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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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    November 25, 2021 - Rev. Billy | Stephan Schwartz

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 59:39

    Thanksgiving for the Earth and Stopping Shopping on Black Friday | What We Can Be Thankful For and Aspire to Become

    November 24, 2021 - Lincoln Mitchell | Ekow Yankah

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 59:48

    The Alleged Rift Between VP Harris and the White House is the Last Thing Biden Needs | Guilty Verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery Case Come as a Relief to Many

    November 23, 2021 - Alan Leveritt | Tyson Slocum | Mike Konczal

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 60:09

    The Attack on the First Amendment From ALEC's Anti-boycott Laws | The U.S., China, India, Japan, South Korea and the U.K. Tap Into Their Strategic Petroleum Reserves | An Appraisal of President Biden's Speech Today on Inflation

    November 22, 2021 - Edward McCaffery | Georg Diez | Samuel Charap

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 58:25

    Democrats' Tax Bill Helps Blue State Millionaires While Leaving Billionaires Unscathed | Anti-vaxxer Violence in Europe and Mandatory Vaccination in Austria | Fears of a War Between Russia and Ukraine as the U.S. Ignores Putin's Red Lines

    November 21, 2021 - Ruth Conniff | James Van Nostrand | Aluf Benn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 60:37

    Open Season on Left Wing Demonstrators by Right Wing Vigilantes Sanctioned by Self Defense Laws and Now Considered Heroes | Build Back Better Now in the Hands of Senator Joe Manchin | The Editor-in-chief of Haaretz on the UCLA Conference on Israel's National Security

    November 18, 2021 - Jonathan Cohn | Robert Hockett | Matt Angle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 59:28

    Big Pharma's Blitz to Weaken Biden's Build Back Better Bill | The History of Combating Inflation and Replicating FDR Today | Can Democrats Overcome Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression to Win Texas?

    November 17, 2021 - Patrick Blanchfield | Chris Arnade | Anne Marie Lofaso

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 60:26

    Will an Acquittal of Rittenhouse Embolden the 30% of Republicans Who Believe Violence is Necessary? | The Defiance of Back Row Americans Who Consider Being Unvaccinated a Badge of Honor | Trump's Vengeance Tour in West Virginia Against a GOP Rep. Who Voted For the Infrastructure Bill

    November 16, 2021 - Thomas Carothers | Jennifer Taub | Mandy Smithberger

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 59:26

    Backsliding Among the World's Democracies | White Collar Crime Moves From the Freezer to the Front Burner at the DOJ | The CBO Outlines 3 Ways to Cut $1 Trillion From the Pentagon

    November 15, 2021 - Perry Link | Anders Aslund | Rep. Ruben Gallego

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 63:22

    A Virtual Summit of America's Messy Democracy Versus Xi Jinping's Efficient Autocracy | Is Putin Poised for a Knockout Blow of Ukraine's Shaky Government? | How the January 6 Insurrection Was a Flashback For a Congressman Who Fought in Iraq

    November 14, 2021 - Laurie Laybourn-Langton | William Yeomans | Annelle Sheline

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 64:51

    Our Fragile Planet Hangs By a Thread With a Meek and Weak COP 26 Agreement | Bannon Will Likely Refuse to Testify and Instead Go To Jail as a Martyr | Is the Saudi Crown Prince the Main Driver of Inflation Dogging Biden?

    November 11, 2021 - Ion Meyn | Matthew Lawrence | Benn Steil

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 60:00

    The Judge in the Rittenhouse Trial Tips the Scales For an Acquittal | After a Disappointing COP26 Climate Activists Must Now Double Down | Xi Jinping's "Historic Declaration" As He Rolls Back the Clock

    November 10, 2021 - Katheryn Russ | Michael Gerrard | Sam Quinones

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 61:18

    Exaggerated Fears of Inflation and Keeping Powell at the Fed | COP26 Draft Agreement Seen as Too Little Too Late | Prosecutors Seek Murder Charges in the Fentanyl Epidemic Killing Teenagers

    November 9, 2021 - Adam Klasfeld | Kathleen Belew | David Marples

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 60:29

    The Jan. 6 Committee Drops 10 Subpoenas Today After Issuing 6 on Monday | QAnon, Stop the Steal and White Supremacy Coalesce Around Trump | Refugees Used as Pawns by the Belarus Dictator as Border Tensions Increase

