25 episodes

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...

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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...

    Is President Trump a very stable genius?

    Is President Trump a very stable genius?

    The president calls himself a “very stable genius,” and stories from a new book by that name are already part of Trump lore. He was confused about Pearl Harbor. He didn’t know India had a border with China. Some aides doubt his fitness for office.

    • 27 min
    Sanders and 'socialism,' Trump and disinformation

    Sanders and 'socialism,' Trump and disinformation

    With Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic candidates, Republicans are reviving a political dirty word: “socialism.”  Meantime, the Trump campaign has weaponized digital media, assaulting voters with disinformation. Will Democrats respond in kind?

    • 49 min
    The US ‘rendered itself incapable’ of handling a disease epidemic

    The US ‘rendered itself incapable’ of handling a disease epidemic

    China has locked down an entire city to control the coronavirus, while President Trump has eliminated federal programs to cope with disease epidemics. Meantime, the Iowa caucus disaster means continued disunity for the Democratic party.

    • 56 min
    Super Bowl gambling behind bars

    Super Bowl gambling behind bars

    John J. Lennon is a confessed killer doing time at Sing Sing Prison. He’s also published in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and Sports Illustrated. He talks about illicit gambling behind bars and “escape” into fantasy football for this...

    • 41 min
    Trump’s impeachment: politics and the Constitution

    Trump’s impeachment: politics and the Constitution

    Did President Trump abuse his power? That’s now up to the Senate. But is that even a crime? Democrats and Republicans agree on the facts, but not on the Constitution. Trump says he can do whatever he wants. At stake is the separation of executive...

    • 38 min
    The climate debate and impeachment

    The climate debate and impeachment

    While Trump cuts environmental protections, Democrats debate climate change -- when reporters give them a chance. CNN didn’t ask until the second half of the latest debate. We hear what the candidates said. In the meantime, Chief Justice John...

    • 47 min

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