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 http://www.kpfk.org 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 http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/7.
||CleanAugust 13 - The Embarrassing Amateurism of the Trump White House; Firing Strzok Unlikely to Placate Freedom Caucus; Our Election Systems Remain an Invitation for Russia to Attack||Program Date: 08/13/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 12 - A Former White Supremacist on the "Unite the Right" Rally; Using the US Treasury as a Weapon Will Eventually Backfire; Canada Stands Up for Human Rights While Trump Remains Silent||Program Date: 08/12/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 9 - Puerto Rican Government Admits 1427 Died From Hurricane Maria Not the 16 Trump Claimed; Nunes Protects Trump Over Defending the Constitution; How the Birthplace of Progressive Politics Became a Laboratory for Billionaire and Corporate Interes||Program Date: 08/09/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 8 - New US Sanctions on Russia for the Use of a WMD; The Growing Similarity Between Putin's Kleptocracy and Trump's America; Turkey and the US on a Collision Course||Program Date: 08/08/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 7 - Special Congressional Election in Ohio a Referendum on Trump; 43% of Republicans Want Trump to Shut Down Media They Don't Like; Trump Blames California Wildfires on Water Flowing into the Ocean||Program Date: 08/07/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 6 - Trump's Regime Change Plan for Iran Will Backfire; Trump Tweets Himself Into More Legal Jeopardy; How the Republicans Shut Down the Most Successful Minority Voter Registration Organization||Program Date: 08/06/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 5 - An Assassination Attempt on Venezuela's Beleaguered President; A Matter of Time Before a Journalist is Attacked or Killed By a Trump Supporter; Jared Kushner's Bad Vanity Purchase Bailed Out By Qatari Investors||Program Date: 08/05/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 2 - Trump Rules for More Pollution and Higher Fuel Costs; The Far Right's Bizarre New Pro-Trump Group, QAnon; Facing the Challenge of Fascism in Trump's America||Program Date: 08/02/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust 1 - Trump's Tweet to the AG to Shut Down Mueller "Right Away"; Manafort is Likely at the Heart of Trump's Collusion with Russia; A Book on the Frightening Parallels Between Hitler's Rise and Trump's America Today||Program Date: 08/01/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 31 - Trump Appears Unaware His Own Government Made 3D Plastic Guns Available to Anyone and Everyone; North Korea Builds New ICBM's Making a Joke of Trump's Promises; Trump Disses the Koch Brothers||Program Date: 07/31/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 30 - Sessions' Bogus Holy War Against an Unnamed "Dangerous Movement" Persecuting American Christians; Could Putin Turn On Trump?; An Assessment of Today's Elections in Zimbabwe||Program Date: 07/30/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 29 - The Person Who Brought Down Nixon on the Cohen Tapes; 100 Days Out: Winning for the Democrats Is Not Enough; An Expert Analysis of Why Wildfires Are Raging in California and Around the World||Program Date: 07/29/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 26 - Facebook Takes a Hit but Is Still Strangling the Free Press to Death; An Emoluments Case Against Trump Moves Forward; Betsy DeVos Side with the Predators Against America's Students||Program Date: 07/26/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 25 - Trump's Orwellian Move from Alternative Facts to Rewriting History; Pakistan Is Likely to Elect an Anti-Corruption Crusader Secretly Backed by the Army; Trump Promises the Europeans to Work Towards Zero Tariffs||Program Date: 07/25/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 24 - The Republican Push to Gut the Endangered Species Act; Trump Claims the Russians Will Help the Democrats in the Midterms; Streamlining the White House-Fox News Echo Chamber Loop||Program Date: 07/24/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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!