Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

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A show that cuts through all the political drivel and media misinformation to give you a straight take on one big news story of the week.


Can we Build a Politics of hope?
Jul 2 • 47 min
Deep down, are humans really selfish, brutal, and cruel? For much of the last century the most famous experiments in social science, from the Stanford prison experiment to the Stanley Milgram electric shock study have purported to prove that we all have a…
The Rise of the Left (with Mondaire Jones)
Jun 25 • 35 min
This week’s Democratic primaries in Kentucky, New York, and Virginia saw a number of progressive challengers defeating moderate or establishment rivals. Of particular note were the victories of two insurgent candidates in New York: Jamaal Bowman, who…
Let’s Defund The Military, Too
Jun 18 • 34 min
The United States has by far the world’s largest military budget, accounting for 15% of all federal spending, and nearly half of all discretionary spending. Presidents of both parties have repeatedly failed to bring the Pentagon budget under control.…
Is It Time To Defund the Police?
Jun 11 • 29 min
In the wake of global protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, a movement to redirect public resources away from traditional policing and towards community-oriented systems of public safety has taken hold around the…
Is This Trump’s Reichstag Fire Moment?
Jun 4 • 32 min
President Trump has seized on the nationwide protest movement that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer to advance his most authoritarian political instincts. This week he threatened to deploy the military to…
One Hundred Thousand Dead From The Coronavirus. What Happens Next?
May 28 • 38 min
The U.S. passed a tragic milestone this week, becoming the first country in the world to record 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. Is there an end in sight? Is this the new normal? Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss where we go…
Is Bill Barr the Most Dangerous Member of the Trump Administration?
May 21 • 34 min
Attorney General William Barr has emerged as the shrewdest and most effective member of the Trump administration, weaponizing the Department of Justice to protect the president and his allies while threatening his enemies with legal retribution. He has…
Is Elon Musk a Fraud?
May 14 • 35 min
Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to voice his frustrations about the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in Alameda County, California. The billionaire entrepreneur threatened that he would take his auto factory to another state if it was not…
Are Trump and the Anti-Lockdown Militias Itching For Violence?
May 7 • 33 min
Protests have broken out in and around several state capitols, with demonstrators, among them armed right-wing militia members, attempting to pressure their state governments to end the Covid-19 lockdowns. Could this end in violence, and what does it…
Joe Biden Thinks We Should Believe Women—Just Not Tara Reade
Apr 30 • 39 min
In March, former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade went public with the explosive allegation that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had sexually assaulted her in 1993. Since then, Democrats, in particular surrogates of the Biden campaign,…
Has The Coronavirus Made The Ultimate Case For Medicare For All?
Apr 23 • 39 min
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed gaping holes in the United States’ medical system, and the lack of access to tests and treatment has many wondering if fundamental reforms to the system might be necessary after all. CNN commentator and medical doctor…
The Media Helped Elect Trump in 2016. Are they Doing it Again?
Apr 16 • 41 min
The president’s nightly Coronavirus Task Force briefings are increasingly coming to resemble campaign rallies without the crowds: excuses for Trump to showboat in front of TV cameras, praise his own managerial brilliance, and gratuitously insult…
Is Donald Trump Criminally Responsible for Coronavirus Deaths?
Apr 2 • 35 min
Deaths from Covid-19 continued to mount this week as the U.S. surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases, more than any other country in the world. Experts increasingly point to President Trump’s willful negligence as a primary cause of the pandemic’s intensity,…
Introducing Somebody
Mar 30 • 3 min
Reporter Alison Flowers attempts to discover the truth about the shooting death of a young man on Chicago’s south side in 2016, teaming up with the young man’s mother, Shapearl Wells, who launched her own investigation into her son’s murder after doubting…
Is the Trump Cult a Death Cult?
Mar 25 • 38 min
This week President Trump began asserting that the United States would once again be “open for business” by Easter, on April 12th. He provided no scientific or medical justification for that timeline, which Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus…
How to Save the U.S. Economy, With AOC and Stephanie Kelton
Mar 20 • 32 min
Border Closures. Economic meltdown. Skyrocketing unemployment claims. Every day brings new news of the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented impact on American life. Will the federal government find the political will to enact the kinds of radical measures…
Bernie Versus Biden: Who Won the Debate?
