Attention, Bernie Bros: former presidential challenger and Senator Bernie Sanders will be the first guest on the new podcast Deconstructed, hosted by British journalist and author Mehdi Hasan and sponsored by The Intercept news organization. Hasan will also join The Intercept’s staff as a columnist and senior contributor.
The new podcast is envisioned as unpacking the consequential news of the week and challenging the mainstream media’s takes on American and global politics. Recorded in Washington, D.C, the podcast debuts tomorrow (Friday, March 23) with Sanders.
Deconstructed is available for download at TheIntercept.com web site and via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Spotify and RSS. New episodes are available every Friday.
“We’re thrilled to launch Deconstructed at a political moment when Mehdi Hasan’s voice is desperately needed,” said Betsy Reed, editor-in-chief of The Intercept. “Mehdi has an amazing ability to spot what everyone else is missing. Both erudite and accessible, he makes complex issues understandable without giving up depth or nuance. Deconstructed will become a must-listen for the same reasons Mehdi’s columns have found a large and loyal audience at The Intercept.”
Hasan was equally effusive. “In an age of “alternative facts,” I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be part of an organization committed to adversarial journalism and holding power to account,” he said. “Every week, I hope to bring my outsider, and perhaps contrary, perspective to the crazy ups and downs of political life in Trump’s America and beyond.”
On the first podcast, Sanders discusses that he would vote to impeach Donald Trump if the president fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “Yes…I’ve been very reluctant to talk about impeachment until we have all the information coming in from the investigation,” Sanders said. “But that would be a major, major, major obstruction of justice. That would be an impeachable offense in my view,” said Sanders.
Sanders also warned Democrats of the danger of another Trump election victory in 2020. “Anyone who thinks Trump cannot win a re-election is just not looking at reality. He can. That doesn’t mean he will. And I think there’s a good chance he could be stopped. But anyone who just sits back and says, ‘Hey, no problem, come 2020 Trump is gone’– that would be a big mistake.”