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Violent incidents from the Middle East to Middle America have created widespread fear of what might happen next — generating an atmosphere ripe for political exploitation. We look for a reality check.

Later on the program, a look ahead to the next presidential debate, between the Democratic candidates tomorrow night in New Hampshire.

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Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christine Detz
Gideon Brower

Refugee Crossing Approaches One Million for 2015 6 MIN, 30 SEC

More than a million refugees will arrive in Europe this year. That's five times more than in 2014. It was predicted that winter weather might stem the flow, but that hasn't happened. Joel Millman is spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, headquartered in Geneva.

Guests:
Joel Millman, International Organization for Migration (@MillmanIOM)

Terrorism and America's Culture of Fear 33 MIN, 12 SEC

For weeks now, there's been saturation news coverage of violence in the US and around the world -- from Paris, to Colorado Springs to San Bernardino. The results include school closings from Los Angeles to rural Virginia and metal detectors at Disneyland and Universal studios. Public opinion polls show that such non-stop news coverage of violence has created a high rate of fear among Americans. President Obama has acknowledged it, and alarmist warnings of "terrorism" to come are a staple of Republican presidential campaigns. But an American is more likely to die from a fall in the bathtub than a terrorist bullet or bomb, and that's raised the specter of over-reaction. We look at the consequences of ignoring former President Franklin Roosevelt, who famously said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Guests:
Julie Ponzi, Claremont Institute (@julieponzi)
Juliette Kayyem, Kayyem Solutions (@juliettekayyem)
Ron Schouten, Massachusetts General Hospital (@RonSchouten)
Barry Glassner, Lewis & Clark College

The Culture of Fear

Barry Glassner

Previewing Tomorrow's Democratic Debate 9 MIN, 55 SEC

Candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination will be on stage in New Hampshire tomorrow night, just as a new dispute is breaking out in the party.


Screenshot from  Democratic presidential debate on November 14, 2015

The angry crowd of nine Republican presidential candidates boosted CNN's prime-time ratings on Tuesday. Now — on a Saturday night, less than a week before Christmas — three Democrats will go at each other tomorrow on ABC. Joan Walsh is national affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine and political analyst for MSNBC.

Guests:
Joan Walsh, The Nation / MSNBC (@joanwalsh)

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