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Most of the American media is looking back. In this episode, we’re looking forward.  We are now truly a country at war. At war with the domestic terrorists. At war with the coronavirus. At war with a racist legacy. In 2021, America is at war with ourselves.  The Dispatches is a quick-hit series of breaking news podcasts hosted by Iraq war veteran, author and activist Paul Rieckhoff that gives you information and analysis you need to protect yourself and the people you care about. Dr. Jason Dempsey is a bad-ass warrior-scholar. A former Army infantryman with a PhD in politics. A professor, author, researcher, combat veteran and one of the country’s foremost experts on civil-military relations, Jason is West Point graduate and Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and a powerful voice that must be heard.  He led units on the ground in Afghanistan, served inside the White House, and literally wrote the book on the modern United states military: Our Army: Soldiers, Politics, and American Civil-Military Relations. He’s also a dad, a lover of good beer and no-BS guy who pulls no punches. Jason previously joined us on Episode 76 of Angry Americans. In his last visit was in September, we broke down Trump calling troops “Losers” and “Suckers.” I asked him if the military will save us. We discussed how Generals Mattis and Kelly Were Complicit. We broke down The 19th Anniversary of 9/11. And Jason offered the best Peeps answer ever. When the news was unfolding, Jason took us behind the scenes, inside the White House and Pentagon, and deep into our history as Americans. He’s back to do it again.  The war is on. This is your update. This is The Dispatches. The Dispatches is powered by Righteous Media. See video of this conversation with Jason Dempsey and a range of music, political, business and media players from Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Righteous Media is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media.  Join us for an exclusive Righteous Media events and activities by becoming a member of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans and The Dispatches are possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Tommy John.  Find us on social and go deeper:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We are now truly a country at war. At war with the domestic terrorists. At war with the coronavirus. At war with a racist legacy. In 2021, America is at war with ourselves.  The Dispatches is a quick-hit series of breaking news podcasts hosted by Iraq war veteran, author and activist Paul Rieckhoff that gives you information and analysis you need to protect yourself and the people you care about. This dispatch features an urgent conversation with America’s favorite terrorism expert: Malcolm Nance. The decorated military veteran, MSNBC terror analyst, and truth teller is back. Malcolm has spent 36 years focused on terrorist strategy, tactics and ideology and previously joined us on Episode 81 and Episode 13 of Angry Americans. In his last visit in October, he predicted exactly what we’re seeing in the headlines today. He described the domestic threat that was looming, rising and preparing to attack. Most folks didn’t see it coming. Malcolm Nance did.  Malcolm again joins Paul Rieckhoff to break down what happened inside the US Capitol on January 6th, what most of the media missed about the violent attack, and what could happen next. It’s an expert breakdown from two combat veterans who also explain the big picture.  What are we facing? Is this the beginning of a American insurgency? How violent will the next few weeks be across the country? Most of the American media is looking back. In this episode, we’re looking forward.  The war is on. This is your update. This is The Dispatches. The Dispatches is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
America is under attack from within. Domestic terrorists invaded the Capitol. President Mayhem is blowing it all up on his way out. For months on Angry Americans, we warned that this could happen. It’s a dark time for all Americans. But this episode will help you understand it, unpack the causes and failures, and prepare for what comes next.  Chuck Hagel is back to break it down with our host: Army veteran and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff). Hagel shares unparalleled experience and perspective in this fragile time. He served as the Secretary of Defense under Obama and as a Senator from Nebraska. An independent Republican and the first Vietnam veteran in American history to lead the Pentagon, Hagel has been a straight-talking voice of reason for decades. And after joining us for a powerful Episode 82, he’s back now to analyze the unfolding national security and political crisis. He also explains how the urgent, unprecedented OpEd he authored with the other nine living former secretaries of defense secretaries came together. How did this happen? What will the military do now? How bad is it all? Hagel also breaks down the historic win for the Democrats in the Georgia Senate run-off election--and the future of our politics. This pod smartly and uniquely tears into all of it.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Angry Americans is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media.  See video of this conversation with Secretary Hagel and a range of music, political, business and media players from Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  Join us for an exclusive Angry Americans events and activities by becoming a member of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Tommy John. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Find us on social and get more involved:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s a perfect way to end 2020 and start 20201. With the American icon, punk rock legend, thought-leader, author, political activist and spoken-word master, Henry Rollins (@HenryRollins). Henry is one of the most interesting, most experienced, most entertaining, most thought-provoking activists in the world. And a conscience for America.  If you love Henry, this will give you a fix like you’ve never had before. If you don’t know Henry, welcome to a ride you won’t forget. He’s a great American success story. And he’s known our host, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff), for almost two decades. Recorded earlier this year before a live audience in Hollywood on Valentine’s Day, they candidly, rapid-fire rip through topics ranging from Henry’s epic breakout moment on a New York stage in 1981, to how technology is ruining dating, to his analysis on all the leading candidates for President.  Henry Rollins has been a music and cultural innovator for three decades. From his early days as the front man for Black Flag and The Rollins Band, to films to TV to books to hosting his own radio and TV show, Henry is a voice of power, insight and clarity. He’s journeyed around the world as a curious traveller, a musician and touring for his music and spoken word shows. He’s seen over 100 countries, been to war zones, won a Grammy, and acted alongside Al Pacino. He’s an activist for gay rights, the freeing of the “West Memphis Three”, the legalization of cannabis and has performed for US troops on USO tours in Djibouti, Kuwait, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan (twice), Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, Honduras, Japan, Korea and the United Arab Emirates. He’s a wise, funny and learned man.  See video of this conversation with Henry Rollins and a range of music, political, business and media players from Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Angry Americans is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media.  Join us for an exclusive Angry Americans events and activities by becoming a member of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Tommy John. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Find us on social and get more involved:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Whew! We made it. 2020 is almost over. Finally. But before it is, we want to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Festivus and the entire holiday season with one little present of a pod for all our good little angry Americans all around the world. Our host Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) has coordinated with Santa for one last holiday gift for you: a special holiday episode with some of our best guests from an incredible year of riveting and inspiring conversations.  