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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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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.

    Dr. Vin Gupta. The Omicron COVID Variant. What We Need to Know and Do. Preparing Yourself For a Tough Winter. The Military’s Struggle to Fully Vaccinate. National Guard Units Refuse the Shot Order. Handling Stress in the Pandemic.

    Dr. Vin Gupta. The Omicron COVID Variant. What We Need to Know and Do. Preparing Yourself For a Tough Winter. The Military’s Struggle to Fully Vaccinate. National Guard Units Refuse the Shot Order. Handling Stress in the Pandemic.

    In just a few weeks, Santa will be back. The lights are up, the sales have started, and the elves are on the shelves--and hanging from light fixtures, dangling from curtains and zip lining across living rooms around the world. And Santa will soon be here. But not before we all prepare to receive a very different kind of holiday visitor. Yes, Santa is back. But so is the coronavirus. And it’s new and improved in the form of the omicron variant. 
    Throughout this pandemic and our war against the virus, Independent Americans has continued to bring you doses of information to help you defend against the virus. And against the stupid. To help you stay vigilant. Because vigilance is the price of democracy. And it’s also the price of a happy holiday. 
    And after multiple doses of good information and light to contrast the heat, we’re back with a booster shot of the Righteous Media 5 Is, to empower and prepare you, right before the holidays hit. It’s a jab in the arm of independence, integrity, information, inspiration and impact. 
    And just like Buddy the Elf is back delivering laughs, one of our favorite doctors is back on the pod to deliver the booster shot of content you need this winter. 
    Dr. Vin Gupta (@VinGuptaMD) is a public health physician, an Air Force officer, a professor, an NBC News analyst, and true voice of reason. He is a helper and a patriot. He’s the guy you wish was your personal doctor right now. He joined the show back in Episode 83 in late 2020 to help you prepare for the hardest fall and winter any of us has ever faced. And he’s back now to give us the real prognosis--on the new omicron coronavirus variant, whether or not you should get the shot (if you haven’t already), the booster, and why it’s been so damn hard to vaccinate the American military. 
    It’s a quick, focused, no-shit booster shot of an episode that will leave you better informed and ready for the holidays--and whatever comes next. If you’re a concerned citizen who cares about the future of America, this is your pod. Download it now and share it like Santa would. 
    You can support this show and join our dynamic community of listeners by joining the IA Patreon community. You’ll get exclusive access to events, guests, merch discounts, and special content. And you’ll help us keep speaking independent truth to power. 
    You can also WATCH the full conversation in video with Paul and Vin here.
    Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media. Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. 
    Stay vigilant, America.  
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    • 42 min
    Thanksgiving Special. Meet The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.). Courage, Leadership, Perspective, Songs. Inside 9/11 and the Deutsche Bank Fire with Firefighter Hero Rich Naviasky.

    Thanksgiving Special. Meet The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.). Courage, Leadership, Perspective, Songs. Inside 9/11 and the Deutsche Bank Fire with Firefighter Hero Rich Naviasky.

