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Background Briefing with Ian Masters

By Ian Masters

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BACKGROUND BRIEFING: A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues. Five days a week, Background Briefing asks knowledgeable and thoughtful experts to explain the complexities behind major news stories in long-format interviews. Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media. The program airs Monday-Thursday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time and on Sundays from 11:00 to Noon. Broadcast live on IAN MASTERS: Ian Masters is an Australian-born and BBC-trained journalist and filmmaker. He has made a career of asking provocative questions of the most informed thinkers in order to bring light to the day's most important news stories. Since 1980 his Sunday program, Background Briefing, has aired on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. In 2009, the program expanded to five days each week. In addition to his work on radio, Ian Masters hosts monthly forums at Los Angeles's UCLA/Hammer Museum. The Hammer Forum invites prominent and provocative guests to address relevant issues of public concern in conversation with each other and the public. All events are free and open to the public. Videocasts are available at

Customer Reviews

3 great guests and discussions

Every day Ian Masters takes on three top stories and gets great guests-authors, policymakers, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, etc. It’s a very compelling hour of radio and gets deeper into the heart of issues than typical journalistic “this side/that side” debates that go nowhere. I love this show.

Excellent in-depth analysis

Ian Masters is a thoughtful, intelligent and highly capable host. His selection of guests is also excellent. This show is very highly recommended for anyone who wants an in-depth look at major world events.

Best there is... Understand what's going on without the hype

If you want to understand what is going on in the world listen to this program!

Background Briefing with Ian Masters
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  • Category: News & Politics
  • Language: English

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