Unauthorized Disclosure

Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola start the show talking about the Keystone XL pipeline, which gushed 210,000 gallons of oil into South Dakota because, who knew that was probably going to happen?

It is a rather bleak open that leads into a conversation about Russia Today and the Justice Department coercing the foreign media outlet to register as a foreign agent. Then, they talk about the frenzy around Donald Trump Jr's correspondence with WikiLeaks that was terribly overblown and dominated by what the CIA would like the public to think about the media organization.

Finally, the show's hosts address the rising flood of sexual assault allegations but begin with the cautionary example of Jordan Chariton of Young Turks, who was falsely accused of rape this past week. The Huffington Post did a story based upon vindictive allegations that they later had to take down from their site.

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Arab American professor and activist Rania Masri joined the show from Lebanon to talk about Saudi Arabia and how they are holding Saad Hariri, the Lebanese Prime Minister, captive.

In the interview, Masri, a guest for the full episode, breaks down what has unfolded, briefly outlines political responses in Lebanon, what King Mohammed bin Salman may be seeking to accomplish, and how media is whitewashing the regime by treating Salman as a "reform king." She also addresses the blaming of Iran by the Saudis, Israel, or the United States to justify the escalation of tensions among countries.

Later in the show, she recaps the first year of Donald Trump's presidency and how the administration has reinforced the agenda of the Saudi regime.

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Host Rania Khalek has mostly finished a transition to a new journalism project and returns to the show.

On this week's episode, hosts Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss 2016, a year that seemingly will never end. The election remains a constant conversation, with the past week dominated by allegations against the Democratic National Committee from Donna Brazile. They both talk about the anniversary of Donald Trump's election or Hillary Clinton's miserable failure.

Later in the show, Khalek discusses Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation in Saudi Arabia and what that may mean. She also addresses the CIA's dump of Osama bin Laden files so it could propagandize people into believing al Qaeda is tied to Iran.

The show concludes with talk about the EPA, climate change, and Joe Ricketts, a vulturous billionaire who shut down DNAinfo.com and The Gothamist because staff at one of the offices successfully unionized.

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Cindy Milstein, the editor of Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work Of Grief, joins the show for an interview on why we should not bury or make private our pain when we are grieving from death or loss as a result of injustice or systemic oppression. She talks about creating space for open grieving, as well as the authoritarian manners in which many citizens are expected to grieve.

Milstein contends that grief can open cracks in the walls of the system and create possibilities for contestation and reconstruction, intervulnerability and strength, empathy and solidarity."

It is the first in a series of interviews from contributors to the collection of essays available from AK Press

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Max Suchan, a director of operations and co-founder of the Chicago Community Bond, joins the show to talk about the fund's latest work.

Cook County recently adopted reforms to money bond. Bond, like most parts of the United States, disproportionately affects poor black people.

During the interview, Suchan describes how judges are failing to properly execute an order issued by Chief Judge Timothy Evans that was supposed to help individuals who cannot afford bond. Suchan later highlights how the fund decides who to help and the kind of cases that are typical when it comes to money bond.

In the discussion part, Kevin Gosztola addresses President Donald Trump's phone call to Sgt. La David Johnson, which consumed media during the past week. He puts the focus on the issue of why U.S. troops are even in Niger in the first place.
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Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss reports that Russia is behind racism, xenophobia, and all other topics that divide Americans and stem from systemic oppression. They also talk about the referendum for independence in Kurdistan, the #TakeAKnee protests by NFL players, St. Louis police waging war on protesters, and more.














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In a discussion, posted in addition to a conversation with host Rania Khalek about her reporting in Iraq, hosts Khalek and Kevin Gosztola talk about Hillary Clinton's incredible persistence (she just won't go away), Bernie Sanders' introducing a "Medicare For All" bill with the support of 16 Democratic senators, and The Intercept's coverage of Syria. 

We also introduce a new segment, where we roast someone on social media. 

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Host Rania Khalek of the "Unauthorized Disclosure" podcast spent a week with the Yezidi Yezidi Popular Mobilization Forces in newly liberated south Sinjar in August. She learned many Yezidis join the PM to protect their families, defend their towns, and save those in their family captured by ISIS.

Khalek wrote about the stories she heard from Yezidis for "The Grayzone Project." Those she spoke with described tales of genocide and conflict to her, sometimes in utterly horrific detail.

We talk about her time in Iraq with the Yezidi PMF.

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As Hurricane Irma hits Florida, we have an interview with Niecee X of the Black Women's Defense League about the organizing work the organization is doing to provide relief for those in the Houston area impacted by Hurricane Harvey. They are particularly focused on women of color and marginalized people, who are neglected and under-served after natural disasters.

During the discussion portion of the show, Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola talk about Hurricane Irma, Hillary Clinton's unwanted book tour, and North Korea.

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In this abbreviated episode, the show highlights listener comments and covers President Donald Trump's decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Particularly, the show focuses upon how President Barack Obama kept the war going and takes to task Democrats who are meekly pledging to demand specifics to ensure Trump's strategy works. The specifics that matter are the statistics that reflect the human toll - the number of civilians killed, the children killed in airstrikes, the number of refugees who have fled, etc.

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