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Iraq: What’s Known, What’s Unknown, What We Don’t Want to Know

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"The journalist Mark Danner, who covered the war and is now covering the aftermath, says the inconvenient truth here is that the public doesn’t want to reconsider it either, because we’re all implicated in the shame". 

April 03, 2014

Friday Media Roundtable: Protests in Turkey and the CIA's torture program

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"We’ll discuss  media coverage of Senator Dianne Feinstein accusing the CIA of spying on a Senate panel. How are the media linking the latest revelations to the NSA’s mass surveillance program? We’ll also discuss the renewed protests in Turkey. We’ll be joined by McClatchy’s Mark Seibel, investigative journalist and author Mark Danner and the Times of London’s Turkey correspondent Alex Christie-Miller". 

March 14, 2014

Mark Danner discusses Donald Rumsfeld on This is Hell! with Chuck Mertz

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Mark Danner reviews the Donald Rumsfeld decade in Iraq on This is Hell! with Chuck Mertz, WNUR Chicago. 

December 21, 2013

Mark Danner on "Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now"

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Mark Danner discusses "Rumsfeld's War and Its Consequences Now," his provocative recent article in The New York Review of Books, with Ian Masters for "Background Briefing," KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles. 

December 17, 2013

Mark Danner on Syria: Interview with Chuck Mertz

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Mark Danner discusses American and Iraqi involvement in the Syrian civil war on Chuck Mertz's This is Hell. WNUR Chicago, November 3, 2013. Click here to listen to the full episode.

November 03, 2013

Mark Danner on the Syrian dilemma: Truthdig Radio

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Mark Danner interviewed on Truthdig Radio, KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, about the Syrian regime, American diplomacy, and his recent article, "Syria: Is There a Solution?", published in the November 7, 2013 issue of The New York Review of Books.

Tags: Truthdig | Syria

October 31, 2013

HuffPost Live: The Anniversary of September 11

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Mark Danner joined HuffPost Live's Cocktail Chatter at 3pm EST on September 11, 2013, to discuss the 12th anniversary of 9/11. 

September 11, 2013

The Ghosts of Interventions Past

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Mark Danner speaks with Ian Masters for "Background Briefing," KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, about the United Nations' "responsibility to protect" doctrine and how it could be applied to the civil war in Syria. Click here for the full program. 

September 08, 2013

Danner, DeLillo, and Morris on the Kennedy Assassination

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Mark Danner in conversation with Don DeLillo and Errol Morris at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. DeLillo reads an excerpt from his novel, Underworld, and screens the iconic 26-second Zapruder film. Danner, DeLillo, and Morris discuss the film as well as Errol Morris' The Umbrella Man, a short video that explores the story behind the man standing under an open umbrella at the scene of the assassination.

September 01, 2013

Q&A with Errol Morris: The Unknown Known

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Mark Danner speaks with Errol Morris after the screening of his film, The Unknown Known, at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. The film explores the years that Donald Rumsfeld influenced American policy, from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War.

September 01, 2013

Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture

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Mark Danner discusses the Cambodian genocide with filmmaker Rithy Panh at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. The Missing Picture chronicles Panh's own experience losing his family to the Khmer Rouge. Listen to Danner's introduction to the film or watch a video of the discussion following the screening.

August 31, 2013

A Tribute to Mohammad Rasoulof

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Mark Danner leads a tribute to Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Rasoulof's films present a bold critique, often at his own risk, of Iran's systematic oppression of individuals. Listen to Danner's introduction to Rasoulof's work and watch a video of the Q&A following the screening. Translation by Mishana Hosseinioun.

August 31, 2013

Agnieszka Holland's Burning Bush

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Mark Danner speaks with Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland about her film, Burning Bush, commisioned as a three-part series by HBO Europe. The film explores the gray areas of the "Prague Spring," a democratic uprising in the Czech Republic in the late 1960s.

