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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

Malcolm X Remembered 50 Years After 1965 AssassinationMalcolm X This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century. He was shot dead as he spoke before a packed audience at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. Details of his assassination remain disputed to this day. This clip airs highlights from his speeches "By Any Means Necessary" and "The Ballot or the Bullet" and features an interview with journalist Herb Boyd, who along with Malcolm X’s daughter, co-edited The Diary of Malcolm X: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1964.
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GP comment:  This is not a comprehensive review of the impact Malcolm X had, but there is plenty of worthwhile material here.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Feb.2015


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Blueprint for Armageddon VDan Carlin's Blueprint for Armageddon Dan Carlin continues his series on World War I, this time focusing on the period between late 1916 and early 1917. Topics include the politics of peace offerings; the curious case of Rasputin and his influence on the Czar of Russia; how the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 Russia played into WWI events; Germany's attempt to get Mexico to fight on its side; how Germany's submarine warfare was the decisive reason the US entered the war; the innovative solution that solved the problem of submarines sinking ships; the death zone created by the Germans in retreat across France; the disastrous Nivelle Offensive; the horrendous mud at Passchendaele.
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GP comment:  Carlin does another fine job in the series, making facts from a century ago come to life. For that he gets a "4"; but for putting extra effort into bringing us the palpable horror of this war, this clip gets a "5".

Original Show Pub Date: 29.Dec.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Peak Prosperity

Either We Break the Bankster Alliances or They Will Break Us — Nomi Prins reviews the historical circumstances that led to the formation of the big-bank-controlled Federal Reserve; that is, how the financial foxes were put in charge of the public's hen house. She then explains how many rich US elites in the late 1800s/early 1900s thought that keeping money flowing and not being too draconian helped the masses, which in turn helped the elites maintain the system that provided the wealth. But some bankers were not of a mind to play the game this way, and Louis Brandeis warned: "We must break the Money Trust or the Money Trust will break us." Nomi Prins says we are headed into a new era of high banker mischief, vast income gaps, and reckless behavior among leaders and elites. She says we must take heed of Brandeis' warning and take down the banker-corporate-politician-industrial complex.
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GP comment:  I have passed on a couple of Prins interviews earlier this year, but here she is starting to step outside the envelope and address the bankster power structure as the criminal enterprise that it truly is.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Jan.2015


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Unwelcome Guests

Legal Restrictions as Convenient Fictions—The Deep State's Consuming Passion for Big DataNational Security Agency (eagle) - all your data This starts with a pair of talks from 31C3—the latest Chaos Computer Congress—by insiders with extensive experience on the subject of mass surveillance. First, NSA expert James Bamford on the relationships between the NSA and the big telecom companies. Then Caspar Bowden discusses the legal basis for the NSA's mass surveillance program, PRISM, particularly as it affects those in the EU. Microsoft summarily dismissed Bowden from his job as head of privacy after he raised privacy issues related to Microsoft's products and services, and he has spent the last 3 years alerting people to the danger.
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GP comment:  I have a great deal of respect for these speakers and what they have to say. But, for whatever the reasons, they asciduously avoid or deny the deep issues of (a) the spies now operating with impunity; and (b) the NSA, CIA, and DIA operating in service of the US imperial operation, not national interests. Host Robin Upton summarizes the problem nicely: "Neither speaker seems to have much idea about the deep state, but their talks nevertheless provide useful information."

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Jan.2015


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Vanguard of the Revolution—New Film Chronicles Rise of Black Panthers and FBI War Against Themscene from Vanguard of the Revolution film about the Black Panthers A new documentary called The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution tells the history of the Black Panther Party through rare archival footage and interviews with party leaders, rank-and-file members, journalists, and even police and FBI informants. This clip features extended excerpts from the film, as well as interviews with Kathleen Cleaver, who served as communications secretary of the Black Panther Party, and Stanley Nelson, the film's director.
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GP comment:  The Black Panthers were an important movement in American history and remain an important object lesson for those who would engage in the fight against empire.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Jan.2015


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

Tolkien—The Success of Mythic Proportions That Almost Wasn'tcover of Tolkien: How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote The Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century Professor Devin Brown discusses his book Tolkien: How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote The Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century. Topics include how The Hobbit evolved out of bedtime stories for children; why The Silmarillion failed to interest the publisher even after the success of The Hobbit; the influences of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis on each other's writings and personal philosophies; what Tolkien might have thought of Peter Jackson's movies.
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GP comment:  Interesting for Tolkien fans.

Original Show Pub Date: 18.Dec.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

A Short History of Personal Computers and the Internet — As told by Walter Isaacson, the story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess The electric analog computer named ANACOM, in 1950 at Caltech, weighed 6,000 pounds and filled 13 cabinets. to a WWII codebreaker to California hippies. In his book The Innovators, Isaacson profiles many of those characters, focusing on how their collaborations helped bring us into the digital age.
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GP comment:  Many familiar names and milestones, but generally well told, with some interesting nooks and crannies.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Oct.2014 ~~ Original story title: How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio Parallax

The JFK Assassination: Cop Inconsistencies and the Oswald Frame — This clip offers numerous tidbits from a recent JFK Assassination symposium, all indicating more troubling inconsistencies in the behavior of police and other officials at and around the scene of the JFK murder. Topics include .... Why rust in barrel of the supposed murder weapon means it was never fired; other ballistics inconsistencies; why the official timeline of the cops hot on the trail of fugitive Oswald does not compute; the oddity of so much background information on Oswald being provided in press releases almost immediately after his arrest.
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GP comment:  The more evidence like this that we see, the more amazing it is that the conspiracy could have been covered up at the time.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Nov.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Real World of Money

Banksters, Corporations, the CIA, and the Mainstream Media — Andrew Gause's topics this time include... Senator Elizabeth Warren on reinstating Glass Steagall; the deep connections between centralized corporate media, the CIA, and Wall Street banksters; asset-backed Iraqi dinar will never happen; the fascinating story of Continental Bank of Illinois collapse; the origins of the CIA and what they do politically and financially; the three major rules for financial success; the new debt ceiling is $18 trillion bonded debt vs. $87 trillion of unfunded liabilities for US.
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GP comment:  As usual, Gause offers several excellent insights on how things really work. He is also "sort of correct" on his assertion that if you live debt-free you are not understanding how to use the system to best advantage in the way the elites do. But if you are not an elite who gets inside info, has deep pockets, and employs a team of financial tricksters to help you navigate the currents, then proceed with caution into the Sea of Debt!

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Dec.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

Films of the New World Order #21 — Tora! Tora! Tora!Tora, Tora, Tora Using the 1970 film Tora! Tora! Tora! as a basis for discussion, investigative author James Perloff and host James Corbett analyze the idea of Pearl Harbor as a false flag event. Topics include ... FDR's insistence that the Pacific Fleet be stationed at Pearl Harbor, despite strong objections from the Navy; the interesting fact that mostly US ships of lesser military value were at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack; what was known before the attack and who presented it to whom; the smear campaign against the admiral in charge of Pearl Harbor and the attempts to suppress public analysis of what happened there; how the movie paints Pearl Harbor as a tragic accident rather than a devious deception, and the historical revisionist behind that tack.
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GP comment:  Generally speaking, don't worry about trying to winnow out which things our leaders lie to us about. Just assume they lie about everything, and then we can focus our energies on disrupting the continuum of elite psychopaths rather than arguing about their press releases.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Nov.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

Hoover's FBI, the King Suicide Letter, and War on SubversivesJ. Edgar Hoover at press conference The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. Perhaps the most monstrous example was the so-called "suicide letter," which threatened to expose King's sexual activities to the world unless he did "the one thing left" to escape shame. Yale Professor Beverly Gage discusses a recently discovered redaction-free version of the letter. ~~ In 1981, student journalist Seth Rosenfeld began researching the FBI's misconduct in its investigations of 1960s student protests at UC Berkeley. The project blossomed into a 30-year investigative odyssey, resulting in the release of 300,000 FBI documents, which the government spent over $1 million trying to block. Bob talks to Rosenfeld about some of the stunning revelations from his new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power.
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GP comment:  Rosenfeld states that the FBI is more accountable today. Sure, because many of the heart-of-darkness operations have been migrated to other agencies, known and unknown.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Nov.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

