July 1, 2020
Matthew Bracken is an author, historian and former US Navy SEAL, and has written a very thought-provoking, chilling article about the future of America's cities called "When the Music Stops - How Americas Cities Could Explode in Violence." In this three-part podcast series, Matt and I discuss his views about the current crisis in American culture and possible outcomes. Find more about Matt Bracken and buy his books at
June 29, 2020
Matthew Bracken is an author, historian and former US Navy SEAL, and has written a very thought-provoking, chilling article about the future of America's cities called "When the Music Stops - How Americas Cities Could Explode in Violence." In this three-part podcast series, Matt and I discuss his views about the current crisis in American culture and possible outcomes. Find more about Matt Bracken and buy his books at
June 26, 2020
Camping should the among the simplest of pleasures, but leftist over-regulation is ruining even this old-fashioned pastime. In the Desolation wilderness, "Leave No Trace" has become more of a cult ideology, a perversion from what it was originally intended to be.
June 26, 2020
How should cops react to the cowardice of city leaders unwilling to stand behind them? Congressman Clay Higgins, Diana Muller and Tim Miller discuss.
June 22, 2020
The thin blue line is bleeding out - due to the most toxic work environment for cops in decades.  This is part two of my round-table discussion with three former cops - Congressman Clay Higgins, Secret Service Agent (ret) Tim Miller, and former cop Diana Muller.
June 19, 2020
A round-table discussion with three former cops - Congressman Clay Higgins, Former Secret Service Agent Tim Miller and Diana Muller. Part 1.
June 17, 2020
If we defund and dismantle our police departments, what happens the next time terrorists attack?  We look at the Direct Action Resource Center, which has been training cops to handle terrorist event for years.
June 15, 2020
Why would anyone want to be a cop these days?  We explore this question with 30-year police veteran Mike McGrew, founder of At Ease International at
June 12, 2020
Imagine being a cop in a city where the people despise you and the city government can't wait to throw you under the bus.  That's Seattle.
June 10, 2020
A short visit to San Francisco is all it takes to see that defunding the police is a really, really bad idea.  They called it "de-policing" and now the wealthy are fleeing San Francisco, and California in droves.
June 8, 2020
All of America is blessed because of the sacrifices of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy 76 years ago.  Today's "activists" protest, loot and destroy while those men laid down their very lives to GIVE rather than take from America.  We'll explore the difference that made on today's hot zone.
June 5, 2020
Let's look at the real numbers behind police shootings of unarmed black men in America.
June 3, 2020
While America is distracted with internal conflict, Iran and Venezuela are forming an unholy alliance to do us harm.
June 1, 2020
Our enemies are taking advantage of the chaos in America to push their agenda.  On this podcast we ask:  1.  What do the rioters really want? 2. What are our enemies doing to harm us right now?
May 29, 2020
While we are distracted with the horrors of Covid-19 and racial tensions in the US, China is projecting it's power across the globe.
May 27, 2020
We successfully escaped quarantine in Panama and made it back to America.  Here is what the journey was like.
May 27, 2020
Is ISIS the worst purveyor of atrocities in Syria? Not by a long shot...
May 23, 2020
Thousands of Yezidi women were captured and enslaved by ISIS, and now that the caliphate has been destroyed, many have yet to return to their families. In this episode, we'll follow one woman as she goes back to the places where her nightmare under ISIS unfolded.
May 23, 2020
Is ISIS the biggest purveyor of misery in Syria?  Not by a long shot!
May 20, 2020
Master Sergeant Leroy Petry did eight combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and on the seventh, his heroism saved the lives of many men.  For his valorous actions, he was awarded the nation's highest award for bravery, the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Then, missing a hand, he fought to stay in the army and redeploy with his unit.  Here is his remarkable story of resilience.
May 20, 2020
The second half of our interview - interesting commentary from the US Southern border.
May 14, 2020
The first of a two-part series about the US Southern border, including an interview with Russel Johnson, a rancher who is enduring lockdown on 660,000 acres of ranchland. Poor guy.
May 13, 2020
Todd Bensman is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies. He has some very informative articles published about several thwarted terror attacks that have taken place during the COVID-19 crisis.
