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The SOFREP.com podcast is the most listened to show in the Government category on iTunes. The show is hosted by former Navy SEAL Sniper Instructor Brandon Webb, and Army Ranger/Green Beret Jack Murphy, alongside host and producer Ian Scotto. Welcome to uncensored, and politically incorrect "throat punch" content. Join us as we discuss anything from drones, foreign policy, modern warfare, terrorism, politics, and more. The show features guests from the Military, Intelligence, and Special Operations communities. We record weekly.

Episodes

Ep. 241 - Marty Skovlund talks Standing Rock protests  

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests caused a huge uproar in the news media, and it was very hard to get a no B.S. perspective as to what actually went down. Most of the people there whether protesters or journalists had some sort of an agenda and preconceived bias it seemed. Well, with family who worked in the oil industry, as well as serving with a Ranger of Native American ancestry who was on the ground protesting, Marty saw an opportunity to get the real perspective of what was going down from both sides. He went there on his own, and the product of his findings can be seen in his article “The True Story of How Standing Rock Fell.” We also get into Marty’s father (an Army veteran) and his battle with ALS. Marty has decided to make the rest of his dad’s time here with us as exciting and uplifting as possible, and I personally had the honor of meeting Marty Skovlund Sr. and seeing him in great spirits for a man going through was he currently is. Marty’s book “Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror,” a compilation of Ranger’s stories is set for a paperback release soon that we discuss. Jack Murphy and I also read your e-mails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com and encourage you to keep those coming. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community at http://sofrepradio.us

Ep. 240 - Gold Star father Jeff Falkel  

On Episode 240, Jeff Falkel, Army veteran and Gold Star father of fallen Green Beret Chris Falkel joins us for a very candid and in-depth interview. Jeff tells us of the incredibly close father/son relationship he shared with his son, and tells the full story of Chris from growing up, fulfilling his dream of being an Army operator, to his untimely death in combat. The full story of Chris can be read in Jeff’s book “The Making of Our Warrior: How SSG Chris Falkel Became a Green Beret Warrior and Hero,” we highly recommend that you read it. Jeff is also the owner of Junior’s Bullet Pens, a reference to Chris’s nickname “Junior” in the Army, and inspired by Chris’s hobby of making things out of bullet shells. These pens are extremely well crafted and make for an excellent gift. Jeff was kind enough to even make some custom pens for Jack Murphy, Brandon Webb, Drew Dwyer, and myself after we met him at SHOT Show. Jack also covers the latest at SOFREP.com including his article “Special Operations Command urgently needs to rethink its approach to Operational Security,” and Derek Gannon’s highly controversial piece, “A group called ‘Marines United’ are hosting a sadistic library of nude female Marines.” We hope this episode makes you cherish the family members you love dearly, hearing all about Jeff and Chris’s friendship certainly did for me. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Episode 239 - Air Force PJs Jimmy Settle and BK  

It’s a special Air Force PJ edition of SOFREP Radio.  We do a pretty good job on our show generally representing all branches of service: Army, Navy, and Marines, as well as the CIA and FBI, but we definitely have been lacking in Air Force guests.  So, it was nice to get these two warriors on, SOFREP writer BK guest-hosting (which has been long awaited by many fans of the show) and special guest Jimmy Settle.  BK starts off the show giving his politically incorrect take on the world right now as you’d expect for those that read his weekly News Roundup, as well as talking his recent retirement from contracting.   I’ve met guys through this work who have lost limbs and continued to serve like Army Ranger Joe Kapacziewski, and even recent guest Ivan Castro who lost his eyesight and continued to serve, but how about this story?  Air Force PJ Jimmy Settle was shot in the head, and powered on.  He documents it all in his upcoming book, “Never Quit: From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops PJ.”  He gets into all of it this episode, and you do not want to miss this one. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Ep. 238 - General Flynn resigns  

Resident all source fusion intelligence analyst Coriolanus is back. The listeners always seem to enjoy his take on things, and with his background working under General Flynn, this was the perfect time to get him on to give us his insight. Flynn stepped down as National Security Advisor after less than a month, handing in his resignation stemming from alleged ties to Russia. These include a dinner he attended with RT in late 2015, as well as the content of his conversation with Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. The administration insists Flynn did nothing illegal, although they accepted his resignation. What does this mean for our future, and who will fill the role of National Security Advisor for President Trump? We dig into these questions. We also wonder if things under this administration could possibly get any more bizarre. Corionalus and I answer some e-mails as well sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com as well, so keep them coming folks. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Ep. 237 - Leo Jenkins talks Big Mountain Heroes  

