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Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

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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...Show More
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Ilhan Omar Speaks Out On Her Twitter Scandal, Anti-Semitism, and a Progressive Foreign Policy

32:24 | Feb 28th

Earlier this month, Rep. Ilhan Omar, freshman House Democrat and one of the first two Muslim American women ever elected to Congress, found herself mired in controversy over tweets about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and the...Show More
Why Won’t the Media Discuss Trump’s Mental Instability?

32:06 | Feb 21st

Donald Trump’s rose garden speech last week announcing his emergency declaration over the “crisis” at the southern border was rambling, incoherent, and unhinged: in short, everything we’ve come to expect from the 45th president of the United States. ...Show More
What You Can't Say About Israel (with Marc Lamont Hill)

33:29 | Jan 24th

There are signs that U.S. opinion might be shifting on Israel and its illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. But the defenders of the Israeli government aren’t going to just give up without a fight. Angela Davis recently had a civil right...Show More
Is Trump a Fascist?

32:57 | May 9th

The F-word gets thrown around a lot these days. But with the president fear-mongering about immigrants, turning a blind eye to political violence from the far right, and embracing white nationalism, is it time to ask the question in earnest? On a dai...Show More
The Case For (and Against) Impeaching Trump

35:39 | May 2nd

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election didn’t provide the smoking gun on collusion with Russia that many were expecting, but it did paint a picture of a President willing to repeatedly, brazenly, and unas...Show More
The Case Against AIPAC

32:51 | Mar 28th

This week AIPAC came to town for its annual policy conference in the capital, with speakers including Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But the biggest name at this year’s e...Show More
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Trump, Islamophobia, and His Presidential Bid

31:34 | Mar 21st

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is not a traditional candidate for the nation’s highest office. But recently, he’s turned heads with a slate of radical political reform proposals, including expanding the Supreme Court and eliminating th...Show More
Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting

34:22 | Mar 14th

Erik Prince, the founder and CEO of the world’s most notorious mercenary company, Blackwater, landed in hot water during an interview with Mehdi Hasan at the Oxford Union in the U.K. Prince repeatedly claimed to have disclosed an August 2016 meeting ...Show More
Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism

28:41 | Mar 7th

Many have attributed Bernie Sanders’ loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries to a poor showing among black voters. Bernie has since worked hard to make inroads there, incorporating theme racial discrimination and inequality into his campaign me...Show More
The Truth About Islam and Democracy

28:44 | Feb 14th

Hundreds of millions of Muslims the world over live in democracies of some shape or form, yet a narrative persists in the West that Islam and democracy are incompatible. On this week’s show, Mehdi Hasan is joined by the man expected to become Malaysi...Show More
Who’s Really Afraid of Socialism?

31:25 | Feb 7th

“Tonight,” proclaimed Donald Trump in his State of the Union Address, “we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” The line received a standing ovation from Republicans and Democrats alike, yet recent polls show that sociali...Show More
Is It Time For Kamala Harris To Reckon With Her Right-Wing Past?

28:41 | Jan 31st

Since getting elected to the senate, Kamala Harris has become one of the most progressive voices in the chamber, supporting Medicare for All and debt-free college. However, as California attorney general, Harris opposed a bill requiring her office to...Show More
Intercept Podcast Special: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

40:09 | Jan 28th

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Intercept reporters Ryan Grim and Briahna Joy Gray for an in-depth conversation about her approach to politics and social media, her thoughts on 2020, and her out-of-nowhere congressional campaign. As a new member of th...Show More
When Do We “Impeach the Motherf*cker”? (with Rashida Tlaib)

29:36 | Jan 17th

In the wake of the 2018 midterms, the Democratic party in congress is looking a lot more diverse—not just in terms of gender and ethnicity, but in ideology as well. One prominent newcomer is Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who joins Mehdi Hasan to kick ...Show More
Introducing Murderville

34:19 | Dec 13th, 2018

Introducing Murderville, a new investigative podcast from The Intercept.  Episode 1: Murder at Taco Bell. A murder in the small southern town of Adel, Georgia, sent Devonia Inman to jail 20 years ago.  He was accused of robbing and shooting a woman n...Show More
Is This the Democrat Who Can Beat Trump in the Rust Belt in 2020?

