Newsdive was founded in January 2020 as a college radio show to support independent journalism and cover under-reported news. Now a podcast, our hosts provide a mix of news commentary, original reporting, corporate media criticism, and platforming of indie journalists and under-represented voices.
Death of an “Honorable” War Criminal
Shane brings you an update about the USPS situation, the Biden Administration’s continued use of title 42, and War Criminal Colin Powell has died at the age of 84
October 22, 2021
Pipelines, Protests, and Political Prisoners
Shane and David discuss corporate influence over infrastructure negotiations in Washington, U.S. political prisoners, and the Line 3 protests and police crackdowns.
October 14, 2021
Chevron's Big Show Trial (feat. Ethan Pelland)
In this episode Sam is joined by student journalist and friend of the show, Ethan Pelland. Ethan gives a rundown of Chevron's show trial against environmental and human rights lawyer, Steven Donziger. In the second half of the episode, Sam and Ethan exchange some belated but still relevant thoughts on the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
October 7, 2021
Biden's Feminist Airstrikes (feat. Danaka Katovich)
This week Sam is joined by Danaka Katovich, the Yemen and Peace Collective coordinator at the anti-war group CODEPINK. They talk about how Biden is still enabling Saudi human rights violations from the war on Yemen to the severe repression of political dissidents. They also cover the violence of drone warfare and why the military can't really be feminist.
September 23, 2021
Hurricane Ida and the Texas Abortion Ban (feat. Ezra Brain)
This week, Sam is joined by Left Voice writer Ezra Brain to talk about the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in NYC, the Texas law banning abortion, and how capitalism is making the US so unsafe.
September 9, 2021
Interview with Jules Boykoff
Sam is joined by Jules Boykoff to talk about the aftermath of the Tokyo Olympics and the larger systemic issues attached to the games.
August 31, 2021
Interview with Gabriel Shipton
Documentarian and brother of Julian Assange, Gabriel Shipton, joins Sam and David to discuss the U.S. attempt to extradite Assange and why it poses a threat to international press freedom
July 30, 2021
Interview with David Dayen
In this bonus interview executive editor of The American Prospect, David Dayen, joins Sam and Shane to discuss where the Biden administration is on its Covid-19 response and why it looks like Biden is choosing monopoly profits over effective vaccine roll-out and global distribution.
July 26, 2021
Hands Off Haiti! Hands Off Cuba! (feat. Julia Wallace)
Sam and Shane are joined by Left Voice reporter and activist Julia Wallace to discuss LAPD's latest attack on the trans community and the impact of Western imperialism on Haiti and Cuba.
July 22, 2021
The NSA is spying on our show
Sam and Shane cover a lot in this episode. We get Shane debunks the myth that cutting unemployment benefits makes people work more, Sam gets into some updates on the Assange extradition and NYPD shenanigans, and more!
July 2, 2021
Interview with Monica Cruz
In this bonus episode, Sam interviews Monica Cruz, the labor reporter at Breakthrough News and host of the podcast On The Picket Line. They talk about the importance of platforming working class voices and how labor news ties into larger topics.
June 22, 2021
Protesting A Pipeline (feat. Ford Fischer)
This week Sam and David interview independent journalist Ford Fischer about his recent coverage of protests against the Line 3 Pipeline construction in Minnesota. They also talk about attending various events in support of Julian Assange as part of a recent tour Assange's family has being doing throughout the U.S.
June 17, 2021
Pinkwashing and Palestine
In this casual episode, Sam and David speculate how the Biden administration will try to co-opt Pride Month and they reflect on the recent spike in solidarity for Palestine.
June 3, 2021
Political Prisoner News
This week Sam and Shane recap some of the under-reported repression of political prisoners, including Steven Donziger, Craig Murray, and Daniel Hale.
May 15, 2021
It's Still ACAB
On this episode, Sam and Shane focus on the aftermath of the Chauvin trial and why a movement for police abolition is still needed. They also cover why vaccine patents cost lives and argue about whether or not socialists should work within the Democratic Party.
April 30, 2021
Minneapolis & the Chauvin Trial (feat. Dan Feidt)
This week Sam and Shane are joined by Dan Feidt who's a co-founder of the independent news outlet Unicorn Riot and producer of UR's coverage of the Chauvin Trial. The conversation gets into Minneapolis politics, a summary of the court proceedings, and the violent crackdown on protesters.
April 16, 2021
Arkansas Attacks Trans Rights (feat. Morgan Artyukhina)
This week Sam is joined by trans journalist, Morgan Artyukhina, to discuss a bill in Arkansas which is part of a national attack on the trans community. Then Sam and Shane talk about the national attack on the right to protest.
April 2, 2021
Interview with Tim Shorrock
In this bonus episode, Sam is joined by Tim Shorrock, a journalist who writes about East Asia policy for The Nation and Responsible Statecraft. The conversation covers Antony Blinken's push for a Cold War with China, Okinawans protesting the US military in Japan, and Biden's disregard for South Korea's concerns.
