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The Pentagon and Afghanistan Papers w/ Hedrick Smith – Ep 97

Fortress On A Hill (FOH) Podcast

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers, we sat down with Hedrick Smith, award winning journalist and producer, who was one of the principle journalists covering the initial release of the Pentagon Papers.Hedrick's YouTube channel - The People Vs. The PoliticiansRecent video from Hedrick regarding his good friend and famed journalist Neil Sheehan and their experiences in covering the Pentagon Papers.Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over the past 50 years of his career as one of America’s most distinguished journalists.In 26 years with The New York Times, Mr. Smith covered Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War in Saigon, the Middle East conflict from Cairo, the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington, and six American presidents and their administrations. In 1971, as chief diplomatic correspondent, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.His book The Russians, based on his years as New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief from 1971-74, was a No. 1 American best-seller. It has been translated into 16 languages and has been widely used in university and college courses.  His next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, was also a major best-seller. It became a bible for newly elected members of Congress and their staffs and was bedside reading for President Clinton. His newest book, Who Stole the American Dream? published by Random House in September 2012 , has been hailed by critics for brilliant analsysis of political and economic trends and changes in the U.S. over the past 30-40 years.For PBS since 1989, Hedrick Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on such varied topics as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika,Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care, the environment, jazz greats Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, and Washington’s power game.Mr. Smith’s documentary work has won many of televisions major awards. Two of his Frontline programs, The Wall Street Fix and Can You Afford to Retire?  won Emmies and two others, Critical Condition and Tax Me If You Can were nominated. Twice he has won or shared the Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton, or grand prize, for the year’s best public affairs program on U.S. television – for Inside Gorbachev’s USSR in 1990, and for Inside the Terror Network in 2002, an investigation of the Al Qaeda pilots who carried out the 9/11 attack and how the U.S. missed chances to stop them. Along with the George Polk, George Peabody and Sidney Hillman awards for reportorial excellence, his programs have won two national public service awardsLet me guess.  You're enjoying the show so much, you'd like to leave us a review?!  Click here for Stitcher.  Click here for Apple Podcasts.  Click here for our Facebook page.  Alternatively, you can click here: https://lovethepodcast.com/fortressonahillEmail us at fortressonahill@gmail.comCheck out our t-shirt store on Spreadshirt.comNot a contributor on Patreon? You're missing out on amazing bonus content! Sign up to be one of our patrons today! - www.patreon.com/fortressonahillA special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Will Ahrens, Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, Adam Bellows, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson,  Janet Hanson, Tristan Oliver, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Why I am Antiwar Podcast, Scott Spaulding, Kenneth Cordasco, Korgoth, and the Statist Quo Podcast.  You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?!  Visit Paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written,

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23 Mar 2021

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Ep. 008: Hedrick Smith talks grassroots democratic reform & reclaiming the American Dream

Citizen Reformers

Hedrick SmithDemocracy in America is in danger.  Public trust in government is at an all-time low. Ordinary citizens have a negligible effect on government policy while wealthy individuals, large corporations, and special interest groups exercise considerable political clout.   Gridlock and partisan polarization are blocking measures which the majority of Americans agree are necessary. Income inequality is at its highest point in nearly a century and the American Dream is out of reach for many.  How did we get here and what can be done to save our democracy? In today’s episode we’ll hear from Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, whose one-hour PBS documentary “The Democracy Rebellion” chronicles the rise of citizen reform movements across America working to restore fairer, cleaner elections and to limit the corrosive influence of big money in our politics.  Hedrick Smith describes the grassroots movements pushing for partisan gerrymander reform, voting rights, and exposing dark money, providing compelling evidence that our democracy can be saved when ordinary citizens take action. The “Democracy Rebellion”, available for live streaming on YouTube, provides viewers with an uplifting perspective on what is possible.  Learn about other grassroots activism on Hedrick’s website: ReclaimtheAmericanDream.org.  To understand how we got here and the complex challenge facing American democracy, Hedrick draws upon his analysis from his 2012 book Who Stole the American Dream? to explain the rise of economic inequality and how big money interests have captured our political system. Join us for an enlightening conversation. TRANSCRIPT https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jbgFBCvBwU5OeuwP6_PAFOjhB_NwLgrorFR6sW_1h1o/edit


27 Jul 2020

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HEDRICK SMITH’s PBS doc THE DEMOCRACY REBELLION celebrates grassroots reform victories

Free Forum with Terrence McNally

I talk with HEDRICK SMITH, Pulitzer-winning former New York Times reporter and Emmy-winning producer/correspondent, about THE DEMOCRACY REBELLION, his PBS documentary on grassroots movements who are winning political reform victories, state by state. Six states, six successful campaigns take on Citizens United, gerrymandering, voter suppression, etc. Learn more at reclaimtheamericandream.org Check here for PBS airdates.


9 Jan 2020

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Copy of At Length with Hedrick Smith, Winning Back Our Democracy

At length with Steve Scher. - The House of Podcasts

A broken democracy, perhaps like a broken clock, can be right sometimes. Journalist Hedrick Smith’s new film, “Winning Back Our Democracy,” profiles citizen activists around the United States who are making a difference. As one Florida activist put it, if it can happen in their state, maybe community by community, an end to gerrymandering and a commitment to one person one vote can become a reality.