In every one of our conversations with an important, iconic and/or inspiring guest, Paul always asks one of this show’s trademark questions, “What makes you happy?” This is some of the very best of them. From Stephen Colbert to Norman Lear to Mick Foley, their answers, stories, and insights give us a true holiday gift of wisdom, perspective and humor. Even when times are tough--especially when times are tough--there is still some reason to be happy. And a need for a reason to smile. This is a perfect stocking-stuffer of an episode to unwrap before or after Christmas with a warm cup of hot cocoa, on a drive to work, while you’re wrapping presents, or in your headphones while looking at the stars. Even if Santa left you hanging this holiday, we’ve got you.  You can also watch video of all our amazing 2020 conversations with an incredible range of music, political, business and media players from Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg to Jason Alexander on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Angry Americans is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media.  Give yourself a great gift this holiday season. Become a member of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll also get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Tommy John.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Find us on social and get more involved:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Festivus is here again! And so is the great Jason Alexander. Star of stage and screen, winner of Tonys and Golden Globes, loved worldwide as George Constanza on Seinfeld, and insightful dropper of knowledge. Festivus is a secular holiday, made famous by the show Seinfeld and is celebrated on December 23, as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Like this show (and like America), Festivus was born out of anger. Righteous anger. Tom Cruise righteous anger. George Washington righteous anger. John Lewis righteous anger. But like this show (and like America), Festivus has channelled that anger into positive impact---into change---and into happiness.  After a massive year of serious conversations with Admirals, political leaders, artists--and after a year of pain, chaos and mayhem--the legend returns for Festivus---Jason Alexander [33:00] (@IJasonAlexander) returns to end our 2020 with wisdom, laughs, and perspective. He breaks down Biden’s victory, the Georgia Senate special election, the devastation of the entertainment industry, the first concert he ever attended, and pancakes vs waffles. And our Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) breaks down the latest on the vaccine and the military, why every leading veterans group in America has called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to resign, why Mayor Pete Buttigieg could be perfect as Secretary of Transportation and professes his love for Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. It’s a heart-warming, enlightening and inspiring episode that’s the perfect holiday treat.  You can also watch video of this conversation with Jason Alexander and a range of music, political, business and media players from Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Angry Americans is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media.  Join us for an exclusive Angry Americans Cocktail Hour Zoom on December 21st by becoming a member of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll also get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Tommy John.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Find us on social and get more involved:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The anniversary of the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor was this week. And almost exactly 79 years later, American is experiencing a Pearl Harbor loss of life from the pandemic every single day. And just like after Pearl Harbor, our national response will be led by America’s military. It’s the Department of Defense (and the Department of Veterans Affairs) that will help distribute and administer the vaccine nationwide to everyone. Both agencies are in chaos--and were already under political attack from President Trump. Now, President-Elect Biden surprised the nation with the controversial selections of General Lloyd Austin for Secretary of Defense and Denis McDonough for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  As America navigates these treacherous waters, we have an inspiring, important, iconic leader to guide us through it. Retired Navy 4-star Admiral James Starvridis. [25:35] He led the NATO Alliance in global operations as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security. The Admiral is a great American success story. The grandson of immigrants who fled ethnic cleansing in Turkey, Starvridis wrote of his immigrant grandfather: "His grandson, who speaks barely a few words of Greek, returns in command of a billion-dollar destroyer to the very city—Smyrna, now called İzmir—from which he sailed in a refugee craft all those years ago."   Stavridis is built to serve. He’s an inspiring leader. He has a deep respect and regard for history. His perspective is deep. His vision is clear. He’s the perfect voice for the time we’re all facing. As President Mayhem dismantles the election, the Pentagon, and Democracy itself, President-Elect Biden returns to business as usual. And not in the good way. When the waters are this rough, we need an Admiral. It’s time us to all get on board, rush to our stations, man the guns, and face the storm. And this is the analysis you need to hear. Stavridis and Rieckhoff break down all of it.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Angry Americans is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media.  You can also watch video of this conversation with Admiral Stavridis and a wide range of music, political, business and media players from Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  Join us for an exclusive Angry Americans Cocktail Hour Zoom on December 21st by becoming a member of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll also get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Tommy John.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Find us on social and get more involved:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Winter is here. And we’ve got one last very hard month of 2020. But as the weather turns cold, our country is burning with the virus. With the pandemic surging nationwide, our independent host, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) breaks it down and rips into the most under-reported story in America: Trump’s ongoing purge of the Pentagon. Our national security is under attack from within. Trump’s hidden war against our warriors--and our Department of War--is escalating. Another top Pentagon official is out: this time the Director of the Pentagon's Defeat-ISIS Task Force. And our lame-duck Commander-in-Chief is now threatening to veto the defense budget--an urgent, annual bi-partisan budget that has passed for the last 59 years. All this while the Defense Department prepares to help deliver the coronavirus vaccine nationwide--and as the pandemic hits our veterans especially hard.  We need a doctor to help us understand what’s really happening. In this urgent episode, we talk with one of the bravest doctors in one of the hardest hit hospitals. A hero who has been fighting the virus and saving lives non-stop since the earliest days of the pandemic. Dr. Paul Haser [22:44] is a brilliant and heroic emergency surgeon at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York–a front line in our war against the coronavirus. In the past, Paul volunteered as a surgeon in Haiti after the catastrophic earthquake and served at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany–the only forward-stationed medical center for U.S. and Coalition forces–treating combat injuries. Now, Paul’s hospital is a critical battle field in the war against the virus. In March, it was a beachhead. It was our Pearl Harbor--the first place to get hit by the virus. Now, as the virus has consumed our entire country, that beachhead has become occupied territory. If Brooklyn was once Pearl Harbor. Now, it’s occupied France. And Dr Paul Haser is leading the resistance. He’s an important and inspiring American leader that can break down this moment and leave you informed and inspired.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Angry Americans remains your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media.  You can also watch video of this conversation with Dr Haser and an incredible range of music, political, business and media players from Rachel Maddow to Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  Join us for an exclusive Angry Americans Cocktail Hour Zoom on December 7th by becoming a member of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll also get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to our Patreon supporters, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Tommy John.