Podcasts

From 2010 to 2012, I did six podcasts for TomDispatch.com related to articles I wrote for the site. Here are the links in chronological order. The interviewer was Timothy MacBain. Each interview was roughly ten minutes in length.

https://archive.org/details/ForcedOut   (1/6/2010)  Is the U.S. military the greatest force for human liberation, and the finest fighting force, in world history?  I argue here against hyperbolic statements of the goodness as well as the military effectiveness of U.S. military interventions.

https://archive.org/details/HeroTodayGoneTomorrow   (7/20/2010)  Should all American troops be referred to as “heroes”?  I argue that they shouldn’t be, partly for the benefit of the troops themselves.

https://archive.org/details/TomcastForOctober312010AnOfficerAndAJournalist   (10/31/2010)  How I became a so-called outspoken military critic, and why it’s so difficult to speak out, especially when you’re still wearing the uniform.

https://archive.org/details/TomcastForFebruary202011AVowAgainstSilence    (2/20/2011) More thoughts on the difficulty of speaking one’s mind in the military, as well as what it means to truly “support” our troops.

https://archive.org/details/TomcastForJanuary242012WeaponsrUs   (1/24/2012)  On my fascination with weaponry as a young boy, as well as America’s ongoing fascination with weaponry as a sign of prowess, power, and worthiness.

https://archive.org/details/TomcastForMay152012Defense2012   (5/15/2012)  Thoughts on the presidential election of 2012, and why the real winner won’t be Mitt Romney or Barack Obama but rather the Pentagon and the Department of Defense, along with military contractors and corporations.

I did a Podcast with Chauncey DeVega, columnist at Salon.com, in November 2016 in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory.  The link to that podcast is here.