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The Backstory with Lee Stranahan and John Kiriakou looks at the stories behind the latest headlines with great guests and entertaining insights.
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including director Joel Souza out of hospital after Alec Baldwin accidentally shot him on a film set, and the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ might change in the future.GUESTDaniel McAdams - Executive Director of The 'Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity' | Deputy Secretary of Treasury Wally Adeyemo, President Biden's Unfavorable Poll Numbers, and Vaccine Mandates In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Daniel Mcadams about the Democratic party losing union support, CDC changing the definition of vaccinated, and supply chain issues. Daniel talked about the infrastructure bill and the possibility of Republicans taking over Congress in 2022. Daniel discussed the Democrat politicians being afraid of President Biden's approval ratings and the younger generation in America chanting " Lets go Brandon" to troll Joe Biden. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke about the differences in generations, drug laws in America, and how technology has changed our communication levels. John and Lee discussed the people who grew up in the 1980s and how they are forgotten political bases. John and Lee spoke on the differences in work when they were younger and compared it to today's generation who lack work experience.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Washington State patrol facing staff shortages, and Steve Bannon held in criminal contempt. GUESTScottie Nell Hughes - Journalist, RT News Anchor, and Political Commentator | Steve Bannon Held in Contempt, Americans Upset With Immigration Policy, and The Virginia Governor Race Thom Nickels - Author, Journalist | The Dangers of Sanctuary City Policies, Sexual Assaults on Public Transportation, and The Culture of American Society in 2021 In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Scottie Nell Hughes about the Democrats obsessed with the January 6th riot, Hunter Biden, and a sexual assault in a Loudon County school. Scottie spoke on the recent protest at Netflix, over the Dave Chappelle comedy special. Scottie gave her prediction on the winner of the Virginia Governor race and why Democrats are avoiding President Biden's approval ratings.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Thom Nickels about crime in Philadelphia, citizen arrests, and the lack of deportations of violent criminals illegally in America. Thom talked about a recent assault of an innocent woman on a Philadelphia train and at least ten riders on the train who failed to intervene. Thom spoke on the details of the assailant and his numerous convictions over the years and an immigration judge who allowed this man to stay in America.
The Backstory: Alex Saab is A Victim of America's Sanctions Against VenezuelaOn today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Nikolas Cruz pleading guilty as Florida pushes for the death penalty over the 2018 school shooting, and a San Francisco In-N-Out Burger forced to close for not enforcing vaccine mandates.GUESTPeter Oliver - RT European Correspondent and Sputnik European Correspondent | Oleg Deripaska, G20 Summit, and Turkey Leo Flores - Political Analyst and Latin America Coordinator at Code Pink | Alex Saab Extradited, Sanctions on Venezuela, and The U.S. media Avoiding the Alex Saab Case In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Peter Oliver about Germany forming a new government, Oleg Deripaska involved in the Sochi Olympics, and Angela Merkel still the Chancellor of Germany. Peter discussed the three political parties in Germany coming together to form a government and the gas situation in Germany. Peter talked about the EU and its ongoing discussions with Turkey on refugees and EU issues with skilled labor.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Leo Flores about the Alex Saab story, violation of the Vienna convention, and border relations between Colombia & Venezuela. Leo discussed the arrest of Alex Saab and how he came to be a target of the U.S. DOJ. Leo spoke on the U.S. allegations of corruption on Alex Saab and his illegal arrest in Cape Verde.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Kamala Harris being accused of violating IRS rules after a Virginia campaign video aired in Churches, and Pete Buttigieg saying America’s supply chain crisis will continue into 2022.GUESTCaleb Maupin - Speaker, Writer, Political Analyst, and Author | Natural Gas Markets, The History of USSR, and China Mark Krikorian - Executive Director of Center for Immigration Studies | Biden Administration Flying Illegal Migrants Into America, Greece Building a Wall, and Employers Hiring Illegal Aliens In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Caleb Maupin about the Oleg Deripaska residence raided by the FBI, Russian energy, and the Chinese economy. Caleb discussed the Chinese economy and how China is readjusting its economy. Caleb spoke about the CIA training Taiwan special forces and America provoking China into a dangerous situation.