Episode

6/1 Nationwide Protests & the Great Influenza w/ Scott Roberts & John Barry

June 1, 2020

Sam hosts Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns at Color of Change, to discuss the nationwide protests against police brutality. John Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History also joins the program to discuss how the 1918 Spanish Flu can inform how America handles the second wave of Covid19.

On today’s show: Sam hosts Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns at Color of Change, to discuss the nationwide protests against police brutality. The connections between austerity and bloated police budgets. How the police are used to deal with social ills that would be better handled by social workers or mental health professionals. The negative role played by police unions. The contingencies impacting the effectiveness of consent decrees. Some ideas for reforms that could tamp down on police brutality.

John Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History also joins the program to discuss how the 1918 Spanish Flu can inform how America handles the second wave of Covid19. How the confluence of biology and politics created the conditions for a deadly global pandemic in 1918. What the 1918 pandemic taught us about the need for government transparency. The political obstacles to treating a global pandemic and what governments around the world should be doing.

On the fun half: National Guard fires rubber bullets at bystanders with no warning. NYC MTA bus driver refuses to transport cops. Tom Cotton says if unrest continues, the 101st airborne should be called in. A call from Sam’s long lost son. Biden suggests the “reform” of cops shooting people in the leg instead of the chest. Dan Bongino calls for DOJ and White House to “legally decapitate” antifa. Asked if Trump will address nation, Kayleigh McEnany says that won’t stop antifa. Plus, your calls and IMs.

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