#1351 The Empire Strikes Up Another Cold War (China and US Empire)

Air Date: 6–5-2020

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Today we take a look at the growing importance of China on the world stage and the growing instinct of the American Empire to confront it even while the fundamentals of the strength of the empire slip away. All that with the Coronavirus on top just to make things interesting.


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Ch. 1: Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at press coverage of China - CounterSpin - Air Date 5-22-20

Ch. 2: How Trump And Xi Set The Stage For The Pandemic - Brian Lehrer A Daily Politics Podcast - Air Date 4-10-20

COVID-19 originated in China and exploded across the US. Today, a look at the leaders of those two countries: What have they done right to contain this pandemic, what have they done wrong, and what haven't they done at all?

Ch. 3: Vijay Prashad on China (and Sinophobia) - Behind the News from Jacobin Radio - Air Date 4-24-20

Examining the timeline of China's response to the coronavirus and reporting to the WHO

Ch. 4: Global health expert: The WHO deserves our thanks - Democracy Now - Air Date 4-30-20

WHO adviser Lawrence Gostin says the organization has actually done well in the pandemic, despite a minuscule budget and political interference.

Ch. 5: Coronavirus has pushed US-China relations to their worst point since Mao - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 3-30-20

The US-China relationship will define geopolitics in the 21st century. If we collapse into rivalry, conflict, and politically opportunistic nationalism, the results could be hellish.

Ch. 6: China & US relations w/ Kevin Li, Amanda Yee, & Alex Tom - The Red Nation Podcast - Air Date 5-26-20

A critical look at the US imperialist "pivot" to China in a time of pandemic.

Ch. 7: US Empire Exploits Covid-19 For More War - Empire Files - Air Date 4-7-20

Abby Martin breaks down all the hidden acts of US foreign policy aggression under the cover of the COVID19 pandemic.

Ch. 8: Joe Emersberger on Pandemic Sanctions - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-10-20

The US is imposing devastating economic sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, ensuring that they will have a harder time protecting their citizens from the pandemic. We’ll talk about that with writer Joe Emersberger.

Ch. 9: The Creation of the National Security State & Conflict with China ft. Daniel Bessner - Michael Brooks Show - Air Date 5-7-20

Historical context for the drumbeat for another Cold War

Ch. 10: America The Farewell Tour w: Chris Hedges - Fortress On A Hill - Air Date 4-15-20

Chris Hedges is a columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author.


Ch. 11: Final comments

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Algea Trio - Algea Fields
  • Rapids - Grey River
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • Tripoli - Pecan Grove
  • Waltz for Zacaria - Cholate
  • Derailed - The Depot
  • Jackbird - Feathers
  • Santre - K2
  • Slow Lane Lover - Barstool
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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