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Live at Truthdig: Oliver Stone in Conversation With Robert Scheer

The Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director and producer sat down with Truthdig’s editor in chief today to discuss Stone’s Showtime series and book, “The Putin Interviews.”

Posted on Jul 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with the lawyer and immigrant-rights activist, who self-deported to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself.

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


A Q&A With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou (Video)

The whistleblower, former intelligence analyst and Truthdig contributor responded to audience questions on issues such as 9/11, terrorism and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. (Left, Truthdig’s Sarah Wesley.)

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Whistleblower John Kiriakou Tells Robert Scheer How the CIA Returned to Its Violent Roots After 9/11

The CIA-analyst-turned-whistleblower sits down with Truthdig’s editor in chief for a discussion about intelligence and counterterrorism in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Music Industry Veteran Danny Goldberg on Channeling the Idealism of the Summer of Love (Audio)

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Goldberg about the political impact of psychedelic music in the 1960s and the authenticity of commercial music today. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


When Democrats Crushed Occupy: A Cautionary Tale (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks about the failures of the Democratic Party and the establishment politics that led to Donald Trump’s victory.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


A Former CIA Analyst Explains Why Denuclearization Is Crucial to Stabilizing U.S.-Russia Relations

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Melvin Goodman (pictured) about agency failures and the future of U.S.-Russia ties. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Author Rebecca Carroll on Identity and the ‘Monolith of Blackness’ (Audio and Transcript)

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews author Rebecca Carroll about how her background influences her writing and the intersection of race and class. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Former CIA Analyst Melvin Goodman on the Agency’s Manipulation of Intelligence

On a panel moderated by Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer (pictured, right), Goodman explains why he blew the whistle on corruption in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


America’s Incarceration Crisis: Are We Doomed to Repeat the Same Failed Policies? (Transcript Added)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and law professor James Forman Jr. (pictured) discuss the mass incarceration of black men and the issue of drug decriminalization. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



‘The Putin Interviews’: An Excerpt

Oliver Stone (right) conducted a series of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a documentary. Read an exclusive excerpt from the director’s new film and book here.

Posted on Jun 17, 2017 READ MORE


How Gentrification Is Destroying America’s Cities (Audio and Transcript)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and author Peter Moskowitz discuss gentrification, poverty and the concept of housing as a human right. Transcript added.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Oliver Stone Hopes ‘The Putin Interviews’ Can Ease U.S.-Russia Relations

In a series of historic conversations, the filmmaker humanizes the Russian president while examining the current state of tension in the new Cold War. (Above, the cover of Stone’s new book.)

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the New Cold War and ‘Faux Redbaiting’ (Video)

The Truthdig editor in chief sits down with “Watching the Hawks” co-host Sean Stone to discuss foreign policy under President Trump, the demonization of Russia and media bias.

Posted on Jun 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


How Undocumented Communities Targeted by Trump Can Push Back (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and civil rights attorney Laboni Hoq discuss protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants in the age of Trump. Transcript added.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Director John Scheinfeld on the Spiritual Journey of Jazz Icon John Coltrane (Audio)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the documentarian about his latest film and how Coltrane’s journey parallels that of other music legends. Transcript added.

Posted on May 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Two Views on Trump and the Israel Reality

Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE



Celebrating the Vibrant Lifestyle of Jean Stein

Family and longtime friends of the author and editor, who died on April 30, recall her remarkable social gatherings and her lively spirit.

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE


Director Laura Poitras: Julian Assange Is an ‘Equal-Opportunity’ Leaker (Audio)

In the latest episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Oscar-winning documentarian speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about Assange’s rights as the publisher of WikiLeaks. Transcript added.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Oliver Stone on the History of Wall Street Corruption and the Future of American Military Power

The award-winning director speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer in Part 2 of a conversation about filmmaking, Wall Street greed, and the past and future of America’s military exploits. Transcript added.

Posted on May 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Oliver Stone on Interviewing Putin, Documenting Snowden and Making Controversial Choices

“I never did a movie because it was good for my career,” the director tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer in a hard-hitting conversation about filmmaking, America’s military exploits, Russia and other topics. (Transcript added.)

Posted on May 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Remembering Jean Stein

The author and editor led a life of letters and ideas that ranged from her tenure at the helm of the Paris Review to her recent study of mid-20th century Los Angeles to her classic take on model Edie Sedgwick. 

