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Eyes Left Podcast

Eyes Left Podcast

By Eyes Left
EYES LEFT is a military podcast hosted by two anti-war Army veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner, covering issues from a left-wing and socialist perspective.

EYES LEFT gives updates and progressive commentary on military news, war developments, failings of military leadership, veterans’ issues, radical military history, and how US troops can resist Trump.
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Prisoner of Conscience: The Kevin Benderman Story
Interview with Sergeant Kevin Benderman, sentenced to 15 months in military prison for refusing to return to Iraq on moral grounds.
December 22, 2020
The VA Covid Prison + The Reign Of Terror
The harrowing story of a VA long-term care facility where veterans watched friends die of Covid, then sentenced to a solitary-confinement lockdown. Special guest Spencer Ackerman joins to discuss this story, his new book Reign Of Terror, and more.
December 9, 2020
Looking Inward, Going Forward
Spenser and Mike discuss the BLM upsurge, the role of the National Guard in suppression, and looking inward to find new paths.  PLUS: Radical Military History - The story of the 'Fort Hood 43'
November 1, 2020
How the West Point Mafia Runs Washington
Retired Major Danny Sjursen joins Eyes Left for part II of his interview, explaining his research uncovering the West Point Class of 1986 and the powerful positions it's alumni control in the Trump Administration.
July 5, 2020
Army Major to the Anti-War Movement
Spenser and Mike interview Army Major Danny Sjursen about his journey from West Point officer in Iraq and Afghanistan to an anti-war author, commentator and activist.  Sjursen is host of 'Fortress On A Hill' podcast and author of several books. Find his work at 
June 11, 2020
Spenser & Mike get deep in pandemic brain with philosophy and updates on COVID warfare at home & abroad. Show notes: - Join upcoming May 30 national actions to Cancel The Rents @ - Get the new album 'Rend Wake' by our audio engineer Anahedron: - Learn about this 72nd anniversary of the Nakba:…nexation-looms
May 27, 2020
After Bernie
Spenser and Mike discuss Bernie leaving the presidential race: why & what's next for the movement
April 10, 2020
Solidarity In The Time Of COVID-19
Spenser & Mike discuss the science of COVID-19, the political implications of the pandemic, and the need to come together as a community (just, not in person please!)
March 18, 2020
Super Tuesday with Bernie Campaign Political Director
On the eve of Super Tuesday, Spenser and Mike are joined by Miguel Medrano, Iraq war veteran and Southeast Political Director for the Bernie campaign. 
March 3, 2020
No Rich Man's War On Iran! Featuring Rory Fanning
As the the potential for major US war in the Middle East looms greater than the days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner are joined by former Army Ranger, Afghanistan veteran and war resister Rory Fanning to discuss the Iran crisis, options service members have to resist, and reactions to the Democratic candidates' statements in response to Trump's war crimes. 
January 8, 2020
The Afghanistan Papers
Spenser and Mike discuss the bombshell Afghanistan Papers, proving the depth to which the US government has been lying to keep us in the senseless war. 
December 16, 2019
A Highway of Death, From Sykes-Picot to Al-Baghdadi
Your Halloween treat, on the killing of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, the Army's new recruitment strategy, and more video games. PLUS Radical Military History on lost stories from the Gulf War
November 1, 2019
Catching Up on Epstein, Space and Drugs
Spenser and Mike catch up after a month-long break to talk about Gaza, what the Epstein case reveals about the ruling class, Trump’s very large purchase of Ketamine for veterans, communist sci-fi and more.
September 6, 2019
Trump's VA: Brain Zapping & Gyroscopes - Interview w/ Veterans' Affairs Investigator
Trump's appointed a "beer mogul" to revamp PTSD treatment... and he's into some really weird pseudoscience.   Eyes Left interviews investigative journalist Jasper Craven—who investigates the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the New York Times, The Intercept and more—about this impact of VA privatization, the hidden scandal of police brutality at Veterans' Affairs hospitals and much more.  Follow Jasper Craven on Twitter @Jasper_Craven
July 21, 2019
Bernie is the only one
Spenser and Mike discuss the Democratic Party Primary candidates, Bernie Sanders, and Trump's war criminal pardons; PLUS: Afghanistan War Update & Radical Military History
July 19, 2019
War On Iran / War On Trans Troops
Trump ramps up wars on two fronts: his Christian extremist war on Trans people, and his Blood For Oil war on Iran. Spenser and Mike discuss why we must oppose both. FOLLOW: @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT:
June 5, 2019
War On Iraq: 16 Years & Counting
Spenser and Mike mark the 16th anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq
March 30, 2019
Demystifying Contemporary Fascism in the Wake of Christchurch
With another white nationalist terror attack taking the lives of at least 50 Muslims, Spenser and Mike explore the many expressions of neo-Naziism today: from 4chan, to Ben Shapiro, MAGA-ism and the US military itself.
March 23, 2019
