Pa. Gambling expansion / Temple’s first Rhodes Scholar/ “Whataboutism”

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Hazim Hardeman, Temple University's first Rhodes Scholar

Hazim Hardeman, Temple University's first Rhodes Scholar

Guests: Katie Meyer, Hazim Hardeman, Tom Nichols

We begin today’s show with a conversation with WITF’s KATIE MEYER about the Pennsylvania state budget and its implications, particularly the effort to expand gambling in order to make up for shortfalls. And we’ll hear about the anti-abortion bill before Harrisburg legislators. Then, we’ll meet HAZIM HARDEMAN, Temple University’s first ever Rhodes Scholar. He’ll join us to talk about his North Philadelphia upbringing and what his plans are going ahead. Lastly, we’ll talk about the political strategy known as “whataboutism.” The President uses this strategy as do many politicians and pundits. We’ll find out about the roots of this tactic, and how it’s gaining momentum in the social media age. TOM NICHOLS, Sovietologist and professor at the U.S. Naval War College joins us to explain the practice and give us his take on its rise.

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