Mar 16 • 35 min
The 11th Democratic primary debate on Sunday was an unusual one. It was a one-on-one encounter between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, held without an audience in Washington D.C. due to mounting fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The two sparred…
Capitalism Versus Coronavirus
Mar 12 • 32 min
From just a handful of cases a few weeks ago, the COVID-19 outbreak in the US has ballooned to over a thousand cases nationwide. The Trump administration’s public response has ranged from incoherent to incomprehensible: denialism about the scale of the…
Can Biden Still Be Stopped?
Mar 4 • 32 min
It’s being described as one of the biggest turnarounds in presidential primary history. After disappointing results in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, Joe Biden appeared to be fading in Bernie Sanders’ rearview mirror. Then came his crushing win in South…
Debate Special: The One Where Everyone Attacks Bernie
Feb 26 • 34 min
With victories in New Hampshire and Nevada and a firm lead in the national polls, Bernie Sanders is now unquestionably the frontrunner in the Democratic race. On Tuesday night the top contenders met for their final debate before the South Carolina and…
How Bloomberg Blew it In Las Vegas
Feb 20 • 28 min
On Wednesday night, 6 of the remaining Democratic candidates faced off in Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucuses. All eyes were on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, despite sitting out the early contests and appearing in none of the previous…
Live from L.A. with John Legend and Patrisse Cullors
Feb 13 • 49 min
The United States has the biggest prison population of any country on the planet. The crime rate is down, but the incarceration rate continues to soar. With the 2020 presidential election around the corner, what hope is there for fixing the system? Mehdi…
Rigged: The Acquittal of Donald J Trump
Feb 5 • 39 min
As predicted, the Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to find President Donald J. Trump not guilty on both articles of impeachment brought by the House of Representatives. It was a party-line vote, with one notable exception: Utah Senator Mitt…
Does Joe Biden Have a Corruption Problem?
Jan 30 • 33 min
On January 20th, The Guardian published an op-ed by New York attorney and law professor Zephyr Teachout entitled “‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem – it makes him a weak candidate”. In it, Teachout argues that Biden’s history of taking big…
Why is Billionaire Tom Steyer Running for President?
Jan 23 • 27 min
With the Iowa caucuses less than two weeks away, the Democratic primary increasingly seems like a two-way contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The latest polls show Biden leading in Iowa and Sanders leading…
Truth, Lies, and the Democratic Debate
Jan 15 • 32 min
Six of the remaining Democratic candidates met in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday night for their final debate before the state holds its first-in-the-nation caucuses on February 3rd. With the state of the race still fluid, the top contenders were all looking…
Why Don’t We Care About China’s Uighur Muslims?
Dec 29, 2019 • 37 min
It’s been described as the worst human rights crisis in the world — the arbitrary detention in sprawling camps of a million or more Uighur Muslims in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province. The Chinese government has claimed that the camps are merely…
Nixon, Clinton, and What the Right Gets Wrong About Impeachment
Dec 5, 2019 • 33 min
The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, with testimony from a quartet of legal scholars from major Universities. Republicans on the committee repeatedly attempted to slow down the proceedings using parliamentary…
It’s Giving Tuesday!
Dec 3, 2019 • 4 min
If you’re one of the many listeners who enjoys Deconstructed every week, we have a special favor to ask you. Today is Giving Tuesday - a day to celebrate and support the causes and organizations you believe in. The Intercept relies on readers and…
Who Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate?
Nov 21, 2019 • 35 min
In the days leading up to the November Democratic debate in Atlanta, everyone seemed to agree that attacks on Pete Buttigieg would be the order of the night. The South Bend Mayor had lept to the top of the pack in the latest Iowa polls, and the…
Does Liberal Canada Have a Dark Side?
Nov 14, 2019 • 53 min
Liberals across the West often imagine Canada as a progressive paradise — a tolerant land, welcoming to immigrants, where marijuana is legal and everyone gets free healthcare. But how accurate is that picture? In the wake of last month’s federal…
The Bernie Sanders Interview
Nov 7, 2019 • 32 min
With three months to go until the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders finds himself fighting to make headway against the other frontrunners in the Democratic primary. While he appears to have bounced back from his recent heart attack—putting in a convincing…
Deconstructed Special: The Noam Chomsky Interview
Oct 31, 2019 • 38 min
Linguist, activist, and political theorist Noam Chomsky has been speaking out against U.S. interventionism from Vietnam to Latin America and the Middle East since the 1960s. He’s the most cited author alive, but you won’t see him on the nightly news, or…
How to Resist: Live with Ilhan Omar and Michael Moore
Oct 24, 2019 • 51 min
In a live taping of The Intercept’s Deconstructed podcast, host Mehdi Hasan is joined by two of America’s leading progressive voices: first-term Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to…
Is It Time for Democrats to Fight Dirty?