Former Army Ranger medic Leo Jenkins is back on this episode hosted by Brandon Webb for the first time in a very long time. We hear about how he and his fiancé live the nomad life on wheels travelling around America. Most importantly, we get into the upcoming documentary “Big Mountain Heroes” which will be a part of SOFREP TV. It will be shot in Chamonix, France by our media director Nick Cahill along with head cinematographer Matt Hardy. Leo and other veterans from different branches of the military including Brandon, who’s also the executive producer of the film, will be skiing and snowboarding the Alps, and showing the positive and productive life that veterans can lead after their service. Also on this episode is author, Army veteran, and member of the New York SOFREP crew, Kamal Ravikant. Kamal’s latest book is “Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart” and it’s receiving high praise, as well as being the latest book in the SOFREP Book Club where members got a signed edition. We also talk the aftermath of the SEAL Team 6 raid in Yemen, and immigration policy under President Trump. We hope to get into some e-mails again real soon, so keep those coming to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Ep. 236 - SEAL Team 6 carries out raid in Yemen  

On January 29th, SEAL Team 6 carried out a raid in Yemen with its primary target being the al-Qaeda tied Quassim al-Rimi. SOFREP writer Derek Gannon reported on this days before the mainstream media, and Brandon Webb talks about media outlets being slow on getting the facts out, as well as politicizing the raid. Derek joins us and gets to the truth of what went on that night, and if the mainstream media’s reports of this being a “failed raid” conducted by President Trump have any basis in fact. Also joining us is former SEAL Charlie Melton, owner of Charlie Mike Precision. If you’re in the areas of Magnolia, TX/Normangee, TX and are interested in a long range rifle course or a pistol course from a highly trained special operations professional, this is the guy you want to go to. Charlie worked with Brandon, and both speak highly of each other’s skills as marksmen. Charlie was also there the night of the alleged fight between Navy SEALs Chris Kyle and Jesse Ventura, we’ll hear what he has to say about it. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Episode 235 - Mitch Gerads & Tom King of DC Comics  

From Gotham City, we have two crime fighters from DC Comics on this week. That would be DC Comics illustrator Mitch Gerards, and comic book writer Tom King. They both have some very impressive resumes but their most iconic project would be “Batman.” If you’re wondering the connection to what we do, Tom is former a former CIA officer who was part of the counterterrorism unit. He served in Iraq, and went on to later quit the job for his dream of writing comic books, which started with his debut novel, “A Once Crowded Sky.” Another project these guys worked on jointly was “The Sheriff of Babylon,” which is focused around Christopher Henry, a former cop turned military contractor training a new Iraqi police force after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s reign of power. Volume 1 of that graphic novel dropped in the fall, and “The Sheriff of Babylon Volume 2: Pow Pow Pow” is now available for pre-order and will be out tomorrow from select outlets. We find out from the guys how they’ve perfected their art, and how they handle the pressure of working on a series of arguably the most iconic character of all time. We also dig into what you guys are asking as we answer some emails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Episode 234 - SHOT Show 2017  

Fresh off of SHOT Show, Jack Murphy and I are joined by Mark Miller and Erik Meisner. Erik is a former Squad Leader for the 75th Ranger Regiment and writes for The Loadout Room. Mark is a former Green Beret and the editor and a writer for The Arms Guide. The Arms Guide is your go-to resource for learning about firearms, and The Loadout Room is the premiere site for hardcore gear and adventure. Both are a part of Hurricane Group, and we don’t speak to the writers that do stellar work on these sites often enough, so we highly recommend that you check them out and also follow The Loadout Room and The Arms Guide on Twitter. The four of us recap our experience at SHOT Show and what’s to come in the world of guns and gear in 2017. I also got interviews at SHOT Show with our friends Terry Schappert and SOFREP writer James Powell. I spoke to Michael Janich over at Spyderco as well. Plus, we couldn’t forget to hear from some Team Room members over at the SOFREP party which took place at the House of Blues Foundation Room at the top of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We pack all of that content into this hour. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Episode 233 - Coriolanus Breaks Down Russia Hack  

As we get ready for SHOT Show 2017, we cover some important ground. Jack Murphy is on duty this week, and on with us is resident expert of all things in the fields of hacking and cybersecurity, Coriolanus. We start off the episode with the interesting and in some cases angry responses to Jack’s piece, “Military Leadership to Blame for SEAL Team Six War Crimes.” Then, who better to go really in-depth about the Russia hack situation than Coriolanus? It’s what some are falsely calling an election hack, and we debunk the myth some on the left are perpetuating that the actual vote and voting machines were hacked. Coriolanus goes into what was done and the actual severity of its impact. Get early access to all new episodes, as well as full access to our archives of raw, uncut interviews and straight talk with guys from the Special Operations community: join.sofrep.com/radio/

