Category Archives: PND Podcast & Video

Fresh Air, 06/22/17

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“‘Wired’ journalist Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a ‘cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen.’ Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S. ” [Flash audio] (06/22/17)

The U.S. Gov’t’s secret plan to save itself (while the rest of us die)

Fresh Air

“In ‘Raven Rock,’ Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead. [Podcast] (06/21/17)

The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 617

Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The interwebs are in an uproar over Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods. Apparently, the world is ending, and big companies like Amazon must be stopped. Never mind the fact that people can now get goods from all over the world shipped to their front door in 2 days for FREE. And let’s ignore the how Amazon often offers products cheaper than they can be purchased in store, providing additional savings to consumers. The critics are right about one thing. Our global economy is changing.” [editor’s note: No, the shipping is not “free” — it’s being paid for and built into the face price of the product; the price can be kept low by negotiating volume deals with shippers, and programs like Prime can produce the volume required for such deals. Nothing wrong with that, of course – TLK] [various formats] (06/20/17)

Video: The murder of Philando Castile

Source: The Atlantic

“Dashcam footage seen by investigators and members of the courtroom during the trial of former police officer Jeronimo Yanez was made public on Tuesday, shedding new light on the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Yanez was previously accused of second-degree manslaughter after he repeatedly shot Castile at a traffic stop in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, but was acquitted of all charges on Friday. Defense attorneys argued that Yanez feared for his life after Castile informed him he had a gun in the car for which he had obtained a legal permit.” [Flash video] (06/20/17)

Video: The Putin interviews

Source: Aim For Truth

[with English subtitles] [editor’s note: I cannot fully vouch for the news source; I only recently began to monitor their stories (some made the cut, listed as being from the original source). This was the first place I saw links to the interviews themselves – SAT] [Flash video] (06/16/17)

War College Podcast, 06/08/17

Source: Reuters

“The Pentagon lost track of equipment worth more than a billion dollars, according to a now declassified Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International last month. The F-35 program has already cost $100 billion to develop, and may not even be ready for combat according to an ex-director. The Justice Department has charged at least 20 U.S. Navy flag officers in the ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal — one of the biggest corruption scandals in American military history. What’s going on? America operates the best and most well funded fighting force on the planet. It’s also the most expensive, and that much cash can breed corruption, waste, fraud and abuse. But this is more than just a financial problem. This week on War College, former Marine Corps captain Dan Grazier walks us through how bloated budgets and blank checks hurt military readiness.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/08/17)

Intercepted Podcast, 06/07/17

Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: [Jill] Stein strikes back at her critics and discusses what she calls severe vulnerabilities in the U.S. voting system. Stein also reveals the story behind the now-infamous dinner in Moscow where she was seated with Vladimir Putin and Gen. Michael Flynn. The Intercept’s D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim digs into the contents of a newly published top-secret intelligence assessment from the National Security Agency outlining alleged Russian cyberattacks against software companies that service U.S. elections. And singer-songwriter Damien Jurado performs and talks about his punk roots, Woody Guthrie, and his desire to reconnect with America.” [various formats] (06/07/17)

Video: Brown predicts Trump will motivate climate activists

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“California Governor Jerry Brown tells the BBC that President Trump has energised climate activists and his state will work with China on addressing climate change if the US pulls out of Paris accord.” (06/01/17)

War College, 06/01/17

Source: Reuters

“How many soldiers does America need to turn the tide in Afghanistan? The Taliban controls half the country and continues to gain ground. The Pentagon and generals in the field want U.S. President Donald Trump to send an additional 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to help win the war. But we’ve been here before. In 2009, Stanley McChrystal famously requested a troop surge and got it. In the long run, an extra 30,000 soldiers didn’t matter. This week on War College, journalist and author Douglas Wissing tells us why he thinks a troop surge in Afghanistan a terrible idea. Wissing has embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan three times in the past 16 years. He’s written two books on the country and he’s not optimistic about America’s long-term military prospects in a war that’s almost two decades old.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/31/17)

Shulkin: VA “still in critical condition”

Source: USA Today

“Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is warning the VA is still in critical condition’ despite efforts to reduce wait times for medical appointments and expand care in the private sector. He released a ‘State of the VA’ report Wednesday.” [Video] (05/31/17)