March 27, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Is the Islamic State Being Degraded and Destroyed?

    We begin with an analysis of how much Daesh, or the self-declared Islamic State, is being destroyed and degraded following the killing of the group’s number two operative by U.S. Special Forces at the same time that Assad’s forces along with Hizbollah and Russian airpower have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra while Iraqi government forces are poised to recapture Mosul. Richard Barrett, a director of the Soufan Group who sits on the board of the International Center of Counter Terrorism in The Hague joins us to discuss the extent to which daesh is being squeezed and whether that will mean they are more likely to strike out at soft targets in Europe.

  • Segment 2:

    Is Paul Ryan Coyly Waiting in the Wings?

    Then with Wisconsin emerging as the next key state and a must-win for both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz, we speak with Joel Rogers, a professor of law, political science, public affairs and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he directs COWS, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. He joins us to discuss the intense campaigning ahead of the critical primary a week from next Tuesday and whether the state’s favorite son Paul Ryan, who is coyly waiting in the wings, might emerge as the solution to a panicked Republican establishment’s painful choices as they find themselves torn between the unlikable Cruz and the uncontrollable Trump.

  • Segment 3:

    What Happened to "It's the Economy Stupid?"

    Then finally, we examine the economic agendas of the leading candidates that with insults and scandal dominating the headlines, has not received much attention given the well-worn adage in elections that “it’s the economy stupid”. Robert Johnson, the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the former Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and the Budget Committee joins us to discuss whether the awareness of how much the American people are being screwed that Trump and Sanders are bringing forth in this election, could be followed up by concrete steps to change America from oligarchical rule to democratic governance.