The Nexus with Art Swift is a show devoted to the crossroads between politics, communications and culture. It is not "right" or "left" but finds the central point to explore a variety of topics and possibilities. We look at finding common ground, in an objective way.
Are the Islamic State and QAnon Similar?
“Are the Islamic State and QAnon Similar?” That is the question asked of Brent Giannotta, a writer and former counterintelligence analyst at the CIA. Giannotta discusses his new op-ed in the Los Angeles Times where he compares the terror group with the conspiracy theorists. How do those from QAnon who stormed the Capitol align with the rest of the 30 million Americans who follow this bizarre story? Also, the disastrous vaccine rollout and how it’s become something of a random free-for-all to get dosed
Spymaster's Prism and Russian Aggression
The CIA’s former director of operations, Jack Devine, joins me to discuss Russian aggression relating to Alexei Navalny, cyber attacks against the US, Russian bounties and Vladimir Putin’s power. Devine also talks about his new book, “Spymaster’s Prism” and chronicles his overseeing “Charlie Wilson’s War,” among other high profile CIA operations. And I’ll ponder whether we should tolerate those espousing QAnon and election fraud.
In the Crosshairs of Twitter
With “In the Crosshairs of Twitter,” I am joined by Jordan Tygh, a Coast Guard veteran and former political operative in the California Republican Party. Jordan became a notorious overnight celebrity when he posed with a ballot box in October 2020, asking people to vote for now-Congresswoman Michelle Steel. His life was turned upside down when he was accused of illegal activities on Twitter, drawing the ire of Jimmy Kimmel, Alex Padilla & Xavier Becerra. But was he at fault? This is his story.
The Enticing World of Nostalgia
In “The Enticing World of Nostalgia,” Estelle Erasmus, an author and professor, joins the Nexus to discuss her article in Wired, “Friends, Fleetwood Mac and the Viral Comfort of Nostalgia.” We dive into why nostalgia is so comforting in 2020, what are some of the cultural items people are nostalgic about, and whether there is a dark side to nostalgia. Also, I’ll talk about the new COVID-19 vaccine and the troubling anti-vaxxer movement.
The Golden Age of Television
In “The Golden Age of Television,” legendary broadcasting announcer Randy West talks about his decades in show business. Randy has worked on some of the greatest game shows and reality shows in history, from The Price is Right to Deal or No Deal, The Weakest Link to Big Brother. He will share his views on the golden eras in television and where the industry is going. His stories about Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and other luminaries are priceless. Also, what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Joe Biden's Victory
In “Joe Biden’s Victory,” we break down the impact of the election with Danny Barefoot, a political strategist and managing partner at Anvil Strategies. Barefoot talks about why this victory is a mixed bag, whether President Trump will return, the impact of Nancy Pelosi and why “defund the police” was such a toxic saying in 2020. Also, I’ll reflect on the improbable journey of Joe Biden and why there is a lot of hope for his administration, despite our current rancor.
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I’m new to podcasts. Came across this from Instagram and am glad I did. Being pretty apolitical I found The Nexus to open my eyes to the reality of what’s going on and what could be going on in different topics. I appreciate the insight and thoughts that make me both question and strengthen my political stance. Keep it up, Art!
Hack posing as someone seeking middle ground
Garbage leftists posing like he wants to reach middle ground.