12 Apr 2019

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At Length with Hedrick Smith, Winning Back Our Democracy

At length with Steve Scher. - The House of Podcasts

A broken democracy, perhaps like a broken clock, can be right sometimes. Journalist Hedrick Smith’s new film, “Winning Back Our Democracy,” profiles citizen activists around the United States who are making a difference. As one Florida activist put it, if it can happen in their state, maybe community by community, an end to gerrymandering and a commitment to one person one vote can become a reality.

5 Apr 2019

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31. Hedrick Smith, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Lori Gottlieb

In The Moment podcast

Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith about hope he felt from the incredible community movements that took place around the time of the 2018 elections (3:45). Correspondent Reagan Jackson sits in with Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o about his early memories of his mother, his exile and time in prison, and his hopes for the future of his writing and others (17:36). Host Jini Palmer shares questions that the Town Hall community asked therapy columnist Lori Gottlieb, in preparation for her event on April 10, 2019 (25:22). Get an insider's look and stay in the know about what's going on in this moment at Town Hall.    


4 Apr 2019

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Hedrick Smith joins Richie and Marla Renegade Talk Radio

Renegade Talk Radio

In his bestselling The Russians, PULITZER PRIZE WINNER Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union.In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now, in Who Stole The American Dream?, Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America.Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving.also we talked about Gerrymandering in the United States has been practiced since the founding of the country to strengthen the power of particular political interests within legislative bodies. Partisan gerrymandering is commonly used to increase the power of a political party, and in some instances, political parties collude to protect incumbents by engaging in bipartisan gerrymandering. After racial minorities were enfranchised, some jurisdictions engaged in racial gerrymandering to weaken the political power of racial minority voters, while others engaged in racial gerrymandering to strengthen the power of minority voters. Throughout the 20th century, courts have grappled with the legality of these types of gerrymandering and have devised different standards for the different types of gerrymandering. Various legal and political remedies have emerged to prevent gerrymandering, including court-ordered redistricting plans, redistricting commissions, and alternative voting systems that do not depend on drawing boundaries for single-member electoral districts. To find out more go to http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/


5 Aug 2015

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Hedrick Smith Joins Richie and Marla Renegade Talk Radio

Renegade Talk Radio

Richie and Marla Welcome Executive Editor – Hedrick Smith, who conceived this website and is its principal writer and architect, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and Emmy award-winning documentary producer for PBS and PBS FRONTLINE. Over five decades as a reporter, editor, producer and author, Smith has established himself as one of America’s premier journalists.In 26 years with The New York Times, Smith served in Saigon, Cairo, Paris, the American South and as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. In 1971, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Pentagon Papers series and in 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. From 1988 through 2009, Smith reported and produced more than 50 hours of long-form documentaries and mini-series for PBS and PBS FRONTLINE. One distinctive feature of his television productions is his focus not just on examining systemic problems in modern America but on seeking solutions.Our political system is broken. Our economy isn’t fair. We keep telling Washington to fix things, but Washington has been corrupted by MegaMoney and captured by crony capitalism. We can’t wait any longer. It’s time for us to take action.We get it, but we’re not sure where to begin. People worry that reform is impossible. Not true. It’s already happening in many places. Average Americans are making change happen at the grass roots. Their stories are inspiring. We can learn from them. Working together in our home states and communities, We the People can reclaim the American Dream.That’s what this website is for – for sharing progress, restoring democracy, making our economy fairer. Our mission is to help you make change. We are non-partisan. We don’t have one pet solution we’re pushing. We’ve profiled several issues. We’ll do more. You decide. The main point is for you to get engaged, get active.Our goal is to help you get started. Newcomers need an entry point to various pathways of reform. So we’re your gateway. We’re here to explain the issues. To show you where things are happening. To tell you success stories. To help you connect with organizations already at work on reform. So let’s get started.Reclaim The American Dream Website http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/#its-up-to-us


5 May 2015

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"Who Stole the American Dream?" - Hedrick Smith

E.N. Thompson Forum

Reporter Hedrick Smith spent 26 years at the New York Times, where he was among the team that produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers. He also spent several years as the Times’ Moscow bureau chief, for which he won a Pulitzer for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. That experience also yielded his bestselling book “The Russians.” Another of his books, “The Power Game: How Washington Works,” is considered a modern classic and essential reading for DC’s power players. Since 1989, Smith has created more than two dozen primetime specials for PBS, on topics ranging from Duke Ellington’s Washington to “Inside the Terror Network.” He has won numerous awards—among them two Emmys—for this television work. E.N. Thompson Forum website

7 Nov 2013

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Hedrick Smith, “Who Stole the American Dream?” (Random House, 2012)

New Books in Economics

In the “Great Recession,” millions lost their jobs, retirement savings, and even their houses. The entire middle class was shaken. Yet almost no one has been brought to justice. Quite the opposite: the big banks and investment houses–the places where the perpetrators most likely work and worked–were bailed out by the federal government under the banner of being “too big to fail.” Perhaps it’s the case that we will never know enough about what happened to indict anyone, or at least anyone in the upper reaches of the financial industry. But does that mean we don’t, in a general way, know who was responsible?Not according to Hedrick Smith. In his new book Who Stole the American Dream? (Random House, 2012), the veteran reporter digs deep into American political and economic history to find out who we should blame for this colossal economic meltdown. What he found is surprising. The roots of the crisis go back farther than most people–experts included–think. Sure the bankers were involved, but so were politicians (including, of all people Jimmy Carter)–a lot of them. According to Smith, there’s plenty of blame to go around, at least in corporate boardrooms and the corridors of power in Washington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/economics

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23 Aug 2013