The Backstory

The Backstory

The Backstory with Lee Stranahan and John Kiriakou looks at the stories behind the latest headlines with great guests and entertaining insights.

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October 19, 2021 109 min
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Kamala Harris being accused of violating IRS rules after a Virginia campaign video aired in Churches, and Pete Buttigieg saying America’s supply chain crisis will continue into 2022.

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Caleb Maupin - Speaker, Writer, Political Analyst, and Author | Natural Gas Markets, The History of USSR, and China


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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Southwest Airlines workers protesting against the COVID19 vaccine mandate outside the headquarters, and Russia suspending direct diplomatic ties with NATO.

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Kevin Gosztola - Managing Editor of Shadowproof.com | Whistleblower Daniel Hale, Whistleblowers, and The Deep State

Ted Rall - Political Cartoonist, Syndicat...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the U.S. Navy to discharge sailors for refusing to be vaccinated for COVID19 by November 28 deadline, and seventy-three wounded after explosion at mosque gates in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Daniel Lazare - Independent Journalist, Author, and Writer | Chinese Economy, China's Foreign Policy, and Facebook


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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the U.S. setting a new record for the number of deaths by drug overdose, and Netflix defending the Dave Chappelle comedy special 'Closer' from protests.

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Peter Oliver - RT European Correspondent and Sputnik European Correspondent | Polish Independence, Supply Chain Issues, and Possible Terrorist Attack in...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including William Shatner back on Earth after becoming the oldest person to visit space, and emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop reveal the President and his son may have had shared bank accounts.


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Kim Iversen - Independent Journalist and Host of The Kim Iversen Show | Protests in Greece, School Board Meetings, and The Strat...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma reappearing in Hong Kong, and Americans quitting their jobs at a record pace in August.


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Mark Sleboda - International Relations and Security Analyst | Espionage, Victoria Nuland, and Oligarchs



Carmine Sabia - Writer and Editor at Large at SabiaReport.com | Indigenous Peoples Day...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the Los Angeles sheriff refusing to enforce a vaccine mandate, and Elon Musk saying Tesla will move HQ from California to Texas.



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Alexander Mercouris - Editor-In-Chief TheDuran.com | Henry Jackson Society, Edward Snowden, and The Military-Industrial Complex



Taylor Hudak - Journalist & Editor with AcTVism Muni...
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October 7, 2021 109 min
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the Senate reaching a deal on the short-term debt hike into December, and the US DOJ forming teams to crack down on crypto crimes.



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Adam Eidinger - Activist and Organizer for Marijuana Legalization | Demonstrations on Capitol Hill, McMillan Park, and Joe Biden on Marijuana



Joel Segal - Former Congressional Staffe...
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October 6, 2021 107 min
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including The Department of Justice assigning a special task force to address parents, and NATO to expel eight Russian diplomats.



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Peter Oliver - RT European Correspondent and Sputnik European Correspondent | European Gas Prices, Russia's Importance in the Energy Sector, and Viktor Orban



Mark Frost - Economist, Professo...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including President Biden blaming the debt ceiling on Republicans, and Russia banning Scientology from operating in the country.



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Brian Wright - Lawyer and Former Radio Host | California Oil Spill, Gerrymandering, and The Electoral College



Todd Bensman- Senior National Security Fellow and Author | Immigration Fraud, Haitia...
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October 4, 2021 106 min
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the ‘Pandora Papers’ revealing the finances of more than a hundred billionaires, former world leaders, and attorney Steven Donziger receives a six month prison sentence.


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Ted Rall - Political Cartoonist, Syndicated Columnist | Progressives Role on Infrastructure Bill, Third Parties, and AOC



William Pruden - Attorn...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including California introducing mandatory COVID19 vaccination for school children, and YouTube restoring the channel of Ron Paul.


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Ford Fischer - Journalist, Videographer, and Editor | Justice for J6 Rally and Federal Legalization of Marijuana


Manila Chan - Veteran News Anchor and Host of RT’s In Question | Marijuana, Ame...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the CDC imploring “pregnant people” to receive a COVID19 vaccine, and the Department of Homeland Security has allegedly threatened to fire Border Patrol agents who decline to get the COVID19 vaccine.


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Asra Q Nomani -Author and Former University Professor | Daniel Pearl Murder, Islamists in Public School Boards, a...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including border towns suing the Biden administration for ‘failure to enforce the law’, and YouTube banning all anti-vaccine videos.

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Ivan Klepov - Head of Online at RT Germany | RT Germany Banned from Youtube, German Elections, and Youtube Banning CODI19 Disinformation

Jamie Lovegrove - Former Political Reporter for The Po...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the new Stephanie Grisham book saying Trump told Putin: "I’ll act tough with you, for the cameras", and New York Governor Hochul signing an executive order addressing hospital staff shortages.

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Mark Sleboda - International Relations and Security Analyst | Juan Guaido, Turkey-Russia Relationship, and Unite...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including reports that the CIA was ready to wage a gun battle in London to kill or kidnap Assange, and FBI probing reported assault of female US soldier by Afghan evacuees at New Mexico refugee camp.

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Peter Dale Scott - Poet, Academic, Author, and Former Diplomat | Deep Politics, COG, and American Foreign Policy


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September 24, 2021 110 min
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including AOC breaking down crying after withdrawing ‘no’ vote on funding Israeli missile defense, and volcanic eruptions in the Canary Island of La Palma.

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Kim Iversen - Independent Journalist and Host of The Kim Iversen Show | Tulsi Gabbard, Fake News, and the Military-Industrial Complex

Mark Frost - Economist, Professor...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including the Department of Homeland Security will stop using Border Patrol agents on horseback at the US border, and four Republicans have filed articles of impeachment against President Biden.

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Joel Segal - Former Congressional Staffer, Co-Author of HR 676 | Recording a Jazz Album, Iron Dome Funding, and Nancy Pelosi

Ted...
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On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including large numbers of Haitian asylum-seekers being released into the United States, and Amazon, Facebook, and Uber pledging to hire Afghan refugees.

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Peter Oliver - RT European Correspondent and Sputnik European Correspondent | China, COVID19 Protests in Germany, and Mask Dispute Murder in Germany

Bob Schlehuber - Pol...
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September 21, 2021 106 min
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Prince Andrew’s lawyer reportedly served with sexual assault suit papers, and Justin Trudeau to remain Prime Minister of Canada.

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Scott Ritter - Former UN Weapons Inspector & WMD Whistleblower | AUKUS Deal, Average American Knowledge on Foreign Policy, and NATO

Carmine Sabia - Writer and Editor at Large at Sa...
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