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BEHROUZ – Documentary Premiere

At the end of last year, my Co-Host Cliff and I had the privilege of speaking with journalist and writer Behrouz Boochani about his almost decade imprisonment in the Australian-run Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea and the book he wrote about that experience: No Friend But the Mountains. Days ago, filmmaker Simon…

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Episode 18 Preview Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War

This month together with my Co-Host Cliff W. Gilmore, I have the honor and pleasure to host U.S. Marine Corps veteran and award-winning author Phil Klay to discuss his important work Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War. A book that looks at our the endless, invisible conflicts of the post-9/11 world…

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EPISODE 17 – THE LINE

In this episode of The Ask Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Shultz discusses his work on THE LINE. About the film: U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher stood accused by his own platoon in the biggest war crimes trial in a generation. Now a new, four-part docuseries will examine the case and the blurred line…

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I did not vote for Ukraine’s president. His courage has changed my mind and inspired millions – Anna Myroniuk

Since Cliff W. Gilmore and I interviewed Anna Myroniuk on The Ask, she has emerged to become a fierce voice for the Ukrainian people as they desperately fight off a Russian invasion. And here she is again in The Washington Post. Reflecting on how the Ukrainian people and the rest of the world have seen…

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Waking up to explosions in Kyiv -Anna Myroniuk

Friends & Colleagues. As some of you may know, a few days ago, Cliff and I interviewed The Kyiv Independent journalist Anna Myroniuk about the threat of a Russian invasion on The Ask podcast. This morning, she writes in The Washington Post about what is like waking up to explosions in Kyiv: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/24/kyiv-explosions-putin-invasion-divided-family/ For those…

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EPISODE 15 PREVIEW – FREEDOM

This month together with my guest co-host Cliff W. Gilmore, I have the honor and pleasure to host journalist, New York Times bestselling author and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger to discuss his work on his latest book: FREEDOM. Inspired by a year on the road with three close friends— a conflict photographer and two Afghan…

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EPISODE 14 – NO FRIENDS BUT THE MOUNTAINS: WRITINGS FROM MANUS PRISON

In this episode of The Ask award-winning author, activist and journalist Behrouz Boochani discusses his work on his debut novel NO FRIENDS BUT THE MOUNTAINS: WRITINGS FROM MANUS PRISON. About the book: In 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia. This book…

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The 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on The Ask

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 On The Ask: Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Karzai, Homayra Ludin Etemadi New York Times Istanbul Bureau Chief Carlotta Gall Soldier & Author Elliot Ackerman Director of MOBY GROUP Channels in Afghanistan Massood Sanjer The Reluctant Propagandisthttps://longreads.com/2019/08/27/the-reluctant-propagandist/ In Afghanistan, a radio call-in show…

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Episode 11 – The Interpreters

In this episode of The Ask, we meet Hamid, Sajid, Tamim, and Abouzar, former Afghan interpreters for foreign forces. Since the start, Afghan interpreters have been at the forefront of this war. The first interpreter, Hamid Karzai, would go on to become the first president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Thousands would follow him down the dangerous path…

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