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Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN
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The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Fired ‘Marketplace’ Reporter Wonders: Is Objective Journalism Dead?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Lewis Wallace (pictured), who was fired from the American Public Media show for questioning objective reporting under Trump.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936

Illustrator Edward Sorel and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discuss the impact of Astor’s love affairs on her movie career and the parallels between the film industry of the early 20th century and the industry of today.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Historian Juan Cole Warns Against Strongmen at Home and Abroad

In an interview by Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, the Middle East scholar also says that Islamic terrorism is overreported in the U.S. and criticizes the linking of violence and religion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Warns That the Recent Attacks on the Press Subvert Democracy

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down with the co-anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour” to discuss the future of journalism and the need for a more diverse media. Transcript added.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Geoff Cowan, Former Head of Voice of America, Stresses the Need for a Strong Press in the Trump Age

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the USC journalism professor, pictured, about opposition to the new Trump administration and the role of the media in these troubling times.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Heyday Books Publisher Steve Wasserman Discusses the Future of the Printed Word With Robert Scheer

Wasserman talks about actual books and e-books and recounts how Malcolm Margolin founded the company to champion indigenous people.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Willie Nelson: A Long Story From Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump

In part one of a two-part conversation at his home in Hawaii, the musician tells Truthdig’s editor in chief that his upbringing during the Depression was an ideal childhood.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tells Robert Scheer: I Am Not a Beat!

Truthdig’s editor in chief asks the co-founder of San Francisco’s famed City Lights Bookstore to discuss his life and his work with writers of the Beat Generation.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Best of ‘Scheer Intelligence’ 2016: Robert Scheer’s Guests Offer a Wealth of Insight

Once a week, Truthdig’s editor in chief interviews someone who, through long engagement with American culture or politics, has an informed and highly personal perspective on pressing issues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

China on My Mind: Robert Scheer Interviews Hollywood Producer Janet Yang

On KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the veteran filmmaker about Donald Trump’s belligerence toward China and the experience of the American film industry doing business with the all-too-convenient “evil empire.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with one of the leaders of California’s Democratic Party about the state’s paradox—how progressives swept the nation’s largest state in the 2016 election while Hillary Clinton got Trumped elsewhere in the country. Transcript added.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer Meets Blase Bonpane, a Priest Who Defied the Catholic Church

The priest and author of the new book “The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and War, Reverence and Critique” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his career working for peace in Central America and his conflicted relationship with his church.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Journalist Johann Hari Discuss Addiction and the War on Drugs

British journalist Johann Hari discusses his new book “Chasing the Scream,” about the history of the drug wars in the U.S. and how other nations approach drugs and addiction.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers

Sawant, who is in her second term on Seattle’s City Council, and Truthdig’s editor in chief discuss her political achievements and challenges. Audio and transcript.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Lizbeth Mateo Explore the Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Amy Trask Discuss Gender, Race and Profit in the World of Professional Sports

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief speaks with Amy Trask, who served as CEO of the Oakland Raiders for over a decade.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Thomas Frank on Democrats’ Shift Away From Addressing Inequality (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this repost, Truthdig Editor in Chief Scheer interviews the author to discuss his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” about how the Democrat Party abandoned the American working class. (Frank will join Scheer in Los Angeles on Oct. 30 for a public discussion about the upcoming presidential election and Frank’s book. See the jump for more information.) Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and David Dayen Uncover Untold Stories of the Mortgage Crisis

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief speaks with the author of the book “Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud.” Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer Interviews Misty K. Snow, the First Major-Party Transgender Nominee for U.S. Senate

The millennial, a Utah Democrat, tells Truthdig’s editor in chief how working full time in a supermarket and living paycheck to paycheck inspired her to run. Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer Interviews Gary Tyler, Wrongly Imprisoned for Decades

Tyler tells Truthdig’s editor in chief how he survived his years in the penitentiary after being wrongly convicted of murdering a 13-year-old boy. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss the Duplicity of Trump

Donald Trump’s success is not an accident. It’s the result of a corrupt capitalist system. The author of “The Making of Donald Trump” explains in a conversation with the Truthdig editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Libertarian Journalist Matt Welch Discuss Reason in America

Welch tells Truthdig’s editor in chief what it means to be a libertarian, how the Libertarian Party has grown during the 2016 presidential campaign and where libertarian values and progressive values overlap. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and ‘M.A.S.H.’ Actor Mike Farrell Discuss Ending the Death Penalty in America

