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Deconstructed

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Each week The Intercept’s Washington, D.C. bureau brings you one important or overlooked story from the political world. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and a rotating cast of journalists, politicians, academics and historians tell you what the rest of the media are missing.

155 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

Michael Isikoff on Julian Assange and Monica Lewinsky

October 15th, 2021

43:57

As the US continues to pursue Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition from the UK, an explosive story from Yahoo News has revealed that top …

Facebook's Very Bad Week Just Got Worse

October 8th, 2021

48:52

On Sunday, a former Facebook data scientist went on 60 Minutes to accuse the company of defrauding its advertising customers and deliberately engineering social division and ethnic strife. Then on Monday, the entire …

Hold the Line: The Progressive Caucus Makes Its Stand

October 2nd, 2021

31:27

This week, progressives in the House of Representatives were able to stall an effort by the centrist dark money group No Labels to separate the infrastructure portion of President Biden’s reconciliation bill from the …

Nina Turner on Her Loss and Future

September 24th, 2021

53:55

In December, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge was nominated to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development by president-elect Biden. Former Ohio state senator and surrogate for both the 2016 and 2020 Bernie Sanders …

Tax the Rich

September 17th, 2021

36:49

The next few weeks will be crucial for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which is central to Joe Biden’s agenda. Pennsylvania congressman Brendan Boyle of the House Ways and Means Committee joins Ryan …

King Manchin

September 10th, 2021

35:06

It’s become a familiar pattern for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin: first, announce your opposition to a Biden legislative priority. Second, extract some concessions on the theory that this will attract Republican …

Line 3 and a Week of Climate Catastrophe

September 4th, 2021

41:17

More than 45 dead after remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed the Northeast. In Louisiana, where the hurricane hit days before, hundreds of thousands remain without electricity. Meanwhile, massive fires in the West have …

Andrew Quilty and Ilhan Omar on Afghanistan

August 28th, 2021

31:56

A suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul on Thursday struck crowds that had gathered in hope of escaping the country. ISIS-K, an …

Anand Gopal And Richard Ojeda On Afghanistan

August 21st, 2021

1:05:21

A media consensus has quickly emerged around the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal, and it goes like this: whatever its merits in the …

The Era of Climate Denial is Over

August 13th, 2021

47:46

This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released the first part of its latest report on the state of the Earth’s climate. It details with greater certainty than ever before the links between …

Cori Bush on the Shame and Power of Poverty

August 6th, 2021

24:46

Last week, congress failed to pass an extension to the COVID-19 eviction moratorium. In response several members of the house, including congresswomen Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, camped out on the steps of …

The Coup That Wasn't

July 23rd, 2021

42:48

The assasination earlier this month of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse is raising new questions about the threat posed by international mercenaries. …

Antitrust Makes a Comeback

July 16th, 2021

40:40

Last Friday President Biden announced a sweeping executive order aimed at ending what he called a 40-year “experiment of letting giant corporations …

How “The People’s Mayor” Saved Public Power

July 2nd, 2021

47:02

25 years before he first ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, 31-year-old Dennis Kucinich was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio — at the …

Chelsea Manning Meets Ken Klippenstein

June 25th, 2021

48:44

Since leaving prison in 2017, former intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been busy. She ran unsuccessfully for senate in her …

Joe Manchin Gets Candid With Billionaire Donors in Leaked Audio

June 16th, 2021

58:22

The Intercept's Lee Fang obtained audio of the powerful West Virginia senator on a call with the centrist political group No Labels.

