Episode 1.15: Contraventional Wisdom

Episode 1.15: Contraventional Wisdom

Welcome to This Is Fine episode 1.15: Contraventional Wisdom. Thank you very much for listening, Finers.  Please subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes or your favorite app, and remember that George Bush the Elder pardoned the Iran-Contra criminals to protect himself from criminal liability.

In this week’s podcast, we talk about Iran-Contra, a little over thirty years after Reagan’s apology to the country for the scandal in March 1987.  We focus mainly on Malcolm Byrne’s conclusive 2014 book, “Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power,” which takes advantage of extensive primary source documents unavailable to Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh during his investigation of the scandal in the late 1980s.  We discuss the scandal and its parallels to the Trump administration today.

We’ll return in two weeks with This is Fine 1.16, discussing nuclear non-proliferation.

Resources for the podcast (in order of discussion):

  • Alfonso Chardy, “Despite ban, U.S. helping contras,” Miami Herald [apologies, Tony Avirgan and Martha Honey were freelancers]; the Herald staff won the 1987 Pulitzer for National Journalism

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