JDB on WBZ on the 25th Amendment

In the wake of  President Trump’s diagnosis with COVIS #19, I was asked to provide an analysis of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution on WBZ Radio. I was pleased to learn that the interview was eventually carried nationwide, from sea to shining sea, by the iHEART Radio Network.

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1002-wbz-newsradio-1030-audio-28657113/episode/25th-amendment-expert-on-president-trumps-72193220/?keyid%5B0%5D=WBZ%20NewsRadio%201030%20-%20News%20Audio&keyid%5B1%5D=25th%20Amendment%20Expert%20On%20President%20Trump%27s%20Health&sc=podcast_widget

 

The Curse of the Kennedys: Fatal Ambition

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During the summer of 2018 I was approached by Elephant House productions and asked to contribute to a new, two-part documentary series detailing the history of the Kennedy family.

Thirty years ago, TV documentaries on the Kennedy family first inspired my interest in US politics, so it means a great deal to have been invited to contribute to this project.

The show has now been aired in the UK on Channel 5 and I am delighted to share the results of this with you. I hope you enjoy

The Curse of the Kennedys: Fatal Ambition Part One

The Curse of the Kennedys: Fatal Ambition Part Two

 

JDB on Inside Egypt

I was delighted to return to the Aljazeera studios this weekend to appear on Inside Egypt. Anchored by host Adrian Finighan, I appeared alongside Nicholas Piachaud of Amnesty International and Professor Aahar Aziz of Texas A&M University.

I have posted a variety of images from the event on Twitter and the show can be viewed by clicking the image:

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JDB on JFK

I was delighted to be interviewed by London’s Metro newspaper for an article that addressed the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. My remarks were included along with those of  the eminent American historian and political scientist, Larry Sabato and Thurston Clarke.

You can read the piece HERE

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JDB on VOA

I was delighted to be invited to discuss the on-going crisis regarding the National Security Agency’s European activities with the Voice of America this week.  I sat down with Al Pessin and discussed a wide range of related issues and was very pleased with the ensuing package that was produced.


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Click HERE to access the article and VIEW the Interview

Elizabeth Idienumah: In Memorium

Every once in a while, news arrives that hits you like a ton of bricks, coming from so far out of left field that you could never have seen it coming, even if you’d been looking for it. This is not a piece about the Government Shutdowns, Debt Ceilings, or the Tea Party. It is, however, a short and personal piece about something that puts all that nonsense into context.

As a talking head on various media outlets, I’m expected to be able to talk on demand, but this week I have been left lost for words, due to an event that I know has distressed a number of people that I have been fortunate enough to work with at Aljazeera. Last weekend we lost one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure to know: Elizabeth Idienumah.

Elizabeth was not necessarily someone you would know from watching Aljazeera, but if you had ever worked with the channel, if you had been invited to give an interview, then she was someone you would never forget: glamorous, statuesque, striking, utterly charming and a true professional, Elizabeth worked as an Interview Producer in the London bureau of Aljazeera English, arranging for those of us with something to say, to turn up at the right place, at the right time and deliver the goods on camera. Heading into the London studios has always been a pleasure, one made all the more enjoyable by the team on the Interview Desk. Along with her colleagues Mandy, Ruchi and recently Caroline, Elizabeth was always on hand to ensure that the interviews went smoothly and on schedule.

Yet Elizabeth brought an extra dimension with her; an essential quality of decency and passion for news gathering and information delivery that was a delight to behold. Always ready with a wide, beaming smile, she was a joy to work with. Elizabeth could be relied on to go far beyond the necessary and perfunctory aspects of her remit, and to inquire how things were going.  She remembered the details that counted, the facts that mattered and understood how to get the very best out of those of us she worked with. Of course, she made it seem like anything but work. Her warmth and focus was always something to anticipate, a pleasure to behold, and all too suddenly, a wonderful, poignant memory.

Working with Elizabeth at Aljazeera was always a pleasure and her passing this weekend, aged 42, is an absolute tragedy; a loss to her colleagues, to the network and to those of us who had the very great pleasure of working with her over the last several years. To say that she will be missed is an all too obvious sentiment. She will be succeeded, but never replaced…

JDB on Radio, Television and the Papers: All in One Day

Friday August 30 was something of a blur frankly. In the course of 12 hours I seemed to do nothing but speak to a series of microphones offering thoughts on the vote in parliament, its potential impact on the US-UK relationship and on military options in Syria.

I have collated my work from that day on this screen so click away on the orange links to see analysis I provided on this contentious subject: