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Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media. Background Briefing features international and national news, expert guests, policymakers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.
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Background Briefing with Ian Master‪s‬ Ian Masters

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    • 4.7 • 412 Ratings

Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media. Background Briefing features international and national news, expert guests, policymakers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.
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    March 1, 2021 - Ben Jacobs | David Weigel | Rob Wallace

    March 1, 2021 - Ben Jacobs | David Weigel | Rob Wallace

    Trump Makes It Clear He IS the Republican Party and It's Kingmaker | Trump Outlines Voter Suppression Plans at CPAC | Rob Wallace on the Origins of Covid-19
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    February 28, 2021 - Dr. Allen Frances | Steven Greenhouse | James Henry

    February 28, 2021 - Dr. Allen Frances | Steven Greenhouse | James Henry

    Trump's GOP Weaponizes the Big Lie of "Stop the Steal" to Steal the Next Elections | What is Wrong With Paying Workers a Living Wage? | Could the Revelations in Trump's Tax Documents Land Him in Jail?
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    • 59 min
    February 25, 2021 - Vanessa Wills | Sarah Leah Whitson | Adam Jentleson

    February 25, 2021 - Vanessa Wills | Sarah Leah Whitson | Adam Jentleson

    While Holding the Mob Accountable For Storming the Capitol, We Cannot Police Our Way Out of Authoritarianism | No Report from the DNI Because Biden Can't Get the Saudi King on the Phone | A Senate Insider on How Nothing Will Get Done Unless the Democrats Get Rid of the Filibuster
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    February 24, 2021 - Adele Stan | Persis Yu | Justin Scheck

    February 24, 2021 - Adele Stan | Persis Yu | Justin Scheck

    Further Investigations of the Capitol Riot Could Involve Roger Stone, Alex Jones, Mike Flynn and Steve Bannon | Relief For the 45 Million Americans Drowning Under $1.7 Trillion in Student Loan Debt | More Evidence About to Emerge On MbS's Role in the Murder of Khashoggi
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    February 23, 2021 - Angela Rasmusen | Joaquin Sapien | Mike Konczal

    February 23, 2021 - Angela Rasmusen | Joaquin Sapien | Mike Konczal

    America's Deadly Milestone of 500,000 Preventable Deaths Had We Not Had Such a Sick and Stupid Leader | Capitol Cops on the Failures of Their Chiefs and Sergeants-at-Arms | Rediscovering America's Tradition of Taming Markets to Advance Freedom
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    February 22, 2021 - Edward McCaffery | Michael Klarman | Mansour Farhang

    February 22, 2021 - Edward McCaffery | Michael Klarman | Mansour Farhang

    SCOTUS Finally Releases Trump's Taxes to the Manhattan DA | If the Democrats Don't Go Bold the GOP Will Control the Senate and Courts Into the Future | Iran Takes an American Hostage as Blinken Endorses the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State to State Relations
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
412 Ratings

412 Ratings

M William 2 ,

Background Briefing

Ian Masters hosts this show comprised of interviews with experts- typically 3 interviews per broadcast. His guests range from current and former governmental officials to university professors to journalists to experts on the topics at hand. He presents views that are often not covered on mainstream media. Mr Masters and his guests offer insightful reflections on important news stories and current events. 5 stars for Background Briefing!

Allessio77 ,

Pick of the Litter.

This pod is a no nonsense, no joking around, no ads intellectual feast. The guests are highly regarded and Ian Masters is a superior questioner. Production values excellent. I never miss this one.

CGWAG ,

Point of view.

Background Briefing serves as one of the few remaining ties my media habits have to the center-left. Ian is an Obama/Democratic Party type and suffers a bit from “wishing what was that really wasn’t-itis.”
The show format is great and I’m always happier to hear journalists over “advocates opinions” or formerly problematic politicians/authorities attempting to rehab their image(s) but I do respect the work Ian does and his seemingly honest perspective.
MY ONLY COMPLAINT: Please, someone tell them Ian sounds like he has a mouth full of peanut butter and that he constantly smacks/masticates. Turn down the high end of the EQ (5k-8kHrz) and save us all from going insane!!!

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