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A deep dive into the real life story behind The Report, a film by Scott Z. Burns, about the investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program and the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

A deep dive into the real life story behind The Report, a film by Scott Z. Burns, about the investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program and the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

The Report Podcast: Trailer
Nov 5, 2019

The Report podcast dives into the real life events depicted in Scott Z. Burns’ film, The Report. Former Senate Intelligence Committee Chief Investigator Daniel J. Jones and his cohost NPR’s Kelly McEvers introduce us to the real people - reporters, lawmakers, interrogators, and others - who were instrumental in the effort to expose the CIA and its actions after 9/11.

What Is the Report?
Nov 19, 2019

In episode one of The Report Podcast, host Kelly McEvers introduces Daniel J. Jones. the lead investigator of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Report on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. He tells Kelly the story of how he came to write the largest report in the history of the US Senate. Kelly and Daniel also talk with Scott Z. Burns, writer, producer, and director of the film, The Report, about how this movie came to be and why it is a story worth telling now.

September 11th and the Politics of Blame
Nov 19, 2019

In the days and weeks following the September 11th attacks, America was gripped with fear and uncertainty. New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer joins host Kelly McEvers to talk about that fear and the CIA's sense of blame for the attacks laid the foundation for the CIA's torture program. Kelly also talks with Daniel J. Jones about Abu Zubaydah, the first person tortured by the CIA.

The Architects of the Torture Program
Nov 22, 2019

In episode 3 of The Report podcast, Mark Mazzetti joins hosts Kelly McEvers and Daniel J. Jones. Mazzetti tells the story of how James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIAs torture program, convinced the CIA leadership to hire them as contractors to torture and interrogate detainees — despite having never run in a single interrogation themselves.

Justifying Torture
Nov 22, 2019

Torture is illegal, not just under US law but also according to the Geneva Conventions, the internationally agreed upon rules for how we treat prisoners of war. So when the CIA decided to engage in torture, it needed a legal defense that would protect interrogators form being prosecuted. And for that they turned to a team of White House attorneys.

Guests: Katherine Hawkins of the Project on Government Oversight, Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times

The Panetta Review and Other CIA Mistakes
Dec 6, 2019

After Daniel Jones completed the torture report, the CIA drafted a response. They pushed back against many of the report's fundings. And they went one step further. They hacked into Senate computers and then accused Daniel Jones of being a criminal which sparked a constitutional crisis.

Guests: Former US Senator Mark Udall, Buzzfeed's Jason Leopold and The Daily Beast's Spencer Ackerman