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Ep. : 'First Contact' with Laura Eisenhower, Preventing Vet Suicides, Project Bluebook son, Paul Hynek

Hidden UFO Histories with Laura Eisenhower (Great Granddaughter President Eisenhower) In this segment, Cary Harrison explores the history and legacy of Project Bluebook, the United States Air Force's study of UFOs, established in 1952 and terminated in 1970. We are joined by Laura Eisenhower, the great-granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who shares her unique insights into the military-industrial complex, exopolitics, and secret treaties involving extraterrestrial races. Laura, a researcher, author, and astrologer, will discuss her great-grandfather's hidden agendas and the significance of the 13th gate activation at Ayers Rock/Uluru in Australia. She will also touch on the challenges of revealing classified information and the implications of a Mars Colony on Earth's transformation. 00:00 Unveiling Project Bluebook: The Quest for UFO Understanding 00:25 A New Era of UFO Disclosure and Insights 00:54 Exclusive Interview: Insights from Laura Eisenhower 01:30 Exploring Exopolitics and Eisenhower's Legacy 02:32 The Mysteries of Ayers Rock and Beyond 03:00 Facing the Unknown: Disclosure and Personal Mission 03:19 Astrology vs. Astronomy: Understanding the Cosmic Influence Honoring Veterans and Preventing Suicide: A Conversation with Michael Carmichael In this segment, Cary Harrison discuss the importance of honoring fallen soldiers and supporting veterans with Michael Carmichael, CEO & President of Check A Vet. This 501(c)(3) organization focuses on preventing veteran suicide by utilizing community-based, peer-to-peer support groups and educating civilians. Michael shares his personal experiences and insights on the shortcomings of current programs, stressing the need for community involvement in suicide prevention. Learn more about Check A Vet's initiatives and their call for political support to hold the VA accountable and transparent. Michael's dedication to this cause is rooted in his 22-year career in the U.S. Army Special Forces, with multiple combat deployments. Tune in to understand how you can contribute to this crucial mission. 00:00 Honoring Veterans and Addressing Veteran Suicide 00:26 The Epidemic of Veteran Suicide and the Need for Community Support 01:27 Introducing Team Room: A New Approach to Veteran Support 02:36 The Importance of Data and Political Support in Fighting Veteran Suicide 03:16 About Check A Vet: Mission and Messages 03:48 Meet Michael Carmichael: The Force Behind Check A Vet. Project Bluebook Opened, Unveiling UAPs: Insights from Paul Hynek In this segment, Cary Harrison delves into the findings on UFOs, now referred to as UAPs, from the 1950s to the 1970s. Featuring Paul Hynek, son of the renowned American astronomer and Project Blue Book investigator J. Allen Hynek. Paul Hynek, an accomplished finance professor at Pepperdine University and a consultant on HISTORY’s Project Blue Book series, shares his unique perspective on his father’s work with UFOs, his own extensive accomplishments in the film and gaming industries, and life extension research. 00:00 Unveiling the Mysteries of UFOs: Insights from Project Blue Book 00:20 Meet Paul Hynek: A Legacy in UFO Research and Beyond 01:09 Exploring the Origins and Insights on UFOs with Paul Hynek Follow Cary Harrison on TikTok: @TheCaryHarrisonLinkedIn: TheCaryHarrison Instagram: @TheCaryHarrison TikTok: @theCaryHarrison Facebook: TheCaryHarrison Youtube: @CaryHarrison Twitter: @CaryHarrison_ #RethinkingHeroes, #TrueCrime #MilitaryHeroes #Justice 🎙️🔍#Veterans, #LegalBattlees #WrongfulArrests ✊🎖️ This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit


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Ep. 53: True Crime - FL Sheriffs Wrongly Arrest Top Secret Clearance Vet.

