This is Hell! A Radio Interview.

What happens when Donald Trump's improv act takes the highest stage?

Writer Mark Danner sat down to talk with This is hell! radio host Chuck Mertz about Donald Trump's  future as a political actor and his article The Real Trump that was published in the New York Review of Books. Danner explains how Trump's populist infrastructure and entitlement promises will likely be tested early by a Republican congress. The show aired on Jan. 7, 2017, on WNUR 89.3FM Chicago.

January 16, 2017

CSPAN - Talking Spiral With Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb sat down with Mark Danner to talk about his latest book, Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, which looks at the 15-year U.S. war on terrorism. The interviewed aired on C-SPAN on Oct. 27, 2016.

December 28, 2016

A World Turned Upside Down? A Dialogue, Mark Danner with Leon Botstein.

On Friday, November 11, 2016, Bard College hosted a public, post-election
dialogue with Bard President Leon Botstein and Mark Danner, James Clarke
Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities and contributor
to the New York Review of Books. The discussion was sponsored by Bard's Human Rights
and Center for Civic Engagement.

December 17, 2016

In Memoriam: Jonathan Schell

Mark Danner reflects on the journalistic legacy of  Jonathan Schell and what it means to be a reporter during a speech given at the Asian Society in New York. 

December 05, 2016

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University

At the Carr Center's Strategic Consequences of Torture conference in early October, Danner was one of the speakers at a session aiming to understand how the US practices impacted the global norm prohibiting torture. How did the US use of torture impact other governments and their policies? How did it impact patterns of human rights abuses overseas? How did it impact the international norm prohibiting torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment? How can we fix the damage done to the fabric of international human rights by the US use of torture?


October 08, 2016

Torture, Security and Law: Lessons for the Future

A symposium revisiting the torture controversies of the 2000s with Robert H. Cole, Professor Of Law Emeritus, UC Berkeley Mark Danner, Author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War and Torture and Truth Dror Ladin, Staff Attorney, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union and Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, NYU School of Law. Moderated by: Bill Roller, President, Berkeley Group Education Foundation.


September 30, 2016

Your Call: Trapped in the Forever War

On the September 16th edition of Your Call, for the Friday media
roundtable, Rose Aguilar continues the conversation with
Mark Danner about his new book Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War.

September 16, 2016

Finding Oscar, Telluride, introduction by Mark Danner

Mark Danner introduces the film Finding Oscar, at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival


September 04, 2016

Telluride Film Festival 2016: Tribute to Pablo Larrain with Mark Danner and Gael Garcia Bernal

As a resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival, Mark Danner travels to Colorado each Labor Day to speak with some of the world's most creative and accomplished filmmakers. At TFF2016, Danner presented a tribute to Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain and led an on-stage interview with him. 

September 04, 2016

Your Call: Trapped in the Forever War

For the Friday media roundable on the August 5, 2016 edition of KALW's Your Call, Rose Aguilar has a conversation with veteran journalist Mark Danner about his new book Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War.

August 05, 2016

The World Affairs Council - Mark Danner interviewed by Nancy Jarvis

Join the World Affairs Council and Mark Danner, author of “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War,” for a conversation about how the United States found itself on a “permanent war footing” and what that means for our role in the world. As part of World Affairs "Engage" series, this event features a post-discussion Q&A, when the audience will have the chance to participate directly with the speaker. Moderated by Nancy A. Jarvis, Attorney at Farrand Cooper, P.C.

July 29, 2016

Spiral Talk & Interview with KPFA's Linda Khoury

In Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, award-winning journalist Mark Danner offers readers a shrewd analysis of why America's War on Terror has persisted for well over a decade and why it seems to have no end in sight. In a talk and subsequent interview with KPFA's Linda Khoury on July 13, 2016 at Berkeley's Hillside Club, Danner describes the ways in which the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have led America into a perpetual and continuously widening war that has put the country in an endless "state of exception."

July 13, 2016

KPFA's Up Front: The Forever War

Up Front producer Linda Khoury interviews Mark Danner on his new book, Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. 

July 12, 2016

How America lost control in the endless spiral of global war

WNUR's Chuck Mertz interviews Mark Danner about how America's post 9/11 military actions spiraled out of control, creating and then provoking new partners in conflict around the globe while degrading human rights and increasing militarization domestically. 

July 09, 2016

KQED Forum with Michael Krasny: How the U.S. Became Embroiled in the "Forever War"

Since 9/11, the United States has been led by presidents with a firm mandate to quash terrorism. But according to UC Berkeley professor Mark Danner, America’s wars in the Middle East have spiraled out of control: worldwide deaths attributed to terrorism have spiked by more than 4000 percent since 9/11, several countries have plunged into civil war and the U.S. is in a seemingly endless campaign of drone strikes. In Danner’s new book, “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” he presents a damning analysis of the past two administrations and sheds light on how the next president could possibly change things for the better.

June 21, 2016

Mark Danner and Mitch Jesenich on KPFA's "Letters & Politics"

The massacre in an Orlando gay nightclub has focused presidential candidates back onto the so-called War on Terrorism or “the new face of the war on terror.”  This war is now in its fifteenth year and what at one time seemed to be exceptional is now the normal.