March 30, 2021
Diplomacy Is Back - Blinken You'll Miss It
This week, Shane and David hold down the show while Sam is in Alabama. The episode covers a tense meeting in Alaska between US and Chinese officials. Also David talks about his reporting on Free Assange events in DC.
March 27, 2021
You Shelnutt Pass
This week we cover a lot in a big long news cast. First we look at the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor a year later. Then we cover anti-abortion and anti-trans bills in Arkansas and Alabama. Finally, we go over some of the stirrings in international news.
March 18, 2021
The Dangers of Scapegoating (REPUBLISHED)
This episode is a republished episode which originally aired on 90.3 WMSC in May 2020. It explores how the rise of anti-China rhetoric from the US government and media directly increases violence against Asian American communities. The episode consists of interviews with Rong Xiaoqing, a journalist with the Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily, and Dr. Marylou Naumoff, an expert in rhetorical studies with a focus on how rhetoric shapes identity.
March 17, 2021
Semi-Sweet Relief (feat. Andrew Perez)
Sam and Shane are joined by The Daily Poster's Andrew Perez for a deep dive into the latest COVID relief bill.
March 13, 2021
And to Think That I Saw it on FOX News
This week Sam and Shane are joined David Kain, a member of the Newsdive team who writes for our Medium page. The three of them have a wide-ranging conversation. Topics include Biden refusing to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, some KHivers' recent attempt to cancel Sam and Shane, and how worked up the right is getting over things that don't really impact them.
March 4, 2021
This week Sam and Shane talk about all the campaign promises Joe Biden is already going back on. The kids are still in cages, debt won't be forgiving, wages won't be raised, and wars won't be ended. Sam also recaps some under-reported international news from the past weeks and Shane talks about Texas and what's to blame. Spoiler, the Green New Deal isn't to blame.
February 25, 2021
Interview with Kimberly Wilber of AWU
Sam and Shane are joined by Kimberly Wilber, a software engineer at Google and volunteer spokesperson for the recently formed Alphabet Workers Union. Wilber shares how the union of tech workers at one of the biggest major tech companies was formed and the role that workplace organizing can play in opposing the most harmful qualities of big tech.
February 8, 2021
Farmers & Stonks (feat. Soumi Sarkar)
This week Sam and Shane are joined by Left Voice reporter, Soumi Sarker, to talk about the massive farmers protest movement in India. Later, Sam and Shane share their takes on the recent stock market story.
February 4, 2021
Interview with Mohamed Elmaazi
Journalist, Mohamed Elmaazi joins Sam to talk about the trial of Craig Murray, a former UK diplomat turned free speech activist. Elmaazi explains why the trial holds greater implications for press freedom.
February 2, 2021
The Blinken Episode (feat. Ethan Pelland & Gideon Kariuki)
Sam and Shane are joined by student journalists, Ethan Pelland and Gideon Kariuki, hosts of The Review Squared. Together, the four go over the recent Senate confirmation hearing of newly appointed Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and have a wide-ranging conversation about U.S. foreign policy.
January 28, 2021
I-Nah-guration (feat. Maryam Alaniz)
Maryam Alaniz, writer and editor at Left Voice, returns to the show to talk about hers and Sam's on the ground coverage of Inauguration Day in D.C. Shane joins later and the three have a wide ranging conversation of what to expect in politics now that Biden is officially president.
January 23, 2021
How Low Can TPUSA Go? (feat. Seven Surack)
This week Sam and Shane are joined by former Turning Point USA employee turned leftist, Seven Surack. They talk about the role organizations like TPUSA play in hurting discourse, what Libertarians get wrong, and dunk on Charlie Kirk. Later, Sam is joined by Joe Amditis and they cover some of the more tedious corporate coverage of the D.C. riots.
January 14, 2021
Interview with Kevin Gosztola
Sam Carliner is joined by Kevin Gosztola to discuss the past week's developments in the trial of Julian Assange, Kevin's coverage, and what comes next for Assange's defense and the state of press freedom.
January 8, 2021
Stimulus, Assange, and Escalations on Iran
Newsdive is back to cover all the under-reported news of the world! In this first episode of 2021, Shane recaps the negotiations that resulted in a terrible stimulus bill, Sam talks about his trip to D.C. to protest an Assange extradition, and we end with the U.S. closer to war with Iran and why no one should support that.
January 7, 2021
Covering Media and Imperialism with Rania Khalek
Newsdive's Sam Carliner is joined by Rania Khalek to discuss problems within the field of journalism and how the new media landscape often fuels U.S. imperialism.
December 1, 2020
Covering Censorship with Ben Norton
Sam Carliner is joined by Ben Norton to discuss the role the United States government and tech companies play in censoring independent journalism, and how censorship may expand under a Biden administration.
