The Holdall

Rory O'Connor

The Holdall can hold all topics. An emphasis on current affairs, culture, and things that are easy to lose sight of. It could be a spoken article, an informal monologue or a great guest. A catching of happiness, every second week, hosted by Rory O’Connor.

All Episodes

An interview with Elias Davidsson about the way that the US government has not provided evidence that the named 9/11 hijackers were on the ill-fated airplanes. We also talked about the unusual Shanksville crash site and the suggestive evidence that two of the airplanes were flying past their alleged crash times. More broadly, Elias talked about international criminal and human rights law and 9/11's strategic context. Davidsson is the author of Hijacking America's Mind on 9/11. He has also written, among others, forensic accounts of the 2008 Mumbai attack (The Betrayal of India) and, in German, of the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack (Der gelbe Bus). He has published articles on international law, human rights law and international criminal law in peer-reviewed legal journals. Show notes:

Sep 2019

1 hr 14 min

A change of tone, and a personal podcast.

Aug 2019

24 min 52 sec

What the CIA is, as reflected in its declassified files on a small rainy island: Ireland. The Agency's analyses of the the first Brexit referendum in the '70s, with echoes of today and of the Irish failure to join NATO, and a hint of an operation during the IRA campaign of violence, all come up, as well as other topics. Show notes:

Aug 2019

40 min 59 sec

Owen Barfield was a scholar of what he called the evolution of consciousness, the idea that humanity's modes of perception of reality, of thinking. and of relating to nature have evolved in the time of recorded history. He was also famously a friend of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. I talked with Mark Vernon, who has written a book about Barfield, about how Barfield's ideas shed light on Christianity, the history of words, the imagination, and what a rainbow is, among other things. Show notes:

Jul 2019

59 min 14 sec

How is money created? This is a report on an unconventional explanation – given by the Bank of England. Just the facts, as far as I can ascertain them, but with mentions, and explanations, of quantitative easing, and possible implications of the true picture of money creation. Intro ends, money talk begins at 5:15 in podcast. Show notes:

Jul 2019

47 min

A weekend of smashing the system. The head-system. I talk about what ayahuasca is, the legal and medical situation, and so on, for the first 15 minutes, and then it's trip talk, but considered trip talk. As I admit, I am an enthusiast for this psychedelic / entheogen / ecodelic / substance / mind-stuff. I come clean that I don’t think one is experiencing a simple hallucination, but that something is superintending the trip; while leaving open the possibility I’m wrong about that.

Jul 2019

1 hr 21 min

An account of the CIA's surveillance and protection from arrest of two alleged 9/11 hijackers. This story has often been told, but almost always – as in the recent TV series The Looming Tower – the most damning and incriminating facts are left out. These facts come, by the way, from US government official reports... For this episode especially, it's worth referring to the episode page, for a full list of sources.

Jun 2019

1 hr 33 min

An interview with the economist Guido Preparata, above all about two broad topics. First, how the United States maintains its central role in the global economy through the power of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Second, about how money might be reformed to reflect its place in economic production. Preparata was a central banker with the Bank of Italy, and has taught at the University of Washington and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has written two books, Conjuring Hitler and The Ideology of Tyranny, and edited New Directions for Catholic Social and Political Research. Show notes:

Jun 2019

1 hr 22 min

About the power struggles Putin faced before he became President of Russia in 2000, and about the help he got from some friends in the Kremlin. Along the way he benefited from his clique's war in Chechnya, and a nearly unknown war in the region of Dagestan.

Jun 2019

29 min 38 sec