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FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb

Host FRDH podcast. Radio essayist and documentarist for the BBC and NPR. Historian and author of Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace and Emancipation.

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Recent Episodes of FRDH Podcast with Michael Goldfarb


Trials, Elections: A Week in Anglo-American Politics 2024

Trials, Elections: A Week in Anglo-American Politics 2024

The last week of May 2024 in Anglo-American politics saw a verdict in the trial of Donald J Trump and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have his electoral parade rained on. In these surreal times FRDH turns to Robin Lustig to calmly, rationally analyze the verdict in the Trump Trial and the curious local disinterest in the UK's elections.

Episode 1 June 2024 38m and 34s


Presidential Immunity 2024: the Founders vs Trump's Supreme Court

Presidential Immunity 2024: the Founders vs Trump's Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court is considering what Presidential immunity means in 2024 in the case of Donald J. Trump. In this wide-ranging conversation with constitutional law professor Frank Bowman FRDH podcast host Michael Goldfarb discusses the case, its merits, where political considerations enter Supreme Court discussions and whether Trump is just another guy, in the legal sense.

Episode 28 April 2024 33m and 43s


Israel, Iran, Gaza, Hamas: World War 3?

Israel, Iran, Gaza, Hamas: World War 3?

The war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has expanded as Hamas’s overseers Iran entered the fray with a massive launch of airborne ordnance at Israel. The internet is alive with fevered speculation that the Iran-Israel confrontation will touch off World War 3. In this FRDH podcast Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations provides a calm analysis of the situation.

Episode 20 April 2024 39m and 2s


Why They Still Fight: Ukraine Year 3

Why They Still Fight: Ukraine Year 3

The Ukraine war is now in year 3 and its people still want to fight. Why? We are witnessing the birth of a political nation. In this conversation with journalist and author Vladislav Davidzon who has lived in Ukraine on and off for the last 14 years, FRDH podcast host Michael Goldfarb looks at the tensions attending this birth to find the explanation for why, after 3 years of bloody, destructive conflict Ukrainians still fight.

Episode 31 March 2024 24m and 8s


Why Everything Matters: Fluke with Brian Klaas

Why Everything Matters: Fluke with Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas on why everything we do matters and nothing is really a fluke. Klaas is a political scientist specializing in the study of corruption and how authoritarian's gain power but in Fluke he turns his mind to what isn't random in our world even if it seems like it. A fast paced far reaching 43 minute long conversation.

Episode 10 February 2024 43m and 40s


2023s Disproportionate Wars: What Lindsey Hilsum Learned Covering Them

2023s Disproportionate Wars: What Lindsey Hilsum Learned Covering Them

2023 was marked by two terrible wars of disproportion in Israel/Palestine and Ukraine and Channel 4 News's International Editor Lindsey Hilsum spent most of the year on one frontline or the other. In this FRDH podcast she talks with host Michael Goldfarb about what she learned covering Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza and Ukraine's fight against the Russian invasion. Hilsum learned a lot particularly covering Israel's war with Hamas. Give us 45 minutes to tell you about it.

Episode 31 December 2023 44m and 54s


Britain 2023: How Has So Much Gone So Wrong?

Britain 2023: How Has So Much Gone So Wrong?

Britain in 2023 is a country where much has gone wrong and it is not a happy place. Gavin Esler, former BBC news presenter, has noticed and written a book, Britain is Better Than This, about how so much went wrong. In this FRDH podcast he explains why to host Michael Goldfarb.

Episode 8 December 2023 44m and 55s


60 Years On: Living Memories of President Kennedy’s Assassination

60 Years On: Living Memories of President Kennedy’s Assassination

On the sixtieth anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, two people who lived through that day share their memories of Kennedy's assassination and the days and decade that followed. FRDH host Michael Goldfarb talks with Richard Parker, former professor at Harvard, and co-founder of Mother Jones magazine about what might have been had JFK lived and the meanning of the President's assassination today.

Episode 21 November 2023 59m and 10s


Israel Hamas 2023: Lebanon, Iran & the Region, What Next?

Israel Hamas 2023: Lebanon, Iran & the Region, What Next?

As the war between Israel and Hamas continues, what are the prospects of the conflict spreading to Lebanon, Iran and the entire Middle East region? A special FRDH podcast with Kim Ghattas in Beirut and Robin Lustig, who has reported from the region for forty years. Give us an hour to explore how Hamas's October 7th sneak attack has changed the calculus in Lebanon and Iran and where the crisis might be headed.

Episode 2 November 2023 1h, 4m and 52s


Israel Hamas 2023: Waiting for the Next Phase to Begin

Israel Hamas 2023: Waiting for the Next Phase to Begin

The war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7, 2023 with a terror attack that killed 1400 Israelis and now the world is waiting for the next phase, an expected israeli invasion of Gaza. In the lull before the assault begins FRDH host Michael Goldfarb speaks with two veteran journalists who have been living the story and reporting on it for nearly 50 years. What can be done and how far will Israel be allowed to go by the US in its aim of eradicating Hamas? What are the prospects for gettting nearly 200 Israelis held hostage by Hamas safely returned?

Episode 17 October 2023 55m and 18s

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