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Get more involved:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020 has been a feast of insanity and stress. But even in a pandemic, there is still reason to be thankful. And this Thanksgiving season, after 86 episodes of Angry Americans, we’re extremely thankful for all the important, inspiring and iconic guests that have joined us. And few have been more popular than Rachel Maddow (@Maddow). [9:10] Loved by the left, often attacked by the right, but respected by all, Rachel recently disclosed on national TV that her partner of over 25 years was hit exceptionally hard by COVID. She courageously shared her story---and issued a warning to all before the holidays. It was a brave, powerful, important moment that had the country buzzing.  This Thanksgiving, our Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) offers brief reflections on the most tumultuous year of our lifetimes, and presents a replay of a fantastic, fascinating and heart-warming conversation recorded last year pre-pandemic with Rachel Maddow in New York City inside a garage at the Classic Car Club Manhattan. Rachel breaks down what it’s like to interview presidential candidates, analyzes the media, and talks about her rise to national prominence and international fame. And she also shares her perspective on fishing, the story of her first car, and what really makes her happy--even when times are tough.  It’s the perfect conversation to reflect on how much has changed in American in 2020, how much needs changing, and how much we can all still be thankful for. Whether you’re driving across the country, keeping it small with your pod, or working a double-shift on the front-lines of the pandemic, it’s a conversation that will leave you with the 4 I’s that serve as the main course of the dinner table in every episode: information, integrity, inspiration and impact. Pour yourself a glass of something good, pull up a chair, join our extended Righteous Media family, and sit down for a heart-warming double helping of delicious holiday-time content.    Angry Americans remains your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media. You always meet powerful, inspiring iconic guests in raw conversations and join a unique and powerful community.  You can join us for an exclusive Angry Americans Cocktail Hour Zoom on December 7th if you become part of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll also get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to these Patreon supporters and Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.  You can also watch this conversation with Rachel Maddow and an incredible range of music, political, business and media players ranging from Chuck D to Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient Flo Groberg to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Get some extra helpings:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As America faces power fights like we’ve never seen before, the legendary founder of Public Enemy joins us to explore and explain fighting the power: 2020 style. This is Chuck D--a voice of consciousness, outrage, inspiration and action for over 35 years---unplugged and uninterrupted. Just when our country needs it the most.  Chuck D (@MisterChuckD) [35:37] is one of the most iconic and important American artists of the last century. He’s an activist, organizer, inspiration, and the ultimate angry American. He’s testified before Congress, co-hosted a political radio show with The Daily Show Founder, Liz Winstead and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and collaborated with artists ranging from Prince, to Anthrax, to Sonic Youth, to Rage Against the Machine, to Gary Clark Jr., to Logic, to Sheryl Crow.  Chuck is the powerful, driving force behind arguably the most disruptive hip hop group in history. Born in the intersection of culture and politics, the hip hop trailblazers have interpreted the righteous anger of millions worldwide for decades. In the late 80s and early 90s, their first four albums went gold or platinum. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and honored this year with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our host, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff), and Chuck have been friends for almost two decades. And this is Chuck from inside his home, raw, candid, and without commercial interruption. Chuck and Rieckhoff know how to throw punches. And their conversation will give you advice on fighting the power (and living life) that will leave you inspired for the tough fights ahead. Chuck is a real and fascinating creative mind that breaks down the results of the election, sizes up Joe Biden and Donald Trump, and offers analysis on why New Yorkers (and Trump) are uniquely powerful right now. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. And few artists in American history have been more angry than Chuck D. But more than almost anyone else, Chuck’s work and life is a demonstration in how to turn that anger into positive impact, and history-making art. Chuck is a perfect guest for these times--and this is an essential episode.  And Rieckhoff rips into the issues and headlines you need to know about--from the deepening partisan divide in America, to the chaos at the Pentagon, to Trump’s assault on the election results, to the pandemic’s hidden impact on the military and veterans. Most podcasts simply break down what happened. Angry Americans will prepare you for what happens next.  Angry Americans is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media. You’ll meet powerful, inspiring iconic guests in raw conversations and join a unique and powerful community.  You can join us for an exclusive Cocktail Hour Zoom if you become part of the Angry Americans Patreon community. You’ll also get unique access to our amazing guests, our dynamic host, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to these Patreon supporters and Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.  You can also watch this conversation with Chuck D and a wide range of music, political, business and media players ranging from Jeffrey Wright to Susan Rice to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the Righteous Media YouTube page. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Get more:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
No matter what Tucker Carlson or your crazy uncle says, Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 election for President of the United States. Yes, he did it. Yes, we did it. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won. America won. We won. Trump lost. Authoritarianism lost. Trumpism lost. History is made. The good one won. The bad guy lost. Yes, there is reason to celebrate. But that shit’s over. This is no time to take a victory lap, or nurse a hangover. Even when world leaders are calling to congratulate Joe Biden, Trump and his loyalists are going down fighting. And some, may not wanna go down at all. Half of America isn’t celebrating. And Trump is doing what he does. He’s blowing things up. Things that are vital to our national stability, our homeland security, our fight against the virus and our domestic tranquility. And after failing to blow up the election. He moved on to the single most powerful, most vital, most sacred institution we’ve got. The pentagon.  At the single most precarious time in recent history for our national security, Trump is firing #Yesper. Angry Americans host Paul Rieckhoff is no fan of the SecDef, but this massive disruption now is terribly bad for our troops & our security. #OurEnemiesAreCelebrating And it’s not just Esper. The Pentagon's top policy official James Anderson resigned. That paved the way for the nasty, Islamophobe retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata to take over policy. With our national security on the line, with a pandemic raging everywhere, Trump is flailing, and pulling this bullshit. And this is not a time for bullshit. It’s time for hard truths. And it’s time for hard leaders. Who can deliver, understand, communicate, plan for, and overcome hard truths. If you want sunshine, this is not your podcast. If you want truth, this is your place. Now and always. General Barry McCaffrey is no bullshit. General McCaffrey [27:27] is a serious man for these serious times. It’s a must-listen Angry Americans episode that will wake you up, focus your heart, and prepare you for the precarious days ahead. Welcome to a conversation that will help you stay calm. Welcome to a conversation that will help you stay cool. Welcome to a conversation that will help you stay vigilant. And a conversation that will help you stay frosty. Because the old idiom is true: cooler heads will prevail. So take a big deep breath America. We got you.  