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Heyday Books Publisher Steve Wasserman Discusses the Future of the Printed Word With Robert Scheer

Wasserman talks about actual books and e-books and recounts how Malcolm Margolin founded the company to champion indigenous people.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Willie Nelson: A Long Story From Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump

In part one of a two-part conversation at his home in Hawaii, the musician tells Truthdig’s editor in chief that his upbringing during the Depression was an ideal childhood.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


The Insanity of a New Cold War: A Top Russian Scholar Sounds the Alarm

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with professor Sergei Plekhanov about Western misconceptions of today’s Russia.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Lizbeth Mateo Explore the Contradictions of U.S. Immigration Policy

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Interviews Gary Tyler, Wrongly Imprisoned for Decades

Tyler tells Truthdig’s editor in chief how he survived his years in the penitentiary after being wrongly convicted of murdering a 13-year-old boy. (Transcript added.)

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss the Duplicity of Trump

Donald Trump’s success is not an accident. It’s the result of a corrupt capitalist system. The author of “The Making of Donald Trump” explains in a conversation with the Truthdig editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and ‘M.A.S.H.’ Actor Mike Farrell Discuss Ending the Death Penalty in America

Farrell tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his efforts to save the lives of people awaiting execution—and the pitfalls awaiting celebrities who get involved in social causes.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Assess the Merits of a Life of Virtue in a Careerist’s World

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Larry Gross Discuss the Rise of the U.S. Gay Community

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast, Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the author and academic about how formerly “invisible,” closeted gay men and women came—over the course of the middle and late 20th century—to form a community that wielded political power.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


When Robert Scheer and John Kiriakou Talked Government Double Standards (Audio)

By John Kiriakou

Now that Hillary Clinton will not be prosecuted for using a private email server as secretary of state, it raises the question: Does the government hold a double standard on matters of classification? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discussed the issue with former CIA officer John Kiriakou on a past episode of “Scheer Intelligence.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Barbara Williams Talk Tragedy, Fame and Fortune (Audio)

Barbara Williams, acclaimed Canadian actress, musician and author, tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about her difficult childhood and her path to a successful acting career.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Anthony Davis Discuss Football and Brain Trauma

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast, Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the former University of Southern California football player about living with the brain injuries Davis sustained during his celebrated career.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Movement for Peace

By Robert Scheer

Should Hillary Clinton be behaving as the Democratic nominee for president? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer doesn’t think so and wants her to listen more to the progressive side of the party.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Speaks With Nomi Prins About the Connection Between Washington and Wall Street

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor in chief’s podcast on KCRW—author, journalist and former investment banker Nomi Prins explains the culture of Wall Street and its influence on government.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Sandy Tolan Confront the Grimness of Life in the West Bank

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks to the author of the book “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” about music’s role in the life of children in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Posted on May 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Is the Never Trump Movement Over?

By Robert Scheer

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists conduct a group therapy session for the political parties, with Scheer holding out hope to Bernie Sanders.

Posted on May 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Republicans Struggle to Support Trump

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists see Trump and Hillary Clinton marching toward the general election. Can these two candidates make themselves more likable to Americans who are rejecting elites?

Posted on May 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer Talks With Madison Shockley About the Meanings of Christianity (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Shockley to discuss the Christian leader’s family history with racism and what it means to be Christian today. Transcript included.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: The West Responds to the Attacks in Brussels; Obama Visits Cuba

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer calls for “old-fashioned” police work in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Brussels that killed at least 31.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: It’s Finally, Almost, Caucus Time!

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the missing-in-debate-action candidate, Donald Trump, and his chances of clinching a Republican win in the Hawkeye State.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: GOP Hopefuls Compete on Party Values; Bernie Surges

On this week’s edition of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says he sees Bernie Sanders as the only interesting candidate in the 2016 election, while the other panelists praise Donald Trump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Defies the Two-Party System

KPFK radio host Joshua Scheer speaks with Stein about the urgent need for political parties that are not indebted to big business and discusses trends that suggest Americans are increasingly ready for alternatives.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: On the Post-Paris Era

In this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” panelists give their take on the world after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, engaging in a spirited debate over the origins of Islamic State, what to do about the refugee crisis and how to tackle terrorism on a global scale.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer and John Dean on Richard Nixon, Ted Cruz and the Abuse of Power

