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A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The...
124 Episodes
With support from Democrats as well as Republicans, President Trump agreed to release inmates from harsh prison terms due to the War on Drugs.  But his own Justice Department wants them back behind bars. With 4700 former inmates already on the street, does the First Step Act have a future?
President Trump’s denial of climate change has him at war with California.  Their battle over fuel emission standards has divided the auto industry as well as drivers. Meanwhile, 11,000 scientists say we’re facing a “climate emergency.”   
Surveillance cameras are capturing what we do on the streets, at airports, in stores, and in much of our public space. Facial recognition software is touted as making us safer. Is it worth the risk of misidentification -- and the violation of privacy? Is the genie out of the bottle or can it be controlled?
Fire season now lasts all year long in Southern California, and residents of Topanga Canyon have set an example for how to get ready. Volunteers are on the alert to help their neighbors, save their homes and protect their animals, or to evacuate.     
Impeachment by Democrats in the House may lead to trial in the Senate, with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.  Can he prevent the Republican majority from rushing to judgement? Whatever the outcome, will it restore or erode America’s faith in democracy?
Exxon Mobil goes to court

Exxon Mobil goes to court


The world’s biggest oil company is on trial in New York for defrauding investors out of $1.6 billion.  It’s accused of hiding the real value of fossil fuels in the era of climate change. Will the case set an example for court action by other states and cities?
Trump’s Turkey debacle

Trump’s Turkey debacle


Republican U.S. Senator Mitt Romney says President Trump’s withdrawal of soldiers protecting the Kurds violated “American honor.” The military action took the Pentagon by surprise, but it was good news for Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. What’s next for ISIS and America’s diplomatic authority?
Presidential campaigns aren’t just on TV anymore, they’re on countless digital platforms. While Democratic candidates debated on CNN, their strategists were on social media, nudging reporters and delivering instant analysis. And the ultimate nominee will face the maestro of Twitter in President Trump. 
Despite mounting evidence, Republicans in the House and the Senate are defending President Trump or keeping their heads down.  Veteran GOP conservatives accuse them of sacrificing morality for short-term political gain. Who do they fear most: Trump himself or the voters?
66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. 
Comments (2)

Nonya Bizness

episode #80: if you go back and research the doj policy of 1973 not to indict a sitting president, you will find that it's way more complicated than that. it arose out of an effort to isolate nixon from agnew's crimes, before nixon's own crimes became apparent. this doj policy was pretty much tossed in the trash when nixon resigned to avoid impeachment. so essentially, it was debunked almost immediately upon being written, due to watergate. i wish 'scholars' on informative, thoughtful, intelligent media would not present and discuss this memo like it has any current relevance- the moral of the whole story of this doj opinion actually has the reverse meaning in today's environment. please talk to your listeners in 3 dimensions, not the 2 dimensions of typical media.

May 23rd

Javier Bassi

I don't listen enough of the American intervention to create a crisis in Venezuela (and the long list of interventions, including Allende's gov desestabilization), of the fact that Maduro's is not a dictatorship, of Guaidó not observing Venezuela's law, of Pence's gangster-like sayings and that what they call "change" is in fact a coup.

Apr 16th
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