Wider View Radio Podcast
The Putin Interview analyzed by Mark Sleboda

The Putin Interview analyzed by Mark Sleboda

July 14, 2019

This is the second half of my interview of Mark Sleboda. In this episode, we discuss the recent interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin by Financial Times editor Lionel Barber. We discuss liberalism and globalization from the Russian perspective. 

Russia and Iran - Analysis by Mark Sleboda

Russia and Iran - Analysis by Mark Sleboda

July 8, 2019

International affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda joins me again from Moscow to discuss the Russian government's relationship with Iran and likely scenarios following an outbreak of war in the region. 

 

War against Iran? - Kaveh Afrasaibi Discusses the Possibilities and Problems

War against Iran? - Kaveh Afrasaibi Discusses the Possibilities and Problems

June 28, 2019

I'm joined this week by Dr. Kaveh Afrasaibi.  Dr. Afrasaibi has a PhD in Political Science from Boston University and has taught at the University of Tehran, Boston University and Bentley University and been a visiting scholar at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Binghamton University and the Center for Strategic Research in Tehran.  He is the author or co-author of several books including 3 on Iran’s Nuclear Program.

Dr. Afrasaibi writes frequently for a number of web sites.  Here are some of his recent articles on the Iran crisis:

You can find out more at his website kavehafrasiabi.com.

Victor Pickard on Democratizing the Media

Victor Pickard on Democratizing the Media

June 23, 2019

This is the last of a 3-part series on the media and features Professor Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania discussing the pressures on today's media and what we need to do to make media more democratic.

If you're interested in a progressive vision for the future of media in the United States, you'll find Dr. Pickard's comments very helpful. 

Dr. Pickard is also a Director of the Media, Inequality and Change Center, a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information. 

Joe Emersberger on the State of the Media

Joe Emersberger on the State of the Media

June 13, 2019

Joe Emersberger joins me to discuss the state of the media today.  We talk about the repetition of government propaganda, the lack of resources available to journalists in the field, and the crackdown on independent journalists, particularly Julian Assange.

The Death of Our Free Press

The Death of Our Free Press

June 9, 2019

The first of a 3-part series on the state of the media.  This week we discuss these topics:

  • Independent local newspapers are a thing of the past and local news is effectively absent in large portions of the country.  
  • Mainstream media present or fail to present news stories based on their marketing goals and the preconceptions of their target audience.
  • News stories are designed to make you feel part of a group that is fighting the horrible other side, not designed to inform you or present truthful information that you could use to make a decision in a democratic society.  
  • Online news is even more targeted to specific groups and the methods for sharing those stories - social media - is increasingly being censored by government-aligned groups to suppress news stories that contradict the narratives produced by the mainstream.
  • Those few courageous journalists who have brought us important stories of government corruption and illegality are being raided, jailed and prosecuted

 

John Marciano on the The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce

John Marciano on the The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce

June 3, 2019

Professor John Marciano joined me back in September 2018 to discuss his book The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce.  John is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Cortland and a lifelong social justice activist currently living in Talent, Oregon.  John is also the author of The American War in Vietnam - Crime or Commemoration.

 

 

Margaret Kimberley on Assange, Abortion and Protest

Margaret Kimberley on Assange, Abortion and Protest

May 26, 2019
My guest is Margaret Kimberley, Senior Columnist and Editor of Black Agenda Report. 
 
We discuss the charges against Julian Assange, the response of the mainstream media and their role in promoting wars;  then we talk about the recent anti-Choice legislation in several states, the role of the Democratic Party in that development and the ineffectiveness of recent protest movements.  
 
I think this is a very important conversation for all those on the Left who want things to change.
 
You can read Margaret's columns at Black Agenda Report and on her blog Freedom Rider .  The article we discussed is Abortion Rights and the Power of Protest.  
Dan Kovalik on the rush to war in Iran and Venezuela

Dan Kovalik on the rush to war in Iran and Venezuela

May 20, 2019

My guest today is labor and human rights attorney Dan Kovalik.  Dan teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of a number of books including “The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran” and soon to be released, “The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the U.S. Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil”.  

We discuss the ways the US is working to start wars in Iran and Venezuela and our nation's utter disregard for international law - when it applies to us at least.

 

 

Taking a long look at Hassan Nasrallah’s view of Daesh and US foreign policy

Taking a long look at Hassan Nasrallah’s view of Daesh and US foreign policy

May 14, 2019

This episode is based on a a speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah given on May 2nd of this year.  In his speech, Nasrallah addressed the conflict in Syria and Hezbollah's role in it, as well as the origin and continued threat posed by ISIS or Daesh.  The full video and transcript of the speech can be found on Vineyard of the Saker.  

 

Since the publication date of this episode falls near the commemoration of the Nakba, I also quote from an article by Miko Peled, "Deal of the Century Adds 'New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name 'Palestine'" and from the web site al-nakba-history.com, a comprehensive source for historical information about Palestine and the Zionist settler colonial project there.