Oct 17, 2019 • 30 min
The twelve leading Democratic candidates met in Westerville, Ohio on Tuesday for the fourth debate of the 2020 primary season. The usual topics—healthcare, taxes, the impeachment inquiry—dominated the discussion, but the CNN moderators also asked the…
Beto O’Rourke to Democrats: Go Big On Impeachment
Oct 10, 2019 • 32 min
Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke became the Democratic Party’s golden boy in 2018 thanks to his near-miss campaign against Senator Ted Cruz. Yet since declaring his campaign for the presidency back in March, his poll numbers have steadily declined. In…
The Silencing of Kashmir: Arundhati Roy on India, Modi, and Fascism
Oct 3, 2019 • 30 min
India’s clampdown on the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir is entering its third month, and while the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exerted tight control over the flow of information out of the region, a bleak picture has…
Finally, Impeachment: Julián Castro on Trump and Ukraine
Sep 26, 2019 • 33 min
It finally happened: on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The final straw was a July phone call in which Trump pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky…
Israel: Democracy or Apartheid?
Sep 19, 2019 • 28 min
Israeli voters returned to the polls this week for the second time in five months to elect the 120 members of the Knesset, the country’s legislative body. The outcome remains too close to call, but it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest…
Democratic Debate: Is Joe Biden OK?
Sep 13, 2019 • 37 min
The Democratic candidates met in Houston on Thursday night for a third round of televised debates. This time the format was limited to a single night with 10 participants, which meant that for the first time, all the top-tier candidates were onstage…
Who Won the First Democratic Debates?
Jun 28, 2019 • 38 min
A whopping 20 Democratic presidential candidates met in Miami, Florida this week for the first in what promises to be a very long season of primary debates. Pre-debate buzz centered around frontrunners like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—or Kamala…
Iran Crisis: Have We Learned Nothing from The Iraq War?
Jun 20, 2019 • 35 min
Calls for military action against Iran grew louder this week in response to the Trump Administration’s claims that the Islamic Republic was responsible for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Many analysts and politicians, both in the US and…
Why Won’t the Democratic Candidates Move to the Left on Foreign Policy?
Jun 13, 2019 • 35 min
The Democratic candidates have introduced a raft of radical progressive proposals on the domestic policy front, from Medicare for All to free public college to universal basic income. Yet that appetite for radicalism has been sorely lacking on the foreign…
Why is Andrew Yang Running for President?
Jun 6, 2019 • 35 min
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a 44-year-old former businessman and philanthropist, has garnered a devoted fanbase (dubbed the “Yang Gang”) for his unique raft of progressive and technocratic reform proposals. His signature policy, the…
Brexit and the Rise of the British Trumps
May 30, 2019 • 32 min
This week’s EU Parliament elections sent political shockwaves across Europe, with far-right nationalist parties racking up major victories in France, Italy, and even the UK. Established parties in Britain took a pounding as voters flocked to Nigel…
Joe Biden Would Be a Disaster
May 23, 2019 • 36 min
Former Vice President Joe Biden has jumped to a surprisingly large lead in the Democratic race. But in an era when Democrats are increasingly young, racially diverse, and socialist-leaning, are they really about to nominate a 76-year-old white male from…
Will John Bolton Finally Get His War With Iran?
May 16, 2019 • 36 min
U.S. officials this week accused Iran of orchestrating “sabotage” attacks on Saudi tankers near the Persian Gulf, escalating an already tense situation between the two countries. President Trump ramped up his own rhetoric, telling reporters that “It’s…
Is Trump a Fascist?
