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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

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

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September 04, 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

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 baybookfest.org 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

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

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.

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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

Nuruddin Farah in conversation with Mark Danner

From Bard's Human Rights Project website, "Nuruddin Farah is an internationally renown novelist and essayist, who has been exiled from his home country of Somalia since the 1970s. He has written 12 novels which have been translated into over twenty languages (and counting), dozens of short stories, and  countless essays and opinion pieces for publications all over the world. Nuruddin Farah has been on the faculty at Bard College as Distinguished Professor of Literature since the fall of 2013. This episode originally aired on Robin Hood Radio on Friday, January 23rd, 2015."

January 23, 2015

KPFK: Background Briefing with Ian Masters

Mark Danner discusses the creation of the Islamic State with KPFK's Ian Masters on Background Briefing With Ian Masters. 

December 14, 2014

Hiding in Plain Sight: An Evening with Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner

Nurrudin Farah will read from his new book, Hiding in Plain Sight, followed by a conversation with Mark Danner at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. 

November 17, 2014

MacArthur Fellows Forum: Terror, Torture, Drones: Taking Stock of the Forever War

Mark Danner delivers "Terror, Torture, Drones" at the annual MacArthur Fellows conference in Chicago.

October 24, 2014

As Iraq Unravels the Neocons are Revived

Mark Danner on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, June 22nd 2014.

June 22, 2014

Wars, Terror and the Limits of Reportage

Mark Danner spoke at the Warsaw Book Fair on May 24, 2014, Warsaw, Poland.

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May 24, 2014

Dialogue on Reporting and El Mozote

A dialogue on reporting and El Mozote with Agnieszka Wojcinska in Warsaw, Poland. 

May, 2014. 

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May 24, 2014

Mark Danner discusses El Mozote with Students in Warsaw.

Mark Danner discusses El Mozote and the career of a journalist with student, Alice Deneka in Warsaw, Poland. 

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May 22, 2014

After the Wars of Terror: The US 'Light Footprint' in the Post-9/11 World

Lecture: "After the Wars of Terror: The US 'Light Footprint' in the Post-9/11 World," Smolny Institute, St Petersburg, Russia. Introduced by Artemy Magun, Professor of Democratic Theory. 

May 16, 2014

Mark Danner on Oppenheimer's 'The Act of Killing'

Mark Danner discusses Joshua Oppenheimer's 'The Act of Killing' documentary at the Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley. 

April 15, 2014

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

"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

"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




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