Kennedy Assassination: Two Shots from Different Directions — Josiah Thompson discusses his groundbreaking research on the Zapruder JFK-assassination film. Topics include evidence for two shots from different directions; acoustics evidence; the importance of the on-the-scene observations of grassy knoll witness S.M. Holland and others.
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GP comment:  Anyone who still thinks Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK is just not paying attention.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Oct.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

The Secret History of Efforts to Mend US-Cuba TiesFidel Castro and others Authors Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande discuss recently declassified documents that expose the secret history of dialogue between the United States and Cuba. Among the revelations are details of how then-US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger considered launching airstrikes against Cuba after Fidel Castro sent troops to support independence fighters in Angola in 1976. In the years that followed, administrations have quietly used secret US emissaries to engage in discussions with Cuba. But back in the world where all that matters is results, the Obama administration recently extended the more than 50-year embargo against Cuba for another year.
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GP comment:  Continuation of the Cuban embargo is a stain on the soul of the US. And BTW, the "domestic resistance" to normalizing ties with Cuba would be more properly characterized as the "ex-Cuban-capitalists-in-Florida resistance."

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Oct.2014


Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... On The Media

Gary Webb and the CIAlobby of CIA headquarters In 1996, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published a series of articles that connected the CIA, the contra rebels in Nicaragua, and the exploding crack trade in Los Angeles. The story was a tale of deep conspiracy and faced incredible backpressure from the large news outlets of the day. Ryan Devereaux, a reporter at The Intercept, talks about the case.
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GP comment:  Devereaux's explanation of why the L.A. Times and other went after Webb is missing a key element: the pressure the ruling power structure puts on media outlets when they need a problem to go away. The media outlets that went after Webb no doubt got that pressure when Webb was going after the CIA. Not only was he messing with the spooks, he was messing with their money flow. In the end, Webb is a largely unsung hero, and no one should have any doubt about that.

Original Show Pub Date: 03.Oct.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

The USS Pueblo Propaganda WarUSS Pueblo In January 1968, an American spy ship called the USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea, and its 82 crew members became propaganda pawns on television and radio worldwide. Jack Cheevers, who wrote a book about the Pueblo incident, talks about the specifics of what happened and the broader case of propaganda in wars (hot or cold).
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GP comment:  Always remember: When it comes to information presented for public consumption, things are never as simple as they sound.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Sep.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Blueprint for Armageddon IV — It's 1916, and machine guns, barbed wire, and millions upon millions of artillery shells create titanic meat grinders at the battles of Verdun and the Somme. Dan Carlin recounts the strategies of the generals and the horrors on the battlefields. There's never been a human experience like it, and it changes a generation.
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GP comment:  The experiences of the soldiers in WWI were truly horrific. The main change in today's warfare is that the horror is much less evenly distributed between the two sides.

Original Show Pub Date: 17.Aug.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

Social Destabilization Tactics, from WWII to the War on Terror — Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program, discusses the dark impact of the US Central Intelligence Agency. Topics include ... the integration of the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and domestic control mechanisms aimed at politicians and the populace; how the police state in the US today was rolled out so rapidly after 9-11; the generation of off-the-books funding to support operations outside normal approval chains; the CIA/military complex as the mechanism by which global power is maintained, using all techniques necessary, no matter how Machiavellian.
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GP comment:  An excellent if too-brief tour of CIA hegemony in the last 60 years. Interesting how the dark world view of the CIA has even contaminated other agencies like the DEA and NSA.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.Aug.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Corbett Report

Century of Enslavement—The History of The Federal ReserveCentury of Enslavement---The History of The Federal Reserve War. Poverty. Revolution. They all hinge on economics. And economics rests on one key concept: money. But what is money? How is it created? Who controls it? It is remarkable that, given its central importance in our lives, not one person in a hundred can answer such basic questions about money. James Corbett's new documentary, Century of Enslavement—The History of The Federal Reserve, endeavors to enlighten the public on the machinations of the banksters over the last few centuries, culminating in 1913 in the creation of their main tool, the Federal Reserve.
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GP comment:  Corbett is clear, cogent, and well researched on the topic. His film is not quite as engaging as The Money Masters, though it is more up-to-date.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jul.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Corbett Report

The Origins and History of the Council on Foreign RelationsJames Perloff Researcher James Perloff discusses the origins, aims, and influence of The Council on Foreign Relations since its 1921 founding. The CFR is widely recognized by those in the know as one of the most influential organizations in the game of steering power and policy in the US. Perloff explains that the CFR's acknowledged goal is to prepare the American public for a new world order (global governance), and talks about how the CFR is working to accomplish that goal through the control of America’s foreign policy apparatus.
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GP comment:  Pretty good except the bit at the end where he suddenly starts painting Joseph McCarthy as an ace investigator rather than a rabid capitalist.

Original Show Pub Date: 13.Jun.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin---Common Sense

The Specter of Dissent — The worst nightmare of the global establishment isn't Islamic terrorism, it's critical-mass levels of domestic dissent. If you were The Powers That Be and that was your worst worry, wouldn't you use every tool you had to forestall it? Dan Carlin offers a review of dissent in the US in the last 50 years, examining the need for active dissent to keep the power structure of the government honest. He also speculates that an upcoming Snowden leak will reveal that the US government considers legitimate political dissent to be domestic terrorism. After this revelation, he thinks the people will not be happy.
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GP comment:  Carlin talks about drawing the line at "dangerous dissent." But IMO, allowing dissent, even if it potentially incites revolution, is the price of a self-governing, rule-based society. Allow it, or be captive to the corp-gov totalitarian cabal.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.May.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Democracy Now

William Worthy—The Most Important Journalist You've Never Heard OfWilliam Worthy Pioneering journalist William Worthy died in May 2014 at the age of 92. During the height of the Cold War, Worthy defied the US government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam, and Algeria. As he learned the other side of the story on "how the world really works," Worthy began to see the lies permeating US foreign policy and became more determined than ever to print the truth of current events, no matter the threats from the government.
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GP comment:  Lots of interesting historical references in here.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good The Real World of Money

Andrew Gause One Hundred Years of Fascism, Banksters, and Spooks — Currency historian Andrew Gause talks about a variety of events in history. Topics include a brief history of banking crises and central banking in the early 1900s; how the US installed people and systems favorable to their interest in conquered Germany and Japan in the post-WWII era; how James Madison's farming operation was made possible by banksters; why Herbert Hoover called the New Deal a precursor to fascism; the significance of Operation Northwoods to the overall pattern of using false flags to get the public onboard with desired military engagements; the CIA-sanctioned activities during the Reagan era of an operative named Leo Emil Wanta, who undertook to destabilize the Russian ruble. Gause also comments on the consolidation of media—only three major players now own the majority of TV, radio, newspaper, and publishing outlets, making it very easy to coordinate central memes.
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GP comment:  Do not adjust your set. They control the vertical, the horizontal...

Original Show Pub Date: 07.May.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Blueprint for Armageddon III — World War I was supposed to be a war of maneuvering, and it was supposed to be over quickly. Instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses. Subtopics here include changing battle plans, high casualty rates, the first use of poison gas in the war, and shell shock.
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GP comment:  War is hell—almost literally.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Apr.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

Thomas Paine and the Commons — Peter Linebaugh, best known for tracing of the history of the commons and of commoning practices, calls Thomas Paine 'a planetary revolutionary.' He has found in Paine's lesser-known works radical critiques of inequality and authoritarianism and even the system of money wages. Many lessons for our time, Linebaugh argues, can be drawn from Paine's writings and his extraordinary life. Linebaugh is author of Stop, Thief! -- The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance.
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GP comment:  Paine's finding balance between working with empire to survive while simultaneously fighting against it is interesting.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Mar.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

In America, You're Allowed to Think Anything But Know Nothing — This episode features archival interviews with two preeminent truth researchers who died this year. In the first half, we hear Michael C. Ruppert in his 'From The Wilderness' days discussing the insider trading around 9/11, the missing trillions from the Pentagon budget, and other facts that were incongruous with official pronouncements. In the second half, assassination researcher John Judge talks about the emergence of the Orwellian intelligence state over the second half of the 20th century. The title above is taken from a line he cites.
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GP comment:  Only one month after the event, Mike Ruppert was already calling bullshit on the official narrative of 9/11. This interview from October 2001 shows his sharpness as an analyst. We will miss his mind and his honesty. ~~ This is my first exposure to Judge. It is too bad that I have only found him after his is gone.

