Background Briefing with Ian Masters

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BACKGROUND BRIEFING:A radio program featuring international and national news, expert guests, policy makers, and critics offering analysis and insight on national security, foreign and domestic policy, political, cultural, and social issues.Five days a week, Background Briefing asks knowledgeable and thoughtful experts to explain the complexities behind major news stories in long-format interviews.Background Briefing goes far beyond the headlines and deep under the radar to bring forward truths unheard elsewhere in American media.The program airs Monday-Thursday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time and on Sundays from 11:00 to Noon.Broadcast live on http://www.kpfk.orgIAN MASTERS:Ian Masters is an Australian-born and BBC-trained journalist and filmmaker. He has made a career of asking provocative questions of the most informed thinkers in order to bring light to the day's most important news stories. Since 1980 his Sunday program, Background Briefing, has aired on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. In 2009, the program expanded to five days each week.In addition to his work on radio, Ian Masters hosts monthly forums at Los Angeles's UCLA/Hammer Museum. The Hammer Forum invites prominent and provocative guests to address relevant issues of public concern in conversation with each other and the public. All events are free and open to the public. Videocasts are available at http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/programs/cat/7.

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Taking listeners deep into the underlying issues and forces that shape our world.
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2019-03-19 12:43
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2019-03-19 00:42
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
19.03.2019

March 18 - Is Trump Losing It as Mueller Closes In?; A Call to Investigate Trump's Friend Who Owned Massage Parlors; New Zealand's Gun Control Action Compared to US Inaction

Program Date:  03/18/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/18/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
17.03.2019

March 17 - Why Trump Won’t Condemn White Nationalism; The Convergence of Attacks on Muslims, Social Media and Targeting Houses of Worship; Students Around the World Protest Inaction on Global Warming

Program Date:  03/17/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/17/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
14.03.2019

March 14 - Beto O'Rourke's Entry into the Presidential Race; The Senate's Rebuke of Trump and His Unwavering Support for MBS; The Senate Vote's Down Trump's Emergency Declaration Which Now Goes to the Courts

Program Date:  03/14/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/14/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
14.03.2019

March 13 - Trump Appears Poised to Pardon Manafort; Why the US is Losing Out to China on 5G and High Speed Internet; The College Admission Scandal

Program Date:  03/13/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/13/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
13.03.2019

March 12 - The Brexit Zombie Has the UK Heading for a Cliff; A Roadmap to Fix Our Broken Democracy; Trump and Maduro Fan the Flames as Venezuela Slowly Dies

Program Date:  03/12/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/12/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
11.03.2019

March 11 - Did Software in Conflict with Human Control Cause the 737 MAX 8 Crashes?; Manafort Got Off Light, but US Sentencing is Harsh; A Critique of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren's Foreign Policy

Program Date:  03/11/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/11/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
10.03.2019

March 10 - The Outrageous Disparity in US Sentencing; Will the Democratic Left and Center Collide?; Why the Intelligence Community Denied Jared Kushner a Top Secret Clearance

Program Date:  03/10/2019 mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
8.03.2019

March 7 - Are Talented Democratic Candidates Discouraged By the Crowded Field?; In Spite of Old Divisions, New Democratic Talent Will Emerge; Reps. Omar and Tlaib are Lightning Rods Who Will Change the Israel-Palestinian Debate

Program Date:  03/07/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/07/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
7.03.2019

March 6 - Hypocrisy and a Double Standard Roiling the House; Supporters of Trump Are Dying from His Policies; The Expanding Investigations into Trump, His Family and His Administration

Program Date:  03/06/2019 mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
6.03.2019

March 5 - The Culture of Celebrity is Colliding with the Culture of Scandal; The Unprecedented Trump-Fox News Relationship; Will the Senate Start Acting Like a Separate Branch of Government?

Program Date:  03/05/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/05/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
5.03.2019

March 4 - The Vatican's Secret WWII Archives to Be Opened; Behind the Scenes at CPAC; The White House's Reckless Path Away from Nuclear Deterrence and Diplomacy

Program Date:  03/04/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/04/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
3.03.2019

March 3 - Deutsche Bank's Shady Relationship with Donald Trump; How Democrats Can Re-Define "Socialism" Against Republicans; Trump Vows to Strip Funding if Campuses Don't Support What He Calls "Free Speech"

Program Date:  03/03/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/03/03/background-briefing-march-... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
1.03.2019

February 28 - Nuclear Powers India and Pakistan Go to the Brink with Nobody Minding the Store in Washington; Netanyahu Faces Serious Charges; The Diplomatic Train wreck in Hanoi

Program Date:  02/28/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/28/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
28.02.2019

February 27 - Michael Cohen's Explosive Public Testimony Today; Who is This Person Described as a Racist, Conman and a Cheat?; An Assessment of Today's Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi

Program Date:  02/27/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/27/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
27.02.2019

February 26 - Trump Might Just Pull off a Big Deal in Hanoi; Inside the Inner Sanctums of the Global Elite in This New Gilded Age; Could India's Bombing of Territory Pakistan Claims Lead to a Wider War?

