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Robert Scheer
Robert Scheer has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. He conducted the famous Playboy magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and he went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures.

Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. In 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times, where he was named a contributing editor. That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at

Scheer can be heard on his new podcast “Scheer Intelligence” and the radio program "Left, Right and Center" on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, Calif. He is currently a clinical professor of communication at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Scheer has written ten books, including "Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power"; "With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War"; "America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals"; "The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq" (with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry); "Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush"; "The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America"; "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street"; "How the United States Got Involved in Vietnam"; and "Cuba: An American Tragedy". Scheer's latest book is "They Know Everything About You: How Data Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy" (Nation Books, February 2015).

Scheer was raised in the Bronx, where he attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He was Maxwell Fellow at Syracuse University and a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where he did graduate work in economics. Scheer is a contributing editor for The Nation as well as a Nation Fellow. He has also been a Poynter Fellow at Yale and was fellow in Stanford's arms control and disarmament program.

Entries by Robert Scheer

Scheer Intelligence: Nomi Prins and the Washington/Wall Street Connection

(6) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 5:26 PM

This week's KCRW podcast "Scheer Intelligence" features Truthdig editor and host Robert Scheer in conversation with Nomi Prins, author, journalist and former investment banker, who explains the culture of Wall Street and its influence on government.

Prins worked as a managing director at Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs for several...

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Scheer Intelligence: Jill Stein - Presidential Candidate

(4) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 2:59 PM

In this episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with potential Green party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, to discuss her plans and why she thinks the Green Party is more relevant than ever.

Though former physician and previous Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has not formally locked up...

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The NFL's Brain Damage

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 4:40 PM

As a recently suffering Oakland Raiders fan, I greeted the death of Kenny "The Snake" Stabler with a cocktail of fond memories of being in the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium delirium as he led the Raider Nation to victory in the 1977 Super Bowl.

But it's a cocktail laced...

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Scheer Intelligence: Ralph Nader, the Voice Against Corporate Power

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 3:13 PM

Ralph Nader became a consumer advocate while taking on the automobile industry with the groundbreaking book, Unsafe at Any Speed. Fifty years later, he continues to speak out against the outsized influence corporations have on American politics and life.

It's estimated that three-and-a-half million lives have been saved on American...

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Hillary Blames Bernie for an Old Clintonite Hustle, and That's a Rotten Shame

(435) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:15 AM

The Clintons have no shame, that much you can count on. That stupefying arrogance was on full display in the most recent presidential campaign debate when Hillary Clinton countered Bernie Sanders' charge that she was compromised by her close ties to Goldman Sachs and other rapacious Wall Street interests with...

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Scheer Intelligence: Tom Dine on Israel and Peace in the Middle East

(5) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 4:44 PM

This week, Robert Scheer sits down with Tom Dine, currently the senior policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum, but best known as the head of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), a powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization from 1980-1993.

Robert and Tom discuss some of the highs and lows in a...

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Scheer Intelligence: Discussing 'The Hunting Ground' With Director Kirby Dick and Producer Amy Ziering

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2015 | 8:29 PM

The Hunting Ground has been a magnet for controversy since it premiered at Sundance last February. It has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault as well as how educational institutions handle accusations of rape. The film has also elicited protests...

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Scheer Intelligence interview with John Kiriakou

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 4:23 PM

John Kiriakou (left) and Robert Scheer. Photo credit - Joshua Scheer.

In a provocative interview with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer for his KCRW podcast "Scheer Intelligence," John Kiriakou, author of The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror,...

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Dennis Kucinich: An Unpredictable American Original

(7) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 7:28 PM

This week's episode of KCRWs "Scheer Intelligence" features Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer in conversation with Dennis Kucinich, Ohio's eight-term congressman and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, who reveals tales about the underbelly of politics going back to his days as the "Boy Mayor" of Cleveland on the late 1970s. The journalist...

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Scheer Intelligence: David Talbot and Robert Scheer

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 7:42 PM

In the second episode of the Scheer Intelligence podcast, David Talbot, founding editor, tells how former CIA chief Allen Dulles defied FDR to conscript former Nazi leaders in preparation for war with the Soviet Union--one of many deviations from official history excitingly recounted in Talbot's new book, "The Devil's...

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'Scheer Intelligence' -- My New Podcast

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 5:54 PM

In the premiere episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," I sat down with John Dean, the former legal adviser to President Richard Nixon, who blew the lid on Watergate scandal. At the time of the scandal, Dean famously remarked that there was a "cancer on the presidency." Now an outspoken critic...

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An Idiotic GOP Is Looking at the Wrong Thing in Its Clinton Probe

(21) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 1:15 PM

The Republicans on that committee investigating Hillary Clinton are idiots for focusing on decisions about consulate security that are technical, clearly below her pay grade and have nothing to do with the bipartisan zeal for creating military mayhem throughout the Middle East.

The real issue, and one on which they...

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Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

(195) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 3:10 AM

Bernie blew it. By embracing rather than confronting Hillary Clinton, Sen. Sanders fell into the trap of sellout mainstream politics, improving his personal brand as an appealing but ultimately non-threatening advocate for the downtrodden while studiously avoiding any suggestion that the smiley-faced woman standing next to him is deeply complicit...

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Go Ahead, Back Hillary Clinton and Forget All About Her Record

(282) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 4:33 AM

Go ahead and support Hillary Clinton, those of you for whom having the first female president is the top priority. She is by far preferable to Carly Fiorina, though of course no match for likely Green Party candidate Jill Stein (I know: You want to win). Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a...

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Amid the Crowing of the GOP and Clinton, Sanders Is on the Rise

(82) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 2:12 PM

How easy it is to mock the Republican candidates. They're the gang in the clown car climbing all over each other to offer a reactionary message of disarray that has all but destroyed the chances of the Bush family dynasty continuing. But isn't that a grand achievement for the democratic...

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Pope Francis: He Told Them!

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 3:13 PM

He told them! Any religious leader who is considering sainthood for the "Servant of God" Dorothy Day--the crusading editor of the Catholic Worker and heroine of my garment-worker parents during the Great Depression--gets my vote.

I know that, sadly, he's not running for president, but the pope's excellent example provides...

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Fools, Fascists and Cold Warriors: Take Your Pick

(238) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:26 AM

Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars western capitalist societies in moments of disarray.

While the entire world is riveted by the sight of...

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They Know Everything About You (Video Part 1)

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 11:05 AM

"For Democracy, privacy is the ball game." That is the opening sentence of my latest book, They Know Everything About You, and it is highly relevant as Congress now debates an extension of the Patriot Act that enabled unprecedented mass government surveillance. Check out the following interview I did on...

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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta

(19) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:07 AM

Barack Obama's Justice Department on Monday announced that Citigroup would pay $7 billion in fines, a move that will avoid a humiliating trial dealing with the seamy financial products the bank had marketed to an unsuspecting public, causing vast damage to the economy.

Citigroup is the too-big-to-fail bank that...

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Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:13 AM

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically."

On Friday in England, Clinton boasted that...

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