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BACKGROUND BRIEFING:
A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.
Five days a week, Background Briefing asks knowledgeable and thoughtful experts to explain the complexities behind major news stories in long-format interviews.
Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media.
The program airs Monday-Thursday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time and on Sundays from 11:00 to Noon.
Broadcast live on http://www.kpfk.org
IAN MASTERS:
Ian Masters is an Australian-born and BBC-trained journalist and filmmaker. He has made a career of asking provocative questions of the most informed thinkers in order to bring light to the day's most important news stories. Since 1980 his Sunday program, Background Briefing, has aired on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. In 2009, the program expanded to five days each week.
In addition to his work on radio, Ian Masters hosts monthly forums at Los Angeles's UCLA/Hammer Museum. The Hammer Forum invites prominent and provocative guests to address relevant issues of public concern in conversation with each other and the public. All events are free and open to the public. Videocasts are available at http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/7.

Background Briefing with Ian Master's Ian Masters

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    • 4.8, 251 Ratings

BACKGROUND BRIEFING:
A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.
Five days a week, Background Briefing asks knowledgeable and thoughtful experts to explain the complexities behind major news stories in long-format interviews.
Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media.
The program airs Monday-Thursday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time and on Sundays from 11:00 to Noon.
Broadcast live on http://www.kpfk.org
IAN MASTERS:
Ian Masters is an Australian-born and BBC-trained journalist and filmmaker. He has made a career of asking provocative questions of the most informed thinkers in order to bring light to the day's most important news stories. Since 1980 his Sunday program, Background Briefing, has aired on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. In 2009, the program expanded to five days each week.
In addition to his work on radio, Ian Masters hosts monthly forums at Los Angeles's UCLA/Hammer Museum. The Hammer Forum invites prominent and provocative guests to address relevant issues of public concern in conversation with each other and the public. All events are free and open to the public. Videocasts are available at http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/7.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

Grannysmack ,

Thank you Mr Masters!

I’m not sure how Mr Masters does it, but his guests are exceptionally knowledgeable and help to dig into the extreme complexities of a volatile world that are confounding us daily. It is so refreshing to hear true experts talk about difficult issues. After listening to this podcast, most every other news show sounds amateurish and petty. Keep up the great work, Ian!!! And thank you!

timmy840 ,

Informative and concise

This podcast is an excellent source of in-depth information and analysis on important topics in the news of the day. Experts on the topic under discussion are masterfully interviewed by Ian in the 20 minutes or so in each segment. If you want to know more about what is going on in the world by hearing from people who know what they are talking about, listen to this podcast.

birdienow ,

Fantastic interviews and topics

Loved the Labor Day coverage! This podcast covers the most important topics of the day. Ian is a great interviewer and has important guests. Also the short musical breaks are chosen to match the topic of the interview! Highly recommend this podcast!

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