 

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Banishing the Ghosts of the Great Recession

June 11th, 2021

38:42

For decades, economic policymakers have viewed full employment as a scourge to be avoided at all costs, betokening as it does the grim spectre of …

Race and Taxes

June 4th, 2021

35:46

As part of his “Build Back Better” plan, President Biden has promised to “advance racial equity across the American economy.” In her new book, “The Whiteness of Wealth,” Emory law professor Dorothy Brown argues that …

Losing the Asymmetric War

May 28th, 2021

47:18

Republicans in Arizona are hoping to overturn their state’s presidential election result, creating a template that they can apply in Georgia, …

Life and Death in Occupied Palestine

May 21st, 2021

41:23

On May 7, Israeli police raided the Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem during the evening prayer. Hamas responded a few days later by launching rockets …

The System That Killed Berta Cáceres

May 14th, 2021

42:40

When Berta Cáceres was murdered in 2016, she was the leading environmental activist in Honduras and, arguably, the world. A member of the indigenous …

The Deconstructed May Day Special

May 7th, 2021

44:21

May Day is the biggest day of the year for the international labour movement, but it passes almost unmentioned each year in the United States. That’s …

Matt Bruenig on Joe Biden's American Families Plan

April 29th, 2021

38:37

On Wednesday night, Joe Biden gave his first presidential address to a joint session of Congress, though it was sparsely attended so that social …

The Whistleblower Trying to Stop the Next Financial Crisis

April 23rd, 2021

33:03

If you were reading the news back in 2008, then you probably remember how residential mortgage backed securities fuelled by subprime mortgages tanked the global economy. Well now John Flynn, a veteran of the mortgage …

The New Mexico Spring

April 16th, 2021

34:21

When Michelle Lujan Grisham defeated Eric Griego in the race for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district in 2012, it put the left wing of the state’s Democratic Party on the backfoot. 9 years later, the state’s …

A Big New Idea to End the Border Crisis

April 8th, 2021

24:43

Earlier this week Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware led a congressional delegation to a Texas immigration detention facility housing children who arrived unaccompanied at the border. Also on the trip was Rep. Veronica Escobar …

From Coyotes to Coffin Ships: Joe Biden and the Border

April 3rd, 2021

36:44

If Joe Biden is looking for inspiration on immigration policy, he might look to a speech he gave in 2013 when he was inducted into the Irish America …

Daniel Ellsberg on Biden and Whistleblowers

March 26th, 2021

52:52

In his first press conference as president, Joe Biden decided not to address his decision to continue to seek the extradition of Wikileaks founder …

Medicare for All Just Got a Massive Boost

March 19th, 2021

45:35

This week New Jersey congressman Frank Pallone, the chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, gave the legislative push for …

Bernie Backers Took Over the Nevada Democratic Party. The Old Guard Walked Out.

March 9th, 2021

28:25

On Saturday, a year after Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses, a slate of progressive candidates swept elections for leadership positions in the state Party. Ryan Grim talks to activist Keenan Korth and to Judith …

What's Really in the Covid Relief Bill?

March 5th, 2021

39:59

This week the House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion Covid relief package by a 220-210 vote. It now moves to the Senate, where it will have to make it past a Republican filibuster. Huffpost reporter Arthur …

France and the Myth of the Color-Blind Society

February 26th, 2021

39:59

After a series of high-profile terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in France, the country finds itself in a heated debate over some of its most …

Texas Republicans Ran a Twenty-Year Experiment. The Results Are In.

February 19th, 2021

34:17

In the early 2000s, after gaining control of the Texas House of Representatives for the first time in modern history, Republicans undertook a …

Let’s End the War in Yemen

February 12th, 2021

42:40

In his first significant foreign policy announcement since taking office, President Biden broke with both former presidents Donald Trump and Barack …

Filibuster or Bust

February 5th, 2021

53:07

If President Joe Biden is going to be able to pass any part of his agenda, he'll need to get it past the Senate filibuster. That's likely impossible given the chamber's 50-50 split. Is it time to finally change the …

Could the For the People Act Save American Democracy?

February 1st, 2021

49:42

H.R.1, also known as the For The People Act, is a sweeping reform bill that aims to make voting easier, gerrymandering harder, and to generally rein …

What’s the Path Forward for Medicare for All?

January 29th, 2021

33:00

In February, House Democrats will be re-introducing legislation to create a universal, single-payer healthcare system in the United States. Leading the effort will be Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington. Ryan Grim talks …

A Reckoning Over Homophobia in the Democratic Party

January 22nd, 2021

40:51

On January 13th, the Cambridge Democratic City Committee met to discuss a resolution calling for the resignation of Massachusetts state party chair …

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Her Escape From the Capitol Riot

January 15th, 2021

26:40

When a mob attacked the Capitol building on January 6th in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory, Rep. Pramila …

Inside the Insurrection

January 7th, 2021

22:34

On Wednesday afternoon supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building, overwhelming police and forcing the representatives inside …

Could Trump Still Try to Attack Iran?

