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Scheer Intelligence

162 episodes - English - Latest episode: 18 days ago - ★★★★★ - 292 ratings

Scheer Intelligence features thoughtful and provocative conversations with "American Originals" -- people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day's most important issues.

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Katie Halper: ‘Trump broke liberals’ brains’

July 29, 2022 07:00 - 38 minutes

The comedian and host of two popular progressive podcasts offers her take on why the American left keeps getting things wrong.

Fist bumping the dictator we pretend to love

July 22, 2022 07:00 - 46 minutes

Former Mideast CIA operative John Kiriakou discusses his recent trip covering Biden in Saudi Arabia and what he’s learned about America’s “special relationship” with the country. 

Saving broke and broken America, one town at a time.

July 15, 2022 07:00 - 39 minutes

Michelle Wilde Anderson speaks to Robert Scheer about how four working class towns struggling with poverty and broke governments still managed to progress. 

Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, author of “Born on the Fourth of July” and subject of Oliver Stone’s iconic Vietnam War film, will mark his 76 th birthday watching a war that portends the end of civilization

July 01, 2022 07:00 - 43 minutes

At a time when the war that could end civilization escalates, peace activist Ron Kovic marks his July 4 birthday sounding the alarm about the true costs of war, a sentiment shared by his girlfriend of 16 years, TerriAnn Ferren.

Has America lost the key to democracy?

June 24, 2022 07:00 - 35 minutes

The authors of “Let’s Agree to Disagree” offer a guide to fostering critical thinking and dialogue in a society that seems to have forgotten how to engage in either.

Craig McNamara reveals the truth behind the lies of his father, Robert McNamara

June 17, 2022 07:00 - 43 minutes

The author of “Because Our Fathers Lied” lays bare agonizing truths about America his father helped to shape. 

Ralph Nader: Is there any hope left for Democrats?

June 10, 2022 07:00 - 41 minutes

The former presidential candidate speaks to “Scheer Intelligence” host Robert Scheer about the shreds of democracy left in America. 

Can the U.S. handle a multi-polar world?

June 03, 2022 07:00 - 55 minutes

A veteran foreign correspondent returns from three decades covering the rise of the East to grapple with an America that is more dangerously parochial than ever.

Immigrants are still building America, no matter what our lawmakers say

May 27, 2022 07:00 - 32 minutes

A new book documents the extent to which American prosperity is founded on immigration—and raises questions about how we treat immigrants today.

It’s scoundrel time in the good ol’ USA

May 20, 2022 07:00 - 52 minutes

Critics of the West’s role in the Ukraine war, such as CIA veterans Ray McGovern and John Kiriakou, are being ostracized from the American media landscape. 

Will the Ukraine war end without destroying all life on the planet?

May 13, 2022 07:00 - 40 minutes

Veteran award-winning journalists Patrick Cockburn and Robert Scheer, who met in  Moscow in 1987 when Mikhail Gorbachev optimistically promised peace, now fear a descent into nuclear war hell.   

No such thing as dissent in the age of big tech

May 06, 2022 07:00 - 49 minutes

Lifelong journalist Joe Lauria joins Robert Scheer to discuss how companies like PayPal, YouTube and Facebook are quashing non-stream reporting and opinions on Ukraine. 

The American women and children we all conveniently forget

April 29, 2022 07:00 - 38 minutes

Jorja Leap joins Robert Scheer to discuss the plight of women who have been incarcerated and their struggles to reenter society. 

Putin is already using his nuclear weapons

April 22, 2022 07:00 - 1 hour

Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg argues the Russian president may not be deploying his nukes but is using them effectively as a threat. 

American dissent on Ukraine is dying in darkness

April 15, 2022 07:00 - 58 minutes

When it came to the Ukraine conflict, Professor Michael J. Brenner did what he’s done his whole life: question American foreign policy. This time the backlash was vitriolic. 

Sanctions on Russia may overturn the world economy as we know it

April 08, 2022 07:00 - 37 minutes

Economic expert Ellen Brown talks to Robert Scheer about the financial revolution Vladimir Putin has started and what the global economic future could look like as a result.

Biden denies CIA torture victims their day in court

April 01, 2022 07:00 - 44 minutes

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou comments on the legal case of five Guantanamo Bay torture victims and what its outcome could say about the US. 

