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.


November 18, 2022 34 min

On this Back Story journalist Reena Ninan on American Democracy including the midterm elections, and Trumps 'wet noodle' announcement he wants to run for President again. 

And the worst week in Crypto history, as the FTX Exchange collapses with billions of dollars gone and millions of investors out their money.
We speak to crypto currency investment managers in London, Digital Capital asset managers  Michael Hall, on needed p...

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On this Back Story Ukrainian MP Dmytro Natalukha says sitting at the table with Russia will only bring another cease fire and look where that led Ukraine? There has been an 8 year cease fire since 2014 and Putin will look to rearm and attack Europe again if allowed. 

And Former National Security Advisor for the United Kingdom Sir  Mark Lyall Grant on Russia's continued aggression and why Russia is still on the UN Security Counci...

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November 3, 2022 34 min

On this Back Story we discuss the Ukrainian ground offensive and Russia's growing desperation as it attempts to bomb cities with missiles. 
We discuss Iranian missile transfers with the Soufan Centres Joseph  Shelzi.

And is there any chance for peace talks? Any at all?  The International Crisis Group's Program Director for Europe and Central Asia Olga Oliker discusses Russia's and Ukraine's options.

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October 28, 2022 34 min

On this Back Story Dana Lewis reflects on Twitter and free speech, and Putin's mirror imaging - another term for his smoke and mirrors -  hiding his intention to take over or dominate former Soviet Countries.

And we interview Maria Zolkina in Kyiv, Head of Regional Security and Conflict Studies at DIF, an expert on the Russia-Ukraine war.

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October 19, 2022 44 min

On this Back Story experts say Iran's weeks of unrest mean the regime may be finished. There are rumours of Revolutionary Guard defections. The religious clerics can't cleat the streets and Iranians chant death to the Ayatollah.
Back Story's Dana Lewis talks to Ramesh Sepehrad.

And the pandemic didn't disappear. 
Epidemiologist Dr. Eric Feigal-Ding is critical of the CDC for being late to announce variants that are cha...

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On this Back Story Former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton who has met Russian leader Putin a number of times, says he needs to go. Bolton says the U.S. should not be shy in pushing for regime change in Russia, because at stake is peace and stability in Europe.

And, Belarus and its mad dictator Alexander Lukashenko, appears ready to succumb to Russian pressure and wade deeper into the war with Ukraine. The risks from Belar...

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October 7, 2022 46 min

On This Back Story the gains made by Ukrainians in the east are nothing short of astounding.
Even Russia TV commentators are reeling in disbelief and anger, and blaming the Russian army for embarrassing losses.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges (Ret) predicts very soon Ukraine will attack the Crimea.

And from Moscow Christian Science correspondent Fred Weir says Russia will build back it's tanks and guns, but questions if the Kremlin ...

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September 29, 2022 16 min

On this Back Story is a new revolution in the making in Iran? 

It's just over 40 years since the Shah of Iran was over thrown, and it became an Islamic republic, but now people are back in the streets calling for the end of the religious regime.

Violent demonstrations were sparked by the murder of a 22yr old woman arrested and beaten to death by the so-called 'morality police'.

We talk to Shahin Gobadi, a spokesman of the ...

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September 23, 2022 32 min

On Back Story this week Dana Lewis interviews former Russia Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who says Putin IS bluffing and his regime is in its final chapter.

And, NYTimes reporter Peter Baker and his new book on Trump, The Divider. It's all  about American democracy in decline.

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On this Back Story a new season of international news coverage.  

We begin with the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth.  Dana Lewis talks to British commentator Jo Phillips. 

And from Canada ,Prof. Nicolas Kenny/ Simon Fraser Univ. on the future of the Commonwealth.

Plus the incredible counter offensive in Ukraine, we go to Kyiv and speak to Paul Niland.

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On this Back Story w Dana Lewis,  

British P.M. Boris Johnson is being forced to step down. 

Liberal Democrat Candidate and writer Edward Lucas on Johnson's turmoil and what went wrong.

And from Kyiv, commentator Paul Niland on Ukraine's future and the war with Russia.

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July 1, 2022 46 min

On this Back Story the incredible tales of rescue's in Ukraine from the head of project Dynamo, Bryan Stern, an American Vet now saving lives in a war zone.

And the Int. Crisis Group's Olga Oliker, on the remote chances for talks to end the war in Ukraine. And how there are indications of escalation before one side or both are ready for a pause in the war.

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On this Back Story Russia has threatened Lithuania for its decision to stop sanctioned goods crossing from Russia to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
Host Dana Lewis talks to fmr. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius who says Russia has to be confronted.

And foreign fighters in Ukraine - British and American volunteers to the Ukraine army captured by Russian forces could face the death penalty.
I interview the Soufan Centr...

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June 17, 2022 56 min

On this Back Story the Institute for the Study of War's Nataliya Bugayova, talks to host Dana Lewis on the critical timing at stake in Ukraine. A tiring, and largely spent Russian force colliding with an ever stronger and better equipped Ukrainian army.  

Ukraine will not cede territory to Putin's war machine, but it needs to counter attack and take back lands soon.

And political commentator from Germany, Jessica Berlin on wh...

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On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to an expert on defense strategy, Malcolm Davis from Australia's Strategic Policy Institute, on how long this war could last and what would victory look like for Putin?

And on gun violence in America, former NYPD Lt. and criminal expert Darrin Porcher who says it has to be time to reduce guns in America, even for pro gun lobbyists.


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On this Back Story - you've heard a lot about the land war in Ukraine, but soon there may be international efforts to break the Russian Black Sea Naval blockade.

The World's food supply may count on it.  Russia is holding back commercial vessels that need to set sail for Asia and Africa with Ukraines massive harvest of grain. 

Host Dana Lewis talks to Sir Lawrence David Freedman Professor of war Studies at King's College ...

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On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Soufan's Colin Clarke, on why this shooting in Buffalo happened. Guns and hatred in America.

Nicolas Tenzer at the Centre for European Policy Analysis on why talk of a ceasefire in Ukraine now would be a critical error playing into Putin's hands. 

And Finland and Swedens bid to join NATO - Henri Vanhanen explains why Finland wants to join and what it means for Europe. 

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May 13, 2022 39 min

On this Back Story Sir. Mark Lyall Grant, the former National Security Advisor for Britain, says Ukraine may be forced to settle for a Russian seizure of the larger Donbas region, as the war looks set to drag on.   But it will be a long term conflict, not easily solved.

And William Alberque is Director of Strategy, Technology, and Arms Control at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and says Russia won't be able to...

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April 27, 2022 41 min

On this edition of Back Story the sinking of the Russian Warship Moskva, and was it really hit by Ukrainian cruise missiles?  

Host Dana Lewis asks naval expert, former British Rear Admiral John Gower  -who thinks it likely was sunk in an attack.

And no planting, no crops, no food.  The war in Ukraine will create huge aftershocks for the world food supply says David McNair of the One Campaign. 

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April 14, 2022 38 min

On this Back Story can badly battered Russian forces regroup and take eastern Ukraine?

We talk to (Ret) Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander U.S. Army Europe who says Putin is looking to claim the east of Ukraine but is unlikely to do so, and Ukraine won't now easily accept a cease fire because of warcrimes.

And there are many frightening parallels between Syria and whats happening in Ukraine, says Hanna Notte, Senior Resear...

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