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May 9th, 2019
In this week's playlist you'll find:

1.
The Venn Weekly
A selection of top political podcasts we recommend for enhancing your understanding of the week's news 

2.
The Venn Deep Dive
Three great episodes from the podcast archives exploring our political topic of the week. This week we're focusing on Healthcare: Medicare for All

3.
2020
President Trump has been relentlessly fundraising since his inauguration. Now Democrats fear facing a more sophisticated Trump machine going into 2020. This week we look at how Trump is winning back the Republican donor-base.
 
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THE VENN WEEKLY

This week we turn to Kim Kardashian's fight for criminal justice reform, the ongoing political drama surrounding the Mueller Report, and the Federal Reserve Bank: what is it and what does it do?

KIM KARDASHIAN AND THE INCARCERATION NATION

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. So large in fact that if it’s prison population were a city, it would rank among the country’s 10 largest.
Kim Kardashian wants to help address that.
Last year, she successfully persuaded President Trump to pardon Alice Johnson, a woman who had already served over two decades in prison for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. Kardashian went on to hear from dozens of other incarcerated women with stories like Alice’s, and was so moved by what she heard she pledged to fight for prison reform. In the past three months, she has helped free 17 inmates… all while studying to become a lawyer.
In this podcast interview, Jason Flom from the Innocence Project, which fights for criminal justice reform and the exoneration of wrongly convicted prisoners, speaks to Kim Kardashian on why she’s using her voice for this cause. 


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STRAIGHT OUTTA SHAKESPEARE

A U.S. House of Representatives panel has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not releasing an unredacted copy of the Mueller report. Prior to that, President Trump deployed his executive privilege for the first time in order to withhold the full report. And now, while Congress and the White House both accuse one another of abuse of power, the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Junior to legally force him to testify in connection with the Russia investigation. 
So, are we heading towards a constitutional crisis? Or are all parties involved simply ‘playing politics’?
In this episode, What Next discusses the political theater surrounding the publication of the Mueller Report. 


00:19:31

WHAT THE F**K IS THE FEDERAL RESERVE?

Stephen Moore recently became the second of President Trump’s picks for a seat on the Federal Reserve to drop out. Amid speculation that Trump is attempting to politicize the central bank, which he continually criticizes for harming the economy with its policies, Moore was seen as another controversial pick for the role and unlikely to garner sufficient support in the Senate. So far, Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, has held fast in his refusal to act on Trump’s calls to lower interest rates and initiate a program of new quantitative easing. 
But what exactly does the FED do? And why is it so important that it remain independent? 
In this episode, Listen Money Matters explains. 


00:48:16

THE VENN DEEP DIVE

This week's topic is Healthcare and we're focusing on Medicare for All.
 

THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR HEALTHCARE

When it comes to the failings of the U.S. healthcare system the areas worst hit are those with limited facilities to start with. Across rural America, hospital closures are on the rise, making it increasingly difficult for small towns to access healthcare. Would Medicare for All help solve this?
In this episode, NPR examines the hollowing out of America’s healthcare system and the policies intended to reverse this trend.  


00:34:45

DRUGS DON’T WORK IF PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD THEM

Are pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. gaming the system and profiting unfairly from sick people’s misfortune? Or are the high price tags attached to so many medicines essential to the continuation of drug innovation?
Drug prices in America have been going up by nearly four times the rate of inflation over the past 12 years and, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of uninsured Americans in 2017 used their prescribed medicine differently than recommended in an attempt to save money.
In this episode, Deep Dive discusses what impact the pharmaceutical industry's monopoly power over drug pricing in the U.S. has on our access to adequate healthcare, and what reform to this system might look like.


00:36:06

IS HEALTHCARE A HUMAN RIGHT?

The debate surrounding Medicare for All is front and center amongst Democratic candidates campaigning for their party’s Presidential nomination. While they all seem to agree on the concept of universal healthcare, they differ significantly on what that means. From the most extreme reform being put forward by Bernie Sanders, a single payer system that eliminates private insurance, to the more moderate alternative, Medicare expansion, supported by the likes of Former Vice President, Joe Biden. 
In this episode, Vox’s Today Explained examines the different versions of Medicare being endorsed by the candidates; what the public thinks of these myriad proposals; and the Republican party’s counter-narrative. 


00:25:17


This rounds up our second deep dive, but stay tuned as we will return to the topic of healthcare reform in a few weeks time.
 

2020

Trump is raising big bucks. What does that mean for his 2020 campaign?

TRUMP’S MONEY MACHINE 

Upon entering the Presidential race in 2015, Trump declared he didn’t need to raise donor money - he was rich, he said, and could fund his campaign himself. Over subsequent months that changed and he raised just over $335 million in donations - half of what Clinton raised. Since being in office, it appears Trump has changed tack and has fundraised relentlessly since his inauguration, bringing in more than $30 million in the last quarter alone. Now his team is setting their sites on traditional Republican donors, offering perks to supporters who help raise donations from others (a practice called ‘bundling’). So what does this mean for his campaign to return to the White House?
In this episode, Politico discusses how Trump is winning over traditional Republican donors, including so-called ‘never-Trumpers’, and is fast building a well-oiled, and far more sophisticated, campaign than the one that led him to victory in 2016.


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