Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
By The Intercept
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Journalist Mehdi Hasan is known around the world for his televised takedowns of presidents and prime ministers. In this new podcast from The Intercept, Mehdi unpacks a game-changing news event of the week while challenging the conventional wisdom. As a Brit, a Muslim and an immigrant based in Donald Trump's Washington D.C., Mehdi offers a provocative perspective on the ups and downs of American—and global—politics.
||ExplicitWhy the Democrats Can (and Should) Impeach Trump||Donald Trump’s actions are exactly the kind that were declared impermissible in Nixon’s articles of impeachment.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMidterms Special: Who Won, Who Lost, and What Happens Next?||It wasn’t quite a blue wave, but the Democrats, while unable to win the Senate, took back control of the House for the first time since 2010.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRace or Class: What Will Drive Trump Voters in the Midterms?||Author and political scientist John Sides debates The Intercept’s senior politics editor, Briahna Joy Gray, on whether Trump voters were motivated by race or class.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Trump Inciting Far Right Terror In the U.S.?||Contrary to Donald Trump’s warnings, terrorists weren’t coming from Mexico or Syria; they were here in America, and some of them attended his rallies.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Caravans to Cages: Why Trump Bashes Migrants||If the media is to be believed, the United States is about to be overrun by a horde of terrorists and criminals from Central America. It’s a distraction from what has really been an immigration crisis at the border: the so-called separation of migrant children from their parents by the Trump administration. According to the latest official numbers from the Trump administration, at least 66 children are still “separated” from their families and being held in detention centers. Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss this story of theft, child abuse, and racism.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy Won't Trump Condemn the Saudis? (Hint: It's Israel. Also, Iran)||The United States and Saudi Arabia have been best friends since 1945, even after 9/11, when 15 of the 19 hijackers who brought down the Twin Towers turned out to be Saudi nationals. Their alliance still holds strong, despite the sudden disappearance and likely murder of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Much of this has to do with Donald Trump’s financial interest in Saudi Arabia, as well as the fact that he and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu are obsessed with Iran and are bent on going after Iran, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is their key ally in that aggressive endeavor. In this week’s episode, Mehdi Hasan is joined by The Intercept’s DC bureau chief, Ryan Grim, and the founder of the National Iranian American Council, Trita Parsi, to deconstruct the evil Justice League of Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Mohammed bin Salman.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLive Special: Are the Democrats Ready to Get Radical?||Will the Democrats use their impending House majority in 2019 not just to restrain Donald Trump, but to push for a more progressive agenda?||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Right Won the Battle Over Kavanaugh. Can the Left Win the War?||What does Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation mean for women in America and what can the Democrats do to stop a Supreme Court dominated by the hard right from rolling back everything progressives have fought for?||10/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRiz Ahmed on Politics, Identity, and Being Brown in Hollywood||The Venom star joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss his acting career, his music, and the gift and curse of being a minority in the media.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat The Kavanaugh Scandal Says About America||Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by three different women, one of whom said that she witnessed his efforts to inebriate girls so they could be “gang raped.” His first accuser, Christine Ford, recalls thinking that he may “inadvertently” kill her while trying to attack her and remove her clothing. Deborah Ramirez, his second accuser, says she had felt “mortified.” The Intercept reporters Ryan Grim and Naomi Klein join Mehdi Hasan to discuss the implications of Kavanaugh’s nomination and what this mess says about America.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Ilhan Omar Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare?||The progressive Minnesota congressional candidate joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss her background and plans for 2019.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is America Helping to Kill Kids in Yemen?||Democratic Senator Chris Murphy discusses U.S. complicity in the civilian deaths resulting from the war in Yemen.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe White Supremacy Court Upholds the Muslim Ban||Two prominent Muslim Americans weigh in on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitConfronting the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign Policy||Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama’s national security adviser, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss Obama’s legacy and whether it has seeped into the Trump administration.||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill the U.S. Ever Give Up Its Nukes?||Beatrice Fihn and William J. Perry join Mehdi Hasan to discuss America’s nuclear arsenal.||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElizabeth Warren v. the District of Corruption||Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Mehdi Hasan in an exclusive interview to discuss her proposed anti-corruption legislation.||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe War on Immigrants||Democratic representative Pramila Jayapal joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the unprecedented danger that the Trump administration poses to immigrants.||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook||The NSA whistleblower discusses surveillance, tools that can help protect people’s privacy, and the likelihood of a Trump-Putin deal to extradite him.||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow The Trumps Screwed Palestine||Two Palestinian women discuss the history of Jerusalem and the prospects for peace.||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIs Trump Trying to Start a War with Iran?||Donald Trump violated the Iran nuclear deal this week. Are we one step closer to war?||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWill the Media Ever Stand Up to Trump? (with Judd Apatow)||Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow discusses the media’s cozy relationship with politicians||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Killing Fields of Gaza||Israeli activists speak out on the occupation of Gaza||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow Bad Is The News? (With Hasan Minhaj)||The Daily Show correspondent talks comedy and free speech in the Trump era.||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIs Trump About To Start An Illegal War With Syria?||The war in Syria has seen seven long years of bloodshed, terror, and foreign interventions. And now, once again, the alleged use of chemical weapons has prompted president Donald Trump to threaten bombing the Assad regime. But on what authority, and with what plan? This week on Deconstructed, Mehdi Hasan speaks to Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most consistent voices against U.S. military interventions on Capitol Hill. And with former Obama adviser Ilan Goldenberg about whether Trump is following in Obama’s footsteps by going to war without congressional approval.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy Black Lives Still Don't Matter||Stephon Clark's fiancée speaks out||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWill John Bolton Get Us All Killed?||Trump's latest appointment is really bad news.||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWe Need to Talk About Inequality (with Bernie Sanders)||Mehdi Hasan talks to Bernie Sanders about why the media refuse to cover inequality, poverty, and the issues important to average Americans.||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComing Soon: Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan||The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan unpacks one big news event of the week while debunking media myths and challenging the political consensus.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A Bit Disappointed
I thought I’d check out this podcast after listening to Mehdi on Pod Save the World where I really appreciated his insights on US policy in the Middle East. I was very excited to see a new episode in the intersection of race and class in the upcoming midterms. Unfortunately, despite the interesting subject and informative guests, I could not help but be disappointed in the way the female guest was treated— constantly interrupted while making reasonable points and small condescending asides about her opinions. These issues are complex and intertwined and the effort to find one “right” answer as if there is one is infuriating.
First of all, I love the podcast and I appreciate the perspective you bring. I am troubled by how much you interrupted and talked over Brianna Joy Gray during the Race v. Class episode. Let the woman finish a sentence before you counter her point. And if you can’t contain your condescending laughter, use the cough button.
Yikes. I had to turn off the interview after 10 minutes because while the information being discussed was super interesting, you let interrupting your guests so I missed whole sections!