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The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight

The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight

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Portland-based anti-fascist Sean Kealiher was killed in 2019, months before the uprising that would bring Portland international attention. Nearly two years later, his homicide remains unsolved. His mother, Laura, believes she hasn't received justice because of police hatred for her son and his politics. Dying For A Fight, the second installment in Somethin’ Else’s Fault Line series, goes in search of answers: What happened the night Sean was killed? Why have no arrests been made? Who are the Americans living at the political extremes? And how did things escalate from Portland to the Capitol? This show is a co-production with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Listen now to new episodes of The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight every Monday wherever you get your podcasts!

Season 1 of The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq, is also available to view on this platform. On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now?

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Portland-based anti-fascist Sean Kealiher was killed in 2019, months before the uprising that would bring Portland international attention.  Nearly two years later, his homicide remains unsolved. His mother, Laura, believes she hasn't received justice because of police hatred for her son and his politics.  Dying For A Fight, the second installment in Somethin’ Else’s Fault Line series, goes in search of answers: What happened the night Sean was killed? Why have no arrests been made? Who are the Americans living at the political extremes? And how did things escalate from Portland to the Capitol?  A Somethin' Else production. This show is a co-production with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Listen now to new episodes of The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight every Monday wherever you get your podcasts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ani Raven is a longtime activist and community radio host in Portland.  She was also one of Sean Kealiher’s mentors when he joined the Occupy movement at 15 years old.  In 2011, Raven met Sean at the camps that Occupy protesters had set up in Portland city parks.  In this episode, released on the two-year anniversary of Sean’s killing, Raven discusses how she watched Sean grow as a young activist, and start to lead people in the street.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcasting production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Who was Hugh Hefner? Centerfold models, Playboy Bunnies, and other women from the Playboy founder’s inner circle, like TV personality and author Holly Madison, tell journalist Amy Rose Spiegel their side of his story. We hear how Playboy changed their lives, for better and for worse. Beyond the bunny tails are darker questions: What actually went on at the notorious Playboy Mansion? How can we square Hefner's progressive legacy with his abuse of vulnerable people? What can the Playboy saga tell us about sex and power—then and now? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside Rose City Antifa

Inside Rose City Antifa

2021-11-1519:281

We sat down with Rose City Antifa, a different kind of anti-facist group in Portland than we've previously discussed.  We get a window into what it's like to be a member of the only antifa group with a website in Portland.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcasting production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now? Coming September 29th...... This is a Somethin' Else production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Was there a chance to stop the 2003 invasion of Iraq before it even began? In February 2003 CIA agent Bill Murray chased a high level, top secret new source across the middle east. Bill was looking for a piece of information so valuable he might be able to use it to stop a war. A Somethin' Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How did Bush and Blair get so close? We go back to the late 90s and hear how British Ambassador in Washington Christopher Meyer carried out Blair’s instruction to ‘get up the arse of the White House and stay there’. Meyer tries to find out what Bush’s position is on foreign policy and gets to know the influential group of conservatives advising him. They’re known as the neocons. A Somethin' Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3: Shoulder To Shoulder

3: Shoulder To Shoulder

2020-10-1348:4311

On September 11th 2001 the world changes in an instant. George Bush calls his greatest international ally, Tony Blair, and the two leaders stand shoulder to shoulder. But where and how should they strike back? A team of intrepid reporters in Washington investigates why the Bush administration is turning its attention towards Saddam Hussein and Iraq. A Somethin' Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4: The Alpha Dog

4: The Alpha Dog

2020-10-2044:587

How did WMD become central to the case for war in Iraq? We go back to 1991 - just after the first Gulf War - to find out why the argument for invading Iraq focussed on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. We look at how the Iraqis tried to hide these weapons and meet the two men who did the most to try and find them. A Somethin' Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5: Curveball

5: Curveball

2020-10-2734:297

An Iraqi defector’s evidence becomes crucial to the case for regime change in Iraq. His codename is Curveball. Meanwhile journalists at the Knight Ridder news organisation investigate whether the White House is using bogus intelligence to make the case for war. A Somethin' Else Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6: With You Whatever

6: With You Whatever

2020-11-0339:3412

Tony Blair writes to George Bush “I’m with you whatever”. But now he needs to do two things: persuade the UK that war against Saddam is necessary, and the Americans that they need to seek international support for military action. The result is a decision by Bush to try and win round the United Nations, and an intelligence dossier that will haunt Blair forever. A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
US Secretary of State Colin Powell is tasked with making a public case for war at the United Nations. As he tries to sort fact from fiction he alights upon evidence from the mysterious Iraqi defector known as Curveball. Meanwhile, weapons inspector Rocco Casagrande is searching the Iraqi desert. How will Powell’s speech match with the reality on the ground? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tony Blair finally has to come face to face with his party and his country. To sell his war to parliament and to the public. Little does he know that in a few short months the weapons' inspectors, searching through the rubble in Iraq, will find something that will haunt him for the rest of his life and career. And it will leave us, the people, asking - can we ever trust our politicians again? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9: Iraq

