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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 • 633 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.

    The January 6th Hearings. Terrorists vs Heroes. Simone Biles Under Attack. GUEST: STEPHANIE RUHLE (REPLAY). Fed Rates and Coronavirus. Mastering AP Calculus AND Spring Break. Roses and Thorns. Tequila Turns You Up To 11. Effort is Everything.

    The January 6th Hearings. Terrorists vs Heroes. Simone Biles Under Attack. GUEST: STEPHANIE RUHLE (REPLAY). Fed Rates and Coronavirus. Mastering AP Calculus AND Spring Break. Roses and Thorns. Tequila Turns You Up To 11. Effort is Everything.

    As the dream of a “Hot Vax Summer” starts to look more and more like a Delta nightmare, Rieckhoff breaks down the historic, infuriating January 6th Congressional hearings. And, he rips into the haters attacking Olympic great Simon Biles’ toughness and patriotism. 
    And we’re taking a look back to the very first days of the pandemic. It’s a fan favorite and one of ours too. We flash back to March 5, 2020 and come to you from deep in the heart of the legendary NBC 30 Rock building in New York as Paul joined the MSNBC’s dynamic Stephanie Ruhle—as she took a quick break from between news segments and the markets began to react to the news of the pandemic. They also dig into the presidential race at the time, traffic, parenthood, and Stephanie’s unlikely path into a life in the media. And there may have been some tequila. 
    If you’ve never heard this episode, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re a long time listener, you’ll enjoy hearing this gem again. 

    From Episode 49 - March 5, 2020:
    With the 2020 race upended, the stock market disrupted, and the Fed drastically dropping interest rates, NBC News Senior Business Correspondent Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) breaks it all down from the inside. And she sharply analyzes the spectacular collapse of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign from the perspective of someone who worked for him. This candid and fun conversation gives you insights into the mind and life of a charismatic leader who overcame tremendous adversity to rise to the top of business and political media. Uncensored and unscripted, the former homecoming queen, turned Wall Street derivatives trader, turned cable TV anchor, shares how she juggles work as a mother of three, the values her mother taught her that fuel her success, and why she loves tequila. 
    Ruhle is a dedicated philanthropist, a media trailblazer, a champion for the underdog — and a fantastically fun person to hang out with. The former anchor of MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle and Velshi & Ruhle, Ruhle was also managing editor and news anchor for Bloomberg Television and editor-at-large for Bloomberg News. She’s an advocate for a number of important causes including the Corporate Investment Bank (CIB) Women's Network, Women on Wall Street (WOWS) and Girls, Inc--nonprofit organization that encourages all girls to be "Strong, Smart, and Bold" through direct service and advocacy. 
    Stephanie Ruhle is another important, inspiring and iconic American success story that embodies what this pod is all about. After earning a coveted spot on the trading floor of a male-dominated Wall Street firm, she used her wits and unstoppable determination to dominate the playing field -- eventually graduating to the forefront of broadcasting in cable network news. This episode is a handbook on how she’s done it.

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    “What all political pods ought to be: fun, engaging, freewheeling, and respectful - even welcoming- of different points of view. I’m a fan.”
    -That’s what political strategist Paul Begala called Independent Americans,
    You can also watch video of this conversation with Stephanie and more than 100 other important, inspiring and iconic leaders from Sarah Jessica Parker to Meghan McCain; Stephen Colbert to Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous YouTube page. Independent Americans connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us.
    And stay vigilant, America. 
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    https://youtu.be/qq2sjPyDIAg
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    • 57 min
    Best Of: Lessons On Leadership. Susan Rice, Barry McCaffrey, Mark Hertling, James Stavridis, Chuck Hagel. Top Military and Political Leaders on Independent Politics, America’s Future, Duty, Honor, Service and Leadership.

    Best Of: Lessons On Leadership. Susan Rice, Barry McCaffrey, Mark Hertling, James Stavridis, Chuck Hagel. Top Military and Political Leaders on Independent Politics, America’s Future, Duty, Honor, Service and Leadership.

