Episode 32: Russia, the World Cup & Human Rights

In this week's episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we cover the UK's Brexit drama, Trump's visit to Europe and his disastrous meeting with NATO, Trump's even more disastrous meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and ongoing unrest in Nicaragua. For our main piece, we discuss Russia's human rights violations in the context of the World Cup.

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Episode 31: Elections in Turkey

After a pretty rough week, we dedicate much of this episode breaking down to suite of terrible Supreme Court-related news that has come up this past week. We also discuss some much needed points of optimism with a few major progressive primary victories in New York. Finally, we devote the main segment of this episode to diving further into the elections in Turkey that we discussed last week, and what the broader international relations implications of Recep Erdogan's victory are.

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Episode 30: MS-13

In this week's episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we discuss Trump's new executive order rescinding his administration's policy of separating families as they cross the southern border, the Supreme Court's decision supporting Texas's racial gerrymandering, the recent election in Turkey, and the incident where Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant for her role in defending Trump's horrible policies. For our main story, we discuss the out-of-control (by Trump's imagination) gang MS-13. We'll give you context about their creation, and how they're used as the boogeyman by the conservative right.

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Episode 29: DOJ IG Report, Trump-Kim Summit, and Family Separations

This week's episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast is a solo one as we're still undergoing some transitional issues, and some of us are still moving around. In this episode, we talk about the Department of Justice Inspector General's report on James Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation, the results of the Trump-Kim summit, and the ongoing crisis of child separation of migrant families at the border.

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Episode 28: Executive Authority

On this episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we discuss the ongoing science drain that is taking place in the White House, Austria's expulsion of a number of Muslim imams from the country, new indictments against Paul Manafort by Robert Mueller, and Trump's behavior at the G7 summit. For our main topic, we discuss the limits of executive authority and the possibility that Trump might pardon himself of federal crimes.

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Episode 27: State of the Transatlantic Relationship

This week on the podcast, we discuss the results of the recent wave of primary elections, more updates (again!) on the North Korea summit, as well as the Mueller investigations, and the Supreme Court ruling on a prominent LGBTQ rights case. For our main story, we discuss the nature of the transatlantic relationship between the United States and the European Union.

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Episode 26: Immigration Enforcement Under Trump

This week on the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we discuss the flip flopping of the administration on talks with North Korea, ongoing economic sanctions against Venezuela, the Irish referendum ending the ban on abortion, and updates on the status of the Iran Nuclear Deal. For our main topic, we dive into immigration enforcement under the Trump administration, and how Trump is inflicting even greater levels of suffering against vulnerable undocumented migrants in this country.

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Episode 25: Violence in Gaza

This week on the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we discuss the recent shooting at a high school in Texas, some new examples of congressional bravery, the confirmation of Gina Haspel to CIA Director, and new revelations that Don Jr. met with emissaries from Gulf states during the campaign. For our main story, we discuss the ongoing violence in Gaza by Israeli military over Palestinian protests taking place in the Israel-Gaza border.

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Episode 24: The #MeToo Movement

This week on the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we provide an update on developments with regards to the Iran Nuclear Deal since Trump withdrew from the agreement last week, the ongoing problems of Michael Cohen, further diplomatic developments with North Korea and the results of the first set of primary elections of the 2018 midterms. For our main piece, we have a lengthy discussion on the ongoing discourse of the #MeToo movement.

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Episode 23: Iran Nuclear Deal

We've got another short episode this week because we just finished writing our master's thesis a few days ago. This episode we discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal, which Donald Trump just announced the United States will withdraw from. We provide a brief overview of the provisions of the deal, and talk at length about the implications of Trump's choice to reimpose sanctions on Iran, what that means for the deal, and what that means about our relationship with Iran and our international allies.

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Episode 22: Racial Injustice

On the podcast this week, we cover the DNC's new lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks, concessions made by North Korea ahead of the Trump-Kim summit, the bombing of a voter registration center in Afghanistan, and outrage over a high-profile child rape case in India. For our main piece, we dive into several prominent cases of racism and racial injustice that took place in recent weeks, and tie them together into a broader conversation on the issue of racism in the United States.

