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The Big Picture


The Big Picture with Holland Cooke tackles the latest in political news, debates, commentary and more. The program airs live every Friday at 1:30 PM ET, with re-runs at 7 PM and 10:30 PM EM on Friday and Mondays at 01:30 PM ET.

Dec 5, 2020 07:44

Electoral College: use it or lose it?

As 2020’s presidential election draws to a close, voters nationwide are again left questioning whether the Electoral College should stay or go. Radio pundit Paul Gleiser and DC communications specialist Claire Meyerhoff discuss the efficacy of a democratic system that measures its votes in acres rather than individuals. Plus — How is Trump’s team handling a flurry of election hearings, and what message does Biden need to deliver to win the trust of a starkly-divided USA? Over 30 million American renters could lose their homes by year’s end, as the federal eviction moratorium is weeks away from expiring. Boom Bust co-host Sara Montes de Oca explains how the pandemic has made exponentially worse a housing crisis already plagued by social inequality. While many state and local governments have cobbled together their own rent forgiveness programs, time is almost up for the Senate to pass another relief bill.

Nov 28, 2020 07:38

Trump's legacy: media forever changed?

With trust in the media at an historic low, Talkers magazine publisher and WONK-FM radio host Michael Harrison discusses what a post-Trump era will mean for mainstream news and talk radio. As rumors circulate of Trump being picked up by Newsmax, will Americans continue to put affirmation over information? Countless retailers have pivoted toward online sales this year, even weeks before Black Friday. Boom Bust co-host Sara Montes de Oca explains shopping trends during the 2020’s socially-distanced holiday season. Instead of elbowing their way to the usual midnight doorbusters, shopaholics are vying for virtual deals from the safety of their homes.

Nov 21, 2020 08:00

USA 2021: Shuffling the diplomatic deck

As leaders across the globe congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, what will his presidency mean for the currently capricious state of global affairs? Geopolitical adviser John Sitilides outlines how major powers will likely react to US foreign policy changing its isolationist tune. Then, former US diplomat Jim Jatras walks us through the changing of the guard among US ambassadors. The transition from Trump to Biden couldn’t be more drastic in many respects, though attorney John Whitehead and host of RT’s Redacted Tonight Lee Camp lay out a laundry list of worrisome programs and public grievances that aren’t disappearing anytime soon. On the docket: Government mass surveillance, militarized police departments, and a perpetual feud between corporate America and climate change activism.

Nov 14, 2020 07:28

Post-election fallout: Making peace with ourselves

As election frenzy finally begins to settle, Covid-19 headlines continue to grow grimmer by the day. Psychotherapists Mark Rutherford and Nancy Colier discuss how Americans can mentally cope with post-game politics amid a worsening pandemic. How do we remain grounded during a socially-distant holiday season? Plus, the latest from NASA: Lunar water! An update on the upcoming Artemis mission to send Americans back to the Moon. As we continue to hunker down at home, scam artists are taking no days off. Attorney and professor Steven Weisman describes how fraudsters continue to take advantage of the pandemic and the 2020 holiday season. With most Black Friday sales exclusively targeting online shoppers this year, it’s more important than ever to stay vigilant of phony emails. And if you’re feeling charitable this season, how do you verify exactly where your money’s going?

Nov 7, 2020 08:28

Pandemic Progress Report: ‘Tough Winter’ Ahead

Dr. Fauci’s grim prediction of a “very tough winter” appears apt as daily coronavirus cases are shattering records across the country. Dr. William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University Medical Center gives us a pandemic progress report, including when we can expect to begin lining up at pharmacies for Covid vaccines. Meanwhile, how do we put a stop to the second wave of infections in the months ahead while staying cooped-up at home?

Life in the era of Covid has left our psyches fractured and bruised, as millions of us attempt to claw our way back toward some semblance of normalcy. Legal and media analyst Lionel describes how the pandemic has exposed a deeply compartmentalized society. With an American public more divided than ever over how to best the handle coronavirus, what’s the likelihood of eventually getting everyone back on the same page?

Oct 31, 2020 07:59

Substance abuse engulfing professionals

Substance abuse has steadily risen throughout the pandemic, particularly among professionals stuck working from home. Professor and addiction expert Raymond Niaura explains how white-collar stiffs have turned to drug use (or relapsed) due to prolonged isolation, anxiety, and a lack of managerial scrutiny.
Plus, an update on Boeing’s now-infamous 737 MAX aircraft, which American Airlines will put back into its flight schedule this December.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, how SHOULD we navigate a holiday season which presents a logistical and political minefield? From the CDC’s Covid guidelines to a contentious presidential election, author and etiquette adviser Lisa Gache gives us a how-to on encouraging holiday cheer!