Program Date:  02/26/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/26/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
26.02.2019

February 25 - Hawks Running Trump's Venezuelan Policy Could Spark Civil War; A Possible People's Vote in a New Brexit Referendum; Controversy Over the Best Picture Academy Award

Program Date:  02/25/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/25/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
25.02.2019

February 24 - How Trump's Labor Secretary Got Trump's Friend Off Child Sex Abuse and Trafficking Charges; A Would-be Assassin's Hit List the Same as Trump's Enemies List: The Untold Story of How Americans Fought a Hidden War Against Russia

Program Date:  02/24/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/24/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
22.02.2019

February 21 - Trump's Accomplices in Overturning Libel Laws; America's Hidden History; Is There a Move Underway to Protect the GOP from the Damage the Mueller Report Will Do To Them?

Program Date:  02/21/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/21/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
21.02.2019

February 20 - Breaking Stories on the Mueller Probe and Trump's Efforts to Thwart It; An Analysis of Putin's State-of-the-Nation Address Today; Revelations of McKinsey & Company's Fall from Grace

Program Date:  02/20/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/20/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
20.02.2019

February 19 - Trump Conflates Chaos in Venezuela with Socialism in America; Bernie Sanders Enters the 2020 Presidential Race; Mounting Scandals Ahead of the Pope's Sex Abuse Prevention Summit

Program Date:  02/19/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/19/867/ mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
19.02.2019

February 18 - More Evidence That Trump is Both a Criminal and a Traitor; The UK Parliament Slams Facebook as a Digital Gangster; The Dystopian Reality of the Tech Industry

Program Date:  02/18/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/18/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
17.02.2019

February 17 - How to Thwart Trump's Unconstitutional Power Grab; A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Trump Trainwreck in the Rose Garden; The Pathetic Pence Pompeo Diplomatic Roadshow

Program Date:  02/17/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/17/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
15.02.2019

February 14 - Pence, Pompeo and Kushner's Warsaw War Party Against Iran; Our Autocrat is Now Following the Dictator's Playbook; Tolerating Trump's Racism While Indignant at a Congresswoman's Ill-Considered Remark

Program Date:  02/14/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/14/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
14.02.2019

February 13 - The Lead Author of the New Study on the Extinction of Insects; How We Must Come Together and Join "Team Human"; Manafort, a Russian Asset, Doing the Kremlin's Bidding

Program Date:  02/13/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/13/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
13.02.2019

February 12 - Trump and Don Jr. Stir Up Hatred of the Press; Another Sex Scandal in a Different Church; The US Not Immune to a Fascist Takeover By a Demagogue

Program Date:  02/12/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/12/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
12.02.2019

February 11 - Elizabeth Warren's Prediction That Trump Will Soon Be in Jail; Why Trump and Netanyahu Go to the Mat for MBS; Iran 40 Years After the Revolution

Program Date:  02/11/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/11/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
10.02.2019

February 10 - Do Pecker and AMI's Threats to Bezos Amount to Extortion?; The Saudi Role and Ex-NSA Hackers; Trump's Campaign Rally Versus "Beto at the Border"

Program Date:  02/10/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/10/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
8.02.2019

February 7 - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveils Her Green New Deal; An American Socialist on Trump's Demonization of Socialism; Baggage Emerges as Senator Klobuchar is Poised to Enter the Race

Program Date:  02/07/2019 mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
6.02.2019

February 6 - Trump's Cynical Demonization of Latinos; The Stream of Lies and Exaggerations from Trump's SOTU; "Don't Let the Democrats Become the Party of War"

Program Date:  02/06/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/06/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
6.02.2019

February 5 - Is Erik Prince Working for China Against US Interests?; A Presidential Historian on Trump's Astonishing Amount of "Executive Time"; What to Expect from Trump's State of the Union Address

Program Date:  02/05/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/05/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
5.02.2019

February 4 - Trump Angers Iraq's Leaders and Endangers American Bases; Mounting Pressure on Virginia's Governor; SPLC Sued By Founder of the Proud Boys, the Bodyguards for Roger Stone

Program Date:  02/04/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/04/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
3.02.2019

February 3 - How Facebook and Google are Killing Digital Journalism; The Consequence of the US and Russian Pulling Out of the INF Treaty; Saudi Arabia and Israel Have Had Much More Influence Over Our Elections Than Russia

