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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.

Aug 8, 2020 07:23

Covid misinformation aplenty, flu season incoming

Our government’s response to the coronavirus has been fragmented since the start, and the media flooded with misinformation aplenty. As states continue to surge in case counts, Dr. Tania Dempsey sheds light on vaccine developments, what the incoming flu season means, and steps to take Covid control into our own hands. 

Congress grills Big Tech over antitrust concerns, leaving us wondering just how much power major platforms have over opinions published on the web. Kristen Ruby explains 2020’s online paradigm, including the sweeping influence of social media and how to identify actionable changes in today’s cancel culture.

Aug 1, 2020 07:38

What would Jesse do?

What would Jesse do? Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura gives his take on how the US is handling the coronavirus pandemic alongside fiery police protests, as well as what to expect in November from an electorate accustomed to second-guessing its leadership.
Already feeling the pinch prior to the pandemic, the US Postal Service is now hemorrhaging funds as it faces an existential threat. Consumers have been trigger-happy when ordering items online, yet the USPS has been steadily losing revenue. Strelmark president and founder Hilary Fordwich gives her prognosis for America’s mail service, as well as for the plethora of other businesses turned upside-down by coronavirus.

Jul 25, 2020 08:22

Weighing Covid odds: 1 in 100?

After being sidelined for several weeks, Heidi Harris joins the show after emerging triumphant from a bout of Covid-19. With case counts spiking across the country amid an already-decimated economy, the question remains: CAN we afford to keep states shuttered? A calamitous year has reached its midpoint, cuing a 2020 halftime report featuring fellow RT show hosts Steve Malzberg and Jonathan Harris. As November creeps closer, how have the pandemic and sweeping protests against police departments impacted the chances for Trump and Biden?

Jul 18, 2020 12:24

UNDERREPORTED: China 5G, Iran oil deal, Hong Kong turbulence

The media spotlight has been fixated on coronavirus headlines and racial injustices, but what’s been going on abroad? John Sitilides of Trilogy Advisors brings us up to speed on oil deals in Iran, the looming threat of China’s 5G network, an update on Venezuela, and analysis of Hong Kong’s most recent schism with mainland ‘diplomacy.’ Plus, how does the US response to coronavirus look from an outsider’s perspective?

NYC-based psychotherapist Nancy Colier is happy to report that what was once the country’s epicenter for coronavirus has whittled down its fatalities to single digits. While many states are reversing their decisions to re-open due to case counts surging to record highs, New York City has certainly reaped the rewards for diligently keeping residents hunkered down. Meanwhile, career, educational, and commercial real estate markets have turned upside down since March!

Jul 4, 2020 08:15

Sickened retail spells boon for Bezos

While scores of businesses across the country continue to shutter due to the pandemic, Professor of Economics Richard Wolff explains how Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has multiplied his riches during the retail blackout. With Covid-19 completely reshaping the economic landscape, how can companies adapt to remain not just accessible to consumers, but relevant?

Major cities across the globe have all but emptied this year, due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing. With hardly any people out and about, and road traffic slowing to a trickle, SmartPower president Brian Keane explains how drastic changes in human behavior are giving the environment and local wildlife a fighting chance to revitalize Mother Nature.

Jun 27, 2020 14:05

Viva Las Virus: Rolling the dice on re-opening

Just a few weeks ago, Las Vegas residents witnessed a scene they’d never imagined seeing in their lifetimes: an empty Vegas Strip. John Shaffer discusses how the pandemic has re-shaped Sin City, and how critical it is that Vegas gets its socially-distant re-opening RIGHT.

Also, new findings report e-cigarettes have a higher potential for addiction among teens and young adults.

Despite much of 2020 being canceled due to Coronavirus, summer is HERE. Dr. Joe Alton outlines the outdoor health hazards to be wary-of this season, especially with regard to social-distancing protocols, as states continue their re-openings.