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The Katie Halper Show takes a humorous look at the news, politics, pop culture, and the arts through news segments and conversations with writers, journalists, activists, artists and political comedians.
Cowardly Colin Powell With Iraqi Journalist Ahmed Twaij
Iraqi Journalist Ahmed Twaij (https://www.ahmedtwaij.com/) talks about Colin Powell and why he says "I’d sooner mourn my country than treat Colin Powell as a hero."
Ahmed Twaij (https://twitter.com/twaiji) is an independent freelance journalist. His work has been published in numerous outlets including The Independent, The Guardian, New York Times, Vice, BBC, Kerning Cultures and many more. His work focuses on US politics, social justice issues and the Middle East. He zealously tells stories as a means to promote equality, as well as holding those in power to account. His work has taken him across the US, UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Ahmed is also passionate about photography and filmmaking and has previously worked with a number of international humanitarian and human rights organizations. He is currently working as a director of an, as yet, undisclosed feature length documentary produced by multiple Oscar winning John Battsek. He is also developing a podcast series on Racism in the Arab World.
After initially graduating as a medical doctor from Imperial College London in 2012, Ahmed found his passion in storytelling and became a self-taught journalist. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Medical Humanities. After working as a doctor in London for a number of years, Ahmed began volunteering abroad, namely helping with the refugee crisis across Europe, where he developed his desire for storytelling. This passion drove Ahmed to pursue a master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development, with Global Health. Ahmed has also produced and directed a number of videos for which he has been nominated for awards, as well as podcasts. His photography has been featured in various exhibitions across the globe.
Ahmed is a member of the Everyday Projects and is manager of everydayiraq, an online social media platform dedicated to shedding light on the daily life of Iraqis and providing a new narrative for the nation. The project has been featured by numerous international outlets, including BBC and Metro.
Military Sexual Assault WhistleBlowers with Amy Franck, Amber Fitzwater & Rich McHugh
Amy Franck and Amber Fitzwater were hired by the pentagon to help the military combat sexual assault. Instead they've become whistleblowers who have been retaliated against and sexually assaulted. Amy (https://twitter.com/Neveraloneadvo1), Amber and investigative journalist Rich McHugh (https://twitter.com/RichMcHugh) join the show to share their stories and talk about the way the US Military deals, or doesn't deal, with the its endemic sexual assault problem.
Amy Braley Franck began her career as a Department of the Army Civilian in July of 2013 as a Victim Advocate and has held the position of Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Sexual Assault Program Manager for a 2- and 3-star Army Service Component Commands. Ms. Braley Franck has been identified on two separate occasions as a whistleblower for her actions to protect her clients. Ms. Braley Franck holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Maryland. Ms. Braley Franck is credentialed through NOVA D-SCAAP as Level IV Military Advocate. She is a certified Child Abuse Investigator and Nationally certified Forensic Interviewer, conducting interviews for local law enforcement, Army CID, FBI and Homeland Security and has been tendered an expert witness in Child Molestation and Abuse hearings.
She has been recognized for her contributions and service to President Biden’s Independent Review Commission to implement the change needed to shift to a proactive prevention model throughout the DoD. She is the founder of non-profit Never Alone Advocacy (http://www.neveraloneadvocacy.org/).
Amber Fitzwater is a sexual assault response coordinator with the Army and has worked in the SHARP program since 2013. She is a level IV advocate, a certified clinical trauma intervention specialist, and is currently enrolled at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology working on her PhD in international psychology. She has over 16,000 hours of advocacy and has provided training to law enforcement and prosecutors about the neurobiological effects of trauma and the impacts on victim's memory to assist them in working with victims of sexual assault when it comes to interviewing and questioning them at trial. Ms. Fitzwater is also a survivor of sexual assault while working with the Army, and is a member of Ms. Braley Franck's non profit "Never Alone advocacy."
