BACK STORY with DANA LEWIS

BACK STORY with DANA LEWIS

Dana Lewis is a veteran World Affairs Correspondent. He's been everywhere. From war zones to the streets of London where he is based. And he loves talking to people about whats behind the headlines. Award winning. "A real in the trenches reporter". Great interviewing skills and easy to listen to.

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May 6, 2021 61 min

 A year and a half after a pandemic crippled Countries an killed more than 3 million people, more and more evidence the Chinese are blocking data of experiments called Gain of Function in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Was Covid19  an experiment, that leaked out of the lab that was  routinely engaged in strengthening Corona Virus'? And experts say the denials by the Chinese are becoming increasingly unbelievable.

On Back Stor...

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Seaspiracy is a new movie that has caused a major debate over fishing practices and the future of our Oceans and Lakes.?

On this Back Story host Dana Lewis explores what Seaspiracy got right/wrong with Dr. Bryce Stewart, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environment and Geography, at The UK's University of York.

And for Canada, sport fisherman Jake Danson with 'Rapala' on how the Great Lakes are struggling from over fi...

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April 21, 2021 32 min

In this edition of Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to Retired U.S. Major General Jeffrey Schloesser who has written a book on his time in Afghanistan called 'Marathon War'.

General Schloesser predicts America may come to regret its decision to leave Afghanistan because, in less than a generation, it could still become a launch pad to attack the U.S.

And he speaks about the challenges for U.S. forces in Afghanistan and why in the...

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U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered the last American troops homes from Afghanistan.

As a TV news correspondent Dana Lewis met Sgt's Fransisco Morales and Will Dunn in the Mountains over looking Pakistan, on a remote base called FOB Tillman.  They served in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan on one of the longest tours for U.S. troops.

This is a conversation with host Dana Lewis about what is was like, how was the ...

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April 13, 2021 40 min

On this Back Story the worsening situation in Ukraine as fighting escalates and Russia's formations of more troops on Ukraine's border appears to threaten a larger war.

NATO is warning Russia to remove it's forces, and along with U.S. President telling Russia promising support for an independent Ukraine.

Host Dana Lewis talks with former Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU Konstiantyn Yelisieiev in Kiev, who says Russia's ...

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April 6, 2021 54 min

Is Russia about to launch a larger armed assault against its neighbour Ukraine?

Both Countries are now beefing up armoured Brigades along a line of conflict.  Russia is squeezing Ukraine from 3 directions and may be about to replace Russian back rebels with regular Russian forces. 

What will be the response of The EU, NATO, and most importantly US President Biden who is on record as saying he won't abandon an independent Ukraine?

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March 30, 2021 43 min

On this Back Story host Dana Lewis on the worlds vaccine tug-of-war and how poorer countries are being shut out of vaccines supplies, while the European Union fights with Britain over vaccines.

We talk to Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now who blames by Pharma for unbalanced vaccine rollout. 

Jutta Paulus, Member European Parliament on vaccine passports and what may lie ahead for those who have had vaccines vs those who did not. 

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March 25, 2021 70 min

Hate is turbo charged in the pandemic, and in the age of the internet. Incidents of hate crimes are off the charts and why?
Where do we begin to hate and how do we manage prejudice?

Is hate hardwired?  Thankfully it's not.

On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Matt Williams who has just authored The Science of Hate.

and Philosopher Todd Mei on how he's coaching companies on reaching employees even in a pandemic to foster ...

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March 18, 2021 42 min

On this Back Story with host Dana Lewis we talk to the Soufan Centres Jason Blazakis who see's QAnon as a dangerous extremist organization that may have foreign Government's pushing the disinformation.

And, Samantha North, of North Cyber Research who discusses countering disinformation. 


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March 10, 2021 25 min

On this special edition of Back Story Dana Lewis talks to guest Nigel Nelson, a former Royals reporter, and Jo Phillips a British TV Commentator about the Royal scandal of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

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Israel and The U.S. says the decision by the International Criminal Court to look into war crimes in Palestinian areas, is politically motivated and unfair.  

Israel has said it won't cooperated with the ICC, and has warned soldiers they could be put ion international arrest warrants.

In part one of this podcast we featured the Palestinian view that the ICC is needed because Palestinians have been murdered by soldiers in occupied...

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March 6, 2021 24 min

On this Back Story The Int Criminal Court has announced it has jurisdiction to investigate war crimes in The West Bank and The Gaza Strip.  That's possible crimes both by Israeli forces,, and also against Israel by Palestinians.

One of those cases to be looked at may be that of a young man who was about to be married and was gunned down at an Israeli checkpoint. All of the facts are murky, but his family is certain his car swerv...

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March 3, 2021 29 min

Imagine a nuclear threat to another nuclear nation and no way to communicate? Believe it or not communications can be hacked and most nations have no direct communications in a crisis at all. 

On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, talks with former British  Rear Admiral John Gower, on nuclear threats and communication as the single biggest component of averting war, and Philip Reiner of the U.S. Institute for Security and Technology o...

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February 26, 2021 48 min

On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, environment groups warn 1/3 of the Worlds fresh water fish are going extinct. 

We talk to rivers expert Jeff Opperman of the WWF who says  that 80 freshwater species — which make up more than half of all the world’s species — have already been declared extinct, with 16 disappearing in 2020 alone.

And a new report from the Council For Strategic Risks warns ecological disasters are threatening nation...

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February 18, 2021 45 min

Experts warn in Europe and America there is not enough discussion of zero covid and there should be, which means an aim for elimination instead of this yo yo approach to suppression, that translates into more and more disruptions and lockdowns. 

And, schools need to be reopened carefully, with mitigation, because kids are getting and transmitting covid more than you know, 

On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Deepti Gurdasani, a se...

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February 17, 2021 23 min

On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews New York Times reporter Peter Baker on his new book The Man Who Ran Washington.

The book is about former White House Chief of Staff James Baker, and his views on how centrist politics have broken down and why.  And Peter Baker leads us through Washington under Baker, and then under Trump and the challenges for the media ahead with Joe Biden.  

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February 9, 2021 38 min

On this Back Story the history of The Olympic Movements attempt to tackle drugs in sport, which led to the establishment of the World Anti Doping Authority, set up by Canadian Richard Pound.  

Pound has just retired after decades of fighting the wide spread cheating in cycling, track and field, weight lifting, and in many other sports, not only at the Olympic level but across all sports and throughout nations around the world. 

In co...

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February 3, 2021 26 min

On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews Eliot Higgins one of the founders of Bellingcat. 

Bellingcat uses open source intelligence to reveal truths ranging from Assad's use to chemical weapons to the identities of Russia Agents who have used poisons on Alexei Navalny, Sergei Skripal, and now Higgins says there are at least a 7 more assassinations of Russian figures that will soon be revealed.


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January 29, 2021 25 min

Bees are disappearing and studies show there are 25% less bees since the 1990's.

The problem appears to be pesticides, and on this Back Story with Dana Lewis we talk to Dr. Kiah Tasman at University of Bristol who has just done a study on how neonicotinoid insecticides are effecting bee sleep patterns and harming them.

And, Prof Dave Goulson from the University of Sussex who has studied these pesticides and bees for years and war...

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January 26, 2021 48 min

On this Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to the daughter of Boris Nemtsov who was murdered in front of the Kremlin.  Zhanna speaks of a the birth of a new national political movement in Russia and the desire to remove Putin.

And The Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov calls on the EU to pursue sanctions to force the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Plus, analysis of what comes next by Russia expert Alex Kokcharov.

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