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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


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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



Revenge of the ‘Deplorables’

Make no mistake about it: This is a crisis of confidence for America’s ruling elite.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE


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


Thomas Frank Explores Whether Clinton and the Democratic Party Will Address Inequality

By KiMi Robinson

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosted the political analyst in a live-streamed discussion about how the Democrats abandoned the working class and whether a President Hillary Clinton would control Wall Street’s greed.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Thomas Frank Talk Politics in Los Angeles

The Truthdig editor in chief sat down Sunday with the political analyst to discuss Frank’s new book, “Listen Liberal: Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?” They also tackled the 2016 election and Bill Clinton’s legacy, among other topics.

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Thomas Frank on Why Hillary Clinton Won’t Protect Americans From Wall Street (Video and Transcript)

By Alexander Reed Kelly

Clinton “really believes” that “Wall Street banks are in fact run by fine, upstanding individuals who are opening up the doors of possibility for the poor people of the world,” the author of “Listen, Liberal” told Truthdig at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Thomas Frank on Democrats’ Shift Away From Addressing Inequality (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

In this repost, Truthdig Editor in Chief Scheer interviews the author to discuss his new book, “Listen, Liberal,” about how the Democrat Party abandoned the American working class. (Frank will join Scheer in Los Angeles on Oct. 30 for a public discussion about the upcoming presidential election and Frank’s book. See the jump for more information.) Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Activism and the Future of American Politics

By Emma Niles

The journalists reflect on their own histories and share their insights on the current election season.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


A Conversation About War and Peace With Ron Kovic, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges

By KiMi Robinson

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” met with the Truthdig journalists at the University of Southern California on Oct. 18 to talk about Kovic’s latest book, “Hurricane Street,” and how he became a peace activist. Truthdig broadcasted the discussion live on Facebook.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on War, Religion and Fighting American Neoliberalism

By Emma Niles

The Truthdig editor in chief sat down with the acclaimed journalist for an intimate conversation about their careers and the American political landscape.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer: Why Does Freedom of the Press Protect Newspapers but Not Whistleblowers? (Video)

Truthdig’s editor in chief talks to “Nowman Show” host Dan Niswander about how Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were hung out to dry even as the publications that profited from their stories were protected.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Gary Tyler on Maintaining Hope and Compassion in the U.S. Prison System

At age 16, Gary Tyler was wrongly sent to death row, where he spent 41 years until being freed in April. The Truthdig team spoke with him about the prison system, the death penalty and maintaining hope throughout the decades.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Live at Truthdig: What Can Be Done to Reform the U.S. Prison System?

At age 16, Gary Tyler was wrongly sent to death row, where he spent 41 years until being freed in April. The Truthdig team will talk with him Thursday at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Interviews Misty K. Snow, the First Major-Party Transgender Nominee for U.S. Senate

The millennial, a Utah Democrat, tells Truthdig’s editor in chief how working full time in a supermarket and living paycheck to paycheck inspired her to run. Transcript added.

Posted on Oct 7, 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


‘Citizen Stan’ Tells the Story of Stanley Sheinbaum, ‘a Man You Ought to Know About’

The Los Angeleno was involved with prime ministers, presidents and kings and played a major role in some of the most significant political events of the latter half of the 20th century. A documentary by Patty Sharaf chronicles his life.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer and Libertarian Journalist Matt Welch Discuss Reason in America

Welch tells Truthdig’s editor in chief what it means to be a libertarian, how the Libertarian Party has grown during the 2016 presidential campaign and where libertarian values and progressive values overlap. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Photo of the Week: A Tense Look Between President Obama and Vladimir Putin

Even with the U.S. and Russia agreeing on a temporary cease-fire in Syria, trust between the nations’ leaders appears to be in short supply.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer: U.S. Pledge of $90 Million to Laos Glosses U.S. History of Terrorizing Civilians

If the word “terrorism” has any meaning, it applies to the U.S. bombings in Laos during the Vietnam War, says Truthdig’s editor in chief.

