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2/15/2018
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The intelligence community has a warning about Russia and the 2018 elections. Security Clearances: What are they good for? And swapping foreign aid for votes at the UN. Stick around for a report on biathletes, Norwegian fashion, and dogsledding.

Duration:00:36:45

FISA Parades and Ebola Olympics

2/10/2018
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How FISA warrants are obtained. How the CDC works overseas to keep us safe. And why military parades make people nervous.

Duration:00:30:34

BONUS: Playing Telephone with Saddam

2/1/2018
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This bonus episode is a one-one-one discussion with Dr. Kevin Woods, who has spent years studying American and Iraqi attempts to understand each other’s intentions and signals from the time before the first Gulf War through the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. It’s an instructive example because the many challenges inherent to clearly sending and accurately interpreting other countries’ signals are an active part of today’s public discourse about other potential crisis flash points.

Duration:00:40:27

The Breaking News Hot Takes SOTU Edition

1/31/2018
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We watched the State of the Union and then immediately sat down and recorded a podcast.

Duration:00:22:21

War with China and Russia is the new black. War with North Korea is not simple.

1/26/2018
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We dissect the National Defense Strategy and then unpack common misconceptions about what’s possible, military-wise, in North Korea. National Defense Strategy: https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf

Duration:00:40:45

Tough questions, free advice, and small nukes.

1/19/2018
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The team tries to take on the question of what the Trump administration has done well, decides that question is too hard, and so answers a different one instead. We also give the president some advice. And we talk about nuclear weapons; more particularly, the Nuclear Posture Review.

Duration:00:37:01

Emergency Alerts, the Brain Science of “Shithole Countries,” and Caitlin 101.

1/14/2018
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The people of Hawaii got a shocking message this week. The brain science behind purity, defilement and racism. And an interview with regular contributor Caitlin Howarth.

Duration:00:57:33

The Past, The Future, and a Big Red Button

1/4/2018
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After a quick chat about how the president threatened nuclear war over twitter, the team goes big picture to kick off the year.

Duration:00:36:27

All I Want for Christmas is a Strategy

12/22/2017
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We read the 2017 National Security Strategy so you don’t have to. What in it, what’s not, and what’s important. But if you want to, it's here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/NSS-Final-12-18-2017-0905.pdf This is our final show of 2017. Happy New Year -- We'll see you on the flip side!

Duration:00:33:13

Nobel Prizes, Strategy Documents, and Talking Robots

12/15/2017
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This week the team talks about ICAN, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and a former client of host David Solimini. Then it's off to Paris for a discussion about US leadership on global issues. Third we talk about the administration's forthcoming national security strategy. And then Xander takes us into the weird world of talking robots in Saudi Arabia. Yes, seriously.

Duration:00:34:04

Jerusalem, Flynndictment, and the Slow-Motion Rexit

12/8/2017
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A quick show this week: The president decides to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize that city as the capital, Michael Flynn’s indictment raises the mixing of private interests and government action, and Rex Tillerson’s slow-motion exit from Foggy Bottom.

Duration:00:34:00

Missiles, Sanctions, Women, and the Pope

11/30/2017
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The team returns from Thanksgiving break to talk North Korea’s new ICBM launch, the closing of the State Department sanctions coordinator office, gender and diversity in national security, the Pope’s trip to Myanmar, and some fun at the end.

Duration:00:43:26

Politics Over Turkey

11/17/2017
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Worried that Uncle Bob is going to start talking politics at Thanksgiving dinner? Have no fear! This is your simple guide to turning brewing fights into persuasive conversations.

Duration:00:31:42

Princes to Jail, Trump to ROK, and Measuring the Costs of War

11/10/2017
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This week the team tackles the ongoing shakeup in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the President's speech in South Korea during his trip to Asia, and new research on the full costs of war.

Duration:00:38:15

NY Attack, Domestic radicalization, and Russia Facebook ads

11/2/2017
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In the shadow of this week’s terrorist attack in New York, we discuss the connection between domestic politics and radicalization. And after the Senate holds hearings on Russian Facebook ads during the 2016 campaign, we dive deep into how voters and policymakers should think about the responsibilities of social media companies.

Duration:00:32:49

The Politics of Being Above Politics. And China.

10/27/2017
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This week we’re jumping off comments by WH Chief of Staff John Kelly to dive deep into how Americans think about how civilians and military leaders should interact. Then we take a trip to Asia with promised follow-up on the 19th Communist Party Congress in China and the president’s planned trip the Asia in November. Links mentioned in the show: WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Remarks in the press briefing room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps5ttDzWBaY Robert Killebew, US Army (Ret.) An Old...

Duration:00:48:50

Iran Deal, TAA Missions, and the Dogs of the CIA

10/20/2017
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The world responds to President Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear agreement. The death of 4 servicemembers in Niger raises questions about US Train Advise and Assist (TAA) counter-terrorism missions. Practice for US civilian evacuation of South Korea raise eyebrows (unnecessarily, it turns out). And the CIA tweets about dogs.

Duration:00:30:42

Kim Junganistan

9/8/2017
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If you work in national security issues, you've been asked 42 times this month: "How scared should I be about North Korea?" So we figured it was time to answer it for everyone. What do they want? What can they do? What are the likely and unlikely scenarios? We got you covered. Then we dive deep into the Afghanistan strategy -- focused not just on the security questions at stake, but the moral and values challenges at the heart of that 16 year long conflict.

Duration:00:46:41

Special Ambassadors, Korean Missiles, Uranium Banks, and Fracking Volcanoes

8/30/2017
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For our milestone 10th anniversary episode, the team dives deep into why the Special Envoy and Ambassador roles being cut at the State Department are important. We join North Korea's missiles mid-flight over Japan for a quick chat before coming back to earth and talking about NAFTA. Alex talks up a bank that sells uranium, and Xander reveals both her questionable taste in movies and why NASA wants to frack a volcano. Yeah, this one's fun.

Duration:00:35:52

Domestic Terrorism, Radicalization, and a Nerd Baby Boom?

8/24/2017
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We return after a week off. The team takes a look at Charlottesville from the perspective of domestic terrorism and radicalization with guest expert Jasmine El-Gamal, before asking what impact these events and related politics have on our ability to execute a foreign policy. Then it’s a brief chat about the president’s speech on Afghanistan before wrapping up with good news.

Duration:00:47:33

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