In the latest episode of "Rethinking Heroes with Cary Harrison," we feature critical discussions on the consequences of wrongful arrests, highlighting the case of Ian Murray, a U.S. military veteran who fought to clear his name against wrongful charges by the ambitious Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Then, Open Phones and an actual AI-created video sample of Donald Trump defending his "toadstool-like penis”, as witnessed by Stormy Daniels under oath. This epsisode with Mr. Murray and more broadly through later phone calls, elaborates on the importance of self-advocacy, the role of peaceful protests, and parallels with historical movements. The episode also addresses challenges to free speech and activism, exploring perspectives on the Kent State massacre, legal restrictions on climate change discourse in Florida, and arrest tactics against activists like Jill Stein. It further examines the militarization of police, the US and Germany's role in the Gaza conflict, and controversial legislation against criticizing Israel. Emphasizing the significance of nonviolent resistance, the episode underscores the need for maintaining free speech and critical thinking in the face of power misuse and misinformation. **The Struggle for Truth** Ian's story begins upon his return from deployment, where he was unjustly swept into the nightmare of wrongful arrests, a plight that unfortunately isn't rare in our society today. Unpacking the layers of Ian's experiences, Cary navigates through the complex interaction between military service, public perception, and the often misunderstood realities of legal battles against unfounded charges. **A Veteran's Fight Against False Accusations** Ian Murray stood firm against the waves of misconception and defamation that followed a baseless accusation of misusing military leave—a charge that seemed as ludicrous as it was groundless. His odyssey wasn't just a personal battle; it was a stark illumination of how swiftly and severely the machinery of misunderstanding and prejudice can operate against veterans and citizens alike. **The Legal Labyrinth and Public Perception** Ian's narrative is a sobering reminder of the scars left by wrongful arrests, scars that persist even after legal victories. These battles are not solely fought in courtrooms but in the court of public opinion, where the shadows of misjudgment can linger far longer than any legal proceeding. The episode delves into the complexities of restoring one's reputation in the digital age—a task as daunting as any legal fight. **The Role of Critical Media** "Rethinking Heroes" also brings into focus the vital role of media in shaping narratives around public figures and controversial issues. In an era where misinformation can spread like wildfire, Cary Harrison's nuanced exploration of Ian's journey shines as a beacon of responsible journalism, providing a platform for truth and fostering a more informed public discourse. **Conclusion: The Continuous Fight for Justice** As "Rethinking Heroes" concludes, listeners are left with a sense of gravity regarding the challenges that lie in the quest for justice, but also with a feeling of inspiration from the courage displayed by individuals like Ian Murray. It's a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle many face in seeking to clear their names and reclaim their lives amidst unfounded accusations and societal misconceptions. In every episode, "Rethinking Heroes" not only tells a story but also poses a challenge to its listeners—to engage, think critically, and advocate for a just and informed society. Ian Murray's perseverance and the scrutiny of his and others' stories through this platform encourage a deeper understanding of the nuanced truths that shape our perceptions of heroism, justice, and redemption in the contemporary world. 00:00 Introduction to Rethinking Heroes with Keri Harrison 00:40 The Evolution of Call-ins and Live Streaming 01:54 Unveiling the True Crime Story of a Wronged...


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Ep. 53: True Crime Pt. 2 - False Sexting w/ Minor Lands L.A. in $40M Suit

Rebuilding Reputations: A Hollywood Actor’s Legal Battle for Justice You’ll remember a few months ago we broke the story about now-dismissed sexting charges from the LA DA’s office. In what reads like a screenplay full of twists and turns, Hollywood actor Joseph Gatt, renowned for his roles in 'Game of Thrones,' 'Thor,' and 'True Detective,' found himself at the heart of a legal whirlwind after being falsely accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. Now, he has initiated a $40M lawsuit against Los Angeles County, DA George Gascón, among others, claiming his career was unjustly sabotaged by baseless allegations of communicating inappropriately with a minor - which was later dismissed. Gatt contends that sloppy investigative work led to a premature announcement of felony charges, which were later disproved by forensic analysis showing the evidence had been tampered with. The fallout from these accusations has had a catastrophic effect on his life, both professionally and personally, with Joseph Gatt estimating a loss of $40 million in potential earnings. Joseph Gatt's fight to clear his name and rebuild his Hollywood career is a stark reminder of the complex interplay between law, media, and the people caught in their crosshairs – including his partner, Mercy Malick, and attorney, Dean Pamphilis. We share insights into the flaws in the criminal justice system, highlighting the importance of accountability and the need for systemic change to protect individuals from similar injustices. 00:00 Explosive Follow-Up: LA Actor's Legal Battle Against False Accusations 00:24 Special Home Buying Hotline: Turning Problems into Cash 01:26 Inside the Story: Joseph Gatt's Fight for Justice and Reputation 04:52 Legal Insights: The Battle for Accountability and Change 10:00 Rebuilding from the Ruins: Strategies for Public Figures Facing False Accusations 28:04 Riverside Recovery: A Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment 29:38 Closing Thoughts: Appreciation and Future Engagements Follow Cary Harrison on TikTok: @TheCaryHarrison #RethinkingHeroes, #JusticeForJosephGatt, #LegalJustice, #MediaAccountability, #InnocentUntilProvenGuilty, #ReputationBuilding, #HollywoodInjustice, #SocialMediaImpact, #CelebrityDefense, #EndLegalOverreach This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit


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Ep. 52: The Rise of Synthetic Relationships & AI; The Published Plan to Destroy US Agencies

The Future of AI in Social Networks & The Threats of Project 2025 Cary Harrison takes you into the evolution of social networks led by Meta, formerly Facebook, towards the creation of synthetic social networks utilizing AI to generate chatbots mimicking celebrities and creators. He discusses the growing interest in AI interactions, the shift in the meaning of friendships due to social media, and how our interactions may become indistinguishable between humans and bots. Interviewed is Ed Watal, a tech expert who discusses the potential misuse of AI, including deepfakes and cyber threats, alongside his work on an Ethical AI Platform. Later, superhero Anne Nelson exposes 'Project 2025,' a secretive initiative aimed at dismantling government and civil liberties. (Anne Nelson, author of 'Shadow Network') highlights the project's dangers, including its impact on environmental policies and civil liberties, gays, guns, and all of Europe. Part 1. Navigating the Ethical Maze of AI in Social Media: The Rise of Synthetic Relationships** In the digital age, the intersection of technology, social media, and artificial intelligence (AI) has reshaped our lives in unprecedented ways. As we delve into this complex web, the emergence of "synthetic relationships" fostered by AI, particularly through platforms like Meta (formerly Facebook), presents a paradigm shift in how we interact online. By introducing chatbots mimicking celebrities, Meta has laid the foundation for a future where digital personas and synthetic relationships flourish. The concept might sound bizarre, but it underscores a reality where the lines between genuine and artificial interactions blur. **The Illusion of Connection** Cary Harrison progresses by highlighting the illusion of connection that social media platforms have nurtured. With platforms enabling users to accumulate thousands of "friends," the essence of true friendship dilutes. This critique isn't about vilifying social media but rather spotlighting its potential misuse, drawing parallels with historical propaganda techniques. Facebook's pivot towards a creator-centric model, influenced by platforms like TikTok, further complicates this relationship. The discussion touches on the ethical ramifications of AI-generated content and its role in shaping the internet's future, emphasizing the need for a discerning approach to online interactions. **Guest Insights: Ed Watal** The conversation with Ed Watal, an expert in cybersecurity and founder of Intellibus, introduces a critical perspective on the challenges and opportunities presented by AI. Watal dives into the concept of "deepfakes" and their potential for fraudulent activities, stressing the need for vigilance and ethical frameworks in AI development. His insights into open-source vulnerabilities and the risk of manipulated information echo the urgency for ethical guidelines in the digital landscape. Watal's vision for an "ethical AI platform" proposes a model where the integrity of information, respect for copyright, and the protection of public domain are paramount. This approach not only safeguards against unethical data practices but also advocates for a future where AI serves humanity's best interests, without compromising ethical standards. **Embracing Ethical AI** The exploration into the realms of AI and social media through "Rethinking Heroes" not only sheds light on the current landscape but also poses significant questions about the future we are constructing. As we forge ahead, the emphasis on ethical AI and the preservation of authentic human connections will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping a digital environment grounded in integrity, accountability, and genuine engagement. Part 2. "Project 2025: Unveiling The Blueprint for America's Future" **Introduction to Project 2025** Cary speaks with Anne Nelson, a renowned author, international affairs expert, and journalism award winner. Nelson offers a critical examination of the...


