#1308 Understanding America by Understanding 9/11

Air Date: 9–27-2019

Direct Download

Today we take a look at the legacy of 9/11; the war on terror, the PATRIOT Act, our collective PTSD and our desperate clinging to American Exceptionalism™

EPISODE SPONSORS: Blinkist.com/BEST  |  Madison-Reed.com (Promo Code: LEFT) | Clean Choice Energy

SHOP AMAZON: Amazon USAAmazon CAAmazon UK 




Ch. 1: The long war on terror - The Brian Lehrer Show - Air Date 9-11-19

Discussing the military legacy of 9/11, the war on terror, and the Middle East.

Ch. 2: Searing 9/11 Stories from the Day that Changed Everything - The Mother Jones Podcast - Air Date 9-11-19

On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a new book recasts one of America's darkest days in strikingly personal terms by weaving together survival stories in minute-by-minute detail.

Ch. 3: American Exceptionalism and American Innocence The Propaganda That Upholds the Status Quo - The Real News - Air Date 9-19-19

The mainstream corporate media is one of the chief propagators of American exceptionalism and innocence...the narratives of American exceptionalism and American innocence work together to serve white supremacy, empire, capitalism, and the US war machine.

Ch. 4: Endless war authorized by the AUMF on 9/14/11 - Project Censored - Air Date 6-25-19

Jon Gold on the lingering impact of the AUMF

Ch. 5: First-hand accounts of the post-9/11 wars - Home of the Brave - Air Date 7-9-19

Alan Chin talks about his experience covering wars since 9/11.

Ch. 6: The cost of America’s post-9/11 wars - This is Hell - Air Date 12-17-18

Political scientist Neta C. Crawford examines the brutal, ongoing human cost of America's wars. Neta is author of the paper "Human Cost of the Post-9/11 Wars: Lethality and the Need for Transparency"

Ch. 7: The legacy of the PATRIOT Act - Pod Save the People - Air Date 8-13-19

DeRay, Clint and Sam discuss how the PATRIOT Act targets drug use more than terrorism

Ch. 8: A Theory of ISIS with Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou - Jacobin Radio - Air Date 3-13-19

The terrorists and the national security states waging war against them are dependent upon one another, and together have created a more violent, divided and alienated world.


Ch. 9: Final comments on dealing with the emotional damage of childhood

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Inessential - Bayou Birds
  • Cicle Veroni - Cicle Kadde
  • Banjo - Grey River
  • Felt Lining - The Cabinetmaker
  • Cloud Line - K4
  • O Holy Still - Vacant Distillery
  • Thread Caramb - Textile Caramb
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

Thanks for listening!

Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com

Support the show via Patreon

Listen on iTunes | StitcherSpotify | Alexa Devices | +more

Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores!

Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft

Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft

Contact me directly at [email protected]

Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

Sign up for activism updates