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Independent Americans is a weekly news show hosted by Paul Rieckhoff. He’s a fighter, a patriot, and an independent political and media force to be reckoned with. After serving as a soldier in Iraq in 2004, Rieckhoff emerged as one of the most dynamic political and social leaders in America. In every episode, he breaks down the most important issues facing our country. And he interviews the most influential and compelling people. He’s taking on Republicans, Democrats—and everyone in between. If you’re in the angry middle, Independent Americans reminds you that you’re not alone. We’re all in this together. Join the Independent Americans movement and subscribe now. Produced by Righteous Media.

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    • 4.6 • 654 Ratings

Independent Americans is a weekly news show hosted by Paul Rieckhoff. He’s a fighter, a patriot, and an independent political and media force to be reckoned with. After serving as a soldier in Iraq in 2004, Rieckhoff emerged as one of the most dynamic political and social leaders in America. In every episode, he breaks down the most important issues facing our country. And he interviews the most influential and compelling people. He’s taking on Republicans, Democrats—and everyone in between. If you’re in the angry middle, Independent Americans reminds you that you’re not alone. We’re all in this together. Join the Independent Americans movement and subscribe now. Produced by Righteous Media.

    Michael Smerconish. Defining “Independent''. Analyzing Independent Candidates From Gary Johnson to Bloomberg to Schwarzenegger to Yang. How To Be Independent in Media. How F*#ked is Biden with Independents? Neil Young vs Joe Rogan. NFL OT Sucks.

    Michael Smerconish. Defining “Independent''. Analyzing Independent Candidates From Gary Johnson to Bloomberg to Schwarzenegger to Yang. How To Be Independent in Media. How F*#ked is Biden with Independents? Neil Young vs Joe Rogan. NFL OT Sucks.

    As we all saw this weekend, NFL overtime sucks. A score on the opening drive should NOT end the game. It’s just not fair. The system is broken. Badly. But it’s not just the NFL OT system. The American political system is broken too. Badly. And so is the media. Badly. And the stakes there are so much higher than in football. 
    And in this episode, we’re staying focused on the media (like we did last episode with Soledad O’Brien). But we’re also zooming out into the bigger picture of where this independent movement is–and where it’s going. We’re breaking down who independents are—and who might be an independent candidate for President in 2024. And we’re continuing to identify the systems that are broken, and offering solutions to fix them. 
    And our guest has been as focused on it all. For long before we have. And he’s here to help us explore all of it. 
    He’s a longtime political commentator, radio host, TV host, best-selling author, and maybe the single most high profile political independent in the media. A guy who has served as a guest host for voices on all sides of the political spectrum. He’s been a guest host for Chris Matthews AND for Bill O’Reilly. For Chris Cuomo AND for Glen Beck. And he’s the host of his own SiriusXM radio and CNN TV show. And Paul Rieckhoff’s stunt double. 
    He’s a one man island of political independence in talk radio and the media: Michael Smerconish (@Smerconish).
    Every episode of Independent Americans hosted by Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) provides light to contrast the heat. It’s independent content for independent Americans. And every episode delivers a dose of the Righteous Media 5 Is: independence, integrity, information, inspiration and impact. This is another insightful pod to help you stay vigilant. Because vigilance is the price of democracy. In these trying times especially, Independent Americans will continue to be your trusted place for independent news, politics, inspiration and hope. 
    Stay vigilant, America. 
    -Get extra content, connect with guests, attend exclusive events, get merch discounts and support this critical show that speaks truth to power by joining us on Patreon. 
    -Watch the full video of this conversation with Paul and Michael here.
    -Read the new article about Paul’s Understanding 9/11 class at Amherst College. 
    -Check the hashtag #LookForTheHelpers on Twitter. And share yours. 
    -Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media.
    “Independent Americans is what political pods ought to be: fun, engaging, free-wheeling, and respectful--even welcoming--of different points of view. I’m a fan.
    -Paul Begala, Political Strategist and CNN Contributor 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Soledad O’Brien. The Stupid Has Infected the Media. Shooting Fireballs At Everyone From CNN to Fox to MSNBC to Joe Rogan. The Naughty Centre: Now Open for Boris Johnson, Madison Cawthorn, Joe Biden. Laura Ingraham and more.

