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Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the conduct of Washington's political class, tracks the latest in conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns coursing through social media — and who is pushing them — and keeps you up to date on the latest investigations into misbehavior by members of Congress as well as current and former government officials. Yahoo News’ veteran investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman break news, offer au ...
 
Conspiracyland Season 3 — "The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi" — is an eight episode series, hosted by Yahoo News' Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff, that investigates the grisly state-sponsored assassination of Saudi Arabia's most prominent journalist after he dared to criticize the country's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS. Isikoff has uncovered new details about the murder, including notes based on confessions by the assassins during sec ...
 
History Does You is a podcast that explores the idea that history always is relevant to today. We also cover topics in current events, foreign policy, and international relations. Through interviews with historians, journalists, authors, and former government officials, we answer the question, “How is History relevant today?”. Previous guests have included NYT Bestselling authors, Larry Tye, James Bradley, Roger Crowley, Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Michael Isikoff and Pulitzer Prize winners Dr. Joh ...
 
The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is a graduate professional school on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. It is among the top graduate journalism schools in the United States. "On Mic" presents events of interest recorded live at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From authors and photographers to scientists and visionaries, the Podcast brings thought leaders from around the globe to your ear buds.
 
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Got questions about COVID? Dr. Leana Wen has answers. Former Baltimore health commissioner, emergency physician and author of the new book "Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health" Dr. Leana Wen joins Major for sandwiches at Village Square Cafe in Baltimore, Maryland. This week, the CDC re-imposed mask recommendations for areas…
 
The first of what will most likely be many hearings to uncover the truth about the January 6th insurrection on the US Capitol has taken place. It was a sobering approach by the select committee. Something we haven't seen at a hearing in quite some time. The result, an emotional and electrifying set of testimonies from those who were on the front li…
 
It has been just about twenty years since the opening of Guantanamo Bay and we are no closer today than we were back then to resolving what will go down in history as one of the biggest debacles in American history. After the recent news that Chief Guantánamo Prosecutor Gen. Mark Martins announced his surprise retirement, what will be the next step…
 
We all knew it was coming once the Trump Administration was replaced with that of Biden's. Book after book after book would start hitting shelves unleashing insider details that pulled back the curtain on what happened behind the scenes during Trump's four years in office. First up, Michael C. Bender, senior White House reporter for the Wall Street…
 
CBS News Senior Foreign Correspondent Charlie D'Agata has been to Afghanistan dozens of times since the US went to war there after the September 11th attacks in 2001. This week, fresh off his latest trip to Kabul, D'Agata joins Major to discuss the US military drawdown and whether Afghan forces can hold off increasingly emboldened Taliban fighters.…
 
Daniel and Patricia Ellsberg discuss the civic courage and compassion it takes to be a whistleblower with Berkeley Journalism Dean Geeta Anand on the 50th anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. They are joined by Robert Rosenthal, who was a clerk for The New York Times when it published these secret documents. Their dynamic disc…
 
In the fall of 2017, Jamal Khashoggi secretly met with a former FBI agent working for the legal team suing the Saudi government for alleged complicity in the terror attacks of 9/11. Although he had for years been a loyal defender of his government, Khashoggi now suggested he might be willing to help the families of 9/11 victims demanding accountabi…
 
CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg joins Major this week to discuss the state of the travel industry as the world emerges from covid restrictions. Pent up demand, Greenberg said, has bred astronomical airfares and rental car rates in certain areas, but that hasn't dissuaded travelers from hitting the road. Ready to book your next flight? Greenb…
 
This special bonus episode of Conspiracyland explores how the Trump White House covered up evidence that a U.S. security firm helped train members of the Saudi Tiger Team that flew to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi. When Louis Bremer, a managing director of Cerberus Capital Management, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Aug. 2020 at…
 
