In Eisenhower's farewell address, he warned about a growing dependency between America's military and its industrial base. Some benefits have emerged from the "military-industrial complex" like cell phones and the Internet, but it's also provoked questions like "does our massive military establishment really make us safer?" Journalist James Ledbetter has written a book that explores the origins and effects of the military's role in our economy and he joins Doug to talk about it. (Rebroadcast)
With oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act complete, now comes the wait for the Supreme Court decision expected this summer. Some observers think the justices' tough questions mean defeat for the White House. But can you predict an outcome based on justices' behavior? Scholar Timothy Johnson has analyzed thousands of cases, and he's developed a model to do just that. Monday he joins us to explain what this historic case can teach us about how the Supreme Court works.
Thursday, we're talking about the death of centrism in American politics. Republican Senator Olympia Snowe recently announced her retirement, citing her disgust with the "my way or the highway ideologies" in Washington these days. But she's just the latest casualty of an ever-increasing polarization of the political parties. John Farrell of National Journal and John Avlon of The Daily Beast join us to explain how we've gotten to this point and what it means for the way government works.
The Utah House passed a suite of bills last week that would put control of public land in the hands of the state. Some 64% of Utah is managed by the federal government and that's land state lawmakers contend was promised to Utah when it became a state. Proponents argue this is a chance to increase revenue for schools, but critics say it's an unrealistic effort that would violate the Constitution. Tuesday, we're talking about public land - who should own it and what should be done with it.
The journalist Ioan Grillo has closely followed the rise of the Mexican drug cartels. The cartels--fueled largely by guns smuggled from America, and by our hunger for drugs--have grown so powerful they arguably trump the country's government for supremacy in Northern Mexico. Their virulent and ruthless violence increasingly reaches north of the border. Grillo spoke with Doug last November about Mexico's drug war, America's liability in it and what might be done to fix things. (Rebroadcast)
Last week, the Utah House passed a bill that would implement abstinence-only sex education in schools. Currently teachers aren't allowed to advocate the use of contraception. Under this bill, they would be prohibited from talking about contraception at all - and schools could opt to drop sex-ed entirely from their curriculum. Monday, we're talking to lawmakers and activists on both sides of the debate to ask what this change would mean for Utah teens.
It's difficult to remember a time when Israel and Iran weren't always about to go to war, but political analysts Dalia Dassa Kaye and Alireza Nader say the two countries were once informally allied, bound by their shared enemies. The downfall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Iran's quest for nuclear capabilities and the ongoing Arab Spring have helped sunder the alliance. Doug talks with Kaye and Nader on Wednesday about Israel and Iran's relationship and how they arrived at the brink of war.
Ten years ago, Salt Lake City opened its doors to the world with the Winter Olympic Games and Monday, Doug is joined by NPR's Howard Berkes and KUER's reporting team Terry Gildea, Andrea Smardon and Dan Bammes for a look back at 2002. We'll talk about the battle to get and keep the games, the economics of hosting an international sporting event and what it's all meant for the Beehive State.
Imagine a Presidential race in which one campaign calls the incumbent a "hideous hermaphroditical character with neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman." You might think things have gotten bad in today's political rhetoric, but Thomas Jefferson's camp leveled this attack against John Adams in the 1800 race. Monday, we're talking with journalist David Mark and political consultant Dave Owen about negative campaigning in American politics: its history, effectiveness and whether it's on the rise.
Conventional wisdom has favored Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination because many see him as the best chance to beat Barack Obama. This month though, Romney has fallen and rebounded in the polls and he heads to Florida with just 1 of 3 primary victories. Reporter McKay Coppins says pragmatism gets boring for voters and Romney needs more to connect with conservatives. Coppins and biographer Scott Helman join us to explain Mitt Romney's rocky trajectory with Americans.