    As summer continues, we’re sharing some of the best moments and guests from over two years of inspiring shows. Ambassador Susan Rice, General Barry McCaffrey, General Mark Hertling, Admiral James Stavridis, and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. This best of episode takes a look back with some of our country’s top leaders to explore the lessons they learned while serving at the highest levels—facing the highest stakes. It’s a master class on leadership you don’t want to miss. If you’ve never heard these conversations, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re a long time listener, you’ll dig hearing these gems again. It’s a perfect pod for that summer drive, that walk in the woods, or that day on the beach. 
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    “What all political pods ought to be: fun, engaging, freewheeling, and respectful - even welcoming- of different points of view. I’m a fan.”
    -That’s what political strategist Paul Begala called Independent Americans,
    You can also watch video of more than 100 important, inspiring and iconic leaders from Sarah Jessica Parker to Meghan McCain; Stephen Colbert to Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous YouTube page. Independent Americans connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us.
    And stay vigilant, America. 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Samantha Bee. Dog Days of Summer Special (Rewind). The Kurds, Democrat Debates. The Daily Show Reunion Tour. Fighting Back With Comedy. Djibouti and Naugahyde.

    Samantha Bee. Dog Days of Summer Special (Rewind). The Kurds, Democrat Debates. The Daily Show Reunion Tour. Fighting Back With Comedy. Djibouti and Naugahyde.

    As America emerges from the pandemic and summer begins, we’re sharing some of the best from our archives. It’s a look back to before the pandemic. And it is a fun one. Samantha Bee joined Paul back on October 17, 2019 for one of our most popular episodes ever. If you’ve never heard this episode, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re a long time listener, you’ll enjoy hearing this gem again. 
    From October 17, 2019:
    This episode is really fun. And important. Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) has taken on the rich, the powerful, the crooked and the wrong. She’s been a voice for the voiceless. And a true patriot. After 12 legendary years at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the trailblazing comedian, writer and producer launched her own groundbreaking satirical news show on TBS. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (@FullFrontalSamBee) debuted in 2016. And with the launch, Sam became the first woman to host a late-night satire show. 
    She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, her show has won an Emmy, she’s battled Bill O’Reilly, and in 2017 hosted "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner". Sam’s always squared the circle from TV into political and social impact and created on-ramps into politics for millions. In 2017, her "Nasty Woman Shirt" campaign raised over $1 million for Planned Parenthood and now she’s launching a new app to gamify the primary process. 
    Host and Iraq Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) leads a conversation with Sam and takes Angry Americans (@AngryAmericans) into the powerful place where comedy and activism intersect. It’s a hilarious, moving and candid conversation that takes you deep inside the world of comedy, satire, politics and television. Sam shares stories of life inside the early days of The Daily Show--and through a personal life journey that has taken her from working as a waitress in Toronto, to becoming an American citizen, to challenging three Presidents. She also breaks down the latest Debate of Democratic candidates, Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds and shares her very first car. And Paul rips into Trump’s betrayal of our troops, Le Bron James’ China comments and the latest on America’s electric scooter invasion. 
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    “What all political pods ought to be: fun, engaging, freewheeling, and respectful - even welcoming- of different points of view. I’m a fan.”
    -That’s what political strategist Paul Begala called Independent Americans,
    You can also watch video of this show with Samantha and more than 100 other important, inspiring and iconic leaders from Sarah Jessica Parker to Meghan McCain; Stephen Colbert to Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous YouTube page. Independent Americans connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us.
    You can also watch video of this full conversation:
    https://youtu.be/LDkz1O5TU6w

    And stay vigilant, America. 


     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Rex Chapman. NBA Finals Special (Rewind). The Master of Twitter Inspiration and Former NBA Star on the Pandemic, Trump, BLM, and Sports Reopening. Shutting Down Mitch McConnell. Opening Up About Opioid Addiction.

    Rex Chapman. NBA Finals Special (Rewind). The Master of Twitter Inspiration and Former NBA Star on the Pandemic, Trump, BLM, and Sports Reopening. Shutting Down Mitch McConnell. Opening Up About Opioid Addiction.