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Mark Krikorian about illegal immigration in Greece, Biden possibly reinstating the 'stay in Mexico policy', and the DHS legalizing work for illegal aliens. Mark discussed the NY Post images of migrants flown into the West Chester, NY airport. Mark talked about the Biden administration failing to enforce immigration laws and federal judges criticizing the Biden administration.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Southwest Airlines workers protesting against the COVID19 vaccine mandate outside the headquarters, and Russia suspending direct diplomatic ties with NATO.GUESTKevin Gosztola - Managing Editor of Shadowproof.com | Whistleblower Daniel Hale, Whistleblowers, and The Deep State Ted Rall - Political Cartoonist, Syndicated Columnist | Colin Powell Dying, The Big Lie of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, and The Danger of Vaccine Mandates In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Kevin Gosztola about the injustice against Daniel Hale, illegal drone strikes, and diversity quotas in prison. Kevin talked about the Daniel Hale story and how his mental health is in extreme danger in prison. Kevin spoke on the last-minute decision to send Daniel Hale to a Maximum Prison in Illinois and Daniel Hale was placed in a CMU (communications management unit) in Marion, Illinois.In the second hour, Lee spoke with Ted Rall about the death of Colin Powell, vaccine mandates, and Dick Cheyney. Ted discussed the yellowcake uranium story that led to the invasion of Iraq. Ted spoke about his stance on vaccine mandates and the dangers of mandating entire populations to be vaccinated.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the U.S. Navy to discharge sailors for refusing to be vaccinated for COVID19 by November 28 deadline, and seventy-three wounded after explosion at mosque gates in Kandahar, Afghanistan.GUESTDaniel Lazare - Independent Journalist, Author, and Writer | Chinese Economy, China's Foreign Policy, and Facebook Jim Hoft - Founder of The Gateway Pundit | CNN Medical Disinformation, Public Mistrust in Dr. Fauci, and The Julian Assange Kidnapping Story In the first hour, Lee spoke with Daniel Lazare about the Chinese real estate bubble, the Facebook whistleblower, and teenagers' use of social media. Daniel talked about the Facebook whistleblower and the supposed mental effects social media has on teenagers. Daniel discussed the economical situation in China and whether the Chinese real estate bubble will be managed successfully by Chinese politicians.In the second hour, Lee spoke with Jim Hoft about the Hunter Biden laptop, Ivermectin, and the deep state. Jim spoke about Julian Assange and President Trump failing to pardon Assange. Jim discussed the recent Joe Rogan interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, and Dr. Gupta's criticism of CNN lying about Ivermectin.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the U.S. setting a new record for the number of deaths by drug overdose, and Netflix defending the Dave Chappelle comedy special 'Closer' from protests.GUESTPeter Oliver - RT European Correspondent and Sputnik European Correspondent | Polish Independence, Supply Chain Issues, and Possible Terrorist Attack in NorwayKeri Smith - Former SJW, Co-Host of Unsafe Space Podcast | Youtube Censorship, Dave Chappelle, and the Divided States of America In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Peter Oliver about problems in the E.U., energy costs going up, and inflation in Europe. Peter discussed the recent bow and arrow attack in Norway and the authorities investigating it as a possible terrorist attack. Peter talked about the Polish constitution and the growing tension between the E.U & Poland. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Keri Smith about Netflix defending Dave Chappelle, calling out lies, and possible secession within America. Keri spoke about the ideological left going after Dave Chappelle and the supposed dangers in his new comedy special. Keri talked about Americans' lack of ability to decipher psychology from ideology and the need for individual accountability.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including William Shatner back on Earth after becoming the oldest person to visit space, and emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop reveal the President and his son may have had shared bank accounts.GUESTKim Iversen - Independent Journalist and Host of The Kim Iversen Show | Protests in Greece, School Board Meetings, and The Strategy of Tension Ted Rall - Political Cartoonist, Syndicated Columnist | Writing Techniques, Committees Writing Legislation, and The Deep State In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Kim Iversen about the protests against vaccine mandates, airline flights canceled, and Nordic countries' handling of COVID19. Kim talked about certain countries banning COVID19 vaccines for different age groups. Kim discussed the videos of school board meetings and the possibility of a civil war. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Ted Rall about the infrastructure bill, economic stimulus, and Mike Pompeo. Ted spoke about Mike Pompeo expected to run for President in 2024 and Cory Booker possibly running in 2024. Ted discussed the video of Kamala Harris with child actors and President Biden's approval rating.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma reappearing in Hong Kong, and Americans quitting their jobs at a record pace in August.GUESTMark Sleboda - International Relations and Security Analyst | Espionage, Victoria Nuland, and OligarchsCarmine Sabia - Writer and Editor at Large at SabiaReport.com | Indigenous Peoples Day, The Many Saints of Newark, and New Jersey Mobsters In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Mark Sleboda about the U.S. - Russian relations, the United Nations, and the Lev Parnas trial beginning. Mark talked about the Start treaty and the Russian government removing sanctions from Victoria Nuland. Mark spoke about the media demonization of Russian oligarchs and favorability to American Oligarchs.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Carmine Sabia about the Columbus Day holiday, The Sopranos series, and U.S. media power waning. Carmine discussed the Democrats changing Columbus Day into and the Italian heritage surrounding the holiday. Carmine spoke about the Newark riots and the way portrayed in The Many Saints of Newark movie.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the Los Angeles sheriff refusing to enforce a vaccine mandate, and Elon Musk saying Tesla will move HQ from California to Texas.GUESTAlexander Mercouris - Editor-In-Chief TheDuran.com | Henry Jackson Society, Edward Snowden, and The Military-Industrial Complex Taylor Hudak - Journalist & Editor with AcTVism Munich | Protest at Belmarsh Prison, Assange Kidnapping Plot, and Craig Murray In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Alexander Mercouris about the Vault 7 materials, Russia giving Edward Snowden asylum, and British media coverage of the Assange kidnapping plot. Alexander talked about the upcoming appeal hearing for Julain Assange and how the Yahoo report might be used in court. Alexander discussed the Evergrande situation in China and how this will affect the Chinese market. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Taylor Hudak about the U.S. intelligence community, Wikileaks, and Mike Pompeo. Taylor spoke on the recent arrest of Sigurdur Thordarson in Iceland and his involvement in the Assange case. Taylor talked about the Yahoo report on Julian Assange and Mike Pompeo's response.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the Senate reaching a deal on the short-term debt hike into December, and the US DOJ forming teams to crack down on crypto crimes.GUESTAdam Eidinger - Activist and Organizer for Marijuana Legalization | Demonstrations on Capitol Hill, McMillan Park, and Joe Biden on Marijuana Joel Segal - Former Congressional Staffer, Co-Author of HR 676 | The Infrastructure Bill, Debt Ceiling, and The Military Budget In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Adam Eidinger about the federal legalization of marijuana, lower participation in DC protests, and Senate votes on marijuana legislation. Adam spoke about the effects the January 6th riot has had on protests on Capitol Hill and the attitude of Capitol Hill police. Adam discussed the work he's been involved in and the hostile stance on marijuana from the Biden administration. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Joel Segal about bipartisan work on infrastructure, medicare, and the funding of government policies. Joel talked about the debt ceiling and Mitch McConnell as the minority leader. Joel spoke on the need for campaign funding reform and the lack of punishment for corrupt officials in America.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including The Department of Justice assigning a special task force to address parents, and NATO to expel eight Russian diplomats.GUESTPeter Oliver - RT European Correspondent and Sputnik European Correspondent | European Gas Prices, Russia's Importance in the Energy Sector, and Viktor OrbanMark Frost - Economist, Professor, Consultant, and Libertarian | The New Yes Album, Working From Home, and Inflation Hurting the Working Class In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Peter Oliver on Ukraine joining NATO, China, and the post-German elections aftermath. Peter spoke about the election in Germany and how the chancellor will be chosen. Peter talked about the rising gas prices in Europe and taxes expected to be raised in Germany. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Mark Frost about governments lying about inflation, the Facebook whistleblower, and COVID19 excuses used by corporations. Mark discussed his theories on companies who advertise that they're hiring, but don't end up hiring new employees. Mark spoke about the government funds given to companies after lockdowns and profit over people.