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Left, Right & Center

KCRW, Josh Barro, Rich Lowry

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Left, Right & Center
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KCRW, Josh Barro, Rich Lowry

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Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture.

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Let me be clear...

Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the stage Thursday night at Texas Southern University. There were a lot of predictions for the debate, and well, not all of them came to be. For one, we didn’t really get the Biden-Warren showdown many people were expecting. Maybe it was because Julian Castro lashed out at Biden, implying that he’s too old to be president. Josh Barro, Rich Lowry, Christine Emba and Dorian Warren discuss that exchange, plus Elizabeth Warren’s performance on health care, and the on-stage disagreements over guns, trade, China, criminal justice system, and whether it’s a good idea to announce a sweepstakes giveaway of $12,000 from your campaign. Yeah, that’s one actual thing Andrew Yang announced during the debate. Then:Jarrett Blanc, a former coordinator for the Iran nuclear deal and a State Department official focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, joins the panel to discuss the outlook after President Trump canceled peace talks with the Taliban and indic...

66 MIN3 days ago
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Let me be clear...

A hurricane and a tweetstorm

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and battered the Carolinas, but what dominated the news cycle? President Trump’s insistence that Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by the hurricane. He spent the week trying to justify the claim. Did the president put residents at risk? Then: Brexit politics boiled over in the UK this week. David Henig from the European Centre for International Political Economy joins the panel to discuss the outlook for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a no-deal Brexit, and a trade deal between the UK and the US. Finally: WalMart’s getting out of much of the gun business after a very deadly shooting at one of its Texas stores, and it will ask customers not to open carry guns in its stores unless they are law enforcement officers. How should we think about actions like this by private companies? Is this social change by corporations? Is it really for their employees? And is there a God-given right to bear arms?

55 MIN1 weeks ago
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A hurricane and a tweetstorm

To the Heartland, from Hollywood

The week started with news from the G7 summit and headline-grabbing fires in the Amazon. Then, new polls this week seemed to indicate the Democratic primary race was tightening around Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Other new polls showed mixed messages. Did the media just hype the it-might-not-be-Biden possibility? Meanwhile, other candidates are shut out of the September debate but vowed to press on while others decided to throw in the towel. And is the love affair between President Trump and Fox News over? Elizabeth Bruenig talks about her reporting on Texas evangelicals and their faith in President Trump. Keli Goff interviews screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz on his efforts to teach Democratic candidates how to rise above the noise of Twitter and tell stories that connect better with voters in the heartland.

51 MIN2 weeks ago
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To the Heartland, from Hollywood

Two chairmen

Clearly, it’s still August. Let’s review. President Trump was told he couldn’t buy Greenland from Denmark, so he canceled a visit to Denmark. The White House floats trial balloons of policies to address recession fears, while the president calls concerns about a recession a ploy by the Democrats and “Fake News Media.” The markets were on a rollercoaster Friday, spurred by tweets from President Trump, public comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell, and then more tweets from President Trump in response. Earlier this week, President Trump said American Jews who vote for Democrats are disloyal. The Amazon is on fire, and French President Emmanuel Macron wants to talk about it at the G7. By the way, President Trump still wants Vladimir Putin to be invited back to that meeting of the world’s largest advanced economies. Automakers are aligning with California to oppose the Trump administration’s rollback of emissions standards. More Democrats — 130 at Friday’s count — are ...

54 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Two chairmen

Recession fears, immigration rules and ‘electability’

It was a wild week in the financial markets, driven by increasing worries about the global economy. President Trump delayed some tariffs on China so they won’t affect the holiday shopping season — an implicit admission that his trade policy is hurting the economy and his political standing. Plus: visas for Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit Israel are denied, and the panel discusses the “electability” narrative around the women in the 2020 Democratic field. A new immigration rule from the Trump administration that could make it a lot harder to get a green card, especially if you’re poor. Randy Cappsfrom the Migration Policy Institute talks the panel through the numbers and whether the rule is even legal.Then Michael C. Davis discusses the risks in Hong Kong that could escalate the crisis in the United States’ relationship to China.

51 MINAUG 17
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Recession fears, immigration rules and ‘electability’

Trump says he’s ready for gun measures

After last weekend’s deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump said Friday morning he and Congressional Republicans intend to do something on gun background checks. He said Mitch McConnell is even on board. Republican strategists told the Washington Post they’re concerned that gun issues have hurt their ability to win in the suburbs and contributed to their loss of the House in the 2018 midterms. Is there something genuine here? Might Republicans feel compelled to be seen “doing something” about guns? And what kind of regulation or policy might be possible? Then, Jane Coaston of Vox joins the panel to discuss the white nationalist movement and mass shootings, the role of national law enforcement in preventing them, and the possibility of a new law on domestic terrorism. After a dramatic escalation in the trade war with China — it’s now a currency war too — Brad Setserexplains why it matters in the United States if the yuan is weakened.