Farrell tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his efforts to save the lives of people awaiting execution—and the pitfalls awaiting celebrities who get involved in social causes.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Assess the Merits of a Life of Virtue in a Careerist’s World

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Was America Great When It Burned Native American Babies? (Audio and Transcript)

Benjamin Madley, a history professor and author, joins Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer to talk about a too-little-known part of California’s history: the government-supported massacres of indigenous people.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

California Democratic Party Chair John Burton on Campaign Finance and the Election (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with John Burton, who has decades of experience working in the California political system.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Larry Gross Discuss the Rise of the U.S. Gay Community

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast, Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the author and academic about how formerly “invisible,” closeted gay men and women came—over the course of the middle and late 20th century—to form a community that wielded political power.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Barbara Williams Talk Tragedy, Fame and Fortune (Audio)

Barbara Williams, acclaimed Canadian actress, musician and author, tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about her difficult childhood and her path to a successful acting career.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Anthony Davis Discuss Football and Brain Trauma

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast, Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the former University of Southern California football player about living with the brain injuries Davis sustained during his celebrated career.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Speaks With Nomi Prins About the Connection Between Washington and Wall Street

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor in chief’s podcast on KCRW—author, journalist and former investment banker Nomi Prins explains the culture of Wall Street and its influence on government.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer and Sandy Tolan Confront the Grimness of Life in the West Bank

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks to the author of the book “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” about music’s role in the life of children in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Posted on May 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer Talks About Disrupting Militarism With Codepink’s Jodie Evans

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with the activist to discuss her organization’s efforts to move the United States away from military conflict, as well as the origins of her activism.

Posted on May 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer Talks With Eddie Conway About Making Real News After Prison

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with the former Black Panther to hear about how he helped fellow prisoners organize for reform while serving nearly 44 years for a murder he didn’t commit.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer Talks With Journalist Jason Leopold About the Power of the FOIA (Audio)

A reporter for Vice News, Leopold spent years using the Freedom of Information Act to sue the U.S. government to obtain documents he believes Americans are entitled to know about, leading some in the government to brand him a “FOIA terrorist.”

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Robert Scheer Talks With Madison Shockley About the Meanings of Christianity (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Shockley to discuss the Christian leader’s family history with racism and what it means to be Christian today. Transcript included.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With William Binney About the iPhone and Blowing the Whistle on the NSA

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer sits down with William Binney, a former National Security Agency official turned whistleblower, to discuss the fight between Apple and the U.S. government over access to Americans’ cellphone data.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Professor and Former Drug Dealer D. Watkins About Life in Baltimore

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—author, professor and activist D. Watkins discusses his book about life in Baltimore and why he has chosen to stay in the struggling city.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Ron Kovic About the Continuing Struggle of Veterans

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist Ron Kovic discusses what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Speaks With Jill Stein About the Green Party and the 2016 Election

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Stein talks about her evolution from a Harvard idealist to a family physician, environmental activist and now political candidate, and why she believes she and Bernie Sanders are more similar than different.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate and Voice Against Corporate Power

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Nader talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders and the conditions he believes that Sanders must set in order to endorse Hillary Clinton in the event she wins the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer on ‘The Hunting Ground’—a Documentary About Sexual Assault on Campus

By Robert Scheer

In the fifth episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief discusses the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (airing again on Sunday, Dec. 27 on CNN) with its director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. The film has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault and how educational institutions handle accusations of rape.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Hosts Dennis Kucinich—an Unpredictable American Original

By Robert Scheer

In the third episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” eight-term Ohio congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich raps about the underbelly of U.S. politics going back to his days as Cleveland’s “boy mayor” in the late 1970s.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer and David Talbot Explore the Origins of America’s Secret Government

By Robert Scheer

In the second episode of “Scheer Intelligence”—Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new KCRW podcast—Salon.com founding Editor David Talbot tells how former CIA chief Allen Dulles defied Franklin Roosevelt to conscript former Nazi leaders in preparation for war with the Soviet Union—one of many deviations from official history that are recounted in Talbot’s new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard.” (With transcript)

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

AUDIO: Robert Scheer and John Dean on Richard Nixon, Ted Cruz and the Abuse of Power

By Robert Scheer

In the premiere episode of KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal. In this podcast, Dean offers his take on the misuse of power under the guise of national security—both during the Nixon era and today.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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