Program Date:  02/03/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/02/03/background-briefing-februa... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
31.01.2019

January 30 - If Trump Cheated Can We Have an Election Do-Over?; Intel Chiefs Warn Trump is Driving Russia and China Together; Looking for Fissures in the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop

Program Date:  01/30/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/30/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
30.01.2019

January 29 - The High Stakes Between the US and China Over Huawei; A Possible Peace Deal Between the US and the Taliban; The US Cuts Off Maduro's Cash Flow

Program Date:  01/29/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/29/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
29.01.2019

January 28 - Billionaires Toying with Presidential Politics; Not Negotiating with Trump is Paying Off for Pelosi; Trump's New Low-Yield Nuke is Being Manufactured

Program Date:  01/28/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/28/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
27.01.2019

January 27 - Roger Stone's History With Trump; The Legal Jeopardy Facing Roger Stone; The Deepening Isolation of Venezuela's Maduro Government

Program Date:  01/27/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/27/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
25.01.2019

January 24 - Is Mike Pence as Unfit for Office as Trump?; Why Do People Fall for Fake News?

Program Date:  01/24/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/24/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
23.01.2019

January 23 - Trump Recognizes Juan Guaido as Venezuela's Interim President; Nancy Closes the House Door on Trump's SOTU; Mexico's President Tutors Trump on How to Curtail Immigration from Central America

Program Date:  01/23/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/23/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
23.01.2019

January 22 - The World's 26 Richest People Own as Much as the World's Poorest 50%; Our Divided Politics and Nation and Hyperconflict in the Trump Era; The Right Reinterprets a MAGA Teen Smirking in the Face of a Native American Elder

Program Date:  01/22/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/22/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
22.01.2019

January 21 - An Assessment of the Latest Democrat Running for President, Senator Kamala Harris; Will the New Conservative Majority on the Supreme Court Undo MLK's Legacy?; Trump's On-Going Record of Blocking Congressional Efforts to Sanction Putin

Program Date:  01/21/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/22/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
20.01.2019

January 20 - Mueller Slaps Down Buzzfeed Scoop; How Much of Mueller's Report Will Barr Release to the Public?; The Presidential Address That Fell Flat

Program Date:  01/20/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/20/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
18.01.2019

January 17 - Trump Should Deliver the SOTU From His White House Bunker; Democrats Vow to Reject Corporate PAC Money; Will the Next Census Count "The Whole Number of Persons" the Constitution Requires?

Program Date:  01/17/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/17/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
17.01.2019

January 16 - ISIS Takes Credit for Killing Our Troops as Pence Declares ISIS is Defeated; Nancy Pelosi is Not Dealing With a Normal President; Did Mexico's President Pena Nieto Ask for a $250 Million Bribe and Settle for $100 Million?

Program Date:  01/16/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/16/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
15.01.2019

January 15 - May's Crushing Brexit Defeat; The Contrast Between Barr's Memo and His Testimony Today; Life is Becoming Unbearable for the Average Venezuelan

Program Date:  01/15/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/15/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
15.01.2019

January 14 - Trump Vilifies Those Tasked with Investigating Him; Payback for Russia's Meddling Could Be Increased Sanctions That Work; The Nation's Latest Teachers' Strike Begins Today in Los Angeles

Program Date:  01/14/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/14/801/ mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
13.01.2019

January 13 - Damning Evidence Against Trump Now Being Verified; Israel's Covert War in Syria; Why Trump's Base Sees Him as a Miracle from Heaven

Program Date:  01/13/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/13/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
11.01.2019

January 10 - The Human Cost of Trump's Manufactured Border Crisis; Pompeo Trashes Obama in Cairo Speech; Growing Pressure on Mitch McConnell

Program Date:  01/10/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/10/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
10.01.2019

January 9 - Trump's Two Main Claims Demolished in Manafort Document; The Likelihood Trump Will Declare a National Emergency on Thursday; How Despots Have Used National Emergencies to End Democracies

Program Date:  01/09/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/09/ mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
10.01.2019

January 8 - Trump Gratuitous and Childish Insult to the EU; Will the Trump Administration's Lies to Justify a Border Crisis Catch up on Them?; Will Trump's Border Crisis Continue as Long as It Takes to Build His Wall?

Program Date:  01/08/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/08/ mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author
8.01.2019

January 7 - Trump Escalates His Reality TV Phony Border Crisis; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Call for a 70% Top Tax Rate; A Young Saudi Woman's Brave Stand Against Being Sent Home to Face Death

Program Date:  01/07/2019https://www.backgroundbriefing.org/2019/01/08/background-briefing-januar... mp3audio:  Full Program
Ian Masters author