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BACK STORY with DANA LEWIS

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Dana Lewis is a veteran World Affairs Correspondent. He's been everywhere. From war zones to the streets of London where he is based. And he loves talking to people about whats behind the headlines. Award winning. "A real in the trenches reporter". Great interviewing skills and easy to listen to.

Dana Lewis is a veteran World Affairs Correspondent. He's been everywhere. From war zones to the streets of London where he is based. And he loves talking to people about whats behind the headlines. Award winning. "A real in the trenches reporter". Great interviewing skills and easy to listen to.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Dana Lewis is a veteran World Affairs Correspondent. He's been everywhere. From war zones to the streets of London where he is based. And he loves talking to people about whats behind the headlines. Award winning. "A real in the trenches reporter". Great interviewing skills and easy to listen to.

Twitter:

@danaslewis

Language:

English

Contact:

+447809410508


Episodes

ZERO COVID

2/18/2021
Experts warn in Europe and America there is not enough discussion of zero covid and there should be, which means an aim for elimination instead of this yo yo approach to suppression, that translates into more and more disruptions and lockdowns. And, schools need to be reopened carefully, with mitigation, because kids are getting and transmitting covid more than you know, On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Deepti Gurdasani, a senior lecturer on epidemiology and statistical genetics at...

Duration:00:45:52

AMERICAN POLITICS AND MEDIA

2/17/2021
On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews New York Times reporter Peter Baker on his new book The Man Who Ran Washington. The book is about former White House Chief of Staff James Baker, and his views on how centrist politics have broken down and why. And Peter Baker leads us through Washington under Baker, and then under Trump and the challenges for the media ahead with Joe Biden.

Duration:00:23:39

Doping in Sport / Richard Pound

2/9/2021
On this Back Story the history of The Olympic Movements attempt to tackle drugs in sport, which led to the establishment of the World Anti Doping Authority, set up by Canadian Richard Pound. Pound has just retired after decades of fighting the wide spread cheating in cycling, track and field, weight lifting, and in many other sports, not only at the Olympic level but across all sports and throughout nations around the world. In conversation with Back Story's Dana Lewis, Pound talks about...

Duration:00:38:10

Bellingcat and FSB Kill Squad - Russia

2/3/2021
On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews Eliot Higgins one of the founders of Bellingcat. Bellingcat uses open source intelligence to reveal truths ranging from Assad's use to chemical weapons to the identities of Russia Agents who have used poisons on Alexei Navalny, Sergei Skripal, and now Higgins says there are at least a 7 more assassinations of Russian figures that will soon be revealed.

Duration:00:26:44

BEES AND PESTICIDES

1/29/2021
Bees are disappearing and studies show there are 25% less bees since the 1990's. The problem appears to be pesticides, and on this Back Story with Dana Lewis we talk to Dr. Kiah Tasman at University of Bristol who has just done a study on how neonicotinoid insecticides are effecting bee sleep patterns and harming them. And, Prof Dave Goulson from the University of Sussex who has studied these pesticides and bees for years and warns we have to ban them.

Duration:00:25:56

RUSSIA'S GROWING DISSENT

1/26/2021
On this Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to the daughter of Boris Nemtsov who was murdered in front of the Kremlin. Zhanna speaks of a the birth of a new national political movement in Russia and the desire to remove Putin. And The Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov calls on the EU to pursue sanctions to force the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Plus, analysis of what comes next by Russia expert Alex Kokcharov.

Duration:00:48:07

RUSSIA UNREST

1/24/2021
It has started. Civil unrest linked to corruption in The Kremlin, and Putin's jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has combined to ignite protests nation wide. On Saturday Jan 23 there were protests in more than 60 cities from the far east of Russia to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Police fought with demonstrators leading to the arrests of more than 2000 people who are demanding the release of Navalny and chanted "Putin out". On This Back Story, Bill Browder whose lawyer Sergei...

Duration:00:26:02

CONFRONTING AMERICAN RADICALIZATION

1/19/2021
How do we confront radicalization in the internet, and then on the street? On This Back Story with Dana Lewis, two experts on de-radicalization and confronting disinformation. Arie kruglanski is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and is the co author of the three pillars of radicalization. Needs, narratives, networks. Ira E. Hyman, Jr.,Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Western Washington University. And the philosophy of public discourse,...

Duration:00:50:29

WHITE TERRORISM IN AMERICA

1/15/2021
On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews Soufan Centre Naureen Chowdhury Fink. Naureen served as the Senior Policy Adviser on Counterterrorism and Sanctions at the United Kingdom’s Mission to the United Nations. There were dozens of white supremacists involved in the riot on The Capitol. They have international links. They are well armed and well organized but under the radar of American law enforcement unless they are declared terrorist groups.

Duration:00:32:14

ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY

1/12/2021
On this Back Story is there a case to be made that D.C. Police knew in advance the threat but allowed it to unravel at The Capitol? Was the riot set in motion and managed from The White House? President Trump clearly lit the fire for dissent and insurrection. Host Dana Lewis talks to Kellie Carter Jackson, an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesely College and says the inaction by police was by design. And Former NYPD Police Lt. Dr. Darrin Porcher, on how Trump was...

