(2) Chilly Underground: Saudi Panic, Ethical Dilemmas and a Political Celebrity


On this edition of Chilly Underground, we break down the news, tackle some ethical dilemmas, and speak to a perennial candidate about what inspires him to public service.

Saudi dissident and Arab Gulf political analyst Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute joins Chilly Pete and Newsweek’s staff writer Cristina Lee Maza to dive deep into the grizzly killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What will be the political and economic fallout from this assassination with the Trump administration as well as with neighbors in the Persian Gulf? To fully understand the motivations and calculus that went Khashoggi’s killing, Ali Al-Ahmed paints the larger picture of the new Saudi Arabian leadership including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who allegedly orchestrated the killing that has spurred on a crisis within the Kingdom.

John Merz of Brooklyn’s Episcopal Church of Ascension tackles two ethical questions. The first deals with mental illness and when is the right time to disclose that information to a significant other? And the second question deals with marriage, charity, and immigration.

Lastly, Perennial candidate Jimmy McMillan joins Chilly Pete to discuss his route to public service. From his early days in the Vietnam War to his attempts to win city wide public office, we find out what drives his never ending political spirit.

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