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True Crime Hypocrisy: Moms for Liberty, School Politics, and Climate Change

This episode of Los Angeles Public Radio’s 'Rethinking Heroes' hosted by Cary Harrison delves into the controversial actions and background of Moms for Liberty, a group known for their stance against the LGBT community and book-banning while engaging in lesbian three-ways and rape allegations. Additionally, the episode discusses broader issues such as climate change denial, extremism in school boards, and the politicization of education in Florida. Featuring an in-depth interview with Dr. Maurice Cunningham, an expert on dark money, featured in Forbes. We explore the origins, motivations, and impact of right-wing “parent” groups on public education. Callers also chime-in on wealth, discrimination, geoengineering, and climate change, 'Rethinking Heroes' aims to shed light on pressing social and political issues through critical discussion and satire. We dive into a discussion that's as fun as it is necessary. There's something even more exhilarating - unraveling the threads of truth in our society's fabric. Take education, for instance. Imagine a world where schools prioritize scholastics, real history, and science. Instead, what do we see? A ban on books, a censorship of critical content, and a bizarre obsession with keeping children away from harm's way without addressing root causes. It's ludicrous. But let's tread deeper into the waters of historical amnesia. In some places, slavery is brushed under the carpet, as if erasing it from textbooks could change history. My ancestors owned plantations, a fact documented in family diaries alongside visits from George Washington. Yet, acknowledging such truths becomes controversial. Why? Because it challenges a political narrative, disrupts the comfort of ignorance and allows for indifferent gerrymandering. Switch gears to the present. We live in an era where Huck Finn and David Sedaris are banned throughout the southeast, yet the real comedy is the attempt to sanitize history. Who'd have thought? I've read so many books from from William F. Buckley Jr. to Chomsky to De Tocqueville - books that shaped a portion of my political understanding which seem lost in today's discourse. It's not just about reading; it's about understanding the pivotal role of critical thinking. In this landscape of absurdity, where “grooming” is equated to mere exposure to different American lifestyles, history's complexity is reduced to good versus evil. Did the gay actor companions of Ronald Reagan alter his sexuality or beliefs? Of course not. He did marry the popular Nancy Reagan, Hollywood legend known for being able to "unbuckle her jaw". No amount of dinner parties with Truman Capote or Rock Hudson changed the Gipper’s appetites nor minimized the joys of her vaunted jaw. It's a reminder that personal liberty and the complexities of the human condition demand respect, not censorship. As we navigate this terrain, remember that solutions exist, but they require courage and honesty - not just a willingness to turn a blind eye. It's about dismantling hypocrisy, not perpetuating it. And so, as we wax philosophical over brandy and cigars or yoga and green tea, let's commit to unearthing truth, promoting dialogue, and challenging the narratives that bind us. It's not just educational; it's essential to the fabric of our society. Let's make these conversations public, not just for entertainment, but for enlightenment. 00:00 Introduction to Rethinking Heroes 00:04 Unraveling the Controversy: Moms for Liberty Exposed 02:29 The Dark Side of School Boards and Climate Change Denial 03:25 The Hypocrisy of Moms for Liberty and Their Leadership 05:06 Morris Cunningham Sheds Light on Dark Money and School Privatization 06:18 The Rise of Moms for Liberty: A Far-Right Creation 07:05 The Dangerous Branding and Tactics of Moms for Liberty 15:24 Addressing the Extremist Designation and Its Implications 28:14 The Impact of Wealth and Privilege on Society's Perception 29:05 The Philosophy of Noblesse Oblige and...


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Digital Freedom vs. Political Control in the TikTok Sale Saga + Open Phones

