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150. Soledad O’Brien. The Stupid Has Infected the Media. Shooting Fireballs At Everyone From CNN to Fox to MSNBC to Joe Rogan. The Naughty Centre: Now Open for Boris Johnson, Madison Cawthorn, Joe Biden. Laura Ingraham and more.
149. Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Is He Running for President? Will He Leave the Republican Party? Are We Facing an American Insurgency? What Is He Naming His Baby? Ted Cruz, Ray Epps, Ukraine & Afghanistan. Diapers vs Bottles.
148. EXCLUSIVE: Noah Shachtman. Rolling Stone’s Editor-in-Chief. January 6: One Year Later. Navarro’s 100 Congressmen to Overturn the Election. Reviving Rolling Stone. Exposing Eric Clapton, Marilyn Manson, Joe Manchin. Music, Politics and Independents.
147. NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL. THE BEST GUEST ADVICE OF 2021. BRADLEY WHITFORD, ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN, BROOKE BALDWIN, REX CHAPMAN, MONTEL WILLIAMS AND MORE.
146. COVID Christmas & Festivus Special. Inside NYC As the Variant Hits. The Winter of Omicron Is Here. Jason Alexander (Rewind)
145. Chuck Todd. Why Does The Media Suck? Affirmation vs Information. Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro & the Hyper-fragmentation of News. Predicting 2024 Nominees. Four Parties vs Two. January 6th Subpoenas. Hosting Meet The Press From Home. SFC Alwyn Cashe’s CMOH.
144. Tavis Smiley. Race, Politics and Media in America. What is “Progressive”? Sympathy vs Empathy. Dr. King’s Message for 2021. The Doors That Carlos Watson’s Ozy Media Closed. Remembering Bob Dole.
143. Dr. Vin Gupta. The Omicron COVID Variant. What We Need to Know and Do. Preparing Yourself For a Tough Winter. The Military’s Struggle to Fully Vaccinate. National Guard Units Refuse the Shot Order. Handling Stress in the Pandemic.
140. Shad Meshad. Remembering Max Cleland. Veterans Day Special. Celebrating a True American Hero. The Mad Man and The Cowboy. The Creation Of The Vet Centers. Stronger At The Broken Places. The Doobie Brothers. Taking It To The Streets.
138. Matt Zeller. America’s Halloween Nightmare. 196 Americans Abandoned in Afghanistan. 23 Million Without Food. What is “Operation Resettle Allies”? Over the Horizon = Over the Rainbow. The “Disappointing Biden” Costume. The Real Winnie the Pooh Story.
136. Jeremy Butler. Extremism in the Military and Veterans Community. Testifying Before Congress via Zoom. Race and the Military. The American Mental Health Crisis. Shatner in Space. Veterans Day 2021.
132. Admiral Mike Mullen. The Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on The Next 9/11, Gen. Milley’s Call to China, the Afghanistan Debacle. The Sept 18 Threat to Washington. Lessons Learned, Taking Accountability for Failure & Lady Gaga’s Giant Egg.
130. Congressman Peter Meijer. THE END OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR? Not for the Afghans. 13 US Troops Killed. Our Allies Left to Die. Biden Spikes the Ball. The Great American Betrayal of Afghanistan. Is the Future of the GOP Peter Meijer or Donald Trump?
129. Kristen Rouse. CHAOS IN AFGHANISTAN. Inside the “Digital Dunkirk” Rushing to Save Afghan Allies. The Taliban Clamps Down. The Humanity of the Afghan People. Questioning The Humanity of America. What Happens after Biden’s August 31st Deadline?
127. Matt Zeller. The Collapse of Afghanistan. Biden Is Blowing It. #SaveOurAllies. The Guam Option. Why The Taliban Don’t Want Women to Read. Asian Jumping Dirt. How You Can Help.
124. Best Of: Lessons On Leadership. Susan Rice, Barry McCaffrey, Mark Hertling, James Stavridis, Chuck Hagel. Top Military and Political Leaders on Independent Politics, America’s Future, Duty, Honor, Service and Leadership.
119. Wes Moore. Father’s Day Special (REWIND). Candidate For Governor of Maryland, Best-Selling Author and Veteran. On Fatherhood, Leadership, Crime and Inspiration.
114. Wes Chatham. How The Expanse in 2050 is Like America in 2021. One of the Greatest Denzel Stories You’ll Ever Hear. Drinking vs Smoking. From Navy Petty Officer Third Class to Hollywood Badass. FORs (Friends of Ron Perlman). Liz Cheney vs the GOP.
