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The Current programming highlights for January 2018.
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Tuesday, January 29: Author David Patrikarakos 

Social media has been weaponized. From recruiting fighters for ISIS to Ukrainian activists crowd funding arms purchases on Facebook and Russian troll farms spreading fake news in the West, the web has made waging war easier than ever. And now we have the president of the United States tweeting about nuclear war with North Korea. Anna Maria Tremonit speaks with author David Patrikarakos about his new book War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century.

Thursday, February 1: Author David Patrikarakos 

In the 1950s and 60s, the nuclear brinkmanship of the United States and Soviet Union had the entire globe on edge -- and in constant fear of nuclear annihilation.  In the decades since, that memory has faded for many... but not Daniel Ellsberg. The former military analyst known for leaking the "Pentagon Papers" had played a secret role as a nuclear war planner, and was tasked with plotting the USSR's atomic destruction.  Daniel Ellsberg joins Anna Maria Tremonti to look back on that time, and share his fears about future nuclear war.