The Chris Hedges Report
Chris Hedges interviews writers, intellectuals, and dissidents, many banished from the mainstream, in his half-hour show The Chris Hedges Report. He gives voice to those, from Cornel West and Noam Chomsky to the leaders of groups such as Extinction Rebellion, who are on the front lines of the struggle against militarism, corporate capitalism, white supremacy, the looming ecocide, as well as the battle to wrest back our democracy from the clutches of the ruling global oligarchy.
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Historian Rashid Khalidi reframes the ‘Israel-Palestine Conflict’ in light of the 1917 Balfour Declaration and beyond, breaking down the myth of an ancient and eternal Jewish-Arab antagonism.
From doxxing to death threats, Zionists are turning to intimidation tactics to silence pro-Palestine voices on college campuses and in the media.
Testimony from survivors of Al Aqsa Flood, combined with the documented past actions of Israel’s armed forces against captured soldiers and civilians, raise questions about what really caused the high Israeli death toll.
Medea Benjamin of Code Pink explains what the growing protest movement against Israel’s genocide in Gaza aims to achieve.
“We prefer war over healthcare. We prefer war over housing. We prefer war over education. We prefer war over the economic welfare of our own citizens”
The reactionary movement behind Trump’s success is a mortal threat to our democracy, says author Jeff Sharlet. We ignore it at our own peril.
Norman Finkelstein explains Israel’s 17-year blockade of Gaza and the context of the war currently underway.
Stephanie Gibaud pulled back the cover on the criminal activities of UBS, the world’s largest private bank. The French government has utterly failed to protect her from the harassment and retaliation that followed.
Over 50 years since his deployment, anti-war poet Doug Rawlings returned to Vietnam.
Jeffrey Sachs’s new book, ‘To Move the World,’ examines the final months of John F. Kennedy’s life, which were devoted to easing Cold War tensions.
The crumbling of European empires after WWII didn’t usher in a new era of democracy—instead, we now live in a regime of international corporate rule.
Former British Ambassador and whistleblower Craig Murray describes the torturous ordeal Julian Assange has been subjected to over more than a decade.
Julian Assange has languished in Belmarsh Prison in the UK since 2019 as he fights extradition to the US to face prosecution under the Espionage Act.
The revival of the Espionage Act in the persecution of Assange is destroying the very foundation of democracy.
While the question is never as simple as identity versus class, the emphasis on identity without class politics only serves the ruling elite.
Why some scholars insist Shakespeare didn’t author all the works attributed to him.
Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani joins Chris Hedges to discuss his documentary ‘Coup 53,’ which uses newly discovered archival material to expose how the CIA and British intelligence worked clandestinely to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh 70 years ago.
Comedian and political commentator Lee Camp joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss the transformation of comedy from an art form rooted in the counterculture to one that has largely become a megaphone for power.
Dr. Judith Herman returns for a discussion on why the truth about trauma requires rebuilding society.
From the home to the halls of power, violence and trauma are a regular fact of life for countless Americans. Specialist Dr. Judith Herman joins The Chris Hedges Report to discuss how trauma distorts the mind and the body politic alike.
Alice Lynd and Luke Stewart recall the life of historian, lawyer, and activist Staughton Lynd, whose writings and speeches on the Vietnam War were recently published in a collection called ‘My Country Is the World’.
Sociologist Matthew Desmond explains the roots of poverty in America in exploitation, and the willful policies at all levels of government that keep people trapped in precarity.
The campaign to oust Jeremy Corbyn from the UK Labour Party was accompanied by a purge of his supporters—what does this say about the capacity to change the system from within?
Former war correspondent Dean Yates’ new memoir imparts a journey of trauma and healing familiar to those in his profession.
Ever since his ‘Twitter Files’ revelations exposed censorship collusion between social media giants and the FBI-led Foreign Influence Task Force, the journalist has found himself under IRS investigation.
“I don’t want to chip at poverty. I want to eliminate, abolish poverty.”
The use of domestic terrorism charges against the environmental and animal liberation movements set important precedents for the repression Atlanta’s ‘Stop Cop City’ movement faces today.