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Episode 21: Minipod - Major Political News Coverage

This week's podcast episode is a bit shorter as all of us are embroiled in graduate school work, conferences, and travel outside of Germany. However, we could never just leave you hanging, and so we have a discussion of the major news stories that broke last week. This episode, we talk about the US strikes on Syria, James Comey's book and media tour, the FBI raid against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, and Paul Ryan's announced resignation.

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Episode 20: Public Education in the US

In this week's podcast episode, we breakdown the very many scandals that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is now caught up in, the resignation of Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold, Trump's insane reaction to a caravan of asylum-seekers from Central America, and a brief update on the Mueller investigation. For our main story this week, we discuss the current state of public education in the US, and the complex reasons why our public schools are in such disarray.

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Episode 19: Russia

In Trump's America, a slow news week still includes the firing of a Cabinet Secretary. So this week we cover the ouster of VA Secretary David Shulkin and we dive into the shooting of Stephon Clark and the continued problem of police violence against the African American community. We also talk about the killing of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza-Israel border at the hands, Laura Ingraham's week off, and retaliation by China against Trump's tariffs. For our main topic, we have a conversation about Russia, covering the recent election and international fallout over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, as well as a broader discussion about Russia's long-term geopolitical strategy.

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Episode 18: Financial Regulation

Following another big news week, this episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast covers the passage of the omnibus spending bill, HR McMaster's replacement with John Bolton as National Security Adviser, the situation surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Trump's new tariffs and trade actions against China, the new trans military ban, and the March For Our Lives rallies that took place last weekend. For our main story this week, we cover the banking deregulation bill that just passed in the Senate, and discuss the various ways the bill affects regulations on banks of all sizes, and what their potential implications are.

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Bonus Podcast: Interview with Howard Botwinick

For our episode last week on Janus v. AFSCME, we were supposed to include an interview with Howard Botwinick, a professor of economics at SUNY Cortland. Unfortunately, Howard got sick at the last moment, so we decided to rescheduled the interview and publish it as a bonus podcast episode. We had a fantastic conversation on the limitations of classic liberal economics, the history of the labor movement in the US, the implications of Janus case, and what we really need to do from a labor perspective to support workers, not just in the US, but around the world.

Also, we had to cut the interview for time, but our Patreon subscribers get access to the full, extended version of the our conversation, which has about an extra half hour of conversation. Become a Patreon subscriber to get access to the full interview!

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Episode 17: Italian Elections

This week, we discuss the deluge of high-profile staffing stories from the White House, including the firings of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. We also break down Conor Lamb's victory in the Pennsylvania 18th special Congressional election, the assassination of Marielle Franco in Brazil, Mueller's subpoena of Trump Organization documents, and finally the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK. For our main story, we cover the results of the Italian elections and its implications on European politics with our friend Anna Pellegatta, who currently works with the Atlantic Council.

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Episode 16: Janus v. AFSCME

In today's podcast episode, we discuss what happened during this past insane news week, beginning with Sam Nunberg's epic meltdown on national television, the numerous scandals plaguing the White House including revelations of a secret meeting to set up a Kremlin back-channel in the Seychelles, and the situation between Trump and Stormy Daniels. Additionally, we discuss Trump's acceptance of a face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-un, and the West Virginia teacher's strike. For our main piece, we dive into the Janus v. AFSCME case which is currently being heard in the Supreme Court, and what its implications are for public sector unions.

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Episode 15: The Syrian Conflict

This week on the podcast, we cover a number of stories that are rocking the White House, from all of Jared Kushner's new woes to the several upheavals in the administration, including the resignation of Hope Hicks. We also talk about Trump's flip-flopping positions on gun control as well as the recent attacks in the city of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. For our main story, we provide a thorough recounting of the ongoing conflict in Syria, from its start in 2011 to the present day.

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Episode 14: Gun Control

In light of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, our main segment this week covers the issue of gun control. In the piece, we debunk a number of myths espoused by gun activists like the NRA, evaluate the merits of a number of gun control policies, and talk about how people can get involved in advocacy to reduce gun violence.

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