May 11, 2020
The Pentagon has now made public their plans to lie to the American people about Afghanistan, if perhaps by omission. We'll explore why THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW what's going on there.
May 8, 2020
China is engaged in a massive disinformation campaign to try to deflect from their culpability regarding the Coronavirus. We'll break down their tactics and show what the Administration is doing to combat it.
May 7, 2020
On Sunday 3 May, sixty insurgents mounted a doomed coup attempt in Venezuela. After a few short skirmishes with Venezuelan troops, they were all either captured of dead. In this episode I'll interview a former US Navy SEAL, Ephraim Mattos, who has first-hand information about the group involved.
May 6, 2020
Robert Spalding Explains how China is culpable for the spread of the Coronavirus.
May 4, 2020
An interview with Lt. General Robert Spalding (ret.) about his new book Stealth War - How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept.   Get the book:
May 1, 2020
How a group of former Special Operations professionals now hunts sex traffickers in the United States and how YOU can help.
April 29, 2020
If you think it could never happen to your daughter - you are wrong. Pimps and traffickers see YOUR daughter as a challenge and would like nothing more than to steal her from you and make her a slave. Jeff Tiegs explains how they do it, and what you can do to safeguard your most precious loved ones from the perverts and pushers who would do them harm.
April 27, 2020
The Guardian Group is made up of former top-level Special Operators and Intelligence professionals, who now apply their skills to saving girls out of sex trafficking in the United States. The problem is massive, and Jeff Tiegs spells it out for us in this 3-part special series.
April 24, 2020
The World Food Programme estimates 250 million people will soon be at risk for starvation due to the Coronavirus.
April 22, 2020
Take a tour through Wuhan China today, and learn to read between the lines to figure out what's really happening there.
April 20, 2020
Here in Panama the quarantine could last another month...or more.  People are starting to get desperate, frustrated, angry, resentful.  How should we handle this?  Let's find a way to love people around us.
April 17, 2020
April has a history. Don't know why. This week especially has a reputation for disasters. We'll talk about them and the Coronavirus on today's Hot Zone.
April 15, 2020
Veteran War Correspondent Michael Yon was sounding the alarm about the Coronavirus more than a month before the CDC. And he has some very pointed questions that need asked of China.
April 13, 2020
What are the consequences for developing countries in Latin America of the war on the Coronavirus.
April 10, 2020
Whew.  The quarantine is getting looooonnng.  Let's talk about something good.
April 8, 2020
Venezuelans who fled their country are now having to walk home...not because things are better but because they are worse. And a Venezuelan Naval Warship gets taken out by...a cruise ship?
April 6, 2020
Sunday was a historic day for Panama in a historic time for the world.  We'll talk about that, and see what human ingenuity is doing about the plague of locusts in Africa, and get some excerpts from our Virtual Men's Breakfast last Saturday.
April 3, 2020
Nicholas Maduro may soon come to understand what former Panamanian Strongman Manuel Noriega went through as the US Justice Department brings charges against the Venezuelan thug for massive drug trafficking. Make no mistake, the scale of Maduro's crimes against America rise to the level of Acts of War. Plus - How to Talk to Your Friends About Illegal Immigration.
April 1, 2020
With modern healthcare systems around the globe struggling under the onslaught of the Coronavirus, imagine what it would be like to contract it in one of the most godforsaken corners of the globe...Haiti.  In this episode I'll interview Kevin Falde, a missionary to Haiti who just returned from ministering to Haitians who are flooding into the Dominican Republic.  He'll describe the zombie apocalypse that is Haiti today.  Don't miss it!
March 30, 2020
The Cruise Ship Zaandam has been stranded at sea off the coast of Panama with 1800 souls on board.  Four have died and over 150 are experiencing COVID-like symptoms.  And the Panama Canal took the extraordinary step of briefly denying the ship the right to transit the Panama Canal and continue the journey to its destination.  We'll interview a former Panama Canal Pilot to find out why.
March 27, 2020
Today we'll look at Fentanyl - a product being smuggled out of China through Mexico around the world that is killing hundreds of thousands of people every year. And we'll hear from some DEA agents who are doing something about it.