January 5th, 2021

23:55

One year ago, the U.S. government assassinated Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani by drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport. Is it …

Puerto Ricans Voted for Statehood (Again). What Happens Now?

December 18th, 2020

41:49

On election day last month, 52% of Puerto Rican voters answered “yes” to the following question: Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the …

Inside Biden's Meeting With Civil Rights Leaders

December 10th, 2020

15:19

On Tuesday Joe Biden held a zoom call with civil rights leaders from across the country to discuss matters of policy and his cabinet selections. The …

A Political History of Georgia

December 4th, 2020

59:00

With runoff elections in Georgia next month poised to determine control of the US Senate, national media have turned their eyes south. To help you …

What Can Biden Do Without the Senate?

November 20th, 2020

56:57

Come 2021 the Democrats are likely to find themselves in control of the Presidency and the House but not the Senate — meaning Mitch McConnell will be …

Populism Versus the Consulting Class

November 13th, 2020

1:07:04

The circular firing squad over the Democrats’ underperformance in congressional races has already begun. Party leaders are blaming “the squad” and …

What Happened?

November 6th, 2020

45:10

November 3rd, 2020 was supposed to be the Democrats’ moment of glory: polls predicted a comfortable victory for former Vice President Joe Biden, as …

The Rise of the Radical Moms

October 30th, 2020

49:25

Women across the U.S. found themselves suddenly drawn to politics after the shock election of Donald Trump four years ago. On this week’s podcast, …

The Final Debate

October 23rd, 2020

33:17

Donald Trump and Joe Biden met for their final debate before the 2020 election on Thursday night. Trump continued his recent attacks on Biden’s son Hunter and his foreign business dealings, while Biden went after …

Amy Coney Barrett and the Looming Google Antitrust Case

October 17th, 2020

52:31

Republicans appear set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Ryan Grim talks to Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America about the last 50 years of right-wing legal activism. Then Luther Lowe, Senior Vice …

In Eric Branstad, The Trump Administration Has Its Own Hunter Biden Problem

October 16th, 2020

25:44

When President Trump abruptly reversed an order penalizing the Chinese telecom company ZTE for selling to North Korea and Iran in 2018, it confused almost everyone. Why was the get-tough-on-China-president suddenly …

A Look at the 2020 Congressional Landscape

October 9th, 2020

34:02

Wordpress entry text: A Georgia senator compares herself to Attila the Hun. An Alaska senate challenger brags about fighting a bear. While the president’s Covid diagnosis has dominated the headlines, local and state …

A Goodbye Message from Mehdi

October 2nd, 2020

8:53

A special message from Deconstructed host Mehdi Hasan. Mehdi talks to Intercept DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim about where he's headed and what's next for the podcast.

 

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Why You Should Care About the Extradition of Julian Assange

October 2nd, 2020

34:10

Julian Assange's impending extradition to the United States could set a dangerous new precedent in international law by allowing powerful governments …

What Do We Do if Trump Won’t Go?

September 25th, 2020

29:12

Fears are growing, stoked by the president’s own comments, that he will refuse to peacefully leave office should he lose the election in November. …

Do Democrats Risk Repeating the Mistakes of the Financial Crisis in the Era of Covid-19?

September 17th, 2020

17:52

As the US economy was spiralling out of control in 2008 and 2009, economist James Galbraith predicted that an insufficiently large stimulus would …

The Political Revolution Comes to the Statehouse

September 11th, 2020

23:44

Progressive candidates won big in this week’s Rhode Island primaries, thanks in large part to an array of left-wing organising groups that have sprung up there in the last few years to promote candidates for state and …

Markey Won. Morse Lost. What Happens Next?

September 3rd, 2020

25:14

This week all eyes were on a pair of hard-fought Democratic primaries in Massachusetts. Senator Ed Markey staved off a primary challenge from Joe …

Is QAnon the Future of the Republican Party?