    November 8, 2021 - Robert Baer | Dr. Stephie Wooldhandler | Charles Gaba

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 60:20

    The Latest Twist in the Tangled Tale of Trump's Ties to Putin | Are Republicans Killing Americans For Political Gain? | The Covid Death Toll Between Red and Blue America Grows Wider and Faster

    November 7, 2021 - Robert Stavins | Anatol Leiven | Joel Rogers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 60:11

    An Assessment of the Work So Far at the COP 26 Climate Conference | Great Power Competition is in the Way of the Real National Security Threat, Climate Change | Exaggerated Alarm at the Alleged Demise of the Democrats

    November 4, 2021 - Jacob Heilbrunn | Stephen Farnsworth | Ben Freeman

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 56:55

    Trump Appears to Have Failed to Block Documents For the 1/6 House Investigation | Democrat's Blame Each Other for Losses in Virginia | The FEC's Appalling Decision to Allow Foreign Money to Corrupt State Ballot Initiatives

    November 3, 2021 - Amy Fried | Amanda Marcotte | Jake Charles

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 56:52

    Dog Whistles Worked for Republicans in Virginia While Intraparty Fighting Hurt the Democrats | Can the GOP Run Two Campaigns in 2022, One For the Trumpsters and a Youngkin-like One? | SCOTUS Seems to Want Red State Gun Laws in Blue State

    November 2, 2021 - Andrew Revkin | Basav Sen | Robert Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 57:35

    COP26 Agreements on Cutting Methane and Ending Deforestation | How Climate Agreements Impact the North-South Divide | The Worsening Standoff Between Manchin and Sinema and House Progressives

    November 1, 2021 - Dean Baker | Aziz Huq | Natalie Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 60:27

    Manchin Throws a Grenade Into Biden's and the Democrats' Hopes and Plans | SCOTUS Hears The Texas Abortion Law Which Has a Lot in Common With the Fugitive Slave Act | An Alarming New Survey on Our Divided and Increasingly Delusional Populace

    October 31, 2021 - Daphne Wysham | Sydney Blumenthal | Andrew Cockburn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 59:29

    Solutions at the COP 26 Conference to Remove Atmospheric Methane | Virginia's Trial Run For the GOP to Campaign on the "Critical Race Theory" Lie | No $3.5 Trillion to Build Back America, But For the Next 10 Years, the Pentagon Gets $9 Trillion

    October 28, 2021 - Jim Manley | Lauren Windsor | Tracey Lewis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 59:13

    Biden Implores His Fellow Democrats to Accept the Slimmed-down $1.85 Trillion Reconciliation Bill | The Real John Eastman Praises His Memo For the Trump Coup Attempt | Oil Executives Deny Global Warming Disinformation While Funding Attack Ads Against Democrats Who Support Climate Change Initiatives

    October 27, 2021 - Todd Gitlin | Morris Pearl | Erica Payne

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 60:17

    An Open Letter by Prominent Progressives and Conservatives to Save American Democracy From Trump's GOP | Manchin Boasts to a Billionaire Tax Cheat That he Stopped the IRS From Taxing Them

    October 26, 2021 - Carlton Larson | Anna Massoglia | Steve Howard

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 58:30

    Does Sedition or Treason Apply to Trump, Bannon and Members of Congress Behind the Planning of January 6? | We "Follow the Money" Behind the Financing of January 6 | An Expert on Sudan on the Military Coup Leader and his Backers in the Gulf

    October 25, 2021 - Sean Wilentz | Ali Alyami | Henri Barkey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 60:42

    The Red State Succession to Create a Permanent Tyranny of the Minority | Top Saudi Intelligence Official Calls MBS a Psychopath Threatening His People, Americans and the Planet | Erdogan Walks Back Kicking Out 10 Western Ambassadors as Turkey's Economy Takes a Hit

    October 24, 2021 - Lawrence Lessig | Lincoln Mitchell | Carol Sanger

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 65:56

    How Facebook Turns Conservatives Into Extremists | Will Delivering on Biden's Promises Lead to Victory in the Midterms? | Again The Supreme Court Refuses to block Extreme Texas Abortion Law

    October 21, 2021 - John Dean | Alexander Keyssar | Ryan Cooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 58:17

