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Fareed sits down in a special in-person interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan. They discuss solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the King’s visit with President Biden, turmoil within the Jordanian royal family, and much more. Then, Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC director, and Devi Sridhar, Professor of Public Health at the University of …
 
As the U.S. finalizes its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of involvement in the country, Fareed talks to former Commander of U.S. Central Command and former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus about how the U.S. may regret the decision to pull out in a “hasty way.” Then, Ada Ferrer, Professor of History at NYU, explains why it is stil…
 
In this episode, Matt sits down to answer 30+ questions submitted by you guys via Instagram! Time Stamps 0:00-0:33 - Intro 0:33-3:52 - Benefits of Journaling? 3:52-6:02 - Biggest Learning Experience? 6:02-8:56 - D3 College Athletes to Pro Level? 8:56-11:36 - Improving Decision Making Alone? 11:36-14:05 - Europeans + U.S. Universities? 14:05-16:03 -…
 
Fareed sits down with the renowned astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the science behind the billionaire race to space and contextualizes this moment in the history of human space exploration. Then, CNN’s space and defense correspondent, Kristin Fisher, whose parents were both astronauts, explains the political dynamics betwee…
 
In this episode, Matt sits down with FC Tulsa teammate, Kembo Kibato to discuss his career. Kembo, a Toronto native, was a part of the Toronto FC Academy set-up before signing his first pro contract abroad in Denmark at just 18 years old. Although Kembo is young his story is full of highs, lows, and plenty of lessons. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the…
 
As the United States celebrates the fourth of July, Fareed brings on an array of experts to examine the state of the country right now. To discuss how history will view this moment in American political life Fareed hosts a panel discussion with two Pulitzer-prize winning historians, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham. Then, after a turbulent year…
 
In this episode, Matt sits down with FC Tulsa teammate, Raphael Ayagwa to talk about his path from Gboko, Nigeria to the Nigerian Professional Football League and then to first division European Football. It's a fantastic story filled with highs and lows. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the podcast!…
 
On Thursday, the Chinese Communist Party will celebrate its 100-year anniversary and Beijing is commemorating with festivities all over the country. Fareed hosts Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow for China studies at the Council for Foreign Relations, Rana Mitter, professor of modern China at Oxford, and Jiayang Fan, a staff writer for The New Yorke…
 
President Biden and President Putin met for the first time this week in Geneva and Fareed asks Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, about the state of U.S.-Russian relations and how cyberattacks are impacting the relationship. A low turnout election in Iran has secured a presidential win for hardliner Ebra…
 
Biden brought America “back to the table” of the world stage this week on his first trip abroad as President. Fareed talks to The Economist’s editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, and Ben Rhodes, former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor, about Biden’s plan to rally the world’s leading democracies. A new day dawns on Israel as Benjamin Netanyah…
 
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks to Fareed about why international cooperation is key to ending the pandemic and how Western democracies should handle their relationships with China and Russia. Then, Anshel Pfeffer, the Israel correspondent for The Economist, and Israeli journalist Lucy Aharish explain what can happen if the new Isr…
 
As Israeli politicians are in tasks to form a coalition that may oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Fareed talk to the New York Times’ Tom Friedman about what that would mean – for Israel, for Palestinians, and for the 2-state solution. Then he speaks to The Atlantic's Anne Applebaum and Belarusian reporter Hanna Liubakova about Belarus's "sta…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Matt sits down with veteran, Kevin Garcia to discuss his prolific professional career. Without spoiling anything, Kevin played D1 college soccer, has professional played in multiple European countries at the pro level, the MLS, and now plays for FC Tulsa in the USL Championship. This is a long podcast as we discuss K…
 
Airdate May 16, 2021: Fareed speaks to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about the American diplomatic plan for Israel and Gaza, the future of the Iran Nuclear deal, and what he said when he met this week with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Lavrov. Then, a panel discussing the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Peter B…
 
Airdate May 16, 2021: Fareed speaks to CNN's Nic Robertson in Israel about what it's like on the ground. Then former U.S. special envoy to Israel and Palestine, Martin Indyk, and modern Arab studies Professor Rashid Khalidi discuss how the combatants got here and where the conflict will go next. Then international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney a…
 
