Radio Dispatch

World News

Radio Dispatch is a weekly podcast covering progressive politics, hosted by siblings John and MJ Knefel. The show features journalists, authors, organizers, and artists, as well as John and MJ's own original reporting and analysis. From civil liberties and privacy to civil rights and intersectional feminism, Radio Dispatch covers the news from a point of view that values recognizing and discussing power and privilege. John and MJ's journalism can be found at Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Vice, The New Inquiry and more. Listeners are the most important part of Radio Dispatch, and the show strives to amplify the stories and narratives from those on the other end of the microphone.

Location:

Brooklyn, NY

Genres:

World News

Description:

Radio Dispatch is a weekly podcast covering progressive politics, hosted by siblings John and MJ Knefel. The show features journalists, authors, organizers, and artists, as well as John and MJ's own original reporting and analysis. From civil liberties and privacy to civil rights and intersectional feminism, Radio Dispatch covers the news from a point of view that values recognizing and discussing power and privilege. John and MJ's journalism can be found at Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Vice, The New Inquiry and more. Listeners are the most important part of Radio Dispatch, and the show strives to amplify the stories and narratives from those on the other end of the microphone.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Taliban Take Afghanistan

8/18/2021
"We spend the hour on Afghanistan, including the recent history, the occupation years, and the current context now that the Taliban has taken control of the entire country. Photo courtesy of Sgt. Pete Thibodeau via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - We spend the hour on Afghanistan 59:13 - “01 June” Jane Migraine / Credits 60:36 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:34

Serial Harasser Cuomo

8/11/2021
" The investigation into Andrew Cuomo revealed a pattern of harassment, back to school panic as states hold onto their mask mandate bans, the AAP calls for the FDA to approve the vaccine for kids as pediatric Delta cases rise, and a tribute to a very special Scoocher. Governor Cuomo photo courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Alex Appreciation 13:42 - John on the Cuomo report and...

Duration:00:57:58

The CDC Rollercoaster

8/4/2021
" The CDC released data on the Provincetown outbreak that has a lot of vaccinated people freaking out, and we break it down. photo courtesy of Craig Currie via Photo News 247 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - The saga of the yellow shoe 20:35 - John on the January 6 hearings 51:05 - The CDC’s messaging mess up 58:55 - Credits, “We Disappeared” by Human Barbie 59:59 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:00

The Huge Challenges Ahead

7/28/2021
"The state of the left and the challenges ahead, and conservatives react to the Delta spike. Chicago Sunrise Movement Rallies for a Green New Deal Chicago, Illinois Photo courtesy of Charles Edward Miller via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Summer jams 15:00 - The challenges ahead 50:00 - Conservatives react to the Delta spike 59:45 - “Control” Molly Burch / Credits 60:52 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:52

The Delta Variant’s Dangerous Spread

7/21/2021
"The Delta variant takes hold in the US, and thoughts on Haiti and Cuba. photo courtesy of US Secretary of Defense via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Family Trip 10:00 - The delta variant 50:00 - Cuba and Haiti 58:20 - “Miles Away” The Zolas / Credits 59:55 - Finish "

Duration:00:59:54

The Nakba, and voting restrictions will move Dems to the right

7/14/2021
"The history of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, more thoughts on summer school, and how voting restrictions could change the Democratic party. Al Nakba - Graffiti - Nazareth Photo courtesy of PRA via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Coney Island 11:00 - Summer school 28:00 - The ethnic cleansing of Palestine 50:00 - How voting restrictions could move the Dems to the right 57:40 - “The Stranger” .LIV / Credits 58:51 - Finish "

Duration:00:58:51

Rumsfeld is Dead

7/7/2021
"Rumsfeld is dead and the hyper conservatism of Too Hot To Handle. photo via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Summer school 15:00 - Too Hot To Handle too conservative 45:00 - Rumsfeld is dead 59:00 - “Hank’s Saloon” Annie Keating / Credits 60:21 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:20

Anti-CRT is the New Anti-Communism

6/30/2021
"Critical race theory panic is the new anti-communism, and the New York Times declares progressivism dead because Eric Adam’s got 30% of the first choice votes. photo by unknown photographer (possibly Chuck Boyd, yearbook staff photographer) via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - It’s a hot one 11:00 - Anti - CRT is the new anti-communism 55:00 - The NYT on Eric Adams 59:02 - “Dark in Here” The Mountain Goats / Credits 60:26 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:26

Life Check-Ins and Chipotle

6/23/2021
"Cooking, life check-ins, and what’s going on with the Chipotle wage and burrito bowl debate. photo courtesy of John Knefel 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Cooking 18:00 - Life check in 48:00 - Chipotle wages 57:28 - “Sneaker” Paul Benjamin Band / Credits 59:17 - Finish "