    This Thanksgiving, Independent Americans is bringing you a special holiday treat of new content. Paul has a few things to say (he always does) and then introduces you to the powerful and inspiring new podcast from Righteous Media: The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.). We’re extremely excited about this new show and we think you will be too. 
    Welcome to the first ever episode of the Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.). It’s the hottest podcast in America, literally. Hosted by frequent and beloved Independent Americans guest, Rob Serra, this episode hits the ground running and doesn’t look back. It’s one of the best from this Season 1 that kicked off earlier this fall on 9/11.
    It features 9/11 hero firefighter Rich “The Nav” Naviasky. Over a 20 year career at the FDNY, he saw some shit. The kind of shit that sticks with you. From the chaotic morning of 9/11, to the deadly 2007 Deutsche Bank fire that killed two firefighters and injured more than 100, to the horrific 2017 Halloween terrorist truck attack that killed 8 people and slammed into a school bus, Rich has been on the scene at some of the most harrowing fire calls of the last two decades. He’ll take you inside the hardest days, he’ll share heartbreakingly graphic detail, and show you the magnitude of the decisions required of these incredible men and women. He will also leave you inspired by his fortitude, his heart and his example of selfless service. It’s perfect for your holiday drive, flight or downtime. 
    Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content. 
    Host Rob Serra (@SerraRob) is America’s leading advocate for firefighters and first-responders. A renowned activist, technical expert and father of three, Rob was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He began his firefighting career with the FDNY in July 2001 just six weeks after graduating from college. And his first day in the field was September 11th. While he was not scheduled to work that Tuesday, he, along with thousands of others, reported to the World Trade Center to help with the aftermath of the attacks.
    The 20th anniversary of 9/11 was a time for reflection, a time for remembering. Never forget isn’t just a hashtag. And if you’re a regular listener of Independent Americans, one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, the family or a friend of one, or just interested in the real world of firefighters, this is your new home. 
    And that home has a little special sauce this episode. Rob’s mother-in-law makes Nanny’s Tomato Basil Pasta. It’s a delicious dish that will feed your family... or a hungry firehouse and leave everyone happy. 
    Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content.
    We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact. Just like we do with IA. 
    You can also watch video of this show with Rich Naviasky on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us
    You can also watch video of this full conversation:
    https://youtu.be/WwxoKr4iksU
    #StayLow America.
    A special thank you to our sponsors, Rocky Boots. They make gear that’s a must for any firefighter especially. Check em out at rockyboots.com.
    You can support this show and join our dynamic community of listeners by joining the IA Patreon community. You’ll get exclusive access to events, guests, merch discounts, and special content. And you’ll help us keep speaking independent truth to power. 
    Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media. Find us on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. 
    Stay vigilant, America. 
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    • 57 min
    Joe Cirincione. The Threat of Nuclear War. From Russia to Space. The Marshall Islands, the Western Shoshone Tribe, the Atomic Vets: America’s Secret Nuke Past. The Rich and Powerful Test While the Rest of Us Die. Inside the New Series on ViceTV.

    Joe Cirincione. The Threat of Nuclear War. From Russia to Space. The Marshall Islands, the Western Shoshone Tribe, the Atomic Vets: America’s Secret Nuke Past. The Rich and Powerful Test While the Rest of Us Die. Inside the New Series on ViceTV.

    Now is still a time to stay vigilant. Especially when it comes to national security.
    Ukraine says that Russia has amassed 100,000 troops near their border. Along with tanks, armored personnel vehicles and artillery. NATO has issued a warning. America has issued a warning. And Russia is denying they plan to invade Ukraine. War is very possible. 
    And you were probably focused instead on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lying about being vaccinated. Or maybe, understandably, you were focused on getting your kid a COVID shot or getting yourself a booster.
    But while you and most of America are focused on all that, the Secretary of Defense, and many others tasked with protecting America have their eyes on Russia. They always have their eyes on Russia. And on North Korea. And on Pakistan. And on China. And on five other countries across the globe. Because of one simple reason: they have nukes. 
    Nine countries in the world possess nuclear weapons capable of destroying the entire globe. And one of them is Russia. And maybe you forgot about that completely until you read this. 
    Nuke are THE number one threat to the entire world as we know it. Yeah, pandemics can be globe-killers. And of course, climate change is stripping and burning the world bit by bit. But only nukes could destroy the entire world as we know it in a matter of hours. And THAT is worth your focus. And your attention. And your vigilance. 
    And it’s the focus of the newest episode of the groundbreaking television mini-series on Vice TV, While The Rest of Us Die. Our host, Paul Rieckhoff, is Consulting Producer and a Contributor. And he and Righteous Media are bringing you this powerful, urgent Season #2 of the series every Thursday this month at 10PM. Produced by Efran Films, Showrunner Anthony Lappé, and narrated by our friend and past guest on this show, Jeffrey Wright, the series is tearing into the scariest, most deadly, most urgent issues facing us all. And in the newest episode, we’re talking nukes. And it features one of the best minds in the world on the issue--and our guest in this pod--Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione).
    Joe has worked on nuclear weapons policy in Washington for more than 35 years and is one of the top experts in the field. He was the Director for Non-Proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats, and co-author of Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security. He was the president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. And now teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service. He’s one of America’s best known weapons experts, appearing frequently in print and on FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, PBS, NPR and occasionally on Comedy Central. He joins us to drop knowledge bombs about nukes. And it’s an episode you don’t want to miss. Hit play now. 
    You can support this show and join our dynamic community of listeners by joining the IA Patreon community. You’ll get exclusive access to events, guests, merch discounts, and special content. And you’ll help us keep speaking independent truth to power. 
    You can also WATCH the full conversation in video with Paul and Joe here.
    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
    Shad Meshad. Remembering Max Cleland. Veterans Day Special. Celebrating a True American Hero. The Mad Man and The Cowboy. The Creation Of The Vet Centers. Stronger At The Broken Places. The Doobie Brothers. Taking It To The Streets.