March 25, 2020
People are freaking out as they watch military vehicles rolling into major cities. What are the National Guard troops here to do? We'll find out on today's Hot Zone.
March 23, 2020
I've had some personal issues to attend to last week, and so I'm sorry for missing Friday's podcast.  Here's what's going on.
March 18, 2020
We will all meet God one day - and my mother is right at the jumping-off place.  I'm trying to get back to Reno, NV to see her one last time, and not having much luck.  The COVID pandemic is throwing a wrench in the works for lots of people around the globe.  We'll talk about it on today's podcast.
March 16, 2020
A special show celebrating 300 episodes of the podcast!  I've been a lot of places and brought you a TON of reporting over the past year plus, and there's a lot more where that came from!  Check out this episode and share it with your friends!  You can subscribe to support the podcast at: or paypal to hotzoneholton (at) Thanks for supporting my work!
March 13, 2020
The markets are reeling because of Covid-19, which has now spread throughout the world. At this point is a travel ban a good idea? I just returned from Europe, where the hysteria is growing...
March 11, 2020
This podcast is about taking you along with me as I do my work as a reporter and war correspondent.  Today I'm in Folkestone, England, a town with amazing history and current events too.  Come take a walk with me around this quaint seaside village that is at the center of the Immigration crisis in Europe.
March 9, 2020
Coming to you from Dover, England, where migrants are still paddling across the English Channel in search of a better life. What the UK is doing about it.
March 3, 2020
CNN and MSNBC have exactly ZERO stories on their websites about the historic peace deal in Afghanistan. Here's a podcast devoted to helping you understand what you need to know about this historic event that may well signal the FINAL end to the war...or not.
March 2, 2020
A historic peace deal in Afghanistan sets the stage for the end to America's longest war. Finally! And Tensions escalate between Turkey, Syria and Russia, leading Turkey to open the floodgates to another massive wave of migrants clamoring to get into Europe.
February 28, 2020
Another look at the Coronavirus Crisis and how it compares to the "normal" flu.  And a short interview with Todd Bensman of the Center for Immigration Studies!
February 26, 2020
The DEA and other federal agencies are making a big impact on transnational criminal drug syndicates who flood our streets with poison for profit. Let's take a look at their successes on today's Hot Zone.
February 24, 2020
All of Israel's neighbors are hostile to her - and Israel is like honey badger...they don't care.
February 21, 2020
An intriguing interview with Byron Rodgers, veteran, motivational speaker, and experienced Executive Protection Agent and trainer. He talks about PTSD and about what it takes to work protecting the rich and famous in hot zones around the world.
February 19, 2020
It's only been six months since the election in Afghanistan and we finally have a winner! Kinda! And Trump talks to Erdogan about the ongoing crisis in Syria. And GO SEE THE FBR MOVIE!
February 17, 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the stage last week in Munich to speak to European leaders about America's foreign policy. It was a great briefing about the threats America faces in today's day and age.
February 14, 2020
Follow one of the 1000 homeless people living below the streets of Las Vegas, NV.
February 12, 2020
In this episode, we interview several homeless people living in the tunnels beneath the Las Vegas Strip.  We also offer help to a young woman who wants to go home..but wants to get better first.
February 10, 2020
An interview with Ron Cornell, who was homeless for more than 17 years before being saved from the pit.  This is his story of redemption.
February 7, 2020
I take a tour of the new 3-mile stretch of privately-funded border wall outside of McAllen, Texas
February 5, 2020
Chuck talks about London's terror problem and what it will take to see things improve. Then, we'll hear from more experts from the World Health Organization about the current outbreak of the Corona Virus and compare it to other deadly outbreaks.
February 3, 2020
Several stories in the news recently about tunnels.  We'll go deep on today's hot zone.
January 31, 2020
An in-depth look at the current state of the migrant crisis with Todd Bensman, Senior Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies
January 29, 2020
The 7.7 earthquake that hit the Caribbean on Tuesday was almost exactly ten years from the Haiti quake that killed 250,000 people.