Original Show Pub Date: 23.Apr.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

The US Deep State, 1963-1981Jackie Kennedy in presidential car immediately after JFK was shot In the first hour, we hear a reading of a paper by researcher Mark Gorton that details 50 years of the deep state, tracing a thread that begins with the assassination of JFK. The treason of the plotters, he notes, did not stop with that single crime and its immediate cover-up by the Warren commission, but instead runs through the assassinations of RFK and MLK, through the Nixon/Ford/Carter era, through the Iran hostages affair, and on into the modern era. Gorton details how the deep state developed hit squads to remove unwanted witnesses and other problematic people; cemented editorial control over the US commercial media and the public debate space; developed a method of conrolling presidents; and carried out a large number of conspiracies, including false-flag acts of terror. In hour 2, Peter Dale Scott speaks on the US overworld, followed by Webster Tarpley's masterful deconstruction of the Ford presidency, including an analysis of how the Watergate scandal was actually a power coup.
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GP comment:  Wow. Extremely clear and cogent presentation of how the bankster/intelligence-state shadow government has maneuvered over the past 50 years, with 9/11 being only a particularly noteworthy event in a long string of events. This fills in a lot of missing pieces in the puzzle. Must-listening.

Original Show Pub Date: 19.Apr.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

Ukrainian Crisis In Historical Context — Webster Tarpley reviews the history of Ukraine, which was formed in nexus between WWI German occupation of the region and the Bolshevik revolution that resulted in the formation of the USSR. Tarpley discusses the parallel of today's situation with Germany in 1917 using the Ukraine region as a strategic pawn against Russia.
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GP comment:  This starts out a little overly detailed but overall is adds important historical context to our analysis of the Ukraine situation.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.Apr.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

The Supranational Deep Stateshadowy figure Charlotte Dennett recounts how her research into the life of her deceased father, a high-level CIA agent, helped her understand how the world works. Studying information obtained using FOIA requests and interviewing people from her father's life, Dennett could see how oil fields and projected pipeline routes in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia were the very locations that Western nations continually seem to find reasons to foster regime change, engage in military operations, and set up military bases. She concluded that access to energy is the dominant factor in why foreign powers incessantly exploit local religious, ethnic, and political rivalries to achieve the larger strategic goal of securing access to energy reserves.
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GP comment:  Yup. No other explanation passes the smell test.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Apr.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

In the 17th Century, a Different Climate Crisis but the Same Old Elites — In the 1600s, the world faced a global climate crisis—an extended period of cooling known as the Little Ice Age—which severely depressed agricultural output. Most rulers of the time took the opportunity not to help their populations adapt to the problem but as an opportunity to purge internal enemies and harvest the wealth of other lands. Historian Geoffrey Parker discusses the lessons of the 17th century, where elites—with the exception of Tokugawa Japan—responded to the crisis with wars and scapegoating.
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GP comment:  Well, given that bankster types have been around since about that time, it's no surprise.

Original Show Pub Date: 01.Apr.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Beyond 50

The Real Goodfellas — Joseph Trigoboff was a fat, four-eyed kid growing up in the toughest, most Mafia-filled slum in the country—East New York. From surviving protection rackets at the age of five, violent anti-Semitism, and brutal gang wars during the 1950s and 60s, he not only knew but exchanged blows with members of street gangs that were headed by future "Goodfellas." But Trigoboff says the truth was very little like the snappy mobsters portrayed in the Hollywood movie.
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GP comment:  It's hard to understand our general fascination with mobsters. Something about the allure of power, I suppose. In any event, Trigoboff's story is a captivating one.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Apr.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Awakening to Conscious Co-Creation

Gold, Shamans and Green Fire—Romancing the Cosmic Stone — Adventurer Lee Elders relates his decades-ago journey in Ecuador searching for gold and emeralds but ultimately finding something much more important. Highlights of the tale include a prolific gold-bearing river named Hell; a last will and testament whose century-old riddle led him to a dangerous, uncharted area of Ecuador; good shamans and bad shamans; unpredictable weather, precarious jungle trails, and pack-hunting jaguars.
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GP comment:  Quite a fun tale with a good message at the end.

Original Show Pub Date: 05.Mar.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Guns & Butter

The Commons, Banking In the Ivory Tower, and Public-Private Partnerships — Channeling founding father Ethan Allen, Jim Hogue offers a standing-ovation-worthy speech that excoriates the execrable, parasitic, traitorous (British) banksters and usurpers of citizens' rights. Also in this clip are worthy speeches from Charlie Eaton and Darwin Bond Graham on Wall Street profits vs. public capital at the University of California, how the murky world of interest rate swaps has affected higher-learning institutions, and the privatization (stealing) of public assets.
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GP comment:  The "Ethan Allen" speech is funny, riveting, and right-on—a must-hear.

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Mar.2014


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Against the Grain

Kill Anything That Moves - The Real American War in Vietnam The Vietnam War and the Secret Bombing of Laos — The bombing of Laos was, and still is, the most protracted bombing of civilian targets in world history. Fred Branfman discusses the secret---and lied about---war waged by the US executive branch from 1964 to 1973. Branfman addresses Laos as a model for subsequent (and current) US force projection and military aggression; as well as today's tragic legacy of unexploded ordnance in Laos. ~~ Tacked on to the end of both clips, Nick Turse offers a disturbing discussion of the targeting of civilians by US troops in Vietnam during the war.
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GP comment:  These two clips are a disheartening but riveting look at how the elites lie routinely about war and enforce military policies that bring out the worst in most (but not all) Americans.

Original Show Pub Date: 04.Mar.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

The Re-Birth of the First Amendment — Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court made a decision in the case New York Times v Sullivan that would forever alter the way journalists practiced journalism. Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, explains why the First Amendment, thankfully, hasn't been the same since.
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GP comment:  The Supreme Court used to make some decent decisions. That has been less and less the case as the decades rolled on and the corporatists installed more and more friendly judges.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Mar.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen News Dissector

Hoover’s FBI and the Lapdog Press — Communications scholar Matthew Cecil discusses the themes of his book “Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control The Press and The Bureau's Image Topics include the magnitude of Hoover's secret surveillance and blackmail program; how he honed the technique of saying the right thing while doing the wrong thing; the mainstream media's general complicity in promoting a positive image of Hoover and the FBI during instead of doing investigative reporting.
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GP comment:  Once again proving the simple maxim about those in power: They lie.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Mar.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Awakening to Conscious Co-Creation

Conspiracy in Rome — Robert Bauval will discuss some pf the topics in his book, The Vatican Heresy. Two powerful movements came together during the Renaissance in Italy in the 16th century: The first was the Hermetic Movement, which was inspired by an ancient set of books housed in the library of Cosimo de Medici and written by the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus. The Movement expounded the return of the "true religion of the world," based on a form of natural magic, drawing down the powers of the heavens and incorporating them into statues and physical structures. The other, the Heliocentric Movement launched by Copernicus, directly challenged the Vatican's biblical interpretation of a geocentric world, which had been declared heresy by the Pope. Amazingly, the final result was an architectural plan with occult features and the building of a Hermetic Temple of the Sun right in front of, and blessed by, the Vatican itself!
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GP comment:  A non-essential but fun tale. Bauval is an enthusiastic storyteller.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Red Ice Radio

The Death Squad Network — One of President Eisenhower's acts was to establish an assassination team to be used against US enemies. Less than a decade later, that team would go rogue and play a pivotal role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Researcher Ole Dammegard has spent 30 years investigating high-profile assassinations, including those of JFK, Robert F. Kennedy, Che Guevara, and Salvador Allende. Dammegard talks in detail about the players in the assassination game, explaining the connections and the motivations.
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GP comment:  I wish he would have spent more time on the "how I know this" question. Nonetheless, his narrative is cogent.

