Scheer Intelligence features thoughtful and provocative conversations with "American Originals" -- people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day's most important issues.
A traitor to torture
In this week’s installment of Scheer Intelligence, host Robert Scheer hears from Kiriakou the inside story of how the the program started as part of a cynical power struggle between the CIA and FBI, why torture does not save lives or secure better intelligence, and how, while the program was started under Republican President George W. Bush, it was a top appointee of President Obama, himself a key architect of the torture program, who chose to prosecute him five years after his interviews with ABC which should have made him a national hero instead of a disgraced felon.
Paradoxical past, present and future of China's "socialist market"
In this week's Scheer Intelligence podcast, host Robert Scheer discusses the paradoxical past, present and future of China's "socialist market" economic model with Nathan Gardels, author of "It Is No Longer Glorious to Get Rich in China," published this week by Noema, a magazine of the Berggruen Institute.
America’s war machine refuses to let Afghanistan go
Maj. Danny Sjursen weighs in on the U.S. exit from Afghanistan and Gen. David Petraeus’ dangerously false narrative about our country’s longest war.
Democrats’ destruction of America’s welfare system is coming back to haunt them
Peter Edelman examines how Americans are still tormented by the specter of President Bill Clinton’s worst domestic policy failure.
Prisons are an enabler of America’s obscene wealth
Prisoner-turned-journalist Eddie Conway talks about how the immorally cheap labor of those caught in the prison industrial complex is the shame of the U.S. economy.
Christianity is the linchpin in America’s war machine
Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, a professor of religious studies, examines how Christian rhetoric is used to justify endless wars and the “moral injury” they inflict.
very insightful show
Bob, you have some wonderful guests on the show and I really appreciate all of your insight and the kind of talks you have on this show. i just think that sometimes you don’t give the guests breathing room and space to speak by cutting people off. i think you have the power and intelligence to keep the conversation on a certain course, but need to learn to be comfortable when a guest is saying something thats not contributing to your point and find ways to bring it back to your conversational topic, rather than cutting people off to rephrase the question.
Scheer has some great guests — if he would let them talk rather than go on and on and on about his past (which is interesting but like hearing grandpa’s story for the 157th time, today) it could be a great show.
I gave up today after he wouldn’t let Kucinich tell his story. Bob told Dennis all about Dennis’ life.
Thank you Robert Scheer for your prescient idea to interview the great Human Being and Poet Laureate of San Francisco Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This podcast is a treasure! The history you share is deep and wide. The influence Lawrence has had on my own life is invaluable. Merci Beaucoup!