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including President Biden blaming the debt ceiling on Republicans, and Russia banning Scientology from operating in the country.GUESTBrian Wright - Lawyer and Former Radio Host | California Oil Spill, Gerrymandering, and The Electoral CollegeTodd Bensman- Senior National Security Fellow and Author | Immigration Fraud, Haitians Arriving at the U.S. Border, and International Migrants In the first hour, John spoke with Brian Wright about the recent oil spill in California, third political parties, and changing America's voting system. Brian discussed the damage the oil spill has caused in California and the possible causes of the oil line malfunction. Brain talked about the failures of America's two-party political system and possible future solutions.In the second hour, John spoke with Todd Bensman on the security threats at the border, Haitian migrants from South America, and the New York Times warning of another border surge. Todd spoke on his experience at the Del Rio border and his conversations with the Haitian migrants. Todd talked about the Yuma, Arizona border and the reports of seventy thousand migrants headed to the Yuma, Arizona border.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the ‘Pandora Papers’ revealing the finances of more than a hundred billionaires, former world leaders, and attorney Steven Donziger receives a six month prison sentence.GUESTTed Rall - Political Cartoonist, Syndicated Columnist | Progressives Role on Infrastructure Bill, Third Parties, and AOCWilliam Pruden - Attorney | Training Officers are Receiving on the Seizure of Money, People's Money Taken at Airports, and How Confiscated property is Funneled into Law Enforcement Budgets In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Ted Rall about Bernie Sanders, progressives, and President Biden's influence on Democrats. Ted spoke on the progressives in Congress and the negotiation tactics in the infrastructure bill. Ted talked about Bernie Sanders and Bernie's stance on the Democrats changing over the decades. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with William Pruden about asset forfeiture, minorities targeted in asset forfeiture cases, and lack of criminal cases in civil asset forfeiture cases. William talked about the laws enabling law enforcement agencies to seize American citizen's money. Willaim discussed the ways Congress can limit the laws on civil asset forfeiture.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including California introducing mandatory COVID19 vaccination for school children, and YouTube restoring the channel of Ron Paul.GUESTFord Fischer - Journalist, Videographer, and Editor | Justice for J6 Rally and Federal Legalization of Marijuana Manila Chan - Veteran News Anchor and Host of RT’s In Question | Marijuana, American Culture, and RT GermanyCarmine Sabia - Writer and Editor at Large at SabiaReport.com | The Jewish Mob, Review of The Saints of Newark, and Julian AssangeIn the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Ford Fischer on his coverage of protests in Washington D.C., censorship on Youtube, and surveillance drones. Ford discussed his conversations with protestors and the lack of participation in protests after the January 6th Capitol riot.Lee and John spoke with Manila Chan about the changes in California, marijuana culture, and RT Germany attacked by big tech. Manila discussed her life in California and the massive changes that Southern California has gone through. Manila talked about the Yahoo report on the CIA plans to kidnap Julian Assange and the Biden administration failures.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Carmine Sabia about The Sopranos series, the Italian mob, and Mickey Cohen. Carmine talked about the connections between the Italian mob and the Jewish mob. Carmine discussed the news of Mike Pompeo planning to assassinate Julian Assange and the right wing news outlets avoiding the story.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the CDC imploring “pregnant people” to receive a COVID19 vaccine, and the Department of Homeland Security has allegedly threatened to fire Border Patrol agents who decline to get the COVID19 vaccine.GUESTAsra Q Nomani -Author and Former University Professor | Daniel Pearl Murder, Islamists in Public School Boards, and Sexual Explicit Books in Children SchoolsShane Stranahan - Co-Host of Fault Lines | Unschooling, California Fires, and Censorship In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Asra Q Nomani about the Fairfax County school board, the Virginia Governor debates, and books in Fairfax school libraries. Asra discussed the viral school board meeting in Virginia and the woke movement in school boards. Asra spoke about the 9/11 events are being distorted in schools and Islamist extremism in public schools.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Shane Stranahan about homeschooling, the Google search engine, and alternative social media outlets. Shane spoke about his experience being homeschooled and the movement in America to homeschool children. Shane talked about the censorship of COVID19 discussions and how alternative social media platforms have become more popular.