August 28th, 2020

34:18

QAnon is a far-ranging conspiracy theory that alleges, among other things, that a patriotic Trump supporter (or supporters) embedded in the highest levels of the U.S. government has been using internet forums to send …

Democratic Convention Special: Do Biden and Harris Have What It Takes to Beat Trump?

August 21st, 2020

37:11

This week, The Democrats broadcast their nominating convention from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it was a largely virtual affair, with generally well-reviewed speeches from leading party …

The Trump Child Abuse Scandal

July 9th, 2020

38:40

It’s been two years since the peak of public outcry over the Trump administration’s decision to begin separating the children of unauthorized migrant …

Can We Build a Politics of Hope?

July 2nd, 2020

47:23

Deep down, are humans really selfish, brutal, and cruel? For much of the last century the most famous experiments in social science, from the Stanford prison experiment to the Stanley Milgram electric shock study have …

The Rise of the Left (with Mondaire Jones)

June 25th, 2020

35:47

This week’s Democratic primaries in Kentucky, New York, and Virginia saw a number of progressive challengers defeating moderate or establishment …

Let’s Defund The Military, Too

June 18th, 2020

34:10

The United States has by far the world’s largest military budget, accounting for 15% of all federal spending, and nearly half of all discretionary spending. Presidents of both parties have repeatedly failed to bring the …

Is It Time To Defund the Police?

June 11th, 2020

29:53

In the wake of global protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, a movement to redirect public resources away from …

Is This Trump’s Reichstag Fire Moment?

June 4th, 2020

32:58

President Trump has seized on the nationwide protest movement that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer to …

One Hundred Thousand Dead From The Coronavirus. What Happens Next?

May 28th, 2020

38:10

The U.S. passed a tragic milestone this week, becoming the first country in the world to record 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. Is there an …

Is Bill Barr the Most Dangerous Member of the Trump Administration?

May 21st, 2020

34:52

Attorney General William Barr has emerged as the shrewdest and most effective member of the Trump administration, weaponizing the Department of Justice to protect the president and his allies while threatening …

Is Elon Musk a Fraud?

May 14th, 2020

35:40

Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to voice his frustrations about the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in Alameda County, …

Are Trump and the Anti-Lockdown Militias Itching For Violence?

May 7th, 2020

33:50

Protests have broken out in and around several state capitols, with demonstrators, among them armed right-wing militia members, attempting …

Joe Biden Thinks We Should Believe Women—Just Not Tara Reade

April 30th, 2020

39:10

In March, former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade went public with the explosive allegation that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe …

Has The Coronavirus Made The Ultimate Case For Medicare For All?

April 23rd, 2020

39:12

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed gaping holes in the United States’ medical system, and the lack of access to tests and treatment has many …

The Media Helped Elect Trump in 2016. Are they Doing it Again?

April 16th, 2020

41:24

The president’s nightly Coronavirus Task Force briefings are increasingly coming to resemble campaign rallies without the crowds: excuses for Trump to showboat in front of TV cameras, praise his own managerial …

Is Donald Trump Criminally Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths?

April 2nd, 2020

35:52

Deaths from Covid-19 continued to mount this week as the U.S. surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases, more than any other country in the world. …

Introducing Somebody

March 30th, 2020

3:26

Reporter Alison Flowers attempts to discover the truth about the shooting death of a young man on Chicago’s south side in 2016, teaming up with the young man’s mother, Shapearl Wells, who launched her own …

Is the Trump Cult a Death Cult?

March 25th, 2020

38:57

This week President Trump began asserting that the United States would once again be “open for business” by Easter, on April 12th. He …

How to Save the U.S. Economy, With AOC and Stephanie Kelton

March 20th, 2020

32:50

Border Closures. Economic meltdown. Skyrocketing unemployment claims. Every day brings new news of the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented …

Bernie Versus Biden: Who Won the Debate?