Venezuela: Refuse to Fight Another Oil War
John Bolton sent 5,000 of us to die for oil in Iraq. Elliott Abrams oversaw genocide in Guatemala. Now they've teamed with Trump to launch another oil war in Venezuela. Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner tell you why it's your right, and duty, to refuse to fight.
February 1, 2019
Major Tulsi Gabbard, Reporting For Duty!
Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner discuss the Army Captain who waved a Trump flag in uniform, the sociopath Marine General Jim Mattis, and Army Major Tulsi Gabbard entering the 2020 race
January 17, 2019
Army Recruiters Infiltrate Gaming
Nowhere is safe from the US Army; not even your video games. Learn about how Twitch has joined the Military Industrial Complex—putting recruiters in your headsets—among other new tactics to recruit gamers. ALSO: Sadistic SEALs murdering civilians, and fellow soldiers, for sport; and Radical Military History covers the only veteran to ever renounce his Congressional Medal of Honor.
December 8, 2018
"Faithful Patriot" Border Deployment: What It Means, How We Got Here
As Trump send upwards of 15,000 US troops to three states, Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner discuss what's behind the deployment, it's relation to a rising right-wing movement, your rights if you're ordered to the border, the truth about the migrant caravan and it's historical context. FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
November 6, 2018
Bush's Real Legacy "Serving Veterans"
George W. Bush will soon be presented with an award for his "commitment to veterans" despite unprecedented neglect and cuts under his administration. We explore his true legacy and how he is responsible for the crises veterans face today, as well as: - Tomas Young, US soldier paralyzed in Iraq, writes his "last letter" to Bush upon deciding to end his own life. - The "Save The VA" campaign led by Veterans For Peace fights back against privatization - What you're fighting for: a leadership that serves the likes of Kavanaugh and the Proud Boys FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
October 16, 2018
Andy Stapp and the American Servicemen's Union
In a special full episode of Radical Military History we explore the life and legacy of Private Andy Stapp, honoring the fourth anniversary of his death. Stapp joined the Army during the Vietnam War not to fight, but to organize against it. His "American Servicemen's Union" grew tens of thousands of enlisted members in just a few years as he became known as "the thorn in the Pentagon's side." FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
September 28, 2018
Afghanistan War Update: Defeated Generals Boast of Success
How much are the Pentagon Generals lying about the war in Afghanistan? Much more than you thought. With new US casualties to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as well as record fatalities for Afghan Army and civilians, Eyes Left gives updates and analysis on all the important recent developments in the never-ending occupation. FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
September 19, 2018
"You'd Better Stay At Home" - The Clifton Hicks Story
War crimes. Freakouts. Drugs. Rebellion. A narrative of the Iraq war buried by the media and politicians, told through the incredible oral history of Clifton Hicks--a tank crewman in Iraq who refused to go back, won a Conscientious Objector fight, then spent years helping other soldiers do the same. FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
September 1, 2018
New ‘Defense’ Budget is a Class War Budget | The VA’s ‘Shadow Rulers’
In this episode: In Brief: Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner analyze the curious incident of a US Marine receiving a Purple Heart for combat wounds in an “undisclosed location.” (Begins at 02:52) The Class War Budget: A breakdown Trump’s bi-partisan “defense” budget: from “Army Futures Command,” to the Space Force scam. (Begins at 10:05) Veterans Affairs HQ Moves to Mar-a-Lago: What it means that outlet Pro-Publica uncovered “shadow rulers” for the VA among Trump’s golfing buddies. (Begins at 35:30) Radical Military History: Honoring forgotten WWII heroes—the African American sailors of the Port Chicago Strike. (Begins at 46:04) FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
August 15, 2018
GOP Hypocrites Join Taliban | Racist New Army Policy
In this episode: Afghanistan War Update: Major announcement that the Trump Administration will enter into direct talks with the Taliban, what it exposes about the endless war, and the latest US and Afghan deaths Army News: Racist new policy of discharging immigrant soldiers after being asked to join for citizenship, and why it gives more reason for service members to resist Radical Military History: Individual acts of resistance by service members during Vietnam that set the stage for a massive GI rebellion FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
August 4, 2018
Debut Episode w/ Spenser Rapone & Mike Prysner
In this debut episode of Eyes Left, hosts Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner discuss the vision and goal of the podcast, how their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan led them to become socialists, and why US troops should resist U.S. foreign policy. FOLLOW US on Twitter & IG at @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT US on
July 30, 2018