Background Briefing: April 13, 2022


SCOTUS Will Soon Make it Easier to Arm Mass Shooters on New York Subways

We begin with the arrest of the subway shooter in New York who had terrorized the city having exploded smoke grenades in a subway car on Tuesday and fired 33 shots wounding 10 people before disappearing with the panicked passengers onto another train. Joining us to discuss the irony that our right wing Supreme Court is poised to overturn the hundred-year-old law in New York restricting firearms so that New Yorkers on the subway will soon have to live with Red State open-carry and concealed-carry permissive laws allowing more deranged and dangerous people to threaten the public. Joining us is Saul Cornell, the Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University and author of A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America; Whose Right to Bear Arms Did the Second Amendment Protect? His latest book is The Second Amendment Goes to Court.


The Decisive Battle in Ukraine Putin is Determined to Win and Can’t Afford to Lose

Then, as the Russian military consolidates and reorganizes its forces ahead of the decisive battle in eastern Ukraine which Putin is determined to win and can’t afford to lose, we speak with Timothy Frye, a Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy at Columbia University. His books include Building States and Markets after Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy and his latest book is Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia and he joins us to discuss his article at Politico, “Why Regime Change in Russia Might Not Be a Good Idea?


A Path to Stop the Authoritarian Takeover of American Democracy

Then finally we look into both the daunting and rigged electoral landscape the Democrats are facing in November and in 2024 and the possibility that there is a path to stop an authoritarian takeover of America with the Republicans bent on imposing an illiberal one-party state that their hero Victor Orban has created in Hungary. Joining to discuss the hope and the horror is David Faris, a professor of political science at Roosevelt University in Chicago and a regular contributor to The Week. He is the author of It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics and his latest book is The Kids Are All Left: How Young Voters Will Unite America. He joins us to discuss his article at The Week, “Countdown to the Democrats’ doomsday: Can the GOP win a filibuster-proof trifecta in the next three years?