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About Adam Johnson & Nima Shirazi

Citations Needed is a weekly podcast about the intersection of media, PR and power, hosted by Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson.

Adam and Nima are political commentators and media analysts whose work seeks to identify, demystify, deconstruct and call bullshit on the media’s ubiquitous reliance on and regurgitation of false and destructive narratives, tropes and stereotypes.

Citations Needed is available on Apple Podcasts, Google PlaySpotifySoundcloud, Stitcher, LibSyn (here's the RSS feed), and anywhere else you get that sweet podcast content. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Medium, where we post transcripts of each episode.

The show covers issues both foreign and domestic - from decades of relentless government propaganda about "disobedient" nations like North Korea and Iran to the tortured language employed relentlessly by the press to protect police and other institutions of power - and features interviews with journalists, analysts, activists, academics, and artists.

We take no advertising or corporate money. We have no sponsors or foundation funding. We are entirely supported by listeners like you.


Adam H. Johnson, co-creator and co-host

Adam H. Johnson is a senior contributor at The Appeal, where he writes the Media Frame column and hosts The Appeal podcast. His writing has appeared in, among other outlets, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation and TruthDig. Follow him @adamjohnsonNYC.

Nima Shirazi, co-creator and co-host

Nima Shirazi is a communications strategist, political analyst and editor-at-large for Muftah, a digital foreign affairs magazine. His writing has appeared in Salon, Truthout, Mic, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting and Al Jazeera English, and can be found at Follow him @WideAsleepNima.

Florence Barrau-Adams, producer

Florence Barrau-Adams
has over two decades of experience working in audio/video media and has been teaching college-level audio production classes for over 15 years. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


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