We begin a new series, “Different Takes: Russia and the Election.” Our conversation starts right here in Baltimore with the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, who talks about his encounter with Russian interference during the Freddie Gray uprising, through discovering the Russian-created Facebook page called The Blacktivist.
We hosted a National News Roundtable, discussing topics such as the events leading up to the resignation of White House national security advisor Michael Flynn.
With: Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of Race Brave: New and Selected Works, Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America; Republican grassroots activist Eugene Craig, III; and Carla Wills, Senior News Producer at Democracy Now!
We look at the turmoil in Ukraine, with Dr. Stephen F. Cohen, Contributing Editor for The Nation. Cohen is Professor Emeritus at New York University and Princeton University and author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War and The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin.
We examine the current situation in Ukraine, with:
Dr. Kim R. Holmes, a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, who oversaw the think tank’s defense and foreign policy team for more than two decades;
Dr. John Quigley, Professor Emeritus in Law at the Ohio State University who served as research associate at the law department at Moscow State University in the 60s, and in 1994-95 served as an expert for the OSCE in facilitating dialogue between the government authorities ofUkraine and of Crimea on the constitutional status of Crimea;
and Robert Parry,investigative journalist who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories during the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek, and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush.
We move onto a national news roundtable. We’re joined by: Jackie Wellfonder, conservative activist and blogger at jackiewellfonder.com; Dr. Lawrence Brown, Political Activist, Public Health Consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor of English at Towson University.
We return to our coverage of the Olympics to talk about Russia’s discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Our guest is Masha Gessen, author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Gessen left her home in Russia to move to the United States with her partner and three children and escape homophobic persecution.
We talk with former Olympic athlete Samantha Retrosi about her recent article in The Nation, “Why the Olympics Are a Lot Like ‘The Hunger Games.'” Retrosi competed in women’s singles luge at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Since her retirement in 2007, she has been active in the struggle for social justice and human rights, including the Occupy movement. She is currently a graduate student in George Mason University’s Department of Sociology.
Then, we continue with a panel of guests who examine the politics of the Olympics. The panel includes: Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, professor of Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; Carol J. Williams, Senior International Affairs Writer for the Los Angeles Times; and Charles “Sam” Faddis, retired CIA operations officer and author of many books, including, most recently, the novel Caffa.
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