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BACKGROUND BRIEFING: A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues. Five days a week, Background Briefing asks knowledgeable…

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    May 21, 2023 - Ellis Krauss | Jon Hoffman | Aram Shabanian

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2023 63:55

    Zelensky's Surprise Visit to the G7 in Hiroshima, Japan | MBS Welcomes Assad Back Into the Arab League While Also Welcoming President Zelensky | Russia Warns of Escalation as Biden Allows Ukrainian Pilots to Train on F-16s

    May 18, 2023 - Mark Fitzpatrick | Dean Baker | David Dayen

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 64:42

    The G7 Summit Underway in Hiroshima, Japan and the Haunting Spectre of Nuclear Weapons | Can the House Radicals Compromise on a Deal Many Democrats Say Biden Should Not Be Negotiating? | The Politics Behind Diane Feinstein's Sad Return to the US Senate

    May 17, 2023 - Cleo Paskal | Lloyd Green | Jessica Melugin

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2023 62:31

    How Domestic Turmoil Caused by GOP Radicals Makes the U.S. an Unreliable Partner on the World Stage | What Does Trump Owe Rudy Giuliani and Will he Throw Him Under the Bus? | Regulation of Promising But Potentially Dangerous AI Technology is Necessary But is it Practical or Possible?

    May 16, 2023 - Thomas Kahn | Scott Horton | Aslı Bâli

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 61:56

    A Lawsuit With Recorded Evidence Against Giuliani By A Woman Scorned Could Be Devastating For Trump | Democrats Cave on a Clean Debt Ceiling Bill | The Disappointing Results of Sunday's Elections in Turkey

    May 15, 2023 - Stephanie Kelton | Nicholas Danforth | Fred Turner

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2023 62:30

    As the Standoff Over the Debt Ceiling Gets Closer to Default, Can Biden Call the House Republicans Bluff? | Running an Anti-American Campaign, Erdogan is Likely to be Reelected, Making Him Less Constrained and More Authoritarian | Not Only Do We Have a Mad Candidate, Countries Can Fall Into the Grip of Madness as Germany Did in the 1930's

    May 14, 2023 - Miles Taylor | Orville Schell | James Risen

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2023 63:04

    The First White House Insider to Expose Trump on How Trump Will be Even More Dangerous Next Time | After Top Officials Met For 8 Hours, Could China and the U.S. Work Together to End the War in Ukraine? | A Champion of Democracy and Transparency Who Took on Powerful Interests and Won

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    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2023 19:05

    Could China and the U.S. Work Together to End the War in Ukraine? by Ian Masters

    May 11, 2023 - Dr. Bandy Lee | Michelle Garcia | Christine Fair

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2023 63:44

    Trump's Unstable Unfitness For Office on Display as the Much of the U.S Falls into the Grip of Madness | A Flood of Desperate and Destitute Migrants Face More Military and Police Response Than Humanitarian Assistance | The Arrest of Imran Khan, the Pakistan Military's Favorite who Fell Out of Favor With Them

    May 10, 2023 - Will Brederman | Michael Gorham | Elmira Bayrasli

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 62:46

    Today's Indictment of Congressman George Santos on 13 Counts and Calls For Him To Resign, But Not From Speaker McCarthy | Prigozhin Throws Shade on Putin's Victory Day Parade Telling Him Not to F**k Around On Red Square | Could Turkey's Kleptocratic Authoritarian Be Voted out on Sunday and Will He Accept the Results?

