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Seasoned lawyer Martin London reviews the indictable crimes of which Donald Trump may be accused. As a top litigator, he addresses the tactics of where DOJ will want to bring its case, when Marrick Garland will spring, and whether Trump will be
Richard Haass, President of Council on Foreign Relations discusses world affairs, Ukraine, Russia, China, covid and climate change. He says he’s worried that the fragility of our democracy and political division undermines our credibility in th
Harvard Professor and Author Miles Rapoport, makes the case for mandatory voting in U.SA. There’s a slim hope of passage, but he argues the advantages of a procedure that has worked in Australia and other democratic countries.
Bill Browder, author of “Freezing Order, fought Putin’s corruption, and paid a price. His lawyer was murdered, he was charged with fraud in Russia, and subpoenaed to reveal the identity of Russian dissidents. He won and shares his story.
Jeffrey Frank has written about Harry Truman’s presidency. With his “buck stops here” attitude, Truman accomplished the rebuilding of Europe with the Marshall Plan, the formation of NATO, the recognition of the State of Israel, deterring China’
During Sabbath services, an armed terrorist desecrated Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in TX and held hostages for 11 hours. Anna Salton Eisen, a founding member of the synagogue, and the daughter of Holocaust survivors shares what happened
Legal issues making headlines with Ketanji Jackson, Clarence Thomas, and Merrick Garland; Plus Bill Barr’s memoir and will Merrick Garland indict anyone over January 6? Legal analyst Elie Honig surveys the legal landscape and Barr's account Jan
CNN legal analyst Laura Coates was a top prosecutor in Washington, D.C. She tells Jim Zirin of the conflicted feelings of a black female lawyer having a duty to prosecute members of her own community in a criminal justice system perceived as ra
Harvard constitutional scholar Professor Noah Feldman testified at Trump’s first impeachment. In his new book, “The Broken Constitution,” he argues Lincoln broke a“compromise constitution” that approved slavery to replace it with a “moral const
Shannon O’Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations, acknowledges that covid has resulted in dislocation throughout the supply chain with consequent rising prices and rampant inflation. But, there, are other factors, and she takes us through all
War Correspondent Janine di Giovanni spent decades covering the Mid-East conflict. Her new book “The Vanishing” recounts the dwindling Christian populations of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and even Gaza. She talks about the power of faith during challen
Peter Duchin, the premier society bandleader and pianist of our time, led a charmed life and dated Audrey Hepburn and Kim Novak. Then came a devastating stroke, leaving his left hand paralyzed and a bout with COVID which put him in hospital for
Jennifer Morton, immigrated from Peru, attended Princeton, and became a philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She talks about the ethical trade-offs confronting a striving college student between educational fulfillment and fa
Jennifer Morton, an immigrant from Peru, who went to Princeton University, and later became an outstanding philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania, tells Jim Zirin about the ethical trade-offs confronting a striving college stude
Lawyer and strategist Gary Ginsberg best-selling book “First Friends,” explains the special relationships between 9 presidents and the unelected persons who were influential in their lives. He shares how these relationships were of national int
David Rubenstein, philanthropist, investor, and talk show host, has written “The American Experiment” in which he presents 31 interviews with leading Americans. He tells Jim Zirin that despite our differences, we can still achieve the American
President Biden’s foreign policy appears to channel Trump’s in many significant respects (Cuba, Iran, China, Middle East). Diplomat Frank Wisner says Biden is headed towards a new foreign policy strategy once he gets his domestic issues behind
Matthew Barzun was a political fundraiser for Obama, and ambassador to Sweden and England. In his new book “The Power of Giving Away Power,” he argues that what gets results in life is not top down power, but bringing many people into the organ
Jane Harman served in the House of Representatives for 17 years. She has written a sobering new book titled, “Insanity Defense: Why Our Failure to Confront Hard Problems Makes Us Less Safe.” She goes over two decades of national mistakes.
Dr. Ian Lipkin is a world-class virus hunter. He has ridden the lethal storm of Covid 19, and updates us on the variants. He tells Jim Zirin to wear a mask indoors, and get his booster shot as soon as it becomes available.
Author and former Southern District prosecutor Elie Honig new best-selling book describes how Attorney General Bill Barr corrupted the justice department. Barr, in his zeal to do Trump’s bidding violated every norm of prosecutorial integrity.
Caroline Hirsh founded comedy club “Carolines On Broadway,” which featured stand-up comedians Jay Leno, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. Hirsch broke new ground opening the doors to female comics. She tells Jim Zirin how her club survived the pan
Harvard Professor Stephen Greenblatt wrote a book about political tyrants in Shakespeare from Macbeth to Coriolanus. He draws a parallel between tyrants in Shakespeare and in our time. They bully, threaten and lie to the people to maintain thei
Bob Zoellick was Deputy Secretary of State and President of the World Bank. He discusses American foreign policy, applauds the influential diplomats who succeeded, criticizes those who didn’t, and says we must follow bi-partisan traditions.
Covid has claimed the lives of nearly 600,000 Americans. How many of these lives could have been saved? Nina Burleigh, author of “Virus, Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic,” tells Jim Zirin what went
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