Foreign influence is the big topic in Washington, D.C. after Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 13 Russian nationals for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election. On this episode, I talk to investigative reporter Andrew Perez of MapLight about how pervasive foreign influence is in the nation’s capital — and how it is often right out in the open for everyone to see. We also discussed Andrew’s latest series that looks at the Republican Attorneys General Association and how it quietly shapes state policy.
How much of what you watch on TV or at the movies is directly shaped by the CIA and the U.S. military? It turns out, quite a lot. On this episode, I talk to Tom Secker — the co-author of a new book that documents how the government’s national security apparatus stealthily influences Hollywood. The documents revealed in the book detail an intricate system that empowers military officials to quietly sculpt the seemingly apolitical popular culture that ends up shaping Americans’ views on militarism, foreign policy, national security and politics.
Economics is considered science — it’s supposed to be about empiricism, facts and data. But after so many economists missed the warning signs about the financial crisis, some critics have questioned whether something is fundamentally broken about the way economics is understood, taught and promoted in the political debate. On this episode, I talk to Rob Johnson, one of the most prominent o of those critics. He’s the president of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, also known as INET. The group’s mission is, in part, to try to introduce new ideas into the stodgy world of economics.
Should we be concerned that Trump is going to launch a nuclear weapon? And can Congress do anything to stop him? To try to answer those questions, I caught up with California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu. He is pushing legislation that would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.