2017 featured no shortage of interesting news. Truthdig had some fascinating conversations about that news with journalists, filmmakers, activists, whistleblowers and more.

See which interviews were Truthdig’s most provocative and popular this year.

Honorable Mentions

Deon Joseph, LAPD Officer: What Can Skid Row Teach Us About the Future of Policing?

Longtime police officer Deon Joseph talks about homelessness, mental health and crime in Los Angeles’ most run-down district:

Jodie Evans, Code Pink Co-Founder: How Resistance Can Get Results in the Age of Trump

The Truthdig team sits down with Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans to discuss social justice efforts:

James Cromwell, Actor and Activist: Citizen-Led Climate Action and the Current ‘Revolution of Love’

The actor and activist tells Truthdig about his fight against power plants fueled by fracked gas, and more:

10. Jimmy Dore, Political Comedian: Corporate Sellouts and Political Comedy

The comedian and political commentator talks about the intersection of humor and politics under President Trump:

9. Raymond Kingfisher, Native American Activist: After #NoDAPL, ‘Water Protector’ Movement Continues

The water protector joins Truthdig correspondent Donald Kaufman to discuss the work ahead to protect the environment:

8. Archbishop José Gomez: The Intersection of Catholicism and Immigration

The archbishop of Los Angeles talks about fear in undocumented communities and the future of immigration policy:

7. Cenk Uygur, Host of The Young Turks: Progressive Politics

Uygur talks about his bid to shake up the Democratic Party with Justice Democrats:

6. Bill Binney, NSA Whistleblower: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sits down with the veteran intelligence analyst and NSA whistleblower to discuss alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 U.S. presidential election:

5. Kenneth Mejia, Green Party Congressional Candidate: Inside a Grass-Roots Campaign

The 26-year-old visits Truthdig to discuss his effort to represent California’s 34th Congressional District:

4. Mel Goodman, Former CIA Analyst: The Manipulation of Intelligence

Russia expert and former CIA analyst Mel Goodman tells the inside story of political corruption at the organization, and what he did to try to stop it:

3. John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower: A Q&A With the Truthdig Audience

The whistleblower, former intelligence analyst and Truthdig contributor responds to audience questions on issues such as 9/11, terrorism and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia:

2. Hasan Piker, The Young Turks: How Modern Technology Impacts Our Democracy

The commentator from The Young Turks talks about what’s next for journalism and youth activism:

1. Oliver Stone, Filmmaker: On Russia Relations and Interviewing Vladimir Putin

In a conversation sponsored by Truthdig and KPFK, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Oliver Stone about “The Putin Interviews,” a series of discussions between the filmmaker and President Vladimir Putin conducted in Russia:


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