Airdate May 9, 2021: Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates talks about Biden’s pressing foreign policy issues – from the prospect of a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan to China’s brinksmanship in Taiwan. Then, the Lancet says India may suffer 1 million COVID deaths by August 1st; Fareed talks to public health expert Devi Sridhar on how bad it will get …
 
In this episode of the Against All Odds Podcast, Matt sits down with FC Tulsa Teammate, Ciaran Winters to discuss his journey from an MLS Academy to the professional level. Ciaran is the youngest player signed to a professional contract on FC Tulsa at just 19 years old and skipped out on the college route to become a pro directly out of high school…
 
Airdate May 2, 2021: Ten years after the death of Osama bin Laden, Fareed examines how political and militant Islam may have lost its allure. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grades Biden's first 100 days in office, outlines the most effective way to proceed with politics in DC, examines the complex relationship between the U.S. and Russia…
 
In this podcast episode, Matt sits down with FC Tulsa teammate, Leo Folla, to talk about his journey to the professional level. Leo's story is full of incredible insight to the perseverance required to make it in today's game. He goes in-depth about his decision to leave two universities, struggles of free agency, the financial reality of most rook…
 
Airdate April 18, 2021: Fareed offers his Take on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause and the damage it may have done. Then, Vladimir Putin warned the West this week not to cross Russia’s “red line”. What does that mean? And what to make of the massive build-up of Russia troops on its border with Ukraine? Fareed talks to Radek Sikorsky, the former …
 
In this podcast, Matt sits down with previous Tulsa Roughnecks' teammates, DJ Dean and Anthony Legendre to ask them a variety of different questions ranging from football related questions about how they got their first agent to questions about their favorite dish of all time. This is definitely a more light-hearted episode, but still some great va…
 
Airdate April 18, 2021: After the Biden administration said this week it's pulling out of Afghanistan, Fareed has an exclusive interview with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, on what the U.S. withdrawal means for his country and its citizens. Then, former Trump national security advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster critiques the Biden decision on …
 
In this week's Against All Odds Podcast, Matt Sheldon sits down with FC Tulsa teammate, Eric Bird to chat about his journey as a professional footballer. Eric has an amazing story of highs and lows from winning the NCAA Tournament to suffering some devastating injuries to then making his debut in the MLS. Sit down, relax, and listen to Eric Bird's …
 
Airdate April 11, 2021: Trump slashed corporate tax rates in his tenure as president. Biden has taken haste to undo that, securing funding for his new American jobs plan. Fareed talks to Wally Adeyemo, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. And, the Iran deal - can the U.S. and Iran resume talks? Should they? Fareed has a great debate with an all-s…
 
Airdate April 4, 2021: Before hitting his 100-day mark, Pres. Biden has passed a $2T COVID relief bill and proposed a $2T infrastructure and jobs package. Some have already begun putting him in the pantheon with FDR & LBJ. Are those comparisons apt? Fareed asks historians, Jon Meacham and Niall Ferguson. Then, the WHO's latest report saw no evidenc…
 
In today's Against All Odds Podcast, Matt sits down with FC Tulsa teammate, Jerome Kiesewetter, to talk about his journey as a professional footballer. Jerome was born in Berlin, Germany and played for multiple teams in both the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga before making his way to America where he has played for various MLS and USL clubs. Sit back…
 
In this episode of the Against All Odds Podcast, Matt sits down alone and answers some questions submitted by you guys from Instagram! The topics range from everything from productivity tips for student-athletes, girlfriends, where I find drills, what my diet looked like in high school, advice for players who currently are not starters, and so much…
 
Airdate March 21, 2021: Fareed offers his Take on America’s already bloated defense budget and why the administration may use China to justify asking for even more money. Then, he talks to an all-star panel about President Biden affirming he thinks Putin is a “killer” and the un-diplomatic start of Secretary of State Blinken’s talks with his Chines…
 
Michael Cunningham of 7mlc is in Tulsa! In this episode of the Against All Odds Podcast, Matt sits down with Michael Cunningham to talk about a variety of topics ranging from why Michael is in Tulsa in the first place, Michael's goals for his career, and his strengths and weaknesses. This is one of the biggest guests we've ever had on the podcast a…
 