By Robert Scheer

In the premiere episode of KCRW’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief sits down with John Dean, the former Nixon legal adviser who blew the lid off the Watergate scandal. In this podcast, Dean offers his take on the misuse of power under the guise of national security—both during the Nixon era and today.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran’s Done Deal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Jeb Bush’s proposal for tax cuts—for himself.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


LISTEN: ‘The Look of Silence’ Helps Indonesians See the Genocide They’re Afraid to Discuss

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson and KPFK’s Joshua Scheer about the influence his films “The Act of Killing” and the just-released “The Look of Silence” have had on life in Indonesia, where the perpetrators of a 50-year-old massacre still hold power.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


LISTEN: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Presidential Candidates on the Economy, Race and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the various presidential candidates and their positions on the economy and racial issues. Would Hillary Clinton make any real break from Wall Street? Why is Donald Trump leading in the polls? And is a vote for Bernie Sanders tantamount to support for a Republican victory?

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Love Wins

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists have a heated discussion about gay marriage after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision giving same-sex couples the legal right to marry throughout the United States.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Climate Change, Candidate Talk and Tragedy in Charleston

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether the young white man who killed nine people at a black church in South Carolina should be prosecuted for hate crimes or terrorism. Lizz Winstead says Donald Trump “just replaced bedbugs as America’s No. 1 pest” upon announcing his campaign for the presidency.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: The Clown Car Grows

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the new entrants into the presidential race, the Senate’s passage of the USA Freedom Act and whether political correctness on college campuses has gone too far.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Baltimore, Same-Sex Marriage and Bernie Sanders

It’s been a busy news week, to say the least. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer happened to be in Baltimore and relays what he saw, on the latest episode of “Left, Right & Center.” Also: Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid and same-sex marriage’s upcoming day in court.

Posted on May 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Higher Wages at Wal-Mart and Obama’s Views on Radical Extremism

On this edition of “Left, Right & Center,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists discuss Wal-Mart’s decision to raise wages for about 500,000 workers. President Obama likes to say that “America deserves a raise,” but this week’s conversation tackles the question: Is Wal-Mart’s move enough?

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Sony Hack and Cuba

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s year-end news conference, during which the president said Sony should have consulted him before canceling the release of “The Interview.” Also, is it a new world for Cuba?

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jill Abramson Fired, Karl Rove on Hillary, VA Scandal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the big and sudden changes that shook up the newsroom at The New York Times this week. Does the ousting of executive editor Jill Abramson represent a setback for women at the Gray Lady and in newsrooms everywhere?

Posted on May 16, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Foreign Affairs Troubles and a Nevada Rancher

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists” discuss the 700-page economics text about inequality currently leading the best-seller list on Amazon, rising tension in Ukraine, reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria, the disastrous turn in conservatives’ love affair with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and more.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War won’t get one.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: 7 Million Signed Up, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists count 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Also, the Supreme Court rules in favor of a conservative businessman and eliminates limits on aggregate campaign contributions.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and Hobby Lobby

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., the NSA program that records all phone calls to one country, and the Supreme Court’s pending decision over whether a hobbies chain has the right not to cover contraception in its insurance for employees.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine a behind-the-scenes fight over interoffice spying between the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Also, the libertarian-conservative split on the U.S.’s proper role in the Ukraine crisis and Senate Democrats’ fruitless all-nighter on climate change.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, Facebook and WhatsApp, Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the political protests in Ukraine, the privacy implications of Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the texting service WhatsApp and billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer’s promise to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election to pressure candidates to tackle climate change.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Imperial President or Small Ball?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether President Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he would try to find ways to work around a dysfunctional Congress makes him an imperialist president.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Dismal Jobs Report and Christie Bridge-Gate

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask: With only 74,000 jobs created last month, who or what is to blame? Also, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie solved his Bridge-gate troubles or is his image permanently tarnished?

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: An Iran Deal, Supremes on Obamacare, Gratitude

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate whether the Iranian nuclear deal is a “game changer” or a “very bad idea.” Also, the Supreme Court agrees to hear more arguments against Obamacare.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Left, Right & Center’: Washington Chaos—Is There a Way Out?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether there is a way out of the government shutdown. Host Matt Miller proposes an option that could be a face saver for both sides of the aisle.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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