January 27, 2020
We interview world-renowned virus expert Ellen Jo Barron to find out the real story about the deadly SARS-like virus out of China.  Is it the Apocalypse?
January 24, 2020
The most recent Migrant Caravan coming out of Honduras is falling apart.  On today's show we'll find out why from Todd Bensman, Senior Fellow at the Center For Immigration Studies.
January 22, 2020
The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and Dachau, and hearing from some of the last of those who experienced it.
January 20, 2020
Chuck takes you on a tour of a mountain village in Guatemala where nearly everyone has left for the United States - but is sending all their money back home to build mansions for themselves.
January 16, 2020
Chuck brings a report from the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico.
January 15, 2020
An interview with a Haitian migrant, and we make a wrong turn that almost goes badly!
January 13, 2020
A visit to the Mexico/Guatemala border to talk with the migrants now stuck in Mexico, and investigating the effects of the "remain in Mexico" policy.
January 10, 2020
Have you seen all the insanity in Venezuela this week?  Let's talk about it in this short episode.
January 8, 2020
An interview with Sam and Adair, two firefighters in New South Wales who happen to be grandfather and grandson.
January 6, 2020
The Trump administration took out a world-class terrorist and the left is losing it's mind.  Do you really think they'd be marching in the streets if it had been done by Obama?
January 4, 2020
Interviews with Tim Miller of Lionheart International Services Group, ( and more!
January 2, 2020
A look at the continuing problems facing Venezuelans who are fleeing their country for Colombia.
December 30, 2019
A brave Venezuelan soldier defected to Colombia and then went back and participated in a raid to start the overthrow of Maduro.  He was wounded and captured and has reportedly faced torture and his family is in hiding.  He needs surgery and we're going to try and help.  Plus, Afghanistan is a mess today partially because we've been funding both sides, and Gold Star Families are taking the matter to court.
December 24, 2019
A short episode today - looking back at the invasion of Panama from the beach at Rio Hato, where 30 years ago we kicked off the liberation of a country.
December 18, 2019
Plus: Lindsay Graham on leaving Afghanistan.
December 16, 2019
Showing some love to migrants in Mexico with High-Risk missionary, Victor Marx.
December 13, 2019
December 12, 2019
The Hot Zone has been growing for an entire year!  We'll look back at some highlights.
December 11, 2019
It's been 30 years since the fateful night when I parachuted into Rio Hato as a part of the invasion of Panama.  Let's take a look at the history made that night.
December 10, 2019
A fantastic look at how Pearl Harbor served as the bookends for World War II with Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North.
December 9, 2019
An interview with missionary to Haiti Kevin Falde on just what is behind the violence that has rocked that country for almost a year.
December 6, 2019
An interview with famed war correspondent Michael Yon from Hong Kong, where he has been reporting on the violence since June.
December 5, 2019
Helping in the Women's prison in Panama with Alana Moor
December 4, 2019
Australians being rescued out of the remote outback, and another being rescued from Afghanistan.
December 3, 2019
An interview with an immigration expert from the Center for Immigration Studies, Todd Bensman.
December 2, 2019
Why making people more vulnerable will never make them safer.
November 27, 2019
A Hot Zone subscriber sent $50 to help those in need.  Here's what we did with it.
November 26, 2019
Looking at some of the amazing places I've been this year and how YOU have helped people there.
November 25, 2019
Vice President Pence makes an unannounced trip to Kurdistan to reassure our (by now pretty skeptical) allies, and says hi to the troops as well.  Do you realize we have about 6,000 troops in Iraq and another 6,000 in Turkey?  So if bringing the troops home is so important, why don't we start there?  We'll discuss it on today's podcast.
November 22, 2019
South Africa is struggling with a massive wave of illegal immigrants and the government is stealing the land from White South Africans.  One organization is doing something about it.
November 21, 2019
Why is Israel bombing Syria?  We'll talk about it and hear Chuck's commentary from the 700 club this week about what's happening in Syria.  PLUS!  A huge firefight!
November 20, 2019
Hear from a Lebanese refugee what life is like there and why everyone is protesting!  Beirut is burning!
November 19, 2019
A look back at the long fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria with LtCol Oliver North.
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