    Shad Meshad. Remembering Max Cleland. Veterans Day Special. Celebrating a True American Hero. The Mad Man and The Cowboy. The Creation Of The Vet Centers. Stronger At The Broken Places. The Doobie Brothers. Taking It To The Streets.

    Senator Max Cleland was a true American hero. One of the finest, most selfless leaders of our time. He was a titan. And his tremendous impact was second only to his huge heart. Even in these last few difficult months before he died, he was a fighter—and a happy warrior. And Max’s passing comes the week of Veterans Day. Max defined what it means to be an American veteran. And what it means for veterans to continue to serve after they take off the uniform. And after tragedy. He’s the godfather of modern veterans affairs and advocacy--and he’s forever stronger at the broken places. 
    In this Veterans Day special episode, our host and Army veteran Paul Rieckhoff reflects on the life and legacy of his friend, mentor and personal hero, Max Cleland.
    And in order to even begin to properly tell Max’s story, we hear from a man who knew him better than almost anyone else. Another hero, another mentor, another Vietnam veteran, another son of the south, another true American hero: Shad Meshad. Shad has known Max for over 45 years. And in this time of mourning, and reflection, and especially this Veterans Day, he is the person we most need to hear from. 
    They call him the Mad Man. For more than five decades, National Veterans Foundation Founder and President Shad Meshad has been one of the most important veterans advocates in the world. He is a therapist for Veterans and an advocate for Veterans’ rights. After getting his master’s degree in psychiatric social work from Florida State University, he enlisted in the army in 1970 and served as a counselor for U.S. soldiers in Vietnam. That was years before we knew this was really a thing. He’ll tell you more about that, the Max Cleland most people never knew, and all the lessons we can all learn from Max’s amazing life.
    You can support this show and join our dynamic community of listeners by joining the IA Patreon community. You’ll get exclusive access to events, guests, merch discounts, and special content. And you’ll help us keep speaking independent truth to power. 
    You can also WATCH the full conversation in video with Paul and Shad here.
    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 31 min
    Scott MacFarlane. Jan 6 Insurrection Arrest and Trial Update: How Many are Still at Large? Why Are They Allowed to Go to Mexico For Vacations? Kids Cleared for the Vaccine. Independents Flex Power on Election Day. Why Yang is Not an Independent.

    Scott MacFarlane. Jan 6 Insurrection Arrest and Trial Update: How Many are Still at Large? Why Are They Allowed to Go to Mexico For Vacations? Kids Cleared for the Vaccine. Independents Flex Power on Election Day. Why Yang is Not an Independent.