Rich McHugh is an investigative reporter and serves as a correspondent for NewsNation. Over the past year, McHugh has reported extensively on the issue of sexual assault in our military. Prior to NewsNation, McHugh spent over twenty years as a producer in network television news. He served as a Supervising Producer in the NBC News Investigative Unit, where he and correspondent Ronan Farrow spent a year investigating sexual misconduct allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. After their investigation was shut down at NBC, it was was published in The New Yorker magazine and won the Pulitzer prize, and has been widely credited as a catalyst for the #MeToo movement. As a contributor to Vanity Fair, McHugh published "You are to Stand Down," his personal account of how NBC killed it's Weinstein story, and "An Oral History Of A Predator" -- interviews with 30 Weinstein accusers. Prior to NBC, McHugh spent nearly a decade at ABC News, producing for Good Morning America. He has won an Edward R. Murrow award and five Emmy awards for his work. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he graduated from Columbia University in New York City. He lives in the New York City area with his wife, Danie, and their four young daughters.
Free Donziger With Chris Hedges, Marianne Williamson & Steven Donziger
Chris Hedges, Marianne Williamson & Steven Donziger discuss the sentencing of environmental and Human Rights Lawyer Steven Donziger to the maximum sentence of of six months in federal prison for the petty misdemeanor contempt of court charges filed by judge Lewis Kaplan, a pro-Chevron former tobacco industry lawyer. Steven's real crime was helping successfully sue Chevron for polluting the Ecuadorian Amazon. Steven, along with outspoken ally and activist in her own right Marianne Williamson join the show.
Michael Moore, Max Blumenthal, Jerome Foster & Alexandria Villaseñor
Full chat with Max is at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/posts/56886283 Michael Moore talks about film-making, being an eagle scout, Joe Biden, Joe Manchin; then Michael is joined by climate youth leaders Alexandria Villaseñor and Jerome Foster II; then Max Blumenthal joins to talk about the latest Assange news. Plus Katie, Alexandria and Jerome call Joe Manchin.
Haiti, Imperialism & Vaccine Apartheid With Jemima Pierre & Reshma Ramachandran
Patreon Only: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patreon-only-her-56628231
Reshma Ramachandran MD, MPP, a family medicine physician and fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University talks about vaccine apartheid.
Jemima Pierre, a sociocultural anthropologist and Associate Professor, UCLA Department of African American Studies and Department of Anthropology, discusses Haiti and what the media misses.
Former CIA Analyst John Kiriakou on Declassified 9/11 Documents
Patreon-only: how the CIA controls the media & why former CIA directors are the same mean, loud, cigar-smoking, wife-cheating. https://www.patreon.com/posts/56317591
Former CIA analyst and case officer, who blew the whistle on its torture program, breaks down the newly declassified FBI document on the Saudi connection to 9/11 so that people who haven't been in the CIA or FBI can understand what the hell it says. The report was declassified by Biden.
John Kiriakou (https://twitter.com/JohnKiriakou) is a former CIA analyst and case officer, and counterterrorism consultant. Upon leaving the CIA, Kiriakou was the first whistleblower to reveal the torture policy practiced by the US government. While employed by the CIA he was involved in critical counterterrorism missions following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He refused to be trained in “enhanced interrogation techniques” and never authorized or engaged in these, however he is the only person to have served prison time for revealing that there was a torture program. He was the 6th whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act, a law that was supposed to punish spies not whistleblowers.
This episode packed a PUNCH!
Schumer, Nadler, and Kirste n what’s her name. Corporate walking garbage cans. Love your wise and wonderful heart Katie. Will make those calls. Will stumble through it cause it’s the right thing to do. Theresa
Key Biden Voter
Important Biden voter who went from doing oppo for Trump to voting for Biden. Along the way she stood up to Glenn Geeenwald who was well in the bag for Trump even though her co-host Matt Taibbi meekly demurred to his substack better.
Give up podcasting Katie
You are pulling your brilliant cohost down.