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Ben Caspit, an Israel correspondent for Al-Monitor, brings you weekly interviews with newsmakers and officials to discuss the latest news in Israel. Ben is no stranger to broadcast, hosting a daily radio show from Tel Aviv and frequently appearing on television and radio programs. Caspit is one of Israel’s most in-demand journalists and his columns – deeply sourced and vividly written -- are must reads for his take on the latest political developments. His most recent book is The Netanyahu Y ...
 
Each week Andrew Parasiliti, president of the award-winning news site Al-Monitor, and Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor’s Senior Correspondent, interview newsmakers, journalists and thought leaders from the US and Middle East about the latest news and trends in the region. Andrew has been writing about, and traveling in, the Middle East for over three decades, meeting and interviewing the region’s top political and civil society leaders. Since obtaining his PH.D from Johns Hopkins University, he has ...
 
On “Reading the Middle East with Gilles Kepel,” the latest Al-Monitor podcast, renowned French scholar Gilles Kepel interviews the ground-breaking authors and thought leaders who are both shaping and explaining the complex trends in the Middle East and Islamic world. Kepel, one of Europe's leading experts on Islamism, the Middle East and North Africa, is a professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Paris (Sciences Po). His numerous books — which include "Jihad: The Trail of Political I ...
 
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Want to hear some extraordinary stories of resilience and humanity? Tired of political debates that ignore the lived experiences of refugees? Tune in to Seeking Refuge for the human stories of refugees and those working to protect them. Seeking Refuge was started by a group of students at the University of South Carolina who want to depoliticize the narrative around the refugee crisis. We focus on bringing you stories from refugees themselves and those on the frontlines of the crisis, giving ...
 
The primary goal of Data Transformers podcast is to accelerate digital transformation by bridging the gap between business goals and technology initiatives using Data as glue. Visit https://datatransformerspodcast.com for more details. With the rapid advancement of technologies such as AI, ML, IOT, Cloud computing et al and the explosion of data that these technologies rely on, it is absolutely important to manage the data in intelligent and efficient ways. We’d like to enable that by interv ...
 
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Michael Kofman, director of the CNA Russia research program, explains how Russia approaches the Iran nuclear talks; why Moscow considers Syria a remarkable and cheap success; whether Turkey and Russia can manage differences in Ukraine and elsewhere; and why Belarus and Ukraine remain key flashpoints in US-Russia relations. See Privacy Policy at htt…
 
Ben Caspit speaks this week with Yonatan Adiri, a leading Israeli digital healthcare entrepreneur. Adiri, a former adviser of late President Shimon Peres, explains that most of Israel’s startup leadership is avantgarde, pushing forward visions for the next internet wave. "Companies like Wix or Fiverr or Mymed, and so many other across biotech, acro…
 
This is a special release of the 2-part Rothschild series from the How to Take Over the World podcast with Ben Wilson. Description - How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all time in less than 50 years? Listen to how they reach their zenith, and what has happened …
 
This is a special release of the 2-part Rothschild series from the How to Take Over the World podcast with Ben Wilson. Description - How did the Rothschilds go from a poor family inhabiting a part-share of a home in a Jewish ghetto to the richest family of all time in less than 50 years? Listen to how their story begins on How to Take Over the Worl…
 
On this special Thanksgiving episode, Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) share their favorite products they are using, apps they have downloaded, and media they are consuming. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want more insights like MFM? Check out Shaan's newsle…
 
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) discuss Shaan's recent trip to Disneyland and talk about a number of business ideas that involve unbundling Disney. They also talk about PFP NFT projects, why CNN is just like the WWE, YouTube creator camps, and much more. At the end of the episode, they pick six $1,000 winners from the recent review…
 
Amberin Zaman, senior correspondent for Al-Monitor, discusses her reporting from northeastern Syria, including the devastating effect of the worst drought in seven decades; why SDF leader Mazloum Kobane doesn’t expect a Turkish attack, but is disappointed by US policy on Syria; how increasing tensions between Turkey and Russia over Ukraine could im…
 
Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) talk about what an early adopter mindset is and how to adopt it, the ConstitutionDAO and whether it's a good idea, how Gary Vaynerchuk used NFTs to create the greatest preorder of all time, why you should use your Twitter bio to put yourself out there, and more. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to se…
 
