September 6, 2017

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Is Trump Mentally Ill or Just a Horrible, Hateful Person?

    We begin with a just-released poll in Michigan, a state that Trump won narrowly, that found 53% of respondents are either very or somewhat worried that Donald Trump has access to the nuclear codes with 43% believing the president is not mentally stable while 12% are undecided on the question of his mental fitness. Dr. Allen Frances, a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University joins us to discuss his new book “Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump” and the question of whether Trump is mentally ill or is just a horrible, hateful person. He will also offer a broader diagnosis of the sanity of America itself, a society in which Trump was not only considered a plausible candidate, but was elected President of the United States in spite of his manifest flaws and appalling history.

  • Segment 2:

    The Futility of Relying on China to Solve the Nuclear Standoff With North Korea

    Then we examine the futility of the U.S. relying on China to solve the nuclear standoff with North Korea in light of the recent provocation of an H-bomb test coinciding with President Xi’s opening of the BRICS summit in China and his meeting with Putin that were upstaged by Kim Jong-un’s insult and insolence. James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program and a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of “Abolishing Nuclear Weapons”, joins us to discuss what other options exist to avoid an escalating nuclear crisis between the U.S. and North Korea.

  • Segment 3:

    15 States Sue Trump Over DACA

    Then finally we look into what legal remedies are available at the state level to reverse the rescinding of DACA by Trump and Sessions and speak with Kamal Essaheb, an Immigration Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. We discuss the lawsuit filed on Wednesday by 14 states and the District of Columbia against Trump’s decision and how a similar argument is at play as there was in overturning Trump’s Muslim ban, which was based on evidence from Trump himself who made racist statements against Muslims as he has often done hurling racist insults at Latinos.