American Scandal
American Scandal
Jan 26, 2021
Encore: Iran Contra | Walsh | 4
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Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh is called to D.C. to investigate Iran-Contra and bring those responsible to justice. But what he discovers will shake his political allegiances, and drive a wedge through the heart of the country. 

This episode originally aired on December 18, 2018.

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The New Abnormal
The New Abnormal
The Daily Beast
‘They Might as Well Have Torn Up the Constitution’
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Criminal
Criminal
Criminal & Radiotopia
Episode 159: Spiritual Developments
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Behind the Bastards
Behind the Bastards
iHeartRadio
Part One: How The U.S.A. Murdered Panama
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