With our country in turmoil and our values and stability under attack, if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. In times like this, Angry Americans is your trusted, independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. Make it your weekly tradition. It’s a smart, fun and no-BS perspective like nowhere else in the media. You’ll meet inspiring, important and iconic guests in candid conversations like on no other show. Rieckhoff is a voice Americans of all background trusts. And he tears into the news headlines in a way that leaves you informed, prepared and ready for whatever comes next in America.  You can be part of the Angry Americans Patreon community and get unique access to Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, merch discounts, and exclusive content. Angry Americans is possible thanks to these Patreon supporters and Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.  Join the movement at AngryAmericans.us or YouTube. You can see this conversation with General McCaffrey and a wide range of amazing political, foreign policy, national security and media players ranging from Susan Rice to Sarah Jessica Parker to Stephen Colbert to Jeffrey Wright to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg. It’s political, social and industry diversity like no other show in America.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Check out more:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“We expect panic,” that’s what a Russian hacker involved in attacks on America is predicting.   As Election results unfold all across our political battlefield, there’s a massive war happening nationwide that most Americans can’t see. Hackers, cyber terrorists and information warriors from Russia and around the world are taking shots at your election machines, your electrical grid, your hospital and your laptop. Right now, as the heat in America continues to rise, our enemies are strategically starting fires and adding gasoline all across the web. From your local election system, to your Facebook page, to the hospital you depend on for COVID care, to Donald Trump’s iPhone. America’s enemies are waging a complex and expansive war against you and everyone else in America as you read this. And it won’t stop when the election is called. It will expand. The misinformation and cyber threats facing America have never been greater. And we’ve never been more fragile. Independent host Paul Rieckhoff guides you through it--and breaks down the election results with a special focus on national security.  As cyber threats swirl all around us, our guest is a guardian on the watchtower: information warfare and Russian influence expert, Molly McKew. [21:50] McKew has traveled the world studying, analyzing and advising on the most urgent cybersecurity, misinformation and technology-based threats. An adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, McKew teaches Russian hybrid warfare. She also serves on the board of the Stand Up Republic Foundation as an advisor on countering disinformation, lead author of the Defusing Disinfo blog, and the creator of Great Power--a guide to asymmetric conflict like cyber, information, and economic warfare. McKew graduated from Stanford with a BA in Russian Language, History, and Culture, and the London School of Economics with an MSc in Russian/Post-Soviet Studies. She was awarded the Order of Honor by the President of Georgia for her service in defense of Georgian democracy. The future is here. It’s fascinating. And it’s dangerous. McKew is a thoughtful, sharp, experienced voice to break down how attacks and bad actors are impacting our elections now. And how they might impact you and your family in the days to come. She’s also got incredible stories from her journey’s around the world, a special sword on her wall, and a fun favorite drink answer. It’s a must-listen Angry Americans episode that will prepare you for the precarious days ahead after the most turbulent election ever. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Especially now. In times of crisis, Angry Americans is your trusted source for independent news, politics and inspiration. It’s a unique, fun and hard-hitting perspective like nowhere else in the media. You’ll learn from influential guests in candid and entertaining ways you won’t on any other show. And Rieckhoff rips into the news headlines in a way that will leave you grounded, prepared and inspired.  Join our Angry Americans Patreon community and get unique access to Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, cool merch, and exclusive content. This show is possible thanks to these Patreon members and support from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.  Join the movement at AngryAmericans.us or YouTube. You can see this conversation with Molly McKew and other political, foreign policy, national security and media players ranging from Stephen Colbert to Jeffrey Wright to Meghan McCain to Mayor Pete Buttigieg to Susan Rice to Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s political, social and industry diversity you can’t find on any other show in America.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Check out more:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As Election Day finally hits America, so does the pandemic. Voter turnout is soaring--and so are COVID cases. It’s the scariest Halloween in recent history. But we’ve got no tricks in this episode--it’s all treats. We’ve got useful, thoughtful, candid analysis and recommendations from one of the brightest public health minds in America.  Dr. Vin Gupta (@VinGuptaMD) [10:05] is a helper and a patriot. He’s the guy you wish was your personal doctor right now. He’s a public health physician, an Air Force officer, a professor, an NBC News analyst, and true voice of reason. Since the pandemic hit, Dr. Gupta has emerged as a true superstar that Americans of all backgrounds respect and trust. He’s young, brilliant and working every day on the front lines of the pandemic on a range of critical fronts from seeing patients, to appearing on national TV, to guiding tech giant Amazon.  Dr Gupta has spent 15 years working worldwide to improve public health for organizations including the US Centers for Disease Control, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Harvard Global Health Institute, the World Health Organization, and the Pentagon’s Center for Global Health Engagement. He’s also a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve Medical Corps, where he serves as a critical care aerospace physician with the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron based at Joint-Base Lewis McChord. Gupta has assisted with bolstering the emergency health crisis response capabilities of partner nations in Africa as part of the US State Department’s African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership initiative. He’s also the Principal Scientist at Amazon, where he provides clinical and strategic leadership to the company’s COVID-19 response work. Dr. Vin Gupta joins our host, Army veteran, activist and author, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) for a must-hear conversation that will leave you better informed and ready for what comes after the election—no matter who wins.  In these trying times especially, Angry Americans is your trusted place for independent news, politics and inspiration. We deliver a unique, independent and hard-hitting perspective like nowhere else in media. You’ll hear influential, fascinating guests like Dr Vin Gupta in ways you won’t on any other show. And Rieckhoff breaks down our crazy times like nobody else.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Especially now. Join our Angry Americans Patreon community and get special access to our host, our dynamic guests, discounts on merch, and exclusive content not available anywhere else. This episode is possible thanks to those Patreon members and support from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey.  Join the movement at AngryAmericans.us or our YouTube page. You can watch this entire conversation with Dr. Vin Gupta and a range of foreign policy and national security leaders like Malcolm Nance, General Mark Hertling, Ambassador Susan Rice, Medal of Honor Recipients David Bellavia and Florent Groberg. And, a refreshing diversity of voices ranging from Stephen Colbert to Jeffrey Wright to Meghan McCain.  Angry Americans empowers truly independent Americans and is powered by Righteous Media.  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“We are solvers of problems--as Americans.” -Chuck Hagel.  These are tough times in America. And it’s time to listen to our toughest leaders. Leaders like Chuck Hagel.  