35:11 | Dec 6th, 2018

The presidential primary season kicks off next year and there is one big question hanging over the Democratic party: the rust belt. For the last quarter century, it was solid blue, but Donald Trump changed that. And as 2020 approaches, the Democrats ...Show More
George H.W. Bush: The Inconvenient Truth

37:58 | Dec 4th, 2018

U.S. media have been busy painting a very rosy picture of former president George H.W. Bush since his death last week. While he did stand up to the gun lobby, sign the Americans with Disabilities Act, and peacefully end the Cold War, he also ordered ...Show More
The Senate Just Took a Major Step Toward Ending the War In Yemen

30:30 | Nov 29th, 2018

The United States Senate voted Wednesday afternoon to advance a resolution withdrawing all unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, which has created, according to the UN, the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe and kille...Show More
Trump’s Top Ten Lies and Why They Matter (with Daniel Dale)

35:11 | Nov 21st, 2018

Donald Trump lies consistently, at all times of day. He even gets up in the middle of the night to tweet, and that tweet almost always turns out to be a lie. A lie is produced each time his lips move. And this serial, non-stop, 24/7, pathological lyi...Show More
Why the Democrats Can (and Should) Impeach Trump

30:04 | Nov 15th, 2018

Impeaching President Donald Trump is a pipe dream, many say. Nancy Pelosi, who’s expected to be the new House speaker, isn’t keen on going for impeachment, nor is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — and a lot of people aren’t either because they’v...Show More
Midterms Special: Who Won, Who Lost, and What Happens Next?

44:00 | Nov 7th, 2018

The most important, historic, and consequential midterm election of our lives is over. It wasn’t quite a blue wave, but the Democrats, while unable to win the Senate, did, as predicted, take back control of the House for the first time since 2010. Me...Show More
Race or Class: What Will Drive Trump Voters in the Midterms?

41:22 | Nov 1st, 2018

The midterm elections are almost here and they’re haunted by the spectre of loyal Trump voters. Two years ago, white, working class voters swept Donald Trump into office as a way of expressing their anger over economic injustice, but a range of studi...Show More
Is Trump Inciting Far Right Terror In the U.S.?

30:08 | Oct 29th, 2018

Over the past few days, 11 people were massacred in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, the country’s top Democrats have been targeted with pipe bombs, and two black people were executed in a grocery store in Kentucky. Contrary to Donald Trump’s warnings, ter...Show More
From Caravans to Cages: Why Trump Bashes Migrants

28:39 | Oct 25th, 2018

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 migran...Show More
Why Won't Trump Condemn the Saudis? (Hint: It's Israel. Also, Iran)

27:52 | Oct 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Live Special: Are the Democrats Ready to Get Radical?

55:21 | Oct 11th, 2018

In this special, live-recorded episode of Deconstructed, Mehdi Hasan is joined by a panel of leftist lawmakers and advocates, Sen. Jeff Merkley, California Congressman Ro Khanna, CNN political commentator Symone Sanders, and Nina Turner, the founder ...Show More
The Right Won the Battle Over Kavanaugh. Can the Left Win the War?

44:52 | Oct 6th, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed today as Supreme Court Justice of the United States in a 50-48 vote in the Senate, despite three different allegations of sexual assault and misconduct and wide opposition. The message of today’s vote is clear: If y...Show More
Riz Ahmed on Politics, Identity, and Being Brown in Hollywood

28:26 | Oct 4th, 2018

Riz Ahmed became the first actor of South Asian descent and the first Muslim to win an Emmy last year when he picked up the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in A Limited Series for his starring role in the HBO drama, The Night Of. In the brand-new Ma...Show More
What The Kavanaugh Scandal Says About America

31:44 | Sep 27th, 2018

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 t...Show More
Is Ilhan Omar Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare?

28:58 | Sep 20th, 2018

After decisively beating five other candidates in last month’s primary race to represent Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional district, Ilhan Omar is on her way to becoming the first African refugee and hijab-wearing Muslim woman to serve in Congress. She...Show More
Why is America Helping to Kill Kids in Yemen?