    Soledad O’Brien. The Stupid Has Infected the Media. Shooting Fireballs At Everyone From CNN to Fox to MSNBC to Joe Rogan. The Naughty Centre: Now Open for Boris Johnson, Madison Cawthorn, Joe Biden. Laura Ingraham and more.

    The stupid is rampant in America. It continues to be the only thing in America more contagious and rampant than the omicron variant. And it’s especially widespread in the media. 
    So this episode, we’re digging into it. We’re overdue for a conversation on the state of the American media. The American media that far too often fails the American people. And especially Independent Americans. We often feel politically homeless. We’ve covered that early, often and with regularity on this show. But we’re also too often homeless when looking for media. Especially when it comes to the cable news networks. Which continue to shamelessly coddle one party or the other, or, just as often, shamelessly chase the clicks, the drama, the fighting, and of course, the money. The news and political media are failing America. Partisans dominate. The two sides are constantly at war. And as our country burns, they fan the flames. They turn up the heat. 
    And this episode, we’re adding light to contrast the heat–and ripping into all of them. From CNN to Fox to MSNBC to PBS. And we’re doing it with a returning champion, a crowd favorite, and a lover of fireball whiskey. Our guest from way back in Episode 16 from July of 2019. Media critic, media host, and media force of nature (especially on Twitter), award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, and producer, Soledad O’Brien (@SoledadObrien). It’s a blunt, smart and fun conversion that takes you behind the scenes of the highest levels of media and politics.
    Every episode of Independent Americans hosted by Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) provides light to contrast the heat. And every episode delivers a dose of the Righteous Media 5 Is: independence, integrity, information, inspiration and impact. This is another insightful pod to help you stay vigilant. Because vigilance is the price of democracy. In these trying times especially, Independent Americans will continue to be your trusted place for independent news, politics, inspiration and hope. 
    Stay vigilant, America. 
    -Get extra content, connect with guests, attend exclusive events, get merch discounts and support this critical show that speaks truth to power by joining us on Patreon. 
    -Watch the full video of this conversation with Paul and Soledad here.
    -Read the new article about Paul’s Understanding 9/11 class at Amherst College. 
    -Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media.
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    • 1 hr
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Is He Running for President? Will He Leave the Republican Party? Are We Facing an American Insurgency? What Is He Naming His Baby? Ted Cruz, Ray Epps, Ukraine & Afghanistan. Diapers vs Bottles.

    Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Is He Running for President? Will He Leave the Republican Party? Are We Facing an American Insurgency? What Is He Naming His Baby? Ted Cruz, Ray Epps, Ukraine & Afghanistan. Diapers vs Bottles.

    It’s a dark, cold time in America. In many ways. But even in the darkest, coldest times, there are always helpers. Sources of light to warm our spirits and guide us out of the cold. And one of those sources is our guest in this episode: Congressman Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger).
    The 43-year-old Illinois Republican Congressman, Air Force combat veteran, political maverick, and fighter of the good fight is the man of this moment in American politics. He’s catapulted to the forefront of America’s consciousness in the last few months as one of only two republicans on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. He’s taking shots from all sides–and he’s fighting back. 
    But is he running for President in 2024? Does he think that we are facing an American insurgency? Will he leave the Republican Party? What’s he naming his new baby? Who the hell is Ray Epps? What should America do about Ukraine and Afghanistan? Why can’t he stop Tweeting about Senator Ted Cruz? What’s worse, changing diapers or cleaning bottles?
    Our intrepid host, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) presses Kinzinger on these questions and more in a fresh, candid and hard-hitting conversation that’s sure to make news. 
    Every episode of Independent Americans provides light to contrast the heat. And every episode delivers a dose of the Righteous Media 5 Is: independence, integrity, information, inspiration and impact. This is another insightful pod to help you stay vigilant. Because vigilance is the price of democracy. 
    In these trying times especially, Independent Americans will continue to be your trusted place for independent news, politics, inspiration and hope. 
    Get extra content, connect with guests, attend exclusive events, get merch discounts and support this critical show by joining us on Patreon. 
    You can WATCH the full video of this converation with Paul and Adam Kinzinger here.
    Please take our quick listener survey and get a shot at a free t-shirt!
    Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media.
    Stay vigilant, America. 
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    • 47 min
    EXCLUSIVE: Noah Shachtman. Rolling Stone’s Editor-in-Chief. January 6: One Year Later. Navarro’s 100 Congressmen to Overturn the Election. Reviving Rolling Stone. Exposing Eric Clapton, Marilyn Manson, Joe Manchin. Music, Politics and Independents.