Chuck Hagel [13:26] is a true American success story--and has been an independent voice of reason on our political landscape for a generation. Hagel served as the 24th Secretary of Defense from February 2013 to February 2015. He was a rare Republican in the Cabinet of President Obama and the first Vietnam veteran and first formerly enlisted soldier in American history to lead the Pentagon. America is being tested from every side--and from within. From attacks on our elections, to attacks on our troops in Afghanistan, to attacks on Pentagon leadership by our own President. And this week, Foreign Policy takes center stage in the final Presidential Debate between Trump and Biden. Hagel breaks down how and if our military, foreign policy and political leadership is or isn’t ready for what’s to come. In this candid, personal and insightful conversation with our host, Army veteran and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff), Hagel shares insight into the Joe Biden he’s known for decades, the Donald Trump he’s seen up close, and the future he sees for America. It’s real and sobering--and also warm and uplifting.  Hagel previously served in the United States Senate representing Nebraska, was President of the World USO, and in the mid-1980’s after returning from Vietnam, co-founded VANGUARD a highly-successful, publicly-traded corporation. He is also the author of, America: Our Next Chapter and the subject of a book entitled, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward. Hagel is a statesman, an entrepreneur, a grandfather, and always a patriot. And he is now a leader of National Security Leaders for Biden--a group of 780 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Enlisted, Ambassadors and former Senior National Security Officials supporting Joe Biden for President. He’s gone against his own political party, conventional wisdom and our enemies for decades. Now, he’s fighting against Trump.  This election season especially, Angry Americans is your oasis for independent news, politics and inspiration. The pod always delivers a unique, independent and hard-hitting perspective like nowhere else in the media. You’ll hear influential, fascinating guests like Chuck Hagel open up in ways like they don’t on any other show. And Rieckhoff breaks down our times like nobody else can.   If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Especially right now. Join our Angry Americans Patreon community and get special access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch, and exclusive extra content not available anywhere else. This episode is possible thanks to those Patreon members and support from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Uncle Nearest is the most awarded American whiskey or bourbon for the last two years.   Join the movement. Download this episode now. And at AngryAmericans.us or our YouTube page, you can watch this entire conversation with Secretary Chuck Hagel and a dynamic range of foreign policy and national security leaders like Malcolm Nance, General Mark Hertling, Ambassador Susan Rice, Medal of Honor Recipients David Bellavia and Florent Groberg and reporter James LaPorta. And, a refreshing array of influential voices ranging from Stephen Colbert to Jeffrey Wright to Meghan McCain.  Angry Americans empowers independent-minded Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media.   Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For years now, we’ve all been focused on November 3. 2020. Election Day, 2020. Everyone is understandably obsessed over primaries, swing states, turnout, voter suppression, down-ballot races, and Russian attacks. And we’ve all been focused on Election Day, November 3, 2020. But few are talking about what happens on November 4. Few are talking about The Day After Election Day. Armed protests, civil unrest, violence in the streets, domestic terrorism, deployment of the National Guard, deployment of active duty units, attacks by foreign enemies, attacks by domestic enemies, attacks on our leaders---attacks on our infrastructure, our systems, our cities and towns. This is not fiction. This is likely. In the immediate future, the most direct threats to you and your family are not Russian troops or North Korean Missiles or ISIS car bombs. In the immediate future, the most direct threat to you and your family are a lonely college kid with a sniper rifle, a wanna be militia man with a bomb, or an angry Trump supporter without a mask. This is our new reality. And the media is not talking about it. The media is not talking about The Day After. And how bad it could get after Election day. But we are. This urgent new episode of Angry Americans, we dig deep into what COULD happen after election day. If Trump wins. If Trump loses. And likely, either way.  Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) is America’s favorite terroism expert. [23:40] A decorated military veteran, an astute analyst, and a truth teller. He’s also a super cool guy--and a true patriot. You may know him from MSNBC or the NY Times Bestseller list. Malcolm served as a U.S. Navy specialist in Naval Cryptology, he was involved in numerous counter-terrorism, intelligence, and combat operations. He’s an expert in intelligence and counterterrorism. He was also an instructor in Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training--teaching Navy and Marine Corps pilots and aircrew how to survive as a prisoner of war. He helped to initiate the Advanced Terrorism, Abduction and Hostage Survival course of instruction. And he joins Army veteran Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) to break down what The Day After could look like.Angry Americans is your independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. You’ll meet powerful, fascinating guests like Malcolm and always gain a unique, independent and hard-hitting perspective like nowhere else in the media. This episode is possible thanks to those Patreon members and support from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Uncle Nearest is the most awarded American whiskey or bourbon of 2019 and 2020.  If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Especially right now. Join our Angry Americans Patreon community and get special behind-the-curtain access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and exclusive extra content not available anywhere else.  Join the movement. Download this episode now. And at AngryAmericans.us or our YouTube page, you can watch this entire conversation with Malcolm Nance and recent episodes with Mick Foley, Stephen Colbert, Mayor Pete Buttigeig, Jeffrey Wright and more. Angry Americans empowers independent-minded Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media.  Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericansFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansusInstagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSAAnd YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From Trump’s time at Wrestlemania and subsequent induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, to rumors of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson running for President, to Linda McMahon’s run for the Senate, to Jesse “The Body” Ventura’s surprise independent election as the Governor of Minnesota, American politics and wrestling have been intertwined for decades now. And they’ve never looked more similar than right now. Every day is like a political battle royale. And Trump is like the worst heel ever--fighting with anyone and everyone--even blaming his recent COVID infection on Gold Star families.  WWE legend Mick Foley (@TheRealMickFoley) is one of the greatest and most beloved professional wrestlers of all time--and our first guest that has his own action figure. In 2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (the same year as Donald Trump). He’s played Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack. But his best and most important character that Mick Foley plays is himself. He’s also a two-time best-selling author, a father of four, a dedicated supporter of the military and veterans charities, a constant source of support for children’s causes, and an inspiration to millions worldwide. He even grows a beard every year to play Santa Claus. But he’s been silent on the 2020 election--until now. Mick Foley enters the ring to break his silence exclusively on Angry Americans to speak out about the election, the state of affairs in America, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and whether or not he thinks The Rock will run for President one day.  In the wake of Trump’s diagnosis with COVID, the spread of the virus throughout the White House, and the first and only VP debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, it’s an episode that lays the political smackdown you need. Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) is our referee, making sense of these times, sharing information that empowers you, and leaving you with stories and wisdom that will inspire you.  