    John Dean On How Bannon Is "Up to His Eyeballs" in January 6 and So Is Trump | The Next Step For Senate Democrats After Republicans Kill Manchin's Freedom to Vote Act | Democratic Dithering is Hurting Biden's Popularity

    October 20, 2021 - Casey Michel | David Faris | Rachel Cleetus

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 60:40

    Why the U.S. is the Kleptocrats Preferred Destination to Launder Billions | Is the Secretary of Defense Opening the Door for Ukraine to Enter NATO? | Coal Makes a Comeback as Manchin Blocks Clean Alternatives

    October 19, 2021 - Geoffrey Kabaservice | Lydia Camarillo | Aaron Scherb

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 59:20

    Colin Powell's Passing As a Metaphor For the Death of Republican Moderation | Texas's Nakedly Racist, Greedy and Undemocratic Redistricting Maps | Do Democratic Politicians in Washington Realize Trump's GOP Wants to Drive Them Into Extinction?

    October 18, 2021 - Jane McAlevey | Brian Concannon | Cas Mudde

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 63:16

    Labor Fights Back Against Inequality With 176 Strikes Launched So Far This Year | As Haiti Collapses, Kidnapping and Extortion Now Claims U.S. Missionaries | Inside the Far-Right International Network Ted Cruz and Tucker Carlson Are Embracing

    October 17, 2021 - Bill McKibbon | Adam Schiff | George Magnus

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 64:41

    Manchin Holds Biden Hostage to Coal Ahead of the UN Climate Conference | Congressman Adam Schiff on the Insurrectionists in Suits Threatening Our Democracy | Xi's "Common Prosperity" Hoax and the Faltering of The Chinese Economic Miracle

    October 14, 2021 - Harry Litman | Miles Taylor | Nader Hashemi

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 63:26

    Trump Faces a Deposition as Bannon Defies a House Subpoena | The Resistance Movement of the Rationals Against the Radical in the GOP | Iran Stalls the Nuclear Talks as it Moves Closer to a Nuclear Weapon Israel Will Not Tolerate

    October 13, 2021 - Amy Myers Jaffe | J.W. Mason | Mike Kugelman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 65:01

    Relieving the Bottlenecks in the Supply Chain While Not Giving in to Panic Over Inflation | What is Behind the Rise in Oil and Gas Prices | How to Help the Afghan People Avoid Starvation While Not Recognizing the Taliban

    October 12, 2021 - Aaron Rupar| Fiona Hill | Justin Vaughn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 60:39

    Trump on the Stump in Iowa Running for the Presidency He Claims He Never Lost | Fiona Hill's Journey From the Coal House to the White House | Idaho's Governorship, a Clash Between the Old and the New GOP

    October 11, 2021 - Lawrence Gostin | David Halperin | David McClotsky

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 59:10

    A Better Way to End the Covid Nightmare | Finally the Government is Cracking Down on the Taxpayer-Funded Crooks of the For-Profit Colleges | A Former CIA Analyst on What Could Have Been Done to Prevent the Syria Tragedy

    October 10, 2021 - Frank Vogl | Patrick Wyman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 60:41

    The Continuing Fallout From the Pandora Papers | The Less Discussed Elite, Trump's American Gentry

    October 7, 2021 - Simon Rosenberg | Shelley Rigger | Ryan Devereaux

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 63:00

    Intra-party Democratic wrangling is Hurting Biden and the Chances of Holding the House and Senate | China's Escalating Military Pressure on Taiwan Could Get Out of Hand | While Arms From the U.S. Flow to Mexican Criminals, the U.S. Sells Guns To The Mexican Marines

    October 6, 2021 - Joe Margulies | Michael Hiltzik | Karim Zidan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 60:42

    The Lawyer for Abu Zubaydah Whose Case Was Heard Today by the Supreme Court | Lessons From Previous Coastal Oil Spills Have Not Been Learned | How Fight Clubs and MMA Are Incubators For Far Right Hypermasculinity

    October 5, 2021 - Peter Dreier | Kai Newkirk | Adam Cohen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 62:23

    How the Press is Helping the Republicans Frame the Infrastructure Debate | Will Home State Pressure on Sinema Stop Her From Tanking the Democrats and Biden's Presidency? | As the Supreme Court Moves to the Right, the Majority Wants You To Believe They Are Not Partisan

