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The Rochester Palestinian community and others protested outside the Federal Building in Rochester on Tuesday over the Trump administration’s “Peace Plan” for Israelis and Palestinians.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced what he called the “Deal of the Century.” It is a two-state plan carving out new boundary lines. The Palestinian Authority was not involved in the drafting of the deal.

The world seems to be on a knife's edge in so many regions, and American relationships are vital.

We welcome a semi-regular guest to discuss his latest work in understanding world events and geopolitics in Russia, China, and more. We also discuss the Iran crisis. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

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Amid tensions between the U.S. and Iran, one Iranian RIT student says he’s worried about what this means for citizens back home.

Amir is an Iranian PhD student at Rochester Insitute of Technology. He asked to use a pseudonym to protect his identity because he’s concerned about his family’s safety. 

Amir says that on Tuesday night when news hit that Iran had struck two U.S. military bases in Iraq, he was scared it meant war.

President Trump referred to members of an international criminal gang as "animals." That sparked a debate about whether it's appropriate to use language that dehumanizes; the president has previously referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists," while conceding that some might begoodpeople.

Our guests discuss whether it's okay to draw lines, or if such language is a slippery slope to further dehumanization and stigmatization. In studio:

USA Today recently reported on the continuing support for President Trump among evangelical Christians. This comes a little more than a year after 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump. Many leaders in the Christian conservative community sat that the administration’s list of wins – from judicial and personnel appointments to policy changes to pro-life agenda actions – has been lengthy. That has sparked conversations in the local Christian community, particularly among left-leaning faith-based organizations whose leaders say they are confused about that support.

Our panel discusses what it means to be a modern, American Christian. In studio:

Investigative journalist David Cay Johnston has written a new book on the Trump administration. In It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, Johnston writes that Trump is unlike any president before him; he says the evidence is that Trump’s entire focus is on enriching and helping himself. The book seeks to explain all of the ways that the administration is serving insular interests and not the common good.

Johnston joins us in studio for the hour.