What you really need to know about the threat of nuclear war

March 25, 2022 07:00 - 58 minutes

For decades after the Cold War ended, the threat of nuclear war seemed to fade into the global background. Climate change took center stage as the existential crisis of our time, and it seemed for a few brief years that treaties and diplomacy, however flawed, had led nuclear powers to set aside the possibility of using nuclear weapons again. (To date, it is only the U.S. that has detonated nuclear weapons—both in Japan—and it continues to be the country with the largest nuclear arsenal by fa...

The man who turned America’s economy into a literal casino

March 18, 2022 07:00 - 40 minutes

Mary Childs, the co-host of NPR’s “Planet Money,” joins Robert Scheer to discuss her new book, “The Bond King.” 

What role has the US played in the Ukraine crisis?

March 11, 2022 08:00 - 53 minutes

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine wages on, and Ukrainian civilians die daily, the fog of war has seemingly been clouding more nuanced analysis in the United States, argues “Scheer Intelligence” host Robert Scheer. To get more perspective on the historical context of the current conflict, Scheer invites former CIA analyst Ray McGovern to discuss the role the U.S. and NATO have played in Ukraine. McGovern has long been an outspoken critic of what he’s coined as the American Military-Industrial-Co...

Chairman Greg Sarris on the reincarnation of the American Indian

March 04, 2022 08:00 - 34 minutes

Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, explores the urgent need for an American future rooted in indigenous knowledge. 

Chairman Greg Sarris is the reincarnation of the American Indian

March 04, 2022 08:00 - 34 minutes

Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, explores the urgent need for an American future rooted in indigenous knowledge. 

A “deep moral rot" is at the heart of the Navy SEALs

February 25, 2022 08:00 - 46 minutes

Journalist Matthew Cole joins Robert Scheer to discuss his hard-hitting book, “Code Over Country,” about SEAL Team 6, the most celebrated unit in the Navy SEALs elite special forces unit.

Is It too late to protect our privacy in the internet age?

February 18, 2022 08:00 - 43 minutes

Leading privacy lawyer Neil Richards joins Robert Scheer to discuss his new book “Why Privacy Matters” and whether we can still claw back some control over our personal data.

American exceptionalism is on deadly display in Ukraine

February 11, 2022 08:00 - 43 minutes

Oliver Stone, creator of the Showtime documentary series “The Putin Diaries,” speaks to Robert Scheer about the escalating crisis in Ukraine. 

America gets Islam all wrong. Muslim Americans pay the price

February 04, 2022 08:00 - 35 minutes

Middle East expert Juan Cole talks about lesser known peaceful Muslim movements and how the U.S. maligns a Muslims at home and abroad. 

Michael Ratner was a revolutionary lawyer unlike any other

January 28, 2022 08:00 - 46 minutes

The late human rights lawyer took on some of the most important cases of our time, including defending Guantanamo Bay detainees and representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. 

Meet the real Hunter S. Thompson, one of the most distinctive American voices of the past century

January 14, 2022 08:00 - 42 minutes

Peter Richardson joins Robert Scheer to discuss his latest book, “Savage Journey,” on the legendary Gonzo journalist.

Remembering Joan Didion, a "singular" California writer and a "helluva lot of fun"

December 31, 2021 08:00 - 34 minutes

On this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Wasserman joins host Robert Scheer to talk about the larger-than-life writer they both greatly admired, but also the flesh-and-bones woman they both knew personally: Joan Didion.

A come to Jesus sermon from the Rev. Chris Hedges

December 24, 2021 08:00 - 33 minutes

During another pandemic holiday season when everyone could use a little faith, the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist talks to Robert Scheer about putting Christ back into Christmas. 

This whistleblower is a decades-long thorn in the U.S. government’s side

December 17, 2021 08:00 - 1 hour

Joseph Carson has spent most of his career as a federal employee challenging everything from the country’s nuclear weapons program to its whistleblower adjudication infrastructure. 

Obed Silva’s memoir delivers a transborder story as universal as love and loss

December 10, 2021 08:00 - 47 minutes

The Mexican-American author opens the wounds his father inflicted in a eulogistic debut that is as much about the U.S.-Mexico border as it is about healing.    

It’s time to free Leonard Peltier, America’s longest serving political Prisoner

December 03, 2021 08:00 - 59 minutes

The Native American activist’s attorney Kevin Sharp tells Robert Scheer why Peltier’s imprisonment is one of the worst miscarriages of justice this country has ever seen.   

