The “Mueller Time” Edition
The Special Counsel’s report has finally been released. After reading the report and thinking about the findings, we’ll discuss what impressed us most and what happens next.
Lawfare Presents: Chatter, a new podcast from Shane Harris and David Priess
Introducing Chatter, a brand new podcast from Lawfare. Weekly long-form conversations with fascinating people at the creative edges of national security. Unscripted. Informal. Always fresh.Chatterguests roll with the punches to describe artistic endeavors related to national security and jump into cutting-edge thinking at the frontiers where defense and foreign policy overlap with technology, intelligence, climate change, history, sports, culture and beyond. Each week, listeners get a no-holds-barred dialogue at an intersection betweenLawfare's core issue areas and something from Hollywood to history, science to spy fiction.On this, the debut episode ofChatter, Shane Harris interviews a great American: the creator of "The Americans," Joe Weisberg. Joe shares his journey from the agency to Hollywood, his work as a lifelong student of Russia, and his new bookRussia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War.
The “SPAAACE LAAAW” Edition
This week, Alan, Quinta and Scott were joined by special guest,Lawfare chief operating officer David Priess! They sat down to discuss:“In Byelorussia, Everything . . . Everything is Just Awful”: In an effort to hit back over sanctions, the authoritarian regime in Belarus is deliberately admitting refugees only to channel them across its borders with the European Union. How should Europe respond?“Taking ‘Tourist Trap’ Too Literally”: In recent years, foreign governments have taken an unprecedented number of U.S. nationals as effective hostages. Is this a failure of U.S. deterrence? Or something else entirely?“Space: The Littered Frontier”: A Russian test of an anti-satellite weapon has scattered refuse across outer space, threatening the safety of astronauts and potentially complicating space travel in the future.For object lessons, Scott made a PSA aboutLawfare's upcomingonline info sessionfor law students interested in becoming student contributors, taking place this Thursday! Quinta brought attention to arecent articleon formerWashington Postreporter Felicia Somnez and her disturbing treatment after coming forward with her experience being sexually assaulted. Alan endorsed theBonne Maman jam-based advent calendarhe is using (and abusing). Scott urged listeners to check out the upcoming season of"The Expanse"and to keep an eye out for new about the forthcomingfilm adaptation of"Hyperion." And David encouraged RatSec fans to check out the latestLawfarepodcast offering,Chatter, a long form interview podcast exploring the fringes of national security and culture, which he is co-hosting along with former RatSec host Shane Harris!Be sure to visit our show page atwww.lawfareblog.comand to follow us on Twitter at@RatlSecurity.And Rational Security listeners can now get a committed ad-free feed by becoming a Lawfare material supporter atwww.patreon.com/lawfare!
The "Dirty Little Secrets" Edition
This week, Alan, Quinta and Scott were joined by special guest,Lawfare associate editor Rohini Kurup! They sat down to discuss:“I’ll Keep You, My Dirty Little Secret”: The Supreme Court has heard oral argument in not one but two cases relating to the controversial state secrets doctrine this term. Will the doctrine survive Supreme Court scrutiny in its current form?“Coming Home to Roost”: Last week, a Guantanamo Bay detainee’s unprecedented testimony regarding his torture at American hands led members of a military jury to recommend he receive clemency. Will this be a turning point for the military commissions?“Bark v. Bite”: A judge recently criticized the Department of Justice for describing the January 6 insurrection as an unprecedented criminal act while bringing only minor charges against many defendants involved in it. What do we know of the Department’s prosecutorial strategy thus far—and does it make any sense?For object lessons, Quinta shouted out a former obsession of hers,Neopets. Alan endorsed a number of Twitter accounts committed to things cute and fuzzy, including@dog_rates,@timelinecats, and@otteritarian. Scott proselytized for his favorite bean cult,Rancho Gordo Bean Club. And Rohini celebrated the anniversary of the Four Seasons Total Landscaping fiasco witha new documentary on the topic.Be sure to visit our show page atwww.lawfareblog.comand to follow us on Twitter at@RatlSecurity.And Rational Security listeners can now get a committed ad-free feed by becoming a Lawfare material supporter atwww.patreon.com/lawfare!