Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan

Journalist Mehdi Hasan is known around the world for his televised takedowns of presidents and prime ministers. In this new podcast from The Intercept, Mehdi unpacks a game-changing news event of the week while challenging the conventional wisdom. As a Brit, a Muslim and an immigrant based in Donald Trump's Washington D.C., Mehdi offers a provocative perspective on the ups and downs of American—and global—politics.

News Commentary
Let’s Defund The Military, Too
Bernie Sanders’ senior foreign policy adviser makes the case for slashing the Pentagon’s budget.
34 min
Is It Time To Defund the Police?
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors thinks it’s time to end policing as we know it.
29 min
Is This Trump’s Reichstag Fire Moment?
Is the president taking advantage of nationwide protests to advance an even more authoritarian agenda?
32 min
One Hundred Thousand Dead From The Coronavirus....
Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves on the future of the battle against Covid-19.
38 min
Is Bill Barr the Most Dangerous Member of the T...
The attorney general has become Trump’s political enforcer.
34 min
Is Elon Musk a Fraud?
Alameda County caves to the tech billionaire's lockdown protest.
35 min
Are Trump and the Anti-Lockdown Militias Itchin...
Armed protestors have shown up at state capitols to protest the ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns. Where will it end?
33 min
Joe Biden Thinks We Should Believe Women—Just N...
Mehdi Hasan and Ryan Grim discuss sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden by a former staffer.
39 min
Has The Coronavirus Made The Ultimate Case For ...
Abdul El-Sayed argues for the merits of universal healthcare in a pandemic.
39 min
The Media Helped Elect Trump in 2016. Are they ...
Soledad O'Brien on media malpractice in the era of coronavirus
41 min
Is Donald Trump Criminally Responsible for Coro...
Legal analyst Glenn Kirschner argues that the president could face prosecution after he leaves office.
35 min
Introducing Somebody
A new investigative podcast from The Intercept, Topic, and the Invisible Institute.
3 min
Is the Trump Cult a Death Cult?
The president continues to prioritize the stock market above American lives.
38 min
How to Save the U.S. Economy, With AOC and Step...
What radical measures will be needed to address this economic crisis?
32 min
Bernie Versus Biden: Who Won the Debate?
Mehdi Hasan and Ryan Grim break down Sunday night’s one-on-one encounter between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
35 min
Capitalism Versus Coronavirus
Economist Jeffrey Sachs joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Trump administration's incoherent response to the coronavirus outbreak.
32 min
Can Biden Still Be Stopped?
Mehdi talks to Ryan Grim and Larry Cohen about Biden's big Super Tuesday wins.
32 min
Debate Special: The One Where Everyone Attacks ...
34 min
How Bloomberg Blew it In Las Vegas
The former New York Mayor fumbled badly in his first debate.
28 min
Live from L.A. with John Legend and Patrisse Cu...
Mehdi Hasan talks criminal justice with two prominent activists.
49 min
Rigged: The Acquittal of Donald J Trump
Senators Jeff Merkley and Brian Schatz join Mehdi Hasan to discuss the implications of Wednesday’s vote.
39 min
Does Joe Biden Have a Corruption Problem?
Zephyr Teachout on Joe Biden and the culture of corruption in Washington.
33 min
Why is Billionaire Tom Steyer Running for Presi...
Tom Steyer is running a very expensive presidential campaign. Is it worth it?
27 min
Truth, Lies, and the Democratic Debate
Nathan J. Robinson and Murshed Zaheed help Mehdi Hasan break down the latest Democratic debate.
32 min
Why Don’t We Care About China’s Uighur Muslims?
Uighur human rights advocate Nury Turkel discusses the cultural genocide against the Muslims of Xinjiang.
37 min
Nixon, Clinton, and What the Right Gets Wrong A...
Princeton history professor Kevin Kruse discusses the historical lessons of past impeachments
33 min
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4 min
Who Won Last Night’s Democratic Debate?
Mehdi Hasan discusses the Atlanta Democratic debate with Intercept politics reporter Akela Lacy and Waleed Shahid of Justice Democrats.
35 min
Does Liberal Canada Have a Dark Side?
Jagmeet Singh and Ahmed Hussen discuss whether Canada really deserves its reputation as a progressive paradise.
53 min
The Bernie Sanders Interview
The Vermont senator discusses his 2020 campaign and his rivalry with Elizabeth Warren.
32 min
Deconstructed Special: The Noam Chomsky Interview
The legendary philosopher and activist discusses impeachment, the 2020 field, and why he opposed Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal.
