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Author: The Intercept

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The people behind The Intercept’s fearless reporting and incisive commentary—Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Betsy Reed and others—discuss the crucial issues of our time: national security, civil liberties, foreign policy, and criminal justice. Plus interviews with artists, thinkers, and newsmakers who challenge our preconceptions about the world we live in.
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Philosopher Srecko Horvat discusses the historical lessons we can learn from the guerrilla struggle against fascism waged by the Partisans in Yugoslavia during World War II. Horvat also talks about  the recent surge in extreme right-wing political forces in Europe and what that trend and Julian Assange’s case mean for the future of democracy.Intercepted is going on hiatus for the summer and will return with new episodes in September 2019.
Whitewashing History

Whitewashing History

2019-06-2601:00:1910

Rutgers professor and co-host of the Uncivil podcast Chenjerai Kumanyika argues that demands for reparations should include challenging the driving forces behind slavery: capitalism and imperialism. The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux gives an update on the trial for humanitarian aid worker Scott Warren and discusses the dehumanization that has allowed the war on immigrants to continue for decades. Artist and musician Nakhane reflects on growing up queer in South Africa and talks about his new record, “You Will Not Die.”This is our last episode of the season. Intercepted is going on hiatus for the summer and will return with new episodes in September 2019.
Gulf of Tonkin Redux

Gulf of Tonkin Redux

2019-06-1901:09:568

As the U.S. accuses Iran of attacking civilian ships while offering scant evidence, grave historical parallels are emerging with the Gulf of Tonkin incidents in 1964 that were manipulated to justify Lyndon Johnson’s dramatic escalation of the war in Vietnam. California Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna is preparing legislation aimed at stopping an attack on Iran and he says he would not put it past National Security Adviser John Bolton to manipulate evidence. Journalist Negar Mortazavi of The Independent analyzes what war with Iran would look like and exposes the State Department’s funding of propaganda operations against Iran. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman talks about the parallels with the build up to the Iraq invasion of 2003 and shares stories from her early life as a journalist.
Running for Justice

Running for Justice

2019-06-1201:11:579

In a bombshell series of reports, The Intercept Brasil has revealed dirty tricks used in the prosecution of the leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on corruption charges and improper coordination among prosecutors and judges. Glenn Greenwald discusses the documents in the leaked archive and what this means for Trump ally Jair Bolsonaro. Tiffany Cabán, a queer Latina public defender from Queens, New York, talks about her battle with the Democratic Party machine in her bid to become a prosecutor opposed to the carceral state. Chesa Boudin, whose parents were sentenced to lengthy prison terms when he was 14-months-old, is trying to overhaul San Francisco’s justice system and radically change the relationship between cops and the DA. As paramilitary forces carry out a massacre against non-violent protesters in Sudan, we get a report from filmmaker Hajooj Kuka who was wounded in the raid in Khartoum last week. And we hear the music of Sudanese-American Ahmed Gallab, the lead singer-songwriter of the band Sinkane, and his experience of monitoring the major developments in his home country.
Criminalizing Freedom

Criminalizing Freedom

2019-06-0501:19:2511

Fanatical opponents of a woman’s right to choose are pushing to criminalize abortion and women's healthcare providers. Historian Johanna Schoen, Rutgers professor and author, talks about when abortion was illegal and the history of coercive policies from forced sterilization to blocking access to sex education, birth control, and abortions. Whistleblower Reality Winner has spent more than two years in prison for allegedly leaking a top-secret NSA document on Russian cyber attacks on software used in some U.S. voting systems. Her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, describes her daughter’s prison conditions and makes the case for why she should be freed. As Donald Trump wraps up his state visit to the United Kingdom, we speak with philosopher and activist Srećko Horvat about the historical lessons we can learn from the guerrilla struggle against fascism waged by the Partizans in Yugoslavia during World War II, as well as the recent surge in extreme right-wing political forces in Europe.If you like what we do, support our show by going to TheIntercept.com/join to become a member.
BONUS: "We've Got People"

BONUS: "We've Got People"

2019-06-0201:02:448

As Democrats continue to debate whether to initiate an impeachment inquiry, Trump seems to be going nuts from the Democrats’ continuing probe into his possible obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse of power. The Intercept’s Ryan Grim explains Nancy Pelosi’s rise to power within the Democratic Party, her political origins, and what her possible end game strategy is for Trump. Grim also weighs in on the large 2020 Democratic candidate field and talks about his new book, “We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement.”
For the first time in U.S. history, the government is criminally prosecuting a publisher for printing truthful information. Whether Assange is extradited or not, this case casts a dangerous cloud over aggressive national security reporting and means criminalizing journalism is on the table. Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and former top lawyer at the ACLU, analyzes the indictment and explains why he believes this case represents a grave threat to a free press. As Democrats continue to debate whether to initiate an impeachment inquiry against Trump, Nancy Pelosi seems to be getting under The Donald’s skin. The Intercept’s Ryan Grim explains Pelosi’s rise to power within the Democratic Party, her political origins and what her possible end game strategy is for Donald Trump. Grim also discusses his new book “We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement.”If you like what we do, support our show by going to TheIntercept.com/join to become a member.
Authoritarians Like Us

Authoritarians Like Us

2019-05-2201:04:435

National Security Adviser John Bolton is more powerful than ever and is obsessed with regime change in Tehran. His boss is threatening to bring the “end of Iran” as some news outlets help spread the administration’s unveiled attempt to gin up a Gulf of Tonkin-style justification for war. Iranian author and analyst Hooman Majd explains how we got here and how Iran’s leaders view the Trump administration. Trump loves to talk about locking up his political opponents and with William Barr as his attorney general, it may not be unthinkable. That is precisely what the former President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is charging happened to him. Lula, the once popular leftist president of Brazil, is serving a 12-year prison sentence on corruption charges. But, in an exclusive prison interview with The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, Lula says his prosecution was an attempt to destroy him and the Workers Party he built. Greenwald discusses his interview and plays highlights of his conversation with Lula.
The Espionage Axe

