Welcome to Military Matters, a podcast from Stars and Stripes. Host Rod Rodriguez explores the topics that matter to service members, veterans, and the people who support them.
Extremism in the Military
In this episode, we talk with Shannon Foley Martinez, a former neo-Nazi, about radicalization and extremism in the U.S. military. Before leaving the movement, Shannon knew up to thirty soldiers who were part of the white supremacy movement. She discusses how she radicalized, and how service members she knew did the same in this episode of Military Matters.
Follow Jack Murphy on Twitter @jackmurphyrgr and Rod Rodriguez @rodpodrod
Season 3 Preview
We are welcoming aboard Jack Murphy onto Military Matters! He's our new co-host and producer. We talk about his work on QAnon stories, UAPs, and what we have cooking for Season 3 of Military Matters.
We also have a new email address so shoot us your story ideas and comments at MilitaryMatters@stripes.com
The Capitol Under Siege
January 6th, 2021 thousands of Trump supporters took to the capital of our nation. What started off as a peaceful protest turned ugly as protests turned to rioting as hundreds of people stormed the Capitol building where the electoral votes were being counted.
Lawyer, veteran and former Department of Homeland Security senior counselor Kevin Carroll takes us into what this means for our nation, will the President be held accountable, and what could happen going forward.
Death at Fort Hood
In this Season 2 Finale, we revisit the murders at Fort Hood under the light of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee's report. What we uncovered is tragic and could have been avoided...
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The Fort Hood Report
Stripes reporter Rose Thayer helps us make sense of the "Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee". This jaw-dropping report has already resulted in numerous disciplinary actions. How bad is it?
Worse than you think...
Follow Rose Thayer on Twitter at @rose_lori and Rod Rodriguez at @rodpodrod
New Social Media and Section 230
As the elections winded down thousands of Servicemembers and Veterans migrated away from Twitter and Facebook to MeWe and Parler, but why? And a recent Tweet from President Trump puts Section 230 back in the spotlight. What is Section 230 and how will that affect social media as we know it?
Guests: MeWe CEO Mark Weinstein, Life Flip Media Co-Founder Eric Mitchell, and actor Vincent "Rocco" Vargas