    As America emerges from the pandemic and summer begins, we’re sharing some of the best from our archives. Former NBA star and current Twitter megastar Rex Chapman joined Paul at the height of the pandemic on August 6, 2020 in Episode 66. If you’ve never heard this episode, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re a long time listener, you’ll enjoy hearing this gem again. 
    From August 6, 2020:
    Former NBA star (@RexChapman) has quickly become one of the single most popular and beloved figures on Twitter. Rex was a basketball superstar. He took the Kentucky Wildcats to the Sweet 16. And played for the USA national team in the Pan-AM games. 
    He was an NBA lottery pick, going #8 overall in the 1988 draft. He electrified America in the dunk competition, and played for 12 seasons for the Charlotte Hornets, Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. Always a fan favorite, Rex once dropped 39 points on Michael Jordan. But injuries eventually drove him out of the game. And into addiction. After his playing days ended, Rex fell into gambling and the deepest depths of opioid addiction. He fell hard--and he fell in public. And it almost killed him. But Rex Chapman has always been a fighter. And he fought back. He got help. He got support. And he started a new life after opioids, helping others where he could. 
    Especially on Twitter--where his account has become a daily visit for millions. From friends of this pod like Ambassador Susan Rice, Ron Perlman, Stephanie Ruhle and Jeffrey Wright, to Booger McFarland and Martina Navratilova, to LTC Alexander Vindman, to Megyn Kelly, to Trevor Noah, to McHammer, to Congressman Justin Amash and Congresswoman AOC--they all follow Rex. And he’s not just posting videos. He’s calling BS. He’s putting out good information. And he’s making an impact. 
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    “What all political pods ought to be: fun, engaging, freewheeling, and respectful - even welcoming- of different points of view. I’m a fan.”
    -That’s what political strategist Paul Begala called Independent Americans,
    You can also watch video of this show with Willie and more than 100 other important, inspiring and iconic leaders from Sarah Jessica Parker to Meghan McCain; Stephen Colbert to Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous YouTube page. Independent Americans connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us.
    You can also watch video of this full conversation:
    https://youtu.be/mULPcc61vfY

    And stay vigilant, America. 


     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Willie Geist. 4th of July Special (Rewind). Our V-C Day (Victory over COVID) Is Finally Here. Independence/Independents Day. Morning Joe vs Donald Trump. July 4th in a Pandemic. The Wu-Tang Question. Mount Rushmore Was Infected with The Sickness.

    Willie Geist. 4th of July Special (Rewind). Our V-C Day (Victory over COVID) Is Finally Here. Independence/Independents Day. Morning Joe vs Donald Trump. July 4th in a Pandemic. The Wu-Tang Question. Mount Rushmore Was Infected with The Sickness.

    As America emerges from the pandemic and summer begins, we’re sharing some of the best from our archives. MSNBC’s Willie Geist joined Paul at the height of the pandemic on July 3, 2020 in Episode 66. If you’ve never heard this episode, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re a long time listener, you’ll enjoy hearing this gem again. 
    From July 3, 2020:
    Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) is one of the most beloved leaders in American media. The co-host of Morning Joe and Host of NBC’s TODAY, Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist, and the Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist podcast, is back on Angry Americans for a uniquely candid, extended and fun conversation with his buddy, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff). Willie was our first every guest on the pod back in Episode 1. And now, he’s finally back to talk about life hosting the show that Trump watches (and attacks) on a regular basis, interviewing newsmakers from his garage, his favorite band, fatherhood in the pandemic, and his love of hip-hop. It’s Willie Geist like you’ve never heard him before--as the master interviewer becomes the interviewee. 
    Angry Americans is the freshest and realist breakdown of the news in America--and jumped to the top of the political and news podcast charts worldwide. Paul Rieckhoff takes you into the July 4th holiday with a laid-back, fun, and at times serious, conversation with one of the most influential voices in America. The renowned activist and author also rips through the most important stories shaping the future of our country. Russian bounties paid to kill US troops, Trump’s decision to finally wear a mask, the skyrocketing number of coronavirus cases at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and push to change the names of military bases dedicated to traitorous racists. And presents “Operation Free America”—a strategy to combat Trump. Fresh off news-making appearances on CNN with Chris Cuomo and MSNBC with Ari Melber and shout-outs from Chuck D of Public Enemy, Rieckhoff tears into all of it. 
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    “What all political pods ought to be: fun, engaging, freewheeling, and respectful - even welcoming- of different points of view. I’m a fan.”
    -That’s what political strategist Paul Begala called Independent Americans,
    You can also watch video of this show with Willie and more than 100 other important, inspiring and iconic leaders from Sarah Jessica Parker to Meghan McCain; Stephen Colbert to Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous YouTube page. Independent Americans connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us.
    You can also watch video of this full conversation:
    https://youtu.be/xeuibwFBad8

    And stay vigilant, America. 