The Espionage Axe

2019-05-1501:18:032

Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, talks about the weaponization of this law for use in stopping investigative journalism and the case of Air Force veteran Daniel Hale, who is facing 50 years in prison. Organizer Bill Fletcher Jr. discusses the Trump administration’s intensifying military threats against Iran, the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela and offers strategic thoughts on how to view the 2020 Democratic primary field. Dr. Krystal Redman, executive director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now in Georgia, talks about the spate of new laws being implemented in several states that seek to criminalize abortion and women’s health care providers.
Everywhere Is War

Everywhere Is War

2019-05-0801:18:552

The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain discusses Trump’s motley crew of regime change warriors, what war with Iran would look like, and the strategy behind the economic sanctions. At nearly 90 years old, former Senator Mike Gravel may be the oldest candidate for president, but he also has the dankest social media memes. Gravel discusses his insurgent run for the Democratic nomination led by his campaign volunteers who are teenagers.The Intercept’s Jordan Smith talks about her latest reporting on abortion. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s birth, we hear some never before released recordings and talk with Jeff Place, the curator and senior archivist of The Smithsonian Folkways Collection’s career-spanning anthology of Seeger’s work.If you like what we do, support our show by going to TheIntercept.com/join to become a member.
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Stephen Dillard

Poetry from the Future is wise, beautiful, and also kinda scary. Thanks for this episode.

Jul 3rd
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Michael Pullen

didn't John Adam's pursue publishers while he was president?

May 29th
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Maarten

So we cannot trust the intelligence agencies nor the government, but we should accept the conclusions of a CIA investigations? That doesn't make any sense. Also just because U.S. policy is tough on Russia currently, doesn't mean no conspiracy occurred because (1) Russia's govt wouldn't know how Trumps presidency would turn out and solely relied on his statements as a candidate (his campaign reaching out continuously to the Russian govt could be constructed as a successful trick they played on Putin for letting him think there would be a quid pro quo). (2) Trump doesn't run the government. He relies on a wide range of advisors who have a massive influence as well (e.g. see how Trump backtracked on Syria and Afghanistan). Lastly, no explanation has been given for all the connections between Russia and the Trump campaign (yes there have been countless ones). Why does this even matter you think? I suggest you read Timothy Snyders book The Road to Unfreedom. If you care about international human rights, you should know Russia is a major player working to undermine international law on this issue and working to recruit as many foreign leaders and political parties as possible for this rotten cause through election interference. Case in point: the Trump admin says the ICC is dead to them and make speeches at the U.N. calling for all countries to only care about their own self interest - and to hell with human rights. One of the many features of the Trump admin Putin loves.

Apr 2nd
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this was a great episode! the intro really made me laugh yet the whole episode was fascinating, using classic old-school journalism! love the length of the podcasts too

Apr 2nd
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Nicholas Lesem

You keep me sane thank you.

Mar 28th
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T M

👍👍👍

Mar 20th
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Jay Vaidya

OPEC of south America imagine. All the want is a larger share of the pie for their oil. How they spend their $ is no concern of usa.

Feb 18th
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damned skeptic

I love this podcast but the music is torcher.

Feb 10th
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Clinton Crick

This episode would be better if any time had been spent on the Venezuelan opposition's argument for why Maduro's election was invalid. There's mention of the 2013 election and how the US was the only country to not recognize it, but there was very little time spent on the most recent election- the one that the opposition says was invalid. I don't know the full story, I don't know the full history, but I know that this podcast comes across very heavy handedly.

Feb 1st
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jersey2777

climate change..for me that's THE biggest elephant in the room that's not getting talked about in exchange for trump's circus

Jan 23rd
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Carlos Santana

Welcome back, we the woke masses have missed you.

Jan 16th
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Douglas Ogden

"lust for apocalyptic violence"

Nov 8th
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jersey2777

ergodan is not interested in justice and in my opinion he has just won the lotto, in that both the US & Saudi Arabia benefit from the tapes (facts), not being exposed...

Oct 24th
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Caesura

jersey2777 Erdogan isn't the one who is interested in it. There are anti-Saudi Arab Spring dissidents - mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood - who have close ties to Qatar and the AKP who want to see MBS gone.

Oct 24th
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Ryan Estrada

jersey2777 it's true Turkey assassinated 3 Kurdish activists in Paris and nothing happened.

Oct 24th
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Carlos Santana

Great episode as always!

Oct 6th
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Douglas Ogden

This is brilliant! Professor Singh does an amazing job distilling our history and illuminating the problems of our collective myopia. Worth at least two listens!

Oct 5th
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Douglas Ogden

Douglas Ogden I listened to it again this weekend. I think I'll be following his writings.

Nov 13th
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Bethany

this is amazing

Oct 3rd
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Finn Leason

Bethany I was going to write the same thing!

Oct 5th
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Jason Clark

I wonder what John Perkins has to say about the current state of our Republic. It seems to me that this is all symptomatic of a hard 30 yr push toward exactly what Mr. Perkins warned us of, an intentional collapse of our institutions.

Oct 3rd
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jersey2777

great work..and the musical guest, Blackbelt Eagle Scout, mesmerizing vocals, in addition, she's an inspirational, sensitive soul..keep it up!

Oct 3rd
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Jae October

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Sep 30th
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Rick Bettencourt

Outstanding program

Sep 26th
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