May 11, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    A "Fantastically Corrupt" Nigeria

    We begin with comments by Britain’s Prime Minister Cameron caught on a “hot” mic ahead of the international conference on corruption that he is hosting, remarking that Afghanistan and Nigeria are “fantastically corrupt” countries. A former career Foreign Service Officer and U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, the author of “Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink”, joins us to discuss the rampant corruption in Nigeria where millions have been stolen by generals undermining the military’s ability to fight the Boko Haram insurgency, and billions routinely go missing inside the National Oil Company before oil revenues get to the Nigerian treasury. While trillions are stolen from developing countries who can least afford it, we will also address the role of big banks and offshore havens where most of the stolen money ends up.

  • Segment 2:

    Child Care and Paid Family Leave as Presidential Campaign Issues

    Then we look into the possibility that child care and paid family leave will be an important if not central issue in the Democratic presidential campaign following remarks by Hillary Clinton in Kentucky on Tuesday where she laid out an agenda to make child care better and more affordable in the country. Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning at the National Women’s Law Center, who served 24 years as the director of the Child Care and Development Division of the Children’s Defense Fund, joins us to discuss how far the U.S. is behind other advanced democracies in making child care for working families available and affordable and what can be done to catch up.

  • Segment 3:

    Brazil Poised For More Political Turmoil

    Then finally we navigate through the political turmoil in Brazil following an off-again-on-again impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in the lower house and her failure to get the Supreme Court to stop the Senate that is now poised to impeach her. Maria Luisa Mendonca, director of Brazil’s Network for Social Justice and a professor in the International Relations Department at the University of Rio De Janeiro, joins us to discuss what she sees as a “coup” against an elected president based on specious charges that, three months before the Olympics in Brazil, are likely to lead to increased political instability and paralysis.