California’s grim genocidal past implicates the University of California

November 19, 2021 08:00 - 41 minutes

Tony Platt’s recently re-released book, “Grave Matters” digs into the Golden State’s dark history of not only massacring Indigenous Peoples, but later desecrating their graves and excavating their remains without their descendants' consent. 

New indictments expose Democrats’ Russiagate obsession as a historic hoax.

November 12, 2021 08:00 - 1 hour

Aaron Maté joins Robert Scheer to discuss the damning new Justice Department evidence that the Hillary Clinton campaign conspired to finance and promote the totally fraudulent “Steele dossier.”

Why did a jury of seven US military officers blast the CIA for “torture performed by the most abusive regimes in modern history”?

November 05, 2021 07:00 - 41 minutes

Torture victim Majid Khan’s lawyer J. Wells Dixon joins Robert Scheer to discuss his client’s shocking testimony about the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation tactics.”

Daniel Hale and America’s unending persecution of whistleblowers

October 29, 2021 07:00 - 44 minutes

John Kiriakou joins Robert Scheer to discuss the plight of the whistleblower, sentenced to 45 months in prison for revealing how often drone strikes kill civilians. 

God “caged” in Jersey

October 22, 2021 07:00 - 42 minutes

Chris Hedges on his 10 years as a teacher and pupil creating theater in the U.S. prison plantation system.

The brave boys who helped end the Vietnam War

October 15, 2021 07:00 - 32 minutes

Documentary filmmaker Judith Ehrlich joins Robert Scheer on this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” to discuss “The Boys Who Said No,” a documentary about the Vietnam War draft resisters. 

Is America’s view of ‘evil’ Russia merely projection?

October 08, 2021 07:00 - 55 minutes

Joseph Weisberg, a former CIA officer and the creator of the TV show “The Americans,” joins Robert Scheer to examine common misconceptions about the Cold War. 

War is a multi-trillion-dollar racket and the Pentagon knows it

October 01, 2021 07:00 - 42 minutes

Andrew Cockburn brilliantly documents the motivations behind the U.S. military’s war lust in his new book, “Spoils of War.” 

The British-American lie that started 30 years of carnage in the Middle East

September 24, 2021 07:00 - 36 minutes

Journalist Stephen Davis documents in detail the lead up, cover up and aftermath of a 1990 hostage crisis that few recall.

A traitor to torture

September 10, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour

In this week’s installment of Scheer Intelligence, host Robert Scheer hears from Kiriakou the inside story of how the the program started as part of a cynical power struggle between the CIA and FBI, why torture does not save lives or secure better intelligence, and how, while the program was started under Republican President George W. Bush, it was a top appointee of President Obama, himself a key architect of the torture program, who chose to prosecute him five years after his interviews wi...

Paradoxical past, present and future of China's "socialist market"

September 03, 2021 07:00 - 42 minutes

In this week's Scheer Intelligence podcast, host Robert Scheer discusses the paradoxical past, present and future of China's "socialist market" economic model with Nathan Gardels, author of "It Is No Longer Glorious to Get Rich in China," published this week by Noema, a magazine of the Berggruen Institute. 

America’s war machine refuses to let Afghanistan go

August 27, 2021 07:00 - 36 minutes

Maj. Danny Sjursen weighs in on the U.S. exit from Afghanistan and Gen. David Petraeus’ dangerously false narrative about our country’s longest war.

Democrats’ destruction of America’s welfare system is coming back to haunt them

August 20, 2021 07:00 - 39 minutes

Peter Edelman examines how Americans are still tormented by the specter of President Bill Clinton’s worst domestic policy failure.

Prisons are an enabler of America’s obscene wealth

August 13, 2021 07:00 - 57 minutes

Prisoner-turned-journalist Eddie Conway talks about how the immorally cheap labor of those caught in the prison industrial complex is the shame of the U.S. economy.

Christianity is the linchpin in America’s war machine

August 06, 2021 07:00 - 37 minutes

Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, a professor of religious studies, examines how Christian rhetoric is used to justify endless wars and the “moral injury” they inflict.

The West is keeping the COVID-19 pandemic from ending

July 30, 2021 07:00 - 50 minutes

Activist Achal Prabhala speaks to Robert Scheer about the wealthy countries’ reluctance to end global vaccine apartheid.

The West Is Keeping the Covid-19 Pandemic From Ending

July 30, 2021 07:00 - 50 minutes

Activist Achal Prabhala speaks to Robert Scheer about the wealthy countries’ reluctance to end global vaccine apartheid.

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