Posted on Sep 9, 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


Jill Stein: ‘The Experience of Democracy’ Is More Important Than Being a Career Politician

The Green Party presidential nominee met with Truthdig staff to talk about how the mainstream media has (and hasn’t) covered her campaign, her qualifications for the nation’s highest office and the controversy over her running mate’s “Uncle Tom” comment aimed at President Obama. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Bill Clinton: The End of Welfare Isn’t the End of Poor People

Isn’t it great how we solved the welfare problem? That’s the one thing that former President Clinton, Congress and even the media agree on.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Bill Clinton Waged a War on Welfare Mothers Instead of a War on Poverty

To hear Clinton tell it, his presidency won the war on poverty three decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched it, having changed only the name. Seems he doesn’t know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE


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


Ron Kovic: ‘Why I Wrote “Hurricane Street” ’ (Video)

“The care we were receiving at the hospital at the time was in many cases abusive,” so “150 paralyzed men in wheelchairs, but also veterans from other parts of the hospital, some nurses, some caregivers, aides who had courage and their own reason to protest,” organized in Vietnam veterans’ interests.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer, Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon on Dissatisfied Delegates (Video)

On Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with special guests Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon to discuss dissatisfaction among Bernie Sanders’ delegates.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live From Philadelphia: Robert Scheer on Democratic Party Failures and Progressive Solutions (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer reported live from Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention to explain how past economic failures have created the need for a truly progressive Democratic Party.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer: Americans Shouldn’t Settle for Candidates ‘Who Have Created This Tremendous Mess’

In an interview on The Real News Network, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about neofascist rhetoric and how third-party candidates are preferable to Clinton or Trump.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live at Truthdig: Questioning Republican and Democratic Extremism

On Thursday, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team discussed the political climate with special guest and Truthdig political correspondent Bill Boyarsky.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Et Tu, Bernie?

It is one thing to hold one’s nose and vote for Hillary Clinton as the lesser evil. It is quite another to suddenly absolve the Clintons, who have, as Bernie Sanders repeatedly pointed out, contributed so much to the national crisis.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


Truthdig Sits Down With the Green Party’s Jill Stein (Video)

The Greens’ presumptive presidential nominee met with us for a live discussion, broadcast on Facebook, about the 2016 election and American politics.

Posted on Jul 11, 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


Happy Birthday to Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is the birthday of the author and anti-war activist, who is also a friend and contributor to Truthdig. Today, we look back on our week with Kovic and the kind words he had for his friend Bruce Springsteen in 2009.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


She’s No Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump—Behind the Scenes With Jill Stein (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

A path exists for a credible independent candidate to win the U.S. presidency in 2016. Could that person be the presumptive Green Party nominee?

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live at Truthdig: Does America Care About the Costs and Consequences of War?

Peace activist and veteran Ron Kovic was our guest Thursday on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism

In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdig Wins Five Southern California Journalism Awards

Truthdig made a strong showing at the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday night.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE


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


Live at Truthdig: Has the Media Been Biased in Its Coverage of Donald Trump?

Do you think the mainstream media is being fair in its coverage of Donald Trump? Or has it abandoned objectivity? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the Truthdig team discussed on Friday.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live at Truthdig: A Conversation on LGBT Activism and Politics in the Wake of Orlando

On Friday, June 17, at noon PST, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with contributor Larry Gross, an expert in LGBT studies.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Robert Scheer on How the Bernie Sanders Movement Must Last Beyond the Election (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the 2016 election and how the progressive movement can continue to incite political change.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Live at Truthdig: The Phenomenon of Donald Trump

Truthdig sits down with Editor in Chief Robert Scheer to discuss Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Has there ever been anyone like him in American political history? And what does his success say about the American people?

Posted on Jun 11, 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



Bill Clinton’s Legacy of Denial

Endorsing the Republican agenda of financial industry deregulation, reversing New Deal safeguards, President Clinton caused more damage to the American economy in the long run than any president since Herbert Hoover.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE


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