Just when you think things can't get any more screwed up in the USA, Donald Trump opens his mouth again. This time, he's abandoned our allies The Kurds, leaving them susceptible to being annihilated by Turkey. We'll examine what's at stake with author, State Dept veteran and academic David L. Phillips who wrote about Trump's betrayal of the Kurds here. Then, with the start of the news Supreme Court term comes a new book from Thom Hartmann. He joins us today to discuss The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America.
Donald Trump is playing dangerous games in Syria with Turkey and the Kurds. On Monday, he said he's pulling out of Syria and allowing Turkey to come in, which leaves our allies, the Kurds in a really bad situation. Since so many of us know so little about Kurdistan, I pulled out an interview I did in 2015 with the Kurdistan Regional Representative to the US, Bayan Rahman. I promise you'll learn something! Then, the Supreme Court is back in session, today hearing three cases joined together to ask if companies should be allowed to discriminate against gay [...]
Today, the 13th day of the government shutdown, is also the day that the 116th Congress begins and Nancy Pelosi once again rises to Speaker of the House. It's a fairly united caucus, except for that damned PayGo provision in the rules. Critics of Donald Trump's announcement that he's pulling US troops out of Syria have, among other things, cited the probable devastating consequences for our allies, the Kurds. In 2015, I interviewed Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the US. Since so many of us know little to nothing about the Kurds, today we'll replay [...]
I won't have a new show today. I'll be getting a biopsy of that mass in my left lung. I'll be back tomorrow... In the meantime, I put together a true "Best of" show: From 6-16-14, what will undoubtedly be my final interview ever with Gen. Wesley Clark. I had liked and respected him, until he let his true colors show during this surprising interview. From 5-7-08, my one and only interview with Bill Maher. I both made him laugh and chastised him for making fun of Restless Leg Syndrome. From 4-26-07, a conversation with Norman Lear, who turns [...]
Today, Nicole talks with Bayan Rahman, Kurdistan's Representative to the US to learn more about the Kurdish people, their challenges and their relationship with the US & their Middle Eastern neighbors. Plus, we check in with Sandra Manis from Athens, Greece, who takes issue with how the US media is portraying their debt crisis. We end the week with a Flashback Friday session from Ben Folds Five from 1995.