Episode 232 - Kamal Ravikant & SOFREP Writer Jay  

This episode is a nice mixture of inspiration, learning, and some humor thrown in as well. I think that’s what you guys come here for, right? So, we are joined by two separate guests. First on the show is our friend Kamal Ravikant, an army veteran turned venture capitalist whose newest book is “Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart.” We get into a discussion of hitting your bottom, what that means, and why it seems that most successful people you meet have at some point hit a bottom in their life that they rebounded from. The book is out now, and would make a great way to start your year. Our second guest is SOFREP writer Jay. You may also remember him on Inside the Team Room: Editor’s Roundtable as Jamie Read. Jay is a former British Reconnaissance operator now working in private security, and he gets into what is currently happening in Africa that isn’t getting much attention from the mainstream media. We also hear a very funny drunken story of when Jay came to New York and hung out with Jack Murphy and the rest of the guys here. Starting next week, new episodes will be available for Team Room members to SOFREP.com, and you’ll have to wait a week for us to put them on iTunes, so there has never been a better time to join. SOFREP’s new app has the full archive of shows, as well as all the rest of what you love from SOFREP.com. Options to subscribe are at http://join.sofrep.com/radio/

Episode 231 - Ryan Weaver  

Drew Dwyer hosts this episode as we bring on up and coming country artist Ryan Weaver currently promoting his big single “Burn” dedicated to the secret soldiers of Benghazi. Ryan is a friend of Kris Paronto and is an army veteran himself with a strong history of military service in his family. We hear all about his background and what he’s currently up to. Drew also gets into some awesome details he hasn’t shared before of what it was like being a part of the CIA. We answer your e-mails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, throat punch a creep roaming the streets of New York City, and welcome in 2017. Being our Crate Club guy, Drew also talks about what’s new on that end for us. Be sure to leave us a review on iTunes.

Episode 230 - SOFREP Writer Coriolanus  

Back on the show is SOFREP.com resident veteran expert on all things hacking and cyber security, Coriolanus. For those unfamiliar, Coriolanus is an all source fusion intelligence analyst and security engineer who’s been writing for the site since around its inception. You also have seen his work in contributing crucial information for SOFREP’s e-book “The ISIS Solution”. On the show we get into a piece Coriolanus wrote a while back that we’ve republished, “Empty Chessboards: Rethinking the Military Intelligence Apparatus” which was a frank rebuttal to General Flynn’s “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan”. Although it was written several years ago, it’s more relevant than ever with Flynn’s position as a National Security Advisor to President-elect Donald Trump. Coriolanus gives his take on Flynn being a part of the team there, our foreign policy in general, and his beef with the DIA. We get into some unanswered questions for Coriolanus sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com which includes some great insight into the San Bernardino iPhone issue from earlier in the year. Some members of Congress get throat punched by us for their stupidity, and a whole lot more in this episode! We hope every one of you had a very merry Christmas, happy holidays, and we especially salute all of you stationed far away from home that are serving. We’ll see you in the new year!

Episode 229 - Russia Hackgate  

Navy SEAL Sniper Instructor and founder of SOFREP.com is back in the house, Brandon Webb sits down for over an hour to talk Russia “Hackgate”, General Mattis’s appointment to Secretary of Defense, our pal Commander Ryan Zinke being appointed Secretary of the Interior, and all of the latest happenings with Force 12 Media. This includes our holiday party we had in New York City that was an absolute blast. Brandon also compliments a recent piece Jack Murphy wrote, “Trump, Hillary, and the dangers of off the book intel sources” that we feel you should all read. We bring you all of this on SOFREP Radio Episode 229, plus a much anticipated Throat Punch of the Week since we haven’t had one in a while. Be sure to leave us a review on iTunes so we can keep the great content coming your way.

Episode 228 - Mike Ritland  

Everyone’s favorite Navy SEAL and K9 Instructor Mike Ritland is back, and although he was on recently for a quick update, this is Mike at his best with intensity on high as he gets on quite a few epic rants as we often know him to do. Mike gives his take on recent Trump appointments including Rex Tillerson who’s been chosen as Secretary of State, Mike approves, and you’ll find out why. He also gives some insight we haven’t heard before into what drove him to join the SEALs. We answer your e-mails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, keep those coming. I also recap Tim Kennedy’s loss to Kelvin Gastelum and what this could mean for the future of his fight career if he chooses to continue. Leave us a review on iTunes so we can keep forging ahead with some kick ass guests you love like Mike Ritland.

