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Background Briefing with Ian Masters

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Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media. Background Briefing features international and national news, expert guests, policymakers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.


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Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media. Background Briefing features international and national news, expert guests, policymakers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.




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September 28, 2023 - Kate Andrias | Mike Rothschild | Dr. Herb Lin

With the Deck Stacked Against American Workers, the Competition to Win Their Votes | The Rise of Antisemitism and the Role of Conspiracy Theories in Our Politics | With 60,000 Emails Hacked From the State Department, An Assessment of the Government's Cybersecurity


September 27, 2023 - David Cay Johnston | Robert Kuttner | Sidney Blumenthal

After Losing His Business License in New York, Trump Could Lose All His Businesses Built on Fraud | Voters Care More About the Economy Than Losing American Democracy | Will Trump's Call to Shut Down the Government Backfire?


September 26, 2023 - Alexander Sammon | Barry Lynn | Eric Levitz

Biden Sides With Workers on the Picket Line | The FTC's Antitrust Suit Against Amazon Which 17 States Are Joining In | Why Is Trump So Afraid of General Milley and Cassidy Hutchison?


September 25, 2023 - Anne Nelson | David Dayen | Doris Meissner

Trump’s Latest Full-on Fascist Rant to Shut Down Any Media That’s Critical of Him | The Role of the Supreme Court in Helping Sen. Menendez Dodge a Bullet the First Time | As Thousands Arrive at the Southern Border, Biden Is Under Increasing Pressure From Republicans and Democrats


September 24, 2023 - Nelson Lichtenstein | Perry Link | Diane Winston

Tuesday Will See the First American President to Join a Picket Line in the UAW Strike in Detroit | How Shaky is Xi Jinping's Hold on Power? | The Failure of Journalism in the Reagan Era and Now the Trump Era


September 21, 2023 - Mike Lofgren | Caroline Fredrickson | Christian Leuprecht

The House Freedom Caucus Nihilists Further Weaken McCarthy as They Head For a Shutdown | Judicial Activists Focused on Civil Liberties While Plutocrats Captured the Supreme Court to Deconstruct Government Itself | Investigating Credible Evidence That Indian Agents Assassinated a Sikh Activist on Canadian Soil


September 20, 2023 - Dr. Monique Ryan | Mathias Döpfner | Houri Berberian

A Member of a Delegation of Australian Politicians in Washington Urging the US Not to Extradite Julian Assange | How To Stop Doing Business With Dictators and Undo the Trade Trap We Built | An Update on the Tense Armenia/Azerbaijan Confrontation as a Ceasefire is Reached


September 19, 2023 - Steven Levitsky & Daniell Ziblatt | Dawn Clancy

How the US Constitution's Protection Against a Tyranny of the Majority Has Enabled a Tyranny of the Minority | Presidents Biden and Zelensky at the UN today and the Reactions of World Leaders


September 18, 2023 - Zach Despart | Thomas Nichols | Mansour El-Kikhia

In Spite of Damning, Salacious Testimony, Texas Republicans Acquit AG Paxton | Mitt Romney, the Last Honest Republican in the Senate | The History of What Contributed to the Tragic Loss of Life in Libya


September 17, 2023 - Steven Greenhouse | Roberto González | Ali Abdullatif Ahmida

The UAW and the Transition to EV: Avoiding the False Choice Between a Good Job and a Green Job | After Trillions Wasted by the Military Industrial Complex, Cheap Drones and Robotic Vehicles Operating on AI Are the New Global Arms Race | The Tragic Loss of Life in Libya Already Riven by Civil War and Beset by Corruption


September 14, 2023 - David Shapiro | Sarah Chayes | Sylvia Allegretto

The False Equivalence of Hunter Biden on Trial While His Father is Running Against the Head of the Trump Crime Family | The Grey Area Between What is Illegal and What is Corrupt | The Looming Strike by the UAW Against the Big Three Automakers


September 13, 2023 - David Faris | Stephen Noerper | Karen Dolan

How Delusion and Distraction Now Dominate Our Politics | What is Kim Jong Un Getting For Helping Putin's "Great Victory in the Sacred Struggle" in Ukraine? | Child Poverty Has Doubled in a Year From an Historic Low of 5.2% to 12.4%


September 12, 2023 - Frank Bowman | Ruth Conniff | Karina Montoya

McCarthy Caves Into House Radicals to Impeach Biden After 9 Months of Fruitless Investigation of Hapless Hunter Biden | Can the Democrats Shame Wisconsin's Republican Legislative Thugs? | The DOJ Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Its Monopoly Via Billions Paid to Apple and Samsung


September 11, 2023 - Philip Shenon | Ariel Dorfman | Zack Cooper

Why Can't Biden and the Pentagon Control Elon Musk From Helping His Pal Putin? | Ariel Dorfman on the 50th Anniversary of the Coup Against Allende | On the 22nd Anniversary of 9/11 the Senate Homeland Security Committee Wants an Unredacted Report on Saudi Arabia's Role in the Attack


September 10, 2023 - Christine Fair | Victor Shih | David Phillips

Modi, the Host of the G20, Employs Fascist Tactics to Make India a Hindu Only Nation | As China's Economy Stumbles With Youth Unemployment at 21.3%, Xi Doubles Down on Repression | The Looming Possibility of Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide Against Armenia


September 7, 2023 - Simon Rosenberg | Steven Donziger | Alexander Motyl

An Alarming Poll by CNN Has 46% Against Biden With 44% Saying Any Democrat Would Be Better Than Trump As Biden and Trump's Favorability Stands at 35% | The Only American to be Jailed by a Corporation For Winning a Lawsuit Against Chevron | The Firing of Ukraine's Defense Minister and Zelensky's Efforts to Root Out Corruption


September 6, 2023 - Jeremi Suri | Will Potter| Ronald Suny

The Impeachment Trial of the "Christian" Crook Ken Paxton Divides Texas Republicans | Over 60 Environmental Activists Charged Under the Same RICO Statutes Trump and His Allies Face For Trying to Steal an Election | On the Brink of Another War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the Kremlin Switches Sides and the U.S. Holds Military Exercises in Armenia


September 5, 2023 - Christopher Miller | Sue Mi Terry | Jacob Heilbrunn

Erdogan Fails to Revive the Black Sea Grain Deal as Ukraine Breaks Through Russian Defenses | Leaked Intelligence on Putin's Plans to Meet With Kim Jong-Un | The Rising GOP Star Ramaswamy is Angling to Be Trump's Running Mate or Secretary of State


September 4, 2023 - Lane Windham | Sarah Anderson | Lee Harris

The Summer of Strikes Enters the Fall With Energized Labor Movements From Hollywood to Detroit | Wage Disparity Grows as CEOs Write Their Own Multi-Million Compensations, Buying Back Stock to Boost Their Earnings | How Much of the Billions in the IRA and CHIPS Act Will End Up in the Pockets of Workers?


September 3, 2023 - Samuel Moyn | Jonathan Taplin

What Happened to America's Liberals and Can They Reimagine a Vision For the Future? | The Greatest Threat to Our Politics, Economy and Culture From Big Tech's Billionaires Musk, Thiel, Zuckerberg and Andreessen