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This is Bombshell, a bi-weekly podcast coming to you from Washington insiders to dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. We’ll talk military strategy, White House mayhem, and the best cocktails known to (wo)man. Brought to you by War on the Rocks.
||CleanNot Bringing Rexy Back||This week, the ladies of Bombshell welcome Lindsey Ford, from the Asia Society Policy Institute, to chat about this spring's Appointment in Helsinki: the US-North Korea presidential summit. Then, they set an Iran Deal death watch and puzzle through..||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeen Caught Steelin'||This week, the ladies of Bombshell welcome Sarah Margon, Washington Director of Human Rights Watch, to explore a side of the Syria conflict we discuss too little on this show: the human dimension. The ladies wade through three different political...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Joy in Munchen||This week, the Bombshell ladies welcome Lauren Fish of the Center for a New American Security to talk all things FY19 defense budget, including why this big funding increase may not be all that it seems. While finding future employment for Navy...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCha Cha Bang Bang||This week the ladies of Bombshell return to regularly scheduled programming, re-introducing ourselves with our new Bombshell questions including everyone's favorite bars and least favorite books. Next we turn to our old friends Afghanistan and North...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's Raining Men||On our first anniversary we couldn’t help but wonder: What's it like to be a man in national security? Kai Ryssdal, Frank Gavin, and Benjamin Wittes join us to discuss. Theme Song: Future Teens – Jennifer Lawrence Produced by Tre Hester||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBe Like Shawn||Bombshell returns from a long winter's nap for its first 2018 episode and first test run of a brand new set of Bombshell questions! Christy Abizaid joins us to talk Pakistan and the joys of Austin, TX, and we talk protests in Iran and what happens...||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Episode: Live from Maxwell AFB!||Loren, Radha, and Erin traveled to Maxwell AFB for a special live year in review episode at the Air Command and Staff College. Come for their thoughts on the biggest national security stories of the year and stay for an extended Q&A with ACSC...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Can Only Hope, Sir||This week Susanna Blume joins to tell us how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill - the defense budget, continuing resolutions, and other congressional hijinks. And Radha returns from maternity leave! Then we wade through the...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCandlesticks Always Make a Nice Gift||This week on Bombshell we talk with Mieke Eoyang about, well, basically everything. We take a rapid fire tour of political dramas in Zimbabwe, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. Stop for a bit to bask in the crazy sunshine of Turkish plots and then...||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBurn Before Pleading||This week on Bombshell, Quinta Jurecic of Lawfare (and Washington Post!) fame joins us to break down the Mueller investigation, AUMF debate, and whether Mike Flynn is really a character from a Coen Brothers' movie. We also discuss the president's trip..||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fallout's Gonna Kill You||This week on Bombshell, Alice Hunt Friend joins us to talk all things Africa and civ-mil. We dive into U.S. operations in Niger and the Kenyan elections reboot. Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping get new mandates while preparing for the president’s big trip...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMe too and the Gimme Gimmes||This week on Bombshell, special guest Elizabeth Rosenberg explains the art of unmaking the Iran deal and the consequences of the Trump administration's Iran 'strategy.' Foreign relations are keeping us busy with a tinderbox in Kirkuk at the worst...||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Got This, Rexy||This week, the Bombshell squad goes shoulder to shoulder into the fray of referenda for the Iraqi Kurds and the Catalans in Spain, alongside a recap of the German general election. Like many women have before us, we ask "Why Chad?" and...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow I Learned to Start Worrying...||Erin, Radha, and Loren get the band back together and invite Laura Rosenberger to dish about the launch of the Alliance for Security Democracy (her new project aimed at countering Russian efforts to undermine democratic institutions), her love of the...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLattes at the End of the World||This week, Bombshell bids farewell to summer with our final distributed ops episode, closing out what has been a nice, quiet August (ha. ha). Afghanistan is, as usual, still a thing, but this time President Trump - or his teleprompter - actually gave...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLivin' in a Powder Keg||This week the Bombshell crew preps for the eclipse from opposite corners of the world to ask why we haven't all perished in the Fire and the Fury (alternate title for our next romance novel). Along with North Korea we talk India-China donnybrooks,...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDay-Drinking Like a Queen||This week on Bombshell, we each dial in from parts-unknown to compare our drinking habits to the Queen of England. We also discuss new North Korean sanctions, whether anyone sent flowers to the new Pakistani Prime Minister, and what on earth is...