Since we don’t have one in the White House, what would it be like to have a representative in Congress who truly understood the nuances of international diplomacy? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Evelyn Farkas. She was a Defense Department official under the Obama Administration, is an expert on Russia and the Ukraine, and she’s currently a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 17th district. We discuss what it’s like to campaign virtually for office during the coronavirus shutdown, what a Democratic Congress can do to hold the current administration accountable for its panoply of misdeeds, and how environmental protections are dropping by the wayside during this health crisis. Then, we revisit part of our 2019 conversation with Dan Austin, the founder of 88 Bikes, a nonprofit that gets bikes to those who cannot afford them.
It has been a bit difficult to keep up with the news since January. Every few hours it seems like there is a new revelation in the global political wreckage that is the Trump administration. Whether you’re more interested in how ties to Putin will lead to impeachment, how Donald Trump is systematically alienating the US’s closest allies, or the possibility of the US pulling out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, it’s hard to deny that the international political scene is roiling. And with every international political churn, there are environmental causes and implications. This week on Sea Change Radio we speak with energy consultant, Alex Gilbert, who provides a clear recap of the past 10 years in US international relations. He connects the dots and shows how political alliances among nations, policies like fracking, and environmental conditions like drought have helped to create turmoil in countries like Syria, Turkey, Russia, and even the good old US of A.