9: Iraq

2020-11-2437:559

After the arguments over intelligence, the debates between politicians and the meetings behind closed doors in this final episode we ask what happened next? What happened to Iraq and what happened to Iraqis after Bush and Blair sent their troops into the country in March 2003? A Somethin' Else production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sean Kealiher was killed on Oct 12, 2019, near a popular bar for Portland’s antifascist scene.  An SUV ran him over and crashed outside the Democratic Party of Oregon office. Gunshots rang out through the night, and whoever was driving fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind.  Now, almost two years later, his mother Laura Kealiher is demanding police answer why his killing remains unsolved.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcast production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Fight Brews

A Fight Brews

2021-09-2047:59

Portland, Oregon, had been a hotbed for political clashes between the far left and the far right for years before 2020.  Sean Kealiher was among the people who regularly took to the streets to fight — sometimes physically — with people who opposed Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements.  We look at who was in the streets leading up to one of the most significant years in American protests.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcast production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s a Conspiracy

It’s a Conspiracy

2021-09-2746:031

Oregon’s long history of racism was what brought Sean Kealiher and so many protesters like him to the streets.  The fights between anti-racist skinheads and neo-Nazis in the 80s and 90s set the stage for Portland to found America’s first official Antifa chapter.   And Laura Kealiher says the way police are intertwined with those past fights makes her skeptical they will ever solve Sean’s homicide.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcast production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This Isn't a Game

This Isn't a Game

2021-10-0437:533

When Sean Kealiher and his friend Micah Fletcher began confronting racists in their community, neither one could have predicted the consequences.  In 2017, Micah would nearly lose his life when he was attacked on a Portland train as he defended two teenage girls from a racist tirade.  Now, he reflects on how he was lauded as a hero while his friend Sean was treated as a thug for doing the same things.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcasting production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s Personal

It’s Personal

2021-10-1136:38

After Sean Kealiher was killed, his mother Laura was subjected to brutal harassment from conservative trolls at her home and online—and it was Sean’s antifascist friends who provided her security, not the Portland police.  Meanwhile, we ask the former head of police detectives in Portland why there has been no progress in solving Sean’s homicide.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcasting production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Summer 2020

Summer 2020

2021-10-1854:14

The uprising of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 swept the country.  As many as 1 in 10 adult Americans attended a protest. They got a taste of the world Sean Kealiher had been inhabiting for years before he was killed.  And in Portland, the culture war over race and politics would turn deadly.  This is a Somethin' Else and Oregon Public Broadcasting production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (24)

Cindy Bachynski

The supposed insurrection carried out by unarmed civilians led by 2 FBI informants. You have to stop propagating this garbage. If 01/06 is called an insurrection what do you call burning down a police precinct?

Nov 8th
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Warren Daly

I think it's now clear they went to the ranch with "No advisors"

May 14th
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ratchet2505

Looking forward to the next season 👍

Mar 30th
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ratchet2505

The hubris of power!

Mar 30th
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Peter Robinson

What a fantastic insight ! If only we could all go back and evict these 2 war mongers from power earlier how different would things have been ! Hindsight eh ?

Feb 14th
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Andrew Hinds

This must be aimed at a younger demographic than me if we're not expected to have heard of Robert Maxwell!

Jan 16th
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Gavin Elliott

Brilliant series #bbcnews #david

Nov 10th
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ratchet2505

How could Tony do so much wrong with so little!

Nov 5th
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ratchet2505

Intelligence basics, how coukd they drop the ball so much!

Oct 28th
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ratchet2505

They didn't have a clue to what they were even deiciding on! This sieres is amazing! 👌

Oct 17th
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Mark Hendry

this is an incredible podcast series - vintage Dimbleby- fascinating

Oct 13th
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ratchet2505

Amazing podcast episode but man it hurts, it's like watching a very slow motion car crash with everyone inside being completely hammered!

Oct 13th
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Br0wnie

Fascinating story of political history prior to my passion in politics. I highly commend to all!

Oct 10th
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Douglas Priestman

Dimbleby at his best! Like a hungry wolf The Fault Line grips you from the start and won't let go. The waiting a week for the next episode feels like a lifetime!!

Oct 8th
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Chanaka Hettige

Me, a 10 or 11 year old, 15 000 km away from United States, counting down with my friends in the middle of the school time in Sri Lanka and saying "Okay, if he didn't surrendered, US must have invaded Iraq by now. Deadline is up." Knew how this was based on lies and cover ups, even back then. When I was barely a decade old. So it's good to listen to all the fine points on the truth. Brilliant work so far!

Oct 7th
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ratchet2505

Amazing, thank you 👍

Sep 30th
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