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.... Show More

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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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January 24, 2021 26 min

It has started. Civil unrest linked to corruption in The Kremlin, and Putin's jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has combined to ignite protests nation wide. On Saturday Jan 23 there were protests in more than 60 cities from the far east of Russia to St. Petersburg and Moscow.  Police fought with demonstrators leading to the arrests of more than 2000 people who are demanding the release of Navalny and chanted "Puti...

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January 19, 2021 50 min

How do we confront radicalization in the internet, and then on the street?

On This Back Story with Dana Lewis, two experts on de-radicalization and confronting disinformation.  

Arie kruglanski is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and is the co author of the three pillars of radicalization.  Needs, narratives, networks. 

 Ira E. Hyman, Jr.,Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Western Was...

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January 15, 2021 32 min

On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews Soufan Centre Naureen Chowdhury Fink.

Naureen served as the Senior Policy Adviser on Counterterrorism and Sanctions at the United Kingdom’s Mission to the United Nations. 

There were dozens of white supremacists involved in the riot on The Capitol. They have international links. They are well armed and well organized but under the radar of American law enforcement unless they are declared terr...

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January 12, 2021 45 min

On this Back Story is there a case to be made that D.C. Police knew in advance the threat but allowed it to unravel at The Capitol?

Was the riot set in motion and managed from The White House?  

President Trump clearly lit the fire for dissent and insurrection.

Host Dana Lewis talks to Kellie Carter Jackson, an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesely College and says the inaction by police was by design. 

And Former NYPD P...

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January 7, 2021 40 min

Thousands of companies may have been hacked as well as Gov Agencies in America. 

Homeland Security, The FBI and NSA say it's Russia.

What was taken?  The hack is still ongoing and went on for months.  Why weren't critical systems better protected?

On this Back Story with Dana Lewis we talk to Suzanne Spaulding, Senior adviser for Homeland Security and Director of the Defending Democratic Institutions project at the Center for ...

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December 31, 2020 51 min

This week in America, The UK, and in Europe record numbers of Covid-19 cases as hospitals struggle to treat the sick.
A new vaccine has been approved in The Uk, that makes 3 vaccines not including Russia and China.  But, is this new variant of Covid-19 out pacing the vaccine?

We talk to two medical experts about what to expect and the dangers of this pandemic as we race to distribute vaccines. 

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is an American publi...

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December 23, 2020 32 min

The war on drugs in America is waning. Cannabis  is widely accepted  by adults.  

As of now, 36 states have legalized medical cannabis use while 15 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use.

Canada was first to legalize cannabis to combat the illegal market, raise tax revenues, and make the use of cannabis regulated and safe. 

On This Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Tom Grebenstein, The...

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December 17, 2020 53 min

Britain held it's referendum to leave the European Union in 2016.  It has taken years of internal debate and political conflict to determine how to leave. 

Because Europe is a vital trading partner of The U.K.    So Britain needs a trade deal or it's economy will be in tatters.  It's close.  Close to crashing out of Europe at the end of 2020 with no deal.  And close to a deal that will be hotly debated in Britain.

And all...

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December 11, 2020 30 min

On this Back Story, Host and creator, Dana Lewis talks digital money. 

In Covid19 paperless purchases are accelerated the digital revolution.  China has launched a digital currency saying it will become an alternative to the U.S. dollar. 

Crypto Currencies like BitCoin are soaring in value. 

Dana talks to a leading digital coin trading Nickel Digital Asset Management , Europes leading digital asset management company, partners Anatoly...

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December 2, 2020 33 min

In November an Iranian top nuclear scientist is assassinated.  Israel is blamed. 

Is Iran complying with an International nuclear deal to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons, or it this smoke and mirrors and deception by Tehran?

Should incoming U.S. President Joe Biden re-enter a nuclear agreement, which Former President Trump pulled out of claiming it was horrible deal? 

What will Iran do next?

In this Back Story Host  Dana Lewis i...

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November 26, 2020 30 min

Many experts don't think Corona virus started in The Wuhan Market. 

Some think it was a virus that escaped from a lab in Wuhan run now by the military. 
Others think it had "natural" origins but broke out months before the end of 2019.

And. we need those answers to understand where the next pandemic could start, as well as the increased dangers of a biological attack.

On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Former Deputy Sec...

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