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including border towns suing the Biden administration for ‘failure to enforce the law’, and YouTube banning all anti-vaccine videos.GUESTIvan Klepov - Head of Online at RT Germany | RT Germany Banned from Youtube, German Elections, and Youtube Banning CODI19 DisinformationJamie Lovegrove - Former Political Reporter for The Post and Courier | Republican Votes on the Infrastructure Bill, Democrats to Blame for Lack of Police Reform, and Mask Mandates In the first hour, Lee and John played a Fault Lines Radio interview with Ivan Klepov of RT Germany. Ivan discussed the recent Youtube ban of RT Germany over older videos discussing the legitimacy of German elections, COVID19 discussions, and Donald Trump videos. Ivan spoke on the steps to fight the power of Google and Russia taking steps to ban Youtube.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Jamie Lovegrove about Senator Tim Scott as Vice President, activists seeking to defund the police, and mask mandates in South Carolina schools. Jamie discussed the numerous mask mandate lawsuits in South Carolina and the ACLU involvement. Jamie spoke on the work of Senators Tim Scott and Cory Booker on police reform and the infrastructure bill.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the new Stephanie Grisham book saying Trump told Putin: "I’ll act tough with you, for the cameras", and New York Governor Hochul signing an executive order addressing hospital staff shortages.GUESTMark Sleboda - International Relations and Security Analyst | Juan Guaido, Turkey-Russia Relationship, and United Russia Party Daniel Lazare - Independent Journalist, Author, and Writer | General Milley, Durham Investigation, and FBI Entrapment In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Mark Sleboda about President Lukashenko, America, and Russia relations, and a U.S. jet flew over the Black Sea. Mark talked about the Russian elections and the libertarian-type party in Russia. Mark spoke on the relationship Turkey has with Russia and President Erdogan.In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Daniel Lazare about a possible White House coup, China, and the Russiagate falling apart. Daniel discussed the testimony of General Milley and details of the Milley phone call in Bob Woodward's new book. Daniel spoke about the Durham investigation and the DNC involvement in Russiagate.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including reports that the CIA was ready to wage a gun battle in London to kill or kidnap Assange, and FBI probing reported assault of female US soldier by Afghan evacuees at New Mexico refugee camp.GUESTPeter Dale Scott - Poet, Academic, Author, and Former Diplomat | Deep Politics, COG, and American Foreign PolicySusan Pai- Immigration Attorney | Biden Administration Using Title 42, Experiences as an Immigration Lawyer, and DACAIn the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Peter Dale Scott about the political deep state, the U.S. defense budget, and shadow governments. Peter discussed his books and the importance of looking back in history, to understand the present-day American political situation. Peter talked about the events of 9/11 and how the Patriot Act has been used on American citizens. In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Susan Pai about America's immigration system, employment for illegal immigrants, and asylum laws. Susan spoke on the business of immigration law and lawyers becoming more transactional with immigration clients. Susan talked about the length of time asylum cases take and the Biden administration's handling of Haitian migrants at the Texas border.
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including AOC breaking down crying after withdrawing ‘no’ vote on funding Israeli missile defense, and volcanic eruptions in the Canary Island of La Palma. GUESTKim Iversen - Independent Journalist and Host of The Kim Iversen Show | Tulsi Gabbard, Fake News, and the Military-Industrial ComplexMark Frost - Economist, Professor, Consultant, and Libertarian | Media Allowing the Government to Lie About Inflation, Supporters of Inflation, and Evergrande Group Situation In the first hour, John spoke with Kim Iversen about regime change wars, the Hunter Biden emails, and big tech censorship. Kim spoke about the recent comments by Tulsi Gabbard and her acceptance of drone strikes in the Middle East. Kim spoke on the recent Hunter Biden emails verified and Hunter involved with assets in Libya. In the second hour, John spoke with Mark Frost about the Federal balance sheet, China, and economic fascism. Mark talked about the lack of media coverage on inflation and allowing governments to lie about inflation rates. Mark discussed the Evergrande situation in China and the long-term effects it will have on global economies.
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