Wider View Radio Podcast
Controlling the Media Narrative

Controlling the Media Narrative

March 7, 2021

This week I'm exploring the efforts of the elites to control us through control of the media narrative. We explore the role of social media and government efforts to put tight controls on what we can read and write on the internet. 

The Iran Nuclear Deal, Syria and the Biden Administration

The Iran Nuclear Deal, Syria and the Biden Administration

February 27, 2021

This is a very timely episode discussing the posture of the US vis-a-vis Iran and the effects of this week's bombing in Syria and the sanctions regime being continued by Biden. 

My guest this week is Assal Rad.  Dr. Rad is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Iranian-American Council.  She graduated with a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine in 2018.  Her writing can be seen in Newsweek, Independent, the National Interest, and Responsible Statecraft, and she has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, Al Jazeera, BBC Persian, and NPR.

My Sources for Alternative News and Opinion

My Sources for Alternative News and Opinion

February 21, 2021

This episode details the sources I use for news and opinion outside the narrow confines of the mainstream media.  

Web Sites mentioned on this broadcast (Please note that I do not endorse everything posted on any of these web sites.  I do think they are worth reading because they provide missing alternative perspectives.):

A Conversation with Keaton Weiss

A Conversation with Keaton Weiss

February 7, 2021

Keaton Weiss lives in Beacon, NY on the Hudson River, and is a published playwright and award-winning filmmaker.  I came to know him through his Due Dissidence blog, film club, and podcast.  He tweets (much more rationally than our former President) at @DueDissidence and you can support his work on Patreon at https://patreon.com/duedissidence.  The Due Dissidence Podcast is available on Google, Apple, Soundcloud, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

A Conversation with Jim Kavanagh

A Conversation with Jim Kavanagh

January 25, 2021

This is an almost hour-long conversation I had with Jim Kavanagh on January 24, 2021.  We talk about the storming of Congress, populism of the left and right, keeping the pitchforks away, and various other topics.  

Jim is a former college professor who publishes left-socialist analysis at ThePolemicist.Net, Counterpunch, and Medium and appears regularly on podcasts including The Critical Hour, By Any Means Necessary, and Political Misfits.

Rick Staggenborg on Public Banking

Rick Staggenborg on Public Banking

January 18, 2021

Dr. Rick Staggenborg, President of the Linus Pauling Chapter of Veterans for Peace in Corvallis, Oregon and an activist for public banking talk about the need for Public Banking and how it might work and the current political situation in the US.  

Is the US a failed state?

Is the US a failed state?

January 11, 2021

In this episode we consider the question "Is the US a failed state?"  Looking at the key characteristics of a failed state, are they here in the US today?  Is the US a failed state with a huge military and an inflated self-image?

The program contains the song "Failed State" by last week's guest, David Rovics, from his album "Strangers and Friends".

David Rovics - Stopping Evictions and Controlling Rents

David Rovics - Stopping Evictions and Controlling Rents

January 1, 2021

My guest today is David Rovics.  David is a songwriter, podcaster, and part of Portland Emergency Eviction Response.  We discuss the upcoming tsunami of evictions and the response of landlords, the history of rent strikes, and the struggle to stop evictions including that of the "Red House"  in Portland, OR.

You can find out more about David at https://www.davidrovics.com.  His podcast “This Week with David Rovics” is archived at https://drovics.podbean.com/  You can find his music on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube and wherever fine music is available. He even has an app for Android and Apple iOS!  

Is Identity Politics A Good Strategy for the Left?

Is Identity Politics A Good Strategy for the Left?

December 20, 2020

In this episode, I examine identity politics as a strategy for the Left.  Is it getting the results we want, or is it a distraction from the work the Left needs to do to gain political power?

A Conversation with Patrick Lawrence

A Conversation with Patrick Lawrence

December 12, 2020

I’m very pleased to welcome Patrick Lawrence back to Wider View.  Patrick was a correspondent abroad for many years, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune, and is currently a columnist, essayist, author, and lecturer. His most recent book is Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century.  Patrick's recent essays can be found at https://consortiumnews.com/tag/patrick-lawrence/

Patrick and I have a wide-ranging conversation mostly about US foreign policy and the contrast, or lack thereof, between the outgoing Trump Administration and the incoming Biden presidency.

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