Original Show Pub Date: 26.Feb.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

DoD Still Sticking to It's (Long-Disproved) Story on Vietnam War — Historical understanding doesn’t always move ahead. Case in point: In 2012, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of official US involvement in Vietnam, the Pentagon quietly launched Historian Nick Turse noticed that the website's version of the war seems stuck in the past, with the DoD reasserting information long since debunked by journalists, historians, and the government's own Pentagon papers.
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GP comment:  Well, it's one-two-three, what are we fightin' for? Don't ask me I don't give a damn; next stop is Vietnam... -- Country Joe & the Fish

Original Show Pub Date: 21.Feb.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Project Censored

The Untold History of the United States — Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips review the new DVD release of the Oliver Stone/Peter Kiznick film, The Untold History of the United States. Deeply researched by an American University team of historians, the 10-hour Showtime documentary series is a provocative challenge to the status quo of American history in the tradition of Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. The film series covers the rise of the American empire and national security state from the late nineteenth century through the Obama administration.
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GP comment:  There are some interesting historical tidbits here, all supporting an important realization about mainstream historians: They lie.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Feb.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Blueprint for Armageddon, part 2 — The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen (World War I). Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history. The rules of warfare are being rewritten in real time, and advancing weapon technology has a lot to do with that.
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GP comment:  Carlin does his usual excellent job of imparting drama and excitement to an otherwise dry historical narrative. Nonetheless, I must admit that about halfway through this one my interest flagged a bit.

Original Show Pub Date: 30.Jan.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dead Authors Podcast

Agatha ChristieH.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) and Agatha Christie (Jessica Chaffin) H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) interviews Agatha Christie (Jessica Chaffin). Topics include hanging with the upper crust; Murder on the Orient Express; failed relationships and non-murderous ways of moving on; Christie's strange disappearance from 3-14 December, 1926; the smashingly elegant nature of smoking; how babies fail as conversationalists; Poirot the know-it-all, nursery rhymes as novel titles.
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GP comment:  Chaffin is marvelous, capturing Dame Agatha as our funny bones imagine she would have been.

Original Show Pub Date: 02.Apr.2013


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Fascism and the Catholic Church During the WWII Era — It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists when Benito Mussolini's party ruled over Italy in the 1920s and '30s. But David Kertzer says the historical record—and a trove of recently released Vatican archives—tell a different story. Pope Pius XI cooperated closely with Mussolini for more than a decade, lending his regime organizational strength and moral legitimacy. It was a particularly curious alliance he notes, since Mussolini himself was a committed anti-cleric. But both sides benefited from the bargain.
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GP comment:  The quest for power makes strange bedfellows.

Original Show Pub Date: 27.Jan.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Progressive Commentary Hour

King, the Kennedys, and the Assassinations of Empire — William Pepper is a New York attorney best known for representing James Earl Ray, who was accused of assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper, like most people, initially thought Ray was guilty. But through an exhaustive investigation process, he determined that Ray was involved only as a patsy, with the actual crime committed by a conspiracy that involved corporate interests, the Memphis mob and police department, and agents of the federal government. He connects the dots between the assassination of King and the assassinations of the Kennedys, among others.
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GP comment:  When truth tellers become too effective in their ability to adopt others into their campaigns to end war, reduce corporate power, and reduce wealth disparity, the machine first tries to discredit and diminish them, or buy them off. But if those methods fail, assassination is employed. This is a difficult thing for most Americans to accept, but we must get over that timidity.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Jan.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

Vietnam's Lessons Learned — Walter Hixson discusses the cultural Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War recasting of the Vietnamese conflict over the years—the changes in how the military interacts with the press, the way the press presents military issues to the masses, and the way the masses have changed their attitude towards foreign entanglements. Other topics include the furor over the Vietnam Memorial, the Hollywoodization of the Vietnam War in film, and the myth of left-behind POWs. Hickson is a contributor to the book Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War.
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GP comment:  The pressure the press brought to bear in the Vietnam War is nowhere to be seen in today's conflicts.

Original Show Pub Date: 22.Jan.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dead Authors

Charles Dickens and O. Henry — H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) hosts Charles Dickens (Hal Lublin) and O. Henry (Marc Evan Jackson) in a funny discussion. Topics include "The Gift of the Maji," "A Christmas Carol," pen names, story inspirations, defenders of the poor, and plot twists.
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GP comment:  Quite funny. The actors playing Dickens and Henry are very clever.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Dec.2011


Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

The New Pearl Harbor, pt. 3—The Exploding Towers — This is the third and final part of Massimo Mazzucco's film The New Pearl Harbor, looking this time at the remarkable circumstances surrounding the instantaneous, freefall-speed collapse of 3 steel framed skyscrapers—the World Trade Center's Twin Towers and Building 7. No other steel buildings in history have similarly collapse from fire damage. Combine that fact with eyewitness reports of molten steel (indicating temperatures far hotter than jet fuel could create), the outward forceful ejection of debris tens of floors below the current collapse point (implying explosives), the many 45-degree shears on beams (indicative of demolition), and the many other odd (to say the least) pieces of evidence from 9/11, and you have to ask some hard questions about the official story.
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GP comment:  I have heard similar analyses of the evidence that the Twin Towers and Building 7 were brought down by explosives, not by post-crash fires, but the attention to detail here is simply excellent. I particurly like that they debunk the debunkers.

Original Show Pub Date: 25.Jan.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen CounterSpin

The NSA and History of Political Surveillance — An independent review board has concluded that the National Security Agency's surveillance program poses threats to citizens' civil liberties, isn't really working to catch terrorists, and should be ended. But while much debate centers on the data collected being misused, what about what happens if it's used as intended? History professor Alfred McCoy discusses the history of spying by the US government and the political dirty tricks (and worse) it has fostered.
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GP comment:  Spying on internal adversaries has been going on throughout history. But given the old axiom about power corrupting, we should not be granting our appointed leaders such power. It inevitably goes off the rails.

Original Show Pub Date: 24.Jan.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

The New Pearl Harbor, pt 2collage of 9/11 images This begins with an analysis of the anthrax attacks carried out in 2001, just after 9/11, in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the push to pass the Patriot Act. The analysis by Bob Coen and Eric Nadler examines not only the holes in the official story of the anthrax attacks but also the potential links to global bio-weapons interests. ~~ The second hour continues the audio adaptation of the film The New Pearl Harbor, focusing on the events at the Pentagon and Shanksville, and presenting a slew of science-based questions that cannot be answered by the official narrative.
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GP comment:  Part 1, if you missed it, is also worthwhile: go there

Original Show Pub Date: 12.Jan.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

Afghan History + Drones in Central Asia — (1) Justin Podur talks about Afghanistan, past and present. Topics include the origin of the "warlords"; external "intervention" from Britain, USSR, and US; and Taliban strength. ~~ (2) Medea Benjamin discusses the politics and morality of drone warfare, particularly as it applies to the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.
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GP comment:  The only way to interpret the imperial preoccupation with Afghanistan is that it is in a geographically strategic area. Oh, and the trillions worth of untapped resources might be a factor too.

