Rackets Podcast

Rackets Podcast

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The Rackets Podcast focuses on news related to organized crime. The subject matter isn’t limited to traditional gangsters, such as drug cartels. The show also focuses heavily on white-collar criminals, including corrupt politicians, lobbyists, corporate criminals, crony capitalists, shady government officials, etc. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rackets/support


Bowe Bergdahl & the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan
Jun 10, 2019 • 38 min
This episode’s guest is Michael Ames. He is an investigative reporter and book author based in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade working in media in southern Idaho, Ames moved east and shifted to national issues, writing mostly for the Daily Beast and…
Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Understand the Constitution
May 30, 2019 • 24 min
(The audio for this episode isn’t great. This issue will be corrected in the following episodes.) The highlights include: Censorship in Arizona’s state prisons Backlash against the maker of OxyContin and the heirs to the company’s fortune Racketeering by…
Trump’s Emoluments and the Government’s Corrupt Revolving Door
May 9, 2019 • 24 min
This episode covers a range of topics including: Robert Kraft’s lawsuit Possible Chinese espionage A Federal Lawsuit involving Trump’s Emolument Violations Trump’s Pay to Play System A Number of Revolving Door Officials Finding High-Paying Work in the…
China’s Illegal Organ Harvesting
Apr 22, 2019 • 34 min
Leon Lee is the Peabody Award winning director of the documentary film, Human Harvest. Lee explained that the Chinese government began persecuting a group known as Falun Gong in the 1990s. They can best be described as prisoners of conscious. Falun Gong…
UN Refugee Bribery Scandal, Foreign & Domestic Kleptocrats
Apr 12, 2019 • 28 min
The latest episode covers a bribery scandal involving the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, corporate drug pushers, Russian election interference in Madagascar, corrupt foreign and domestic officials, and much more. —- Support this podcast:…
A Mob Boss Murdered, CIA Embassy Break-in, Weapons Trafficking, & International Crime
Mar 19, 2019 • 42 min
This episode covers a range of topics. That includes the murder of the leader of the Gambino crime family, a break-in at the North Korean embassy in Spain, the international weapons racket, a hip-hop artist / credit card fraudster, cartel warfare and much…
Nathan Smith’s Lawsuit Against the President of the United States
Mar 4, 2019 • 50 min
Nathan Smith is a former Army Captain and intelligence officer at the command headquarters in Kuwait. Notably, he filed a federal lawsuit in 2016 against the President of the U.S. challenging the legality of the war in Syria and Iraq. This was obviously a…
El Chapo Trial Analysis
Feb 20, 2019 • 42 min
There were too many fascinating details from the trial of the world’s most notorious criminal, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to list. However, this episode breaks down many aspects of the Sinaloa cartel’s structure, allies, foes, corrupt enablers, etc. There…
Richard Bronson - Employment for 70 Million Americans with Criminal Records
Feb 7, 2019 • 42 min
Richard Bronson is the CEO of 70 Million Jobs, which is the first for-profit recruitment company for people with criminal records. He worked at the infamous brokerage, Stratton Oakmont, which was portrayed in Martin Scorsese’s “Wolf of Wall Street.” After…
Dame Catherine Healy - Decriminalized Prostitution in New Zealand
Dec 13, 2018 • 43 min
Dame Catherine Healy is the founder of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective. This year, she was awarded the title of “Dame” by Queen Elizabeth II due to her advocacy efforts on behalf of sex workers and leading the way to the decriminalization of sex…
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst - FBI Whistleblower
Oct 22, 2018 • 56 min
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst was a former Supervisory Agent at the FBI Crime Lab. He exposed several scandals and became the first successful FBI whistleblower. That led to him being pushed out of the FBI in 1998. Dr. Whitehurst now practices law and currently…
Government-Backed Hackers, Sanctions, & Geopolitics
Sep 24, 2018 • 30 min
A number of recent news events involve both crime and geopolitics. The leader of a hacking group connected with the North Korean government is under indictment. A group believed to be connected with the Russian government attempted attacks against two US…
Rape Laws Are Not Properly Enforced in America
Sep 10, 2018 • 36 min
Meaghan Ybos is this episode’s guest. She’s a contributing writer at The Appeal, which is part of Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of People For The Enforcement of Rape Laws. We tend to assume…
The National Prison Strike
Aug 31, 2018 • 24 min
Amani Sawari, the official media spokesperson of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, explained a great deal about the current national prison strike. She detailed the scale of this strike, what prompted it, the prisoners’ demands, prison profiteering, which private…
Trump’s Commission on “Electoral Integrity” Was a Sham
Aug 13, 2018 • 57 min
Matthew Dunlap is Maine’s Secretary of State. He also served on the Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity. It was formed in the aftermath of Trump’s claim that 3-5 million illegal votes were cast for Hillary…
Philip Mattera - Corporate Crime & Wage Theft
Aug 7, 2018 • 42 min
Philip Mattera is the Research Director and the Director of the Corporate Research Project. He’s also the author of the “Dirt Diggers Digest” blog, which focuses on corporate crime. He explained the extent and harm from corporate crime, along with how to…
Toby Muse - The Drug War in Colombia
Jul 12, 2018 • 82 min
Toby Muse is a journalist, foreign correspondent, documentary filmmaker, and upcoming author. His work has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, CNN, Vice, and many more. Toby has reported on a number of issues…
Scott Pruitt’s Resignation
Jul 9, 2018 • 20 min
Brian gives some background on Scott Pruitt’s career before his time as the head of the EPA. He also examines several of the ethical scandals committed by Pruitt. They range from bizarre, selfish, extravagant, corrupt, and potentially criminal. Brian also…
Raeford Davis - Former Cop Turned Freedom Advocate
Jul 2, 2018 • 59 min
Raeford Davis served as a police officer for six years in North Charleston, SC. He’s now one of the foremost leaders of the freedom movement. In this episode, he offers a number of critiques for police culture, the drug war, and much more. —- Support this…
Government Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
Jun 21, 2018 • 22 min
This episode covers a State Supreme Court justice indicted for multiple crimes, a multi-million dollar boondoggle in Afghanistan, the U.S. Supreme Court enabling voter suppression, foreign lobbyists, police misconduct, and more. —- Support this podcast:…
Legal Sports Betting - What’s Next?
May 29, 2018 • 17 min
Brian answers questions about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the door to legalized sports gambling. He gives some info on the crony capitalist origins of this law, Donald Trump’s hypocrisy, the future of the industry, the NBA’s…
Dave Moore - Candidate for Congress in South Carolina
May 21, 2018 • 66 min
Dave Moore is an independent-thinking, non-corporate candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of South Carolina. He’s representing the American Party of South Carolina. Listen to Dave’s strong opinions on several…
We hang the petty thieves & appoint the great ones to office
May 3, 2018 • 29 min
“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office” Aesop Several are topics covered including a historic mafia trial in Italy, former Philly mob boss “Skinny” Joey Merlino’s health care fraud case, 57 white supremacists busted, US…
Want a career in organized crime? Gov’t or Private Sector?
Apr 13, 2018 • 27 min
The first episode of the Rackets covers a number of topics. Mobsters murdering journalists + The drug war’s role in the Colombian peace process + A former political aid convicted of corruption + A former Congressman’s trial for fraud + A $50 million…