Political scientist Neta C. Crawford examines the brutal, ongoing cost of America's wars in the 21st century - from the politics obscuring the human toll of sustained conflicts across the Middle East, to the corrosive effects of running endless wars on credit as the internal crises of healthcare and climate change take their own toll.
Neta is author of the paper Human Cost of the Post-9/11 Wars: Lethality and the Need for Transparency for Brown University's Watson Institute.
Gary is author of the new book Katrina: After the Flood from Simon & Schuster.
Kevan just returned from South Africa and will be in-studio tomorrow.
Rael is co-author of the study Why wealthier people think people are wealthier, and why it matters.
Michael will be in-studio with a couple beer choices and the chance to support a local public school by getting day drunk.
Here's what Chuck is reading this week to prepare for Saturday's show:
Gary Rivlin - Katrina: After the Flood
Kevan Harris - The Spectre of Global China by Ching Kwan Lee
Alyssa Katz - The Influence Machine
Chuck is on vacation in Michigan's poorest county and we're trying to switch podcast URLs. See you soon!