113: Ruben Gallego. Congressman & USMC Veteran. Inside The Capitol On January 6th. Political Mortal Kombat. Majorie Taylor Greene Calls Him a “Coward.” Protecting Allies in Afghanistan. Will He Run Against Sen Kyrsten Sinema? Biden is AWOL on Burn Pits.
107: Jake Wood. Reinforcements Are Here. How Team Rubicon Vaccinated 617,000 Americans The Marine Sniper Breaks Down Our Mass Shooting Problem Fighting Domestic Extremism Upstream With Purpose Coping With The Grind Jake’s New Baby Is A Hero
105. Wes Moore. Robin Hood’s CEO on One Year of The Pandemic Coming 2 America, Harry & Meghan & The Expanse How the COVID Child Tax Credit Will Transform America Is Wes Running for Governor? The Murder of 2LT Richard Collins, Extremism & Mountains
104. Malcolm Nance. The Nostradamus of National Security Returns for a Threat Analysis World Tour. Will Extremists and QAnon Hit Again This Week? Biden Hits Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Hits Malcolm. Malcolm hits back.
98. Charlotte Clymer Returns. Understanding the End of Trump’s Transgender Military Ban. Vetting Denis McDonough For VA Secretary. Biden’s Busy First Week. The Next Domestic Terrorism Threat.
97. SPECIAL DISPATCH: Wayne Smith. Reflections on Inauguration. “The Oracle” Returns. How We Heal Our Broken Country. The Promise the Future Holds.
96. SPECIAL DISPATCH: Dan Lamothe. The Washington Post Pentagon Reporter. BREAKING: 12 National Guard Soldiers Removed from Inauguration Duty. How Safe Is DC? Inside the Military Presence in Washington. Screening 25,000 Troops for Extremism.
95. DISPATCH SPECIAL: Jason Dempsey. Are We Facing an American Insurgency? What Violence Is Yet To Come? Impeachment Gut Check.
93. Chuck Hagel. Insurrection in America. Terror in the Capitol. President Mayhem blows it all up. All living SecDefs sound the alarm. The Dems take Georgia. What happens next? The former SecDef and Rieckhoff break it down.
89. Admiral James Stavridis. The Brilliant Navy 4-Star and Rieckhoff Break Down the Pandemic, Trump vs the Pentagon, Biden’s Controversial Picks for Veterans Affairs and Defense, The Future of Independent Politics, Cold Martinis and Fiat Convertibles.
85. General Barry McCaffrey. Biden Wins. BUT “You should be alarmed”. America in Crisis. Chaos at the Pentagon. Another Secretary of Defense Goes Down. The Most Volatile Veterans Day in our Lifetime. Chappelle and Starting Over.
82. Chuck Hagel. The Former Sec. of Defense on Trump, His Relationship with Biden, American Leadership in Crisis, the Future of Independent Politics, the Debate, and Epic Halloween Costumes. From Wounded Army Private in Vietnam to Leading the Pentagon.
81. Malcolm Nance. What Happens The Day After Election Day? Preparing for Imminent Violence and Domestic Terrorism. President Mayhem vs Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Milley. Malcolm’s Awesome SCIF, Last Resort, Jericho, Red Dawn and Hannah Montana.
76. Jason Dempsey, PhD. Trump Calls Troops “Losers” and “Suckers.” Will The Military Save Us? Generals Mattis and Kelly Are Complicit. The 19th Anniversary of 9/11. The Best Peeps Answer Ever.
72. General Mark Hertling On The Threats Facing America. The Pandemic, Russia, Trump Yanks Troops From Germany, Unrest in Belarus. Is Kamala Harris Ready to be Commander-in-Chief? President Mayhem vs The Post Office. RIP, College Football 2020.
70. Montel Williams. The TV Icon and Decorated Veteran on Fighting MS, Trump and Stupidity. Leading on Cannabis Reform. America’s Lack of Discipline. The Wall of Vets. Baseball Bumbles The Reopening.
69. Norman Lear. On His 98th Birthday, the WW II Vet & American Icon on Bountygate, Trump, Biden’s VP, Bloody Marys, Archie Bunker and the Secret to a Good Life. Why Cops Shouldn’t Wear Camouflage. CPT Portland and the Moms vs President Mayhem.
65. Charlotte Clymer. Pride Special. From Army Infantry to the Front Lines of Trans Rights. Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable. Veterans Affairs Dept Coronavirus Cases Double. NY Was Right. Florida Was Wrong. Rieckhoff’s Zach Galifianakis Story.