55 MINAUG 10
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Trump says he’s ready for gun measures

Who won the second debate?

If you think one candidate won, be honest: was it the same person you liked most before the debate? With so many candidates (still twenty over two nights), the debates almost turned into team fights: progressives who say the party needs to stand for bold change, and moderates who say that's unpopular and impractical, and that you need unifying messages that can build a clear anti-Trump majority. Who's right? Plus: a discussion of new tariffs and ongoing trade negotiations with China, the Fed's rate cut, Democrats inching towards impeachment, Will Hurd announces he won't seek reelection, and more of the week's news. Megan Mcardle and Helaine Olen represent the right and left with special guest Linette Lopez.

53 MINAUG 3
Comments
Who won the second debate?

Mueller says little, but was that the point?

It was finally Mueller time this week, and some say the Special Counsel’s tight-lipped low energy approach was intentional to avoid creating a soundbite for the news cycle. Robert Mueller did confirm that there was significant Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and that the country continues to interfere with our election system. The Democrats seemed to get the better part of the budget deal struck this week ahead of Congress’ long summer break. But some of the Democratic presidential candidates are focusing on issues like medicare for all and healthcare for undocumented immigrants, which a recent poll shows, is not what the majority of voters actually want. Special guests J.W. Mason *of the Roosevelt Institute and *Joseph Majkut of the Niskanen Center join the panel to do a deep dive into the macroeconomic case for the Green New Deal. Evelyn Farkas of the German Marshall Fund gives her take on what to do about tension with Iran (hint-it involves getting back into the n...

55 MINJUL 27
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Mueller says little, but was that the point?

The Squad fight back

A squabble among Democratic presidential candidates about the best path for healthcare continued this week with sniping by Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders about whether medicare for all or something closer to Obamacare is going to win over voters. We talk about the rare bipartisan agreement over the repeal of the so-called cadillac tax, which imposes a tax on high-cost gold standard health plans. There was no bipartisan agreement on condemning President Trump’s suggestion that four female congresswomen nicknamed “the squad,” go back to where they came from, even though three were born in the United States. While 95 House Democrats voted in support of impeaching Trump because of his inflammatory statements, only four Republicans did. Trump may have energized his base this week, with thousands of supporters chanting “send her back” at a rally in North Carolina, but he also, at least temporarily, brought together the divided members of the Democratic party who had been feuding in rec...

57 MINJUL 20
Comments
The Squad fight back

A resignation under pressure

Plus: AOC makes the Fed interesting again

56 MINJUL 13
Comments
A resignation under pressure

Latest Episodes

Let me be clear...

Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the stage Thursday night at Texas Southern University. There were a lot of predictions for the debate, and well, not all of them came to be. For one, we didn’t really get the Biden-Warren showdown many people were expecting. Maybe it was because Julian Castro lashed out at Biden, implying that he’s too old to be president. Josh Barro, Rich Lowry, Christine Emba and Dorian Warren discuss that exchange, plus Elizabeth Warren’s performance on health care, and the on-stage disagreements over guns, trade, China, criminal justice system, and whether it’s a good idea to announce a sweepstakes giveaway of $12,000 from your campaign. Yeah, that’s one actual thing Andrew Yang announced during the debate. Then:Jarrett Blanc, a former coordinator for the Iran nuclear deal and a State Department official focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, joins the panel to discuss the outlook after President Trump canceled peace talks with the Taliban and indic...

66 MIN3 days ago
Comments
Let me be clear...

A hurricane and a tweetstorm

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and battered the Carolinas, but what dominated the news cycle? President Trump’s insistence that Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by the hurricane. He spent the week trying to justify the claim. Did the president put residents at risk? Then: Brexit politics boiled over in the UK this week. David Henig from the European Centre for International Political Economy joins the panel to discuss the outlook for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a no-deal Brexit, and a trade deal between the UK and the US. Finally: WalMart’s getting out of much of the gun business after a very deadly shooting at one of its Texas stores, and it will ask customers not to open carry guns in its stores unless they are law enforcement officers. How should we think about actions like this by private companies? Is this social change by corporations? Is it really for their employees? And is there a God-given right to bear arms?

55 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
A hurricane and a tweetstorm

To the Heartland, from Hollywood

The week started with news from the G7 summit and headline-grabbing fires in the Amazon. Then, new polls this week seemed to indicate the Democratic primary race was tightening around Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Other new polls showed mixed messages. Did the media just hype the it-might-not-be-Biden possibility? Meanwhile, other candidates are shut out of the September debate but vowed to press on while others decided to throw in the towel. And is the love affair between President Trump and Fox News over? Elizabeth Bruenig talks about her reporting on Texas evangelicals and their faith in President Trump. Keli Goff interviews screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz on his efforts to teach Democratic candidates how to rise above the noise of Twitter and tell stories that connect better with voters in the heartland.

