Exposing The Global Corporate Bribery Network

Are kickbacks with foreign nations bribery but otherwise known as lobbying in the U.S? How did Greece overspend on healthcare and what are the lessons to be learned? Why are there so few prosecutions for drug reps who bribe foreign countries to use their product? What is the human cost? LA Times national correspondent and author of “Kickback: Exposing the Global Corporate Bribery Network,” David Montero joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Unbridled Power And Imbalanced People

How pathological is identity politics? A feminist laments that The Human Stain didn't harass or do worse to more black women. Critics argue that Weinstein was able to act the way he did because of toxic masculinity. Where were the tough guys using their masculinity to confront him? Screenwriter, essayist, and author of “The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ,” Andrew Klavan joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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License To Play (Politics)

Licensing is an under-examined area of government. Dick Carpenter puts the practice under a microscope in his new book "Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit." What are some examples of how a licensing requirement bottlenecks government? Why would an industry seek a licensing mandate? Has Governor Rauner done anything to eliminate unnecessary licenses? Can we eliminate licensing as a practice and what would be the impact? Carpenter gives Dan and Amy all the details.

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Is Corruption Worse Than You Think?

Ken Buck, Representative for the 4th Congressional District in Colorado and author of “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think” joins Dan & Amy to detail how the corruption in DC is deeper than we think and thus draining the swamp is more challenging than we think. And they discuss Peggy Noonan's most recent article.


Political Scientist Dick Simpson On The Past And Present Of Chicago Machine Politics

How did the city of Chicago become known for corruption, and why has it struggled to change its ways? On this edition of Against the Current, Dan Proft talks to Dick Simpson, University of Illinois-Chicago political science professor and former Chicago alderman, about the past and present of Chicago machine politics, as well as how to change its future.

How does Rahm Emanuel's machine differ from Richard Daley's? How  have Chicago mayors skated past corruption charges while governors, aldermen and state legislators go to jail? And what would an active Republican Party in Chicago providing real competition do for the city's ethics?

Proft and Simpson discuss all this and more, in a detailed discussion on the history of Chicago politics and the reforms the city needs.


$1.4 Million To Change Light Bulbs

Former Chicago City Council Legislative Inspector General and current CEO of Project Six Faisal Khan joined Dan & Amy to discuss his new report on how Mayor Emanuel has wasted millions from Chicago's Infrastructure Trust. They also cover the need for a U.S. Attorney who will go after the roots of the poisonous tree of corruption in Chicago politics, not just the low hanging fruit.