DC on BFP #30 | Danny Benavides joins us to discuss the capture of Sinaloa Cartel leader and “Public Enemy No. 1,” Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and go over his latest article, “Mexico’s Bin Laden: The Capture of Chapo Guzman Provides Illusory Victory in the Narcowar.”
February 17, 2014 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #29 | Kevin Gosztola joins us this week to discuss the case of the NATO 3 and what it tells us about the current state of “free speech” in the United States. Also, the issue of suspicionless surveillance and how local police play a larger role in the “panopticon” than you might think.
February 11, 2014 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #28 | Peter Christ, co-founder of LEAP, joins us to discuss the heroin overdose of Philip Seymour Hoffman, how similar deaths could be prevented, the shifting political and cultural landscape with regard to marijuana, and why the conversation must extend to “all consensual adult behavior.”
February 3, 2014 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #27 | Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency, joins us to discuss the violence in Michoacan and the rise of “autodefensas” (civilian self-defense groups). Also, “narco culture,” media and the risk of sensationalism, marijuana legalization, and the drug war economy.
January 27, 2014 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #26 | Douglas Valentine joins us to discuss the NSA/CIA connection, tactical vs. strategic intelligence, and “black propaganda” within media serving to legitimize agencies like the CIA and NSA. Also, do the Edward Snowden leaks meet the definition of a “limited hangout”?
January 21, 2014 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #25 | Peter Ludlow joins us to discuss the legacy of Aaron Swartz, as both an internet pioneer and vocal activist, one year after an overzealous prosecution led to his suicide. Also, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, SOPA 2.0, the TPP, Net Neutrality, Verizon v. FCC, and much more
Demanufacturing Consent: Stanley Cohen on the PayPal 14, Pierre’s Shame, and the Billionaire Independent Media
January 13, 2014 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #24 | Stanley Cohen discusses the PayPal 14, who they are, what they did, why they did it, and the shameful actions of eBay and Pierre Omidyar throughout the ordeal. Also, thoughts on the new “hip Rupert Murdoch,” the rise of the “billionaire independent media,” and much more.
December 24, 2013 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #23 | Shahid Buttar joins us to explore how the FBI, CIA, CBP, local state agencies and police departments have been spying domestically and laying the groundwork for the “panopticon” for decades – and ways to counter Big Brother through activism, community outreach, media, music, and art.
December 16, 2013 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #22 | Vivien Lesnik Weisman joins us to discuss her upcoming documentary film, The Hacker Wars. We review Jeremy Hammond’s path from Chicago-based activist to enemy of the state and political prisoner, revelations of the Stratfor hack, infiltration of hacktivist groups, Anonymous, and much more.
December 9, 2013 in DC on BFP
DC on BFP #21 | Anabel Hernandez, investigative reporter and author of the bestselling book Narcoland, shares her remarkable story, the tragedy her family has endured, and how it sparked a journey uncovering the hidden world of organized crime, implicating the highest levels of government.