PART. 1 ## The Heartbeat of Free Speech and the Digital Arena: TikTok at the Crossroads The recent buzz about TikTok potentially changing hands (from the Chinese) to a group led by none other than former W. Bush Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin along with the Israeli spy chief, has rekindled fiery debates about digital autonomy, who holds the reins of power, and the ever-present specter of TikTok’s death-by-censorship. He who controls TikTok, controls the narrative. You know, TikTok, that vibrant platform synonymous with bite-sized videos and a vibrant young community? It's become ground zero for discussions on free speech and the delicate dance between politics and control. TikTok is also a surprising political arena where topics and discussions, conspicuously avoided by the legacy media, are bountiful and unfiltered. Critics aren't mincing words; they're arguing that this isn't just your run-of-the-mill business deal. Nope, it's a power play aimed at stifling dissent on sensitive issues, from human rights atrocities to progressive activism. They fear it's a slippery slope toward monopolizing the narrative, drowning out voices in a space once hailed as a sanctuary for unfiltered expression. ## The Political Oracle: James Ray's Insights on Digital Platforms and Political Activism We speak with the Political Oracle himself, James Ray, a prominent political activist and commentator, particularly known for his extensive work on Palestine and his significant following on TikTok (400K+). Ray's perspective illuminated how TikTok, unlike other platforms, has enabled a broader dissemination of information on political issues like Palestine, which often face censorship elsewhere. Follow James Ray on TikTok: @jamesgetspolitical Follow Cary Harrison on TikTok: @TheCaryHarrison The interactive session with James Ray shed light on the intrinsic value digital platforms hold in amplifying voices that are typically marginalized in mainstream discourse. This isn't just about one platform but the overall maneuvering of digital spaces to curate or control political education and activism, using murky security concerns to quash free speech. And what about legacy media? Well, Cary's not one to shy away from the tough questions. In a world where truth is a rare commodity, he champions platforms like TikTok, fueled by brave activists like James Ray (Democratic Socialists of America) and Public Radio shows like "Rethinking Heroes" as beacons of raw honesty, doing what the mainstream media seems no longer willing or able to do. ## The Uncertain Future of Free Speech Digital platforms, as underscored by Cary Harrison and information analysts like James Ray, remain crucial in the fight for a more equitable, just, and transparent world. The discussions on "Rethinking Heroes" serve as a reminder of the role each of us plays in shaping the future of our digital and real-world societies. Cary Harrison’s TikTok: @thecaryharrison PART 2: OPEN PHONES In the heart of broadcast, where the unpredictable meets the airwaves, there's no telling what might happen when the phone lines open. Cary Harrison, a name synonymous with fearless journalism and untamed discussions, has seen his fair share of the unexpected, the bizarre, and the downright insane callers who have graced his show, 'Rethinking Heroes.' From audacious confessions to ludicrous assertions, these callers often leave us with jaws agape and minds boggling. One such caller, fondly remembered as “Frog from Atlanta”, took us on a roller coaster of conspiracy theories, political bravado, and an alarming admiration for controversial figures. Frog's emphatic defense of former President Trump's endeavors and virtues (or lack thereof) painted a vivid picture of dedication mixed with a heap of delusion. His take on Trump-sponsored Bibles and celestial claims about Trump's supposed virtues was nothing short of comedic gold. Yet, beneath the chuckles, it underscored a glaring reflection on the...


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#47 'Born on 4th of July's' Ron Kovic; PSYOPS's John Kirbow

The valor and heroism of Ron Kovic during the Vietnam War, his subsequent advocacy for peace, and the personal journeys of individuals affected by war. He has completed his trilogy with the latest that includes his diary entries from the Vietnam war field: A Dangerous Country: An American Elegy. The conversation shifts to analyzing the psychological and societal impacts of propaganda, focusing on modern-day radicalization and domestic extremism. It dissects how beliefs and narratives can lead to violence, referencing examples like QAnon, and emphasizes the strategic manipulation of people through propaganda. Further, the script highlights the organized disinformation campaigns, particularly those driven by foreign actors. John Kirbow, a former PSYOP specialist, shares insights on combating domestic extremism and the use of military propaganda techniques within the population. The dialogue also covers broader cultural and political issues, including the importance of genuine patriotism, community support, and the dangers posed by extremist ideologies to veterans and the general public. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit


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[Full Video] Ep. #3: Torpedoed USS Liberty False-Flag Op?