    May 9, 2023 - Anthea Butler | Robert Hockett | Hamilton Nolan

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2023 62:57

    A Former President Has Been Found Guilty of Sexual Assault But Does the Party of Donald Trump and George Santos Care? | After Today's Pointless Meeting, Biden Should Now Call McCarthy's Bluff on the Debt Ceiling | The Writers' Guild Strike Has Much More Significance Beyond Hollywood

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    May 8, 2023 - Victoria Sanford | Garrett Epps | Sam Biddle

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 63:07

    Thursday's Expected Influx of Immigrants at the Southern Border and the Failure to Deal With the Root Causes | As Republicans Try to Extort Budget Cuts, the Counter Leverage of the 14th Amendment is in Biden's Pocket | The Weaponization of AI Tech as the Pentagon Looks at CHAT GPT

    May 7, 2023 - Jacob Heilbrunn | Eric Segall | Brendan Ballou

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2023 61:21

    A Reporter Who Was Banned From Entering the "Woke Free Zone" at CPAC's Conference in Orban's Hungary | The Growing Evidence of Ethical Violations by Justice Clarence Thomas and His Right Wing Activist Wife | The Pillage by Vulture Capitalist in Private Equity Who Make Huge Profits Plundering Companies They Buy

    May 4, 2023 - Andy Campbell | Lucas Webber | Dov Zakheim

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 60:32

    Trump's StormTroopers the Proud Boys Found Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy | The Possibility the Drone Attack on the Kremlin Was Carried Out By Anti-Putin Russian Partisans | Why Does the Biden Administration Create Red Lines For Ukraine Then Eventually Deliver the Weapons Months if Not a Year Later?

    May 3, 2023 - Vera Mironova | James Thurber | Henry Giroux

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 63:44

    Was the Drone Attack on the Kremlin Staged or a Ukrainian Attempt to Rattle Putin's Cage? | In the Face of House Republicans Extortion, is the Democratic Work-Around of a Discharge Petition Feasible? | 40% of 8th Graders Are Below Average in History and 31% Are Below Basic Proficiency in Civics

    April 2, 2023 - Norm Ornstein | Graham Smith | Michael Hiltzik

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2023 61:06

    How the Press Has Framed the Looming Act of Insanity by House Republicans as Dueling Budget Proposals | Royal Fever Ahead of King Charles's Coronation and a Plan to Abolish the Monarchy | Republican Governors are Bringing Back Child Labor in the United States

    May 1, 2023 - Moira Donegan | Sirang Shidore | Simon Rosenberg

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 64:24

    Growing Concern at the Supreme Court's Impunity From Ethical Norms as Its Credibility With the Public Plunges | Biden Pledges "Ironclad" Military Ties With The Philippines As China Warns of "Stoking the Fire" | Biden's Reelection Strategy of Running Against Hate and MAGA Madness

    April 30, 2023 - Alden Young | Branislav Slantchev

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2023 59:11

    Sudan is Descending Into a Destructive and Bloody Civil War Along the Lines of Syria and Libya | An Extensive Look Into Military Preparations For a Ukrainian Spring Offensive Aimed at a Decisive Victory Over Russia

    April 27, 2023 - Jeff Madrick | Sung Yoon Lee | Michael Kimmage

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2023 60:47

    A Republican Budget That Punishes the Poorest Americans, Children, to Deal With A Debt They Caused by Cutting Taxes For the Rich | The U.S. Nuclear Guarantees To South Korea to Stop Their Self Nuclearization | Short of a Decisive Blow Against Russia in the Upcoming Offensive, the Ukraine War Will Go On For Years

    April 26, 2023 - Charles Kupchan | Deborah Tuerkheimer | David Smilde

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 64:06

    China's Peace Offer to Ukraine and Does the US Want to Avoid Ukraine Humiliating Putin With Its Upcoming Offensive? | Today's Testimony by E. Jean Carroll Describing How Donald Trump Raped Her in a Bergdorf Goodman's Dressing Room | A Summit on Venezuela in Bogata, Colombia to Which the Former Venezuelan Opposition Leader Showed Up Uninvited

    April 25, 2023 - Jonathan Alter | Christopher Whipple | Ryan Cooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2023 62:31

    Biden Announces He is Running For a Second Term at the End of Which He Will be 86 | Biden's Relationship With Kamala Harris Who Might Succeed Him | DeSantis's Surgeon General Doctors Data to Support his Anti-Vaxxer Lunacy

