What is exceptionally good about this podcast is itâs thoughtful questions and the rather refreshing ability to wait for an answer instead of all the interruptions that we have been so used to from many other shows. It sets you apart
Medhi Hasan appears the be the only journalist left who understands the actual job. His interviews are a master class in journalism. This podcast is a refuge for anyone whoâs despaired that most people have lost their minds and journalists have forgotten how to ask meaningful questions.
Mehdi Hassan interviews important people and asks relevant questions. He is being internationally praised for his Erik Prince interview, but he is equally probing with all his guests. I always learn something new when listening to Deconstructed.
The Intercept continues to impress with their high quality podcasts! Mehdi Hasan is a great journalist.
Hassan is a brilliant interviewer. His guests are always at the forefront of current events and cut through the BS, shedding light directly on the issues. The perspectives and expertise invaluable if you care about US national and global politics.
I hope other members of the US press are paying attention to what Hasan is doing. He holds the powerful accountable in a fierce and fair manner that stands as an object lesson in how to do high quality journalism.
A compelling and well-researched voice against the systems of capitalism, militarism, and xenophobia that surround us. Great source of credible information that you wonât get from corporately owned US media. Thank you Medhi and team
Two reasons this is among the top podcasts: the quality of the guests Mr Hasan brings to the show, and the informed intelligence of his interviewing. He challenges everyone to go beyond the formulaic soundbites, and refused to speakers to excuse themselves. I wait eagerly for each podcast, and only wish he would go to a one-hour format.
I am a huge fan of Deconstructed. It is one of the best Podcasts out there. Period. And especially for politics. I appreciate the choice of guests and the unflinching questions asked of those guests.
Absolutely one of the best and straightforward podcasts on all things political. Interviews that move at a pace that you donât hear elsewhere. He should teach a master class on how to interview. His interviews with the current freshman class in Congress is especially insightful.
We need this kind of honest journalism in this world. Well done
What a great episode. Thanks! I really appreciated to hear her.
I enjoy your podcasts. It's very interesting from beginning to end never boring. Keep up the amazing work. Much love from Kuwait
I look forward to this podcast every week. I especially like how Mehdi pushes back in interviews and asks difficult questions
Mehdi does an incredible job of not only selecting critical topics/ideas to discuss, but also conduces the content into strong sources and sound bites that represent multiple perspectives and the available evidence. It's easily one of my favorite news podcasts, and probably in general.
You are doing a great job. Keep it up.
I LOVE everything Mehdi Hasan does. So I was so glad to accidentally find this podcast last week. Iâve been working in Afghanistan for over decade and I want ask Mehdi to consider doing a show that compares freedom of speech and election fraud between Afghanistan and the US. I bet the findings will be quite informative and entertaining to the audience.
I look forward every week to listening to this podcast. I just wish it could be longer than half hour.
This podcast and Whatâs Happening with Chris Hayes are the two best news sources I know.
Thanks to the intercept and Mr. Hassan for all you do. Get in there and get to the heart of the issues. We need this more than ever
Mehdi is not for everyone, as his many corrupt interviewees whom he valiantly exposes with his aggressive truth-digging can attest to. I admire his formidable tactics and his unapologetic tirades against the evil doers of the world. I listen to this podcast for the truth. However, if you want to listen to more long form interviews and hear what experts have to say in their complete philosophy, then Iâd point you towards Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill or This is Hell with Chuck Mertz. Thank you for doing the hard journalistic work!
Good guests... more interested in incendiary posturing than in informing. Watch The Weeds or anything else from Vox if youâre interested in actually learning something.
Dear Podcaster: I have enjoyed this show in the past but todayâs interview with showed a side of mr Hasan that I found distasteful. He plowed through every response given by the ( woman) author researcherâ interrupting injudiciously deriding her researchâ her finding and dismissing her views before she had a chance to state them, it was unpleasant to listen to and it muddied the issues â issues that are important and which deserve critical, respectful attention.Most unfortunate,
Keep up the honest work Mehdi! I love the way you break down the facts.
Keep it up Mehdi
Intelligent and articulate. Iâll be subscribingð
I heard about this podcast as it was advertised on the History on Fire podcast. It was billed as objective and unbiased reporting of weekly events, with analysis and dissection of the issues. I travel a extensively (not in luxury resorts) have friends of many nationalities and religions, including Muslim, educated (Masters Degree} and come from working class 5th generation immigrants, including many war veterans. I consider myself a proponent of neither political party but have far to much real life experience to fit in with our east coast/west coast âliberal elite.â What a disappointment! If I want to listen to this type of journalism I can simply turn on network news or subscribe to any of the standard news magazines.
I love this podcast. I started to listen when I saw Mr Hasan on TV. I would like to understand the back story with how Turkey fits into the US-Israel-Saudi A-Iran? Secondly, wouldnât the region be better off if people of Iran overthrowing the Mullahs and become a democratic state? If so, isnât putting economic pressure on Iran help us reach that goal?
