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Truth, Politics and Power

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Each week, host Neal Conan conducts in-depth conversations that help listeners learn the history, politics and risks of the new administration's decisions

The election of Donald Trump is challenging core ideas about how we view ourselves as a nation and how we function as a democracy. Stepping back from the daily scrum, ”Truth, Politics and Power” addresses the context and meaning that underlie the issues.

Each week, host Neal Conan puts the new administration’s policies and practices in historical perspective. Among the range of questions to be explored: What’s the purpose of the President’s constant attacks on the media? Why would a new president question the integrity of his own intelligence services? How do the origins of the “America First” movement fit into Trumps’ World view? How will the president respond to dissent, to the checks and balances of the American system, and to inevitable crises? How does a President and a ruling party with a narrow political base address an increasingly diverse population? What’s the long-term effect of a strategic retreat from the US role as the “indispensable nation” at the center of the world order established after World War II? How does Trumpism fit with the rise of right wing movements in Europe as well as authoritarian regimes in Russia, China, Turkey and the Philippines?

For information about Truth, Politics and Power, please contact Steve Martin at steve@sfmconsulting.com or call 703.715.0827. Hide full description

The election of Donald Trump is challenging core ideas about how we view ourselves as a nation and how we function as a democracy. Stepping back from the daily scrum, ”Truth, Politics and Power” addresses the context and meaning that underlie the issues. Each week, host Neal Conan puts the new administration’s policies and practices in historical perspective. Among the range of questions to be explored: What’s the purpose of the President’s constant attacks on the media? Why would a new president question the integrity of his own intelligence services? How do the origins of the “America First” movement fit into Trumps’ World view? How will the president respond to dissent, to the checks and balances of the American system, and to inevitable crises? How does a President and a ruling... Show full description


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Two law professors from Yale argue that a now-obscure treaty, the Kellogg-Briand Pact, marked a major turning point in world history; prior to its ...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:57
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As the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, reignites the debate on guns, we update the “Gun Rights and Gun Control” episode of Truth, Politics and ...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 58:53
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For more than half a century, Presidents based major decisions on a deliberative process that invited input from all the government agencies concer...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
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While the FBI is no stranger to political controversy, the bureau is now the target of an unlikely attack. President Trump and his allies have la...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
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In his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Trump turned to a slogan he trumpeted during his campaign and his inaugural addres...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
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Turkey's escalation in it's war against US backed Kurdish fighters puts the United States on a collision course with a NATO ally and offers a windo...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
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A year ago, as Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States, many compared elements of his campaign to fascism. This week, ...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
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As President Trump makes a crucial decision on the deal to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program, two old enemies confront each other in eastern ...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
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The effort to suppress specific words at the Centers for Disease Control represents another round in the long conflict between politics and science...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
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Donald Trump’s promise to end what he called the war on coal played a critical role in his presidential campaign. On the next “Truth, Politics and ...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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Presidents use the power of speech to persuade, console, encourage and inspire. On a “Bully Pulpit” Edition of Truth, Politics and Power, Host Ne...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:57
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After Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, admitted that he lied to the FBI and agreed to co-operate with the special...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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From Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo to the War on Terror, presidents have gathered more and more authority to start and conduct wars on their own. In a “Wa...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has overthrown the political order to install his 32 year old son as Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Salman now controls the ...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:56
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After ex-presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush attacked Trumpism in separate speeches, a look at seventy years of competition, co-operation and...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:56
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As the White House and Congressional Republicans press for sweeping tax reform, Truth Politics and Power Host Neal Conan explores the economic and...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
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While details of the future obviously remain unknowable, we can predict that the next few decades will be profoundly affected by climate change, t...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
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Just a decade before the outbreak of World War II, most of the world’s countries agreed to make war illegal. The Kellogg-Briand Pact may have seeme...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
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As the nation struggles to come to terms with the mass shooting in Las Vegas, host Neal Conan delves into the history of the debate between gun ri...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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As President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un exchange insults and threats, host Neal Conan puts the nuclear standoff between Washington and Pyo...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:58
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