10 episodes

Missing America is the story of how the United States, under Trump, has abdicated its role as an example for the world. Host and former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes speaks to inspiring leaders and activists who are fighting to take up the slack in America’s absence, in a world where nationalism, authoritarianism, and disinformation have taken hold like never before. Learning from their examples and advice, we’ll discover what the US must do to confront these challenges. Missing America is a 9 part limited podcast series from Crooked Media.

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Missing America is the story of how the United States, under Trump, has abdicated its role as an example for the world. Host and former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben Rhodes speaks to inspiring leaders and activists who are fighting to take up the slack in America’s absence, in a world where nationalism, authoritarianism, and disinformation have taken hold like never before. Learning from their examples and advice, we’ll discover what the US must do to confront these challenges. Missing America is a 9 part limited podcast series from Crooked Media.

    9. Reclaiming America

    9. Reclaiming America

    What would a Biden Administration do to re-establish American leadership?
    In a wide-ranging interview, host Ben Rhodes talks to Jake Sullivan, senior policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, about how the US can begin the work of restoring our standing and addressing the political plagues discussed in this podcast series.

    For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/missingamerica.
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    • 49 min
    8. Climate Change

    8. Climate Change

    Can the biggest threat to the entire world bring the entire world together? In our penultimate episode, we examine the enormous obstacles to confronting climate change, and how we must all work together to overcome them.
    Host Ben Rhodes talks to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about the roadblocks he faced from Rupert Murdoch and the fossil fuel industry, and activists from the Pacific Islands to Europe to the US about what needs to be done.

    For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/missingamerica.
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    • 49 min
    7. Xenophobia

    7. Xenophobia

    How can America welcome refugees, embrace a humane approach to migration, and reclaim our identity as a nation of immigrants? With 80 million people displaced worldwide, this is a crisis even if it’s not always in the headlines.
    Host Ben Rhodes talks to Zarlasht Halaimzai - a refugee from Afghanistan who has dedicated her life to helping refugees - as well as a mix of activists and political leaders about the rising tide of xenophobia and what we can do about it.

    For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/missingamerica.
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    • 48 min
    6. Endless War

    6. Endless War

    How do we end the state of forever war in the Middle East? We look at how a cycle of authoritarianism, conflict, and U.S. support for autocrats undermines human rights and fuels radicalization in the region.
    Host Ben Rhodes talks to activist Mohamed Soltan about his experience being imprisoned and tortured in Egypt. Then he talks to leading progressives in Congress and journalists about a blueprint to end the cycle of war.

    For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/missingamerica.
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    • 44 min
    5. Sectarianism

    5. Sectarianism

    What happens when tribalism crosses into religion? In America, Donald Trump favors his evangelical Christian base, demonizes Muslim-Americans, and stokes fear of “Radical Islam.” That’s fueled a global trend embraced by other sectarian strongmen - like India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has pursued a Hindu nationalist agenda at the expense of Muslims. 
    Host Ben Rhodes talks to investigative journalist Rana Ayyub, who went undercover and exposed Modi’s tactics to turn Indians against one another.

    For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/missingamerica.
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    • 45 min
    4. Disinformation

    4. Disinformation

    How dangerous is disinformation on the Internet and what can we do about it? We learned in 2016 how viral lies and conspiracy theories can impact our elections, but they can also lead to violence abroad. We look at Myanmar, where hate campaigns on Facebook helped fuel ethnic cleansing.
    Host Ben Rhodes talks to the tech watchers in Southeast Asia who spotted disinformation and warned Facebook, and asks leading experts and activists about how to regulate Big Tech.

    For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/missingamerica.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

ENP48230 ,

Informative and scary

Really gives a serious look and the authoritarian trends gaining ground in the world and the resistance to these bad actors. Could use more economic analysis but still super helpful

g43 edc ,

Nauseating

Don’t waste your time here
Let’s go Brandon!

cheapazz ,

Let’s go Brandon!

Trump is out of office, yet these clowns rather rehash fake news vs. covering the demented blithering idiot that craps in his pants. Jao Xiden was the biggest scam foisted on the American public, yet the hosts fiddles a tune about a President who put America first while the nation burns to the ground. Shameful, but I guess the roughly 26% of idiots who think China Joe is actually prez needs something to keep distracted from reality. This show fills that purpose.

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