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Malcolm Nance is a globally recognized counterterrorism expert and Intelligence Community member who has been deployed to intelligence operations in the Balkans, Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Defeating ISIS, and is a counterterrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

His most recent book is The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.

The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and daring anyone to stop them. Thousands more have spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic State's black flag.

How did the Islamic State attract so many followers and conquer so much land? By being more ruthless, more apocalyptic, and more devoted to state-building than its competitors.

Based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic-including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen - William McCants' The ISIS Apocalypse explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

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A documentary that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize is playing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington tonight. (T)ERROR is co-directed by Simon Rock’s graduate David Felix Sutcliffe who will lead a pre-screening talk followed by a Q and A after the film. As Sutcliffe tells WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis the documentary investigates the FBI’s use of informants in national security matters.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs.

  In House Divided, Peter Pollak’s new thriller, Leonard and Alison Robbins disagree how big a mistake their college student daughter is making by joining the radical Students for Palestinian Justice.

Alison believes Courtney needs to be allowed to make her own decisions, but retired CIA agent Leonard Robbins, who heads up a counterterrorism task force, fears she’s being used. Neither, however, foresee the real danger. Anti-Israeli terrorists are recruiting SPJ members to bomb Jewish organizations.

Can Robbins’ task force find and stop the terrorists before they claim more innocent victims? Will Courtney Robbins figure out the truth about SPJ before it’s too late?

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The Adams, Massachusetts man suspected of planning an attack on a college campus in support of the Islamic State group was arraigned in Springfield’s U.S. District Court this morning. Alexander Ciccolo pleaded not guilty to weapons and assault charges.

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 Yesterday, federal officials arrested six Somali-Americans in Minnesota and California who were allegedly making attempts to join and support Islamic State militants overseas, after a 10-month FBI investigation. Malcolm Nance returns to Vox Pop today. He’s a leading expert in counter-terrorism intelligence. He’s going to help shed some light on how ISIS works, and why they’re attractive to potential young recruits around the world.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and a speaker in their First Wednesdays lecture series. Haviland Smith, Former CIA Chief of Counterterrorism, will be talking about "Dealing with Foreign Terrorism" in Montpelier, Vermont on Wednesday, March 4.

He will examine the history of foreign terrorism directed against US interests, our policy for dealing with it, and how we might do better. He joins us along with Sylvia Plumb, Vermont Humanities Director of Communications.

Malcolm Nance
Malcolm Nance

Terrorism is on the front page of every newspaper these days, whether it’s acts of violence perpetrated by ISIS or Boko Haram, last week’s damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, yesterday’s hostage situation at a Sydney café, or today’s tragic school shooting in Pakistan.

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The worldwide terror threat ratchets upward with nations falling behind the U.S. to fight the so-called Islamic State. Closer to home, there are concerns about cyber-security and public corruption. The director of the FBI discussed those issues and more during a rare visit to Albany on Tuesday.

Malcolm Nance
Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance, a leading expert in counter-terrorisim intelligence, joins us for a Vox Pop. He’s going to help shed some light on how the United States could respond to the threat from the group calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, as President Obama prepares to address the nation with his plans.

    Law enforcement, intelligence and lawmakers are always worried about another terrorist attack.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Carolyn Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that terrorism insurance is an important part of the equation.

    The Widow’s Strike is the fourth novel in the Pike Logan series, following the success of Enemy of Mine. A twenty-one year veteran of the US Army Infantry and Special Forces, it is no surprise that Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Brad Taylor has made military authenticity his writing trademark.

The Widow’s Strike is an explosive ride alongside America’s counterterrorism operators that will leave readers breathless. In his new thriller, a mutation of a deadly virus invented by nature but genetically manipulated by man falls into the wrong hands.