     
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    • 2 hr 56 min
    Rosie Perez. Summertime Special (REWIND). The Legendary Actress Sounds Off on the Weinstein Verdict, the Problem with Bernie, and Rosie vs Rudy (Giuliani).

    Rosie Perez. Summertime Special (REWIND). The Legendary Actress Sounds Off on the Weinstein Verdict, the Problem with Bernie, and Rosie vs Rudy (Giuliani).

    As America emerges from the pandemic and summer begins, we’re sharing some of the best from our archives. The iconic actress Rosie Perez joined Paul fresh off the Weinstein verdict on February 27, 2020 in Episode 48. If you’ve never heard this episode, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re a long time listener, you’ll enjoy hearing this gem again. 
    From February 27, 2020 - Episode 48:
    Legendary actor and activist Rosie Perez (@RosiePerezBklyn) is a fighter. And this is the Oscar-nominated icon like you’ve never heard her before. Uncensored, candid and timely, Rosie shares her harrowing path to success that you’ll never forget. One of the most beloved actors of our time, she’s also a life-long activist, survivor, philanthropist, author, choreographer and boxing expert. An advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, the people of Puerto Rico, survivors of sexual assault and anyone anywhere facing mental illness. Rosie also knows and loves boxing. Always the skilled analyst, truth-teller and lesson-teacher, “The First Lady of Boxing” breaks down the massive heavyweight championship fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, shares her candid thoughts on the groundbreaking Harvey Weinstein verdict after her recent testimony in the trial, reflects on her time as a co-host of The View, digs into Trump and the Democratic candidates, and talks about her amazing first car. 
     Rosie is a great American success story. After surviving a childhood of abuse, losing her mother to AIDS, and living in a foster group home, she has risen to become an inspiration to millions worldwide. First making her name as a dancer on Soul Train and as a choreographer for the Fly Girls on TV’s In Living Color, she exploded into fame after unforgettable parts in Do the Right Thing and White Men Can’t Jump. Rosie would rise to an Oscar nomination for her role in Fearless, a seat co-hosting ABC’s The View, and authoring Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair). President Obama appointed her to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and she has served as the Artistic Chair of Urban Arts Partnership--an arts education nonprofit that supports public schools and is also devoted to supporting immigrants, LGBTQ, special needs and at-risk students. Rosie now stars alongside Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and Willem Dafoe, in the Netflix film The Last Thing He Wanted, which is set around the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan administration. She also stars in the action film Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey with Margot Robbie, the forthcoming HBO series The Flight Attendant and the children’s film, Clifford the Big Red Dog. 
    Be a part of the solution. Join us for exclusive access and events by joining our Patreon community. Get access to events, guests, merch discounts, and exclusive content. And check out the new IA merch to hook up your favorite independent dad ahead of Father’s Day next month.
    “What all political pods ought to be: fun, engaging, freewheeling, and respectful - even welcoming- of different points of view. I’m a fan.”
    -That’s what political strategist Paul Begala called Independent Americans,
    You can also watch video of this show with Rosie and more than 100 other important, inspiring and iconic leaders from Sarah Jessica Parker to Meghan McCain; Stephen Colbert to Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous YouTube page. Independent Americans connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us.
    You can also watch video of this full conversation:
    https://youtu.be/bIYQ-IoXNYw
    And stay vigilant, America. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
633 Ratings

633 Ratings

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Independent thinkers welcome

This is a great podcast. If you’re looking for thoughtful discussion you will likely enjoy this podcast. However, if you’re looking for an echo chamber of one-sided opinion, this show probably isn’t for you.

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What’s with “Rewind”

Was a great podcast until he replayed/repackaged prior podcasts. Your better then this.

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One Sided

This man seems to know supposed bad things about one side but not the actual atrocities of the other…..very left wing and not independent minded at all.

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