In the aftermath of Khashoggi’s brutal murder, the Saudis launch a bungled cover-up, denying any knowledge of what happened to him inside their consulate while destroying key evidence. The hard drives on the consulate security cameras are removed, smashed and deposited in dumpsters throughout Istanbul. Khashoggi’s body parts are burned in a tandoor…
 
It's been six months since the attack on the Capitol and we're still searching for answers. Now that the House has approved a new select committee to investigate the January 6th riot, will we get said answers? With Liz Cheney defying the GOP by joining the investigation, what will be House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's next move? Will he appoint…
 
As Khashoggi moves to the United States to live in exile, he becomes more outspoken in his criticisms of the new Crown Prince’s harsh crackdowns on dissent, writing columns for the Washington Post one of which compares MBS to Putin. But as he does so, his personal life becomes more complicated. He proposes to one woman in the United States — an Egy…
 
It's the end of the term for the Supreme Court. And with that comes a number of decisions. Some more closely watched than others, specifically the case in regards to Arizona and its voting restrictions. Some may argue that the current court is a 6-3 majority in favor of the conservatives. Those same conservatives might argue it's a 3-3-3 court in f…
 
This week for a July 4th-inspired episode, Major is joined by the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen talks about his work at the Constitution Center, and how America's founding document has been interpreted over time. Rosen also talks about the political polarization within the United States and the Capitol i…
 
The Saudis launch covert influence operations on U.S. soil. Just weeks after the 2016 election, Saudi lobbyists arrange to fly hundreds of American veterans to Washington — and put them up at Trump hotel — ostensibly to lobby against already enacted legislation to allow the families of the victims of 9/11 to sue the Saudi government. In fact, it wa…
 
This episode tells the story of the rise of Mohammed bin Salman, the brash impulsive son of King Salman who is initially embraced by U.S. officials as a change agent and reformer despite troubling episodes in his past. The episode recounts how the young prince wowed the highest leaders in the U.S. government — playing the “Moonlight Sonata” on the …
 
This week, Major is joined by investigative reporter Michael Isikoff to discuss the murder of Saudi Arabian dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi that is featured in the latest season of Isikoff's Yahoo! News podcast, "Conspiracyland". Isikoff talks about the goal of "Conspiracyland" and breaks down the key timeline events in Khashoggi's death. …
 
Rudy Giuliani's Law License in the State of New York has just been suspended for citing election lies. Once referred to as "America's Mayor" after 9/11, has now become anything but. He now faces possible disbarment for attempting to help Trump overturn the 2020 election results by abusing his power and the courts. Well, the courts just punched back…
 
This episode recounts the story of the Arab Spring — a wave of pro-democracy protests that swept through the Middle East and a cause that Khashoggi enthusiastically embraced. But Saudi leaders feared the protests and backed a military coup that overthrew a democratically elected (but Muslim Brotherhood dominated) government in Egypt, creating the f…
 
This episode recounts the story of Jamal Khashoggi’s years-long relationship with Osama bin Laden. As a young journalist, Khashoggi was invited by bin Laden — a friend through their mutual involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood — to cover the war by Arab fighters against the Soviet Army occupying Afghanistan. Khashoggi’s stories championed the rol…
 
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the enslaved peoples in America in the wake of the end of the Civil War. Over 160 years after it was first celebrated, President Biden signed legislation this week making it a federal holiday. On this occasion, the Brennan Center's Ted Johnson joins hosts Michael Isikoff and Victoria Bassetti to discuss t…
 
Author and Activist Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joins Major to discuss the history of Juneteenth, his book How to be an Antiracist, and the political outrage directed at Critical Race Theory. Dr. Kendi also talks about the death of George Floyd and the disproportionate affect of COVID-19 on Black Americans. This episode was recorded on June 14th, 2021. See …
 
What is the cause of the nationwide rise in personal, violent crime? Veteran police commissioner Bill Bratton joins hosts Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to discuss the rise in crime, and to comment on the national conversation about the role of police. Bratton shares his thoughts on what reforms are needed, which ones he’s a…
 