With less than a month until the most important election in American history, and Trump sidelining more of our military leadership than our enemies ever have, Angry Americans is your independent source for news, politics, culture and inspiration. You’ll meet powerful, fascinating guests like Mick and always get a unique, independent and hard-hitting perspective like nowhere else in the media. This episode is possible thanks to those Patreon members and support from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Uncle Nearest is the most awarded American whiskey or bourbon of 2019 and 2020.      If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Especially after all this madness. But this show is always also about being active, informed and vigilant. It’s bigger than any party--and truly about putting our country first. If that’s a side you want to join, tag into our Angry Americans Patreon community and get special behind-the-curtain access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and exclusive extra content not available anywhere else.    Join the movement. Download this episode now. And at AngryAmericans.us or on our YouTube page, you can watch this entire conversation with Mick Foley and recent episodes with Stephen Colbert, Mayor Pete Buttigeig, Jeffrey Wright, Meghan McCain and more.  Angry Americans empowers independent-minded Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media.    Follow Angry Americans on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngryAmericans On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angryamericansus On Instagram: http://instagram.com/angryamericansUSA And on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrlrGIJcmgIsJQgOR1ev-ew/featured Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The first debate between Trump and Biden was a disgusting mess. But what did it really mean for the election? And for America? Will it change anything? Will it move independents and Republicans? What is the future of the Republican party if Trump loses? Former New Jersey Governor, Environmental Protection Agency Chief and current Chairwoman of Republicans and Independents for Biden, Christine Todd Whitman (@GovCTW) is our important, inspiring and iconic guest for this insightful, rapid-fire episode. [22:07] October is here, football is back, schools are open (sorta), and the 2020 election is fully underway. This is a fall of chaos. And Angry Americans is continuing to guide us through it all. With powerful guests and a unique, independent and hard-hitting perspective unlike anywhere else in the media.    Trump and Biden are fully engaged now in open political combat--and America is caught in between. Governor Christine Todd Whitman and host Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) break down the pieces of the debate that are most important--and the key pieces you might have missed. And rather than navel-gazing, they talk about what could happen now as Trump activates white nationalists nationwide, and promises to fight the results if he loses. All while Biden just fights for oxygen. Election Day won’t be the end, but just the next chapter in a time of tremendous chaos.    This pod has led the way on national security, veterans and first-responders issues, and Rieckhoff, a 9/11 First Responder himself, asks Todd Whitman what her message is for dying heroes, after she and the EPA told them the air was clear 19 years ago. Todd Whitman is the first woman in history elected as Governor of New Jersey, and shares how she got there, whether or not she and others will remain Republicans if Trump wins, and what the future of the party could look like if he doesn’t.    If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Especially after that debate. But this podcast isn’t just about being angry. It’s also about being active, informed and vigilant. It’s about speaking truth to power---and challenging the traditional media. And it’s also always about community. You can join our Angry Americans Patreon community--and get special inside access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and exclusive extra content not available anywhere else. This episode is possible thanks to those Patreon members and support from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Uncle Nearest is the most awarded American whiskey or bourbon of 2019 and 2020.    Join the movement. Download this episode now. And at AngryAmericans.us or on our YouTube page, you can watch this entire conversation with Governor Todd Whitman and recent episodes with Stephen Colbert, Rosie Perez, Meghan McCain, Mike Shinoda, Jeffrey Wright and more. Angry Americans empowers independent-minded Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Fear is the mind killer. If you’re laughing you’re not afraid.” Wise words in this groundbreaking new episode from a truly iconic guest: Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome). [06:14] Stephen joins us from his home--uninterrupted and unedited in this fun, candid and inspiring episode. As we enter the most trying and important fall of our lifetime, Angry Americans is bringing in the big guns to get you through this trying time. And there are few bigger than Stephen Colbert.    President Mayhem is sheer chaos. He's doing anything and everything he can to disrupt our country, our unity and our day. And this conversation is the antidote. Stephen and host Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) break down the current state of the country and what the future might hold. Stephen beams in from his home office and shares wisdom, jokes and some amazing stories. He talks about his trip to Iraq to visit the troops and why he shaved his head while he was there. His first car story is one of the best we’ve ever had. His answer to what makes him happy is heartwarming. But also painful. And expensive. This is Stephen Colbert like you’ve never heard him before. You'll just have to listen.    If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Especially now. But as always, this podcast isn’t just about being angry. It’s also about being active. It’s about turning your emotions into positive impact. And it’s about community. Join the Angry Americans community on Patreon now to get special inside access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and special content not available anywhere else. You will also support this critical, independent media voice that always speaks truth to power.    This episode is possible thanks to those Patreon members and thanks to support from Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Uncle Nearest is the most awarded American whiskey or bourbon of 2019 and 2020.    You can also see video of this entire conversation with Stephen Colbert on the Angry Americans website or on our YouTube page. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Join the movement. Download this episode now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/11 First Responder and retired New York City firefighter Rob Serra (@SerraRob) represents the best of us. He’s a helper. A leader who runs into danger when others run out. And for the last six months, he’s been hunkered down in his basement. He’s leading this time by keeping himself safe from COVID19 so he can be there for his family. 9/11 toxin exposures have left his body battered and his immune system compromised. But it also hardened his spirit. And Rob now serves on the Board of Directors at the Ray Pfeifer Foundation and is a leading national voice for First Responders everywhere. And he’s the real King of Staten Island. At least on this show.  After first joining us on Angry Americans back in Episode 2, and again in Episode 11, Rob is back on the pod [10:50] to bring the fire like only he can. And to help us break down the fires that are burning all across America right now. In a conversation with our host and fellow 9/11 First Responder, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff), Rob helps us understand the urgency of burn pits--a health menace now facing millions of veterans nationwide--one that may have taken the life of Joe Biden’s son, Beau. Rob explains why burn pits are so connected to 9/11, Agent Orange, Jon Stewart and the true soul of America. He also analyzes the wildfires raging on the west coast and the political divisions torching Washington. And, throws in some amazing stories of his Grandma Dot.  Rieckhoff breaks it down with Rob as only he can. Coming off of recent media appearances on Morning Joe, Deadline White House and the BBC, Rieckhoff is continuing to shape the national understanding of 9/11 and keeping an important, independent focus on the most urgent issues facing our veterans, troops and first responders. If you’re tired of empty-suited pundits and blow hard partisans, check out this important, inspiring and informative episode of Angry Americans---the hottest weekly podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture. The show that continues to make news and get highlighted on CNN, MSNBC, and more.  