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.
||CleanJuly 16 - Trump's Shameful Display of Craven Fealty Towards Putin; Trump Outmatched by Putin on the World Stage; Trump Defends Putin While Blaming Everything on Hillary Clinton||Program Date: 07/16/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 15 - Trump Meets with Putin in Spite of His Own Government's Warnings; Trump's Trail of Wreckage; How Discredited Foreign Policy Ideas and Blunders Contributed to Trump's Election||Program Date: 07/15/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 12 - Anxiety Ahead of Trump's Bromance Meeting with Putin; Consequences of an End to Asylum; Ties Between the Trump Family and Deutche Bank||Program Date: 07/12/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 11 - The Dangers of Trump Labeling Humans as Vermin; Why Does Trump Insult Merkel While Fawning Over Putin?; Trump Doubles Down on His Demand NATO Allies Pay More for Defense||Program Date: 07/11/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 10 - Did Trump Choose Kavanaugh as Insurance Against Mueller?; Kavanaugh the Corporatist; How to Make Sure Senators Heitkamp, Manchin and Donnelly Don't Vote for Kavanaugh||Program Date: 07/10/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 9 - The British Government's Impending Collapse Over Brexit; Collateral Damage from Putin's Poisoners; Trump Bullies Nations at the Behest of Big Corporations Marketing Baby Formula to the Third World||Program Date: 07/09/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 8 - Alternative Investigations If Trump Shuts Down Mueller; Trump is Quietly Purging the Military of Immigrants Promised Citizenship; By Pretending Russia is Not a Threat, Trump Will Make the Case We Don't Need NATO||Program Date: 07/08/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 5 - A Woman Will Likely Overturn Roe V. Wade; The Stealth Infiltration of Christian Fundamentalists Into the Judiciary; How the Federalists Are Stacking Our Courts||Program Date: 07/05/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 4 - The Unravelling of the American Left and the Revival of Social Democracy; The Phony "Civility" Crisis While American Democracy Itself Hangs in the Balance||Program Date: 07/04/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 3 - Is Trump Putin's Manchurian Candidate?; What to Expect From the Putin / Trump Summit in Helsinki||Program Date: 07/03/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 2 - Hope and Joy in Mexico; Democrats' Massive Mistake of Calling to Abolish ICE; We Will Be Paying More for Mortgages, Car Loans and Credit Cards||Program Date: 07/02/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly 1 - How to Stop Trump From Appointing a Supreme Court Justice Who Could Exonerate Him; Mattis Holds the Line Against Going to War With Iran and Weakening NATO; A Report From Mexico on Today's Watershed Elections||Program Date: 07/01/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJune 28 - The Co-Director of Justice Democrats Who Recruited Alexandria Ocasio-Cartel; The CBO Warning About Trump's Exploding Deficit; Examining Retiring Justice Kennedy's Swing Vote Record||Program Date: 06/28/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJune 27 - The Retirement of Justice Kennedy and What it Means; The Republican Money and Power Behind the Janus Case Aimed at Drying Up Democratic Party Coffers; SCOTUS Hands Trump Absolute Authority Over Immigration||Program Date: 06/27/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJune 26 - The Dilemma Democrats Face in How to React to Trump's Insults and Lies; The Correlation Between the Intolerance of White Americans and Their Support for Authoritarian Rule; Addressing the Root Causes of the Immigration Crisis||Program Date: 06/26/2018 mp3audio: Full Program read more||6/26/2018||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!