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A weekly look at the weapons systems and tactics that both endanger the world and keep it safe. 781951

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568 Ratings
Average Ratings
426
60
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38

Best in class

By South End, MA - Oct 23 2019
Read more
In the world of long-form/deep-dive podcasting this is a standout.

Great pod

By LA240x - Aug 20 2019
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Love the topics discussed and analysis provided.
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War College

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A weekly look at the weapons systems and tactics that both endanger the world and keep it safe. 781951

Rank #1: How China’s military might matches up with the United States

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To understand just how strong China’s military really is, it’s important to understand its true mission and objectives. And those are very different from what the United States is trying to accomplish around the globe.

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Aug 12 2015

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Rank #2: Everything You Know about Putin (and Russia) Is Wrong

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We need to talk about Putin. Of all the leaders of state nobody is as maligned, studied, and over-analyzed as Russian President Vladimir Putin. He’s a KGB thug, he’s playing three dimensional chess while everyone else is playing checkers, and he’s turned a state into decline into a global superpower through information warfare. No one is as cunning as Putin.


But that’s not quite true. Here to help us dispel myths and set the record straightish is friend of the show Mark Galeotti. Galeotti is an expert on the Russian military, politics, and underworld, the author of many fine books and  an honorary professor at University of College London and a Senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.


He’s got three books coming out this month. One is We Need to Talk About Putin: How the West Gets Him Wrong and another is Russian Political War: Moving Beyond the Hybrid.


You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is warcollegepodcast.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/warcollegepodcast/; and on Twitter: @War_College.


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Mar 15 2019

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Rank #3: Your Handy-Dandy Guide to the Russian Mafia

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From blue-tattooed psychopaths to “businessmen” with a twist, Russia’s vory developed a code all their own - if you can call it that. Mark Galeotti takes us through the history of Russia’s mafia and how that history helped to shape Vladimir Putin’s state. For a more detailed look, check out his book “The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia.”


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Jul 16 2018

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Rank #4: The Syrian Revolution Is Over, but the War Rages On

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This week on War College, Syrian journalist Loubna Mrie walks us through life in the early days of the Syrian revolution, how it turned into a nightmarish Civil War, and the consequences of  US Withdrawal.


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Jan 25 2019

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Rank #5: How Germany Kicked France’s Ass So Fast in World War II

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When France fell less than two months after Germany invaded in the spring of 1940, conspiracy theories grew to explain the loss. One of the most common was the idea of a massive German spy network, a “Fifth Column.”


Historian Marc Masurovsky takes us through what really happened. Was it subterfuge, or were the Nazi armies just that good?


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Apr 09 2018

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Rank #6: The AK-47, a weapon so simple, even a child can use it - and they do

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It’s the world’s most famous weapon, popular with soldiers, insurgents and video gamers alike. As many as 100 million of the world's guns are descended from Mikhail Kalashnikov's original Avtomat Kalashnikova, first prototyped in 1947. How many lives they've taken is unknown.

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Sep 23 2015

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Rank #7: Just how strong is Iran’s military?

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This week’s War College examines the state of Iran’s conventional military, as well as its guiding strategies. Jason Fields, Matthew Gault and Robert Beckhusen also discuss the likely impact of the nuclear treaty on its regular forces.

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Sep 09 2015

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Rank #8: Why America Can't Quit Saudi Arabia

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The alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia helped define America’s role in the Middle East after World War II. Lately, Saudi Arabia has tested the limits of that relationship. This week on War College, Shadi Hamid walks us through the complicated alliance and what it means for the world.


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Nov 29 2018

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Rank #9: Everything We Know About Fifth Generation Fighters

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Why did the United States stop building the F-22, a fifth generation fighter the Air Force loves? Especially if the F-35 program is very much up in the air - pun intended - with each batch of fighters rolling off the line at least slightly different from previous batches? And are China and Russia having better luck with their fifth gen programs? Tyler Rogaway of The War Zone joins us to shed some light.


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May 16 2018

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Rank #10: A Green Beret Cyber Ninja, The Avengers of Terrorism, and the Missile Defense Review

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New voices and new topics. It’s War College 3.0. The music is staying the same, but some of the voices are changing. Former Green Beret and current cyber ninja, Derek Gannon comes on the show to co-host and journalist Kevin Knodell steps in to help produce.


