145 episodes

The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world's countries, and yet, most Americans don't know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a 'warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn't see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that.



Join Danny, Henri, Keagan, and Jovanni, four leftist US military veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

Fortress On A Hill (FOH) Podcast Chris Henrikson / Danny Sjursen / Keagan Miller / Jovanni Reyes

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    • 4.8 • 94 Ratings

The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world's countries, and yet, most Americans don't know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a 'warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn't see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that.



Join Danny, Henri, Keagan, and Jovanni, four leftist US military veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

    Seeking truth among the ruins of disaster – Ben Fountain interview – Ep 24

    Seeking truth among the ruins of disaster – Ben Fountain interview – Ep 24

    Ben Fountain stopped by the podcast to talk with us on his visits to Haiti, his inspiration for his award winning book "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", and his time following candidates in the 2016 election, which became the subject of his new book "Beautiful Country Burn Again".



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    FOH is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson and Danny Sjursen

    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks. Be sure to check out Clifton's Bandcamp page and Clifton's Patreon page

    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL

    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 52 min
    2022 Year End Wrap Up w/ Jake Tucker - Ep 132

    2022 Year End Wrap Up w/ Jake Tucker - Ep 132

    We take some time to discuss our thoughts on 2022 / early 2023 with a whole host of subjects: Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, reproductive freedom / justice, and a lot more.

    2:39 - Reproductive rights and the Supreme Court

    33:21 - Ukraine

    1:27:03 - Yemen

    1:53:21 - Resurgent labor movement

    2:08:13 - End of the U.S. led world order



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    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 2 hr 53 min
    The Reid technique w/ Dr. Jeff Kaye – Ep 131

    The Reid technique w/ Dr. Jeff Kaye – Ep 131

    Dr. Jeff Kaye joins us to discuss the Reid interview and interrogation technique, used by police departments around the world and often criticized for its ability to allow false confessions.



    We’re now on Telegram!!!!  Please come join us and talk about militarism and anti-imperialism: https://t.me/fortressonahill

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    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, James Higgins, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Tristan Oliver, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Rick Coffey, and the Statist Quo Podcast. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!

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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, Keagan Miller, and Jovanni Reyes. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9

    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z

    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn

    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Our Veterans w/ Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early – Ep 130

    Our Veterans w/ Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early – Ep 130

    Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early from the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute stop by the podcast to discuss their new book, “Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs.”  We talk the budget creep of privatization via the Mission Act, the wide ranging nexus of injuries veterans can receive, and a whole lot more!

    We’re now on Telegram!!!!  Please come join us and talk about militarism and anti-imperialism: https://t.me/fortressonahill
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    Not a contributor on Patreon?  Sign up to be one of our patrons today! - https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, James Higgins, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Tristan Oliver, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Rick Coffey, and the Statist Quo Podcast. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?!  Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!

    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, Keagan Miller, and Jovanni Reyes. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    South Korea war games and American militarism w/ KJ Noh – Ep 129

    South Korea war games and American militarism w/ KJ Noh – Ep 129

    Journalist and political analyst KJ Noh joins us to discuss all things South Korea, including a mountain of war games, the billions of dollars poured into the South Korean military by the U.S., and the many lingering effects of the Korean war.

    K.J. Noh is a journalist, political analyst, writer and educator specializing in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region. He writes for Dissident Voice, Black Agenda Report, CounterPunch, Popular Resistance, Asia Times, MR Online.  He also does frequent commentary and analysis on the news programs The Critical Hour, By Any Means Necessary, Fault Lines, Political Misfits, Loud & Clear, Breakthrough News, KPFA Flashpoints.

    He  has reported  extensively  on  great  power  competition, geostrategic messaging & propaganda,  media structure & ecology and  its  effects  on  communities.  He  has also collaborated  with various  scholars  on the geopolitics   of   global   health,  Indigenous health rights policy, structural violence, and medical care delivery under neoliberal capitalism.

    He recently pioneered a groundbreaking study with Dr. Claudia Chaufan on the military transmission of infectious diseases and its implications for Covid transmission.  He believes a functioning and healthy society requires good information; to that end, he strives to combat the weaponization of disinformation in the current cold war climate.

    He is also a member of VFP & a founding member of Pivot to Peace.



    We’re now on Telegram!!!!  Please come join us and talk about militarism and anti-imperialism: https://t.me/fortressonahill

    Main website: https://www.fortressonahill.com

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    Not a contributor on Patreon?  Sign up to be one of our patrons today! - https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill

    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, James Higgins, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Tristan Oliver, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Rick Coffey, and the Statist Quo Podcast. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!

    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?!  Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!



    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, Keagan Miller, and Jovanni Reyes. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9

    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z

    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn

    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Reproductive freedom / justice and abortion access in the U.S. military – Ep 128

    Reproductive freedom / justice and abortion access in the U.S. military – Ep 128

    Shiloh Emelein and Rachell Tucker joins us to discuss the state of reproductive justice and abortion access within the U.S. military.  We cover the Dobbs decision from the Supreme Court, how President Biden could take much bigger strides in his “defense” of abortion rights, and a whole lot more.
    Shiloh Emelein (they/them/theirs) is a queer, trans, non-binary creature living with their fluffy cat on Ohlone Land (also known as the Bay area, California). Their world view and moral compass were turned upside down while deployed with a Marine Helicopter Support Unit in Al Anbar Province, Iraq and then Kuwait City.  They joined About Face: Veterans Against War in 2018 with the hope in action to catalyze change and repair the harms caused by the Military-Industrial Complex. Shiloh believes that the reclamation and celebration of our bodies, our joy, and our pleasure is at the core of demilitarizing ourselves, our beliefs, and the structures we currently live within. They are thrilled to have the chance to care for the About Face community in a light of collective liberation and collective healing.
    Rachell Tucker is an anti-imperialist veteran of the US Army 2002 to 2011. She is an educator and activist who lives in San Antonio Texas, but born and raised in Miami, FL. She is a member of about face vets against the war and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. And has been an active organizer with the Mujeres Marcharan Coalition who has been leading in the women's struggle in the city of SA.
    We’re now on Telegram!!!!  Please come join us and talk about militarism and anti-imperialism: https://t.me/fortressonahill
    Main website: https://www.fortressonahill.com
    Let me guess.  You're enjoying the show so much, you'd like to leave us a review?!  https://lovethepodcast.com/fortressonahill
    Email us at fortressonahill@protonmail.com
    Check out our online store on Spreadshirt.com.  T-shirts, cell phone covers, mugs, etc.: https://bit.ly/3qD63MW


    Not a contributor on Patreon? You're missing out on amazing bonus content! Sign up to be one of our patrons today! - https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers - Fahim Shirazee, James O'Barr, James Higgins, Eric Phillips, Paul Appell, Julie Dupris, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Daniel Fleming, Michael Caron, Zach H, Ren Jacob, Howard Reynolds, Rick Coffey, and the Statist Quo Podcast. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast.  Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?!  Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!

    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris 'Henri' Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, Keagan Miller, and Jovanni Reyes. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music "Fortress on a hill" written and performed by Clifton Hicks.  Click here for Clifton's Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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94 Ratings

94 Ratings

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Many people feel that the ugliest dog race every four years is the pinnacle of democratic participation. Shows like FOH show everyone why foreign policy should not be disconnected from democracy and ethics. Foreign policy should not be a "business".

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Bringing the though issues to the forefront of the consciousness of our military and government. Brilliant and well thought out conversations that we need to have more often and out in the open.

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