Remembering the USS Liberty: A Story of Betrayal and Bravery In the annals of history, there are countless stories of unsung heroes whose sacrifices have shaped the world we live in today. One such story revolves around the USS Liberty, an American auxiliary ship that was attacked by Israeli fighter jets off the coast of Egypt during the Vietnam War in 1967. This tragic event, shrouded in secrecy and conspiracy, has become a symbol of betrayal and bravery. Join us as we delve into the untold story of the USS Liberty and honor the courageous crew members who survived against all odds. The USS Liberty: A Targeted Attack On that fateful day in 1967, the USS Liberty found itself in the crosshairs of Israeli planes. Many questions arise - Why was an American ship fired upon by Israeli jets? And why did the Defense Department instruct the crew to stand down and not respond? To shed light on this fateful incident, we are privileged to have Phil Turney, a surviving crew member of the USS Liberty, joining us. Phil shares his firsthand account and reveals a more sinister plot behind the attack. It becomes clear that the objective was to sink the USS Liberty and blame it on Egypt's President Nasser, potentially dragging the United States into a catastrophic war with the Soviet Union. The Aftermath: Silence and Cover-Up Despite surviving the attack, the crew of the USS Liberty faced a new threat - the government's orders to remain silent. Phil Turney recounts the years of silence imposed upon them, with the threat of prison or death hanging over those who dared to speak out. It was only after 18 years that Phil decided to break his silence, inspired by a shipmate who fearlessly began telling their story. The Betrayal Within: Government Involvement The government's role in the USS Liberty incident further deepens the sense of betrayal. As Phil shares, top officials like Robert McNamara, the head of the Defense Department at the time, ordered the crew to do nothing and deployed jets to defend themselves. This invitation to hostility points to a more significant agenda, orchestrated by their own government. Implications and the Path to Truth The repercussions of the USS Liberty attack cannot be ignored. It raises questions about the integrity of the government, the military, and the media. Phil Turney emphasizes the importance of uncovering the truth to save the country from its current downward trajectory. The cover-up, which persists even after more than five decades, reveals a disturbing pattern of deceit that continues to plague our nation. Rethinking Heroes: Advocating for the Truth At Rethinking Heroes, we strive to bring the stories of veterans like Phil Turney to the forefront. We stand firmly against whitewashing history and believe that every perspective deserves to be heard. Through our efforts, we aim to bring relief to veterans and shed light on the sacrifices they have made. Looking Ahead: The Need for Transparency As we conclude our conversation with Phil Turney, his message resonates with civilians and veterans alike. We must demand transparency and accountability from our government. The reticence of presidents, congressmen, and senators to initiate a genuine investigation only perpetuates the cycle of deceit. Sharing the truth about the USS Liberty incident can guide our nation away from its perilous path. Conclusion: The untold story of the USS Liberty is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by our military personnel and the lengths to which some will go to silence the truth. We salute the brave crew members who survived the attack, and we honor their courage in speaking out. Let us remember their story and ensure that such betrayals never happen again. Note: To learn more about this incident, we encourage you to watch the documentary "Sacrificing Liberty" available on YouTube. Phil Tourney is one of a handful of surviving crewmembers of the USS Liberty which was attacked during the 6-Day war in...


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[Full Video] #45: True Crime - Online Celebrity Stalking

Today, we’re sharing the harrowing stalking and cyber ordeal faced by Joseph Gatt, an acclaimed actor known for Thor, Star Trek, and an array of TV series and video games. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit


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[Audio] #45: True Crime - Online Celebrity Stalking

The advent of digital technology has indeed revolutionized the way we live and communicate. However, it has given birth to issues such as fraudulent digital claims and cybercrimes, significantly impacting the lives and careers of prominent celebrities. Today, we’re sharing the harrowing cyber ordeal faced by Joseph Gatt, an acclaimed actor known for Thor, Star Trek, and an array of TV series and video games. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit


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[Audio] #45: True Crime - Online Celebrity Stalking

Today, we’re sharing the harrowing cyber ordeal faced by Joseph Gatt, an acclaimed actor known for Thor, Star Trek, and an array of TV series and video games. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit


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[Audio] #43: VA Undersecretary's Manual on Free Benefits | Open Phone Fridays

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit "Rethinking Heroes" with Cary Harrison. The episode features an in-depth interview with Dr. Paul Lawrence, a former undersecretary of the VA Veterans Benefits Administration. They discuss a variety of topics, such as qualifIcations for VA benefits, new measures to support veterans, and aid services for homeless veterans. They also provide insights about the importance of mental health support for veterans and information about purchasing a home for veterans. Among the discussed subjects are disability and rehabilitation services, and military veterans' political engagement. The show also includes calls from listeners, with reactions to the topics discussed.


