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The Gender Champions

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Release Date: 11/19/2019

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Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, joins Press the Button for an in-depth look at the failure of the Trump administration's Iran policy, and how progressives can organize to implement a new national security strategy. Early Warning features Moritz Kütt of the University of Hamburg and Jack Brosnan of the Nuclear Threat Initiative discussing the fate and importance of the Open Skies Treaty, and the progress made by the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy initiative.

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David Rothkopf, professor of international relations, political scientist and journalist, provides a sobering assessment on the decline of American power in the face of three crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, economic collapse, and government corruption. Early Warning features Laicie Heeley of Inkstick Media and John Carl Baker on the urgent need to rethink US national security. Joe Cirincione answers a question on the fate of US nuclear weapons located in Germany.

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Leilani Münter, former professional stock car racing driver and environmental activist, joins Press the Button to discuss the intersection of environmental and national security priorities, and how human activity has initiated a mass extinction of species. Early Warning features Mary Kaszynski and Harry Kazianis on US-North Korea relations in the midst of Kim Jong-un's public re-emergence and the state of the Iran nuclear agreement during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Rep. Ro Khanna returns to Press the Button for an exclusive look at his efforts to redirect Pentagon spending toward efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. High on his list of possible cuts are the massive increases for new nuclear weapons proposed by President Donald Trump, including a freeze on the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Early Warning features Alexandra Bell and Richard Nephew on a new report detailing the effects of the Trump administration's nuclear policy.

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Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), joins Press the Button to discuss the intersection of immigration and national security, and how the work of LIRS makes us safer. Early Warning features Mary Kazsynski and Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association on the veracity of reports that Russia and China have conducted nuclear tests, and the latest news on US-Iran tensions. Joe Cirincione answers a question on nuclear close calls.

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Rahna Epting, executive director of MoveOn, joins Press the Button for an exclusive look at how MoveOn is organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how national security issues fit in with MoveOn's domestic priorities. Early Warning features our policy director Tom Collina and Catherine Killough of Women Cross DMZ to discuss the recent elections in South Korea and the latest updates on the $85 billion ICBM program. Joe answers a question from John in Delaware.

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It's our birthday! For the 1-year anniversary of Press the Button, US Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joins us for a discussion on economic relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what needs to be done to repair the holes in our social contract. Early Warning features Alexandra Bell and Akshai Vikram discussing US plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, and where former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee for US president Joe Biden stands on nuclear issues.

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Ariane Tabatabai, Middle East expert and adjunct senior research fellow at Columbia University, joins Press the Button for a discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Iran hard, and growing calls for the US to pause or ease sanctions to allow Iran to deal with the pandemic. A special Early Warning features co-hosts Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover on how COVID-19 will permanently change the US approach to national security. Joe reveals his top three nuclear-themed films in the Q&A segment.

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Liz Watson, executive director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, joins Press the Button to discuss her organization's work to lobby for key progressive measures to be included in the $2 trillion stimulus bill recently passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early Warning features our director of policy Tom Collina, senior program officer John Carl Baker, and Cecili Thompson-Williams of Beyond the Bomb discussing how COVID-19 is affecting US policy at home and abroad.

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Gretchen Hund, former Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Center for Global Security and current Ploughshares Fund board member, joins Press the Button to discuss the environmental impact of nuclear technology and nuclear weapons. Early Warning features Mary Kaszynski and Wendy Jordan discussing Congress's failure to agree to a stimulus package for Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of US sanctions on Iran during this critical time.

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Ambassador Laura Holgate joins co-host Michelle Dover to reflect on the one-year anniversary of Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy, a leadership network co-founded by Holgate and Dover that aims to break down gender barriers and promote gender equality in the nuclear field. Early Warning features Ploughshares Fund Deputy Director of Policy Mary Kaszynski and Nuclear Field Coordinator/Senior Program Officer John Carl Baker discussing the Trump administration's attempts to drive out long-time US State Department officials, Iran's latest breaches of the Iran nuclear agreement, and a recent report revealing that nearly 50 universities are involved in the research and design of US nuclear weapons. Joe Cirincione answers a question from Nick in Vancouver.