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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we cover the plethora of news stories that took place this past week, including the fate of DACA, the Parkland, FL shooting, corruption charges against the Israeli Prime Minister, the resignation of South Africa's president, and continuing updates on the Mueller investigation. For our main story this week, we talk to our friend and classmate Ashleigh Bartlett about the Munich Security Conference that took place this past weekend.
On this week's episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we cover the geopolitical waves taking place at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, the recent resignations of White House staff on domestic abuse allegations, and provide an update on the formation of the new governing coalition in Germany. For our main piece, we provide a detailed and succinct breakdown of everything there is to know at this stage about the 2018 midterm elections, and how we can all get involved to make sure we continue to fight against Trump's agenda.
For this week, we break down in excruciating detail what is in the now-infamous "Nunes memo," and why it's a complete dud, and we discuss the disturbing rhetoric against North Korea that was expressed during the State of the Union address. For our main piece, we highlight the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece, and talk to our friend Naz Ali who explains the situation there in more detail.
In this week's episode of the podcast, we cover the ambulance bomb that killed over 100 people in Kabul, Afghanistan and the slew of revelations that came out this past week regarding the Mueller investigation. For our main piece, we talk about the issue of healthcare and begin with a breakdown of the current American healthcare system. Following that, we interview Dana Balter, a candidate for Congress in New York's 24th district and talk to her about how she would change the healthcare system.
In today's episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast, we cover the recent government shutdown over immigration policy and Turkey's latest offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria. For our long piece, we discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and why the complexities of the situation make conflict resolution in the country difficult.
For the last episode of the Radical Bureaucrats Podcast of 2017, we decided to do something a bit different. After quite a bit of liquid courage, we talk as a group about how we felt the course of the year went, what our perspective on the future of politics are, and dive into a bit of philosophy as well. Overall, we had quite a deep and thoughtful conversation with some ranting, some thoughtful critique, and a lot of swearing. We hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday season!
We've got a special bonus podcast for you in order to talk about Doug Jones's incredible victory over Roy Moore in the Alabama special Senate election. In the episode, we discuss how the final vote broke down, what were the factors that ultimately played into the result, and what are the political implications of this election moving forward for national politics.