||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Lose a Clearance in 10 Days||Susan Hennessey of Lawfare and Rational Security fame joins Radha and Erin to wade through recertifying the Iran deal, social media shenanigans in the Persian Gulf, and whither the new Russia sanctions. Also on tap: all the leaks! and how we forgot...||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Space, No One Can Hear you Scream||Special guest Amy Shafer joins us for the full show and highlights her fabulous research on the civil-military divide in America (and dishes on the Air Force Tops in Blue). Then we celebrate the liberation of Mosul, walk through the North Korean...||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBombshell LIVE! Fake News Edition||A special LIVE episode from the CNAS annual conference. We pour some French 75s and talk to Karen Attiah and Jia Lynn Yang from The Washington Post about national security in a time of distraction. Then we dive into the Modi visit, late night Syria...||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGutter? Catahr? Let's Call the Whole Thing Off||How do you solve a problem like Qatar? This week over Pimms Cups, we talk with Mara Karlin about all the Middle East dramas (and why she loves the SAIS cult). We lament the State Dept budget and UK politics, pay tribute to the USS Fitzgerald, and...||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoon, and For the Rest of Your Life||This week we go it alone to focus on your questions! We force Radha and Loren to actually define their true loves of process and staffing, all while drinking delicious white sangria. Plus, what’s a wonk? Then we dig into the president’s whirlwind...||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrink to the Foam||This week we trek out to the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis for a geek field trip of epic proportions (three words: Jack Ryan's couch). We drink some rum and Claude Berube's scotch, and ring up former Under Secretary of the Navy Janine...||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Bombshells||This week on Bombshell, we say nothing about Jim Comey! We recorded Monday and who could have guessed we'd be here today? Instead, we discuss recent casualties in Afghanistan and Somalia, check in on Venezuela and the French elections, and...||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMother of all Bombshells||This week on "Bombshell," we dissect Trump’s first 100 days: whither America First, Axis of Adults (or just the big kids table?), budget shenanigans, and delegating all the things. But first, Mira Rapp-Hooper joins us to walk through the...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRed, Red Lines||This week on Bombshell we take a long look at Syria with special guest Melissa Dalton: what happened, what questions to ask, what hot takes to avoid, and where to go from here. And then we drink a lot. Also on the table: Devin Nunes and the Great...||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere Xi Goes||This week on "Bombshell," Kelly Magsamen joins us to talk about Sec Tillerson’s Asia visit, the upcoming Trump-Xi soiree, and North Korean chicanery. We also discuss splitting the check with NATO, attacks on civil servants, whether the Defense...||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIraq Chalk, Chickenhawk, DPRK Who?||This week Radha, Loren, and Erin drink hot toddies and reluctantly dig into the newest Marine Corps scandal. They also explore growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and Europe with a brief "missiles: big, medium, and small" explainer; debate the...||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRage Against Alcibiades||This week, Loren, Radha, and Erin discuss the North Korean assassination (beware the perfume lady) and take questions from listeners (what is inter-service rivalry anyway?). Kori Schake joins to dissect the defense budget, H.R....||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProcess is My Valentine||Join us for another round of "Keeping up Foreign Relations" and "White House mayhem." We tackle the Yemen raid, North Korea, Afghanistan, NatSec staffing, and the hiring freeze. Special guest Julie Smith weighs in on Russian intrigue and the future of..||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAint' No Party Like an America First Party||This week on Bombshell, we walk through the first week of the Trump administration. Sit down and listen to Radha Iyengar Plumb, Loren Dejonge Schulman, and Erin Simpson discuss America First, cabinet confirmations, Chelsea Manning, Wall of Stars +...||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Bombshell: The Explosive First Episode||Welcome to Bombshell. This new bi-weekly series, brought to you by War on the Rocks, is hosted by three of your favorite Washington insiders who will dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
into defense, dod, nat'l security, strategy. feel like i know an insider now.
A "must listen" for any aspiring NatSec wonk
A fantastic podcast, and chock full of valuable insight on the national security and interagency community. The show is hosted by three knowledgeable national security practitioners; it should be on everyone's playlist.
Plus, when this show comes out, I know my commute will involve far less loud and incoherent swearing at Beltway drivers, and more professional development. So that's a plus.
Out of the box Blockbuster
Launched straight to the top of my podcast feed.
Witty, entertaining and substantive.
Not above the occasional pun, the hosts provide insightful commentary that goes beyond the events to analysis of the implications.
And excellent taste in beverage recommendations.