November 19, 2020
Newsdive's Election Recap
Sam and Shane reflect on the election and talk about what they think will be a good approach to opposing a Biden administration.
November 12, 2020
Chile's New Constitution
Sam and Shane discuss the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia and social media censorship. Then, they're joined by Left Voice photo-journalist, Luigi Morris, to discuss Chile's vote to create a new constitution.
October 30, 2020
Nigerians Call to End SARS
Sam Carliner is joined by Tobi, a Senior Reporter and Multimedia Journalist at Sahara Reporters. Tobi has been on the ground in Lagos covering the protests against police violence.
October 27, 2020
Movements in Bolivia, Nigeria, and Thailand
Sam has a new co-host, Shane Sarosy. This week Sam and Shane talk about some of the more active events in international news. Topics include the MAS victory in the recent election in Bolivia, the #EndSARS movement for police abolition in Nigeria, the protests for democratic reforms in Thailand.
October 23, 2020
Attacks On Armenia
Sam Carliner is joined by Armenian rights activist, Raffi Berberian, to discuss the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and how the conflict poses a unique threat to Armenian people.
October 15, 2020
Iran, Syria, and Anti-Imperialism
Sam Carliner is joined by Maryam Alaniz, the Middle East-Africa section editor at Left Voice. The two discuss The United States' recent acts of aggression in Iran and Syria and why Americans and leftists should place more emphasis on anti-imperialism.
October 8, 2020
Fatima Iqbal-Zubair and Christine Olivo on Climate, Race, and Immigrant Rights
Sam Carliner recaps some of the news that went under-reported in September, such as unprecedented natural disasters and examples of systemic racism towards America's black and immigrant communities. To explore these issues and the type of leadership it will take to address them, he is joined by California state-assembly candidate Fatima Iqbal-Zubair, and independent candidate to represent FL-24, Christine Olivo.
October 1, 2020
Fighting For A Free Press
Sam Carliner is joined by press freedom activist and host of Action 4 Assange Vigils and Facts On The Ground Podcast, Misty Winston, to discus what type of action is needed to stop an Assange extradition and save press freedom.
September 17, 2020
Covering Assange with Kevin Gosztola
Sam Carliner is joined by Kevin Gosztola, an independent journalist who has been reporting on the trial of Julian Assange.
September 11, 2020
Journalism On Trial
Sam Carliner interviews political writer and press freedom activist Jim Kavanagh about how the extradition hearing of Julian Assange came to be and why it poses a threat for journalists.
September 8, 2020
Newsdive Panel: How To Be A Journalist In 2020
Sam Carliner holds a panel with journalists, Sunah Choudhry, Ari Lopez-Wei, Mackenzie Robertson, and Genesis Obando to discuss press ethics in a new decade where news comes at a rapid pace and independent journalism is increasingly under-resourced.
September 3, 2020
Covering A Vote Purge with Greg Palast
Sam Carliner is joined by Greg Palast, an investigative journalist and New York Times Best-Selling author. Together they discuss how Republicans are purging voter rolls in key states which could shape the results of the 2020 election.
August 27, 2020
Save the Post Office
Sam Carliner is joined by two postal workers, Phelan Acheson and Shane Sarosy, who share what they're seeing of the Trump administration's attacks on USPS and what people can do to save the post office.
August 18, 2020
Regime in the Philippines
Sam Carliner is joined by guest host, Adrienne Romero, to cover violent attacks on free speech in the Philippines. Joining Sam and Adrienne to share expertise are two guests based in Manila. Human Rights Watch researcher, Carlos Conde, discusses how the history and politics of the Philippines have shaped Duterte's rule, and Filipino journalist, Inday Espina-Varona paints a picture of how the new anti-terror law is being used to attack her and other journalists.
August 6, 2020
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Sam Carliner is joined by guest host, Alie Pierce, and L.A. housing justice activist, Ricci Sergienko, to discuss Twitter's censorship of activists and how tech companies work with police departments to target protesters.
July 30, 2020
Covering Portland with Robert Evans
Sam Carliner and Joe Amditis are joined by Portland-based journalist, Robert Evans. Following a 50+ day streak of live-streaming from the streets of a city being brutalized by federal police, Evans shares context of how the city made national headlines and how mainstream media can best support Portland journalists and news outlets.
July 23, 2020
Newsdive Panel: A World Without Police
Sam Carliner is joined by several protesters he knows from live reporting at the recent Occupy City Hall camp in NYC. Topics covered include the pros and cons of occupation protests, how corrupt media can harm movements, and where the city's abolition movement goes next.
July 9, 2020
Sam Carliner and Joe Amditis drag Tucker Carlson and Fox News for their insidious at worst, comical at best, lack of basic journalism ethics.
June 16, 2020