Bad Boys? Gosar, Putin, and Elon Musk

Published on: Nov 18, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round


  • First up: We’ll break down the headlines, including what got settled at a meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and China, why the sports world is on edge after the disappearance of a Chinese tennis star, new consumer spending data, and why the House voted to censure Republican Paul Gosar.

  • Next: Vladimir Putin is causing headaches for world leaders again. We’ll ask one expert: why is Russia stirring up trouble with Poland and Ukraine, and firing missiles into space? 

  • Then: We’ve got an exclusive chat with Mayor Pete — or rather, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg — on what the newly-passed infrastructure bill will mean for your town or city.

  • ICYMI: Elon Musk has been all over the news lately: selling Tesla stocks, insulting politicians, and telling the U.N. he’d help solve world hunger if they showed him a plan. We’ll save you a scroll down his Twitter feed with a breakdown of what he’s been up to … in 60 seconds.

  • Plus: November is Native American Heritage Month. We’ll speak to one expert about the dark history of American assimilation policies, and what new research is uncovering.

  • Finally: Ahead of Thanksgiving, we called up a few of our doctor friends to ask what they’re doing to celebrate the holiday safely this year.



On this episode, you’ll hear from: 

  • John E. Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

  • Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

  • Dr. Susana Grajales Geliga, co-director, Genoa Indian School Reconciliation Project

  • Dr. Celine Gounder, clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases, New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine

  • Dr. Amber D’Souza, infectious disease epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins University


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