38 min
How to Resist: Live with Ilhan Omar and Michael...
Two of America’s leading progressive voices talk to Mehdi Hasan about defeating Trumpism in 2020 and beyond.
51 min
Is It Time for Democrats to Fight Dirty?
Political science professor David Faris joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss structural reforms that could redress the power imbalance in Washington.
30 min
Beto O’Rourke to Democrats: Go Big On Impeachment
The presidential candidate talks to Mehdi Hasan about his campaign and defeating Trump.
32 min
The Silencing of Kashmir: Arundhati Roy on Indi...
The renowned novelist discusses her country's drift toward authoritarianism.
30 min
Finally, Impeachment: Julián Castro on Trump an...
The presidential candidate joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the prospects for removing Trump from office.
33 min
Israel: Democracy or Apartheid?
Mehdi Hasan and Noura Erakat break down this week's Israeli elections.
28 min
Democratic Debate: Is Joe Biden OK?
Mehdi and a panel of guests analyze the latest Democratic debate.
37 min
Who Won the First Democratic Debates?
Julián Castro discusses his breakout debate performance.
38 min
Iran Crisis: Have We Learned Nothing from The I...
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson discusses what recent history can teach us about the current push for war with Iran.
35 min
Why Won't the Democratic Candidates Move to the...
Mehdi Hasan and Peter Beinart discuss the Democratic candidates’ frustrating refusal to get radical on the world stage.
35 min
Why is Andrew Yang Running for President?
The candidate discusses his slate of policy proposals, including his signature "freedom dividend".
35 min
Brexit and the Rise of the British Trumps
Mehdi Hasan and Owen Jones discuss the rise of British Trumpism.
32 min
Joe Biden Would Be a Disaster
Mehdi Hasan and Rebecca Traister discuss the trouble with “Uncle Joe”.
36 min
Will John Bolton Finally Get His War With Iran?
The hawkish National Security Advisor may be on the verge of achieving his most cherished foreign policy goal.
36 min
Is Trump a Fascist?
Are there parallels between the current administration and the far-right political movements of the past?
32 min
The Case For (and Against) Impeaching Trump
Where does the Mueller Report leave the movement to impeach Donald Trump?
35 min
The Case Against AIPAC
Why is the Israel lobby obsessed with Ilhan Omar?
32 min
Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Trump, Islamophobia, an...
“Mayor Pete” is turning heads with a slate of radical political reform proposals, including expanding the supreme court and eliminating the electoral college.
31 min
Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Towe...
Could Erik Prince really go to prison for perjuring himself in front of Congress?
34 min
Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism
Does Bernie Sanders still have a "race problem"?
28 min
Ilhan Omar Speaks Out On Her Twitter Scandal, A...
Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweets kicked off a massive debate on anti-semitism, but the pile on against her, a young black Muslim refugee woman, was disproportionate.
32 min
Why Won’t the Media Discuss Trump’s Mental Inst...
There has never been a president like Trump: his all-caps tweets; his total lack of human empathy; his bragging and boasting; his childish point-scoring; his narcissism.
32 min
The Truth About Islam and Democracy
Hundreds of millions of Muslims live in democracies of some shape or form, yet a narrative persists that Islam and democracy are incompatible.
28 min
Who’s Really Afraid of Socialism?
Donald Trump says the U.S. “will never be a socialist country,” yet polls suggest the popularity of socialism is on the rise.
31 min
Is It Time For Kamala Harris To Reckon With Her...
Will Sen. Harris’s record as a prosecutor hurt her presidential chances given the democratic base’s leftward shift on criminal justice and civil liberties?
28 min
Intercept Podcast Special: Alexandria Ocasio-Co...
The New York representative joins Ryan Grim and Briahna Joy Gray for an in-depth conversation about her new life on Capitol Hill.
40 min
What You Can't Say About Israel (with Marc Lamo...
There are signs that U.S. opinion might be shifting on Israel and Palestine, but defenders of the Israeli government aren’t backing down. What’s the price of criticizing Israel in the U.S.?
33 min
When Do We “Impeach the Motherf*cker”? (with Ra...
Rep. Tlaib is among a crop of progressive congressional newcomers threatening to shakeup the Democratic Party status quo.
29 min
Introducing Murderville
A new investigative series from The Intercept.
34 min
Is This the Democrat Who Can Beat Trump in the ...
Could Sen. Sherrod Brown, a left-wing, pro-labor Ohio senator, be the Democrats’ answer to Donald Trump in 2020?
