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The Back Room with Andy Ostroy presents a humorous, honest take on politics and pop culture featuring notable guest interviews, a shit-ton of righteous indignation, and rip-roaring repartee with co-producers Matty Rosenberg and Jen Hammoud. We're havin' a ball, and so will you!

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Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
@ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
Music by Andrew Hollander
Design by Cricket Lengyel

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The Back Room with Andy Ostroy presents a humorous, honest take on politics and pop culture featuring notable guest interviews, a shit-ton of righteous indignation, and rip-roaring repartee with co-producers Matty Rosenberg and Jen Hammoud. We're havin' a ball, and so will you!

Got somethin' to say?! Email us at BackroomAndy@gmail.com
Leave us a message: 845-307-7446
Twitter: @AndyOstroy

Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
@ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
Music by Andrew Hollander
Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Eugene Vindman

    Eugene Vindman

    Eugene Vindman is an immigrant, a husband, a father of two, a human rights lawyer, and a former Colonel in the U.S. Army. He and his twin brother Alex were born in the Soviet Ukraine. Following the death of their mother, the family immigrated to America as refugees with $759 to their name.

    In 2019, after serving 22 years in the Army, he served on the National Security Council as the senior ethics attorney when he blew the whistle on the infamous phone call in which President Trump attempted to extort President Zelenskiy of Ukraine, threatening to withhold critical aid if Ukraine didn't investigate President Biden’s family. Trump was impeached but acquitted by the Senate. Trump retaliated and Trump’s vengeance cost Eugene his career. Colonel Vindman is now running to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

    Join us as we discuss Eugene's storied life including childhood, the Trump impeachment hearings, and his campaign for Congress.

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Elie Honig

    Elie Honig

    Elie Honig is an attorney and CNN senior legal analyst and the bestselling author of Hatchet Man and Untouchable: How Powerful People Get Away With It. He’s a former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also hosts podcasts and writes for CAFE and Vox Media.

    Elie's back in The Back Room, this time helping unpack the latest from Donald Trump's New York election-interference ("hush-money") trial. As always, it's a fun, insightful chat.

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Liora Rez

    Liora Rez

    Liora Rez is the Founder and Executive Director of Stop Antisemitism, a national watchdog organization working to expose the hate, threats, and outright violence Jews in America are facing each day. Liora herself is a political refugee, who fled the Soviet Union with her family as a young girl due to escalating antisemitism.

    Join us for this important conversation about the huge rise in antisemitism and antisemitic hate crimes in America in the wake of the October 7th massacre in Israel by Hamas; the volatile, hate-fueled protests on college campuses; and what her organization is doing to expose those responsible for spewing dangerous antisemitic rhetoric.

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Rep. Elissa Slotkin

    Rep. Elissa Slotkin

    Democrat Elissa Slotkin represents Michigan’s 7th Congressional District and serves on the Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. Following grad school after the September 11 attacks, she was recruited by the CIA to be a Middle East analyst, and within a year she was sent on the first of three tours in Iraq alongside the U.S. military. She’s held national security roles in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. For President Obama she helped negotiate some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive national security matters from the fight against ISIS to the U.S. response to Russian aggression. In 2018 she was elected to the House of Representatives, flipping a Trump district. She was reelected in 2020.

    The Congresswoman and I discuss her August 6th Senate primary campaign and the recent “far left liberal lunatic” attack by Donald Trump; Marjorie Taylor Greene, her motion-to-vacate debacle and why Democrats helped rescue Speaker Mike Johnson; the November election and RFK Jr; the antisemitism crisis; and the anti-Israel protests on college campuses.

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Stephanie Grisham

    Stephanie Grisham

    Stephanie Grisham is the New York Times bestselling author of “I’ll Take Your Questions Now, What I Saw in the Trump White House.” During the Trump Administration she served as White House press secretary and director of communications for both the President and First Lady, Melania Trump. She is the only person in history who has held three senior roles at once, while representing both the east and west wings.

    Steph's back in THE BACK ROOM to help unpack the first two weeks of Donald Trump's New York election-interference ('hush-money') trial...including his mental state; Melania, Junior and Ivanka's absence; and yes, the snoozing and farting! We also discuss Biden, the election, the impact of abortion, and who she'll be voting for. Don't miss this fun, insightful chat!

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    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

    Gershon Baskin

    Gershon Baskin

    Gershon Baskin is an Israeli writer, columnist, author and one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. He is the Middle East Director of ICO…International Communities Organization and is the Director of the Holy Land Bond. Ad he is the co-founder and former co-director of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information. During the Premiership of the late Yitzhak Rabin, he served as a special advisor on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to a secret team of intelligence officers established by Mr. Rabin. In 2011, after five years of negotiation with Hamas, he successfully brokered the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Gershon shares his thoughts on the pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel protests on college campuses across America, and offers his critical perspective on an extremely complicated, nuanced, volatile situation which predates and includes the barbaric October 7th attack, as well as the actions taken by Israel since. We discuss the hostage negotiations; the current ceasefire offer; the desperate need for peace; and the necessity of a two-state solution. Once again, Gershon provides honest, balanced historical context for this centuries-old conflict in the region

    Got somethin' to say?!
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    Twitter: @AndyOstroy

    Produced by Andy Ostroy, Matty Rosenberg, and Jennifer Hammoud
    @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff
    Design by Cricket Lengyel

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

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This is a perfect forum for Andy’s talents-although he is a man of many talents. Love the podcast.

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Worth a Subscription

I just listened to a lengthy in-depth interview with Ruth Ben-Ghiat, the totalitarian scholar who I follow closely regarding the Trump authoritarian phenomenon. This segment is a great example of Ostrow’s ability to get real in-depth discussion of the political and social issues facing us at this critical time in our history. Highly recommended.

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