"Unauthorized Disclosure" is a weekly podcast hosted by Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola. It focuses on issues and topics that are overlooked or pushed aside by the more mainstream media.
The hosts champion adversarial journalism. Guests featured are often rarely heard or unheard voices. Or they are voices who we think can benefit from a space to have conversations, which allow for dissent and the unpacking of unpopular ideas.
Eugene Puryear On US Strikes In Syria, Minimum Wage, And Malcolm X Assassination
Eugene Puryear, host of Break Through News' "The Punch Out," joins Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola to discuss the United States military strikes in Syria that were launched by President Joe Biden's administration. They respond to the praise for Biden and how the establishment media helped the Pentagon present it as a "measured" act.
Given the news that Democrats will allow the Senate Parliamentarian to disqualify the raising of the minimum wage from the coronavirus stimulus bill, Eugene outlines the politics of the decision to not fight for working people.
Later in the episode, Eugene highlights a new development involving an NYPD officer's letter that was written on his death bed, which backs up some of what has been said about the assassination of Malcolm X.
Prison Horrors In Failed State Of Texas, Ding Dong Rush Is Dead—Plus, 'Judas And The Black Messiah'
In this premium episode, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola highlight what has unfolded in prisons and jails in the failed state of Texas, as a result of a winter storm.
Rania and Kevin respond to two clips: one of Yaku Perez, pseudo-left opposition candidate in Ecuador, and one from MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where they suggested President Joe Biden should abandon an agreement to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.
Finally, they wrap up the show with some discussion of Rush Limbaugh's death and a recommendation to watch "Judas and the Black Messiah," a film about Black Panther Party organizer Fred Hampton and how the FBI assassinated him.
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S8: Episode 3 - Briahna Joy Gray
For this week's episode, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola welcome Briahna Joy Gray, who is a co-host of the Bad Faith podcast and a former press secretary for Bernie Sanders. Briahna talks with Rania and Kevin about the aftermath of #ForceTheVote and her attempt to have a good faith debate with The Majority Report's Sam Seder. We ask her about the unwillingness of progressive Democrats to challenge the Democratic Party establishment, especially when it comes to third party campaigns outside of the Democratic Party. Later in the episode, Rania and Kevin discuss the unwillingness among many left-leaning pundits to reach out to working class people who are likely open to progressive, or even socialist ideas. We also raise the issue of political voids created by many of these same commentators who will not speak on matters that wind up becoming conservative or right-wing libertarian issues when they dismiss them as unimportant.
S8: Episode 2 - Biden's Hawkish Secretary of State
In this episode of "Unauthorized Disclosure" for subscribers, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola play clips from the Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken. They highlight his support for military interventions and regime change policies in countries like Libya, Venezuela, and Ukraine. ***This is a preview clip. Become a subscriber at Rokfin.com to unlock access to the full episode.***
S8: Episode 1 - Yasha Levine
Journalist Yasha Levine, the author of "Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet," joins the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast to discuss the final days of President Donald Trump's administration and what we can expect from monopolistic tech companies under President Joe Biden. Yasha comments on the removal of Trump from Twitter and describes why he believes Section 230 should be abolished. Throughout the episode, Yasha grapples with the limits of social media when it comes to politics and organizing communities.
S7: Episode 44 - Roberto Lovato
Journalist Roberto Lovato joins the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast to discuss his memoir, Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas. He also shares his view on what a Biden administration will mean for the communities documented in his book. As Roberto puts it, from San Francisco to El Salvador his memoir along a 2,500-mile chain of dead, forgotten, and devalued life. He travels in search of a better understanding of his personal past but also seeks a greater comprehension of the roots of violence. Roberto outlines what happened with a gang truce between the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs that did not last and was not supported by the United States. He comments on what he found in his search for why kids join these gangs. Also, amid a discussion of his book, Rania and Kevin talk with Roberto about Alejandro Mayorkas, who was part of the Obama administration and will likely be running the Homeland Security Department under Biden. Mayorkas was involved in carrying out mass deportations during the Central American refugee crisis at the tail end of Obama's presidency, and as an official he had to co-sign several horrible anti-immigrant policies that Trump enthusiastically embraced.