The episode recounts the story of Adnan Khashoggi, a billionaire arms dealer and Jamal Khashoggi’s cousin, whose flamboyant lifestyle and sybaritic tastes made him the most conspicuous public face of Saudi Arabia. Yet he played a crucial role in nurturing the U.S.-Saudi alliance, serving as middleman for billions of dollars in weapons deals between…
 
The episode focuses on the role of Saud al-Qahtani, the right hand man and enforcer of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the intimidation of Saudi dissidents, including journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Qahtani was known for his ruthlessness: He supervised the torture of a prominent women’s rights activist. He also met and supervised the Tiger T…
 
The ultrarich have ways of avoiding paying income tax that regular people simply don’t have access to. This unfair balance-tipping is the subject of new reporting by ProPublica investigators, whose sources furnished them with a trove of data revealing the secrets of the megawealthy. ProPublica editor in chief Stephen Engelberg joins Michael Isikoff…
 
Conspiracyland Season 3 — "The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi" — is an eight episode series, hosted by Yahoo News' Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff, that investigates the grisly state-sponsored assassination of Saudi Arabia's most prominent journalist after he dared to criticize the country's powerful Crown Prince…
 
This week, Bill Bratton joins Major to discuss meaningful and effective police reform and his new memoir, The Profession, which focuses on his experiences with race and policing in America. Bratton, who led the New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles police departments, dives into policies that he launched that were effective, and those that caused …
 
Len Downie’s career at the Washington Post lasted over 40 years, and culminated with a stint as Executive Editor that ended in 2008. In light of the shocking news that Trump’s DOJ pursued the acquisition of email data from several New York Times reporters, and a gag order on Times leadership, Downie joins Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this…
 
This week, Major is joined by CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger to discuss her new podcast, "CBS Eye on Money" which is set to launch next week. Jill also explains what "meme stocks" are, what the future of cryptocurrency looks like as more and more currencies are launched and endorsed by celebrities, and the state of the U.S. housing mark…
 
Chris Matthews surprised his audience one evening in March of 2020 by suddenly stepping down from hosting “Hardball” on MSNBC, the political roundtable show he’d helmed for over 20 years. Matthews, whose new book This Country: My Life in Politics and History comes out this week, joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this e…
 
How do we rescue American democracy from the corrupt grip of an extremist party, determined to undermine democratic norms and cement minority rule by authoritarian means? This is the problem before us as laid out by Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security advisor to Barack Obama, co-host of the Pod Save the World podcast, and author of the …
 
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States joins Major to discuss the ongoing cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. Oren explains the historical context behind the Israel-Palestine conflict and talks about his participation in securing funding for the "Iron Dome" missile defense system in Israel and his time working in Israeli government. Plus, …
 
Given the lack of any successfully carried out assassination attempt on a President in the past 40 years, the Secret Service seems, at a first glance, to be an efficient and effective law enforcement agency. But author and Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig has spent years talking to individuals inside the agency, and her new book Zero Fail: Th…
 
This week, Major is joined by CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood in an "out of this world" conversation on the future of space travel and space tourism. Harwood talks about the impact of Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk on how the U.S. private sector engages with space, and the advances that are possible with a NASA-private sector coll…
 
Based on the dogged reporting of investigative journalist and Yahoo News contributor Jana Winter, Americans have recently learned about the covert internet surveillance operation being inexplicably run out of the U.S. Postal Service. The operation, charmingly dubbed “iCop,” targets citizens’ social media posts, and both the exact ends of this invas…
 
The period between 1492--resonant for a number of reasons--and 1571, when the Ottoman navy was defeated in the Battle of Lepanto, embraces what we know as the Renaissance, one of the most dynamic and creatively explosive epochs in world history. Here is the period that gave rise to so many great artists and figures, and which by its connection to i…
 
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