63. Wayne Smith. Warrior For Peace. The Funeral of George Floyd. “Defund The Police” vs “Reform the Police”. COVID-19 Hits the DC National Guard. Sec Deaf Yesper Almost Gets Fired. Gen. Milley Apologizes. COPS Gets Cancelled. Banksy is right. #StayFrosty
54. Jake Wood. COVID-19 vs Team Rubicon. Disasters vs Veterans. Navy Secretary Modly vs the USS Theodore Roosevelt and Captain Crozier. The Rapid Spread of Stupid. President Mayhem Won’t Wear a Mask. Sanders is Finally Out. Biden Gets Three Dragons.
52. Flo Groberg. How to be a Hero in the War vs Coronavirus. The Medal of Honor Recipient From Inside Seattle. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Pentagon Get Slammed By COVID19. Cuomo vs Trump for the Soul of America. #StayFrosty
51. Colonel Myles B. Caggins III. The US Military Response to Coronavirus. How the Dept of Defense And Dept of Veterans Affairs Can Help Save Lives. Facing Rocket Attacks and COVID-19 in Iraq. Crisis Communication 101. Stay Frosty.
50. Chris Fussell. The Navy SEAL Commander on Leadership in Chaos. How To Prepare for Coronavirus. Fighting Al Qaeda Prepared Us To Fight Coronavirus. Does America Need a Draft? Guarding the Castle. The Risks of Hero Worship. Beware the Mailbox Syndrome.
37. Pete Buttigieg. Reaction To The Afghanistan Papers. Mayor Pete’s Favorite Drink. His Unexpected Navy Recruiter Story. Arabic Not Aerobics. A President Who’s Not a Parent. What To Do When Your Dog Eats Chocolate. Army vs Navy
34. Aaron Mankin. Losing Your Face in Combat. Debating Sara Huckabee Sanders in High School. How to Survive 70 Surgeries. Aaron’s Playboy Mansion Story. Scars Are Not Forever. Colonel Vindman Under Attack. Impeachment Engulfs Trump.
33. David Bellavia. The Sole Living Medal of Honor Recipient of the Iraq War. Combat is Not Like The Movies. The Future of the Republican Party. Protesting Trump at the Veterans Day Parade. The Impeachment War Begins.
32. Bob Woodruff. The Meaning of Veterans Day. Trump Crashes Our Parade. Standing Up For Heroes. Living with Real Rocks in Your Head. Journalism in the Line of Fire. 36 Days in a Coma. Booing the President.
31. James LaPorta EXCLUSIVE. The Newsweek Reporter Who Broke the Baghdadi Story. Conan the Special Forces Dog. Defending Colonel Vindman. #RudyButtDial: The Next Chapter. Inside NBC’s This is Us. Trump’s Halloween Scariness.
30. Tulsi Gabbard. The Most Controversial Candidate Not Named Trump. A Warrior for Peace. Clashing with Hillary Clinton. Clashing with Trump. Clashing with Democrats. Syria Spirals Downward. #OurEnemiesAreCelebrating.
24. Jonathan X from Afghanistan. The Spirit of 9/11. President Mayhem. Bringing the Taliban to Camp David. The War in Afghanistan Is Old Enough to Enlist. Tom Brady or Antonio Brown. The Lessons of Les Gelb. Ties Should Be Banned.
17. Amy McGrath, Defending Los Angeles on 9/11, Jon Stewart Whips Rand Paul’s Ass, Robert Mueller’s Military Service, Chick-fil-A vs Waffle House
13. Malcolm Nance, Analyzing War with Iran, Real-Life Spy Stories, Racism in the Military, Megan Rapinoe vs Donald Trump
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - CABLE NEWS IMPACT
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - JAN 6 ECHO CHAMBERS
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - INTERVIEW PHILOSOPHY
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - FOUR PARTIES
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - 2024
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - ROGAN
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - FUTURE OF DEBATES
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - HYPER-FRAGMENTATION
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - VETERAN LEADERSHIP IN POLITICS
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - IRL VS ZOOM
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - FIX IT BEFORE IT BURNS
EPISODE 145: CHUCK TODD - MEDIA INCENTIVE STRUCTURE
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - FULL INTERVIEW
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - BEING A PROGRESSIVE
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - GOALS
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - MSNBC NOT PROGRESSIVE
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - PUSH BACK AGAINST PROGRESSIVE DAs
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - CARLOS WATSON
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY DO WE WANT
EPISODE 144: TAVIS SMILEY - DR KINGS TRIPLE THREAT