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BACKGROUND BRIEFING:
A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.
Five days a week, Background Briefing asks knowledgeable and thoughtful experts to explain the complexities behind major news stories in long-format interviews.
Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media.
The program airs Monday-Thursday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time and on Sundays from 11:00 to Noon.
Broadcast live on http://www.kpfk.org
IAN MASTERS:
Ian Masters is an Australian-born and BBC-trained journalist and filmmaker. He has made a career of asking provocative questions of the most informed thinkers in order to bring light to the day's most important news stories. Since 1980 his Sunday program, Background Briefing, has aired on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. In 2009, the program expanded to five days each week.
In addition to his work on radio, Ian Masters hosts monthly forums at Los Angeles's UCLA/Hammer Museum. The Hammer Forum invites prominent and provocative guests to address relevant issues of public concern in conversation with each other and the public. All events are free and open to the public. Videocasts are available at http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/7.

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BACKGROUND BRIEFING:
A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.
Five days a week, Background Briefing asks knowledgeable and thoughtful experts to explain the complexities behind major news stories in long-format interviews.
Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media.
The program airs Monday-Thursday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time and on Sundays from 11:00 to Noon.
Broadcast live on http://www.kpfk.org
IAN MASTERS:
Ian Masters is an Australian-born and BBC-trained journalist and filmmaker. He has made a career of asking provocative questions of the most informed thinkers in order to bring light to the day's most important news stories. Since 1980 his Sunday program, Background Briefing, has aired on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. In 2009, the program expanded to five days each week.
In addition to his work on radio, Ian Masters hosts monthly forums at Los Angeles's UCLA/Hammer Museum. The Hammer Forum invites prominent and provocative guests to address relevant issues of public concern in conversation with each other and the public. All events are free and open to the public. Videocasts are available at http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/7.

    February 24, 2020 - Christina Giorgio | Jessica Brandt | Sumit Ganguly

    February 24, 2020 - Christina Giorgio | Jessica Brandt | Sumit Ganguly

    February 24, 2020 - Christina Giorgio | Jessica Brandt | Sumit Ganguly by Ian Masters

    • 1 hr 2 min
    February 23, 2020 - David Cay Johnston | Robert Hockett | David Adler

    February 23, 2020 - David Cay Johnston | Robert Hockett | David Adler

    Putin’s Mob Boss in the Oval Office – the Gift the Keeps on Giving; Could We Have a Government That Takes Care of the 99% Instead of the 1%; Putin Should Fear a President Bernie

    • 1 hr 7 min
    February 20, 2020 - Robert Baer | Lawrence Korb | Henry Pontell

    February 20, 2020 - Robert Baer | Lawrence Korb | Henry Pontell

    The New DNI Will Cover Up Russian Election Interference; Roger Stone Gets 40 Months as Trump's Pardon Awaits; Trump Fires a Top Pentagon Official for Speaking Truth
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    February 19, 2020 - Mike Harris | William Black | Perry Link

    February 19, 2020 - Mike Harris | William Black | Perry Link

    Trump Offered Assange a Pardon to Say Russia Did Not Hack the DNC; The Message Trump Sends by Pardoning Financial Criminals and Fraudsters; How an Article on the Brittle State of China's Economy Got Under Xi Jinping's Skin
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    February 18, 2020 - William Cohan | Joshua Landis | Brian Kalt

    February 18, 2020 - William Cohan | Joshua Landis | Brian Kalt

    Investigating Bloomberg's Relationship with Wall Street; The UN Warns of "The Biggest Humanitarian Horror Story of the 21st Century" In Syria; Trump's Flurry of Pardon Ahead of Stone's Sentencing On Thursday
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    February 17, 2020 - David Dayen | Michael Kazin | Fred Kaplan

    February 17, 2020 - David Dayen | Michael Kazin | Fred Kaplan

    The Dangers of a Plutocrat-On-Plutocrat Election; Having Transformed the Democratic Party, Has Bernie Already Won?; The History of the Bomb, Now in Trump's Hands
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    • 1 hr 17 min

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Background Briefing with Ian Masters is a very informative interview program in which Ian Masters talks to people who are well-placed to have a deep understanding of the topic. He often talks to people who have served on Government committees or have worked in the halls of power, observing up close how the systems works, or does not work, as the case may be. It’s a welcome change from the tripe dished up by well-paid TV journalists who have no understanding of the privations being visited upon the US working class.

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