    EXCLUSIVE: Noah Shachtman. Rolling Stone’s Editor-in-Chief. January 6: One Year Later. Navarro’s 100 Congressmen to Overturn the Election. Reviving Rolling Stone. Exposing Eric Clapton, Marilyn Manson, Joe Manchin. Music, Politics and Independents.

    It’s a new year. It’s a new variant. It’s a new winter. And a new anniversary. It’s the first anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. And it is definitely a time to stay vigilant.
    Army vet, activist and host, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) digs into all of it. And we’re joined by Rolling Stone’s new Editor-in-Chief, Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman). He’s tasked with reviving the iconic American magazine founded by Jann Wenner and built by the legend of Hunter Thompson. The former bass player in a ska band is now breaking stories about the insurrection, the fall of Afghanistan, sex scandals in the Army special forces and the dark history of music icons like Marilyn Manson and Eric Clapton. Their latest headline-grabbing piece on the January 6 insurrection focuses on Trump advisor Peter Navarro spilling the beans on an alleged 100 members of Congress who he says were standing by to overturn the election of Joe Biden one year ago. Shachtman joins the pod exclusively to talk about all that–and to preview a new investigative Rolling Stone piece about the insurrection and the role of military veterans set to his this week. 
    This latest episode is about starting the year by providing light to contrast the heat. It’s your new year’s resolution delivering a healthy dose of the 5 Is: independence, integrity, information, inspiration and impact. It’s another insightful episode to help you stay vigilant. Because vigilance is the price of democracy. 
    And in these trying times especially, Independent Americans will continue to be your trusted place for independent news, politics, inspiration and hope. 
    WATCH the full conversation in video with Paul and Noah here.
    Please take our quick listener survey and get a shot at a free t-shirt!
    Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media. Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. 
    Stay vigilant, America. 
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL. THE BEST GUEST ADVICE OF 2021. BRADLEY WHITFORD, ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN, BROOKE BALDWIN, REX CHAPMAN, MONTEL WILLIAMS AND MORE.

    NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL. THE BEST GUEST ADVICE OF 2021. BRADLEY WHITFORD, ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN, BROOKE BALDWIN, REX CHAPMAN, MONTEL WILLIAMS AND MORE.

    Over the years of hosting Independent Americans and Angry Americans, host Paul Rieckhoff has had the extremely rare opportunity to ask a lot of the world’s smartest people a lot of really important questions. And maybe no question is more important than asking each one, “What is your best advice?” And as you look back on a wild 2021 and forward towards an uncertain 2022 we thought this would be a good time to put it all together. It’s a rare glimpse into some of the brightest minds in entertainment, politics and national security. And so from Bradley Whitford to Montel Williams to Norman Lear to Admiral Mike Mullen to Brooke Baldwin, we’ve got an amazing group together to share their inspiration and to help you power through to 2022.
    Want to go deeper? Check out the full episodes.
    Episode 27 - Bradley Whitford
    Episode 36 - Harry Smith
    Episode 58 - Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner
    Episode 62 - Martha Raddatz
    Episode 70 - Montel Williams
    Episode 71 - Rex Chapman
    Episode 79 - Christine Todd Whitman
    Episode 82 - Chuck Hagel
    Episode 102 - Ken Feinberg
    Episode 112 - Paul Begala
    Episode 132 - Admiral Mike Mullin
    Episode 135 - Milo Ventimiglia
    Episode 136 - Jeremy Butler
    We’ll be back in January with more new guests and shows and as always Independent Americans will continue to be your trusted place for independent news, politics, inspiration and hope. 
    Please take our quick listener survey and get a shot at a free t-shirt!
    Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media. Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. 
    Stay vigilant, America. 
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    • 26 min
    COVID Christmas & Festivus Special. Inside NYC As the Variant Hits. The Winter of Omicron Is Here. Jason Alexander (Rewind)

