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The Chatter Podcast: Fixing America To Bolster National Security with Richard Haass

For the past 20 years, Richard Haass has led the Council on Foreign Relations, building on his national security experience in government and his related work in academia and think tanks. Although his efforts have focused overwhelmingly on foreign policy, his central concern has turned to something closer to home: the decline of democratic norms in the United States.


The Chatter Podcast: Aviation Oddities and Near Misses with James Fallows

It’s been an eventful few months for flying objects. A Chinese spy balloon captured national attention and sparked an international incident--and a lot of hot air. But closer to the ground, there have been two near collisions of commercial jets at U.S. airports, a more urgent story that has received comparatively less attention.


The Chatter Podcast: Flat Earth Beliefs and Conspiracism with Kelly Weill

Priess and Weill discussed the genesis of her interest in conspiracies; what drives people toward conspiracy theories; the origins of modern flat earth thinking in the 1800s and its links to religious fundamentalism; different flat earthers' conceptions of what's above, below, and around the ground; how online videos and social media helped drive a rise in flat earthism; and more.


The Chatter Podcast: M. Todd Bennett on the Secretive Story of the Glomar Explorer

Shane Harris spoke with intelligence historian M. Todd Bennett to discuss his new book, "Neither Confirm nor Deny: How the Glomar Mission Shielded the CIA from Tranpsarency," on how the exposure of a CIA secret program, codenamed AZORIAN, led to a public backlash against disclosures of classified information and helped reenforce the culture of secrecy that envelops the CIA's world.

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