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Rational Security
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Rational Security

Spaghetti on the Wall Productions

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A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Washington Post and featuring Brookings scholars Tamara Cofman Wittes, Benjamin Wittes, and Susan Hennessey.

Latest Episodes

The “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit!” Edition

Donald Trump and John Bolton finally part ways. The CIA had a spy in the upper reaches of the Kremlin, then got him out of Russia. And Trump’s Middle East peace negotiator calls it quits.

50 MIN5 days ago
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The “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit!” Edition

The "'Surprised,' 'Stunned,' and 'Shocked'" Edition

A new inspector general report faults former FBI Director Jim Comey for how he handled memos about his meetings with Donald Trump. The CIA isn’t so sure about a White House plan to expand its presence in Afghanistan. And National Security Adviser John Bolton is being cut out of big decisions in the administration.

48 MIN1 weeks ago
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The "'Surprised,' 'Stunned,' and 'Shocked'" Edition

The "What’s Past is Prorogue" Edition

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspends parliament as the Brexit deadline looms. World leaders push back—maybe?—on President Trump at the G7 summit. And Trump tells aides that he’ll pardon them if they have to break the law to build his border wall.

59 MIN2 weeks ago
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The "What’s Past is Prorogue" Edition

The “Skyfall” Edition

Susan and Shane are away, so Ben and Tamara are joined by special guests Scott Anderson and Quinta Jurecic. A Russian missile test accident kills scientists and raises questions. Hong Kong and Kashmir are both in crisis, and the United States shrugs. And the House of Representatives seems to have slouched towards impeachment.

57 MINAUG 15
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The “Skyfall” Edition

The “It’s the Terrorism, Stupid” Edition

A series of shootings renews the discussion and debate around domestic terrorism. The U.S.-China trade war raises big questions about America’s role as a global power. And the United States faces a make-or-break moment in Syria.

56 MINAUG 8
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The “It’s the Terrorism, Stupid” Edition

The “You Too Can Be the DNI!” Edition

President Trump said he will nominate a junior congressman and prominent Mueller critic as the next director of national intelligence. CIA Director Gina Haspel has become a bulwark between the White House and the intelligence community. And investigators probe connections between Middle East money and the White House.

51 MINAUG 1
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The “You Too Can Be the DNI!” Edition

The “I Refer You to the Report” Edition

Bob Mueller finally had his close up. Was he ready for it? Did he change any minds? Did we learn anything new about his investigation? We’ll talk about Mueller’s testimony this week before two congressional committees, and ask where do we go from here.

56 MINJUL 26
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The “I Refer You to the Report” Edition

The Report: Part I: Active Measures

We have a special treat for you in the Rational Security feed. Last week, Susan and Ben shared an Object Lesson with you: the podcast The Report, a deep dive narrative look at the contents of the Mueller investigation. We've released the first episode, here for you now on this feed. For future episodes, subscribe to The Report on whatever podcast distribution service you use.

39 MINJUL 23
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The Report: Part I: Active Measures

The "Back to the Future" Edition

Joe Biden lays out his foreign policy agenda. The Trump administration issues new rules for asylum seekers. And Julian Assange reportedly had some curious guests at the Ecuadorian embassy.

57 MINJUL 17
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The "Back to the Future" Edition

The "Special Relationship" Edition

The British ambassador to the U.S. resigns after his candid opinions on President Trump are leaked. Federal prosecutors intensify their investigation of a top Trump fundraiser. And a malicious conspiracy theory about a murdered DNC staffer was planted by Russian intelligence agents.

50 MINJUL 11
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The "Special Relationship" Edition

Latest Episodes

The “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit!” Edition

Donald Trump and John Bolton finally part ways. The CIA had a spy in the upper reaches of the Kremlin, then got him out of Russia. And Trump’s Middle East peace negotiator calls it quits.

50 MIN5 days ago
Comments
The “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit!” Edition

The "'Surprised,' 'Stunned,' and 'Shocked'" Edition

A new inspector general report faults former FBI Director Jim Comey for how he handled memos about his meetings with Donald Trump. The CIA isn’t so sure about a White House plan to expand its presence in Afghanistan. And National Security Adviser John Bolton is being cut out of big decisions in the administration.

48 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
The "'Surprised,' 'Stunned,' and 'Shocked'" Edition

The "What’s Past is Prorogue" Edition

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspends parliament as the Brexit deadline looms. World leaders push back—maybe?—on President Trump at the G7 summit. And Trump tells aides that he’ll pardon them if they have to break the law to build his border wall.

59 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
The "What’s Past is Prorogue" Edition

The “Skyfall” Edition

Susan and Shane are away, so Ben and Tamara are joined by special guests Scott Anderson and Quinta Jurecic. A Russian missile test accident kills scientists and raises questions. Hong Kong and Kashmir are both in crisis, and the United States shrugs. And the House of Representatives seems to have slouched towards impeachment.

57 MINAUG 15
Comments
The “Skyfall” Edition

The “It’s the Terrorism, Stupid” Edition

A series of shootings renews the discussion and debate around domestic terrorism. The U.S.-China trade war raises big questions about America’s role as a global power. And the United States faces a make-or-break moment in Syria.

56 MINAUG 8
Comments
The “It’s the Terrorism, Stupid” Edition

The “You Too Can Be the DNI!” Edition

President Trump said he will nominate a junior congressman and prominent Mueller critic as the next director of national intelligence. CIA Director Gina Haspel has become a bulwark between the White House and the intelligence community. And investigators probe connections between Middle East money and the White House.

51 MINAUG 1
Comments
The “You Too Can Be the DNI!” Edition

The “I Refer You to the Report” Edition

Bob Mueller finally had his close up. Was he ready for it? Did he change any minds? Did we learn anything new about his investigation? We’ll talk about Mueller’s testimony this week before two congressional committees, and ask where do we go from here.

56 MINJUL 26
Comments
The “I Refer You to the Report” Edition

The Report: Part I: Active Measures

We have a special treat for you in the Rational Security feed. Last week, Susan and Ben shared an Object Lesson with you: the podcast The Report, a deep dive narrative look at the contents of the Mueller investigation. We've released the first episode, here for you now on this feed. For future episodes, subscribe to The Report on whatever podcast distribution service you use.

39 MINJUL 23
Comments
The Report: Part I: Active Measures

The "Back to the Future" Edition

Joe Biden lays out his foreign policy agenda. The Trump administration issues new rules for asylum seekers. And Julian Assange reportedly had some curious guests at the Ecuadorian embassy.

57 MINJUL 17
Comments
The "Back to the Future" Edition

The "Special Relationship" Edition

The British ambassador to the U.S. resigns after his candid opinions on President Trump are leaked. Federal prosecutors intensify their investigation of a top Trump fundraiser. And a malicious conspiracy theory about a murdered DNC staffer was planted by Russian intelligence agents.

50 MINJUL 11
Comments
The "Special Relationship" Edition

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