News and Public Affairs

News and Public Affairs

By |2020-05-25T21:53:22-04:00May 25th, 2020|Blog, Weekly Guests|Comments Off on News and Public Affairs

Counterpoint with Scott Harris

This week’s guests on Counterpoint, hosted by Scott Harris:

  1. Dr. James G. Kahn, emeritus professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, discusses the significance of a recent Columbia University study that found 36,000 fewer people would have died from the coronavirus if the U.S. had imposed social distancing measures one week earlier, and his concerns about the spread of COVID-19, now that all 50 states are easing lockdown restrictions.

  2. Mel Goodman, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and an adjunct professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University. Goodman, whose 42-year government career included tours at the CIA, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense’s National War College, discuss his recent article, “How the New York Times Enhances Trump’s Propaganda.” He’ll focus on corporate, mainstream news outlets’ practice of employing “false equivalency,” in their reporting that blurs the line between facts and conspiracy theories which distorts reality.

  3. Jodie Evans, Co-founder and Director of Code Pink Women for Peace discusses the Memorial Day caravans for peace and disarmament her group is organizing, coinciding with the UN Secretary General’s call for a Global Ceasefire. She’ll also examine how this pandemic could be a catalyst to bring about structural change in US government priorities from billions of dollars spent on war & militarism toward funding for human needs.

  4. Rev. Allie Perry, pastor of Shalom United Church of Christ in New Haven and a leader of the peace group Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, discusses the recent open-letter signed by more than 70 Connecticut clergy from various denominations, to Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont re: the coronavirus crisis in the state’s prison system and their call to reduce the prison population and safeguard the lives of inmates, particularly those who are elderly and with compromised immune systems. Rev. Perry will let listeners know how they can support this effort.Monday, May 25 at 8:00 PM and in the WPKN archive.