March 16th, 2020

35:05

The 11th Democratic primary debate on Sunday was an unusual one. It was a one-on-one encounter between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, held without an audience in Washington D.C. due to mounting fears surrounding …

Capitalism Versus Coronavirus

March 12th, 2020

32:15

From just a handful of cases a few weeks ago, the COVID-19 outbreak in the US has ballooned to over a thousand cases nationwide. The Trump …

Can Biden Still Be Stopped?

March 4th, 2020

32:44

It’s being described as one of the biggest turnarounds in presidential primary history. After disappointing results in Iowa, New Hampshire, …

Debate Special: The One Where Everyone Attacks Bernie

February 26th, 2020

34:20

With victories in New Hampshire and Nevada and a firm lead in the national polls, Bernie Sanders is now unquestionably the frontrunner in …

How Bloomberg Blew it In Las Vegas

February 20th, 2020

28:12

On Wednesday night, 6 of the remaining Democratic candidates faced off in Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucuses. All eyes were on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, despite sitting out the early …

Live from L.A. with John Legend and Patrisse Cullors

February 13th, 2020

49:42

The United States has the biggest prison population of any country on the planet. The crime rate is down, but the incarceration rate …

Rigged: The Acquittal of Donald J Trump

February 6th, 2020

39:54

As predicted, the Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to find President Donald J. Trump not guilty on both articles of …

Does Joe Biden Have a Corruption Problem?

January 30th, 2020

33:14

On January 20th, The Guardian published an op-ed by New York attorney and law professor Zephyr Teachout entitled “‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem – it makes him a weak candidate”. In it, …

Why is Billionaire Tom Steyer Running for President?

January 23rd, 2020

27:00

With the Iowa caucuses less than two weeks away, the Democratic primary increasingly seems like a two-way contest between former Vice …

Truth, Lies, and the Democratic Debate

January 15th, 2020

32:42

Six of the remaining Democratic candidates met in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday night for their final debate before the state holds its …

Why Don’t We Care About China’s Uighur Muslims?

December 29th, 2019

37:42

It’s been described as the worst human rights crisis in the world — the arbitrary detention in sprawling camps of a million or more Uighur Muslims in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province. The Chinese …

Nixon, Clinton, and What the Right Gets Wrong About Impeachment

December 5th, 2019

33:03

The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, with testimony from a quartet of legal scholars from major …

It's Giving Tuesday!

December 3rd, 2019

4:06

If you're one of the many listeners who enjoys Deconstructed every week, we have a special favor to ask you. Today is Giving Tuesday - a day to celebrate and support the causes and organizations you believe in. …

Who Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate?

November 21st, 2019

35:06

In the days leading up to the November Democratic debate in Atlanta, everyone seemed to agree that attacks on Pete Buttigieg would be the …

Does Liberal Canada Have a Dark Side?

November 14th, 2019

53:38

Liberals across the West often imagine Canada as a progressive paradise — a tolerant land, welcoming to immigrants, where marijuana is legal …

The Bernie Sanders Interview

November 7th, 2019

32:58

With three months to go until the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders finds himself fighting to make headway against the other frontrunners in the Democratic primary. While he appears to have bounced back from his …

Deconstructed Special: The Noam Chomsky Interview

October 31st, 2019

38:01

Linguist, activist, and political theorist Noam Chomsky has been speaking out against U.S. interventionism from Vietnam to Latin America and …

How to Resist: Live with Ilhan Omar and Michael Moore

October 24th, 2019

51:36

In a live taping of The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast, host Mehdi Hasan is joined by two of America’s leading progressive voices: first-term Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American and …

Is It Time for Democrats to Fight Dirty?

October 17th, 2019

30:38

The twelve leading Democratic candidates met in Westerville, Ohio on Tuesday for the fourth debate of the 2020 primary season. The usual topics—healthcare, taxes, the impeachment inquiry—dominated the …

Beto O’Rourke to Democrats: Go Big On Impeachment

October 10th, 2019

32:26

Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke became the Democratic Party’s golden boy in 2018 thanks to his near-miss campaign against Senator Ted Cruz. …

The Silencing of Kashmir: Arundhati Roy on India, Modi, and Fascism

October 3rd, 2019

30:48

India’s clampdown on the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir is entering its third month, and while the right-wing government of Prime …

Finally, Impeachment: Julián Castro on Trump and Ukraine

September 26th, 2019

33:32

It finally happened: on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of a formal impeachment inquiry against President …

Israel: Democracy or Apartheid?