May 9, 2019 • 32 min
The F-word gets thrown around a lot these days. But with the president fear-mongering about immigrants, turning a blind eye to political violence from the far right, and embracing white nationalism, is it time to ask the question in earnest? On a daily…
The Case For (and Against) Impeaching Trump
May 2, 2019 • 35 min
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election didn’t provide the smoking gun on collusion with Russia that many were expecting, but it did paint a picture of a President willing to repeatedly, brazenly, and…
The Case Against AIPAC
Mar 28, 2019 • 32 min
This week AIPAC came to town for its annual policy conference in the capital, with speakers including Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But the biggest name at this year’s event…
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Trump, Islamophobia, and His Presidential Bid
Mar 21, 2019 • 31 min
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is not a traditional candidate for the nation’s highest office. But recently, he’s turned heads with a slate of radical political reform proposals, including expanding the Supreme Court and eliminating the…
Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting
Mar 14, 2019 • 34 min
Erik Prince, the founder and CEO of the world’s most notorious mercenary company, Blackwater, landed in hot water during an interview with Mehdi Hasan at the Oxford Union in the U.K. Prince repeatedly claimed to have disclosed an August 2016 meeting at…
Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism
Mar 7, 2019 • 28 min
Many have attributed Bernie Sanders’ loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries to a poor showing among black voters. Bernie has since worked hard to make inroads there, incorporating theme racial discrimination and inequality into his campaign…
Ilhan Omar Speaks Out On Her Twitter Scandal, Anti-Semitism, and a Progressive Foreign Policy
Feb 28, 2019 • 32 min
Earlier this month, Rep. Ilhan Omar, freshman House Democrat and one of the first two Muslim American women ever elected to Congress, found herself mired in controversy over tweets about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and the…
Why Won’t the Media Discuss Trump’s Mental Instability?
Feb 21, 2019 • 32 min
Donald Trump’s rose garden speech last week announcing his emergency declaration over the “crisis” at the southern border was rambling, incoherent, and unhinged: in short, everything we’ve come to expect from the 45th president of the United States. And…
The Truth About Islam and Democracy
Feb 14, 2019 • 28 min
Hundreds of millions of Muslims the world over live in democracies of some shape or form, yet a narrative persists in the West that Islam and democracy are incompatible. On this week’s show, Mehdi Hasan is joined by the man expected to become Malaysia’s…
Who’s Really Afraid of Socialism?
Feb 7, 2019 • 31 min
“Tonight,” proclaimed Donald Trump in his State of the Union Address, “we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” The line received a standing ovation from Republicans and Democrats alike, yet recent polls show that socialism is…
Is It Time For Kamala Harris To Reckon With Her Right-Wing Past?
Jan 31, 2019 • 28 min
Since getting elected to the senate, Kamala Harris has become one of the most progressive voices in the chamber, supporting Medicare for All and debt-free college. However, as California attorney general, Harris opposed a bill requiring her office to…
Intercept Podcast Special: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Jan 28, 2019 • 40 min
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Intercept reporters Ryan Grim and Briahna Joy Gray for an in-depth conversation about her approach to politics and social media, her thoughts on 2020, and her out-of-nowhere congressional campaign. As a new member of the…
What You Can’t Say About Israel (with Marc Lamont Hill)
Jan 24, 2019 • 33 min
There are signs that U.S. opinion might be shifting on Israel and its illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. But the defenders of the Israeli government aren’t going to just give up without a fight. Angela Davis recently had a civil rights…
When Do We “Impeach the Motherf*cker”? (with Rashida Tlaib)
Jan 17, 2019 • 29 min
In the wake of the 2018 midterms, the Democratic party in congress is looking a lot more diverse—not just in terms of gender and ethnicity, but in ideology as well. One prominent newcomer is Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who joins Mehdi Hasan to kick off…
Introducing Murderville
Dec 13, 2018 • 34 min
Introducing Murderville, a new investigative podcast from The Intercept. Episode 1: Murder at Taco Bell. A murder in the small southern town of Adel, Georgia, sent Devonia Inman to jail 20 years ago. He was accused of robbing and shooting a woman named…
Is This the Democrat Who Can Beat Trump in the Rust Belt in 2020?
