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War Is Not A Spectator Sport

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Release Date: 01/07/2020

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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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Caroline Dorminey and Corey Greer from Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) join Press the Button for a discussion on the political and financial context of the Pentagon's latest budget, as well as how grassroots efforts are sparking a new wave of public interest in nuclear issues. In the Silo looks into the grassroots movement behind No First Use policy, featuring Jennifer Blemur and Abigail Stowe-Thurston. Early Warning features co-host Michelle Dover, Mary Kaszynski and Dr. Laura Grego.

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Pam Hamamoto joins Press the Button for an exclusive interview on her experiences leading the US’s largest overseas multilateral diplomatic post, and her current leadership of the Women's Initiative $1 Million Campaign at Ploughshares Fund. Hamamoto co-founded International Gender Champions, a network of leaders committed to promoting gender equality. Early Warning features Tom Collina and Akshai Vikram analyzing the IAEA's latest report on Iran's uranium enrichment, and what to do about Coronavirus.

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Jessica Mathews, former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins co-host Joe Cirincione for a wide-ranging conversation on how bipartisan consensus enabled an out-of-control US military spending spree that continues to this day. Early Warning features Ploughshares Fund Board Member Philip Taubman discussing the Open Skies Treaty and the state of arms control in the face of renewed nuclear modernization programs.

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Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, joins co-host Joe Cirincione for a sobering assessment of the current moment in our nuclear history, and how to prevent the worst from happening during the Trump administration and beyond. Early Warning features Akshai Vikram and Catherine Killough on nuclear policy in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, the impact of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and parliamentary elections in Iran.

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Trump's new budget request calls for $75 billion in nuclear weapons spending. William Hartung returns to discuss the exploding nuclear budget: why it's happening, what it means for spending on other things, and why it's so dangerous. Early Warning features Tom Collina and Erica Fein discussing the budget request, and legislation to outline a progressive foreign policy for the US. Read more about the exploding military budget: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/pentagon-military-spending/

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What does a feminist foreign policy look like, and what would it mean for nuclear policy? Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover sit down for an in-depth interview with Lyric Thompson, the director of policy and advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women, to answer these questions. Early Warning features Tom Collina and Hans Kristensen discussing the impending collapse of New START, the exploding nuclear weapons budget, and the risks of keeping US nuclear weapons in Europe.

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In a special episode of Press The Button, we announce the planned retirement of Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione. Cirincione's career spans over four decades as a foreign policy analyst, national security staffer in Congress, and a frequent expert commentator in print and on air. He looks back at his time leading Ploughshares Fund and analyzes what lies ahead in a short interview with co-host Michelle Dover.

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Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the UN, join Press the Button for a conversation on nuclear weapons and climate change. Robinson and Ban lead The Elders, a group of independent global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights. Early Warning features John Carl Baker and Mana Mostatabi analyzing the ramifications of US policy toward Iran and how the anti-war movement has responded to the threat of war.

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This week's episode is dedicated to the spiraling national security crisis with Iran following the US killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Stephen Miles, the executive director of Win Without War, sits down with co-hosts Michelle Dover and Joe Cirincione to discuss how the Trump administration's policy toward Iran has brought the US to the brink of a new war in the Middle East, and what can be done to prevent further escalation. Early Warning features our Nuclear Field Coordinator/Senior Program Officer John Carl Baker and Ariane Tabatabai of RAND Corporation analyzing the abysmal results of President Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign that began with US abrogation of the Iran nuclear agreement, and how this may affect nuclear negotiations with North Korea.