Podcasts

Lawfare currently hosts four podcasts, one produced by our staff (The Lawfare Podcast), and three produced independently (Rational SecuritySteptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, and The Jihadology Podcast). On this page, you can browse and listen to all of the podcasts we host. 

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Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #77: An Interview with Bruce Andrews

Our guest for episode 77 is Bruce Andrews, the deputy secretary of the Commerce Department. Alan Cohn and I pepper Bruce with questions about export controls on cybersecurity technology, stopping commercial cyberespionage, the future of the NIST cybersecurity framework, and how we can get on future cybersecurity trade missions, among other things.

In the news roundup, Alan and I puzzle over the administration’s reluctance to blame China for its hacks of US agencies.

Rational Security

Rational Security, "The Chinese Cookie Monster" Edition

This week on the show, Shane and I are abandoned by Tamara, who has run off to the Aspen Security Forum—to which neither of us were invited. So we bring back special guest Wells Bennett, and invite Lawfare intern Quinta Jurecic on as well. On the agenda this week: Obama's latest plan to close Guantanamo; is it dead or alive? An Iraqi businessman wants to put together a private Sunni army to fight ISIS. And I talk about my new interest in civil liability and encryption. Plus, in our Object Lessons segment, I wield a knife. Shane has Oreos.

The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Comey, Johnson, and Rogers Speak at Aspen

This week, the Aspen Security Forum featured interviews with—among others—FBI Director James Comey, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers. I have edited these discussions down to manageable length and focused them on the questions most of interest to Lawfare readers.

Comey's discussion with CNN's Wolf Blitzer is most notable for his comments on ISIS and encryption—as well as some pointed comments about cybersecurity.

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #76: An Interview with Peter Swire and Annie Anton

Episode 76 of the podcast features the power couple of privacy and cybersecurity, Peter Swire and Annie Antón, both professors at Georgia Institute of Technology. I question them on topics from the USA FREEDOM Act to the enduring gulf between writing law and writing code. 

Jihadology Podcast

Jihadology Podcast: The Emergence of the Islamic State in AfPak with Don Rassler (Part 1)

This episode features part one of an interview with Don Rassler based on his article “Situating the Emergence of the Islamic State of Khorasan,” for the CTC Sentinel. This part of the conversation covers the development of the Islamic State’s presence in the AfPak region, as well as relevant groups and individuals in the region.

This episode also covers jihadi primary source material released from June 25th-July 17th.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Russia's Nuclear Threats

While world powers and Iran were embroiled in last minute negotiations last week, Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the meaning of another power’s recent nuclear threats: Russia's. In recent months, Russia has rattled the saber, with Vladimir Putin remarking on his nuclear options during the Crimea crisis and making a mild threat to nuke the Danish navy.

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #75: Hip Hop Summit at Graceland---Michael Casey and Digital Money

Bitcoin and the blockchain – how do they work and what do they mean for financial and government services and for consumers? And who holds massive stores of bitcoin that can’t be spent without solving one of the great financial mysteries of our time? Our guest for episode 75 is Michael Casey, former senior columnist for the Wall Street Journal and – as of last week – senior advisor at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative.

Jihadology Podcast

Jihadology Podcast: The Western Women of ISIS with Erin Saltman

This episode of the Jihadology Podcast features an interview with Erin Saltman on the report she co-authored with Melanie Smith, “‘Till Martyrdom Do Us Part’: Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon” (PDF). The conversation covered a variety of topics related to female participation in jihadism including:

The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Admiral Bob Day on Cybersecurity and Accountability

Last month, I attended a briefing given by members of the Virginia Cyber Commission hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council. I was impressed by what I heard. So we invited the Commission’s Executive Director, Rear Admiral Bob Day (USCG, Ret.) to come tell us more about the Commission’s work and the upcoming release of its report later this month. But first, some background on the Commission:

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