Monday December 9th - The INF Treaty limiting intermediate range nuclear weapons is dead. Killed by the Trump Administration after the Obama team failed to stop Russia from building a new, treaty-violating missile, Already, the arms race is already heating up. Will Russia, the US and now China all play nuclear “Match Me?” Arms control expert Joseph Cirincione of The Ploughshares Fund what was lost with INF, the threats to 2 more important security agreements involving the US and Russia, and where the arms race is headed.
Tuesday December 10th - New York Times sports columnist Michael Powell has written a new book about basketball on the Navajo Reservation, where everything starts from a fan base as rabid, intense and critical about the basketball their high schoolers are playing, as the Italian opera mob is about performances at La Scala. Talk about pressure on players and coaches! And that’s without factoring in totems and hexes, family turbulence, and the disadvantages of being a kid from the canyons compare to a kid from the town of Chinle.
Thursday December 12th - One thing good television news has given us: a more nuanced view of “mobs in the street.” Some so-called mobs are really just hired thugs en masse, others are politically inflamed people out of control. But many street demonstrations are gatherings of honest citizens expressing dissent or a specific grievance. The year 2019 has seen a shocking number of those kinds of street demonstrations in Latin America. Columbia University analyst Christopher Sabatini takes us around a troubled continent to see what’ explains the “mobs.”