This week’s show is all about introductions, as we go on a long winded and bizarre discussion that covers everything from Derek’s obsession with Linux to African terror squads to Stuxnet to Missile Defense Review.


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Jan 19 2019

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Rank #11: This Is (Probably) How the World Ends

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It’s the end of the world as we know it and I’m fine. It’s fine. It’s fine. Stop asking.


Between the climate Apocalypse, tensions in the Middle East, the dissolution of decades old nuclear treaties, artificial intelligence, 3D printed weapons of mass destruction, immortal humans, CRISPR, and drone swarms, it feels like we’re closer to a science fiction apocalypse everyday. 


These days it’s not a question of when the end of human civilization comes but how. Mike Pearl has spent years obsessing over The Day it Finally Happens. That’s the title of his new book, which studies the various methods by which humanity could achieve mass extinction.


Pearl is a journalist whose work has appeared in VICE, The Outline, The Awl, and the Hollywood Reporter. 


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Nov 01 2019

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Rank #12: The Kurds are In a "Double Colonial Bind"

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The Kurds are a people without a country. They occupy large swaths of land in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran but have no central government. Kurdish fighters have been constant allies in America’s fight against ISIS, and Peshmerga troops fighting on behalf of the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq fought against the militants after they stormed Mosul.


Without the help of Kurdish forces in Mosul, Raqqa, and across the Levant, America couldn’t have defeated ISIS so handily. In December, after a conversation with Turkey’s president, President Donald Trump announced U.S. troops would be leaving Syria on grounds that ISIS is defeated.


Things have gotten complicated since then.


It’s unclear if the withdrawal will actually take place, Turkey thinks the Kurds are terrorists, and the Kurds are caught between regional power in one of the most complicated conflicts in the world.


Here to help us sort this out is Mohammed Salih. Mohammed spent years working as a journalist for international media in Kurdistan. He’s currently a doctoral student at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.


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Feb 15 2019

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Rank #13: The Afghanistan Papers and the Unwinnable Forever War

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Last week the Washington Post published The Afghanistan Papers—a blockbuster piece of reporting that details every little thing about what’s gone wrong with the Afghanistan War. As the war grinds through its second decade, the Afghanistan Papers make clear what many defense reporters, government officials, and soldiers have known for years. The Afghanistan War is a costly, pointless, unwinnable mess.


Here to walk us through the Afghanistan Papers and its implications is Craig Whitlock. Whitlock is the author of the Washington Post report and an investigative reporter who specializes in national security issues. He has covered the Pentagon, served as the Berlin bureau chief and reported from more than 60 countries.


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Dec 20 2019

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Rank #14: What Star Wars Can Teach the American Military

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Luke Skywalker is a household name. Carl von Clausewitz not so much. Learning about the military—especially about strategy and tactics—is a jargon filled slog. War has a language all its own and for decades, military minds have struggled to find an easy way to teach conflict to the common citizen and aspiring officer alike.


Star Wars is that language. That’s the theory behind a new book, Strategy Strikes Back, How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict, which teaches military lessons using language and stories from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away. This week on War College, Military strategist ML Cavanaugh and Max Brooks (author of World War Z) take us through the connections between George Lucas’ battlefields and our own.



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May 01 2018

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Rank #15: Why China won’t stop North Korea

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As tensions grow between the U.S. and North Korea, onlookers have increasingly called on China to intervene. Which makes sense. Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest trade partner and the two countries have a relationship that stretches back to World War II. But just because China is North Korea’s closest ally doesn’t mean China has control. According to Chinese history expert Adam Cathcart, China’s relationship with the DPRK is complicated. Cathcart lectures about China and Chinese history at Leeds University in Britain and he’s spent some time along China’s border with North Korea. This week on War College, he explains the relationship between the two countries, what the border looks like and what happens Chinese border guards interrogate you. By Matthew Gault Produced by Bethel Habte

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Aug 10 2017

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Rank #16: The Unsung Heroes of the National Guard

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The National Guard gets a bad rap, but they’re an important part of the military that’s little understood.


This week on War College we try to change that.