Original Show Pub Date: 06.Jan.2014


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Guns & Butter

The Pivotal Role of LBJ In JFK's Murder — Phillip F. Nelson discusses the evidence that Lyndon Johnson was a bipolar megalomaniac who cared about nothing but his own ambitions, and that his broad network of connections and dark characteristics make him the likely mastermind behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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GP comment:  There are many fascinating facts here about LBJ, but I don't think Nelson in any way proves his thesis that LBJ was likely the driving force in the JFK assassination. The CIA-bankster cabal was (and is) more than capable of such a task.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jan.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Activists Finally Go Public on 1971 Burglary That Exposed FBI's COINTELPRO — On March 8, 1971, a group of activists—including burglar a cabdriver, a day care director, and two professors—broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. They stole every document they found and then leaked many to the press, including details about FBI abuses and the then-secret counter-intelligence program to infiltrate, monitor, and disrupt social and political movements, nicknamed COINTELPRO. No one in the group was ever caught, despite an enormous FBI search. The burglars' identities remained a secret until this week, when they finally came forward to take credit for the caper that changed history. This clip explores this successful case of audacious activism.
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GP comment:  This is what real activism looks like.

Original Show Pub Date: 08.Jan.2014

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Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! TUC Radio

The US Security State, the JFK Assassination, and the Continuing Media Cover-Up — 18 Nov 2013 — Michael Parenti gives a fiery speech discussing the "gangster nature of the state"—particularly the CIA and the rest of the "security state"—and goes over some of the odd and unresolved details of the JFK murder. Topics include why Lee Harvey Oswald is highly improbably as JFK's killer; the ridiculous explanations given by mainstream media pundits for troubling evidence; how critics trashed Oliver Stone's JFK movie without actually refuting any of the theories presented in it; how leading thinkers on the left usually leave their brain at the door when discussing the JFK issue.
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(GP comment:  This is from 20 years ago, but there were a number of key findings and observations I heard here that I have not heard in the myriad other JFK-assassination talks.)

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good ExtraEnvironmentalist

How Coal and Oil Shaped the 20th Century — 26 Nov 2013 — The ideas we have about our government systems have been dramatically shaped by the energy sources that power them. Timothy Mitchell explains how coal and oil shaped 20th century politics and economics, playing key roles in war—and the reasons for war—as well as the evolution of monetary systems and the shift in power from Europe to the US. ~~ Also in this podcast, Richard Heinberg updates us on the shale oil bubble and the implications of peak oil.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin—Hardcore History

Blueprint for Armageddon, pt 1—How World War I Got Started — 30 Oct 2013 — Dan Carlin takes on WWI; in this episode, topics include the social conditions that fostered war; how the rise of an unqualified heir, Kaiser Wilhelm, shifted power from the steadfast leadership of Otto Von Bismarck; the rise of technology as the dominant force in military victories; how early atrocities in Belgium galvanized global opposition against the Germans.
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Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! TUC Radio

The Bush Family—Position and Power Over Decades of History — 29 Oct 2013 — Russ Baker has spent years researching the various power players from the Bush family, including two US presidents. History finds Bushes close to the center of power in one way or another for many decades now, with ties to the CIA, oil, and banking interests. He adds the excellent observation that even as powerful as the Bushes are, they are merely administrators for the grand designs of the true powers on the planet.
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(GP comment:  Interview recorded in 2010 but still relevant and important.)

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

JFK, Winston Scott, and the Hidden History of the CIA — 14 Nov 2013 — Winston Scott was the CIA station chief in Mexico in the era of the Kennedy assassination. Author Jefferson Morley discusses the CIA infighting over information about Lee Harvey Oswald before and after the assassination. Is it evidence that the CIA was trying to control information in a way that masked its involvement in the assassination?
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Meria Heller Show

They Killed Our President — 20 Oct 2013 — Ex-Navy Seal and former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura discusses various aspects of the JFK murder and subsequent coverup. Topics include Lee Harvey Oswald, Lyndon Johnson, changes in Secret Service detail that day, ballistics impossibilities, and, of course, speculation on who likely was behind it. One of the more interesting tidbits: The best sniper in the history of the Marine Corps tried to reenact what Oswald supposedly did—and could not make the shot..
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

JFK and the Press — 15 Nov 2013 — A new radio documentary titled We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives is airing on public radio stations across the country. The documentary showcases anecdotes from people who worked with JFK and knew him personally. Robert MacNeil, the host and co-writer of the documentary, talks here about JFK's nuanced relationship with journalists.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Corbett Report

Film, Literature and the New World Order—Gaslight — 16 Sep 2013_— James Corbett and Thomas Sheridan discuss Gaslight, the 1940 British psychological thriller that introduced us to the concept of 'gaslighting,' a pop-psych term that describes a process of intentionally and persistently warping a person's view of reality. They also talk about how this technique is used on a societal level by the psychopaths at the top of the power pyramid. You can watch Gaslight for free before listening to this show—it's available at
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

The Seven Sisters—Big Oil At Home And Abroad — 31 Aug 2013 — This is a radio adaptation of Secrets Of The 7 Sisters, a documentary that tells the history of the Middle East over the last century in the context of oil and the large Western oil companies—and how Western governments, their militaries, and their intelligence services support unrestricted access to oil at any cost.
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On The Media, 06 Sep 2103
How and Why Hollywood Did Business with the Nazis
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns & Butter

Kevin Ryan, Following the Money and Power to "Another 19" — Aug 2013 — These clips feature Kevin Ryan discussing the details of his book Another 19—Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects, which, rather than the 19 unlikely Saudis who were fingered for the crime, focuses on 19 people from the realm of US politics, intelligence, and corporations who were more likely to have played a nefarious role in the events of 9/11/2001. The "other 19" group includes well known blackhearts like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George Tenet, Frank Carlucci, and Richard Armitage, but also lesser known players like Brian Michael Jenkins, L. Paul Bremer, and Barry McDaniel.
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(GP comment:  Ryan's analyses are quite thorough and it's well worth getting his insights on who was really behind 9/11. I have to admit, though, that I was worn out by the time I got to part 4. )

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen The Real World of Money

9/11 Special—Following the Money Where No Man Has Ever Gone Before — 11 Sep 2013 — Currency historian Andrew Gause reviews the financial evidence for 9/11 being an inside job. Topics include... Why it's clear that Building 7 was brought down by a controlled demolition; which criminal investigations disappeared with the demolition of Building 7; 300,000 tons of gold and the 9/11 connection; familial connections to 9/11—Obama, Bush, Marcos, Rothschild, Soros, and more.
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(GP comment:  The 9/11 analysis starts around 27:00 of part 1. I did not have time to listen to part 2 but include it here for completeness' sake. )

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

The "American Peril" and the First US Imperial Adventure — 25 Jul 2013— "Fan of history" Dan Carlin recounts the Spanish-American war, which saw the US rise from a B-level backwater to a recognized world power. As the successes of the war became obvious, the nation initially succumbed to imperial temptation, only to find that the details of the endeavor were a humanitarian nightmare. This forced the United States of the late 19th century to confront the contradiction between its revolutionary, self-determination self-image and its expanding imperialist interests.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Fresh Air

Lawrence Of Arabia—From Archaeologist To Reluctant War Hero — 20 Aug 2013— T.E. Lawrence, the British officer who played a key role in the Middle East during World War I, was one of that war's few romantic champions. Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia explains how Lawrence used his knowledge of Arab culture and medieval history to advance British causes while at the same time doing his best to steer the imperial juggernaut out of the region.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

What Empire Ruins — 13 Aug 2013— We can go visit the ruins of imperial buildings, but there many things that empire has ruined—and that it continues to debase and degrade. What should we know about processes of ruination that afflict people and landscapes today—and will continue doing so into the future? Ann Laura Stoler traces some discusses imperial ruination in the context of Palestine, India, and Vietnam.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

Bill Still on the Jekyll Island Conspiracy — 19 Aug 2013 — Anti-Fed crusader Bill Still discusses his latest documentary film about banksters, Jekyll Island, and the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. He talks about the political and economic climate that led to the creation of the Fed, and how the banksters have worked to keep the public in the dark about the central issue of their economic well being—money creation and the political power wielded by the private owners of the Federal Reserve.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Corbett Report

The Lord of the Rings ... and the New World Order — 19 Aug 2013— Andrew Hoffman of Revelations Radio News gives some deep background on J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings trilogy; then he and James Corbett talk about how some of the work's themes apply to the world today, particularly the "one ring" as a metaphor for global power.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Radio Parallax

