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Radio Dispatch is a Mon-Thurs Internet radio show hosted by siblings Molly and John Knefel. Past guests include Amy Goodman, Eliot Spitzer, Michael Hastings, lawyers, activists, journalists, and more Occupy people than we can count. We cover feminism, Occupy, the national surveillance & security state, and Guantanamo Bay.

Radio Dispatch is a Mon-Thurs Internet radio show hosted by siblings Molly and John Knefel. Past guests include Amy Goodman, Eliot Spitzer, Michael Hastings, lawyers, activists, journalists, and more Occupy people than we can count. We cover feminism, Occupy, the national surveillance & security state, and Guantanamo Bay.
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Radio Dispatch is a Mon-Thurs Internet radio show hosted by siblings Molly and John Knefel. Past guests include Amy Goodman, Eliot Spitzer, Michael Hastings, lawyers, activists, journalists, and more Occupy people than we can count. We cover feminism, Occupy, the national surveillance & security state, and Guantanamo Bay.

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Bad Takes Everywhere

2/21/2018
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A pair of bad takes on the response to 9/11 in the era of Trump, and another one on letting gun owners lead the way. Max Boot Photo by US Naval War College courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Queer Eye takes on police brutality 35:22 - Centering the locus of power amongst conservatives 44:14 - Comparisons of Russian meddling to 9/11 57:31 - Credits, “Another Age” by Robert Earl Thomas 58:54 - Finish

Duration:00:58:54

Frontline’s Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia

2/20/2018
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We talk with Martin Smith, correspondent for the new two-part Frontline documentary “Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia.” Also, Mueller indicts thirteen Russians meddling in the 2016 election. Frontline 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Flirting with astrology 12:04 - Martin Smith on “Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia” 37:08 - The Mueller indictments, unpacked 58:04 - Credits, “Orion” by Blinker the Star 59:17 - Finish

Duration:00:59:17

More Thoughts on the Florida Shooting Aftermath

2/19/2018
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Talking carefully about the reports that the shooter trained with a white supremacist group, and how the survivors are shaping the narrative. Also, all immigration bills fail in the Senate. Marco Rubio Photo by Max Goldberg courtesy of Wikipedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Go see Black Panther immediately 10:34 - More on the Florida shooting and thoughts on how we’re talking about the shooter 28:01 - The value of the students’ voices in the media aftermath 45:18 - Best...

Duration:01:01:22

A Florida School Shooting Kills 17

2/16/2018
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A 19-year-old school shooter has killed 17 students and staff in a Florida high school, and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about it with us. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter. 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Processing the school shooting in Florida 13:13 - Fatalism about gun control policies 43:35 - Jesse Myerson on American culture and gun violence 60:29 - Credits, “Imagining Love” by Daniel Docherty 61:24 - Finish

Duration:01:01:24

Mike Konczal on the GOP and Deficits

2/15/2018
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Mike Konczal is back to talk about the way we talk about the deficit. Also, Trump wants to replace food stamps with shelf stable “harvest” boxes, and the FBI blows up the White House’s Porter timeline. Mike Konczal, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - What is the judging criteria at a dog show? 15:27 - Mike Konczal on the GOP’s relationship with the deficit 34:39 - More thoughts on “Blue Apron for poor people” 53:19 - The White House appears to have lied about when it knew...

Duration:01:01:08

Refugee Resettlements Under Trump

2/14/2018
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Happy Valentines Day! John has a new story about refugee resettlement under Trump, and a once powerful education reform organization in the northeast has crumbled after its leader was accused of sexual assault. Bret Stephens Photo by Вени Марковски and Veni Markovski courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Lent 16:57 - Bret Stephens, Ross Douthat and Bari Weiss all swing and miss 43:20 - Families for Excellent Schools implodes 59:51 - Credits, “Hold Me” by...