Welcome to our Health Care Episode! Today, we'll be discussing how the separation millions of refugee children experience growing up can impact them in the future. Dr. Mary Ellen Warren is a Psychiatrist specializing in early childhood and infant mental health as well as a Professor! This semester, one of our hosts, Esha, has gotten the privilege t…
 
Ben Caspit speaks this week with Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg. The minister explains that while Israel is a small country in terms of population and its contribution to global pollution, it is also very fragile in terms of the effects of climate change such as bush fires and floods. The latter are expected to increase heavily in…
 
Jim Jeffrey former US ambassador to Turkey and Iraq and the Trump Administration’s top Syria envoy has been sharply criticized for his alleged role in greenlighting Turkey’s 2019 invasion of northeast Syria which displaced hundreds of thousands of people and led to horrific rights abuses by Turkish backed opposition rebels. Jeffrey has unique insig…
 
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about the recent Barstool sports drama and how to react to getting canceled, Billy of the Week Bryan Johnson and his extreme body monitoring, the future of apparel retail and automated drive-throughs, and more. They also play a special game called "How much do you think Pomp is worth?" and discu…
 
Dr. Andrew Huberman, Professor and Neuroscientist at Stanford University and host of the Huberman Lab podcast, joins MFM hosts Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) to talk about how he's been able to create a top 10 podcast in less than a year, his morning routine, the diet and fitness trends where he calls BS, and much more. _____ * Do…
 
Today we continue talking with the staff at the Anne Frank Center in Columbia, SC. Dr. Doyle Stevick is the executive director of the AFC and a professor in the Education department at the University of South Carolina. We talk the creation and development of the center, the systemic forces that forced the Franks into hiding, and how Anne's legacy a…
 
Ben Caspit speaks this week with Lt. Col. (res.) Peter Lerner, the former director of international media at the IDF's spokesperson’s office. Commenting on Israel’s repeated failures in the field of public diplomacy, Lerner says that “In Israel, we are very good at improvising, we are fantastic with innovation, but public accountability, responsibi…
 
Former US ambassador to Israel, assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, special assistant to President Clinton and special envoy under President Obama for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk speaks on his latest book, Master of The Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy, which is based on hours of conversat…
 
MFM hosts Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about how to get the most out of any event you attend, keto nutrition businesses that have been crushing it, and even brainstorm the creation of MFM's latest spinoff project: Southern Sam's Sticky Icky. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to…
 
MFM hosts Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) talk about the Metaverse and what everyone is getting wrong about it, the billion-dollar investment group that no one knows about, companies that are able to achieve viral growth without marketing, and much more. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscri…
 
Noor Sweid, General Partner at Global Ventures, discusses how the Middle East and North Africa region has become a global tech and innovation hub; why a young MENA population will continue to drive and demand change, including for clean energy technologies; how MENA benefits and learns from trends in the Global South, Asia and the West ; and more! …
 
Ben Caspit hosts this week on his podcast David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Commenting on recent signs of tensions between Washington and Jerusalem on the Palestinian issue and other topics, Makovsky says that “We have a situation where both President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naft…
 
Al-Monitor columnist Ben Caspit explains why the Israeli budget vote this week; whether Netanyahu still has a chance at a comeback; why another Gaza war is a matter of when, not if; and why Israeli leaders are worried and disappointed by the US approach to Iran. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https:…
 
MFM hosts Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) talk about the power of intensity, billionaire of the week Michael Rubin, how they respond when people pitch them ideas, and much more. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want more insights like MFM? Check out Shaan's n…
 
Businesses need leaders who are skilled not just in business but entrepreneurial and technology areas with a bent to bring economic as well as social well being. That is the mission of Dean Ian Williamson of Paul Merage School of Business at University of California at Irvine. Dean Williamson is passionate about building talent pipelines that are n…
 
Nader Al-Naji (@nadertheory) joins Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) to discuss the future of social media on the blockchain, why social network users should have their own coin, and much more. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want more insights like MFM? Check…
 
Today we talk with Diana Serhal, a graduate assistant for the Anne Frank Center (AFC) at the University of South Carolina. Diana worked at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and moved to Columbia, SC, to develop the AFC here. We discuss Anne's life, the Franks' journey as refugees, and the power of an individual story to communicate important histor…
 
Ben Caspit speaks this week with Geneva Initiative-Israel Director General Gadi Baltiansky. Commenting on the recent decision by Israeli authorities to advance construction of homes in West Bank settlements, Baltiansky says that "the Americans don’t want a confrontation with the Israeli government, and vice-versa. The US administration still senses…
 
