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A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.

President Trump can replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court, depending on when the Senate gives him the chance.

What might be next for the US Supreme Court?

President Trump can replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court, depending on when the Senate gives him the chance.

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Historically, the US has been a “nation of immigrants,” but the welcome mat comes and goes. The current crisis at the Mexican border didn’t start with President Trump.

The politics of incivility

Historically, the US has been a “nation of immigrants,” but the welcome mat comes and goes. The current crisis at the Mexican border didn’t start with President Trump.

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Lisa Howard was a well known TV news anchor well before Barbara Walters. What’s not so well known was her “relationship” with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

"My Dearest Fidel:" Lisa Howard's efforts at Cuban diplomacy

Lisa Howard was a well known TV news anchor well before Barbara Walters. What’s not so well known was her “relationship” with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

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For the first time in over 50 years a Castro will not be running the Cuban government. Miguel Díaz-Canel has been sworn in as Cuba’s new president.

The Castro Era comes to an end?

For the first time in over 50 years a Castro will not be running the Cuban government. Miguel Díaz-Canel has been sworn in as Cuba’s new president.

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EPA Director Scott Pruitt is the latest Trump Cabinet member to face ethics charges. He’s also trying to undo as many regulations on industries as he can.

Is Scott Pruitt really changing the environment?

EPA Director Scott Pruitt is the latest Trump Cabinet member to face ethics charges. He’s also trying to undo as many regulations on industries as he can.

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In “A Higher Loyalty,” fired FBI Director Comey says Donald Trump is “morally unfit” for the presidency. Now, during 24/7 news coverage of his best-seller, Comey’s created a backlash.

Is James Comey’s book tour counterproductive?

In “A Higher Loyalty,” fired FBI Director Comey says Donald Trump is “morally unfit” for the presidency. Now, during 24/7 news coverage of his best-seller, Comey’s created a backlash.

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Mark Zuckerberg admits it. Users give Facebook their personal information without knowing how it’s going to be used.

The looming battle over internet privacy

Mark Zuckerberg admits it. Users give Facebook their personal information without knowing how it’s going to be used.

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Bashar al-Assad attacks his own people with poison gas. Should President Trump leave U.S. troops in Syria or bring them home? Does he have a real policy to deal with the Middle East?

Does the US have a role in Syria?

Bashar al-Assad attacks his own people with poison gas. Should President Trump leave U.S. troops in Syria or bring them home? Does he have a real policy to deal with the Middle East?

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As the U.S. and North Korea trade threats of atomic warfare, we’ll look at a “dirty secret” of history. It was the U.S. that first introduced nuclear weapons onto the Korean Peninsula.

Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century

As the U.S. and North Korea trade threats of atomic warfare, we’ll look at a “dirty secret” of history. It was the U.S. that first introduced nuclear weapons onto the Korean Peninsula.

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The attacks on September 11th, 2001 were the inspiration for Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “ The Looming Tower ”.

Lawrence Wright on ‘The Looming Tower’

The attacks on September 11th, 2001 were the inspiration for Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “ The Looming Tower ”.

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It’s not just “fake news” it’s “truth decay:” increasing disagreement about what’s real and a blurring of facts and opinion.

Are we suffering from Truth Decay?

It’s not just “fake news” it’s “truth decay:” increasing disagreement about what’s real and a blurring of facts and opinion.

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The 2018 midterm elections will decide which party controls the Senate and Congress. Will the electorate have faith in the results?

Election protections

The 2018 midterm elections will decide which party controls the Senate and Congress. Will the electorate have faith in the results?

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Facebook and Google are taking heat for Russian influence in last year’s U.S. election. They claim they’re slowing the spread of fake news.

Russians again?

Facebook and Google are taking heat for Russian influence in last year’s U.S. election. They claim they’re slowing the spread of fake news.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have created a new industrial order.  But the Internet has also been a force for disruption, and they are being called to account.

How to fix the future

Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook have created a new industrial order.  But the Internet has also been a force for disruption, and they are being called to account.

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In his new book, “How Healing Works,” Dr. Wayne Jonas says we’re good enough at treating serious illness--after it’s happened. Now it’s time for a change.

Health, not health care

In his new book, “How Healing Works,” Dr. Wayne Jonas says we’re good enough at treating serious illness--after it’s happened. Now it’s time for a change.

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In Washington, healthcare remains one of America’s most divisive issues.  We’ll get a preview of this year’s congressional election campaigns.

Health care and politics

In Washington, healthcare remains one of America’s most divisive issues.  We’ll get a preview of this year’s congressional election campaigns.

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British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier led to Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian manipulation of last year’s election.

Christopher Steele's dossier

British spy Christopher Steele’s dossier led to Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian manipulation of last year’s election.

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Alexander Hamilton warned about nepotism and conflicts of interest.  But, until the era of Donald Trump, they’ve been kept out of the White House.

Conflicts of interest

Alexander Hamilton warned about nepotism and conflicts of interest.  But, until the era of Donald Trump, they’ve been kept out of the White House.

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The exchange of threats between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un led to warnings of possible nuclear war.

The Winter Games and Korean detente

The exchange of threats between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un led to warnings of possible nuclear war.

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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.

Steve Coll on America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

“The story of how a Nobel Peace Prize-winning President, inherited a war, escalated a war and then left a muddle behind is important.

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