How the Tuskegee Experiment Was Finally Exposed — 01 Aug 2013 — The infamous Tuskegee experiment was conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service. A cohort of rural African American men with syphilis were told they were receiving free health care when in actuality they were not being treated for syphilis but rather were being studied to improve scientific understanding of the disease's symptoms. Investigative reporter Peter `Buxton struggled for years to document and expose the experiment, and tells that tale here.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

What is "The Good Life"? — 08 Jul 2013— Many philosophers over the years and centuries have urged us to live a good life. But they've often disagreed on what a good life consists of. Thomas Hurka maintains that there are four intrinsic "goods": pleasure, knowledge, achievement, and virtue. He discusses each, bringing in the ideas of Nietzsche, Plato, Marx, and others.
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Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! 9/11 Wake-Up Call

9/11 Explosive Evidence—Experts Speak Out — 13 Jul 2013 — This is the audio of the very important documentary 9/11 Explosive Evidence—Experts Speak Out. There are almost 2,000 architects and engineers who think there are enough troubling questions about the way the Twin Towers and Building 7 came down on 9/11/2001 that they have signed a petition calling for a new investigation .Most notably, they say the science reveals that the collapse of these three buildings could not have been caused by the planes that crashed into them, or by the subsequent fires; rather that the way they collapsed could only have happened as a result of controlled demolitions.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

Countering Intelligence — 22 Jun 2013 — This is a radio adaptation of Scott Noble's film Counter Intelligence, which mixes news reports, insights from historians, and contemporary commentary to reveal the dark side to the activities of the so-called intelligence agencies. Topics include the origins of the CIA; the intimate connections between organized crime and the intelligence services, including broad involvement in narcotrafficking; manipulation of governments traditionally allied with the US, such as Australia; and the relentless, brutal "wet ops" against developing nations such as Venezuela, Iran, Guatemala, Chile, and Nicaragua.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

Panther Politics — 24 Jun 2013 — In the face of severe state repression, the Black Panther Party managed for a time not just to survive, but to flourish. Author Waldo Martin discusses the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of the revolution-minded Panthers; how the Party's community programs added to its resilience and its revolutionary agenda; and how, in the end, it eventually faltered.
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The Real World of Money, 03 Jul 2013
Andrew Gause on the History of US Central Banking
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Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

The Secret Wars Of The CIA — 08 Jun 2013— These clips offer a radio adaptation of the video, "Secret Wars Of The CIA." Featured is decorated CIA operative and whistleblower, John Stockwell. In this vintage material from the Reagan/Bush I era, Stockwell gives an overview of CIA activities and cites countless examples of dirty tactics all over the world designed not to promote democracy but instead to foster US hegemony. Interesting tidbits include that the CIA admitted to paying academics to pretend they had authored mendacious history textbooks and that although a US house committee concluded John F. Kennedy was killed as a result of a conspiracy—one almost certainly including the CIA—there has been no formal investigation by the US Justice Department into the matter.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

NSA Whistleblower Russ Tice on Vast Extent of NSA Spying — 21 Jun 2013— NSA whistleblower Russ Tice offers an eye-opening interview on the real extent of NSA spying over the last two decades. Beyond PRISM and beyond metadata, he explains that ALL electronic communications by Americans are being copied and stored by the US government. Tice discusses the political implications, including the almost limitless power for blackmailing that this gives those who control the data. Tice also "names names" on who has been targeted by these wiretaps in the past.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests / Black Op Radio

The Kennedy Assassination and the Conspiracy-Theory Conspiracy — 25 May 2013— Lance de Haven-Smith, author of Conspiracy Theory In America, discusses "state crimes against democracy" as a modern phrase to update what used to be called "high crimes" in a constitutional context. He discusses the "conspiracy-theory conspiracy"—that is, the tactic taken by The Powers That Be to instantly discredit any person or movement that seeks to expose facts that are inconvenient to TPTB's agenda. He spends a good deal time discussing the Kennedy assassination and the broad implications of that (actual) conspiracy.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen On The Media

A Journalistic Civil War Odyssey — 17 May 2013 — In 1863, New York Tribune reporters Junius Browne and Albert Richardson were captured by the Confederate army in Vicksburg, Mississippi. What followed was an epic journey through an archipelago of Confederate prisons, a daring escape, and a perilous 300-mile trek to freedom. It's the subject of the book, Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War Odyssey. Author Peter Carlson discusses the highs and lows of the adventure.
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Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Guns & Butter

Revisiting the Oklahoma City Bombing—Another False Flag? — 17 Apr 2013 — Former Oklahoma congressman Charles Key and filmmaker Chris Emery discuss the compelling evidence that the official story of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is a lie. Topics include... why experts say the 3-D profile of the damage to the building is inconsistent with the idea of a single blast from a truck bomb; unusual behavior on the part of the FBI and other investigators; potential reasons for the bombing other that domestic terrorism.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen EconTalk

Communication, Power, and the Masters of the Word — 06 May 2013 — William Bernstein discusses the origin and composition of writing materials as well as where and how writing became common; how the rise of radio influenced the geopolitics of the 20th century and was used to propagandize the populace; how all emerging communications technology has generally been used by the elites to herd the masses; how fast-changing internet media are still a work in progress in terms of communications usefulness.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Against the Grain

Thatcher's Assault on Labor — 17 Apr 2013— Nicholas Jones reviews Margaret Thatcher's legacy with a specific focus on how she subverted the UK miners' union as the key vector in her strategy to break the power of UK unions in general—which she did.
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Unrated Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Prophets of Doom — 22 Apr 2013— Murderous millennial preachers and prophets take over the German city of Munster after Martin Luther unleashes a Pandora's Box of religious anarchy with the Protestant Reformation.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Democracy Now

Operation Condor Trial Tackles Coordinated Campaign by Latin American Dictatorships to Kill Leftists — 07 Mar 2013— A historic trial underway in Argentina is set to reveal new details about how Latin American countries coordinated with each other in the 1970s and '80s to eliminate political dissidents. The campaign known as "Operation Condor" involved US-supported dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. They worked together to track down, kidnap, and kill people they labeled as terrorists—typically leftist activists, labor organizers, students, priests, journalists, guerrilla fighters and their families. The campaign was launched by the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and evidence shows the CIA and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were complicit from its outset. Investigative journalist John Dinges reviews the details of the case.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Alternative Visions

Third Party Successes in American Politics — 06 Mar 2013 — Is it true that 3rd parties can't make it in American politics, due to the winner-take-all structure built into American elections and the fostered bias toward having only two parties? What does the American historical record really say about third parties? David Gillespie, author of Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics—Challenges to Duopoly, discusses.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Red Ice Radio

Michael Hoffman on Papal Abdication and Usury in Christendom — 14 Feb 2013— Author and former AP reporter Michael Hoffman has deeply studied the history of the Catholic Church. He discusses the ruthlessness in the pious conclaves and talks about possible machinations behind the Pope's resignation. Who procured Ratzinger's abdication, and why? Hoffman discusses the historical rise of money power and how the Church came around to being OK with usury.
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Guns & Butter, 13 Feb 2013
Operation Terror—Exposing the 9/11 Darkness to the Light of Fiction
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Guns and Butter, 27 Feb 2013
Severe Visibility—What Didn't Hit the Pentagon on 9/11
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Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Guns & Butter

The JFK Assassination—The CIA or the Mob? — 16 Jan 2013 — This 1988 radio documentary focuses on the views of former New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison, who was tangentially involved in the initial investigation of the JFK assassination, and then a few years later, reopened the case at the urging of Senator Russell Long. Garrison lays out the evidence that the CIA, at the behest of those at the helm of the military-industrial complex and with the complicity of some in the FBI and Dallas PD, was directly responsible for the assassination of JFK. Evidence for an alternate view, that the mob sanctioned a hit on Kennedy, is also considered but seems scanty compared to the case against the CIA and FBI.
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(GP comment:  Must listening!)

