Roosevelt’s New Deal remade American society, and now climate activists are pushing for a Green New Deal to do it again. This week, On the Media looks at the attacks from conservatives against both projects, and why congress underestimates support for climate action. Plus, how a wave of labor strikes might be a crucial component in building momentum towards Green New Deal adoption. And, the teenage girls spreading climate awareness on Tik-Tok.
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2. Kim Phillips-Fein, historian at
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OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business
This week we are featuring a brand new episode from our friends at Trump Inc, a podcast produced here at WNYC. Here's a message from Trump Inc's producers:
When we started all the way back in early 2018, we laid out how we'd be digging into the . After all, by keeping ownership of that business, Trump has had dueling interests: the country and his pocketbook.
We've done dozens of episodes over the past 18 months, detailing how predatory lenders are .
We've noticed something along the way. It's not just that the president has mixed his business and governing. It's that the way Trump does business is spreading across the government.
Trump's company isn't like most big businesses. It is accountable to only one man, it has ."
Those traits are now popping up in the government. It may seem like the news from Washington is a cacophony of scandals. But they fit clear patterns — patterns that Trump has brought with him from his business.
A Very Bitter Joke
Good riddance, John Bolton! By dismissing his third National Security Advisor, President Trump prompted renewed concern over White House instability. This week, On the Media makes the case that John Bolton’s outster is good news for the republic. Plus, after four decades of progress, domestic abuse is on the rise and Senate Republicans are stymieing the Violence Against Women Act. And, Brooke visits Lady Liberty to learn about the 130-year political war over the meaning of the statue.
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3. Paul Kramer, history professor at Vanderbilt University, on the conflicting depictions and interpretations of the Statue of Liberty. .
Frail as a Breeze by Erik Friedlander
The New Colossus by Saunder Choi
Toccata and fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach played on glass harp by Robert Tiso
River Man by Brad Mehldau Trio
Why Many Afghans Don't Understand 9/11
This weekend in a series of tweets, President Trump both disclosed and scrapped secret talks with the Taliban in Camp David. Of course, the Taliban did not perpetrate 9/11. But they did offer safe haven in Afghanistan to Al Qaeda, whose hijackers turned passenger airplanes into bombs in the most deadly act of terrorism on US soil.
A few weeks later, America invaded the central Asian crossroads whose history has been one of occupation. "Today we focus on Afghanistan, but the battle is broader," President George Bush said at the time. " Every nation has a choice to make. In this conflict, there is no neutral ground. If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocence, they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril." The whole world understood.
Or, almost the whole world. One country that was unclear about the US mission and its motives was Afghanistan itself. According to a November 2010 study by the International Council on Security and Development, during the height of fighting in Helmand and Kandahar, 92 percent of southern Afghan males there had never heard of 9/11. The staggering statistic caught the eye of Stars & Stripes reporter . In this podcast extra, he and Bob talk about why misconceptions persist about the 18-year war in Afghanistan.
As Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Democratic presidential candidates promised climate action in an unprecedented televised event. On this week’s On the Media, how CNN’s town hall advances the climate conversation. Plus, how the bulk of gun violence coverage fails to address the root causes of the crisis.
1. David Roberts [ ], writer at Vox, on how the CNN climate town hall advances the conversation on climate change.
2. John Morales [ ], chief meteorologist at WTVJ NBC-6 Miami, on how a meteorologist reports the weather as the climate changes.
3. Lois Beckett [ ], senior reporter at The Guardian, on how covering of gun violence obscures the path to optimal solutions.