    April 24, 2023 - Ben Smith | Adele Stan | Dr. Michael McDonald

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2023 60:41

    Murdoch's Abrupt Firing of Tucker Carlson and How Progressives Assumed They'd Dominate Social Media Only to be Outflanked by Right Wing Populism | The Sudden Silencing of the Loudest and Most Commanding Voice That Had Republican Leaders Grovelling | DeSantis's Faltering Campaign as the Anointed Alternative To Trump is Starting to Look Like A Loser

    March 23, 2023 - James Zirin | Ryan Busse | Lako Tongun

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2023 66:56

    Tensions Within the Supreme Court As Its Popularity and Credibility Suffers While Justice Thomas Flouts Ethics | More Guns and No Restrictions For the Few Or Safety in Schools, Churches, Malls and Theaters For the Many? | While Foreigners Evacuate, Sudanese Face Starvation, Bombs and Bullets as Two Warlords Fight For Power

    April 20, 2023 - John Donohue | Craig Holman | Mike Lofgren

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 61:27

    What Will it Take For the Supreme Court to Deal With Reality and Politicians to Ignore the NRA? | Growing Pressure From the Clarence Thomas Scandal on the Supreme Court to Adopt a Code of Ethics | How Wall Street Dictates to CEO's of the Military Industrial Complex Have Led to the Ukrainians Running Out of Ammunition

    April 19, 2023 - Caroline Light | Harold Meyerson | Carol Sanger

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2023 60:50

    How Innocent Mistakes Can Get You Killed in the NRA's America | A $787 Million Loss For Fox is a Win In Not Having Tucker Carlson Squirm on the Witness Stand Confronted by His True Statements About His Repeated Lies | Will the Supreme Court Continue Their Moral Crusade Against Abortion or Accommodate Big Pharma?

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    April 18, 2023 - Karen Dolan | Joseph Bodnar | Steven Simon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2023 58:19

    The House Republican Caucus Fails to Agree on a Budget to Punish the Poor and Reward the Rich Using the Debt Ceiling as Leverage | "Donbass Devushka", The Navy Vet Behind the Pro-Putin Site that Doctored and Spread Documents Stolen by a 21 year-old National Guard Airman | A Chronicle of 40 Years of Delusional Misunderstanding, Appalling Errors and Death and Destruction by the US in the Middle East

    April 17, 2023 - Angelo Carusone | Dave Kamper | Steve Howard

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2023 62:41

    How Americans Alarmed by the Murdoch Propaganda Machine and Appalled by Trump, Subsidize Fox News | Speaker McCarthy Declares War on the Poor Before the New York Stock Exchange | The Callous Barbarism of Duelling Warlords in Sudan

    April 16, 2023 - Robert Young Pelton | Karen Greenberg | Kerry Howley

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2023 60:13

    Prigozhin's Call to End the War is Actually a Call to Rise Up From a Temporary Defeat as a "War Monster" | Our Zombie National Security State Transitions From "Forever War" to Eternal War | As the Government Collects More Data Than in the Course of Human History, Deep State Conspiracies Flourish

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    April 13, 2023 - William Arkin | Dr. Heidi Beirich | Alexander Sammon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2023 62:09

    The Arrest of the Leaker and the Inordinate and Unnecessary Amount of Widely Circulated Classified Material | The Dangers Racist, White Supremacist, Anti Semitic and Anti Government Views Pose to the US Military | Having Missed 60 Votes, Senator Feinstein is in No Hurry to Go Back To Work As She Holds Up Judicial Nominations

    April 12, 2023 - Rachel Rebouch | Jacob Heilbrunn | Luke Tonachel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2023 60:13

    How the FDA Overregulates Mifepristone and Why it Should Decline to Enforce a Ban | The Intellectual Leader of GOP Insurgents Who Want to Abandon Ukraine to Confront China | The New EPA Rules to Ensure Two Thirds of Cars and a Quarter of Trucks Are All-Electric By 2032

    April 11, 2023 - Scott Horton | Alexander Motyl | Rory Carroll

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2023 63:33

    The Manhattan DA Sues Congressman Jim Jordan and the Pentagon Leaks That Have the IC in a State of Alarm | Rumors of Divisions, Russian Moles and Corruption at the Highest Level Inside Ukraine's Leadership | Biden's Visit to Ireland and a New Book There Will Be Fire: Margaret Thatcher, the IRA, and Two Minutes That Changed History

    April 10, 2023 - Olga Lautman | Lawrence Korb | Lisa Tucker

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2023 64:51

    Damaging Leaks From Inside the Pentagon Embarrass Allies and Demoralize Ukrainian Officials | Along With the House, Senate and Fox News, is There a Pro-Putin Network Inside the Pentagon? | What Will it Take to Censure or Impeach Justice Clarence Thomas?