September 19th, 2019

28:46

Israeli voters returned to the polls this week for the second time in five months to elect the 120 members of the Knesset, the country’s …

Democratic Debate: Is Joe Biden OK?

September 13th, 2019

37:02

The Democratic candidates met in Houston on Thursday night for a third round of televised debates. This time the format was limited to a single night with 10 participants, which meant that for the first time, …

Who Won the First Democratic Debates?

June 28th, 2019

38:03

A whopping 20 Democratic presidential candidates met in Miami, Florida this week for the first in what promises to be a very long season of primary debates. Pre-debate buzz centered around frontrunners like …

Iran Crisis: Have We Learned Nothing from The Iraq War?

June 20th, 2019

35:51

Calls for military action against Iran grew louder this week in response to the Trump Administration’s claims that the Islamic Republic was …

Why Won't the Democratic Candidates Move to the Left on Foreign Policy?

June 13th, 2019

35:33

The Democratic candidates have introduced a raft of radical progressive proposals on the domestic policy front, from Medicare for All to …

Why is Andrew Yang Running for President?

June 6th, 2019

35:46

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a 44-year-old former businessman and philanthropist, has garnered a devoted fanbase (dubbed …

Brexit and the Rise of the British Trumps

May 30th, 2019

32:35

This week’s EU Parliament elections sent political shockwaves across Europe, with far-right nationalist parties racking up major victories …

Joe Biden Would Be a Disaster

May 23rd, 2019

36:02

Former Vice President Joe Biden has jumped to a surprisingly large lead in the Democratic race. But in an era when Democrats are increasingly young, racially diverse, and socialist-leaning, are they really …

Will John Bolton Finally Get His War With Iran?

May 16th, 2019

36:13

U.S. officials this week accused Iran of orchestrating “sabotage” attacks on Saudi tankers near the Persian Gulf, escalating an already …

Is Trump a Fascist?

May 9th, 2019

32:57

The F-word gets thrown around a lot these days. But with the president fear-mongering about immigrants, turning a blind eye to political …

The Case For (and Against) Impeaching Trump

May 2nd, 2019

35:39

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election didn’t provide the smoking gun on collusion with Russia …

The Case Against AIPAC

March 28th, 2019

32:51

This week AIPAC came to town for its annual policy conference in the capital, with speakers including Vice President Mike Pence, Senate …

Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Trump, Islamophobia, and His Presidential Bid

March 21st, 2019

31:34

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is not a traditional candidate for the nation’s highest office. But recently, he’s turned …

Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting

March 14th, 2019

34:22

Erik Prince, the founder and CEO of the world’s most notorious mercenary company, Blackwater, landed in hot water during an interview with Mehdi Hasan at the Oxford Union in the U.K. Prince repeatedly claimed …

Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism

March 7th, 2019

28:41

Many have attributed Bernie Sanders’ loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries to a poor showing among black voters. Bernie has since worked hard to make inroads there, incorporating theme racial …

Ilhan Omar Speaks Out On Her Twitter Scandal, Anti-Semitism, and a Progressive Foreign Policy

February 28th, 2019

32:24

Earlier this month, Rep. Ilhan Omar, freshman House Democrat and one of the first two Muslim American women ever elected to Congress, found herself mired in controversy over tweets about the American Israel …

Why Won’t the Media Discuss Trump’s Mental Instability?

February 21st, 2019

32:06

Donald Trump’s rose garden speech last week announcing his emergency declaration over the “crisis” at the southern border was rambling, incoherent, and unhinged: in short, everything we’ve come to expect from …

The Truth About Islam and Democracy

February 14th, 2019

28:44

Hundreds of millions of Muslims the world over live in democracies of some shape or form, yet a narrative persists in the West that Islam and democracy are incompatible. On this week’s show, Mehdi Hasan is …

Who’s Really Afraid of Socialism?

