Category Archives: PND Podcast & Video

War College Podcast, 05/11/17

Source: Reuters (War College)

“America is at war with the Islamic State. Typically, citizens think this war comes in the form of drone strikes, signals intelligence and cooperation with regional partners. But that’s only part of the story. Even while popular opinion has shunned U.S. ‘boots on the ground’ in the Middle East, U.S. Special Operations Forces are the boots. They conduct complicated operations that take the fight to the Islamic State, fighting and dying in covert operations all across the globe. But the strategy might not be sustainable. This week on War College, freelance journalist Joseph Trevithick walks us through the ins and outs of the SpecOp’s war on Islamic State and the trick journalists have to use to uncover information about a class of warriors that does its best to go unnoticed.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/11/17)

The Intercepted Podcast, 05/10/17

Source: The Intercept

“Next week, U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from Fort Leavenworth prison. In an Intercepted exclusive, we will hear Manning in her own voice, describing her imprisonment and why she blew the whistle. Journalist Alexa O’Brien takes us inside the trials and triumphs of the junior soldier who shook the world. The defeat of Marine Le Pen in France’s election was celebrated globally as a rejection of fascism. But who is Emmanuel Macron? French human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati says many of Le Pen’s ideas have long been seeping into the mainstream of French politics. And the exclusive premiere of a brand new track from the hip-hop artists MC Sole and DJ Pain 1.” [various formats] (05/10/17)

A forgotten history of how our government segregated America

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]
Terry Gross

“Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a “state-sponsored system of segregation,” in which people of color were purposely excluded from suburbs. His new book is The Color of Law.” [Flash audio] [editor’s note: When someone tries to tell you “America is still racist” send them to this, or recommend the book – SAT] (05/03/17)

Trump: “Very, very good chance” of Mideast peace

Source: USA Today

“During a joint statement with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House Wednesday, Donald Trump said he’ll “do whatever is necessary” to reach a Mideast peace agreement.” [Flash video] (05/03/17)'very,-very-good-chance'-mideast-peace/101248334

Video: Portland, Oregon protests turn violent

Source: BBC [UK state media]

“What began as a peaceful protest in Portland, Oregon escalated into a riot, with dozens arrested.” [Flash video] (05/02/17)

Video: Cuba holds last May Day parade under Castro

Source: USA Today

“Cuba’s President Raul Castro oversees his last May Day Parade — and the first without his late brother and revolutionary predecessor Fidel.” [Flash video] (05/01/17)

How the civil rights movement branded resistance

Source: Cracked

“Ever heard of Elizabeth Jennings Graham? Sadly, probably not, even though she was doing that whole ‘civil rights’ and ‘getting thrown of public transportation’ thing before MLK, Jr. was even in a glimmer in his father’s eye.” [Flash video] (04/29/17)

The weird history of Trump’s “winter White House”

Source: Cracked

“If you think the name ‘Winter White House’ is both bizarre and dumb, then you might not be able to handle the place’s weird history.” [Flash video] [editor’s note: This might go under the general heading of “irony” although it’s just politics as usual, written larger – SAT] (04/22/17)

War College Podcast, 04/19/17

Source: Reuters

“Marty Skovlund Jr. is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 1st Ranger Battalion. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Since coming home he’s run a small business, written books and freelanced for several news outlets. In December, he chronicled the final days of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, where he said state and local police milled with private military contractors and some of the remaining protesters set structures on fire. This week on War College, Skovlund Jr. walks us through the end of one of the largest protracted protest in American history.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/19/17)

War College Podcast, 04/13/17

Source: Reuters

“My father had a low draft number and always told me he couldn’t see himself trudging through the jungle with a machete. It was the early ‘70s and Vietnam would be over soon, but young Americans were still dying in Southeast Asia. So dad joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Enterprise. Unlike a lot of the other men of his generation and demographic, dad did his duty. While dad sweated on the Pacific Ocean and learned the joys of monsoon season, millions of other American men protested the unjust, expensive and bloody war and helped bring it to an end. The popular conception of that period is one of free love and political turmoil. It was an era when old men started unpopular wars and the righteous stayed behind. But that’s not an accurate picture, according to this week’s War College guest, Bruce Cannon Gibney. He lays out the case against the Boomer’s collective memory in his new book, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America.” [editor’s note: As one from that demographic, I luxuriated in a high lottery number, saving me from deciding which other nation-state would receive my request for immigration. I might not call my fellow “dodgers” heroes, but they were also not the villains this implies – SAT] [Flash audio or MP3] (04/13/17)