A year ago, as Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States, many compared elements of his campaign with fascism. This week, we invite you to revisit the Inaugural Edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” where host Neal Conan asked whether it was fair or accurate to use terms like fascist, Nazi or make direct comparisons to Adolph Hitler. A year later, the conversations with Hitler biographer Volker Ullrich and historian Robert Kagan resonate with the tumultuous events of President Trump’s first year in power.
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 Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and in the waters of the Persian Gulf. In “Confronting Iran ” Truth, Politics and Power host Neal Conan considers the consequences of the current stand-off, and re-visits conversations on two crucial periods – how Iran emerged as the winner of the US lead invasion of Iraq, and the small naval war between Iran and the US in 1988.
The effort to suppress specific words at the Centers for Disease Control represents another round in the long conflict between politics and science. In a “Seven Dirty Words” Edition of Truth Politics and Power, host Neal Conan revisits the history of science and censorship. Plus a conversation about what actually happened in Florida after the state government prohibited employees from using the term, “global warming”, how the Helms Amendment changed the way we talked about AIDS education, and a strange story of the FCC and George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words…you know, the ones you can never say on TV…or radio.
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 ratification in 1928, war and territorial conquest were entirely legal. Their book, “The Internationalists” has been hailed as one of the books of the year by, among others, The Economist. In a re-run of one of our favorite episodes of Truth Politics and Power, they tell host Neal Conan how an agreement to outlaw war transformed the world conflagration that erupted only a few years later into a war between the Old World Order and the new. The pact also enabled the Allies to try German and Japanese leaders for an unprecedented crime – waging aggressive war. Since then, wars between states and territorial conquest have declined dramatically. “When the world Outlawed War” on Truth Politics and Power
Donald Trump’s promise to end what he called the war on coal played a critical role in his presidential campaign. On a “King Coal” edition of “Truth, Politics and Power,” host Neal Conan asks what Trump has done in his first year in office to redeem his promise to revive the industry. We’ll also go to Appalachia to listen to the men and women whose jobs and way of life are threatened by cheaper, cleaner energy alternatives and mechanization; and we’ll learn about the critical role coal played as America emerged as an industrial and military power. It all started with delivering the mail.
Presidents use the power of speech to persuade, console, encourage and inspire. On a “BullyPulpit” Edition of Truth, Politics and Power, Host Neal Conan speaks with linguist John McWhorter about the distinctive cadences of President Barack Obama plus extended conversations with former Presidential speechwriters Peter Robinsonand Paul Glastrison the purpose and meaning of the rhetoric of the presidents they wrote for – Reagan and Clinton – and President Trump’s prolific use of twitter to send messages that are both often petty and untrue.