The Against All Odds Podcast is BACK! After a "brief" year long hiatus over the Covid-19 Pandemic, Matt and Mimi return to the mics to host the first podcast of 2021. In this introductory episode, they cover their move to Tulsa, their new apartment, the reality of living as a professional footballer constantly on the move and what that means for th…
 
Airdate March 14, 2021: Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was signed into law Friday. So, will the plan deliver on its promises? Paul Krugman and Larry Summers debate the bill's size and its long-term consequences. Then, what you need to know about the Quad after Biden’s meeting with leaders from India, Australia and Japan on Friday. The b…
 
Former Google chief Eric Schmidt makes the case for the U.S. to massively invest in artificial intelligence technology in order to keep up with China's fast advancements. As Italy blocks a shipment of vaccine from going to Australia, Zanny Milton Beddoes discusses the problems with the European Union's slow vaccine rollout and how it is affecting p…
 
Airdate February 28, 2021: After a U.S. intelligence report stated that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the killing of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, what, if any, will be the consequences for the de facto ruler of Saudia Arabia? And how is Biden’s broader Middle East strategy shaping up? Fareed talks to a pa…
 
Airdate February 21, 2021: President Biden says, "America is back." But is it? Fareed speaks to an all-star panel about Biden foreign policy. Then, a Texas-sized catastrophe caused by winter weather. Is the world prepared for the ever more severe weather being churned up by climate change? Texas-based climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe tells Fareed…
 
Airdate February 14, 2021: Trump's second impeachment trial culminated in another acquittal. The former President's critics say it is further evidence that America's democracy is broken. So, what can be done to put it back together and make it stronger? David Frum and Anne Applebaum discuss with Fareed. Then, how far we've come and how far have we …
 
Airdate February 7, 2021: First, Iran. Can the nuclear deal be salvaged? Is Iran willing to re-negotiate? Fareed talks to Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Then, Fareed speaks to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai about great power competition, China's treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, the origins of Covid-19, and China's increasing assertiveness to…
 
Airdate January 31, 2021: Fareed gives his take on the dangers of vaccine nationalism and what it could mean for world's recovery from Covid-19. Then, for the second weekend in a row Russians heeded the rallying cry of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny. Demonstrations against Putin were planned in over 120 cities across the country. Will Russia's gover…
 
Airdate January 24, 2021: President Biden swiftly took action to move away from many of the policies of the last 4 years. What is the reaction from U.S. allies and competitors? Fareed gets perspectives from the UK, China, Germany and Mexico. Then, as Covid cases worldwide approach 100-million, new variants have cropped up, and vaccine rollouts are …
 
Airdate January 17, 2021: Washington is on high alert and under heavy guard after last week's attack on the capitol. And now the House has impeached Pres. Trump for a second time, will the Senate convict? Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Fareed discuss safety, security and moving America forward. Then, with a flurry of last-min…
 
Airdate January 10, 2021: Insurrection in America as a pro-Trump mob storms the U.S. Capitol. How does the U.S. move forward from here? Is impeachment the answer? How will this change the world's view of America? Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Fareed discuss. Then, Anne Applebaum and Ezra Klein discuss how the lure of authoritarianism a…
 
Airdate January 3, 2021: Fareed talks to incoming National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan about the global challenges the Biden administration will face. Are the U.S. and China entering a cold war? Can the President-elect revive the Iran nuclear deal? What will his policies toward Russia and the Middle East be? And what kind of cooperation is team …
 
Airdate December 20, 2020: David Sanger describes the recent hack on U.S. government agencies as the biggest national intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor. All fingers point to Russia as the perpetrator. Just how severe is this intrusion? Fareed and Sanger discuss. And, what should the U.S. response be? Former National Security Advisor Tom Donil…
 
Airdate December 13, 2020: The light at the end of the Covid tunnel - the first vaccines were administered in the U.K., and in the U.S. they're making their way around the country. Founder and Chairman of Moderna, Noubar Afeyan, talks to Fareed about his revolutionary vaccines and how they got from concept to ready-for-authorization so quickly. And…
 
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