51 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
To the Heartland, from Hollywood

Two chairmen

Clearly, it’s still August. Let’s review. President Trump was told he couldn’t buy Greenland from Denmark, so he canceled a visit to Denmark. The White House floats trial balloons of policies to address recession fears, while the president calls concerns about a recession a ploy by the Democrats and “Fake News Media.” The markets were on a rollercoaster Friday, spurred by tweets from President Trump, public comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell, and then more tweets from President Trump in response. Earlier this week, President Trump said American Jews who vote for Democrats are disloyal. The Amazon is on fire, and French President Emmanuel Macron wants to talk about it at the G7. By the way, President Trump still wants Vladimir Putin to be invited back to that meeting of the world’s largest advanced economies. Automakers are aligning with California to oppose the Trump administration’s rollback of emissions standards. More Democrats — 130 at Friday’s count — are ...

54 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Two chairmen

Recession fears, immigration rules and ‘electability’

It was a wild week in the financial markets, driven by increasing worries about the global economy. President Trump delayed some tariffs on China so they won’t affect the holiday shopping season — an implicit admission that his trade policy is hurting the economy and his political standing. Plus: visas for Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit Israel are denied, and the panel discusses the “electability” narrative around the women in the 2020 Democratic field. A new immigration rule from the Trump administration that could make it a lot harder to get a green card, especially if you’re poor. Randy Cappsfrom the Migration Policy Institute talks the panel through the numbers and whether the rule is even legal.Then Michael C. Davis discusses the risks in Hong Kong that could escalate the crisis in the United States’ relationship to China.

51 MINAUG 17
Comments
Recession fears, immigration rules and ‘electability’

Trump says he’s ready for gun measures

After last weekend’s deadly mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, President Trump said Friday morning he and Congressional Republicans intend to do something on gun background checks. He said Mitch McConnell is even on board. Republican strategists told the Washington Post they’re concerned that gun issues have hurt their ability to win in the suburbs and contributed to their loss of the House in the 2018 midterms. Is there something genuine here? Might Republicans feel compelled to be seen “doing something” about guns? And what kind of regulation or policy might be possible? Then, Jane Coaston of Vox joins the panel to discuss the white nationalist movement and mass shootings, the role of national law enforcement in preventing them, and the possibility of a new law on domestic terrorism. After a dramatic escalation in the trade war with China — it’s now a currency war too — Brad Setserexplains why it matters in the United States if the yuan is weakened.

55 MINAUG 10
Comments
Trump says he’s ready for gun measures

Who won the second debate?

If you think one candidate won, be honest: was it the same person you liked most before the debate? With so many candidates (still twenty over two nights), the debates almost turned into team fights: progressives who say the party needs to stand for bold change, and moderates who say that's unpopular and impractical, and that you need unifying messages that can build a clear anti-Trump majority. Who's right? Plus: a discussion of new tariffs and ongoing trade negotiations with China, the Fed's rate cut, Democrats inching towards impeachment, Will Hurd announces he won't seek reelection, and more of the week's news. Megan Mcardle and Helaine Olen represent the right and left with special guest Linette Lopez.

53 MINAUG 3
Comments
Who won the second debate?

Mueller says little, but was that the point?

It was finally Mueller time this week, and some say the Special Counsel’s tight-lipped low energy approach was intentional to avoid creating a soundbite for the news cycle. Robert Mueller did confirm that there was significant Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and that the country continues to interfere with our election system. The Democrats seemed to get the better part of the budget deal struck this week ahead of Congress’ long summer break. But some of the Democratic presidential candidates are focusing on issues like medicare for all and healthcare for undocumented immigrants, which a recent poll shows, is not what the majority of voters actually want. Special guests J.W. Mason *of the Roosevelt Institute and *Joseph Majkut of the Niskanen Center join the panel to do a deep dive into the macroeconomic case for the Green New Deal. Evelyn Farkas of the German Marshall Fund gives her take on what to do about tension with Iran (hint-it involves getting back into the n...

55 MINJUL 27
Comments
Mueller says little, but was that the point?

The Squad fight back

A squabble among Democratic presidential candidates about the best path for healthcare continued this week with sniping by Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders about whether medicare for all or something closer to Obamacare is going to win over voters. We talk about the rare bipartisan agreement over the repeal of the so-called cadillac tax, which imposes a tax on high-cost gold standard health plans. There was no bipartisan agreement on condemning President Trump’s suggestion that four female congresswomen nicknamed “the squad,” go back to where they came from, even though three were born in the United States. While 95 House Democrats voted in support of impeaching Trump because of his inflammatory statements, only four Republicans did. Trump may have energized his base this week, with thousands of supporters chanting “send her back” at a rally in North Carolina, but he also, at least temporarily, brought together the divided members of the Democratic party who had been feuding in rec...

57 MINJUL 20
Comments
The Squad fight back

A resignation under pressure

Plus: AOC makes the Fed interesting again

56 MINJUL 13
Comments
A resignation under pressure

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