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Inside the Crucible: Syria and the Islamic State

March 6, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris briefly revisits the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Michael Weiss about ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria.Michael Weiss is a Senior Editor at The Daily Beast and co-author of the Ne... [MORE]

Throw Open the Gates

February 24, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to criticism of his views on the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Maryam Namazie about friendly fire among secularists, profiling, the immigration crisis in Europe, and other topics.Maryam Namazie is an Iranian-born atheist, a secularist, and a human rights activist. She is a spokesperson for a variety of organizations, including Fitnah (a movement for women’s liberation), Equal Rights Now, One Law for All (against Sharia Law in Britain), and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She hosts a weekly television program in Persian and English called Bread and Roses, which is broadcast in Iran and the Middle East via New Channel TV. [MORE]

Meat Without Misery

February 20, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris offers a few more thoughts on Clinton vs Sanders, as well as on the ethics of strong encryption. He then speaks with Uma Valeti, cardiologist and CEO of Memphis Meats, about the future of food produc... [MORE]

Ask Me Anything #3

February 12, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about free will, meditation, Noam Chomsky, the illusion of the self, Clinton vs. Sanders, the de-platforming of Richard Dawkins, wealth inequality, and other topics. [MORE]

The Logic of Violence

January 19, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jocko Willink about U.S. foreign policy, war, human evil, and other topics.Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become an officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the US Army’s First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield. During his career, Jocko was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. Jocko is the author (along with Leif Babin) of Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.   [MORE]

Behind the Gun

January 14, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Scott Reitz about guns, gun control, police violence, and related topics.Scott Reitz is a thirty-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police department. He worked in the elite Metropolitan Division and finally as a member of ‘D’ platoon (SWAT). He remained there for ten years until he became the primary firearms and tactics instructor for the whole of Metro Division and all LAPD advanced in-service firearms/tactics training. In addition to his work with the LAPD, Reitz has worked with U.S. Department of Energy, US Marine Corps, U.S. Army Delta, Naval Special Warfare’s Team 6 and Air Task Force assets that support special operations. He is also one of a very few firearms instructors who is a Federal and Superior Court qualified expert in deadly force, training, safety, and police tactics. Reitz has testified in the defense of police, F.B.I., U.S. Secret Service, and B.A.T.F., and consulted in many high profile cases. Reitz is also the author of The Art of Modern Gunfighting: The Pistol (Volume 1). For more information please visit his website: www.internationaltactical.com Videos mentioned in this podcast: 1. Police Taser Man on Drugs at McDonald’s 2. Police Release Webcam Video of Walmart Brawl [MORE]
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