Ariel Helwani (@ArielHelwani) joins Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) and Sam Parr (@theSamParr) to discuss why he decided to leave ESPN to go independent, how he structures his business, how he decided to do MMA, why niches get riches, the power of leaning into controversy, and much more. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? …
 
In this news brief, we break down why so many Haitians are seeking asylum in the US and in other Latin American countries. Political turmoil, natural disasters, and lack of security in the country have led thousands to flee across dangerous paths in search of safety. The Washington Post article about Nathaniel Dennison's journey across the Darién G…
 
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) discuss Sam’s recent trip to a federal prison and what he learned there, whether startup cities are the wave of the future, why more people should test out big purchases, and much more. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube channel. * Want mor…
 
Al-Monitor columnist Daoud Kuttab says that Jerusalem and settlements remain the big issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; why Hamas is gaining in popularity; how Palestinian President Mahmoud is managed the consequences of the Abraham Accords and thinking about his legacy and succession; and why we may see more Palestinian protests in the co…
 
Ben Caspit hosts this week Alon Ben David, the senior military analyst for Channel 13 news. Ben David says that "in 2012 Israel abandoned practicing and preparing for a viable military option [to attack Iran]. Netanyahu was responding to requests made by the American administration at the time. Now the Israeli army is back to doing what it should h…
 
Ramon Van Meer (@RamonVanMeer) joins Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) to discuss why he prefers to buy businesses rather than build them, his best tools for new business research, how to make sure you’re not buying a lemon, learning to code in a week, and much more. _____ * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtub…
 
US Turkish relations remain on life support with Turkey's refusal to relinquish Russian made S 400 missiles. Turkey could face further US sanctions if Turkish president Erdogan acts on his talk about buying more Russian equipment. Turkey analyst Alan Makovsky believes this could lead to final rupture between Turkey and the NATO alliance. See Privac…
 
Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson), Co-Founder of Tiny, joins Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) to talk about how he found joy through a four-week dopamine fast, why it can be better to make safer “cruise ship investments” rather than startup investments, how Andrew’s last appearance led him to start a D2C maternal healthy company, and m…
 
Ben Caspit talks this week to Dr. Eyal Zisser of Tel Aviv University. Zisser, an expert on Syria and Lebanon, reacts to recent incidents in Beirut, noting that while Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah is strong, he also has his own constraints and sources of weakness — particularly since not all the Shiites in Lebanon are following him.…
 
Brian Halligan (@BHalligan), founder & executive chairman (and former CEO) of HubSpot, joins Sam (@TheSamParr) and Shaan (@ShaanVP) to discuss what he learned from nearly dying in a snowmobile accident, how he took HubSpot from nothing to $1 billion in ARR, and what he learned about marketing from the Grateful Dead. He also discusses what he does d…
 
Kenneth Pollack, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses Iraq’s elections, the prospects for an agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal, and why cyber may be part of Israel’s ‘Plan B’ for Iran. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
 
Sam Parr (@theSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) discuss Brumate, the company that scaled to $20M without a single employee, how F*** You Pay Me is helping influencers discover what they’re truly worth, how to do an energy audit, and much more. --------- * Do you love MFM and want to see Sam and Shaan's smiling faces? Subscribe to our Youtube chann…
 
Ben Caspit hosts this week on his podcast Professor Eviatar Matania of Tel-Aviv University, who has played a key role in turning Israel into a world cyber power. The book he coauthored recently with Amir Rapaport, titled Cybermania, has created a stir in Israel and elsewhere. Matania explains that in this domain, Israel is a real player, not just p…
 
Today we talk with Mayor Wilmot Collins of Helena, Montana. Mayor Collins is a former Liberian refugee, and we talk about his refugee journey from Liberia, his time in the Navy, and his career pivot into Montana politics. Mayor Collins also discusses advocating for refugees and gives his thoughts on current displacement crises. You can check out Ma…
 
Ali Vaez, Iran Project Director at the International Crisis Group, discusses why the Iran nuclear talks could remain in ‘suspended animation;’ why some Iranian leaders may prefer to stick with the ‘resistance economy’ rather than pursue sanctions relief under a new nuclear deal; why the window for goodwill gestures to shake up the nuclear talks may…
 
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