August 30, 2013

Don DeLillo and Mark Danner: The Zapruder Film

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Mark Danner speaks with author Don DeLillo at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival about the 26-second Zapruder film -- the iconic video recording of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. November 2013 marks its 50th anniversary. 

August 30, 2013

Through the Looking Glass

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Mark Danner spoke with Errol Morris about his latest film, The Unknown Known, which profiles former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the man behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The edited interview was published in Telluride's The Watch. Listen to the unedited conversation here. 

August 29, 2013

Syria and the Responsibility to Protect

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Mark Danner interviewed by reporter Samantha Fields on PRI's America Abroad about a possible U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war. 

August 07, 2013

What is Terrorism?

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Mark Danner speaks with host Dave Iverson on Forum, KQED 88.5 San Francisco, about the definition of terrorism twelve years after 9/11.

May 24, 2013

Milosz Festival Debate: Evil -- experience and literature

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The 3rd annual Milosz Festival was held in Krakow, Poland from May 16-19, 2013. Mark Danner speaks with poets Juan Gelman, Michael Krüger, and Adam Zagajewski about the nature of evil in literature and life.

May 18, 2013

Milosz in the Land of Ulro

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The 3rd annual Milosz Festival was held in Krakow, Poland from May 16-19, 2013. Mark Danner speaks with Renata Gorczynska, Richard Lourie and Anthony Milosz about the poet's career and legacy.

May 16, 2013

Fact: The United States Tortured People

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Mark Danner interviewed on Truthdig Radio, KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, about a new report by the bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment. The report found U.S. personnel responsible for post-9/11 interrogation techniques that constitute torture. 

Tags: Truthdig | Torture | 9/11

April 28, 2013

How the U.S. Sought Revenge Through Torture

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Mark Danner speaks with Ian Masters for "Background Briefing," KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, about a new report by the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment. The report found it "indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture."

April 18, 2013

50 Years: The New York Review of Books

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On February 5, 2013, The New York Review of Books celebrated its 50th anniversary. Mark Danner read from his past work for the Review at the celebration at Town Hall in New York City.

February 05, 2013

Warring with Words: A Conversation with Mark Danner and Michael Hanne

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Mark Danner speaking about the use of narrative and metaphor in politics with University of Auckland professor Michael Hanne. The interview will appear as a chapter in Hanne's forthcoming book on this topic, published by The Psychology Press.

January 22, 2013

Context and a Movie: Zero Dark Thirty

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Mark Danner and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott interviewed by Brian Lehrer about the film "Zero Dark Thirty," its controversial torture scenes, and its relationship to the recent past.

January 18, 2013

The Efficacy of Torture: In Movies and in Practice

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Mark Danner interviewed on "NOW with Alex Wagner," MSNBC, about the film "Zero Dark Thirty," and torture's role in the hunt for Bin Laden.  

December 27, 2012

A View from Palestine

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Mark Danner interviewed by Ian Masters' for "Background Briefing," KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, about the situation in Gaza, the return of Hamas, and reconciliation talks between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. 

December 09, 2012

Mark Danner, Live from Ramallah: Interview with Chuck Mertz

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Mark Danner calls in from Ramallah to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United States' use of drone warfare on This is Hell with Chuck Mertz. WNUR Chicago, December 1, 2012. 

Tags: Drones | Israel | Gaza | Palestine

December 01, 2012

The Situation in Gaza

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Mark Danner interviewed on KCBS Radio, San Francisco

Tags: Gaza | middle east | Israel

November 18, 2012

US Elections and the Forever War – Torture, Drones and the Age of Frozen Scandal

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Mark Danner speaking at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark, about the moral history of American power during the last quarter century, current debates about torture and drones, and the November 6 American presidential election.

November 09, 2012

The Act of Killing: Joshua Oppenheimer and Mark Danner in conversation with Peter Sellars

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Joshua Oppenheimer discusses his film with Mark Danner and Peter Sellars. Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO. September 3, 2012.   

September 03, 2012




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