can lay out definitively the fact that our government, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, consciously, relentlessly and with intent, used government policy to segregate America.  Housing discrimination has led to many of the social ills we bemoan today.  We’ll lay out the case today with Mr. Rothstein
 
 

EP 59 CONVENTION OF THE STATES

 
https://www.conventionofstates.com/
This effort is described as a project of citizens for self governance. The rallying cry of those who want to use Article V of The Constitution as a tool to amend it is that the federal government has grown to big, too unwieldy and overly intrusive in our lives. This they say is driving us into debt which is unsustainable and taking away our liberties.  Mark Meckler is a co-founder of this movement and describes its plan, goals and the importance of your participation.

EP 58 THE END OF LOYALTY TO WORKERS

Was the period of corporate loyalty to workers simply an aberration?  In the modern era, generous salaries and benefits packages were most commonly doled out from the mid-1940’s into the early 1980’s.  Through the prism of four corporate behemoths, Rick Wartzman, director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society at the Drucker Institute, describes how big businesses once took responsibility for providing their workers and retirees with an array of social benefits in his book, ‘The End of Loyalty’.  The rise and fall of good jobs and security will certainly lead to the question–what’s next for employees?  Find out on this compelling episode.
 

EP 57 JIMMY WEBB SONGWRITER EXTRAORDINAIRE

https://www.jimmywebb.com/
One of the joys of my broadcast career has been the opportunity to interview Jimmy Webb on more than one occasion.  He is known for his power ballads which tells stories about people and places that are unforgettable.  And for his remarkable collaboration with the late Glen Campbell, having written for him, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Witchita Lineman’ and ‘Galveston’, among others.  And, of course, no one cannot have a reaction to the multi-layered, ‘Macarthur Park’.  In fact, Jimmy’s recently published autobiography, the one that the ‘Wall Street Journal’ said was the best of any written in the pop music era, is titled ‘The Cake and the Rain’.  He was the youngest man ever inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and was named by ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine as one of the top fifty songwriters of all time.  And you owe it to yourself to pick up or download Jimmy doing his own songs as in the recording ‘Ten Easy Pieces’ or his most recent CD’s doing duets of his songs.  I hope you’ll take a listen to a vintage conversation.

EP 37 IS THE MAFIA DEAD IN AMERICA?

Mob historian, Daniel Simone, a prolific author who co-write with Henry Hill ‘The Lufthansa Heist: Behind the Six-Million Dollar Cash Haul That Shook the World’ and, most recently, ‘The Pierre Hotel Affair’, describes the changes in organized crime approaches in the 21st century.  They are certainly not gone and will never be forgotten in the annals of America crime history.  As a bonus feature in this segment on organized crime is an interview with Joe Pistone, aka ‘Donnie Brasco’ and his time as an undercover FBI agent trying to break one of New York’s most powerful crime families.
 

EP 36 HOW GREAT IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT

In just 45 words, the American people were afforded the opportunity to tell its government what speech was protected from the overreach and restrictions inherent in all forms of government at the time.  And still, to this day, we have one of the only written and durable protections of this type in the world, including other democracies.  No one understands the words written in the First Amendment, like attorney Floyd Abrams, its most passionate protector.  We talked to him about the many issues swirling around the First Amendment including cases he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the Pentagon Papers and Citizens United. His clear explanations should be mandatory in civics classrooms across the country. And his new book, ‘The Soul of the First Amendment’, required reading.

EP 35 HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET MEN BACK TO WORK?

 
Today, more than seven million men between the ages of 25 and 54 in America are out of the labor force.  That can’t be good.  In fact, it’s an awful trend.  It creates a ripple effect–no jobs means fewer families are formed, fewer homes are purchased and more diseases of despair plague so many.  While the problem has been well documented,are there any solutions?
Robert Doar, one of the co-authors of a report by the American Enterprise Institute, called ‘Getting Men Back to Work: Solutions from the Right and Left’, joins us to discuss.

EP 32 HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET MEN BACK TO WORK?

Today, more than seven million men between the ages of 25 and 54 in America are out of the labor force.  That can’t be good.  In fact, it’s an awful trend.  It creates a ripple effect–no jobs means fewer families are formed, fewer homes are purchased and more diseases of despair plague so many.  While the problem has been well documented,are there any solutions?
Nicholas Eberstadt, author of ‘Men Out Of Work’ joins us to discuss.

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