Background Briefing: July 10, 2024


Insight Into Biden’s Inner Circle Resisting Growing Calls For Him to Step Down

We begin with the gathering storm of calls from Democratic lawmakers and donors for Biden to step down and get some insight into Biden’s inner circle who are resisting these calls and speak with the author of a book on the Biden White House who spent time with and interviewed all of Biden’s top aides, his old friends and close family members. Joining us is Chris Whipple, a multiple Peabody and Emmy Award–winning producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Primetime. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, and The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shaped History and the Future. His latest book is The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House.


Shifting the Focus to Trump and His Scary GOP Party Platform

Then, with most the attention on Biden’s troubles and not on how troubling a return of Trump would be, we speak with Bhaskar Sunkara is the president of The Nation Magazine, the founding editor of Jacobin, and the author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in An Era of Extreme Inequalities. We discuss his article at The Guardian, “The Republicans’ new party platform is scary – because it can win.


A Journalist Who Has Taken on the Nazis at Charlottesville and Was at Risk Inside the Angry Mob That Stormed the Capitol On Trump’s Far-Right Capture of American Politics

Then finally we speak with a brave journalist who has taken on the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville and was at great risk inside the angry mob that stormed the Capitol, Elle Reeve, a CNN correspondent whose work has won numerous awards, including the Emmy, the Peabody, and more. She is the author of the new book, Black Pill: How I Witnessed the Darkest Corners of the Internet Come to Life, Poison Society, and Capture American Politics and we discuss the mainstreaming of white supremacists, white nationalists, white power advocates, professional racists, neo-Nazis, the alt right and the dissident right who are working to make America more racist and bring about a Trump dictatorship.