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Episode #832: Bolts
First Broadcast: 6/24/19
Repeated: 7/15/19
President Trump announced to a crowd in Orlando on June 18 that he is running for re-election in 2020, even though he officially declared to the FEC that he was running for re-election on the day he was inaugurated in 2017, and even though the Orlando Sentinel newspaper published an editorial endorsing "Not Donald Trump" next year. In his interview with George Stephanopolous of ABC News, Trump said he would accept information from a foreign government about a rival candidate, an admission which prompted the current chair of the FEC to clarify that doing such a thing is "illegal," and "Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation." Trump also repeatedly demonstrated that he still doesn't understand how tariffs work, which makes me wonder about worker's rights in China, which makes me think about the importance of regulation in business, which brings up examples of why self-regulation doesn't always work, which segues into how social media platforms like YouTube have allowed white supremacists to proliferate, and what's the best way to stop their hatred from spreading online anyway? Questions and more questions in the audio style!

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So, what is Free New York anyway? The simple answer is that it's a this neat little public access TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network which I co-produce with the tremendous help of my camerawoman/editor/everything else, Kim. The complicated answer is that it's a project of mine to broadcast opinions and events which don't always appear within "the mainstream media" (like The New York Times, the major networks, local radio, etc.), and so far I think it's been working.

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