Iâve followed Mehdiâs work since his Guardian days. Deconstructed is a strong series of podcasts with interesting guests. Iâd likey a longer format with more time for guests to speak at length, but I enjoy Mehdiâs quick pace and wit.
Very well done podcast. Mehdi Hasan is great and he brings interesting guests to the show.
Iâve been a regular listener since the beginning of this brilliant podcast. I have learned so much!! I rely on shows like this for my sanity. Thank you to Mehdi and his team canât wait for the next season.
Short, sweet and has tons of information. Host talks over his guests way too much. He literally canât let anyone have the floor for longer than 15 seconds. Still a quality pod for current events.
Stayed for the quick and thoughtful takes. This is my **favorite** podcast.
Medhi brings a brave and intelligent perspective to our fractured universe of information analysis
My first Deconstructed was the interview with Edward Snowden. It was such a pleasure to listen to this fact-paced, well-produced podcast. Ed could easily go toe-to-toe with the prepared and intellectually curious Hasan. That's not as true with other interview subjects who seem dismayed at being talked over and interrupted. Two people talking at once snarls the message. Mehdi, take a breath and let your quick brain listen to your guests before charging in!
Love it! Keep it up Medhi!
Just more superficial analysis. Same as anything youâd hear on msnbc. Why would you listen to this when there are intelligent pods doing rigorous analysis?
Just found this podcast n am hooked. Very deep analysis n thought provoking.
You didnât get Grayâs point. You show a less than nuanced perspective of racism. Racism was borne of slavery and capitalism. You cannot tease them apart. Grayâs point wasnât that race isnât a factor, but that the debate itself created a binary that confuses and distracts from what we should focus on. You trying to resolve the race vs class debate with the answer of race is like asking - do you think it was the symptom (that became its own disease) or the original disease? Also the point of the dialectic is to move beyond a versus and have a layered perspective. Gray attempted to engage the dialectic, but you reduced and simplified by shouting her down.
Love the podcast. But as other listeners have stated definitely need to let the guest finish her arguments. She also definitely was right as Trump did run on a more populist ideas before winning the election
Look forward to this podcast every week! I always learn something. I would agree with some other reviewers that the host should not interrupt the guests so much. He does have great questions and perspective and enthusiasm!
This podcast is usually excellent, but Mehdi Hasan acted as an extremely rude host to his guest Briahna Joy Gray in the Nov. 1, 2018 episode. He refused to listen to what she was saying, and constantly talked over her to tell her why she was wrong. If he had been listening, he would have realized that she was talking about what the Democrats need to do to win in 2018 and 2020, while he was totally focused on naming racism as the primary reason for Trump's win in 2016. She was looking at the future; he was wallowing in the past.
I liked this podcast until I realized that every time there is a woman guest on the show all Mehdi does is interrupt them over and over again. Itâs infuriating and disrespectful. I had to stop listening in the middle of an episode because it was so blatant. Iâm unsubscribing because I canât bear to listen to Mehdi shouting over women any longer.
I thought Iâd check out this podcast after listening to Mehdi on Pod Save the World where I really appreciated his insights on US policy in the Middle East. I was very excited to see a new episode in the intersection of race and class in the upcoming midterms. Unfortunately, despite the interesting subject and informative guests, I could not help but be disappointed in the way the female guest was treatedâ constantly interrupted while making reasonable points and small condescending asides about her opinions. These issues are complex and intertwined and the effort to find one ârightâ answer as if there is one is infuriating.
First of all, I love the podcast and I appreciate the perspective you bring. I am troubled by how much you interrupted and talked over Brianna Joy Gray during the Race v. Class episode. Let the woman finish a sentence before you counter her point. And if you canât contain your condescending laughter, use the cough button.
Yikes. I had to turn off the interview after 10 minutes because while the information being discussed was super interesting, you let interrupting your guests so I missed whole sections!
First, I really love this podcast and listen raptly and learn so much from every episode. One critique: the episode âRace or Classâ featured two very intelligent and informative guests who could have had a wonderful discourse on their differing and thoughtful opinions. Sadly, Menhdiâs shouting every time Brianna Joy Gray tried to talk was thoroughly annoying and frustrating. He didnât do the same when John Sides spoke. Mehdiâs delivery came across as anxious, took away from the discussion, and frankly seemed pretty sexist. Iâll keep an open mind for future episodes.
Great source of information to build my view and stance politically. First episode is a banger with Bernie. As well as, heâs an incredible guest on the 45th, another wonderful podcast done by incredibly educated passionate people working for our political process, and our rights. Itâs a wonder how my favorite source of information comes from people my country persecutes most. ð¤ð³ð ð¡ð¤¬
A break from friendly conversations between political adversaries (and even, at times, allies). I listen to every episode. At least once.
Mehdi Hasan combines quality interviewing (of both mainstream and otherwise marginalized figures) with timely editorializing to provide a refreshingly realistic take on the political moment and how it fits into the overall history of US imperialism.