27:09 | Sep 13th, 2018

Since a Saudi-led coalition began bombarding Yemen in March 2015, more than 10,000 people have been killed and over 2 million displaced. While most U.S. politicians would prefer to pretend otherwise, all of this is happening with the cooperation and ...Show More
The White Supremacy Court Upholds the Muslim Ban

29:01 | Jun 26th, 2018

On Tuesday the Supreme Court handed the president a huge victory in Trump v. Hawaii, the case challenging the legality of his executive order barring citizens of five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The verdict upholding th...Show More
Confronting the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign Policy

26:47 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Barack Obama was one of the most polarizing presidents of the modern era. To the right, he was a weak, feckless leader and to the left, he was the Deporter in Chief and Drone President who bombed villages in Pakistan and assassinated Americans withou...Show More
Will the U.S. Ever Give Up Its Nukes?

30:04 | Jun 15th, 2018

This week Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to meet with a North Korean head of state, raising the prospect that the repressive dictatorship might finally take steps toward dismantling its nuclear program. But there’s something missing fro...Show More
Elizabeth Warren v. the District of Corruption

29:42 | Jun 8th, 2018

Between appointing his daughter and son-in-law to senior White House positions, engaging in business deals with foreign governments, and “encouraging” diplomats and dignitaries to book rooms in his hotels, Donald Trump’s administration is setting new...Show More
The War on Immigrants

29:25 | Jun 1st, 2018

The Trump administration is targeting migrant and refugee children to achieve its policy goal at the border, crack down on immigration, and placate its far right base. More than 700 children have been forcibly separated from both parents at the borde...Show More
Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook

22:58 | May 25th, 2018

Five years ago this week Edward Snowden absconded to Hong Kong with a trove of documents detailing the extent of the U.S. government's global and domestic surveillance programs. Snowden’s leaks helped expose the astonishing reach of the U.S. governme...Show More
How The Trumps Screwed Palestine

29:03 | May 18th, 2018

Two Palestinians join Mehdi Hasan to discuss U.S. coverage of Jerusalem and how to get prominent Democratic politicians to take the Palestinian struggle for freedom seriously. Rula Jebreal was raised in East Jerusalem and is an academic and foreign p...Show More
Is Trump Trying to Start a War with Iran?

29:56 | May 11th, 2018

The president announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, citing Israeli intel purporting to show that Iran has resumed its nuclear weapons program. Does this move us one step closer to war? Has John Bolton taken the helm of U.S. fore...Show More
Will the Media Ever Stand Up to Trump? (with Judd Apatow)

29:04 | May 4th, 2018

Comedian and Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the U.S. media’s cozy relationship with politicians. Rather than defending Michelle Wolf as she ridiculed the brazen dishonesty of the President and his equally dec...Show More
The Killing Fields of Gaza

28:49 | Apr 27th, 2018

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are demonstrating and calling for their right to return to their ancestral lands for the fifth Friday in a row. Israeli forces have been responding with force, killing at least 40 demonstrators and wounding thousands. O...Show More
How Bad Is The News? (With Hasan Minhaj)

27:24 | Apr 20th, 2018

Comedian Hasan Minhaj is best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show and his acclaimed stand-up special "Homecoming King." This year he’s slated to host his own talk show on Netflix, and on this week’s podcast he and Mehdi Hasan disc...Show More
Is Trump About To Start An Illegal War With Syria?

26:35 | Apr 13th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Why Black Lives Still Don't Matter

29:50 | Apr 6th, 2018

In her first national interview, Stephon Clark’s fiancée Salena Manni speaks out on his death at the hands of Sacramento police. She calls on President Donald Trump to take action on police violence, and responds to White House Press Secretary Sarah ...Show More
Will John Bolton Get Us All Killed?

25:00 | Mar 30th, 2018

By now you’ve heard about John Bolton’s bluster, warmongering, and disregard for international law. What you probably don’t know is that Trump’s new national security advisor made implicit threats against a diplomat and his children. On this week’s s...Show More
We Need to Talk About Inequality (with Bernie Sanders)

23:25 | Mar 23rd, 2018

The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan sits down with independent senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to discuss why the mainstream press ignores so many of the economic issues that affect the lives of average Americans: poverty, homelessne...Show More
Coming Soon: Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

01:24 | Mar 1st, 2018

A new podcast from The Intercept that cuts through the political drivel and media misinformation to give you a straight take on one big news story of the week. Hosted by Mehdi Hasan. Coming March 23.