The Korean Unification Flag is a flag designed to represent all of Korea when North and South Korea participate as one team in sporting events. The flag has no status as an official flag in either country. Photo credit: Wikicommons.
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“The story of how a Nobel Peace Prize-winning President, inherited a war, escalated a war and then left a muddle behind is important. How it happened is a cautionary tale for future presidents,” Pulitzer prize-winning author Steve Coll muses in his new book “Directorate S; the C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Can America find a solution to extracting itself from its longest ever war?
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daniel Meegan and an Afghan interpreter stop to question an Afghan man about Taliban activity while patrolling the area surrounding Zabul province, Afghanistan. Photo credit: Spc. Eric Cabral, U.S. Army
Steve Coll, Author and Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, CEO of New America Foundation
The exchange of threats between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un led to warnings of possible nuclear war. Then came the surprise detent with South Korea during the Winter Olympics. Does diplomacy with the US have a chance? Korean expert Katharine Moon says North Korea’s now “the best laboratory to see capitalism at work.”
Will it ever give up a nuclear program it regards as existential to national defense?
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White House ‘Norms:’ Past and Present President Trump has famously violated traditional rules of presidential behavior. Now Barack Obama has broken the studied silence maintained by former presidents. He’s even attacked Trump by name. Warren explores the historical context and future implications with Tim Naftali, who once ran the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.
Climate Change and Big Money for New Technology California leads the nation in reducing greenhouse emissions, but Governor Jerry Brown concedes that’s just the beginning. Will his global conference on climate change make any difference? Not without trillions of dollars, which will have to come from private investors. We’ll hear about some exotic technologies attracting that kind of money.
The Supreme Court and the End of Judicial Restraint Senate confirmation for SCOTUS nominees has become a political circus. That’s because unelected judges have seized legislative powers--when Congress fails to take action. Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Roe v. Wade is bad constitutional law, even though she agrees with the outcome. Should abortion have been left to the voters? Will Brett Kavanaugh make a difference?
Fascism in Trump’s America Adolf Hitler admired Jim Crow laws, segregation and other historic departures from America’s highest ideals. That’s detailed in, “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us Against Them.” Yale philosopher Jason Stanley says that President Trump is resurrecting ideas, rhetoric and practices from the past to divide Americans in the present.
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