NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Driven by the same commitment to fearless, adversarial journalism and commentary that Jeremy Scahill and The Intercept have built their reputation on, The Intercept and First Look Media today announced the launch of Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill. The new weekly podcast, hosted by Scahill, debuts tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25th, and will be distributed by the Panoply podcast network. It is also available for download on all major podcast platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Spotify here.
Each week Scahill, a veteran reporter and best-selling author, will deconstruct the news and break open preconceptions about politics, war, government and the media. No topic is off limits. Fueled by stories demanding attention and further analysis, the podcast will also feature roundtable discussions and interviews with noted artists, thinkers, newsmakers and journalists who have a point of view and are not afraid to challenge the status quo.
“Holding those in power accountable – no matter who they are – has always been our mission,” said Scahill. “With Intercepted, we’ll take on a Trump Administration that has already made it clear it intends to wage war against a free press. That, combined with his ambitious extremist agenda to make torture great again, target Muslims, conduct mass deportations and roll back the clock on women’s rights to the 1800s, makes our work as journalists more urgent than ever.”
The first, post-Trump inauguration episode will feature an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh on Trump and the CIA, his concerns about Trump’s team controlling the vast U.S. surveillance state and how journalists should confront the new “authoritarian” president. Hersh also explains why he calls Trump a “circuit breaker” for some Washington political elites.
The first episode will also include a roundtable discussion on the Trump Administration, the media and the future of the Democratic Party with Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald and its Editor-in-Chief, Betsy Reed. Author and activist Naomi Klein also sends in an audio post card from the Women’s March.
Betsy Reed added, “Intercepted will amplify the stories we cover at The Intercept, confronting the crucial issues of the moment, from national security to civil liberties, foreign policy to surveillance, at a time of enormous and perilous change in our political environment.”
The original music for Intercepted was produced by renowned visual and audio artist DJ Spooky. Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill is Executive Produced by Jeremy Scahill and Leital Molad. First Look Media’s EVP of Programming & Content Adam Pincus is Executive-in-Charge and Jack D’Isidoro is producer.
ABOUT JEREMY SCAHILL
Jeremy Scahill is one of the founding editors of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the national security correspondent for The Nation and Democracy Now! His work has sparked several congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for Blackwater. Scahill is also a producer and writer of the award-winning film Dirty Wars, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.
ABOUT THE INTERCEPT:
The Intercept, founded in 2014, is a digital news organization created to provide an outlet for fearless, adversarial journalism that holds powerful institutions accountable. The award-winning news site, a publication of First Look Media Works, produces investigative reporting, analysis, commentary and multimedia content focusing on national security, politics, civil liberties, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media and more. Regular contributors include co-founding editors Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill.
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ABOUT FIRST LOOK MEDIA:
First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to creating smart, relevant and provocative entertainment as well as supporting independent voices across all platforms, from investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to a vibrant culture and thriving democracy, First Look operates as both a studio and digital media company with the determination to generate cultural conversation with its content.