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Scheer Intelligence

Scheer Intelligence features thoughtful and provocative conversations with "American Originals" -- people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day's most important issues.

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Scheer Intelligence features thoughtful and provocative conversations with "American Originals" -- people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day's most important issues.

In conversation with Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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In a special Scheer Intelligence from a March 2019 conversation,  Robert Scheer talks with his lifelong friend and legendary poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who passed recently in San Francisco at the age of 101. The two discuss a host of topics, including the importance of not selling out and the founding of San Francisco’s landmark City Lights bookshop, where Scheer worked as a young man. 

Feb 26 2021

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Israel's apartheid pandemic

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Middle East scholar Juan Cole joins Robert Scheer to discuss what the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Feb 19 2021

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Is Hollywood finally breaking free of toxic gender stereotypes?

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Films like “Palmer,” released on Apple+ in late January, are redefining how global audiences understand gender constructs in previously unthinkable ways. 

Feb 12 2021

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The Egregious Price America Exacts for Integrity

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Joel Whitney joins Robert Scheer to talk about the lives of poets George and Mary Oppen, two admirable Americans persecuted for their leftist ideals.  

Feb 05 2021

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The FBI’s Crusade Against MLK Was Darker Than You Think

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Director Sam Pollard did a deep dive into the FBI’s surveillance of MLK under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover in his documentary “MLK / FBI,” released by IFC Films earlier this month. Listen to the full conversation between Pollard and Scheer as they discuss the implications of that question, as well as address the highly controversial summaries of the FBI’s MLK surveillance tapes discovered by King’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, David J. Garrow in 2019. 

Jan 29 2021

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Jimmy Carter’s Foreign Policy Record Reveals Both Hope and Cynicism (Part 2)

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In the second part of the “Scheer Intelligence” interview with Jonathan Alter, the author of “His Very Best” examines the former president’s mixed foreign policy record.

Jan 22 2021

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Jimmy Carter's Lifelong Efforts to Atone for White America's Sins (Part 1)

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Raised in privilege amidst the barbarism of segregation, the oft-maligned president eventually embraced the New South liberalism that just swept his native Georgia’s election.

Jan 15 2021

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Death by UFO at Heaven’s Gate: A Dark Fable for Christmas

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Clay Tweel’s HBO Max documentary on the New Age “cult of cults” that claimed dozens of lives raises powerful questions about the checkered histories of various religions. 

Dec 25 2020

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How Reagan paved the way for Trump

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Matt Tyrnauer, director of the devastating Showtime documentary blockbuster “The Reagans,” reveals how Donald Trump was the logical heir to the Reagan Revolution beginning with his plagiarism of the Gipper’s “Make America Great Again” slogan and ending with the abysmal failure to confront a medical pandemic.

Dec 18 2020

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What Aaron Sorkin Got Wrong in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

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Historian Jon Wiener, who wrote “Conspiracy in the Streets” on the subject of the Netflix film, sets the record straight on this week’s “Scheer Intelligence.”

Dec 11 2020

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How the Democratic Party Became a Vehicle of Aristocracy

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In the second part of a two-part interview, Thomas Frank explores how anti-populism made liberals comfortable with plutocracy. 

Dec 04 2020

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Benjamin Madley and a California Genocide

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Robert Scheer sits down with professor and author Benjamin Madley to talk about a little known part of California's history.

Nov 27 2020

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Don’t Believe Anything You Were Told About Populism

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Thomas Frank examines the history of American populism, and how it was distorted by Democrats and co-opted by Republicans. 

Nov 20 2020

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The Real Reason the Blue Wave Never Materialized

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Dennis Kucinich, former Ohio congressman and mayor of Cleveland, weighs in on what the Democratic Party keeps getting wrong.

Nov 13 2020

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The Only Meaningful Way to Save American Journalism

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Publicly-funded media models make a lot of Americans nervous, but Victor Pickard argues it may be the only way to repair our tattered democracy.

Nov 06 2020

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Tracing America’s Brutal Imperialist History Through Its Military Bases

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Political anthropologist David Vine argues that the most visible evidence of the country’s global empire are the thousands of military installations it has around the world. 

Oct 30 2020

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America’s Prized Legal System Only Works for the Rich

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Attorney Ronald Goldfarb offers a scathing indictment of American law and lawyers in his new book, The Price of Justice. 

Oct 23 2020

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Big Oil weaponized our judicial system against an attorney and the Indigenous people he represented

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The epic battle by Steve Donziger to get Chevron to pay a $9.5 billion judgment he won in 2011 for its “mass industrial poisoning” of Indigenous Amazonian tribes in Ecuador has left him under house arrest for 13 months, disbarred, with a lien on his home, frozen bank  accounts, $32 million in legal fees and no way to make a living.  The judgment has not yet been paid.

Oct 16 2020

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Wrestling Back Privacy From the Jaws of Big Tech

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James Steyer is taking on Mark Zuckerberg and other tech barons and he wants to empower the rest of us to do the same.

Oct 09 2020

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The Socialist Lesson Bernie Sanders Left Out of His Message

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Rabbi Michael Lerner, a lifelong progressive, talks about his new book and what he found lacking in the Democratic Socialist’s presidential campaign. 

Oct 02 2020

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Great topics for discussion

By ErnieJones - Feb 19 2020
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But let the guests speak! Abby Martin, who is brilliant, hardly got a word in. Happens too often.

Good but let the guests talk!

By Jimmyboylikeschili - Oct 22 2019
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Great subjects and guests but Robert talks too much often overshadowing his guests.