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#42: Live Cyborgs, Health, and Conspiracies | Open Phones Friday

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit Her health journey includes surviving cancer five times, having six pacemakers, undergoing 120 blood transfusions, and enduring a bone marrow transplant. Despite these heavy blows, Gallagher has not only survived, but she keeps thriving. Why? | Plus, Your Calls


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#41: Unraveling Deepfakes & AI | Germany's Secret Holocaust

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit Title: Unraveling Deepfakes & AI | The Other German Holocaust Picture this: we live in an era where deepfakes and artificial intelligence (AI) are increasingly influencing politics and our day-to-day lives. These tech advancements are making waves, and not always in a positive way. We're experiencing an uncanny re…


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#40: Dir. Renny Harlin 'The Bricklayer' | MAGA Transgender Runs For Congress

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit Rethinking Heroes #40: A revealing Conversation with Director Renny Harlin who followed his boyhood dream in Finland and became a Hollywood blockbuster Director. Plus SF’s ironic Transgender Congressional Candidate Bianca Von Krieg, inadvertently helping the GOP take down Nancy Pelosi. Cary Harrison left no stone unturned with Hollywood director Renny …


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#38 Beyond Oppenheimer: Victims of Nuclear Testing

In a world where historical narratives often fall victim to omission and misrepresentation, it is crucial to shed light on untold stories that have been hidden in the shadows. "First We Bombed New Mexico" is a compelling documentary that uncovers the harrowing aftermath of the world's first atomic bomb detonation at the Trinity site in New Mexico. The film challenges the narrative propagated by Oppenheimer and exposes the ongoing radiological impact on the lives and lands of the people of New Mexico. In this blog post, we will dive into the remarkable journey of two extraordinary heroes, Tina Cordova and filmmaker Lois Lipman, who, against all odds, confront the federal government and demand justice for the affected communities. Unveiling the True Fallout: A Legacy of Betrayal The Trinity bomb, containing 13 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium, was detonated in New Mexico with little regard for the devastating consequences it would have on the lives of innocent people. Native Americans, Hispanics, and communities of color living as close as 12 miles from the blast were unknowingly subjected to catastrophic levels of radioactive fallout. Often referred to as "forgotten guinea pigs," these individuals were sacrificed for the sake of national security. The bomb's explosion near the largest gypsum deposit in the world exacerbated the situation, allowing radioactive particles to spread far and wide. As a result, the exposed population suffered from multi-generational cancers, covered-up statistics, and a long-lasting legacy of neglect by the government. Unanswered Questions and Ongoing Fight for Justice Lois Lipman, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and passionate advocate for marginalized communities, decided to make "First We Bombed New Mexico" after discovering the horrifying truth about the nuclear bomb's impact. The documentary, narrated by Cary Harrison, delves deep into the government's deliberate silence and failure to acknowledge the suffering endured by those living near the Trinity site. Tina Cordova, a seventh-generation native New Mexican and cancer survivor, co-founded the Tularusa Basin Downwinders Consortium to bring attention to the health effects suffered by the affected communities. Tina, along with other activists, has testified before government agencies in an effort to include continuous overexposure to radiation in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). The Omnipresence of Radiation: A Global Concern The consequences of the Trinity bomb's detonation extend far beyond the borders of New Mexico. Fallout from the blast reached 46 states, Mexico, and Canada. It is vital to understand that radiation respects no boundaries and affects us all. For instance, the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine demonstrated how radiation traveled across the globe, causing health complications for individuals in seemingly distant places. As global citizens, we must recognize the inherent danger of nuclear weapons and advocate for proper prevention, compensation, and support for affected communities. Taking Action: How You Can Help To support the Trinity Downwinders' fight for justice and recognition, you can visit their website at This platform provides valuable information on how to get involved and contribute to their cause. Lobbying Congress and raising awareness about the issue are crucial steps in achieving justice for the people of New Mexico and other affected communities. Conclusion "First We Bombed New Mexico" uncovers a painful and often disregarded chapter in history. The documentary's powerful storytelling reveals the lasting impacts of the Trinity bomb and exposes the government's negligence and betrayal. Tina Cordova and Lois Lipman's unwavering determination to demand acknowledgment and compensation for affected communities serves as an inspiration for us all. It is through shedding light on untold stories like this that we can strive for a more just and compassionate world,...


