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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


THis IS the best interview show the Left has to offer. Great guests and intelligent topical interviews!

Intelligent Insigful Journalism

I have been listening to Ian Masters for years and appreciate his interviews; look forward to his daily show.
Thanks Ian!

Longtime Listener

I’ve been a KPFK listener and member for over 50 years. I value Ian’s insightful interviews with experts in the field more than any other single source of political, economic, and cultural news. Ian is a master and his guests always top-rate. When I can’t listen live (over the Internet, I’m out of town), I listen via podcast. Excellent.

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  • Category: News & Politics
  • Language: English

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