Episode 227 - Tim Kennedy  

Tim Kennedy is our guest who will be fighting this Saturday, December 10th, at UFC 206 in Toronto against Kelvin Gastelum. It’s Tim’s first fight in over 2 years, and it’s pretty awesome that we get him on during fight week. Plus, there’s no one more well suited to co-host this show than another Green Beret and martial artist you all know by now, Jim West. We hear how Tim Kennedy’s preparing, his strategy, and also his thoughts on the soon to be Defense Secretary, General Mattis. Jim West is putting out some new weapons that you’ll hear all about, and he recently did a Youtube video showing you some of what’s in store. You can check that out on the article for this show on SOFREP.com/radio. Jim gives his analysis of the incoming Trump administration, an update on his memoir, and even tells us about a pretty heated discussion he got into recently…you know that’s gonna be fun to hear about. I also give you an important update on the future of the show. Keep the e-mails coming to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com, follow us on Twitter @SOFREPRadio, and please leave a review on iTunes, it’s important that we keep getting your reviews in to keep the show going strong.

Episode 226 - Ryan Zinke/Scott McEwen/Buck Sexton  

Episode 226 is a big one and this lineup is packed! We’ve got Navy Commander, former SEAL, and current Congressman of Montana Ryan Zinke, and author Scott McEwen both in studio. Buck Sexton hops on for a few minutes by phone as well. As most of you know, we’ve been switching off who hosts each month, but since Brandon Webb served with Commander Zinke it only made sense to have him on hosting this episode. We talk about “American Commander,” the book authored by Zinke with McEwen that comes out today, make sure you pick it up. Commander Zinke’s resume is extremely impressive as you’ll hear in this episode. We talk the incoming Trump administration, the death of Fidel Castro, and Buck Sexton joins us to talk about the recount effort being led by Jill Stein.

Episode 225 - Robert Killian, Best Ranger Competition Winner  

Robert Killian, Best Ranger Competition winner, joins us this show along with Mike Arnold, the Director of Marketing for Ascent Protein. We talk working out, Crossfit, circuit training, and nutrition with the guys, and of course what it takes to be a Best Ranger Competition winner. The guys over at Ascent have been an incredible sponsor that we’re proud to have on board, so it was great to have them on the show. Be sure to check out Ascent, we love them, and they even gave our listeners a coupon code you can use at checkout, it’s RADIO10 Jack Murphy and I also get into Trump’s appointment of General Michael Flynn, a recent SOFREP Radio guest, as an adviser on foreign policy. We also talk the speculation that he may be appointing General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Defense Secretary. All that and more on Episode 225 of SOFREP Radio, be sure to leave us a review on iTunes so that we can keep growing!

Episode 224 - Green Beret Ivan Castro  

We’re fresh off the heels of the Presidential election, and the question on our minds is, how exactly did this happen? We try to make some sense of this “YUGE” upset (as Trump would put it), and even take some e-mails giving Jack Murphy a hard time after proclaiming that he’d eat his shoe if Trump won. Our special guest is Ivan Castro, author of “Fighting Blind: A Green Beret’s Story of Extraordinary Courage”, along with his co-author Jim DeFelice who also co-wrote Chris Kyle’s memoir, “American Sniper”. Ivan is a Green Beret who lost his eyesight in combat and went back into the military the next year. Ivan has also run dozens of marathons without his eyesight, including the 2013 Boston Marathon. We hear what that was like, and what keeps him inspired to Ranger on. The book is out today, so we suggest that you pick it up, and get a perspective on what a true warrior’s mentality is during the worst of life’s scenarios.

Episode 223 - Jack Murphy is Back from Syria/U.S. Election Day 2016  

Jack Murphy just got back from Syria and got to sit down with President Bashir al-Assad, and today is Election Day 2016 in America, so there was no need for a guest this episode as there is plenty to discuss. Jack goes in depth with how his trip to Syria went, as well as his strong viewpoint that the U.S. should be less interventionist in Syria than what is being widely proposed, and how he came to that conclusion. For one last time we give our recap of the election and our reciprocal predictions for how this election will go. We also answer your e-mails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com. Whether you’re for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein…or of course, writing in Mike Ritland I should add (as some of our listeners already have done), it’s your right as a citizen to vote, so go ahead and exercise it. Wishing all of you who have served a great Veterans Day later this week, and for those in the New York City area who can make it, Andrew Wilkow will be doing a live broadcast from Emmett O’Lunney’s on 210 W. 50th St. that many of the writers for the site will be at. We’ll be raising money for veterans’ causes and of course, drinking some beers and celebrating our country’s heroes. So come out, you are all invited. For everyone else throughout the U.S. and overseas, SOFREP will be live streaming our charity boxing Remembrance Rumble of U.S. VS U.K. SOF, so be sure to check that out.

Episode 222 - Buck Sexton  

We’re in studio, and on Episode 222 we cover how the election is looking, and bring on friend to the show, former CIA, and host on The Blaze, Buck Sexton to fill us in on what the latest FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton means. Brandon Webb gives some insight into the reason behind military personnel getting enlistment bonuses revoked. Brandon also recaps the latest Red Circle Foundation Bravery Gala, what the SOFREP Crate Club is up to, and we answer your e-mails sent to sofrep.radio@sofrep.com

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