A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: Donald Trump’s reckoning, the new era of innovation (9:20), and Mikhail Gorbachev’s afterlife (16:45).
After months of deadlock, a covid-19 relief package has passed, but the battles continue. We ask how things got so dire and what President-elect Joe Biden will inherit.
This Morning With Gordon Deal: DNC nominates Kamala Harris in a historic selection for VP, U.S. House to vote on $25 billion postal infusion, and the surprising way to tell you’ve had too much to drink.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend the controversial changes he instituted to the U.S. Postal Service until after the November election. Also, on the second night of the Democratic National Convention that party officially nominated Joe Biden for president. And, the European Council is holding an emergency summit on the civil unrest in Belarus.
Bloomberg Businessweek talks with Jim Rowley, Chief Executive Officer at Crunch Fitness discusses how gyms can safely reopen amid the pandemic.
Crunch Fitness is a chain of over 300 franchised fitness clubs located in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Axios Today reports: Democrats are going ahead with a mostly virtual convention, starting tonight. But how TV networks will cover the event, and how the millions of American voters watching it will react is still up in the air.
- Plus, the Trump administration is eyeing another unproven coronavirus treatment.
- And, Sheryl Sandberg shares some key takeaways from Lean In’s new report on Black women in the workplace.
Guests: Axios’ Margaret Talev, Jonathan Swan, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
DW Radio News 24/7 reports: Recently arrested Hong Kong media CEO Jimmy Lai vow that pro-democracy protests against China will continue, Belarus protests, and WHO reports 300,000 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours.
Lewis H. Lapham speaks with Thomas Frank, author of “The People, No”, an eye-opening account of populism, the most important―and misunderstood―movement of our time.
Rarely does a work of history contain startling implications for the present, but in The People, No Thomas Frank pulls off that explosive effect by showing us that everything we think we know about populism is wrong. Today “populism” is seen as a frightening thing, a term pundits use to describe the racist philosophy of Donald Trump and European extremists. But this is a mistake.
The real story of populism is an account of enlightenment and liberation; it is the story of American democracy itself, of its ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. Taking us from the tumultuous 1890s, when the radical left-wing Populist Party―the biggest mass movement in American history―fought Gilded Age plutocrats to the reformers’ great triumphs under Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Frank reminds us how much we owe to the populist ethos. Frank also shows that elitist groups have reliably detested populism, lashing out at working-class concerns. The anti-populist vituperations by the Washington centrists of today are only the latest expression.
Frank pummels the elites, revisits the movement’s provocative politics, and declares true populism to be the language of promise and optimism. The People, No is a ringing affirmation of a movement that, Frank shows us, is not the problem of our times, but the solution for what ails us.
NPR News Now reports: Congress and the White House battle over a new stimulus bill, UAE in talks to normalize relations with Israel, Afghanistan and Taliban prisoners, and other world news.
NPR Up First reports: Facebook is launching a tool to help users register to vote. Kamala Harris’ ethnicity will be important to voters of color. And, Thai students protest the military’s involvement in Thai politics.