Guests and Topics for Monday, May 7th 2012May 7, 2012
As you have heard by now, French President Nicholas Sarkozy was defeated this weekend by socialist candidate François Hollande. The main reasons? Voter frustration with high unemployment, tough austerity measures, and the continuing recession throughout Europe. But if France wants to pursue growth, is socialist policy the answer? We’ll talk to Jim Maceda (@jimmaceda), our NBC News Correspondent in Paris covering the elections, Christopher Dickey (@csdickey), Paris Bureau Chief and Mideast Editor for Newsweek/ TheDailyBeast.com, and Matthew Bishop (@mattbish), New York Bureau Chief for The Economist. We’ll also take a look at some of the violence and arrests that occurred around this weekend’s Russian elections, and what it means for Vladimir Putin.
Debt for Diploma: The Senate is set at 2PM today to take up its latest version of legislation that would keep lower rates for student loans, which are set to expire on July 1st. We’ll hear from Connecticut’s Rep. Joe Courtney (@repjoecourtney) on this.
The Monday Megapanel: We’ll have Imogen Lloyd Webber (@illoydwebber), Sam Seder (@samseder) and Rob Cox (@rob1cox) here – this week, shareholders at Bank of America and 3M will vote on whether or not those companies should make political contributions — could getting money out of politics actually be good business?
The Specialist: Pursuing Whitey Bulger: The FBI may have caught Whitey Bulger, but this author discovered that almost two decades before, they were also responsible for his escape. Thomas J. Foley is author of Most Wanted: Pursing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected.
Could Jellyfish Help the Navy? It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but could jellyfish actually help the U.S. Navy create better underwater technology? It’s already happening! We’ll talk to one incredible innovator, John Dabiri, Applied Science Director at the Center for Bio-Inspired Wind Energy at Caltech. He and his team studied how jellyfish propel themselves — now the Navy is funding the development of underwater craft to use this model that moves using 30% less energy than existing models. He’ll show us what that all means, and what his team will be doing next.