Rackets Podcast

Rackets Podcast

By Brian Saady
The Rackets Podcast focuses on news related to organized crime. The subject matter isn't limited to traditional gangsters, such as drug cartels. The show also focuses heavily on white-collar criminals, including corrupt politicians, lobbyists, corporate criminals, crony capitalists, shady government officials, etc.
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Richard Bronson - Employment for 70 Million Americans with Criminal Records
   Richard Bronson is the CEO of 70 Million Jobs, which is the first for-profit recruitment company for people with criminal records. He worked at the infamous brokerage, Stratton Oakmont, which was portrayed in Martin Scorsese's “Wolf of Wall Street.” After serving 2 years in prison, Richard has dedicated his life and career to an underserved aspect of criminal justice reform, i.e. helping this massive segment of the population (70 million) gain employment.
42:23
February 7, 2019
Dame Catherine Healy - Decriminalized Prostitution in New Zealand
Dame Catherine Healy is the founder of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective. This year, she was awarded the title of "Dame" by Queen Elizabeth II due to her advocacy efforts on behalf of sex workers and leading the way to the decriminalization of sex work in New Zealand in 2003. Her organization has contracted by the New Zealand government to do variety of tasks, such as HIV prevention. Dame Catherine Healy offered so much information demonstrating that decriminalization is a better policy for human rights, public health & safety, and much more.
43:27
December 13, 2018
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst - FBI Whistleblower
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst was a former Supervisory Agent at the FBI Crime Lab. He exposed several scandals and became the first successful FBI whistleblower. That led to him being pushed out of the FBI in 1998. Dr. Whitehurst now practices law and currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center's Forensic Justice Project. In this fascinating interview, Dr. Whitehurst goes in detail about his experiences with fraud, waste, abuse, perjury by government agents, faulty forensic science, and more.
56:04
October 22, 2018
Government-Backed Hackers, Sanctions, & Geopolitics
A number of recent news events involve both crime and geopolitics. The leader of a hacking group connected with the North Korean government is under indictment. A group believed to be connected with the Russian government attempted attacks against two US right-wing think tanks. Also, the US lost its extradition request to bring a Russian national who may have had information on this and other hackings. Those stories along with election rigging, poisonings, corruption, a drone attack, and much is covered in this episode.
30:01
September 24, 2018
Rape Laws Are Not Properly Enforced in America
Meaghan Ybos is this episode's guest. She's a contributing writer at The Appeal, which is part of Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of People For The Enforcement of Rape Laws. We tend to assume that heinous crimes, such as rape, are highly prioritized and vigorously pursued by the law enforcement community. However, Meaghan's personal story, along with that of numerous other women, illustrates that our assumptions are wrong. Meaghan tackled many important topics in this interview, including the bureaucratic factors that thwart proper enforcement of rape laws. Notably, she also explained why we should no longer refer to the thousands of untested rape kits throughout Americas as a "backlog."
36:54
September 10, 2018
The National Prison Strike
Amani Sawari, the official media spokesperson of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, explained a great deal about the current national prison strike. She detailed the scale of this strike, what prompted it, the prisoners' demands, prison profiteering, which private companies use this exploitative labor, and much more.
24:59
August 31, 2018
Trump's Commission on "Electoral Integrity" Was a Sham
Matthew Dunlap is Maine's Secretary of State. He also served on the Trump administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity. It was formed in the aftermath of Trump's claim that 3-5 million illegal votes were cast for Hillary Clinton. In this episode, Dunlap details that there was an obvious mandate to manufacture evidence of voter fraud. Independent-minded members, such as Dunlap, were stonewalled by the commission. You'll be alarmed by the details. He eventually sued the government to simply be allowed to participate in the commission. In this interview, he went in-depth about the legal battles, debunked the myth of widespread voter fraud, and called out the political operatives who are creating this false narrative. Also, Dunlap's legal challenge prevailed in the courts. As a result, we can all view the documents from the commission, which prove that it was driven by a clear political agenda, not the truth.
57:37
August 13, 2018
Philip Mattera - Corporate Crime & Wage Theft
Philip Mattera is the Research Director and the Director of the Corporate Research Project. He's also the author of the "Dirt Diggers Digest" blog, which focuses on corporate crime. He explained the extent and harm from corporate crime, along with how to properly research this subject via the free online tools of his non-profit organization. He also went into length about the subject of wage theft, which is much more prevalent than most people realize.
42:07
August 7, 2018
Toby Muse - The Drug War in Colombia
Toby Muse is a journalist, foreign correspondent, documentary filmmaker, and upcoming author. His work has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, CNN, Vice, and many more. Toby has reported on a number of issues in Colombia for nearly two decades. In this episode, he covered a range of topics, such as "The Caravan of Death," right-wing death squads, communist rebels, record cocaine production, and much more.
1:22:43
July 12, 2018
Scott Pruitt's Resignation
Brian gives some background on Scott Pruitt's career before his time as the head of the EPA. He also examines several of the ethical scandals committed by Pruitt. They range from bizarre, selfish, extravagant, corrupt, and potentially criminal. Brian also provides insight on whether Pruitt's resignation will improve the integrity of the agency.
20:17
July 10, 2018
Raeford Davis - Former Cop Turned Freedom Advocate
Raeford Davis served as a police officer for six years in North Charleston, SC. He's now one of the foremost leaders of the freedom movement. In this episode, he offers a number of critiques for police culture, the drug war, and much more.
59:32
July 2, 2018
Government Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
This episode covers a State Supreme Court justice indicted for multiple crimes, a multi-million dollar boondoggle in Afghanistan, the U.S. Supreme Court enabling voter suppression, foreign lobbyists, police misconduct, and more.
22:53
June 22, 2018
Legal Sports Betting - What's Next?
Brian answers questions about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the door to legalized sports gambling. He gives some info on the crony capitalist origins of this law, Donald Trump's hypocrisy, the future of the industry, the NBA's "Integrity Fee," and more.
17:19
May 29, 2018
Dave Moore - Candidate for Congress in South Carolina
Dave Moore is an independent-thinking, non-corporate candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District of South Carolina. He's representing the American Party of South Carolina. Listen to Dave's strong opinions on several topics including the two-party system, foreign policy, the drug war, corporate crime, prison reform, and more.
1:06:22
May 21, 2018
We hang the petty thieves & appoint the great ones to office
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office" Aesop Several are topics covered including a historic mafia trial in Italy, former Philly mob boss "Skinny" Joey Merlino's health care fraud case, 57 white supremacists busted, US corporations profiting from human trafficking, a Congressman behind bars, Democrats rigging a primary, states paying taxes to corporations, and much more.
29:14
May 4, 2018
Want a career in organized crime? Gov't or Private Sector?
The first episode of the Rackets covers a number of topics. Mobsters murdering journalists + The drug war's role in the Colombian peace process + A former political aid convicted of corruption + A former Congressman's trial for fraud + A $50 million corporate fraud scheme that ripped off low-wage workers + A cushy government handout by the NSA...and much more.
27:36
April 13, 2018
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