Matt Winesett works on the American Enterprise Institute’s Digital Strategy team and co-hosts Banter, AEI’s policy podcast. Originally from Centreville, Virginia, Matt studied political philosophy and history at the University of Virginia. While there he served as the Cavalier Daily’s token conservative columnist, but now his writing career mainly consists of penning company-wide recap emails following AEI’s victories in the highly prestigious DC Think Tank Softball League.
Mike Giglio joins the show to discuss his new book, “Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate.” Based on in-depth reporting with protagonists on all sides of the conflict, the book provides a ground-level view of events from the Arab Spring to the battle for Mosul.
We discuss how he became a correspondent and found himself in an ancient Turkish border town; his experiences interviewing jihadis, Syrian rebels, Kurdish nationalists, and elite Iraqi shock troops; and what lessons he’s drawn from him time covering the Syrian Civil War and the US-led war against ISIS.More