    October 4, 2021 - Oliver Bullough | Gwen Goodmanlowe | Jonathan Taplin

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 59:00

    The Pandora Papers Trove and South Dakota as an Onshore Haven For Dirty Money | The Latest Devastating California Coastal Oil Spill | Facebook Offline and in the Hotseat Following Whistleblower on "60 Minutes"

    October 3, 2021 - Howie Klein | Adam Tooze | Dr. Azza Karam

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 63:06

    Biden Tries to Bridge the Democratic Divide on Capitol Hill | The Pandemic Provides an Opportunity to Rebuild a New Society Not Preserve the Old | A Call From Religious Leaders That No One is Safe Until Everyone is Safe

    September 30, 2021 - Andrew Feinberg | Steve Muratore | John Fitzpatrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 58:40

    January 6 Subpoenas and Republicans Equate Egging of Larry Elder With Growing Threat of Domestic Terrorism | Trying to Understand Kyrsten Sinema Who Controls the Fate of Biden and the Democrats | An Ornithologist Who Has Studied the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Now on the Extinction List

    September 29, 2021 - Sam Quinones | Anthea Butler | Christopher Shah

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 59:37

    DEA Warns Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Drugs Sold on Sites Like SnapChat are Killing Thousands of American Teenagers | The Growing Use of Religious Exemptions by Anti-Vaxxers | Trump's Postmaster General Slows Down the Mail to Enrich His Company

    September 28, 2021 - Adam Green | Joe Cirincione | Logan Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 61:14

    The Showdown Between Progressive and "Corporate" Democrats Over the Infrastructure Bills | The Generals Testify in the Face of Petty Republican Sniping | Evergrande's Impact on 30% of China's Economy and its GDP

    September 27, 2021 - Mike Lofgren | Max Chafkin | Michael Werz

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 61:48

    The Democrats Should Invoke the 14th Amendment to Raise the Debt Ceiling | Peter Thiel, the Ultimate Plutocratic Populist Financing Far Right Candidates | An Update From Berlin on the Social Democrats Victory and a Likely Coalition with the Greens and Liberals

    September 26, 2021 - Charles Kupchan | Evan Osnos | Will Bunch

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 63:33

    Are the Quad and Aukus Deals Happening at the Expense of Ties to Our European Allies? | Evan Osnos on His New Book Wildland: The Making of America's Fury | The Cynical Trump and Republican Recounts Lay the Groundwork to Steal the Next Elections

    September 23, 2021 - James Galbraith | Gary Pierre Pierre | Sarah Turbeville

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 61:13

    Is McConnell Bluffing Over Not Raising the Debt Ceiling? | Reaction to Our Ambassador to Haiti Calling U.S. Treatment of Haitian Refugees "Inhumane" | The Border Patrol as America's Most Out-Of-Control Law Enforcement Agency?

    September 22, 2021 - Daniel Goldberg | Jason Stanley | Zach Carter

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 61:00

    The January 6 Coup Almost Succeeded, Not by the Mob, But the Eastman Memo | The U.S. is Heading For an Authoritarian Electoral Coup to Install a Kleptocracy | Why Are Democratic Moderates Sabotaging Biden's Agenda?

    September 21, 2021 - Barbara Crossette | Kelley Vlahos | Michael Gorham

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 63:17

    At the U.N. Biden Urges World Leaders to Face the Challenges of Climate Change and Pandemics | Apple and Google Helped Putin Rig Russia's Parliamentary Elections | Stuffing More Pork Into the NDAA Even As We End Wars in the Middle East

    September 20, 2021 - Victor Shih | Martha Pskowski | Richard Johnston

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 58:22

    Could the Collapse of Evergrande Become China's Lehman Brothers Moment? | Border Patrol Officers on Horseback With Whips Round Up Haitian Refugees | Today's Elections in Canada

    September 19, 2021 - William Haseltine | Rachel Stohl | Joe von Fischer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 61:26

    We Need More Covid Booster Shots, Not Less | Rethinking U.S. Drone Policy While Repairing Trump's Damage to Our National Security | Biden's Call to Reduce Methane Emissions by 30% by the End of the Decade

    September 16, 2021 - June Dreyer | Max Bergmann | Adele Stan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 60:32

    China's Reaction to the AUKUS Deal Between the U.S., U.K., and Australia | French Fury at Australia For Cancelling a $66 Billion Submarine Deal | Who Will Show Up For the "Justice For J6" Rally on Saturday?

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