    April 9, 2023 - Caroline Fredrickson | Anne Nelson | Jeff Sharlet

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2023 62:04

    A Far-Right Anti-Abortion Zealot Bans a Drug the FDA Approved 23 Years Ago Which is Safer ThanViagra or Tylenol | The Shadow Network Behind the Capture of Our Judiciary | The Author of The Undertow: Scenes From a Slow Civil War

    April 6, 2023 - John Nichols | Scott Kennedy | Michael Swaine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2023 63:13

    Tennessee's Republican Majority Railroad Three Democratic State Legislators in a Display of Anti-democratic Thuggery | The Dangerous Lack of Dialogue Between the World's Biggest Military and Economic Powers | How to Reverse the Downward Spiral of U.S.- China Relations

    April 5, 2023 - Corey Brettschneider | Victor Pickard | Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2023 62:26

    As Trump Faces Further Legal Jeopardy, Is the Manhattan DA's Case Against Him Weak or Strong? | After Trump's Prime Time Tirade of Bitter Fury and Paranoid Delusion, Will the Mainstream Media Continue to Give Him Free Campaign Advertising? | How Libertarians and Alternative Health Gurus Created the Medical Freedom Hustle

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    April 4, 2023 - Sidney Blumenthal | Dr. Allen Frances | Lisa Graves

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2023 60:47

    With Today's Indictment Securing Trump's Domination of the GOP, is the Monster Right Wing Plutocrats Created Now Out of Their Control? | With So Many Americans Seeing Trump as a Hero and Martyr, What Explains the Failure to Communicate Who He Really Is? | Why Today's Supreme Court Election in Wisconsin Has Critical National Implications

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    April 3, 2023 - Lawrence Douglas | Jonathan Zasloff | Derek Schearer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2023 60:30

    The GOP Embraces Lawlessness Placing Trump Above the Law While Denigrating the Rule of Law | The Republican Strategy of Weaponizing the Judiciary by Forum-Shopping in an End-run Around the Executive and Legislative Branches | The Youngest Female World Leader Loses to Older Men as Finland is Poised to Enter NATO

    April 2, 2023 - Harry Litman | Allan Lichtman | Daniel Runde

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2023 63:22

    What Changed the Manhattan DA's Mind to Charge Trump on 34 Counts? | Trump Will Delay and Defame Into the Summer of 2024, Rallying the GOP to His Side While Locking Out His Primary Challengers | How to Reverse the Global Decline in Democracies and the Rule of Law

    March 30, 2023 - David Satter | Will Bunch | Dr. Sumit Ganguly

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2023 63:30

    An American Journalist Charged with Spying Who Was Arrested in Russia For the Crime of Reporting | More Chemical Spills into Rivers as Plan B for Big Oil is the Manufacture of Plastics | How Far-Right Religious Nationalism Has Captured the World's Biggest Democracy

    March 29, 2023 - Laura Thornton | Lane Windham | Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2023 61:42

    Biden's Second Summit for Democracy and the Need For a Plan to Combat the Growth of Autocracies | Starbucks CEO in the Hot Seat Before Bernie Sanders' Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee | Immigrants Burned Alive in Mexico as Guards Refuse to Open Locked Gates

    March 28, 2023 - Jonathan Metzl | Jon Hoffman | Barbara Walter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2023 61:34

    A Majority of Americans Want Their Kids to Come Home From School Alive So It is Time For Them to Stand Up and Be Counted | As MBS Plays America Off Against China, the Abraham Accords Are Stalled With Turmoil in Israel | Is Trump About to Start a Civil War or Fade Away as His Act Gets Stale?

