September 17, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 99

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Topics: NFL, colleges, and handling assaults; Obama’s new Syria/ISIS policy. Content warning: Domestic violence discussion. People: Bill, Nate, Persephone. Produced: September 14, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- What role should institutions like the NFL and colleges play in investigating and punishing players and students for alleged domestic violence, sexual assaults, and other crimes?
- Is President Obama’s plan to strike ISIS in Syria really comparable to his airstrikes in Somalia and Yemen? Can it succeed?

Part 1 – NFL and Crimes Off the Field:
Part 1 – NFL and Violence – AFD 99
Part 2 – ISIS/Syria:
Part 2 – ISIS and Syria – AFD 99

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- ThinkProgress: The Most Discouraging Sentence in Obama’s Entire ISIS Speech
- Arsenal For Democracy: Is Obama’s Anti-ISIS Operation Really Just Intended to Overthrow Assad?

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September 3, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 98

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Topics: Big Idea – Low-Income Banking Reform; 2018 and 2022 World Cups controversies revisited; Guest interview on the Ebola outbreak – Sara Laskowski, US Peace Corps, Guinea. People: Bill, Nate. Produced: August 29, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Big Idea: How could the U.S. reform and expand consumer banking services for local income Americans to reduce predatory lending and other bad practices?
- Will sanctions on Russia and Qatar’s sponsorship of terrorism, among other problems, force the FIFA World Cup to change locations or schedules in 2018 and 2022?
- Guest Interview: UD Alum and Peace Corps member Sara Laskowski discusses being evacuated from Guinea due to the Ebola outbreak.

Part 1 – Consumer Banking Reform:
Part 1 – Consumer Banking Reform – AFD 98
Part 2 – Future World Cup Controversies:
Part 2 – Russian and Qatari World Cups – AFD 98
Part 3 – Sara Laskowski on Guinea and Ebola:
Part 3 – Sara Laskowski – AFD 98

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Segment 1

- The Globalist: “The Democratization of Banking” by Robert J. Shiller
- NYT Editorial Board: Reining in Payday Lenders

Segment 2

- Moscow Times: Putin Hopes Russia Won’t Lose Right to Host World Cup 2018
- Washington Post: New study says 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be too hot to even sit and watch
- James Dorsey/Al Jazeera: The stakes are high in Qatar’s World Cup drama
- James Dorsey/The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer: Gulf states and their US critics seek to shape US perceptions on the soccer pitch
- James Dorsey/The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer: Amnesty International report undermines Qatar’s soft power defense strategy

Segment 3

- Sara Laskowski / Guinean Dreams: On Being Evacuated: It’s Every Volunteer’s Worst Nightmare
- AFD: Ebola outbreak causes Peace Corps pullout

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August 27, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 97

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Topics: Big Idea – How to regulate the Ubers and Airbnbs of the world; US, ISIS, and Syria; Interview with freelance writer and Ferguson protest eyewitness Jamie Nesbitt Golden. People: Bill, Persephone. Produced: August 24, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Big Idea: Are “sharing economy” services like Uber and Airbnb helping people avoid important safety regulations and local taxes?
- What would be the consequences if the U.S. intervenes militarily against ISIS inside Syria?
- How much focus should be on Ferguson versus the wider problem nationwide?

Part 1 – Sharing Economy:
Part 1 – Sharing Economy – AFD 97
Part 2 – US, ISIS, Syria:
Part 2 – US, ISIS, Syria – AFD 97
Part 3 – Jamie Nesbitt Golden:
Part 3 – Jamie Nesbitt Golden on Ferguson – AFD 97

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AFD Radio Exclusive: Firsthand reports from Ferguson

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Eyewitness accounts from Ferguson MO by longtime area residents and from the National Moment of Silence 2014 rally in Chicago.

Ferguson/NMOS14 Discussion:
AFD 96 – Ferguson / NMOS14

Recorded late afternoon of Sunday August 17th, 2014

Segment 1 Panel:
- JP from St. Louis County: Lives near Ferguson, 10-year U.S. military veteran, 20 year county resident
- Ama from St. Louis County: Lives next to Ferguson, wife owns a business there, 12 year county resident, participant in Ferguson rallies
- Michael from South Carolina: Returning guest, host of “Pound4Pound Boxing Report” show

Segment 2 Guest:
- JP from Chicago: Co-host of the “Nerdgasm Noire” show, lifelong Chicago resident, participant in the NMOS14 rally in Chicago

What we talked about this hour:

- Longstanding tensions with police in Ferguson and the wider St. Louis County
- The geography of the Ferguson protests and manifestations of outrage
- Militarization of American police forces
- Respectability politics: Why dressing and speaking a certain way won’t save Black Americans
- National Moment of Silence events
- Personal stories of being harassed by police in the St. Louis area, including Ferguson
- Raising children under / growing up with an abusive police force
- Organizing for future change, from social media to events on the ground

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August 13, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 95

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Topics: Big Ideas in U.S. Reform – Guaranteed Incomes vs Job Creation; Higher Education Reform. Iraq analysis. People: Bill, Persephone, Nate. Produced: August 10, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Big Idea: Should government guarantee minimum incomes or guarantee jobs? What is the purpose of employment?
- Big Idea: What is the government’s proper role in reforming and regulating higher education?
- Iraq: How far should the current U.S. intervention go?

Part 1 – Income vs Jobs:
Part 1 – Guaranteed Incomes – AFD 95
Part 2 – Higher Ed Reform:
Part 2 – Higher Ed Reform – AFD 95
Part 3 – Iraq Intervention:
Part 3 – Iraq Intervention – AFD 95

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Segment 1

- Vox: A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn’t destroy the economy

Segment 2

- Slate: The Dangerous Conservative Idea for Making College Cheaper

Segment 3

- AFD: Questionable complaints from Baghdad
- AFD: Analysis of Mosul Dam, Mount Sinjar, U.S. Airstrikes
- AFD: Who are the Yazidis at Mount Sinjar right now?
- AFD: ISIS rolls back Kurdish forces in Iraq. What’s next?

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