Join the Angry Americans community on Patreon now to get inside access to Paul Rieckhoff, our inspiring guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and special content not available anywhere else. Your membership will also support this critical, independent media voice that always speaks truth to power--regardless of party.  If you’re not angry now, you’re not paying attention. Especially now. But as always, this podcast isn’t just about being angry. It’s also about being active. And turning your emotion into positive impact. Join the movement. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump has been caught by his own words. Demeaning the military, disrespecting our Generals, downplaying the virus, and lying to the American people. But what happens now? How is the Pentagon reacting? Will this moment be his Waterloo? Can President Mayhem survive the onslaught of bad news--especially when so much of it is focused on his fractured relationship with the military he commands? Nobody is in a better position to break it down than our host, Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff). Fresh off a massive week of media hits in places like Morning Joe, Deadline White House and the BBC, Rieckhoff breaks it down as only he can. He’s a nationally-recognized expert on the intersection of our military and our politics and a 9/11 First Responder himself, who always has his ear to the ground. He’ll also take you behind the scenes inside the bizarre world of politics, media and the military and explain whether or not this will fade, how it’s impacting our national security, and whether or not it will mean the difference in the most important election of our time. And Rieckhoff brings in a very special guest who knows these issues better than anyone in America. Jason Dempsey (@Jason_K_Dempsey) [15:00] is a bad-ass warrior-scholar. A former Army infantryman with a PhD in politics who loves beer and bikes. A professor, author, researcher, combat veteran and one of the country’s foremost experts on civil-military relations, Jason is West Point graduate, a PhD, and Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and a powerful voice that must be heard. He led units on the ground in Afghanistan, served inside the White House, and literally wrote the book on the modern United states military: Our Army: Soldiers, Politics, and American Civil-Military Relations. He’s also a dad, a lover of good beer and no-BS guy who pulls no punches.  It’s a hard-hitting and exceptionally timely episode of Angry Americans---the hottest weekly podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture. The show that continues to make news and get highlighted on CNN, MSNBC, and more.  If you’re not angry now, you’re not paying attention. Especially now. But as always, this podcast isn’t just about being angry. It’s also about being active. And turning your emotion into positive impact. Join the Angry Americans community on Patreon now to get special inside access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and special content not available anywhere else. You will also support this critical, independent media voice that speaks truth to power. With a unique focus on veterans, national security, and first-responders issues--not just on 9/11. Join the movement. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’ve had some amazing guests join the pod over the last year and a half. And every single one of them has gotten “The Car Question”. As we end an epically crazy summer, and roll into a chaotic and daunting fall, our host Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff), shares pieces of some of the most fun conversations we’ve ever had: Rosie Perez, Henry Rollins, Stephanie Ruhle, Norman Lear, Meghan McCain, David Aldridge, Ambassador Susan Rice, Jason Alexander and Sam Bee. If you’re gonna be in a car, or just in your house, put on the cruise control, lean the seat back, and hit play on this fun and dynamic episode. It’s a great pitstop after an intense and exhausting summer. And another innovative hard-driving episode of Angry Americans---the hottest weekly podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture. The show that continues to lead the pack of podcasts worldwide and make news on CNN, MSNBC, and more.  And cruise on over to the Angry Americans community on Patreon to support this independent media voice that drives truth to power and always keeps an eye on the road for veterans, national security, and first-responders issues. Get special inside-the-garage access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic and diverse guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and special content not available anywhere else. Patreon members also get to meet influential friends of the pod like Henry Rollins, Ambassador Susan Rice, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Meghan McCain. Republican, Democrat or independent--this is a weekly podcast for politics and news you should subscribe to now. Don’t just be angry, be active. Jump in the driver's seat and join the movement. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If anyone has a right to be angry it’s Fred Guttenberg. [10:31] He suffered a terrible loss when his 14-year-old daughter Jamie was shot at Parkland, Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School. Despite his pain, he emerged the very next day. He spoke at a vigil addressing his community. It was carried nationally and the entire country was riveted by what he said. And he has not stopped ever since then. Our host, combat veteran, author and renowned independent activist Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) sits down with activist Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) for a gripping conversation spanning his grief and how he used that experience to move forward, the current state of our country, the chaos of Donald Trump, and the pandemic.  And of course we’ve got your weekly breakdown of the latest news and headlines. Rieckhoff tears into the insanity of the Republican National Convention, the politicization of our troops by everyone, the chaos in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and in case you blinked and missed it, Russian forces attacking and injuring our troops in Syria. Plus he shares his thoughts on Biden’s speech and what it might mean for all of our futures. It’s an inspiring episode that’s bringing light not heat. It’s another important and inspiring national security-focused episode of Angry Americans---the hottest weekly podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture. Angry Americans is your trusted place for a weekly breakdown of the news and a strong dose of inspiring content to empower you in these difficult times. The show continues to top podcast charts worldwide and make news on CNN, MSNBC, and more.  Find Angry Americans on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter--and check the Righteous Media YouTube page for video of this conversation with Pete Buttigieg and video of all our guests from Rosie Perez to Sam Bee to Rachel Maddow to Ambassador Susan Rice to Westworld star Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia. And visit the Angry Americans community on Patreon to support this critical, independent media voice that speaks truth to power and always keeps a special focus on veterans, national security, and first-responders issues. Get special access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic and diverse guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and special content not available anywhere else. Our Patreon members also get to meet influential friends of the pod like Henry Rollins, Ambassador Susan Rice, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Meghan McCain. Republican, Democrat or independent--this is a weekly podcast for politics and news you should subscribe to now. Don’t just be angry, be active. Join the movement. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Our host, combat veteran, author and renowned independent activist Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) rips into a weird and historic Democratic National Convention with a focus on national security, military and veterans affairs. Rieckhoff has himself attended every Democratic and Republic convention since 2004. He breaks down the winners and the losers--and how the democrats missed a massive opportunity on national security.  