Episode #197: Guns And Butter

Robert Rowland, a communications and rhetoric professor at the University of Kansas, sizes up President Trump’s tough Tuesday speech at the U.N. General Assembly, noting that he has never heard a president give such an aggressive and bombastic speech before a world body.

Trump, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not be on the ballot in next Tuesday’s GOP Senate runoff in Alabama.  But, as Anniston Star reporter Tim Lockette notes, they are as much a part of the campaign as the two Republicans who are running: Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat in February following the resignation of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court who has become a favorite of the religious right.

We go back seven years to the historic write-in victory of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated in the Republican primary but won re-election by employing a write-in strategy that was successful only once before in Senate history:  1954, with Strom Thurmond.

And with Ken Burns’ series running on PBS this week, the topic of the Vietnam War is once again arousing emotions among those who remember that conflict.  Sam Brown, who headed up the Vietnam Moratorium Committee in 1969, discusses the strategies of 50 years ago and the lessons learned today … if any.

Photo via Lucas Jackson/Reuters & Wikimedia Commons

Music used in this podcast:

Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth by The Dandy Warhols

New Kid in Town by Eagles

Strange Magic by Electric Light Orchestra

I Call Your Name by The Beatles

I Shot The Sheriff by Eric Clapton

Bring ‘Em Home by Pete Seeger

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