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Jan 18 2019

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Rank #17: What a real war in space might look like

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There are approximately 1,000 satellites currently in orbit, but how many of them are really weapons in disguise?

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Sep 02 2015

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Rank #18: What North Korea wants

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Pyongyang launches missile test after missile test. A carrier strike group moves through the Pacific with its sights set on the peninsula. U.S. President Donald Trump has called the entirety of the U.S. Congress to attend a briefing on the North Korean threat on April 26, 2017. And Seoul faces an election that could dramatically change the country’s relationship to both its neighbor to the north and its oldest ally. But what does North Korea want? This week on War College, B.R. Myers will help us figure that out. Myers is a professor of international studies at Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea. He’s visited the north, speaks the language, and reads the literature and propaganda alike. He takes Pyongyang at its word when it says it wants to reunify the peninsula and he’s not hopeful for the future.

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Apr 26 2017

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Rank #19: Why nuclear war looks inevitable

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Several developments have the potential to move the hands of the nuclear doom clock closer to midnight. 

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Sep 13 2016

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Rank #20: From JFK to Qanon: Why Conspiracy Theories Won’t Go Away

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Conspiracy theories are as old as the republic. Actually, they're a lot older than OUR republic. In every country, in every culture, people believe powerful forces are colluding in ways they know nothing about.

Why is that?

In this week's bonus episode we talk with Jesse Walker, books editor of Reason magazine and author of "The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory."

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Sep 04 2018

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How Cocaine Fuels America’s Longest War

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Cocaine is the second most popular illicit drug in the world and it’s controlled by a black market regulated by violence. As America’s drug war edges close to its fiftieth birthday, there is no end in sight, the conflicts it fuels have expanded to an unprecedented scale and cocaine remains incredibly profitable.


Here to talk to us about cartels and cocaine is Toby Muse. Muse is a journalist and documentarian whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, and CNN. He’s just published the book Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels—From the Jungles to the Streets.


  • Recorded on 7/6/20
  • We’re living in the golden age of cocaine
  • How cocaine shaped Colombian politics
  • What happened when the FARC negotiated peace
  • The myth and reality of the sicario
  • What happens with a Hitman retires
  • “As long as cocaine is illegal, Colombia will never know peace.”
  • It never ends. It never ever ends

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Jul 08 2020

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The Robot Revolution Is Already Here

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This week we’re joined by P.W. Singer, co-author of Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution.


  • The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed.
  • Stray thoughts on the Bonus Army.
  • The future of policing might be AI and that’s terrifying.
  • Domestic terrorism is about to get even weirder than it already is.
  • War has already changed.

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Jul 03 2020

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European Policing From the Carabinieri to the Stasi

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Elisabeth Braw​ is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London. RUSI is the oldest defense think tank in the world and Braw leads its Modern Deterrence program. She’s also a columnist at Foreign Policy and the host of the On the Cusp podcast.


  • Welcoming back Jason Fields to the fold
  • What a difference training makes
  • Europe’s different policing styles
  • The darkside of European policing
  • A brief history of the Stasi 

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Jun 26 2020

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The Difference Between Obedience and Deference

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Our guest this week is Pauline Kaurin. Kaurin is the Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics at the US Naval War College and the author of the new book On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military Citizenry and Community.


  • What obedience means
  • When civil disobedience is warranted
  • The difference between difference and obedience
  • The civl-mil divide
  • How to re-negotiate the social contract
  • Misreading “A Few Good Men”

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Jun 18 2020

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Why These Protests Are Different Than 1968

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Our guest today is Rick Perlstein. Perlstein is a historian and author best known for Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. He’s also written the forthcoming Reaganland: America’s Right Turn.


  • This is more WTO in 1999 than it is 1968


  • Why we don’t remember Newark


  • Is the press doing better this time?


  • The Jimmy Carter Crisis.


  • How the Presidency shapes the American people.


  • Defining Fascism

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Jun 05 2020

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The Rise of The Teenage Terrorist

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The neo-Nazi movement can’t keep it together. After a series of high profile outings, murders, conspiracy charges, and other assorted run-ins with authorities, the leadership of the Neo-Nazi movement has gotten younger, more online, and more extreme.