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#36: [FULL VIDEO]: Nuclear Catastrophe; Reflecting on 'The Day After'

Just finished an enlightening interview with film directors Nicholas Meyer & Jeff Daniels. 🎬 We discussed Meyer's ground-breaking TV film "The Day After" which brought the terrifying realities of nuclear war to the living rooms of millions. Daniels' upcoming PBS documentary "Television Event" gives us a behind-the-scenes insight into this once-controversial film. Tune in & stay tuned! 📺💥 #TheDayAfter #NicholasMeyer #JeffDaniels #TelevisionEvent #PBS #NuclearAwareness #RethinkingHeroes In the latest edition of 'Rethinking Heroes', we take a deep dive into the making of 'The Day After', the most-watched television film ever. This blog post is based on fortuitously intriguing interviews with two revered film directors, Nicholas Meyer - the force behind 'The Day After', and Jeff Daniels, responsible for a compelling PBS documentary that unveils the reality behind Meyer's film, aptly titled 'Television Event'. Nicholas Meyer, well-known for his outstanding creative work (Star Trek II, Star Trek IV, CBS, Netflix, HBO) spanning more than five decades in publishing, film, and television, shares his intentions behind 'The Day After'. His aim wasn't to craft an award-winning film, but to present a terrifying and realistic projection of nuclear war to the viewers. 'I just wanted to make a public service announcement. If you have a nuclear war, this is what it might look like.' - shares Meyer about the target of his much-acclaimed television movie. Jeff Daniels, a multi-award-winning independent director, and producer, provides a behind-the-scenes look at 'The Day After' in his PBS documentary 'Television Event'. Daniels spotlights the challenge of creating and airing such thought-provoking content in an era overwhelmed by entertaining, feel-good television programming. The documentary underlines the influence television had during that time and the power artists like Nicholas Meyer possess to translate difficult subject matters into work that resonates personally with audiences. The conversation eventually diverts to a broader and pressing issue: nuclear war and its imminent threat. Meyer shares his experiences and thoughts on the horrifying ramifications of nuclear weapons, and emphasizes the role artists can play in influencing society to take action against such threats. Daniels backs up Meyer, commenting on how his documentary showcases the significance of artistic initiatives in advocating for global concerns like nuclear wars. The interviews with Nicholas Meyer and Jeff Daniels serve as an enlightening exploration of the behind-the-scenes action of 'The Day After', and how it used television as a medium to highlight the chilling reality of nuclear war. They underscore the role of artists and creators in society's awareness and action towards major global concerns. Whether it's making a movie, creating a documentary, or simply starting a conversation, every effort counts in reshaping perceptions and encouraging socially responsible action. Rethinking Heroes! | Cary Harrison is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. © Copyrights by Rethinking Media, LLC All Rights Reserved. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit


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#36: 'The Day After'; Revisiting the Impact of Nuclear Catastrophe through Cinema

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit Title: "Revisiting the Impact of Nuclear Catastrophe through Cinema: Reflecting on 'The Day After' " As 'The Day After', the most-watched television movie in history, nears its 40th anniversary, we take a moment to reflect on its profound impact and enduring relevance. This unflinching portrayal of a chilling hypothetical — a global nuclear catastrophe —…


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Ep. 34: Who Killed JFK? Oswald Ex-Girlfriend Talks (Exclusive) | No Magic Bullet: Investigative Journalist Confirms

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit Title: The JFK Assassination - A Fresh Look at the Mystery The assassination of President John F. Kennedy (JFK), which occurred on November 22, 1963, still remains one of America's most enduring mysteries. The plethora of conspiracy theories, countless interviews, and numerous investigative reports over several decades have only deepened the enigma. In …


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Ep. 33 - Veteran's Day: Rebuilding Special Ops Forces For Civilian Life | Why is Israel Courting Southern Baptists? | Marine War Hero Goes For Art

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit Rethinking Heroes with Cary Harrison Nov 10, 2023 08:59:27 Pacific Time (US and Canada) Quick recap 1. The Show discussed promoting cross-cultural understanding, studying political and economic problems, and exploring the impact of the Bible on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They also planned to discuss veterans' experiences in the US. 2. The Israeli-P…