Dec 6, 2018 • 35 min
The presidential primary season kicks off next year and there is one big question hanging over the Democratic party: the rust belt. For the last quarter century, it was solid blue, but Donald Trump changed that. And as 2020 approaches, the Democrats find…
George H.W. Bush: The Inconvenient Truth
Dec 4, 2018 • 37 min
U.S. media have been busy painting a very rosy picture of former president George H.W. Bush since his death last week. While he did stand up to the gun lobby, sign the Americans with Disabilities Act, and peacefully end the Cold War, he also ordered the…
The Senate Just Took a Major Step Toward Ending the War In Yemen
Nov 29, 2018 • 30 min
The United States Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to advance a resolution withdrawing all unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, which has created, according to the UN, the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe and killed…
Trump’s Top Ten Lies and Why They Matter (with Daniel Dale)
Nov 21, 2018 • 35 min
Donald Trump lies consistently, at all times of day. He even gets up in the middle of the night to tweet, and that tweet almost always turns out to be a lie. A lie is produced each time his lips move. And this serial, non-stop, 24/7, pathological lying is…
Why the Democrats Can (and Should) Impeach Trump
Nov 15, 2018 • 30 min
Impeaching President Donald Trump is a pipe dream, many say. Nancy Pelosi, who’s expected to be the new House speaker, isn’t keen on going for impeachment, nor is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — and a lot of people aren’t either because they’ve…
Midterms Special: Who Won, Who Lost, and What Happens Next?
Nov 7, 2018 • 44 min
The most important, historic, and consequential midterm election of our lives is over. It wasn’t quite a blue wave, but the Democrats, while unable to win the Senate, did, as predicted, take back control of the House for the first time since 2010. Mehdi…
Race or Class: What Will Drive Trump Voters in the Midterms?
Nov 1, 2018 • 41 min
The midterm elections are almost here and they’re haunted by the spectre of loyal Trump voters. Two years ago, white, working class voters swept Donald Trump into office as a way of expressing their anger over economic injustice, but a range of studies…
Is Trump Inciting Far Right Terror In the U.S.?
Oct 29, 2018 • 30 min
Over the past few days, 11 people were massacred in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, the country’s top Democrats have been targeted with pipe bombs, and two black people were executed in a grocery store in Kentucky. Contrary to Donald Trump’s warnings,…
From Caravans to Cages: Why Trump Bashes Migrants
Oct 25, 2018 • 28 min
If the media is to be believed, the United States is about to be overrun by a horde of terrorists and criminals from Central America. It’s a distraction from what has really been an immigration crisis at the border: the so-called separation of migrant…
Why Won’t Trump Condemn the Saudis? (Hint: It’s Israel. Also, Iran)
Oct 18, 2018 • 27 min
The United States and Saudi Arabia have been best friends since 1945, even after 9/11, when 15 of the 19 hijackers who brought down the Twin Towers turned out to be Saudi nationals. Their alliance still holds strong, despite the sudden disappearance and…
Live Special: Are the Democrats Ready to Get Radical?
Oct 11, 2018 • 55 min
In this special, live-recorded episode of Deconstructed, Mehdi Hasan is joined by a panel of leftist lawmakers and advocates, Sen. Jeff Merkley, California Congressman Ro Khanna, CNN political commentator Symone Sanders, and Nina Turner, the founder of…
The Right Won the Battle Over Kavanaugh. Can the Left Win the War?
Oct 6, 2018 • 44 min
Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed today as Supreme Court Justice of the United States in a 50-48 vote in the Senate, despite three different allegations of sexual assault and misconduct and wide opposition. The message of today’s vote is clear: If you’re…
Riz Ahmed on Politics, Identity, and Being Brown in Hollywood
Oct 4, 2018 • 28 min
Riz Ahmed became the first actor of South Asian descent and the first Muslim to win an Emmy last year when he picked up the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in A Limited Series for his starring role in the HBO drama, The Night Of. In the brand-new Marvel…
What The Kavanaugh Scandal Says About America
Sep 26, 2018 • 31 min
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by three different women, one of whom said that she witnessed his efforts to inebriate girls so they could be “gang raped.” His first accuser, Christine Ford, recalls thinking that…
Is Ilhan Omar Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare?
Sep 20, 2018 • 28 min
After decisively beating five other candidates in last month’s primary race to represent Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional district, Ilhan Omar is on her way to becoming the first African refugee and hijab-wearing Muslim woman to serve in Congress. She…
Why is America Helping to Kill Kids in Yemen?