Duration:00:45:57

A MASSIVE COMPUTER HACK IN THE U.S.

1/7/2021
Thousands of companies may have been hacked as well as Gov Agencies in America. Homeland Security, The FBI and NSA say it's Russia. What was taken? The hack is still ongoing and went on for months. Why weren't critical systems better protected? On this Back Story with Dana Lewis we talk to Suzanne Spaulding, Senior adviser for Homeland Security and Director of the Defending Democratic Institutions project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Adam Darrah serves the...

Duration:00:40:19

A RACE AGAINST TIME- COVID VARIANT

12/31/2020
This week in America, The UK, and in Europe record numbers of Covid-19 cases as hospitals struggle to treat the sick. A new vaccine has been approved in The Uk, that makes 3 vaccines not including Russia and China. But, is this new variant of Covid-19 out pacing the vaccine? We talk to two medical experts about what to expect and the dangers of this pandemic as we race to distribute vaccines. Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is an American public health scientist in Washington, and in Britain Dr. Paul...

Duration:00:51:56

CANNABIS - "A LESS DANGEROUS DRUG"

12/23/2020
The war on drugs in America is waning. Cannabis is widely accepted by adults. As of now, 36 states have legalized medical cannabis use while 15 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. Canada was first to legalize cannabis to combat the illegal market, raise tax revenues, and make the use of cannabis regulated and safe. On This Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Tom Grebenstein, The Chief Revenue Officer, Cannabis Co. Tikun Olam USA. And...

Duration:00:32:41

BRITAIN'S BREXIT AND EUROPE

12/17/2020
Britain held it's referendum to leave the European Union in 2016. It has taken years of internal debate and political conflict to determine how to leave. Because Europe is a vital trading partner of The U.K. So Britain needs a trade deal or it's economy will be in tatters. It's close. Close to crashing out of Europe at the end of 2020 with no deal. And close to a deal that will be hotly debated in Britain. And all this for what? Sovereignty? Over? Fishing waters? There are eerie parallels...

Duration:00:53:31

THE MONETARY REVOLUTION /Digital Currency

12/11/2020
On this Back Story, Host and creator, Dana Lewis talks digital money. In Covid19 paperless purchases are accelerated the digital revolution. China has launched a digital currency saying it will become an alternative to the U.S. dollar. Crypto Currencies like BitCoin are soaring in value. Dana talks to a leading digital coin trading Nickel Digital Asset Management , Europes leading digital asset management company, partners Anatoly Crachilov, and Michael Hall. And, Max Kearnfelt, is an...

Duration:00:30:08

IRAN AND THE BOMB

12/2/2020
In November an Iranian top nuclear scientist is assassinated. Israel is blamed. Is Iran complying with an International nuclear deal to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons, or it this smoke and mirrors and deception by Tehran? Should incoming U.S. President Joe Biden re-enter a nuclear agreement, which Former President Trump pulled out of claiming it was horrible deal? What will Iran do next? In this Back Story Host Dana Lewis interviews Sir. Mark Lyall Grant, who was the former...

Duration:00:33:55

PANDEMIC COVER-UP?

11/26/2020
Many experts don't think Corona virus started in The Wuhan Market. Some think it was a virus that escaped from a lab in Wuhan run now by the military. Others think it had "natural" origins but broke out months before the end of 2019. And. we need those answers to understand where the next pandemic could start, as well as the increased dangers of a biological attack. On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Former Deputy Sec. of Defense Andy Weber, and virus hunter Dr. Daniel Lucey.

Duration:00:30:47

TRUMP'S "SNAKE PIT"; AKA THE WHITE HOUSE

11/24/2020
In this edition of Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Fmr. National Security Advisor John Bolton. We talk through what damage has been done to American Democracy by Trump refusing to accept the results of the 2020 Election. His nasty personality in The White House and how everything was about Trump, over and above The Nation. On Foreign Policy Amb. Bolton talks to me about Iran, Russia, arms control and the Middle East.

Duration:00:19:32

COMMERCIALIZATION OF SPACE

11/20/2020
This month Elon Musk's SpaceX blasted off to the Int. Space Station with NASA. SpaceX's first commercial manned flight to the ISS. But, believe it or not the Russians beat America by a decade or so, in offering commercial space exploration. And, Washington's Jeffrey Manber talks to Back Story's Dana Lewis on the challenges ahead in space and business. Manber heads up a company which is one of the main commercial users of The Int. Space Station and says Trump's Admin. started to back out of...

Duration:00:45:28

BRITAIN'S YORKSHIRE RIPPER

11/13/2020
Peter Sutcliffe has died. In the late 1970's through 1980 he was the Yorkshire Ripper - killing 13 women and attempting to murder 7 more. And taunting police to catch him. Or so it seemed. The place was Yorkshire England - in towns called Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield. Dana Lewis was a young Toronto, Canada crime reporter, who travelled to England to cover the murders. And this is his original story which ended with the news Sutcliffe had just been caught. And now he reports Sutcliffe dead...

Duration:00:21:30