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

To Understand Nuclear, You Must Understand History — 05 Feb 2013 — Arjun Makhijani explains why we can only find the path back from the nuclear abyss if we are clear and honest about how militarism and empiricism created the context for how nuclear weapons' first use. He retraces the machinations of competing states before and during WWII, discussing topics like... Why was the US fleet moved from San Diego to Pearl Harbor? Does the Japanese attack have anything to do with the US oil embargo? What were the original goals of the Manhattan Project and why and when were they changed? And who was in charge of this secret program when even the US Vice President or the generals responsible for WWII did not know?
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

The Power Principle and the Making of the US Empire — 26 Jan 2013 — This is a radio adaptation of the film, The Power Principle, which examines 20th-century imperial activity in countries such as Iran, Guatemala, Congo, Chile, and Greece, unmasking the Cold War as a propaganda cover for the war between the resource-hungry US corp-gov and the rest of the world. Michael Parenti aptly called the film "a deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded, and highly relevant to the events of today."
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

Grave Reflections on Technology and Freedom — 19 Jan 2013— This is an excellent historical perspective on the topics of technology, social control, and the rise of a totalitarian state in the future—which is our now. The talks are from Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, speaking presciently in 1962 on the prospects for a technototalitarian future. Then author Kurt Vonnegut discusses the madness of contemporary life in US, including how a collective amnesia permits the mainstream/corporate media to suppresses dissent and glorify US military aggression around the world. Finally, E. F. Schumacher asks whether we can create a system that would serve man and replace the current system that enslaves him.
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Against the Grain, 07 Jan 2013
David Graeber on Money, Honor, Debt, and Freedom Throughout History
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Progressive Commentary Hour, 19 Jan 2013
Barbara Honegger on 9-11 and the October Surprise
Download/Listen   56:56

Electric Politics, 28 Dec 2012
Has the Constitution Become an Impediment to Progress in the US?
Go to page  |  Download/Listen   37:55

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen C-Realm Podcast

Preserving Moral Progress — 23 Jan 2013 — KMO and Charles C. Mann discuss the themes of slavery and the related African diaspora. Mann details how plantation-style agriculture, the human taste for sugar, and diseases like malaria and yellow fever shaped the social arrangements of Europe, African, and the so-called New World and which continue to influence our contemporary way of life. As bad as things seem today, life for most classes of people in centuries past was much worse.
Go to page  |  Download/Listen   58:43

Unrated Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Wrath of the Khans V — 13 Jan 2013 — Succession issues weaken the Mongol Empire as the grandchildren of Genghis Khan fight over their imperial inheritance. This doesn't stop them from dealing out pain, suffering and, ironically, good governance while doing so.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Ward Churchill:  A Little Matter of Genocide — 05 Dec 2012— In the US, framing what happened to Native Americans as a genocide is like shooting a flaming arrow into a group of circled intellectual wagons. But Ward Churchill reminds us about the importance of knowing history: "We've got an entire society here that, with its own collaboration, quells certain knowledge that would disrupt its very convenient scenarios of what it wants to be by denying what it has been. And so we punch holes into the domes of false reality that have been constructed to shield the society from an understanding of itself."
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Edward Said on Palestine and the Universality of Human Rights — 06 Nov 2012 — In his last major speech on Palestine before his death, Edward Said discusses the Israel-Palestine conflict in the context of the US war on Iraq and global hegemony. Said categorizes Gaza as a huge prison, the divisiveness of the separation wall, and the divestment and boycott campaign in the US. All events are important historically but also eerily contemporary.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen If You Love This Planet

Religion and War in Modern Times — 16 Nov 2012 — Everyone knows about the Crusades as a quintessential example of religion and war intersecting. But religion has played an important part, both good and bad, in much more modern conflicts. Professor Brian Daizen Victoria discusses how individuals in societies can be gripped by tribalistic thinking—often underpinned by religious attitudes and teachings—which enhance their acceptance of war and sacrifice. Conversely, properly channeled, religion can make obvious the correct moral choice and subvert the manic drive for conflict and conquest that seems to afflict political overlords in all parts of the world..
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

"Wrath of the Khans" ...continues... — 23 Sep 2012 — Dan Carlin continues the historical review of Mongol war chief Genghis Khan. ~~ In part 4, the death of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, should have slowed the momentum of Mongol conquests, but instead it accelerated it. This time though, all of Europe is on the Mongol hit list. ~~ Previous parts are re-listed for convenience.
Part 1:  Download/Listen   1:28:24
Part 2:  Download/Listen   1:35:10
Part 3:  Download/Listen   1:47:02
Part 4:  Download/Listen   1:31:19

Rating: 2 of 5 - OK; if you've got the time... Unwelcome Guests

The UK, Milton Friedman, and the Failure of Monetarism — 10 Nov 2012 — The program begins with a short reading from Debt, The First 5000 Years, which posits that the current system of debt is not commensurate with democracy and that nothing could be more important than a retreat from its increasingly tyrannical and wealth concentrating logic. ~~ Then the remainder of the program features the audio from a 1992 documentary that explains how leaders in the UK discovered that the path to boundless prosperity is blocked by the corpses of newfangled economic theories.
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Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Unwelcome Guests

The Origins of Those Taboo Economic Words — 06 Oct 2012 — Economist Richard Wolff gives a brilliant talk on two taboo topics: class and Marx. He relates the various forms of class differentiation and explains the subtle but important differences between them. He then reviews Marx's analysis of various economic systems, each of which pivots on its treatment of the work that laborers do beyond that which meets the workers' basic needs. How this "excess" is treated—and who controls it—is the basis for how the world works.
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(GP comment:  I have reviewed many podcasts on Marx, almost all of which have been ponderous and unhelpful—unable to overcome our internal resistance to accepting anything to do with Marx. This one is different. I challenge anyone who feels stuck in the TINA mode (There Is No Alternative) to listen to this.)

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

The Historical Now ... and a Message to the Future — 17 Sep 2012 — James Corbett records a message to the future, a digital "message in a bottle" cast out on the binary waves of 1s and 0s, out into the digital eternity... offering a review of today's history from the perspective of the brave new world that is coming.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

"Wrath of the Khans" ...continues... — 23 Sep 2012 — Dan Carlin continues the historical review of Mongol war chief Genghis Khan. ~~ In part 2, Khan displays an unmatched level of strategic genius while moving against both Northern China and the Eastern Islamic world. Both civilizations are left stunned and millions are slaughtered. ~~ In part 3, Khan's conquests continue, with locations as far apart as Europe and China feeling the bloody effects of Mongol warfare and retribution. Can anything halt the carnage? ~~ Part 1 is re-listed for convenience.
Part 1:  Download/Listen   1:28:24
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Unwelcome Guests

US Capitalism From Start To Finish, with 9/11 As Endgame — 15 Sep 2012— In the first hour, Charles Post discusses the events and forces that shaped American capitalism in the 19th century. ~~ In the second hour, after a short reading and musical break, we hear two excerpts from "Collateral Damage 9/11," an article that offers evidence that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job designed to cover up the erasing of $240 billion of bogus government bonds that had been used to fund dark ops.
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(GP comment:  The information in hour two about the Vulcan Group and their $240 billion in bogus bonds is another piece of the 9/11 puzzle. But as Robin Upton points out in his apt comments at the end, the supposition that this was the reason for the 9/11 inside job flies in the face of several other, weightier reasons.)