To understand where US law enforcement’s impunity comes from, we have to look at the historic role of police in maintaining a racial and class-based order.
It’s becoming clearer by the day that America is an empire in terminal decline, yet the myths of American exceptionalism persist.
What’s at stake in the fight over monuments and symbols isn’t just aesthetics, but the future of racial justice and democracy, says author and professor Clarence Lusane.
Historian Ellen Schrecker explains how the privatization of universities began to stifle campus radicalism in the 1960s.
Talia Lugacy’s independent feature rips back the veil on the vast enterprise of death that war is and tells the unflinching and painful story of the veterans who return.
Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion argues the climate crisis calls for revolution.
While the Haitian government and international media have condemned Chérizier as a gang leader, the former police officer claims instead to be the leader of a revolutionary movement.
When the national emergency for COVID-19 ends on May 11, between 5 to 14 million Americans will lose Medicaid coverage.
From Iraq War veterans to a young Mike Tyson and her own brother’s battle with AIDS, Grinker’s photographs open a window from the personal into the political.
Over 150 journalists have been assassinated in Mexico since 2000. Behind the killings is a nexus of corruption and violence that links organized crime, police, and government.
Seymour Hersh, the journalist who uncovered the Mỹ Lai Massacre and torture at Abu Ghraib says America detonated the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines. The response from corporate media has been stunning.
Socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant is launching a national coalition called Workers Strike Back to fight for wages, universal healthcare, LGBTQ rights, a clean energy transition, and more.
Maximillian Alvarez discusses his most recent book on so-called ‘essential workers’ at the start of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, ‘The Work of Living’, with Chris Hedges.
Veteran New York Times reporter Jeff Gertz dissects the role of the media in concocting a false narrative portraying Trump as a ‘Russian asset’ rather than a homegrown horror.
Nearly five centuries later, the social and political considerations of the Bard’s oeuvre continue to offer insights pertinent to our times.
Hamilton 68: How former intelligence officials and Democratic operatives conspired to manufacture ‘Russiagate’
The panic over Russian disinformation that followed the election of Donald Trump often relied on a source now known to have been fraudulent, Hamilton 68.
WikiLeaks exposed the extent of US meddling abroad and corruption at home. Why have we forgotten it?
From backroom deals between Hillary Clinton and Goldman Sachs to US covert operations in Haiti, Tunisia, Italy and beyond, WikiLeaks revealed the dark underbelly of US power.
Chris Hedges speaks with film producer and brother of Julian Assange, Gabriel Shipton, on his new film that follows his family’s journey to see Julian freed.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to stand trial this year. His case is emblematic of how far the US government will go to hide the truth.
Boyah J. Farah came to the US as a refugee from Somalia at age 15. His new memoir recounts his introduction to American racism.
The decline in media literacy and public debate has real structural causes, and learning communication skills is key to fighting back.
In their book, ‘Map of Hope and Sorrow,’ co-authors Helen Benedict and Eyad Awwadawnan trace the stories of five refugees trapped in Greece’s brutal refugee camps.
Father Roy Bourgeois discusses his life of religion and activism.
Anti-war positions used to be possible within the Democratic Party. What happened?
Adam Hochschild examines the untold history of WWI in his new book, “American Midnight.”
Capitalist profiteering is the real driver of the inflation crisis, and raising interest rates only passes the costs onto workers already overwhelmed by personal debt and stagnant wages.
Journalist Chris Hedges and philosopher Justin E. H. Smith discuss Marcel Proust’s magnum opus, ‘In Search of Lost Time,’ on the centennial of the author’s death.
Retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich discusses his new book on the regressive and dangerous worldview of America’s political and military class.
The simple narrative of a diabolical Putin vs the freedom-loving west distorts the multifaceted, complex history of the conflict.
Noam Chomsky delves into how half a century of neoliberalism set the stage for contemporary fascist movements from Hungary to India and the US. This is the second part of a two-part interview.
In the first of a two-part interview, Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky explore the links between militarism, rising fascism, and climate catastrophe.
