Launched on 1 November 2019, PREVAIL is a regular column about politics, history, national security, foreign affairs, organized crime, dirty money, global corruption, the fight for democracy—and, on Sundays, poetry and literature. It’s also a weekly podcast that drops every Friday, part of the MSW Media network.

Columns run on PREVAIL every Tuesday and Friday, with Friday’s column being a supplement to the podcast. On the weekend, “Sunday Pages” is a departure from the ugly world of fighting the fascists. I share poems, novel excerpts, and more.

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Formal bio:

Greg Olear (@gregolear) is the L.A. Times-bestselling author of the novels Totally Killer (2009) and Fathermucker (2011), as well as 2018’s Dirty Rubles: An Introduction to Trump/Russia, which Salon called “required reading for all Americans.” Both of his novels have been translated into other languages and have been optioned for screen.

His work has appeared at Dame Magazine, Medium, the Huffington Post, Newsweek, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, and his now-defunct arts and culture site, The Weeklings. He is a frequent guest on The Stuttering John Podcast and Start Me Up! with Kimberley Johnson.

A graduate of Georgetown University, he lives in New York with his wife, their two kids, and their three cats.

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