    March 27, 2023 - Avraham Burg | Dr. Tatsiana Kulakevich | Seth Hettena

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2023 62:29

    Netanyahu Postpones Power Grab in the Face of Massive Demonstrations and a National Strike | Putin Threatens Nukes in Response to Ukraine Getting 14 British Tanks with Depleted Uranium Ammunition | New Revelations of a CIA Coverup of Saudi Hijacker's Activities in US Before 9/11

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    March 26, 2023 - Jennifer Mercieca | David Andelman | Michael Kazin

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2023 59:35

    Trump's First 2024 Presidential Rally Shouts Out to the Far Right, Militias and Insurrectionists That He is Their Fuhrer and They Are Coming After You | The Massive Protest in France to Protect a Social Safety Net Americans Could Only Dream Of | How Foreign Wars Test the Moral Convictions of American Leftists

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    March 23, 2023 - David Carroll | James Bamford

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2023 61:20

    Beating up on TikTok While Ignoring the Data Mining Business Model of Big Tech Based on Surveillance Capitalism | Netanyahu's Unreported Collusion to Elect Trump in 2016

    March 22, 2023 - Mark Hannah | Deak Baker | Matthew Dallek

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2023 63:11

    Xi Fails to Deliver a Viable Peace Plan Leaving Putin to Pursue His War While Appearing to be Open to Peace Talks | The Fed Raises Interest Rates for the Ninth Time to Just Under 5% | The Roots of the Radical Right's Capture of the Republican Party

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    March 21, 2023 - George Beebe | Michael D'Antonio | Jane McAlevey

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2023 64:02

    Could China Deliver a Peace Deal to End the War in Ukraine? | On the Day Trump Said He Would Be Arrested, Where are the Indictments? | Reinvigorating the Labor Movement as Strikes and Union Negotiations Gain National Attention

    March 20, 2023 - H. W. Brands | Gary Sick

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2023 60:56

    An Historian Who First Learned of the 1980 October Surprise Which Helped Elect Reagan and End Carter's Presidency | A Carter White House Insider on the Second Act of Treason by Republicans Which Deserves More Than an Apology to Jimmy Carter

    March 19, 2023 - Rachel Denber | Stephen Wertheim | Dr. Ariel Cohen

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2023 68:35

    What An Arrest Warrant For Putin Means and What it Will Achieve | Our Historical Memory Lapse on the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq | A Conservative Scholar's Critique of Tucker Carlson's Pro-Russia Talking Points

    March 16, 2023 - David Cay Johnston | Cleo Paskal | Paul Pillar

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2023 62:49

    The Under-reported Role of Crypto in the Silicon Valley Bank Crash | Mass Hysteria Got Us Into the Iraq War 20 Years Ago and is on Display Today Over China | An Update From Taiwan, the Flashpoint For a Possible War With China

    March 15, 2023 - John Pike | Dr. Ushma Upadhyay | Dennis Kelleher

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2023 65:39

    Russian and American Military Aircraft Clash Over the Black Sea | A Zealous Anti-Abortion Judge in Texas is Poised to Ban an Abortion Drug Nationwide | Fallout From the Failure of the SVB Bank is Spreading to Europe

    March 13, 2023 - Ian Haney López | Bonnie Glaser | Juan Cole

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2023 62:25

    Hatred and Division Intensifies in the US as the Phony War Against the Woke, Drag Queens and Trans Kids Accelerates | China's Reaction to the AUKUS Deal on Display Yesterday With Biden Beside the PMs of Australia and the UK | What China's Diplomatic Initiative in the Middle East Portends for the Region

    March 13, 2023 - Graham Fuller | Robert Hockett | James Henry

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2023 65:02

    China Brings Diplomacy to the Middle East Where the US Has Wasted Trillions on Endless Wars | Trump and the Fed Chair's Role in the Collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank | Are There More Shoes to Drop Following the SVB Failure?

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