    This Election Day was just the latest painful reminder of how badly the two major parties are failing the American people. But it also underscored the growing importance (and number) of independents in America. And Rieckhoff is digging into all of it--from Virginia to New Jersey, and from Joe Manchin to Andrew Yang and his new “Forward” party.
    And 11 months ago, a group of traitors, fools and domestic terrorists tried to capture and kill the Speaker of the House and the Vice President and sack our Capitol. They threw crap on the walls, rejected the results of a fair election, and tried to overthrow our government. And somehow, this isn’t the top news story on every news channel. But our guest in this episode has been staying vigilant in covering it more than any other journalist in America. He’s the best kind of Independent American. One who seeks the truth, fights for justice and demands that attention be paid. NBC investigative reporter and one-man January 6th truth-telling machine, Scott McFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews).
    MacFarlane is the guy with the most important Twitter feed and news reporting on what’s happening to hold people accountable after Jan 6th. How many suspects have been arrested? How many are still at large? What’s the status of the person who tried to plant pipe bombs at the Republican and Democratic party headquarters on Jan 6. How many are in jail right now? Why are they being allowed to go to Mexico and Steelers Football games? How high is the justice department going? When will we finally see an Oath Keeper tried? What’s coming next? Scott breaks it all down. He’s the premier reporter covering with tremendous focus the single most important story in America.
    You can support this show and join our dynamic community of listeners by joining the IA Patreon community. You’ll get exclusive access to events, guests, merch discounts, and special content. And you’ll help us keep speaking independent truth to power. 
    You can also WATCH the full conversation in video with Scott and Paul here.
    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 26 min
    Matt Zeller. America’s Halloween Nightmare. 196 Americans Abandoned in Afghanistan. 23 Million Without Food. What is “Operation Resettle Allies''? Over the Horizon = Over the Rainbow. The “Disappointing Biden” Costume. The Real Winnie the Pooh S

    Matt Zeller. America’s Halloween Nightmare. 196 Americans Abandoned in Afghanistan. 23 Million Without Food. What is “Operation Resettle Allies''? Over the Horizon = Over the Rainbow. The “Disappointing Biden” Costume. The Real Winnie the Pooh S

    Everyone who has seen a Halloween movie knows you can’t run from Michael Myers. The only way to defeat the terror of Michael Myers is to fight him--to take him head on. And the same is true about the horror show that is Afghanistan. If you run from the truth, it will chase you down, it will drag you down, it will cut you into little pieces, and it will come for your friends, and just keep coming. Like Michael Myers, the truth doesn't die. 
    And the fight for it around Afghanistan won’t die either. Even if President Biden and countless partisan apologists and hacks look to defend themselves, rather than face the truth. Especially now, as they see Afghanistan continues to spiral downward, and pivotable Congressional midterms creep closer and closer---like Freddy Krueger, waiting for you to fall asleep. 
    But there are people who are embracing the truth. Heroes that understand the truth. That have a unique link to the truth. That comprehend it’s origins, it’s history, it’s motivations, it’s trajectory. Like Jamie Lee Curtis had a mental bond with Michael Myer, there are leaders that know the truth is coming---even when others won’t believe it’s real. Sometimes, because it’s just too scary. 
    Heroes like our guest in this episode. Like Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, he’s back! A man who can stand up to the scary, the brutal, the terrifying. Our friend, humanitarian, activist, superhero: Matt Zeller (@MattCZeller).
    Matt is America’s leading voice on the issue of American allies in Afghanistan. He’s an Combat veteran and Army major that made it out of Afghanistan alive only because of the courage of his Afghan interpreter. And he’s been paying it forward ever since. The courageous Co-Founder of No One Left Behind, Truman National Security Fellow author of Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan, and the newest member of the powerhouse team at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
    Since he was last on this show for Episode 127 in August, Matt’s spent every day sounding the alarm about what’s coming, demanding action from the White house, rushing allies out of certain death, and serving as America’s conscience to ourselves and the world. He’s been on countless TV and radio shows around the world, and he’s somehow, still standing, still fighting. And he’s back. To tell us what’s really happening right now in Afghanistan--and why it’s the ultimate Halloween horror story. He’ll take us inside the White House spin, and the good things that HAVE happened. And take us behind the scenes on the Army bases around the country that are tasked with housing and resettling the thousands of Afghans that did make it out. And he’ll tell you how shockingly few that really is. 
    You can support this show and join our dynamic community of listeners by joining the IA Patreon community. You’ll get exclusive access to events, guests, merch discounts, and special content. And you’ll help us keep speaking independent truth to power. 
    You can also WATCH the full conversation in video with Matt and Paul here.
    Independent Americans is powered by Righteous Media. Find the show on social media or www.IndependentAmericans.us. 
    Stay vigilant, America. And Happy Halloween!
     
     
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
651 Ratings

651 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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