35 min
George H.W. Bush: The Inconvenient Truth
Mehdi Hasan and Glenn Greenwald unpack the darker side of George H.W. Bush’s legacy.
37 min
The Senate Just Took a Major Step Toward Ending...
The Senate voted to advance a resolution withdrawing unauthorized U.S. military support for the war in Yemen.
30 min
Trump’s Top Ten Lies and Why They Matter (with ...
In classic autocrat fashion, Trump wants Americans to accept that the only truth they need to worry about is the truth that comes straight from his mouth.
35 min
Why the Democrats Can (and Should) Impeach Trump
Donald Trump’s actions are exactly the kind that were declared impermissible in Nixon’s articles of impeachment.
30 min
Midterms Special: Who Won, Who Lost, and What H...
It wasn’t quite a blue wave, but the Democrats, while unable to win the Senate, took back control of the House for the first time since 2010.
44 min
Race or Class: What Will Drive Trump Voters in ...
Author and political scientist John Sides debates The Intercept’s senior politics editor, Briahna Joy Gray, on whether Trump voters were motivated by race or class.
41 min
Is Trump Inciting Far Right Terror In the U.S.?
Contrary to Donald Trump’s warnings, terrorists weren’t coming from Mexico or Syria; they were here in America, and some of them attended his rallies.
30 min
From Caravans to Cages: Why Trump Bashes Migrants
28 min
Why Won't Trump Condemn the Saudis? (Hint: It's...
27 min
Live Special: Are the Democrats Ready to Get Ra...
Will the Democrats use their impending House majority in 2019 not just to restrain Donald Trump, but to push for a more progressive agenda?
55 min
The Right Won the Battle Over Kavanaugh. Can th...
What does Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation mean for women in America and what can the Democrats do to stop a Supreme Court dominated by the hard right from rolling back everything progressives have fought for?
44 min
Riz Ahmed on Politics, Identity, and Being Brow...
The Venom star joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss his acting career, his music, and the gift and curse of being a minority in the media.
28 min
What The Kavanaugh Scandal Says About America
31 min
Is Ilhan Omar Donald Trump’s Worst Nightmare?
The progressive Minnesota congressional candidate joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss her background and plans for 2019.
28 min
Why is America Helping to Kill Kids in Yemen?
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy discusses U.S. complicity in the civilian deaths resulting from the war in Yemen.
27 min
The White Supremacy Court Upholds the Muslim Ban
Two prominent Muslim Americans weigh in on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.
29 min
Confronting the Consequences of Obama’s Foreign...
Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama’s national security adviser, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss Obama’s legacy and whether it has seeped into the Trump administration.
26 min
Will the U.S. Ever Give Up Its Nukes?
Beatrice Fihn and William J. Perry join Mehdi Hasan to discuss America’s nuclear arsenal.
30 min
Elizabeth Warren v. the District of Corruption
Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Mehdi Hasan in an exclusive interview to discuss her proposed anti-corruption legislation.
29 min
The War on Immigrants
Democratic representative Pramila Jayapal joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the unprecedented danger that the Trump administration poses to immigrants.
29 min
Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump a...
The NSA whistleblower discusses surveillance, tools that can help protect people’s privacy, and the likelihood of a Trump-Putin deal to extradite him.
22 min
How The Trumps Screwed Palestine
Two Palestinian women discuss the history of Jerusalem and the prospects for peace.
29 min
Is Trump Trying to Start a War with Iran?
Donald Trump violated the Iran nuclear deal this week. Are we one step closer to war?
29 min
Will the Media Ever Stand Up to Trump? (with Ju...
Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow discusses the media’s cozy relationship with politicians
29 min
The Killing Fields of Gaza
Israeli activists speak out on the occupation of Gaza
28 min
How Bad Is The News? (With Hasan Minhaj)
The Daily Show correspondent talks comedy and free speech in the Trump era.
27 min
Is Trump About To Start An Illegal War With Syria?
26 min
Why Black Lives Still Don't Matter
Stephon Clark's fiancée speaks out
29 min
Will John Bolton Get Us All Killed?
Trump's latest appointment is really bad news.
25 min
We Need to Talk About Inequality (with Bernie S...
Mehdi Hasan talks to Bernie Sanders about why the media refuse to cover inequality, poverty, and the issues important to average Americans.
23 min
Coming Soon: Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan unpacks one big news event of the week while debunking media myths and challenging the political consensus.
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