Scheer Intelligence

Scheer Intelligence

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Scheer Intelligence features thoughtful and provocative conversations with “American Originals” — people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day’s most important issues.


How Brooklyn Turned Bernie Sanders Into a Democratic Socialist
Aug 7 • 44 min
In his new book, Theodore Hamm examines the New York figures and policies that inspired Sanders to become a champion of working class Americans.
Are Russia and the US Actually Different When It Comes to Meddling in Foreign Elections?
Jul 31 • 65 min
In “ Rigged,” historian David Shimer documents both countries attempts to manipulate democracies abroad — and comes to some questionable conclusions
The Unbearable Violence of Being American
Jul 24 • 73 min
Oliver Stone and Maj. Danny Sjursen frame their nation’s past and present in the context of the imperialist U.S. wars that stole their youth.
A new book by the cartoonist the cops didn’t let get away
Jul 17 • 57 min
The former L.A. Times cartoonist thought he was protected by freedom of the press until his own newspaper came after him for a blog post about LAPD abuses.
The Price of Ignoring the Ferguson Uprising
Jul 10 • 44 min
Throughout the uprisings inspired by the killings of Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray and so many other Black victims, white leaders refused to learn from Black Lives Matter, a group inspired by the police killing of Trayvon Martin, 17, in…
The Great Con of American Patriotism
Jul 3 • 34 min
In conversation with Robert Scheer, Ron Kovic and Maj. Danny Sjursen examine their roles in our nation’s bloody trajectory since the Vietnam War.
For Many Young People, Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie
Jun 26 • 38 min
Bernie Sanders may never make it to the White House, but, just when we need them most, socialists like “Bigger than Bernie” co-author Meagan Day have picked up his torch.
The Powerful Past, Present and Future of Black Lives Matter
Jun 19 • 44 min
As BLM protests sweep the globe, the movement’s co-founder Melina Abdullah talks about its roots and her hopes for the coming years.
The Cynical Forces Behind America’s Forever Wars
Jun 12 • 42 min
Journalist Patrick Cockburn examines the disastrous inevitability of America’s failures in the Middle East as the region continues to reel from decades of U.S.-sponsored turmoil.
Harnessing Humor to Unveil America’s Ugliest Truths
Jun 5 • 68 min
Political comedian Lee Camp wants to dismantle systems of oppression with a molotov cocktail filled with facts and some good old fashioned laughter.
The ‘Mass Murder Program’ Behind America’s Rise to Power
May 29 • 63 min
In a new book, journalist Vincent Bevins traces the Cold War massacres in Asia and Latin America that still define global political dynamics today.
A Global Look at the Virus That Upended the World
May 22 • 34 min
The series “ Decoding Covid-19 ” offers a hopeful account of the international cooperation that has stemmed from the unprecedented crisis.
Big Banks Got the Sweetest Deal From the Covid-19 Bailouts
May 15 • 48 min
Banking expert Nomi Prins explains why Congress’ stimulus bill has been a boon for Wall Street and not the small businesses that need it most.
Does Medicare for All Await Us at the End of This Viral Massacre?
May 8 • 44 min
Dr. Margaret Flowers predicts how the coronavirus pandemic will impact the ongoing struggle for universal health care in the U.S.
Coronavirus Proves Capitalism Has Always Been a Lie
May 1 • 65 min
Economist Ellen Brown sheds light on the intricacies of an economic system that is being unmasked by the government’s pandemic response.
Governments Are Using Coronavirus to Usher in a New Era of Mass Surveillance
Apr 24 • 36 min
States all over the world are ramping up surveillance, as people seemingly willingly give up whatever civil liberties they have left in the name of safety.
The Power and Pain of Being Asian American During the Coronavirus Crisis
Apr 17 • 48 min
As we all battle the deadly pandemic, Asian Americans like Hollywood producer Janet Yang are also facing an onslaught of racism.
Coronavirus has already transformed America, for better and for worse
Apr 10 • 48 min
In a special edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” host Robert Scheer becomes the guest as filmmaker Stephen French asks for the journalist’s take on the unprecedented crisis.
Even the ICC Can’t Rein in American Exceptionalism
Apr 3 • 59 min
The U.S. response to the international criminal court’s decision to permit an investigation into the Afghanistan War highlights the profound danger America poses to the world.
The Afghanistan War Turned Americans Into ‘Good Germans’
Mar 13 • 59 min
A combat veteran reflects on the moral impact America’s longest war has had on its own people.
Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Save the Democratic Party From Itself
Mar 6 • 46 min
The class war that gave rise to Sanders’ campaign is the fault of a long line of corporate Democrats like Joe Biden, and voters know it.
Julian Bond Was a Radical Long Before MLK
Feb 28 • 47 min
The lifelong activist often adopted radical positions on a number of issues, including war and the environment, a new book reveals.
The CIA’s Complicity in Modern Global Atrocities Revealed
Feb 21 • 44 min
Intelligence expert William Binney discusses the revelation that a widely used encryption service has been in CIA hands for decades.
The Clinton Machine Will Do Anything to Stop Bernie
Feb 7 • 65 min
It’s not just Sanders that the Democratic establishment is frightened of, it’s the powerful working class movement he’s helped build.
Dennis Kucinich: The Democratic Party Has No Soul
Jan 31 • 40 min
As tensions between the left and right wings of the Democratic Party continue to rise, the former Congress member offers an insider’s take on the party.