The renowned physician and author explores the links between trauma and illness in his new book, “The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture.”
Ray Nayler’s new sci-fi novel ‘The Mountain in the Sea’ uses the premise of corporate exploitation of a hyperintelligent octopus species in a dystopian future to deliver a stinging critique of our present.
The rock legend and Pink Floyd co-founder shares everything from his musical origins to his opinions on the war in Ukraine, experiences of US government surveillance, and his ongoing ‘This Is Not A Drill’ tour.
On Oct. 8, Chris Hedges and others will gather in Washington, DC, to demand Julian Assange’s release and denounce the US government’s campaign against him.
Over a century since his ignominious defeat, the story of Lt. Col. Custer still plays a part in our national mythology—one that covers up our heinous crimes against Indigenous peoples.
John Gibbs, a former Trump administration official, has received over $425,000 from the Democratic Party.
Throughout the Ukraine war, press in the US and most of Europe have mindlessly parroted the opinions of a ruling elite and overseen a public discourse that is often unhinged from the real world.
The renowned historian and biographer of Du Bois joins Chris Hedges to discuss the prolific work and principled life of one of the 20th Century’s intellectual giants.
In a new book about the Ku Klux Klan’s 1966 murder of Black civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, author Curtis Wilkie offers insights into the psychology of white supremacists relevant to our current era.
The agency is a shadow military organization unaccountable to its own government, and responsible for heinous crimes around the world. It’s time to get rid of it.
In their new book, veterans Andrew Bacevich and Danny Sjursen describe how the realities of war expose the lies told by generals and politicians about American goodness and virtue.
The classic novel by Herman Melville still offers a prescient glimpse into the American character—and perhaps our ultimate fate as a species.
America’s deadliest epidemic is fueled by dangerous numbness and self-loathing, says Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Dr. James Gilligan, whose work analyzes the crisis of nihilistic violence through patient case studies, Greek myths, and Shakespeare.
Chris Hedges speaks with Eurydice Eve about her book “Satyricon USA” and the dark, often hidden side of the nation’s sexual habits.
Chris Hedges speaks with author John Feffer about his novels set in a not-so-distant future disrupted by climate chaos.
Chris Hedges speaks with journalist and author Mark Kurlansky about living in the shadow of Ernest Hemingway and his new book, “The Importance of Not Being Ernest.”
In the late 1970s and 1980s, US-trained military death squads disappeared 30,000 Argentines in what became known as the ‘Dirty War.’ Former Buenos Aires Herald editor Robert Cox shares his experiences reporting on the disappeared.
Decades of neoliberal policy have created the conditions for a rising neofascist wave that looks very different from the fascism of the 20th century, explains Vijay Prashad.
In the second of the two-part series The Long Road Home, we learn how five former prisoners have reentered society after spending a collective 119 years locked up.
In the first of a two-part series called The Long Road Home, we look at what happens to those in the United States who leave prison and struggle to reenter society through the eyes of five former prisoners.
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant describes how her party has mobilized ordinary people to win victories in the war being waged on the working class and the poor—despite opposition from Democrats.
The expected overturning of Roe v. Wade and the attacks on LGBTQ+ rights are part of the patriarchy’s vicious, reactionary, theocratic war that has nothing to do with ‘tradition’ and everything to do with domination.
What will be the consequences of the United States’s commitment to long-term conflict, and where will we be when the war finally ends?
Historian Gerald Horne discusses how the legacy of Paul Robeson illustrates the lengths to which the American empire will go to destroy and silence its most powerful critics.
Hip-hop artist Kareem “Lowkey” Dennis faces continual censorship and smear campaigns for his activism condemning the hypocrisy of Western governments.
Journalist Peter Oborne joins Chris Hedges to discuss how this bifurcation of the world into ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ victims obliterates nuance and ambiguity, and is a key component of propaganda, especially in war.
In this premiere episode of The Chris Hedges Report, Dr. West joins Chris Hedges to discuss the decay of the American empire, the struggle to show international solidarity in the face of escalating militarism, and what it means to examine this historical moment through a moral and spiritual lens.