Category Archives: PND Podcast & Video

Primary Concerns, 03/24/17

Source: The New Republic

"Former Principal Deputy Assistant General in the US Department of Justice Civli Rights Division Samuel Bagenstos comes on the show to talk to New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler about the mire of Republicans' healthcare reform efforts, and how Neil Gorsuch stacks up as a Supreme Court nominee." [various formats]

https://newrepublic.com/article/141618/death-spiral-looks-like

The growing rift between Trump and his intelligence agencies, and why it’s cause for concern

Source: Reuters (War College)
by Helen Coster

"Even before he took office, Donald Trump was denigrating the U.S. intelligence community – in large part because of its investigation into Russian influence on the presidential election, which challenged the integrity of his victory. That relationship has continued to sour, through Trump’s controversial speech at CIA headquarters and his attack on leaks that helped lead to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation. As president, Trump’s relationship with the intelligence community hasn’t improved. His supporters believe there is a 'Deep State' operating within the intelligence community, which is trying to undermine the administration. What happens when a president doesn’t trust his intelligence agencies, or they don’t trust him? How does this kind of fractured relationship affect intelligence gathering (and the military operations that come from it) overseas?" (03/22/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcollege-22mar-idUSKBN16T21Q

How spreading democracy keeps dictators in power

Source: Reuters (War College)
by Matthew Gault

"For his views on democracies and dictatorships, he’s been called a cynic. But NYU professor Alastair Smith doesn’t think that makes him wrong. This week on War College, Smith debunks popular ideas about dictators and how they stay in power. According to Smith, and his colleague Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, the West too often trades cash for policy favors from dictators. International criminal courts for authoritarian leaders are bad ideas, Smith argues, because they create negative incentives for dictators to leave. And attempts to help the masses (as former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi attempted) can be a dictator’s biggest mistake." (03/18/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcollege-15mar-idUSKBN16M35A

Intercepted Podcast, 03/15/17

Source: The Intercept

"'All governments lie,' NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said in an exclusive interview with Intercepted. 'All governments break the law. And most frequently, this happens without us realizing it.' This week, Intercepted broadcasts from the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Snowden joined us via video feed from Moscow, Russia." [various formats] (03/15/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/15/intercepted-podcast-snowden-vs-trump/

War College Podcast, 03/15/17

Source: Reuters
by Matthew Gault

"For his views on democracies and dictatorships, he’s been called a cynic. But NYU professor Alastair Smith doesn’t think that makes him wrong. This week on War College, Smith debunks popular ideas about dictators and how they stay in power. According to Smith, and his colleague Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, the West too often trades cash for policy favors from dictators. International criminal courts for authoritarian leaders are bad ideas, Smith argues, because they create negative incentives for dictators to leave. And attempts to help the masses (as former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi attempted) can be a dictator’s biggest mistake." [Flash audio or MP3] (03/15/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcollege-15mar-idUSKBN16M35A

So to Speak podcast, 03/09/17

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

"On today's episode of 'So To Speak,' we travel to Maryland to meet [Daryl] Davis, who is a professional musician by trade and the subject of a recently released PBS documentary called 'Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America.' In our profile of Davis, we take a deeper dive into his curious pastime of befriending members of the KKK — and explore how open dialogue and debate have shown him a path toward the tolerant, multicultural future he experienced as a child overseas." [Flash audio or MP3] (03/09/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-how-daryl-davis-a-black-man-defeats-the-ku-klux-klan-with-open-dialogue/

Cato Daily Podcast, 03/08/17

Source: Cato Institute

"Republicans had the better part of a decade to come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. The House leadership plan retains many of Obamacare's elements. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) comments." [various formats] (03/08/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/disappointing-replacement-plan-obamacare

Russia's hybrid war against the West

Source: Reuters War College
by Matthew Gault

"War has changed in the 21st century and combat is not always kinetic. Russia’s battlefields are the internet, financial markets and television airwaves. The goal is not necessarily to take and hold territory but to expand Russia’s sphere of influence and achieve political goals. This is hybrid warfare, or gibridnaya voina, the much hyped and discussed way of war. But, as intelligence expert Mark Galeotti tells us on this week’s War College, Moscow’s conception of hybrid war isn’t new, (it’s a reaction to and an Eastern adaptation of American military strategy during the Cold War. The goal is simple: expand Russian soft power to make the world more agreeable to the Kremlin’s point of view. Galeotti explains how hybrid war is fought, and how to best combat it in this week’s episode" [Flash audio or MP3] (02/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcollege-31jan-idUSKBN15F2E6

Intercepted, 02/01/17

Source: The Intercept

"This week on Intercepted we talk to former senior FBI agent Ali Soufan about the commander in chief's radical edicts, the 'Muslim ban,' and Trump's campaign to make torture great again. Constitutional rights lawyers Faiza Patel and Vince Warren dissect the (il)legality of Trump's immigration ban and Rep. Barbara Lee breaks down Trump's terrifying approach to government. Former covert agent Mike German and Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed explain what secret FBI documents published this week by The Intercept tell us about how Trump could resurrect J. Edgar Hoover's legacy. Hip-hop artist Brother Ali performs. Plus, Peter Sarsgaard stars in the bizarre true story of an NSA operative with exciting vacation tips for fellow operatives on their way to interrogate prisoners at Guantanamo." [various formats] (02/01/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/02/01/intercepted-podcast-trump-week-two-the-rise-of-chief-yookeroo/