Here to walk us through this today is Zaron Burnett. Burnett is an investigative journalist and longform features writer based in Los Angeles. He covers culture, politics, race, and other perplexing mysteries for MEL Magazine.


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May 29 2020

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How (Not) To Plan Coup in Venezuela

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Bellingcat’s Giancarlo Fiorella is here to walk us through what may go down in history as the dumbest attempted coup of all time. On May 3, American mercenaries and Venezuelan exiles attempted to enter the country with the goal of overthrowing the Maduro regime. It didn’t go well.


  • The Associated Press busted your coup but you went ahead anyway?


  • What the hell is Silvercorp USA?


  • A contract is great, but it’s not the same as paycheck.


  • Who brings an Airsoft rifle to a warzone?


  • Rember Óscar Alberto Pérez?


  • How does Maduro stay in power? 


  • Why Venezuela became one of America’s favorite political footballs.


With us today Giancarlo Fiorella. Fiorella is an investigator and journalist who’s been covering the story at Bellingcat. His May 5th and May 7th articles at Bellingcat demand to be read if you want to understand the weird comedy of errors playing out in Venezuela right now.


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May 18 2020

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The Ecoterrorists Acting in "Feral Defense of Wild Nature"

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Ecoterrorism isn’t a word you hear a lot these days and it’s usually associated with groups like Greenpeace. That might be changing. In 2011, a biotechnology researcher was shot and killed in Mexico. A group called ITS took credit. "We have said it before, we act without any compassion in the feral defense of Wild Nature," reads the group’s manifesto.


Is the new generation of activists using violence to save the planet or satisfy a darker, more nihilist urge?


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May 09 2020

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Stranded in Iraq During a Pandemic

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This week on War College, producer Kevin Knodell is back in the states after an extended stay in Iraq. He walks us through his journey and the impact of the pandemic on the Middle East.


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Apr 30 2020

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What Gold Plated AK-47s Tell Us About War

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As I keep saying, war has changed. It’s the recent theme of War College. And it’s not just conflict, but the way people cover conflict. Increasingly, journalists and researchers are using open source intelligence, social media, and academic disciplines such as history and anthropology to explain the complicated conflicts of the modern world.


One of the groups doing that is Silah Report. “Silah Report is a non-commercial research project exploring contemporary and historical small arms & light weapons in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), and Central Asia regions.”


Here to talk about that work is Miles Vining and Adham Sharif. Vining is the co-founder of Silah Report and Sharif is its Podcast Coordinator and author specializing in Egyptian small arms history.


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Apr 13 2020

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Turkey Is Turning Off Syria's Water During a Pandemic

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War is about logistics. “An army marches on its stomach,” the idiom goes. Well, a populace can’t survive without water. One water station in Northeast Syria is the heart of a growing conflict between Turkish backed rebels and the local Kurdish population. As war rages in Syria and the COVID-19 pandemic begins, water is more important than ever. 


Here to help us figure that out is Kimberly Westenhiser. Westenhiser is a journalist, photographer and artist. Her work has appeared at The Seattle Globalist, Foreign Policy, War Is Boring and Playboy. Her story on Turkey and Rojava’s water supply appeared on Popular Front.


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Mar 28 2020

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Dealing With Our COVID Fear and Panic

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This week we're taking a moment to work through our fear, panic, and axiety.


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Mar 21 2020

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A Military History of Metal Gear Solid

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War. War never changes.


Except … that’s not exactly true is it? I’d argue that war has changed demonstrably in the past two decades. It’s gotten longer, somehow less deadly, and far weirder. Also. Despite America being engaged in multiple conflicts on multiple continents … Americans are paying less attention to foreign military engagements than ever before. The current international situation, I’d say, is a bit of an anomaly.


Worse, the country is fractured in a way that can be hard to understand. There’s more information than ever before and, instead of uniting us, it’s making it hard for us to settle on a consensus reality. We live in confusing, stressful, and bizarre times.


How did we get here?


I don’t know. If I did, I’d be selling a book and not here, with you, podcasting. What I can do is discuss a piece of art. A prescient piece of art I think helps explain how we got here.


Here to discuss that piece of art is Cameron Kunzelman. Kunzelman is a media critic who has published in may illustrious publications. 


