Category Archives: PND Podcast & Video

Fresh Air: "Rex Tillerson at the breaking point"

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"'New Yorker' writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn't value diplomacy: 'Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that.' Filkins also talks about the possibility of war with North Korea, and the consequences of having an understaffed State Department." [Flash audio] (10/10/17)

Fresh Air: Stalin's war on Ukraine

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"In the early 1930s Stalin orchestrated a famine to suppress the nationalist movement in Ukraine, and strengthen Russian influence. Millions of people died. Anne Applebaum says, 'so much of why the Ukrainian famine was possible was because of the way in which the Soviet Union used disinformation, propaganda, and what we would now call hate speech to encourage people to do terrible things.' Her book is The Red Famine. Applebaum also discusses Russian interference in recent elections." [Podcast] [editor's note: Nice to see NPR reminding some of their listeners of what some "anti-fascists" have done down through history – SAT] (10/09/17)

Intercepted Podcast, 09/27/17

Source: The Intercept

"This week on Intercepted, physicist David Wright from the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses Donald Trump and the nuclear football and explains how easy it would be for Trump to launch a nuclear strike. We look back at the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, nearly 3,000 Americans — many of them immigrants, workers, dissidents — who tried to stop fascism in the 1930s before it spread in Europe. Professor James Fernandez of NYU explains why these volunteers didn’t just write their members of Congress or campaign for politicians. We speak with the directors of Death in the Terminal, a haunting new film about a terror attack in an Israeli bus station that leads to the brutal mob killing of an innocent Eritrean immigrant wrongly identified as a terrorist. And Donald Trump gets a visit from the two Bobs in his Office Space." [various formats] (09/27/17)

Intercepted, 09/13/17

Source: The Intercept

"This week on Intercepted, we talk Trump, Confederate monuments, and racism with activist and commentator Shaun King. He also lays out his argument for boycotting the NFL in response to the blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick after his very public protests on and off the field. We also get analysis from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on the massive data breach at the credit reporting agency Equifax, as well as his current assessment of the evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. election. And we talk about Chicago housing projects and hear music from alt-rap artist Open Mike Eagle." [various formats] (09/13/17)

Boston Strong? Antifa thugs assault flag-waving woman

Source: Town Hall

"Press reports claim that the free speech rally/counter-protests in Boston have been 'mostly peaceful,' but that's small comfort to an older woman who was assaulted by an Antifa member as she waved the US flag on Boston Common. Before getting to the video of the assault, let's take a gander at some of the signs carried by 'counter-protesters': 'Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.' Wonderful message. 'Boston Together Against Hate.' Another great message. Unfortunately, love did not triumph over Antifa's hate. [video: Woman waving American flag hit, dragged by protester …] The woman was understandably shaken at the end of the video. As usual, Antifa demonstrates that they will violently remove any person or symbol they deem offensive — which includes the US flag." (08/19/17)

Fresh Air, 08/16/17

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Eric Lipton of 'The New York Times' says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent." [editor's note: Like regulatory capture has ever NOT been the case? – TLK] [Flash audio] (08/16/17)

"Fire and fury" in Korea: It's really all about China

Source: AIM Radio

"Our viewers and readers are concerned about North Korea and want to know if Trump's remarks about 'fire and fury' went too far. Betsy asks Thomas, 'What is really happening in North Korea?' What she finds out is more than expected and uncovers deep truths about China and the world’s missing gold." [Podcast] [editor's note: This goes a bit deeper that the headline – SAT] (08/14/17)

Fresh Air, 08/10/17

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Investigative reporter Philip Shenon tells us about newly-declassified documents which shed light on Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico weeks before the assassination. He met with Cuban officials and may have boasted about planning to kill the President Kennedy. 'It's remarkable to discover that the CIA itself describes what happened after the Kennedy assassination as being a cover up,' Shenon says." [editor's note: See the "JFK assassination" tag at Rational Review for alternative takes on the subject, including those of Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger – TLK] [Flash audio] (08/10/17)

Fresh Air, 08/09/17

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"California physician Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter is grappling with when to implement her state's new End of Life Option Act — which allows certain terminally ill patients to receive medical assistance to hasten death. Her book is 'Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life." [Flash audio] (08/09/17)

Should we get rid of political parties?

Source: The Atlantic

"Mickey Edwards was a Republican congressman for 16 years, but now he argues for shaking up the system. 'It's a dumb way to try to run a government,' he says, reflecting on the current gridlock and polarization between Democrats and Republicans during this interview at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival." [editor's note: So long as politics exists, political parties will exist. They may be less overt and formal, but they'll be there – TLK] [Flash video] (08/02/17)