Sep 13, 2018 • 27 min
Since a Saudi-led coalition began bombarding Yemen in March 2015, more than 10,000 people have been killed and over 2 million displaced. While most U.S. politicians would prefer to pretend otherwise, all of this is happening with the cooperation and…
The White Supremacy Court Upholds the Muslim Ban
Jun 26, 2018 • 29 min
On Tuesday the Supreme Court handed the president a huge victory in Trump v. Hawaii, the case challenging the legality of his executive order barring citizens of five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The verdict upholding the ban…
Confronting the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign Policy
Jun 22, 2018 • 26 min
Barack Obama was one of the most polarizing presidents of the modern era. To the right, he was a weak, feckless leader and to the left, he was the Deporter in Chief and Drone President who bombed villages in Pakistan and assassinated Americans without…
Will the U.S. Ever Give Up Its Nukes?
Jun 15, 2018 • 30 min
This week Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean head of state, raising the prospect that the repressive dictatorship might finally take steps toward dismantling its nuclear program. But there’s something missing from the…
Elizabeth Warren v. the District of Corruption
Jun 8, 2018 • 29 min
Between appointing his daughter and son-in-law to senior White House positions, engaging in business deals with foreign governments, and “encouraging” diplomats and dignitaries to book rooms in his hotels, Donald Trump’s administration is setting new…
The War on Immigrants
Jun 1, 2018 • 29 min
The Trump administration is targeting migrant and refugee children to achieve its policy goal at the border, crack down on immigration, and placate its far right base. More than 700 children have been forcibly separated from both parents at the border and…
Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook
May 25, 2018 • 22 min
Five years ago this week Edward Snowden absconded to Hong Kong with a trove of documents detailing the extent of the U.S. government’s global and domestic surveillance programs. Snowden’s leaks helped expose the astonishing reach of the U.S. government’s…
How The Trumps Screwed Palestine
May 18, 2018 • 29 min
Two Palestinians join Mehdi Hasan to discuss U.S. coverage of Jerusalem and how to get prominent Democratic politicians to take the Palestinian struggle for freedom seriously. Rula Jebreal was raised in East Jerusalem and is an academic and foreign policy…
Is Trump Trying to Start a War with Iran?
May 11, 2018 • 29 min
The president announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, citing Israeli intel purporting to show that Iran has resumed its nuclear weapons program. Does this move us one step closer to war? Has John Bolton taken the helm of U.S. foreign…
Will the Media Ever Stand Up to Trump? (with Judd Apatow)
May 4, 2018 • 29 min
Comedian and Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the U.S. media’s cozy relationship with politicians. Rather than defending Michelle Wolf as she ridiculed the brazen dishonesty of the President and his equally…
The Killing Fields of Gaza
Apr 27, 2018 • 28 min
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are demonstrating and calling for their right to return to their ancestral lands for the fifth Friday in a row. Israeli forces have been responding with force, killing at least 40 demonstrators and wounding thousands. On…
How Bad Is The News? (With Hasan Minhaj)
Apr 20, 2018 • 27 min
Comedian Hasan Minhaj is best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show and his acclaimed stand-up special “Homecoming King.” This year he’s slated to host his own talk show on Netflix, and on this week’s podcast he and Mehdi Hasan discuss…
Is Trump About To Start An Illegal War With Syria?
Apr 13, 2018 • 26 min
The war in Syria has seen seven long years of bloodshed, terror, and foreign interventions. And now, once again, the alleged use of chemical weapons has prompted president Donald Trump to threaten bombing the Assad regime. But on what authority, and with…
Why Black Lives Still Don’t Matter
Apr 6, 2018 • 29 min
In her first national interview, Stephon Clark’s fiancée Salena Manni speaks out on his death at the hands of Sacramento police. She calls on President Donald Trump to take action on police violence, and responds to White House Press Secretary Sarah…
Will John Bolton Get Us All Killed?
Mar 30, 2018 • 25 min
By now you’ve heard about John Bolton’s bluster, warmongering, and disregard for international law. What you probably don’t know is that Trump’s new national security advisor made implicit threats against a diplomat and his children. On this week’s show,…
We Need to Talk About Inequality (with Bernie Sanders)
Mar 23, 2018 • 23 min
The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan sits down with independent senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to discuss why the mainstream press ignores so many of the economic issues that affect the lives of average Americans: poverty, homelessness,…
Coming Soon: Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
Mar 1, 2018 • 1 min
A new podcast from The Intercept that cuts through the political drivel and media misinformation to give you a straight take on one big news story of the week. Hosted by Mehdi Hasan. Coming March 23. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out…