Award-winning journalist Lawrence Pintak is taking an in-depth look at the issues dividing the U.S. and the world after the election of Donald Trump in a new podcast called “American Fault/Lines.”The lead-in to the current affairs program promises a perspective that “breaks through the New York/Washington news narrative and the fact-free zone of the alt right media, seeking solutions not shouting matches.”
Pintak, founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, spent more than four decades reporting for CBS news, Time, The Associated Press and other news organizations. The show broadcasts from the Pacific Northwest and premiered last month. Among the first episodes are “Revolt of the Blue States,” which looks at the ways so-called Blue States have opposed Donald Trump’s policies. In “Trump’s Middle East” Pintak visits Doha, the capital of Qatar in the Persian Gulf to look at the history and current thoughts about U.S. involvement in the Middle East. “How the Media Divided America,” looks at how media fragmentation has fragmented the nation and why objectivity has come under fire.
Pintak weaves sound clips from news reports with analysis and new interviews in the program. Episodes run about 30 minutes. People can listen to the podcast for free on the app Soundcloud. It’s also planned to be made available on iTunes and Google Play.