Cameron, thank you so much for joining us.


OK. So I’m talking about Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. This is it. We’re doing the Metal Gear Solid episode.


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Mar 13 2020

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Space Force Is Boring

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Space Force. It’s here. It’s the newest branch of the U.S. military and it’s got it’s own uniforms and a snazzy new patch that looks a lot like the emblem for the United Federation of Planets. But it’s only got one member at the moment and what, exactly, is it doing?


Here to help us figure out what’s going on is Joseph Trevithick of The War Zone.


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Mar 04 2020

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When the Allies Burned a German City to Cinders

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In the closing days of World War II, the British Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Force dropped more than 3,900 tons of high explosives and fire bombs on the city of Dresden. It was not, strictly, only a military target and the story of the bombing has captured the imagination of everyone who survived it and those who study the war.


One of those people is Sinclair McKay. McKay is a literary critic for the Telegraph and The Spectator in the UK. His latest book is The Fire and Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden 1945.


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Feb 21 2020

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America’s Low Yield Nukes and the New Atomic Scare

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From the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to, probably, New START, all the old treaties are failing. Nuclear weapons are back in the public consciousness in a big way and old Cold War ideas that we once thought relegated to the dustbin of history are back.


One of those are so-called low yield nuclear weapons. The U.S. Navy recently fielded some of these SLBMs for the first time on its nuclear capable submarines. Are these weapons actually a game changer? When it comes to nukes, what’s the difference between yields anyway?


Here to help us figure out how much trouble we’re in is David Wright. Wright is a Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.


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Feb 14 2020

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The Fight Over 5G and Chinese Spies

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There’s a battle raging for the future of the internet. No, it has nothing to do with net neutrality or broadband access. This is about 5G, the shadowy world of global intelligence agencies, and a telecom giant with $108 billion in revenue that most Americans haven’t heard of.


The company is Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer known the world over for its cell phones. It also makes radio arrays and is building 5G infrastructure all across the planet. Recently, the UK announced it would allow Huawei limited access to some British 5G mobile networks. The Trump White House doesn't like that and claimed Huawei’s tech is an elaborate trojan horse for a Chinese spying network.


Here to help us understand the world of 5G networks and spies is Amanda Macias. Macias is CNBC’s National Security Reporter. She specializes in the business of war. Amanda, thank you so much for joining us.


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Feb 03 2020

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What Iraq's Protestors Want and Why it Matters

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Iraq. Since October of last year, a protest movement has taken hold of the country. After 16 years of conflict, Iraq is tired. Its people want political and economic reforms.


America didn’t pay attention. Until, that was, a militia stormed an embassy, America killed an Iranian General, and tensions between the U.S. and Iran flared. For a moment, the whole world paid attention.


They should keep paying attention.


Here to explain why is Rasha Al Aqeedi.


Rasha is from the Iraqi city of Mosul. She’s the Managing Editor of Raise Your Voice, an Arabic language platform covering politics and Society in Iraq. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic and her research has appeared at George Washington University and in stories by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Associated Press.

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Jan 24 2020

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American Troops Navigate Complicated Political Realities in Iraq

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This week, producer Kevin Knodell walks us through his recent reporting in Iraq.


https://coffeeordie.com/american-troops-iraq/


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Jan 17 2020

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How to Down a Drone

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Drones are everywhere. Military drones buzz war zones dropping missiles; surveillance drones hover above neighborhoods, looking for anything out of place; even now, commercial drones hide in holiday wrapping, waiting for excited enthusiasts to fly them in a park.


As the market for drones has grown, so too has the market for tools to take them down. There’s jamming rifles, spoofing software, and hundreds of other solutions for downing a drone. But what to buy the budding enthusiast?


A new report from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College could be of some help. The report is a list of 537 counter-drone systems. What works, what doesn’t, and what is just hype.


Arthur Holland Michel is the author of the report, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, and also the author of the book Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It WIll Watch Us All.


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Jan 08 2020

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Best in class

By South End, MA - Oct 23 2019
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In the world of long-form/deep-dive podcasting this is a standout.

Great pod

By LA240x - Aug 20 2019
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Love the topics discussed and analysis provided.