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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Thursday
Jul202017

[AM950 Minneapolis] July 20th: Jack Talks the World Including Trump, Sessions, CIA Ops in Syria and More

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil on July 20th at 3:30 p.m c.s.t.  With so much going on in the world right, its hard to know where we will start.  The Middle East contonues to spin and we will likely discuss Mosul and the sweeping out of ISIS but also the rise on Iran as well as the President's announcement that he is going to stop CIA covert ops in Syria to topple Bashar al Assad from power.  

We will also address some really interesting developments regarding President Trump and his Attormey General Jeff Sessions.  Apparently, if the President knew that Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump wouldn't have tapped him for the position.  This is startling consider the reason for Sessions' recusal or maybe that is exactly the point.  

This promises to be spicy.  Hope you can catch it.  

Monday
Apr102017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] April 10th: Jack Talks a Shifting U.S. Policy Re. Syria

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 10th at 4 p.m. c.s.t.  It's fascinating watching conflicting stories come out of the White House and from the Secretary of State regarding Syria.  The Secretary said at the G7 today in Italy that the U.S. had an obligation to "protect innocents."  He can't possibly mean this because the U.S. sat around as 500,000 died and then refused to accept refugee families from the region and went a step further and was talking about sending them back.  All of a sudden, it was abouty "beautiful babies?"  The White House said it was still about America First.  Really?  So which is it?  I'm curious about the President's supporters and whether they are buying that.  Now contemplate how the Russians and the Iranians are seeing this.  This is not simple or easy and it's unclear whether President Trump has contemplated any of these issues.

Hope you can listen.  

Friday
Nov112016

[Iranian Press TV Intl.] November 11th: Jack Talks Post Election Street Protests

I appear on Iranian Press International TV to discuss the street protests that have arisen throughout the United States after the election of Donald Trump. Many seem to be protesting the outcome of the election as well as some of the objectively horrific statements made in the past by President-elect Trump. 

The world continues to watch, both fascinated, thrilled and possibly horrified, by this election.  The Iranian people and press, like so many others, are equally fascinated.  Of course, the Iranians have a very real interest in what it is that Trump does in the region.  They are also curious about whether these protests could actually change President-elect Trump's campaign promises.

This promises to be a very interesting conversation.

Tuesday
Nov082016

[Iranian Press TV Intl.] Tuesday, November 8th: Jack Talks the Elections and International Anxiety

I appear on Iranian Press TV Newsroom today. No long before writing this post, I was in line at my local polling place to fulfill my civic duty and vote for everybody from President of the United States to dogcatcher. Ok, that's not true, but you get the picture. I was thinking about just how brutal this election was and just how nervous so many people are. This is equally true for people around the world.

As I was thinking this, my phone rang from Iran asking me to appear on Press TV Newsroom to discuss the elections and how things have played out. This should be interesting because in many ways, I am a part of this story, which is unusual. I have lived through years of this election cycle just like everybody else. Further, I feel the exhaustion and the angst. I want to talk about that.  However, I'm sure this interview will be unique because it frequently comes from a perspective that is just different. I love that.

Hope you can catch it.  Not even sure if it appears in the States.  Probably not. 

Friday
Jul012016

[Press TV International] July 1st: Talks Talks Terrorist Attack in Dhaka.

I appear on Press TV out of Tehran, Iran on July 1st.  As the world pivots to Bangladesh and this recent attack, I appear for the first time of Press TV to talk about this. The Iranian government is watching IS very closely and the Muslim world has serious skin in the game and they are watching this attack as a possible expansion of IS around the world.  What can a poor country do?  

There is an additional element here.  It is interesting to watch what people care about and to watch how coverage changes in each country. Further there is absolutelt a distinction between how the Americans and Canadians see this compared to how the Europeans cover this.  Take it a step further and watch how this story is covered in the Middle East.  It makes for a fascinating conversation.

Hope you can watch.

Saturday
Mar032012

[MSNBC Appearance] March 3rd: Jack Talks Law, Iran and the Bomb

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Friday
Mar022012

[MSNBC Appearance] March 3rd: Jack Talks Law, Iran and the Bomb

I appear on MSNBC on March 3rd at 6:30 a.m. c.t.  The Israelis are revving up and are threatening to attack the Iranians because of their nuclear program.  To add to the pressure, AIPAC is meeting in Washington, Netanyahu is coming to town and Obama is speaking to AIPAC on Sunday.  Which direction will he, or should he, go.  Of course, with the elections getting closer and closer, all sides are pandering to their base!

This should be an interesting conversation.  Hope you can watch.

Wednesday
Jan182012

[KPOJ Appearance] Thursday, January 19th. Jack Talks Iran!

I appear on KPOJ on January 19th at 8:30 a.m. central time. With another assassination of an Iranian scientist, and with ongoing rhetoric about war, I will appear on KPOJ to talk about intelligence, international law, politics and stability in one of the most dangerous regions in the world.  This should get really interesting. I'm looking forward to it.

Hope you can listen.

Wednesday
Oct122011

[RT Video Appearance] Tuesday, October 11th. Jack Talks International Law and Iran

Tuesday
Sep272011

[RT Appearance] Monday, September 26th: Jack Talks Law and Why We Fund Those We Fight

I appear on RT TV on Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. e.t.  It seems that America has a tendency of fighting organizations and countries that we have previously funded.  Think about it.  It has happened in Central America.  It has happened again and again in the Middle East.  And most recently, Afghanistan.  Now the focus is shifting to Pakistan.  Are we going to do it again?

This should be an interesting conversation.  Hope you can watch.