45 episodes

Welcome to Military Matters, a podcast from Stars and Stripes. Host Rod Rodriguez explores the topics that matter to service members, veterans, and the people who support them.

Military Matters Podcast Stars and Stripes

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    • 4.6 • 36 Ratings

Welcome to Military Matters, a podcast from Stars and Stripes. Host Rod Rodriguez explores the topics that matter to service members, veterans, and the people who support them.

    Extremism in the Military

    Extremism in the Military

    In this episode, we talk with Shannon Foley Martinez, a former neo-Nazi, about radicalization and extremism in the U.S. military. Before leaving the movement, Shannon knew up to thirty soldiers who were part of the white supremacy movement. She discusses how she radicalized, and how service members she knew did the same in this episode of Military Matters.

    Follow Jack Murphy on Twitter @jackmurphyrgr and Rod Rodriguez  @rodpodrod 

    • 29 min
    Season 3 Preview

    Season 3 Preview

    We are welcoming aboard Jack Murphy onto Military Matters! He's our new co-host and producer. We talk about his work on QAnon stories, UAPs, and what we have cooking for Season 3 of Military Matters.

    We also have a new email address so shoot us your story ideas and comments at MilitaryMatters@stripes.com

    • 20 min
    The Capitol Under Siege

    The Capitol Under Siege

    January 6th, 2021 thousands of Trump supporters took to the capital of our nation. What started off as a peaceful protest turned ugly as protests turned to rioting as hundreds of people stormed the Capitol building where the electoral votes were being counted. 

    Lawyer, veteran and former Department of Homeland Security senior counselor Kevin Carroll takes us into what this means for our nation, will the President be held accountable, and what could happen going forward.

    • 32 min
    Death at Fort Hood

    Death at Fort Hood

    In this Season 2 Finale, we revisit the murders at Fort Hood under the light of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee's report.  What we uncovered is tragic and could have been avoided...

    Follow Rod Rodriguez on Twitter @rodpodrod

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    • 29 min
    The Fort Hood Report

    The Fort Hood Report

    Stripes reporter Rose Thayer helps us make sense of the "Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee". This jaw-dropping report has already resulted in numerous disciplinary actions. How bad is it?

    Worse than you think...

    Follow Rose Thayer on Twitter at @rose_lori and Rod Rodriguez at @rodpodrod

    • 14 min
    New Social Media and Section 230

    New Social Media and Section 230

    As the elections winded down thousands of Servicemembers and Veterans migrated away from Twitter and Facebook to MeWe and Parler, but why? And a recent Tweet from President Trump puts Section 230 back in the spotlight. What is Section 230 and how will that affect social media as we know it?

    Guests: MeWe CEO Mark Weinstein, Life Flip Media Co-Founder Eric Mitchell, and actor Vincent "Rocco" Vargas

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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Civilian listener.


Becoming a pay publish subscriber. Information vetted and concise. Thanks for diligence and effort!

DrdustinSTD ,

Ashamed this joke represents us

Liberal leaning Podcast disguised as representing “veterans”.

Disgusting: Baseless accusations against trump that he incited violence.

They refused to even play any part of Trumps speech.

No constitutional or Legal analysis justifying the impeachment by the host.

He consistently try’s but fails to convince us he’s neutral.

He entertains fantasies, constantly bashes Republicans and is insulting to the knowledge of any veteran.

His guest is a joke and should never work in the government again.

Don’t waist your time. This guy is disgrace to veterans everywhere.

I tried to listen objectively and to the whole podcast. I couldn’t help but laugh.

Chill-down ,

Season 2 Premier -Vanessa Guillén

I am retired military living in Fort Hood Family Housing, and I have done my best to remain actively informed on the search for SPC Guillén ever since I first knew she was missing. This podcast released quite a few details that I was unaware of, but also that I have seen in additional venues often enough that I know not to question.

I truly do wish that there was an “easy button” to remind leadership that admitting failure & assuming accountability for problems does not make leaders weak and also that the respect of subordinates is far more valuable than a positive OER / NCOER.

It hurts my heart that such leadership is either the exception to the rule, or a punchline to a bad barracks joke...

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