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April 25th, 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. Since Monday was Earth Day we've been thinking a lot about the environment, and this week we're focusing on Climate Policy.

3.
2020
The Mueller report has been published, albeit heavily redacted. But what happens next? This week's election-focused podcast looks at how the 2020 candidates are positioning themselves on the issue. 
 
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THE VENN WEEKLY

This week's podcasts cover the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the debate around whether a citizenship question should be added to the 2020 U.S. Census, and the climate rebellion taking place in London.

THE NEW FRONTIER OF ISIS?

In the aftermath of Sunday’s terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, questions abound as to how, and why, this small, local group of mostly middle class Sri Lankans, could have carried out such a deadly attack, killing upwards of 350 civilians. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but was their involvement more than symbolic? 
In this episode, The Daily examines what these attacks may show us about the latest threat posed by ISIS.

00:19:50

IS THIS PERSON A U.S. CITIZEN?

These are the 7 words being debated by the Supreme Court this week as it decides whether or not to allow the Trump administration to include a question about citizenship to the 2020 US Census. Opponents of the move argue that it would deter both legal and unauthorized immigrants from filling out the forms, preventing as many as 6.5 million people from being counted, and significantly distorting the accuracy of the Census’ results. 
But why does this matter? And why is the government pushing for this change now? Find out in this episode by Slate, 'What Next'.


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"IT'S LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN" 

Climate change protesters have been coordinating a series of direct actions across London over the past two weeks, demanding that the government commit to a more aggressive climate target: net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2025, and face seriously the climate ‘emergency’ threatening the human species. They have described themselves as the ‘biggest civil disobedience campaign in British history”, utilizing tactics not seen before. 
As the Extinction Rebellion continues to position climate change front and center in the media spotlight, could this be a tipping point for climate action not just in Britain, but worldwide? In this episode we hear from a Guardian reporter in the U.K. who has been with the protesters since the start.


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THE VENN DEEP DIVE

Monday marked the 50th anniversary of what is arguably the inception of the modern environmental movement: Earth Day. Founded in the U.S. in 1970, Earth day established a national day to focus attention on the environment. It received broad, bipartisan support and led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. In 1990 Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in over 190 countries and placing environmental issues onto the world stage.
So where are we now? In this week’s Deep Dive we look at climate policy and the ideas driving the debate around what is now a major 2020 campaign issue.


 

"WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR A REVOLUTION..."

“It is, I promise, worse than you think.” That was the first line in David Wallace-Well’s 2017 New York Times essay on Climate Change. He has now set out his apocalyptic vision for the future of our planet in his aptly titled new book, ‘The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming’. In it, he argues that the destruction we are doing to our planet will wreak catastrophic consequences impacting everything from the supply of food and water, to the state of the economy. What is worse: we are doing more damage in knowledge than we did in ignorance. Since Al Gore published his book on climate change in 1992, we have emitted more carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels than in all prior human history. The situation is urgent.
In this episode, Wallace discusses the climate 'hellscape' that scientists predict lies ahead of us if we fail to take serious action right now.


00:37:18

THE ECONOMISTS' SIMPLE SOLUTION

Forecasts around climate change are getting worse, but action remains slow. The solutions available to us must be complicated, costly or just plain impossible to make work quickly, right? Apparently not. In this episode, Planet Money looks at the market-based response to climate change being backed by a growing number of economists: a carbon tax. It has bipartisan support and would cost us... nothing. Can the policy gain momentum or is it too good to be true?


00:24:06

IS THIS THE START OF A MOVEMENT?

The Green New Deal has garnered much attention over the past few months. And while the Democrat-backed climate change resolution was recently voted down in the Senate, it has nonetheless situated climate policy as a front and center campaign-issue ahead of the 2020 election. 
But with its ambitious range of policy goals designed to transform not just the U.S. energy sector, but the U.S. economy too, what exactly is the Green New Deal? In this episode, we learn about the five key things to look for in the Democrat’s broad sweeping climate change resolution. 

00:21:38


This rounds up our third deep dive, but stay tuned as we will return to the topic of the Environment and the debates surrounding Climate Policy in a few week's time.
 

2020

There are now 20 Democratic candidates competing for the party's Presidential nomination. This week's 2020 podcast looks at where the candidates' sit on an issue that has been dominating the headlines.

SO, WHAT NEXT?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report has finally been published. All 400 heavily-redacted pages of it. So how are the 2020 Democratic candidates responding to its findings? In this episode the FiveThirtyEight team discuss the candidates’ reactions - from calling for impeachment, to demanding that Mueller testify before Congress. 


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