    COVID Christmas & Festivus Special. Inside NYC As the Variant Hits. The Winter of Omicron Is Here. Jason Alexander (Rewind)

     It’s a COVID Christmas. Again! Paul Rieckhoff breaks down the latest on the variant: how it’s finally hit his home, how NYC is again under siege from the virus, and how the US Army might deliver a Christmas miracle we all need right now. 
    And we’re resharing a hugely popular, classic conversation for you to enjoy as you travel over the river and through the woods, if you’re in isolation with COVID, or if you’re hard at work while everyone else is celebrating. It’s a rewind to a fan favorite with Jason Alexander from way back on December 19, 2019. A special gift-wrapped Christmas classic from Rieckhoff Claus the whole team of hard-working elves at Righteous Media. 
    From Episode 38:
    This episode, we have a very special Festivus gift for all you good little boys and girls! Jason Alexander (@IJasonAlexander) joins the show for an extended and extremely candid conversation. Following our massive episode with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, we’ve got a huge change of pace. The man himself! The legend. The iconic actor who played George Costanza on Seinfeld is here to tell us about the true founding story of Festivus! 
    And he’ll share amazing stories from an incredible life of laughs, lessons---and activism. In this episode, you’ll get a special holiday gift. You’ll meet the man behind the character you know so well. You’ll hear Jason explain what it's been like to live life in a world where everyone thinks he’s really George Constanza. But you’ll also hear about his almost 40 years of entertaining America--from stage with Chita Rivera, to Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts, to a voicework on Dora the Explorer to a video with Nickelback. He won a Tony Award and is known worldwide. But he’s also a committed activist, a patriot, a father--and one of the most entertaining, insightful and inspiring American success stories you’ll ever hear. And yes, even Jason Alexander is angry. But this candid, extended, fun conversation will bring you hope--and happiness this holiday. 
    But first, even during Festivus, if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff). 
    And in these trying times especially, Independent Americans will continue to be your trusted place for independent news, politics, inspiration and hope. And a place for some great last-minute Christmas IA merch gifts. 
     You can also WATCH the full conversation in video with Paul and Jason here.
     Please take our quick listener survey and get a shot at a free t-shirt!
     Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media. Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. 
     Stay vigilant, America. 
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    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
654 Ratings

654 Ratings

Shire of Bart ,

Balanced, common sense view point

Paul brings a uniquely balanced view point discussing events happening in America. He is veteran, which clearly shapes some of his perspective but he isn’t the stereotypical “veteran” instead he speaks very much like the veterans that are my friends and family, straight forward, realistic and with a call to action. This is not a partisan podcast, extremes on either politics side will be offended from time to time.

Dave Petri ,

An Awesome Friend Group for Indpendent Thinkers

For the past year I have enjoyed listening to Paul and the many outstanding guests he brings in for outstanding conversations on relevant topics - reminding us all to be vigilant, which is the price for democracy.
I have never met Paul (some day I hope to), but I feel like we have been best pals for years. His guests are not policy wonks although some have served in developing and implementing policy. On the contrary, they are well-informed citizens making a difference and serve as outstanding role models for all of us. Whether they have served in government, toured with a band, or starred in award-winning shows and movies, Paul’s guests are the people we should all listen to. Do yourself a favor and click “Subscribe”. If you are an independent-minded person like me, you will not be disappointed.

tbird9e ,

127 Matt Zeller

Wow! Please listen everyone. In a puddle of tears - with gratitude for Matt, his interpreter and everything his org is courageously has done to assist other Afghanistan interpreters

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