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Corbett Report

The Meaning of 9/11 Truth—Questions But No Answers — 10 Sep 2012 — The possible alternate scenarios of the who/what/where/when/why of 9/11 have been explored before. So on the 11th anniversary of the event, James Corbett asks: What is the meaning of 9/11 truth? What do we know? What don't we know? And why should we care?
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Guns and Butter

What Didn't Hit the Pentagon on 9/11 — 12 Sep 2012 — Dave von Kleist examines mainstream media coverage of the attack on the Pentagon. ~~ Pentagon survivor April Gallop describes her experience in the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, at almost the exact point of impact. ~~ Barbara Honegger, senior military affairs journalist and former White House policy analyst, discusses the evidence that 9/11 was an inside job.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

Eugenics and the Economical Disposal of The Worthless — 21 Jul 2012 — This two-part series examines the history of eugenics in the US in the 20th century. It also extends the analysis to the treatment—then and now—of people with mental deficiencies or mental illness. It's shocking to hear how accepted the idea of "cleansing the species" was, with forced sterilizations and lobotomies occurring across the US. Until the German atrocities of WWII were exposed, the view on eugenics between the US elite and the Nazis were quite closely aligned.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Andrew Gause:  Historical Tidbits on Banksters, Politicians, and Money — 01 Aug 2012 — Currency historian Andrew Gause reviews some of the interesting facts and events over the last 100 years during the reign of the bankster-run Federal Reserve. For instance, Beardsley Ruml, NY Fed president in 1946, said "Taxes for revenue are obsolete." This begs the question, why doesn't the Treasury/Fed system just print what it wants and leave us alone? Gause also talks about WWII, taxes, gold, and silver; how in 1933 FDR creatively devalued the dollar virtually overnight; JFK's use of government (non-Fed) money; and Ezra Pound, who spilled the beans on the Fed and was put in an insane asylum for it.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Wrath of the Khans (part 1) — 13 Jun 2012— Dan Carlin discusses the historical context of "great men," who are almost always rather evil and barbarous by modern standards. Nonetheless, these are fascinating figures, and among them is Genghis Khan. His expansion into Eurasia was one of the most violent outbursts in history, breaking upon the "great societies" of the Old World like a human tsunami. Though the invasions and forced unification may have helped foster the modern era to come, it did so at a terrible human cost.
Download/Listen   1:49:16

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Unwelcome Guests

How the Logic of Money Was Granted Autonomy — 28 Jul 2012 — In spite of the rather tedious sounding title, this is an excellent navigation through the historical events and players that elevated money from a means of exchange to a method of exploitation and control, including why we the exploited and controlled largely accept this perverted psychology. The clips take us from the village and shopkeeper days of old Europe to the takeover of the US money system by the banksters in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen EconTalk

The Ancient Greek Economy—Does Democracy Make a Difference? — 06 Aug 2012 — Josiah Ober talks about the economy of ancient Greece, particularly Athens. Ober notes that the standard view of ancient Greece is that it was very poor. Drawing on various kinds of evidence, Ober argues that Greece was actually quite successful, and that the average citizen of ancient Athens lived quite well by ancient standards. He suggests two possible explanations for Greece's economic success.
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Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen All Together Now

Leonardo da Vinci—The Process and Pattern Master — 26 Jul 2012 — A talk with Fritjof Capra on his book The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance, in which he illuminates Leonardo's discoveries and projects in art, science, and design by highlighting Leonardo's core fascination with the processes, patterns, and transformations of nature.
Download/Listen   53:19

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! ASPO

Robert Hirsch: The Oil Crises of the 1970s—Get Ready for the Reruns — Jun 2012 — Robert L. Hirsch revisits the effects of the oil crises of the 1970s, their economic impacts, and the effects they had on human activities and psychology. Those crises were political in nature, and eventually things got better. But today we face geological constraints on oil production, and we are on the verge of a new oil crisis. Unfortunately, it appears that we learned nothing from the earlier crises: we have not prepared; we are not even aware; and we will experience the same impacts again—this time without the promise of a new ramp-up in oil production.
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Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Progressive Commentary Hour

Honest History, from the Bay of Pigs and Gulf of Tonkin to Israel and the USS Liberty — 25 Jun 2012 — Three researchers offer insightful analyses of several events in history, explaining their relevance to today... (1) Peter Kornbluh discusses the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. ~~ (2) John Prados discusses the Gulf of Tonkin incident and how it was used to boost public support the Vietnam War. He also notes that all of the secret CIA activities ostensibly designed to foster democracy around the world have failed to do so in every case. ~~ (3) Alan Hart discusses the Zionist agenda in the Israeli-Palestinian situation and explains why Israel attacked the USS Liberty in 1967.
Download/Listen   2:58:16

Rating: 5 of 5 - Must-listening! Coast To Coast / KSFO

Webster Tarpley:  How the World Really Works — 02 May 2012 — Historian Webster Tarpley discusses the conspiratorial mindset, exploring the hidden forces—the oligarchy run by banksters—that shape government actions, especially wars. Topics covered include 9-11, the JFK assassination, foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack, and the current geopolitical action between the US-UK bloc and the BRIC block, with proxy wars in Syria and Libya.
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Note: MP3s mirror KSFO's full hours; meat typically runs from 10:00-29:00 and 38:00-58:00.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Logical Insanity--Atomic Bombs and Other Issues of Military Morality — 31 Mar 2012 — Using the "should we have used the a-bombs on Japan" question as a starting point, Dan Carlin explores the thorny eastern front of militarism—morality. Though many find the choices to be obvious, it's often the case that the question is not even the right one.
Download/Listen   2:30:34


Best Books (And Surprising Insights) On Lincoln — 10 Apr 2012 — Every modern politician wants to reference Abraham Lincoln in a way that shines light on themselves or casts shadows on their opponents. But who was Lincoln, really? Three historians discuss their favorite books about one of our most revered presidents.
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Referenced books:   (on
-- Lincoln, by David Herbert Donald
-- Civil War: Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson
-- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
-- The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, by Eric Foner

Radio Parallax

Hannibal and His Opponents—What These Great Military Strategists Can Teach Us About Success and Failure — 01 Mar 2012 — Though we may decry the violence of "military geniuses," their method of working through problems sometimes has applicability to our own, modern lives.
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Unwelcome Guests

Susan Lindauer, CIA 9/11 Whistleblower—Mad, Bad or Dangerously Frank? — 04 Feb 2012 — (1) Ex-CIA analyst Susan Lindauer recounts her experiences in the months before and after September 11, 2001, offering a number of interesting facts that do not jibe with the official story of 9/11. ~~ (2) Ian Henshall tells of the increasing tensions between the FBI and CIA in the run up to 9/11, painting a picture of a CIA that was working hard to obstruct the FBI's pursuit of the conspirators.
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Guns and Butter

Evidence of Insider Trading Before 9-11 — 04 Jan 2012 — Paul Zarembka does his best to explain the evidence that unusual financial transactions around the time of the 9-11 attacks strongly suggest that someone knew something and made moves to hugely profit from the coming disaster on 11 Sep 2001.
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Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of RFK — 07 Dec 2011 — In this recording from June 2003, Lawrence Teeter speaks at the at the Coalition on Political Assassinations. Teeter, who was Sirhan Sirhan's attorney at the time, offers a litany of fascinating evidence the strongly suggests Sirhan was set up as the fall guy for the plot to kill Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Death Throes of the Republic I — 27 Jun 2010 — Dan presents his take on the history of the last decades of the Roman Republic. He does so in a storyboard format that is very engaging and, without ramming it down our throats, suggests obvious parallels with more modern times.
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Death Throes of the Republic II — 29 Aug 2010 — The second part of Dan's tour through the catacombs of ancient Rome's history.
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Death Throes of the Republic III — 30 Oct 2010 — Dan adds part 3 to his series about how the Roman empire devolved and collapsed.
Audio is now behind a paywall at host site.   1:37:44

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Death Throes of the Republic IV — 27 Jan 2011 — In part 4 of this excellent series, Sulla returns to Rome to show the republic what REAL political violence looks like. Civil war and deadly partisan payback will pave the way for reforms—pushed at sword point.
Audio is now behind a paywall at host site.   1:27:19

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Death Throes of the Republic V — 31 Mar 2011 — The last great generation of the Roman Republic emerges from the historical mists. The dynamic between Caesar, Cato, Cicero, Crassus and Pompey forms the axis around which this segment of the tale revolves.
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Archive

Death Throes of the Republic VI — 29 Jun 2011 — In a massive finish to the "Dan Carlin version of the fall of the Roman Republic," Dan covers the end game—conspiracies, civil wars, beatniks of antiquity, and a guy named Caesar all figure prominently. And virtually everyone dies.
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