KPFA's Mitch Jesenich leads a conversation with veteran journalist Mark Danner, who argues in his book "Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War," that the 15-year long war on terror appears to have no end in sight. Fear has created what Danner calls the sense of “permanent emergency” among the American public and administration alike in keeping the wars in the Middle East percolating.

June 14, 2016

Bay Area Book Festival – Mark Danner, interviewed by Robert Scheer

Scheer: Intelligence: "Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War," with Mark Danner and Robert Scheer

From The legendary Robert Scheer has covered wars, politics, international relations and social issues for decades. His new podcast, "Scheer Intelligence," features provocative conversations with leading thinkers of our times. This event's podcast interview will be Mark Danner – acclaimed journalist, UC Berkeley Chancellor's Professor and MacArthur Fellow. Danner will talk about what he calls the "Forever War," triggered by 9/11, a spiral out of which we seem unable to escape. 

June 07, 2016

Should and Will Guantanamo Close?

Panel Discussion, moderated by Mark Danner, on the future of Guantanamo Bay

Chair: Professor Christopher Kutz, UC Berkeley School of Law
Speakers: Jess Bravin, Journalist at Wall Street Journal, Author "The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay."

Alberto Mora: Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Costs & Consequences of Torture Program.

Professor Ashika Singh: Professor at Tulane University, ex-attorney at the U.S. State Department and in the Office of the Legal Adviser and, most recently, in the Office of Political-Military Affairs.
Dr. Sharon Weill: Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law

May 12, 2016

Moderator: Dancing on Fire | Photographs from Haiti by Maggie Steber

An exhibit and Q&A session with photographer Maggie Steber, moderated by Mark Danner. 

April 14, 2016

Journalism as a 21st Century Career

English majors hear a lot of dire statements about the less-than-abundant job prospects awaiting them after graduation, but many remain hopeful about their futures despite these nerve-wracking warnings. Some are interested in going into journalism, a field that seems particularly risky to enter in the digital age. At a recent Berkeley Connect in English event, Professor Mark Danner spoke with students about his experiences as a journalist and academic, and delivered a welcome message: despite the uncertainty involved in pursuing a career in an industry that is very much in flux, its not entirely hopeless!

February 16, 2016

Rethinking Washington’s Counterterrorism Strategy

Mark Danner discusses Washington's Counterterrorism Strategy on a virtual roundtable with Peter Leyden, Rachel Kleinfeld, Stephen Walt and Suzanna Nossel. Part of the ReInvent media series. 

December 08, 2015

The Management of Savagery: The Islamic State, Extreme Violence, and Our Endless War

Mark Danner delivers a talk on the Islamic State and the War on Terror at the Bard Human Rights Project, Bard College. 

December 01, 2015

Spiraling Down: Human Rights, Endless War

Spiraling Down: Human Rights, Endless War

The Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold Inaugural Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights
Eldman Courtroom, Texas Law School
University of Texas, Austin 

October 22, 2015

ChinaFile Presents: Can the China Model Succeed?

A conversation hosted by the Asia Society of New York, with Mark Danner, Orville Schell, Taisu Zhang, Andrew J. Nathan, Timothy Garton Ash, and Daniel A. Bell. 


October 15, 2015

Double Blind

When Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda terrorist with a $25 million bounty on his head, decided to show to the world videotapes of the planning and execution of his terror attacks, he delivered them to Michael Ware. Ware, a reporter for Time magazine and CNN, brought the grisly footage to the world’s attention, making it clear that for the U.S. any victory in Iraq was very far off.

At the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, Ware and co-director Bill Guttentag spoke with Mark Danner about the film.


September 01, 2015

The New York Review: A Fifty Year Argument

Appearance at the American Library Association Convention, Moscone Center, San Francisco. 

June 28, 2015

The Secret State: The Rise of National Surveillance and the Conflict Between Freedom and Security -- Bay Area Book Festival Panel

The Secret State: The Rise of National Surveillance and the Conflict Between Freedom and Security

Mark Danner, Karen Paget, Robert Scheer, Edward Wasserman
Bay Area Book Festival 
Brower Center, Goldman Theater, Berkeley, CA
June 7, 2015

June 07, 2015

Transforming Terror: A Bay Area Book Festival Panel

Transforming Terror 

Mark Danner, Claudia Bernardi, Rebecca Solnit, Susan Griffin
Bay Area Book Festival
Brower Center, Kinzie Conference Room, Berkeley, CA
June 6, 2015

June 06, 2015

Your Call: Democracy vs National Security

Mark Danner and Carlotta Gall discuss coverage of "the USA Freedom Act" limiting the NSA's domestic surveillance powers, and the declassified interviews with a former Guantanamo Bay detainee on KALW's Your Call.

June 05, 2015

Oakland Book Festival: Fiction and War

Panel discussion with Mark Danner and fiction writers Anthony Marra and Nayomi Munaweera as part of the first annual Oakland Book Festival at Oakland City Hall. 

May 31, 2015

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