Posted on May 2, 2017 READ MORE



The New York Times Chides Obama Ever So Gently for Betraying His Own Words

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer remarks on what the newspaper conspicuously leaves out of its commentary on the former president’s speaking fees.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE


Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern on the CIA’s History of Disseminating Faulty Intelligence

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and McGovern discuss the agency’s influence during the Vietnam War and the role it now plays in America’s perception of Russia. Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Government Monitoring: You Have the Right to Be Watched (Audio & Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback (pictured) discuss the demise of privacy online, safe drinking water and other topics in this week’s “Scheer Intelligence.” Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Why the Affordable Care Act Hasn’t Gone Far Enough (Audio and Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and activist Dr. Paul Song discuss the failures of Obamacare and the future of health care reform. Transcript added.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Immigrant Scapegoating Didn’t Start Under Trump—It Was ‘Greatly Accelerated’ Under Clinton

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Bill Blum discuss the history of scapegoating immigrants for crimes, as well as former President Bill Clinton’s role in Donald Trump’s immigration policies.   

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer: MLK Has Been Portrayed as an Innocuous, Benign Figure. He Wasn’t That at All. (Audio)

On KPFK’s “This Is Happening,” Truthdig’s editor in chief discusses King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, an address partly inspired by a Ramparts magazine piece published when Scheer was editor there.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


The Russians Aren’t Coming—the Deep State Is (Audio)

On KPFA’s “Sunday Show” this week, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer explains why he isn’t buying the foreign interference talk surrounding Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


A Community Terrorized: Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the Social Fabric of the U.S. (Audio)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the trauma of undocumented immigrants with Victor Narro, an immigration and labor attorney and project director at the UCLA Labor Center. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Taking a Closer Look at Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosts a discussion on immigration policy and its effect on human rights.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author of “Finks,” about how the spy agency turned literary figures into propagandists for militarism and imperial power. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Fired ‘Marketplace’ Reporter Wonders: Is Objective Journalism Dead?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Lewis Wallace (pictured), who was fired from the American Public Media show for questioning objective reporting under Trump.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



How David Horowitz and Fellow Conservative Intellectuals Were Conned by Trump

Author Sol Stern analyzes how Horowitz (pictured)—his friend and a former New Left radical—succumbed to the president’s “totalitarian temptation.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 READ MORE


Geoff Cowan, Former Head of Voice of America, Stresses the Need for a Strong Press in the Trump Age

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the USC journalism professor, pictured, about opposition to the new Trump administration and the role of the media in these troubling times.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Willie Nelson’s ‘Promiseland’ Celebrates Immigration and Condemns Building Walls

In the second installment of a two-part interview, Willie Nelson talks about his Native American roots and defends the contributions of immigrants. Transcript added.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Nancy Hollander, Chelsea Manning’s Attorney

The greatest victory of the week does not belong to Donald Trump, but to Manning and to Hollander, who never stopped fighting for justice.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE


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


Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tells Robert Scheer: I Am Not a Beat!

Truthdig’s editor in chief asks the co-founder of San Francisco’s famed City Lights Bookstore to discuss his life and his work with writers of the Beat Generation.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


The Best of ‘Scheer Intelligence’ 2016: Robert Scheer’s Guests Offer a Wealth of Insight

Once a week, Truthdig’s editor in chief interviews someone who, through long engagement with American culture or politics, has an informed and highly personal perspective on pressing issues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Best of ‘Live at Truthdig’ 2016: Election Chaos Provokes Thoughtful Discussion About the Future

Our most popular sessions took a hard look at various aspects of American policy before and after the outcome—unexpected by most—of the presidential election.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks with one of the leaders of California’s Democratic Party about the state’s paradox—how progressives swept the nation’s largest state in the 2016 election while Hillary Clinton got Trumped elsewhere in the country. Transcript added.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Does the WWII Internment of Japanese-Americans Provide a Model for an American Fascism Under Trump?

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host Robert Scheer speaks with professor Richard Reeves about Japanese internment and how it compares with president-elect Donald Trump’s attitude toward Muslim Americans.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Hints of Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying Rise From Blacklist Case

A writer with considerable expertise about Russian and Ukrainian politics connects the dots after scrutinizing the shadowy PropOrNot and a controversial Washington Post article.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Meets Blase Bonpane, a Priest Who Defied the Catholic Church

The priest and author of the new book “The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and War, Reverence and Critique” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his career working for peace in Central America and his conflicted relationship with his church.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Preserving Independent Journalism and Fighting the New McCarthyism

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the recent Washington Post story that relied heavily on an unsubstantiated source that claims Truthdig and other news outlets are spreading “Russian propaganda.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How Fidel Outlived His U.S. Government Assassins

“John F. Kennedy’s administration tried to assassinate Fidel Castro by using Mafia hit men,” wrote Robert Scheer, Truthdig editor in chief, in a Los Angeles Times column first published in 1997.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Makes a Surprise Appearance at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner (Video)

The whistleblower attended the 2016 American Civil Liberties Union SoCal dinner via video stream to honor actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Snowden in the Oliver Stone film “Snowden,” as well as to tell Americans, “When systems fall, when things break down ... people remain. Don’t be afraid of what comes next. Be ready.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers

Sawant, who is in her second term on Seattle’s City Council, and Truthdig’s editor in chief discuss her political achievements and challenges. Audio and transcript.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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