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Host FRDH podcast. Radio essayist and documentarist for the BBC and NPR. Historian and author of Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace and Emancipation.

FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb

    • History
    • 4.9 • 69 Ratings

Host FRDH podcast. Radio essayist and documentarist for the BBC and NPR. Historian and author of Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace and Emancipation.

    Israel, Iran, Gaza, Hamas: World War 3?

    Israel, Iran, Gaza, Hamas: World War 3?

    The war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has expanded as Hamas’s overseers Iran entered the fray with a massive launch of airborne ordnance at Israel. The internet is alive with fevered speculation that the Iran-Israel confrontation will touch off World War 3. In this FRDH podcast Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations provides a calm analysis of the situation.

    • 39 min
    Why They Still Fight: Ukraine Year 3

    Why They Still Fight: Ukraine Year 3

    The Ukraine war is now in year 3 and its people still want to fight. Why? We are witnessing the birth of a political nation. In this conversation with journalist and author Vladislav Davidzon who has lived in Ukraine on and off for the last 14 years, FRDH podcast host Michael Goldfarb looks at the tensions attending this birth to find the explanation for why, after 3 years of bloody, destructive conflict Ukrainians still fight.

    • 24 min
    Why Everything Matters: Fluke with Brian Klaas

    Why Everything Matters: Fluke with Brian Klaas

    Brian Klaas on why everything we do matters and nothing is really a fluke. Klaas is a political scientist specializing in the study of corruption and how authoritarian's gain power but in Fluke he turns his mind to what isn't random in our world even if it seems like it. A fast paced far reaching 43 minute long conversation.

    • 43 min
    2023s Disproportionate Wars: What Lindsey Hilsum Learned Covering Them

    2023s Disproportionate Wars: What Lindsey Hilsum Learned Covering Them

    2023 was marked by two terrible wars of disproportion in Israel/Palestine and Ukraine and Channel 4 News's International Editor Lindsey Hilsum spent most of the year on one frontline or the other. In this FRDH podcast she talks with host Michael Goldfarb about what she learned covering Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza and Ukraine's fight against the Russian invasion. Hilsum learned a lot particularly covering Israel's war with Hamas. Give us 45 minutes to tell you about it.

    • 44 min
    Britain 2023: How Has So Much Gone So Wrong?

    Britain 2023: How Has So Much Gone So Wrong?

    Britain in 2023 is a country where much has gone wrong and it is not a happy place. Gavin Esler, former BBC news presenter, has noticed and written a book, Britain is Better Than This, about how so much went wrong. In this FRDH podcast he explains why to host Michael Goldfarb.

    • 44 min
    60 Years On: Living Memories of President Kennedy’s Assassination

    60 Years On: Living Memories of President Kennedy’s Assassination

    On the sixtieth anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, two people who lived through that day share their memories of Kennedy's assassination and the days and decade that followed. FRDH host Michael Goldfarb talks with Richard Parker, former professor at Harvard, and co-founder of Mother Jones magazine about what might have been had JFK lived and the meanning of the President's assassination today.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

MichaelZamecnik ,

A Delightful Gem of a Podcast

I’ve stumbled upon Mr Goldfarb’s podcast by complete accident, having been mentioned in a reader’s comment beneath an article in the online edition of the Financial Times.

I’m so glad I did – witty and lucid, his coverage of current affairs is among the finest I’ve come across, and the soothing timbre of his voice is a pleasure to listen to as well.

Highly recommended!

Blue Diamond ,

Pealing back the 24 hour new cycle,showing the long view.

An excellent insight by oversight view of world events. Giving reasoned context to the distortions and noise we’re bombarded with through the 24 hour news cycle. With a little wry wit here and there, laconic and concise - a highly recommend ‘first rough draft of history’.

horror-head ,

A gem

Just when I thought investigative journalism was dead, along came FRDH with Michael Goldfarb. I look forward to each episode of Michael’s incisive and thorough reporting. 10 out of 10.

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