posts tagged current-events

6/5/17 // Weekend Rundown: Trump on Terror

Joe discusses President Trump's reactions to the weekend's terror attack in London and how we might think about treating his Twitter feed going forward. | listen

6/2/17 // John Cook on Paris Agreement Withdrawal

John Cook returns to discuss the impact of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. | listen

6/1/17 // Dr. Steve Billet, Part II: Trump, NATO & Russia

Dr. Steve Billet discusses President Trump's odd NATO comments, his treatment of longstanding U.S. allies, and the prospects of Robert Mueller leading the Russia investigation. | listen

5/31/17 // Dr. Steve Billet on Kathy Griffin and "Covfefe"

Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss comedian Kathy Griffin's tasteless beheading and our obsessions with President Trump's Twitter actions. | listen

5/30/17 // W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Part II: Southern Memory

W. Fitzhugh Brundage believes the discussion around Confederate monuments will continue as he talks about the Southern memory of the Civil War. | listen

5/29/17 // W. Fitzhugh Brundage on Confederate Monuments

W. Fitzhugh Brundage joins the show to discuss the rise in demand to remove Confederate memorials in the South, the practice of historical triage, and why the monuments should be removed but not destroyed. | listen

5/18/17 // Benjamin Friedman, Part I: Foreign Policy

Benjamin Friedman joins the show to discuss what President Trump's unpredictability means for our allies and adversaries, the lack of strategy in Syria, and why the president has become more of a traditional hawk. | listen

5/12/17 // Weekly Rundown: A Few Exceptions

Joe offers his thoughts on President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, the appearance of a coverup, and the absurdity of Trump's lawyer's statement about the president's tax returns. | listen

5/11/17 // Andrew Lakoff on Undermined Trust

Andrew Lakoff discusses how our normal sites of trust have been undermined in recent months, the need for gatekeepers of consensus, and optimism for future convergence of scientific, political, and social circumstances. | listen

5/5/17 // Weekly Rundown: Political Sports Coverage

Joe discusses the AHCA passing House and how media coverage of politics mirrors that of sports and changes the way we frame and discuss it. | listen

5/4/17 // Darren Samuelsohn, Part II: White House Coverage

Darren Samuelsohn is back to discuss Donald Trump's dogged commitment to campaign promises and the conflicts of interest created by the president's businesses. | listen

5/3/17 // Darren Samuelsohn, Part I: White House Palace Intrigue

Politico Senior White House Reporter Darren Samuelsohn joins the show to discuss the raucous early days of the Trump administration, continued leaking from White House staffers, palace intrigue in the West Wing, and more. | listen

4/28/17 // Weekly Rundown: Not So Easy

Joe discusses the current unpredictability of American foreign relations, as well as Donald Trump's interview with Reuters, where the president admitted he thought the job "would be easier." | listen

4/26/17 // Taia Handlin on Democratic Ineptitude

Taia returns to discuss Democratic incompetence in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential victory, including the potential alienation of the party's voter base. | listen

4/25/17 // Taia Handlin on Jason Chaffetz

Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss Rep. Jason Chaffetz's impending resignation, acknowledgement of former NSA Michael Flynn's wrongdoing, and her unhealthy obsession with the Utah pol. | listen

4/24/17 // Omer Taspinar on Turkey & Trump

Omer Taspinar discusses the recent referendum in Turkey, division surrounding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, similarities to Donald Trump, and the rise of nativism throughout Europe and the world. | listen

4/21/17 // Weekly Rundown: Trump's First 100 Days

Joe discusses Trump's shift in opinion regarding the 100-day standard, why we value such an arbitrary number of days, and whether or not Trump is living up to what we expected, regardless of our political beliefs. | listen

4/20/17 // Dr. Steve Billet, Part II: Trump's Foreign Policy & Unpredictability

In the second part of our conversation, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the troublesome nature of President Trump's unpredictability with foreign affairs, his shift toward mainstream Republican foreign policy, and the media's curious reverence for military intervention. | listen

4/19/17 // Dr. Steve Billet, Part I: Special Election & Troubling Districts

Dr. Steve Billet is back to discuss the special election in Georgia's 6th district, positive signs for Democrats, big spending on small races, and districts that could give President Trump some trouble. | listen

4/17/17 // Jonathan Bernstein on Crisis Management and United Airlines

Jonathan Bernstein of Bernstein Crisis Management join the show to discuss different aspects of crisis management, United Airlines' public relations fiasco, and the importance of preparedness in the age of digital recording and live streaming. | listen

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