Scheer Intelligence

Scheer Intelligence
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.

The Man Who Created a President From Beyond the Grave
Oct 11 • 45 min
A bone-chilling documentary about Roy Cohn, Donald Trump’s mentor, reveals the all-American evil that brought us modern-day politics.
The extraordinary film that will change your mind about refugees
Oct 4 • 46 min
“Midnight Traveler” tells the harrowing story of Afghani director Hassan Fazili and his family’s displacement as filmed on their cell phones.
There’s Only One Superpower Left and It’s Not America
Sep 27 • 41 min
In a world in which global opinion reigns, public diplomacy rooted in nationalism and propaganda will not save us from pressing crises.
America Keeps Getting China All Wrong
Sep 20 • 44 min
The two international giants are linked in inextricable ways, and yet Americans’ understanding of China consistently lacks nuance.
The solution to homelessness is staring us all in the face
Sep 13 • 41 min
P eople like Becky Dennison are working to address to one of America’s most urgent crises with a straightforward approach.
The Most Consequential Whistleblower Who Wasn’t
Sep 6 • 40 min
In the run-up to the Iraq War, Katharine Gun, the subject of the film “Official Secrets,” nearly changed the course of history with one corageous decision.
White Supremacy Is as American as Apple Pie
Aug 30 • 37 min
A documentary about a black woman’s reunion with relatives who have been passing as white gets to the heart of one of the nation’s founding wounds.
The Latest Victim in the Crucifixion of Julian Assange
Aug 23 • 51 min
The mysterious arrest of a Swedish data privacy activist with links to the WikiLeaks founder raises important questions about government surveillance.
Democracy Dies Without Alternative Media
Aug 16 • 42 min
Where would America be without the muckraking journalists and the publications that champion their work?
Is Trump Building a White Ethnostate?
Aug 9 • 41 min
Author and University of Michigan professor Alexandra Minna Stern traces the origins of America’s burgeoning white nationalist movement.
America Has Gulags In Its Own Backyard
Aug 2 • 31 min
In a groundbreaking series, Shoshana Walter reveals the work camps operating all over the country under the guise of rehab centers.
We Could Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict Tomorrow
Jul 26 • 50 min
Filmmakers Abby Martin and Mike Prysner discuss the war crimes being committed in Gaza and how a resolution could be reached in the Middle East.
New Low in Greed: Care Home Operators Rake in Millions, Pay Workers $2 an Hour for 24/7 shifts
Jul 19 • 42 min
A new investigative report uncovers rampant exploitation of caregivers at residential care homes across the nation, many of them poor immigrants who work for a pittance around the clock with no days off, often sleeping on floors, couches, or in…
The Media Is Complicit in Julian Assange’s Torture
Jul 12 • 44 min
A United Nations expert finds the WikiLeaks founder has been subjected to psychological torture, and media around the globe played a part.
The Homegrown Crisis California Refuses to Own
Jul 5 • 40 min
One of the wealthiest and most liberal states in America has created a humanitarian emergency that only those who caused it can truly fix.
The Sordid Story Behind the Mass Extinction of Languages
Jun 28 • 44 min
Languages along with the world views they contain are dying out at an alarming rate. Sadly, this is by no means an accident, argues Lena Herzog.
Elon Musk Is Gaslighting America
Jun 21 • 33 min
Journalist Will Evans exposed Tesla’s flagrant labor violations, but all the company’s founder did was shrug him off and cry “fake news.”
The Lies Liberals Tell Themselves About the Second Amendment
Jun 14 • 40 min
A deep-seated denial of the racist, colonial roots of gun rights in the U.S. underlies the left’s flawed approach to domestic arms control.
Can We Learn Anything From Our Forever Wars?
Jun 7 • 33 min
In a brutally honest exit interview, recently retired U.S. Army Maj. Danny Sjursen opens up about his 18 years as a witness to the carnage of America’s forever wars.
Did the Left Get Zionism and Israel Totally Wrong?
May 31 • 37 min
Susie Linfield traces the history behind what she views as a leftist abandonment of Zionism by Jewish intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky and Hannah Arendt.
The Americanization of Popular Culture Should Terrify Us All
May 24 • 34 min
Hollywood’s triumph in the global culture wars is a serious cause for concern at a time in which conglomerates and uniformity reign, argues French scholar Violaine Roussel.
Has Freedom of the Press Become a Convenient Illusion?
May 17 • 44 min
In a bold statement, a leading dean of journalism argues that in abandoning Julian Assange, the mainstream media have abandoned the First Amendment.
Silicon Valley doesn’t give a damn about Earth’s imminent demise
May 10 • 37 min
Bill McKibben, the “world’s best green journalist” says it may be too late to save the planet, but that doesn’t seem to keep tech barons and the rest of the uber-rich up at night.
Can We Trust Billionaires to Save Democracy?
May 3 • 38 min
Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen’s plan to revamp democracy and put capital in the hands of the people has one glaring blindspot.
Julian Assange Is Being Used as a Smokescreen
Apr 26 • 39 min
The U.S. government’s attack on the WikiLeaks founder covers up a menacing assault on the First Amendment, argues journalist Bruce Shapiro.