February 7th, 2019

31:25

“Tonight,” proclaimed Donald Trump in his State of the Union Address, “we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” …

Is It Time For Kamala Harris To Reckon With Her Right-Wing Past?

January 31st, 2019

28:41

Since getting elected to the senate, Kamala Harris has become one of the most progressive voices in the chamber, supporting Medicare for All …

Intercept Podcast Special: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

January 28th, 2019

40:09

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Intercept reporters Ryan Grim and Briahna Joy Gray for an in-depth conversation about her approach to …

What You Can't Say About Israel (with Marc Lamont Hill)

January 24th, 2019

33:29

There are signs that U.S. opinion might be shifting on Israel and its illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. But the defenders of the Israeli government aren’t going to just give up without a fight. …

When Do We “Impeach the Motherf*cker”? (with Rashida Tlaib)

January 17th, 2019

29:36

In the wake of the 2018 midterms, the Democratic party in congress is looking a lot more diverse—not just in terms of gender and ethnicity, …

Introducing Murderville

December 13th, 2018

34:19

Introducing Murderville, a new investigative podcast from The Intercept.  Episode 1: Murder at Taco Bell. A murder in the small southern town of Adel, Georgia, sent Devonia Inman to jail 20 years ago.  He was …

Is This the Democrat Who Can Beat Trump in the Rust Belt in 2020?

December 6th, 2018

35:11

The presidential primary season kicks off next year and there is one big question hanging over the Democratic party: the rust belt. For the …

George H.W. Bush: The Inconvenient Truth

December 4th, 2018

37:58

U.S. media have been busy painting a very rosy picture of former president George H.W. Bush since his death last week. While he did stand up to the gun lobby, sign the Americans with Disabilities Act, and …

The Senate Just Took a Major Step Toward Ending the War In Yemen

November 29th, 2018

30:30

The United States Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to advance a resolution withdrawing all unauthorized U.S. military support for the …

Trump’s Top Ten Lies and Why They Matter (with Daniel Dale)

November 21st, 2018

35:11

Donald Trump lies consistently, at all times of day. He even gets up in the middle of the night to tweet, and that tweet almost always turns out to be a lie. A lie is produced each time his lips move. And this …

Why the Democrats Can (and Should) Impeach Trump

November 15th, 2018

30:04

Impeaching President Donald Trump is a pipe dream, many say. Nancy Pelosi, who’s expected to be the new House speaker, isn’t keen on going for impeachment, nor is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — and a …

Midterms Special: Who Won, Who Lost, and What Happens Next?

November 7th, 2018

44:00

The most important, historic, and consequential midterm election of our lives is over. It wasn’t quite a blue wave, but the Democrats, while …

Race or Class: What Will Drive Trump Voters in the Midterms?

November 1st, 2018

41:22

The midterm elections are almost here and they’re haunted by the spectre of loyal Trump voters. Two years ago, white, working class voters swept Donald Trump into office as a way of expressing their anger over …

Is Trump Inciting Far Right Terror In the U.S.?

October 29th, 2018

30:08

Over the past few days, 11 people were massacred in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, the country’s top Democrats have been targeted with pipe bombs, and two black people were executed in a grocery store in Kentucky. …

From Caravans to Cages: Why Trump Bashes Migrants

October 25th, 2018

28:38

If the media is to be believed, the United States is about to be overrun by a horde of terrorists and criminals from Central America. It’s a distraction from what has really been an immigration crisis at the …

Why Won't Trump Condemn the Saudis? (Hint: It's Israel. Also, Iran)

October 18th, 2018

27:52

The United States and Saudi Arabia have been best friends since 1945, even after 9/11, when 15 of the 19 hijackers who brought down the Twin …

Live Special: Are the Democrats Ready to Get Radical?

October 11th, 2018

55:21

In this special, live-recorded episode of Deconstructed, Mehdi Hasan is joined by a panel of leftist lawmakers and advocates, Sen. Jeff …

The Right Won the Battle Over Kavanaugh. Can the Left Win the War?

