The invasion of Iraq in 2003 constitutes the greatest crime of the 21st century. The war killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and the country plunged into a cycle of violence and misery that endures today.

Blowback is a 10-part investigation into the war. Co-hosts Brendan James and Noah Kulwin examine the decades of policies that culminated in America’s attack on Saddam Hussein's government and the aftermath of the invasion.

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“A gripping, thorough account” - Gizmodo

“Painstaking detail” - AV Club

 “A necessary resource” - Jacobin

“A rich history” - Podcast Review

Technically not true crime” - Newsweek 

“Meticulously researched and assembled” - O, The Oprah Magazine




Drawing from archival footage and journalistic and government resources, Blowback not only explores how the Iraq War happened, but also how it was sucked back into the memory hole, forgotten by the American public. Rather than treat the war as the settled past, Blowback interrogates who exactly was responsible for ripple effects still with us today.



Co-host, producer, and editor Brendan James is a writer, musician, and former producer of the hit podcast Chapo Trap House.

Co-host Noah Kulwin is a reporter and editor who has covered technology and politics for New York Magazine, The DriftThe Outline, Jewish Currents, VICE News, and more.

Special thanks to: H. Jon Benjamin and James Adomian for providing their vocal talents; Josh Lynch, for making the show art; and Davidson Barsky for his research assistance.

Our theme song is “World Destruction” by Time Zone.

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