Duration:00:59:17

The Coordinated Attack on Critical Race Theory

6/16/2021
"We dive into the Critical Race Theory thing, and MJ had top surgery. photo courtesy of Laurie Shaull via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - MJ’s top surgery 27:00 - The attack on critical race theory 57:03 - “Motions” Hot Flash Heat Wave / Credits 58:36 - Finish "

Duration:00:58:36

Cash Reduces Poverty

6/9/2021
"Data on how the stimulus helped people out of poverty, Mare of Easttown can't brake out of the carceral framework of police procedurals, and listener mail. Photo courtesy of The White House via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Updates 09:00 - Cash reduces poverty, study says 35:00 - Mare of Easttown and the carceral state 49:00 - Listener mail 56:21 - “I’m still here” Travis Linville / Credits 57:58 - Finish "

Duration:00:57:58

The Public Option Disappears

6/2/2021
"Biden's not fighting for a public option, and a new cop memoir from a leading liberal. photo courtesy of ptelder via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Good to socialize 15:00 - Biden isn’t fighting for the public option 42:00 - Liberal writes cop memoir 58:35 - “Reason to Live” Lou Barlow / Credits 60:03 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:03

NYT Ed Board Says More Gay Cops at Pride

5/26/2021
"The New York Times and Washington Post disagree with Pride's decision to ban uniformed police, Emily Wilder is fired from the AP for her past support of Palestinian rights, and how conservatives are trying to prevent solidarity between Black Americans and Palestinians. Photo courtesy of Osps7 via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Road trip 16:30 - NYT ed board wants gay cops at Pride 33:00 - AP’s cowardly firing of Emily Wilder 51:00 - The importance of connections...

Duration:00:59:27

Israel Escalates Its War on Gaza

5/19/2021
"Continued and escalating Israeli violence against Palestinians in Gaza, the CDC mask guidance for vaccinated people indoors, and listener mail on organizing against student debt. photo courtesy of Bruce Emmerling via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Masks and Florida man 15:00 - Israel escalates its war on Gaza 49:25 - Listener mail on student debt 58:07 - “The Years” Fiddlehead / Credits 59:22 - Finish "

Duration:00:59:23

Organizing Under Biden

5/12/2021
"Jesse Myerson is back to discuss organizing under Biden, and John and MJ discuss the Israeli violence towards Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount. photo courtesy of Godot13 via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - There’s people on this show! 02:49 - Jesse Myerson on Biden and infrastructure 33:52 - John on Israeli violence towards Palestinians on Ramadan 56:58 - Credits, “Reconstellated” by Karima Walker 58:14 - Finish "

Duration:00:58:13

Biden’s Address to Congress

5/5/2021
"Biden's address to Congress, kids age 12-15 will be cleared for the Pfizer vaccine next week as the US redefines our expectations for herd immunity. Photo courtesy of The White House via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Vaccine updates and no herd immunity 26:00 - Biden’s address to Congress 58:20 - “Noonday Devil” Cartalk / Credits 59:40 - Finish "

Duration:00:59:40

Ryan Devereaux on Title 42 and Biden’s Immigration Policies

4/28/2021
"Ryan Devereaux on Title 42 and Biden’s continuation of Trump’s policies. Also, how the international intellectual property rights regime is leading to a catastrophe in India. photo courtesy of Fibonacci Blue via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Spring is in the air 12:00 - Ryan Devereaux on Biden’s immigration policies 44:00 - Vaccine IP and India 58:17 - “September Song Part II” Lightning Bug / Credits 60:04 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:04

The Chauvin Trial and Other Recent Racist Police Killings

4/21/2021
"The police killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, Minneapolis public schools decided to go remote in advance of the Derek Chauvin verdict, and 80% of seniors 65 and older have gotten their first shot. Photo by Chad Davis via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - We spend the hour on racist police killings 57:20 - “Contact Sigh” Man’s Body / Credits 58:50 - Finish "

Duration:00:58:50

NC’s Latest Anti-Trans Bill

4/14/2021
"There are more awful bills attacking trans people and more awful things that Matt Gaetz did. Photo courtesy of Kai Medina (Mk170101) via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Catching up on Biden admin stuff 29:00 - NC’s latest anti - trans bill 55:00 - Gaetz round up 59:00 - “X” Working Men’s Club / Credits 60:06 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:06

Rise of MJ, Fall of Gaetz

4/7/2021
"MJ's rise and Matt Gaetz's downfall. photo courtesy of Mark Foley via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - The rise of MJ 45:00 - Fall of Matt Gaetz 59:20 - “Beautiful” Hey King / Credits 60:34 - Finish "

Duration:01:00:34