Rational Security, Episode #153: The “Mansplaining” Edition

Bob Mueller indicts a slew of Russians who interfered in the 2016 election. Can the president distinguish between the national interest and his own? And the school shooting in Florida brings students to the frontline of the gun control debate.

When Ben says we’re f—ked, you know it’s bad.

Shane wonders if Jared Kushner will lose his interim security clearance.

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Rational Security, Episode #151: The “I Love a Parade” Edition

Is the intelligence oversight process as we know it dead? We delve into the education of Kim Jong Un. And FBI emails show that the White House misled the public about the reaction to Jim Comey’s firing.

The gang shares one object lesson of joy, on Susan’s behalf.

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Rational Security, Episode #150: The “State of the #Memo” Edition

Major developments in the Russia probe as House Republicans move to declassify a mysterious memo and the FBI’s No. 2 steps down. A new article reveals the inner workings of the Israeli spy machine. And smart watches are giving away US forces’ locations—while they’re jogging.

Shane recommends Ronen Bergman’s new book on Israeli intelligence.

Tamara says, #ImWithVictor.

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Rational Security, Episode #149: The “Did You Vote For Us” Edition

FBI Director Christopher Wray resists administration pressure to clean house at the bureau. Bob Mueller’s Russia probe interviews Jeff Sessions and talks to Jim Comey. And Rex Tillerson presents a new U.S. strategy in Syria.

Tamara enlightens us about camel beauty.

Shane recommends a new Western.

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Rational Security, Episode #148: The “Are You Suuure” Edition

Hawaii authorities mistakenly warn citizens they’re about to be hit by a ballistic missile. The FBI warned Jared Kushner about his relationship with a prominent Chinese-American. And updates on L’Affaire Russe.

Tamara goes old school with a report on Russia.

Ben updates us on the Rational Security dating service.

Shane wants you to hear—and see—Sophia Yan live in concert.

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Rational Security, Episode #140: The “DMs on the DL” Edition

The FBI is investigating an alleged kidnapping scheme involving ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Donald Trump Jr. was in direct contact with Wikileaks during the 2016 campaign. And author and scholar Yascha Mounk breaks down the breakdown in democracy.

Ben has your holiday gift wrapping needs covered.

Yascha joins the Baby Cannon Society.

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Rational Security, Episode #138: The “Million Dollars in Rugs” Edition

Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveils the first indictments in his sprawling investigation, and a surprise plea agreement. We’ll talk about the significance of his moves and where the investigation might be heading next. Plus, New York experiences the deadliest act of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks.

Shane has hired new security guards.

Is Susan wearing a wire?

Ben adds some new cannons to the family.

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Rational Security, Episode #124: The “Wray of Sunshine” Edition

The Senate questions FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray. Democrats file suit against the Trump campaign over leaked emails. And the UAE is reportedly behind a cyber attack that led to upheaval in the Gulf region.

Shane is traveling through the mists of time.

Ben is still waiting to hear from Vladimir Putin.

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Rational Security, Episode #119: “The Door by the Grandfather Clock” Edition

It’s been a huge two days for news on the Trump/Russia/Comey front. We’ll round it up. There’s a new crisis in the Persian Gulf. And just when you thought it was safe to go back to the polls, there are new revelations of Russia targeting the elections system.

Ben notes that Trump nominated a new FBI director. Who knew!

And the gang thanks our many loyal listeners for their boozy generosity.

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Rational Security, Episode #115: The “Obi-Wan Comey” Edition

Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey. The gang shares their reactions. Then, we’ll dig into Rod Rosenstein’s role in Comey’s sudden departure. Finally, what does his dismissal mean for the future of the Russia investigation and the FBI?

Shane is stocking up for end times.

Susan is looking up.

Ben has another advanced degree.

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