And as South Bend Mayor and Navy veteran Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) [22:00] anchors the closing of the historic convention, we flashback to his extended and extremely candid conversation with Rieckhoff late last year before a packed audience in New York. At the height of his ascent as a candidate, Buttigieg was topping polls in Iowa and New Hampshire and sat down to share stories of his time in the Navy, his plans for a family, and what he’d do if he didn’t win the nomination. This groundbreaking Angry Americans (@AngryAmericans) conversation revealed sides of the political sensation that you’ve never heard before. He shares his favorite drink, how his military experience shapes his view on firearms, his funny Navy recruiter story, and whether or not he and his husband Chasten plan to have children.  It’s another important and inspiring national security-focused episode of Angry Americans---the hottest weekly podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture. Angry Americans is your trusted place for a weekly breakdown of the news and a strong dose of inspiring content to empower you in these difficult times. The show continues to top podcast charts worldwide and make news on CNN, MSNBC, and more.  Find Angry Americans on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter--and check the Righteous Media YouTube page for video of this conversation with Pete Buttigieg and video of all our guests from Rosie Perez to Sam Bee to Rachel Maddow to Ambassador Susan Rice to Westworld star Jeffrey Wright to Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia. And visit the Angry Americans community on Patreon to support this critical, independent media voice that speaks truth to power and always keeps a special focus on veterans, national security, and first-responders issues. Get special access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic and diverse guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and special content not available anywhere else. Our Patreon members also get to meet influential friends of the pod like Henry Rollins, Ambassador Susan Rice, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Meghan McCain. Republican, Democrat or independent--this is a weekly podcast for politics and news you should subscribe to now. Don’t just be angry, be active. Join the movement. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As the pandemic, the 2020 election and Black Lives Matter protests dominate new headlines, America’s national security is more vulnerable than at any other time in recent memory. Our military has been weakened, our troops have been politicized, our people are sick, our country is divided, and our enemies are celebrating. Everyone is talking about the upcoming election. Few are talking about how to protect it from the Russians. Or how to deal with a multitude of other national security threats that face our country at this fragile time. But Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) is focused on it. And the independent activist, Army veteran and national security analyst is joined by retired Army Three-Star General Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) [53:32] for an important and inspiring conversation that you need to hear. General Hertling served almost four decades in the US Army where he commanded US Army Europe and Seventh Army, led over forty thousand soldiers, cared for over one hundred thousand family members, and partnered with the armies of fifty countries in the European theater. Hertling is a military analyst for CNN, was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and is a senior vice president at Florida Hospital. Hertling is one the most dynamic military experts in the media and a highly-sought after expert on leadership, national security and health. He breaks down the threats facing America, analyzes the leadership of President Trump and newly nominated VP candidate and Senator Kamala Harris, and shares key insights about how to lead in tough times like this--whether you’re leading a large company or your own family. It’s another important and inspiring episode of Angry Americans---the best weekly podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture. Angry Americans is your trusted place for a weekly breakdown of the news and a strong dose of inspiring content to empower you in these difficult times. That’s why the show continues to top podcast charts worldwide and make news on CNN, MSNBC, and more.  Check out Angry Americans on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter--and the Righteous Media YouTube page for video of this conversation with General Mark Hertling and video of all our inspiring recent guests from former NBA star Rex Chapman, to Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda, to Ambassador Susan Rice, to Westworld star Jeffrey Wright.  And visit the exclusive Angry Americans community on Patreon to support this critical, independent media voice that speaks truth to power and always keeps a special focus on veterans, national security, and first-responders issues. Get special access to our host, Paul Rieckhoff, our dynamic and diverse guests, and discounts on Angry Americans merch and special content not available anywhere else. Our Patreon members also get to meet influential friends of the pod like Henry Rollins, Ambassador Susan Rice, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Meghan McCain. Republican, Democrat or independent--this is a weekly podcast for politics and news you should subscribe to now. Don’t just be angry, be active. Join the movement. Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Former NBA star (@RexChapman) [17:53] has quickly become one of the single most popular and beloved figures on Twitter. Rex was a basketball superstar. He took the Kentucky Wildcats to the Sweet 16. And played for the USA national team in the Pan-AM games.  He was an NBA lottery pick, going #8 overall in the 1988 draft. He electrified America in the dunk competition, and played for 12 seasons for the Charlotte Hornets, Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns. Always a fan favorite, Rex once dropped 39 points on Michael Jordan. But injuries eventually drove him out of the game. And into addiction. After his playing days ended, Rex fell into gambling and the deepest depths of opioid addiction. He fell hard--and he fell in public. And it almost killed him. But Rex Chapman has always been a fighter. And he fought back. He got help. He got support. And he started a new life after opioids, helping others where he could.  Especially on Twitter--where his account has become a daily visit for millions. From friends of this pod like Ambassador Susan Rice, Ron Perlman, Stephanie Ruhle and Jeffrey Wright, to Booger McFarland and Martina Navratilova, to LTC Alexander Vindman, to Megyn Kelly, to Trevor Noah, to McHammer, to Congressman Justin Amash and Congresswoman AOC--they all follow Rex. And he’s not just posting videos. He’s calling BS. He’s putting out good information. And he’s making an impact.  Independent activist, Army veteran and renowned social entrepreneur Paul Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) leads a candid, extended and fascinating conversation with one of the most influential voices in American social media. It’s another dynamic episode of Angry Americans---the best weekly podcast in America for independent politics, news and culture. Angry Americans is topping podcast charts worldwide and making news on CNN, MSNBC, and more. It’s your trusted place for a weekly breakdown of the news and a strong dose of inspiring content to guide you through these precarious times.  Visit the Righteous Media YouTube page and follow Angry Americans on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for video of this exclusive conversation with Rex Chapman and video of all our dynamic, recent guests ranging from Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park to Willie Geist to Sam Bee to Rosie Perez. Join the exclusive Angry Americans community on Patreon to support this critical, independent media voice that speaks truth to power. You also get unique access to Paul Rieckhoff and our inspiring guests, and discounts on merch and special content not available anywhere else. Patreon members also get to meet influential friends of the pod like Susan Rice, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Meghan McCain and Henry Rollins. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or independent, this is your new favorite weekly podcast for politics and news. Don’t just be angry, be active. Join the movement.  Angry Americans empowers independent Americans everywhere and is powered by Righteous Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Created by
Righteous Media
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Mar 27th, 2019
Latest Episode
Jan 14th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
98
Avg. Episode Length
About 2 hours
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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