October 6th, 2018

44:52

Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed today as Supreme Court Justice of the United States in a 50-48 vote in the Senate, despite three …

Riz Ahmed on Politics, Identity, and Being Brown in Hollywood

October 4th, 2018

28:26

Riz Ahmed became the first actor of South Asian descent and the first Muslim to win an Emmy last year when he picked up the award for

What The Kavanaugh Scandal Says About America

September 27th, 2018

31:44

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by three different women, one of whom said that she witnessed his …

Is Ilhan Omar Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare?

September 20th, 2018

28:58

After decisively beating five other candidates in last month’s primary race to represent Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional district, Ilhan Omar is on her way to becoming the first African refugee and …

Why is America Helping to Kill Kids in Yemen?

September 13th, 2018

27:09

Since a Saudi-led coalition began bombarding Yemen in March 2015, more than 10,000 people have been killed and over 2 million displaced. …

The White Supremacy Court Upholds the Muslim Ban

June 26th, 2018

29:01

On Tuesday the Supreme Court handed the president a huge victory in Trump v. Hawaii, the case challenging the legality of his executive order barring citizens of five Muslim-majority countries from entering the …

Confronting the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign Policy

June 22nd, 2018

26:47

Barack Obama was one of the most polarizing presidents of the modern era. To the right, he was a weak, feckless leader and to the left, he …

Will the U.S. Ever Give Up Its Nukes?

June 15th, 2018

30:04

This week Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean head of state, raising the prospect that the repressive dictatorship might finally take steps toward dismantling its nuclear …

Elizabeth Warren v. the District of Corruption

June 8th, 2018

29:42

Between appointing his daughter and son-in-law to senior White House positions, engaging in business deals with foreign governments, and “encouraging” diplomats and dignitaries to book rooms in his hotels, …

The War on Immigrants

June 1st, 2018

29:25

The Trump administration is targeting migrant and refugee children to achieve its policy goal at the border, crack down on immigration, and …

Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook

May 25th, 2018

22:58

Five years ago this week Edward Snowden absconded to Hong Kong with a trove of documents detailing the extent of the U.S. government's global and domestic surveillance programs. Snowden’s leaks helped expose …

How The Trumps Screwed Palestine

May 18th, 2018

29:03

Two Palestinians join Mehdi Hasan to discuss U.S. coverage of Jerusalem and how to get prominent Democratic politicians to take the …

Is Trump Trying to Start a War with Iran?

May 11th, 2018

29:56

The president announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, citing Israeli intel purporting to show that Iran has resumed its nuclear weapons program. Does this move us one step closer to war? Has …

Will the Media Ever Stand Up to Trump? (with Judd Apatow)

May 4th, 2018

29:04

Comedian and Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the U.S. media’s cozy relationship with politicians. …

The Killing Fields of Gaza

April 27th, 2018

28:49

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are demonstrating and calling for their right to return to their ancestral lands for the fifth Friday in a row. Israeli forces have been responding with force, killing at least 40 …

How Bad Is The News? (With Hasan Minhaj)

April 20th, 2018

27:24

Comedian Hasan Minhaj is best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show and his acclaimed stand-up special "Homecoming King." This year he’s slated to host his own talk show on Netflix, and on …

Is Trump About To Start An Illegal War With Syria?

April 13th, 2018

26:35

The war in Syria has seen seven long years of bloodshed, terror, and foreign interventions. And now, once again, the alleged use of chemical weapons has prompted president Donald Trump to threaten bombing the …

Why Black Lives Still Don't Matter

April 6th, 2018

29:50

In her first national interview, Stephon Clark’s fiancée Salena Manni speaks out on his death at the hands of Sacramento police. She calls …

Will John Bolton Get Us All Killed?

March 30th, 2018

25:00

By now you’ve heard about John Bolton’s bluster, warmongering, and disregard for international law. What you probably don’t know is that …

We Need to Talk About Inequality (with Bernie Sanders)

March 23rd, 2018

23:25

The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan sits down with independent senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to discuss why the mainstream press ignores so many of the economic issues that affect the lives …

Coming Soon: Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

March 1st, 2018

1:24

A new podcast from The Intercept that cuts through the political drivel and media misinformation to give you a straight take on one big news …

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