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Porkins Policy Radio episode 41 Homeland Season 5 ep. 7

On this episode of our Homeland review series,Tom and I try to decipher this puzzle-piece of an episode. In contrast to last week’s fairly simple episode, this week’s was complex and intriguing. We explore the character of Alison and her trajectory from CIA station chief to Russian double agent. We discuss how the show is turning her into the ultimate villain, who is not only a master manipulator, but a cold and calculating egoist. We touch on the fact that Alison seems to be driven not by money or ideology, but by her ego and her desire to be seen as the smartest person in the room. Later we move onto to Carrie and the noticeable change her characterization has gone through. Previously the character we loved to hate, Carrie is now becoming the only character worth watching and caring about. Tom and I explore how this is a deliberate attempt to bring the audience back around to loving the CIA. We also touch on the character of Numan, how not only is he working for the CIA, but how his hack is ultimately a good thing for the CIA.  Tom and I also touch what Otto Durring’s hidden motives may be. Next we discuss Saul’s “defection” to the Israelis and what this may mean for the future of Homeland. Tom and I round out the conversation by discussing the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and our overall response and feeling towards this awful event.

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Show notes:

Homeland Season 5 episode 7 Oriole

WSJ Speakeasy – An Intelligence Expert Weighs In

Music:

Eileen Goldsen – Die Steifel Sind Zum Wandern

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 40 Homeland Season 5 ep. 5

In the latest of our Homeland reviews, Tom and I tackle the latest episode, ¨Better Call Saul.” In true form to this season, the fifth episode completely resets the original storyline and refocuses our attention to the evil Russians. Tom and I discuss this development and how it plays out in the episode. From the bombing of General Yusuf’s plane, to the hack, to the revelation of Alison being a double agent, it is now all about the Russians.

Later Tom and I explore in detail the infighting between the CIA and Mossad depicted this season. We discuss how this actually reveals several truths about the Mossad, yet masks them by protraying Russian intelligence as ultimately responsible for these squabbles. We once again tackle the concept of hyperreality in our discussion of the recent downing of the Russian Metrojet 9268 over Egypt.

As we wind down the conversation we look at a recently declassified Inspector Generals report on the CIA Entertainment Office which paints a very bizarre’ picture of how things actually work in Hollywood. We finish off the conversation by discussing the most insane example of hyperreality and this show: the artists who graffiti-hacked Homeland are making a film about it for Laura Poitras’s film unit at the Intercept.

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Show Notes:

Homeland Season 5 episode 5

UK, US See Bomb Behind Downing of Russian Airliner in Egypt

CIA OIG Report on Entertainment Office

Field of Vision

 

Music:
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi

Porkins Policy Radio episode 25 The Bowe Bergdahl Psy-Op

We are finally back!   On today’s episode we take a look at the recent release of American POW Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for 5 Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.  Instead of focusing on the various theories as to why he left, and what he was actually doing, we dive into the psy-op that has been carefully constructed for us.  We discuss the predictive programing elements, how the alt media has been fooled yet again, as well as what this means in terms of the evolving war on our reality.  The Bowe Bergdahl saga represents a new stage of the blurring of reality and fiction and therefore deserves our attention.

This episode was a little rough to record due to the long gap in the podcasting schedule so my apologies if it seems a bit all over the place.  Rest assured we will be returning to a normal schedule and much tighter episodes in the near future.

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Show notes:

America’s Last Prisoner of War

FBI file on Michael Hastings

Spec. Cody Full Congressional testimony on Bowe Bergdahl

Soilder: Bowe Bergdahl lodged false war crime allegations against his unit

Bergdahl Roomate: Bergdahl a deserter who should be prosecuted

ClandesTime episode 16 Homeland

Army general will lead new investigation of Bowe Bergdahl disappearance

Exclusive: Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show

Former Spy with agenda operates a private CIA

Alex Jones: Was Bowe Bergdahl working with the sopranos of Afghanistan?

Bergdahl’s Parents speaking in Rose Garden

Taliban propaganda film of Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl movie project in the works from Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal; Rival project at Fox Searchlight

Why was the FBI investigating Michael Hastings reporting on Bowe Bergdahl?

Photo appears to show Bergdahl with top militant

 

Music:

Eileen – “Die stiefel sind zum wandern”

Devo – “Secret Agent Man”

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