Duration:01:00:56

Frontline’s “The Gang Crackdown”

2/13/2018
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We talk with Marcela Gaviria, producer of the new Frontline documentary “The Gang Crackdown.” Also, we catch up on listener mail for real this time. Frontline 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Happy Mardi Gras! 06:09 - Marcela Gaviria on Frontline’s “The Gang Crackdown” 27:34 - Listener mail catch up 57:13 - Credits, “The Soft Season” by Hookworms 58:48 - Finish

Duration:00:58:48

The Weight of Heroism on Chelsea Manning

2/12/2018
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A great piece by Katherine Cross looks at the pressure put on Chelsea Manning after her release from prison, the Democrats need to start figuring out more specific messaging as the elections get closer, and listener mail. photo by Tim Travers Hawkins courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - John and Molly write a rom com about the government shutdown 15:41 - Democrats need to get better at messaging, ASAP 49:00 - The humanity of Chelsea Manning 58:18 - Credits,...

Duration:00:59:37

JAM on Anti-Racism vs. Altruism

2/9/2018
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Jesse Myerson is here to talk about the shortcomings of how we talk about racist systems, and the White House knew Rob Porter had been accused of domestic abuse, and Nancy Pelosi does a symbolic gesture for DACA. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter. 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Is Serafina like other cats? 08:03 - The allegations against Rob Porter 16:25 - The Senate deal and missing DACA protections 23:18 - Jesse Myerson on solidarity, not altruism 57:21 - Credits, “What I Want” by...

Duration:00:58:42

The Risk of Fascism in Economic Turmoil

2/8/2018
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The stock market seems to have bounced back but we discuss how an economic crash could facilitate the rise of fascism in the US, and we actually catch up on listener mail. photo by Jebulon courtesy of Wikimedia 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - The case for phoning it in 16:35 - Trump’s military parade and the GOP march toward fascism 29:49 - What an economic downturn could mean for fascist organizing 48:06 - Listener mail 58:46 - Credits, “In Your Dreams” by Anna Burch 59:58 - Finish

Duration:00:59:58

The Stock Market Falls

2/7/2018
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John explains the stock market crash, and we catch up on listener mail. Photo by ProducerMatthew courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Not eating meat seems more normal now 16:00 - This week’s stock market plunge, explained 48:55 - How policy impacts the stock market 59:09 - Credits, “Quit the Curse” by Anna Burch 60:23 - Finish

Duration:01:00:23

An Announcement, and a Memo

2/6/2018
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There was much ado about nothing after Trump “released the memo” last Friday, JT performing without Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl was trash, and a bit of personal news. Photo courtesy of US Congress via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - How do we feel about the Winter Olympics 09:02 - Some personal news 15:30 - The Super Bowl was woke capitalism and black appropriation 35:25 - The Memo was Released 56:57 - Credits, “Not My Kinda Movie” by Nadine 58:14 - Finish

Duration:00:58:14

JAM on Why the Stock Market is a Bad Economic Indicator

2/5/2018
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Jesse Myerson is here to talk about why the stock market is a terrible indicator for people’s economic well being, and David Brooks falls for the conservative logic around 20 week abortion bans. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Is 4 years old the new 5 years old 18:28 - Jesse Myerson on the stock market and unemployment numbers 36:37 - David Brooks and the 20 week abortion ban 57:43 - Credits, “Calm Down” by Kid Trails 58:56 - Finish

Duration:00:58:56

MGG on the Developments in New Orleans

2/2/2018
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Melissa Gira Grant is back to give us the latest on the police targeting sex workers in New Orleans, and we go over the Hope Hicks, Nunes, and Rosenstein Russia developments. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Still working on our ideal Mr. Rogers movie 13:06 - Melissa Gira Grant on strip club raids in NOA 31:20 - Hope Hicks, Nunes and Rosenstein 59:06 - Credits, “Maybe Baby” by Bark Bark Disco 60:21 - Finish

Duration:01:00:21

The State Of The Union Is Bad

2/1/2018
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We spend the show looking at the implications of Trump’s State of the Union speech. 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Sobriety and the SOTU 12:27 - Trump using brown people to advance his agenda 25:17 - The horrifying story of the cop who took a drug user’s baby 49:26 - Trump defends Guantanamo 58:38 - Credits, “Never Let You Down” by Bark Bark Disco 59:47 - Finish

Duration:00:59:48

Several FBI-related Crises

1/31/2018
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Andrew McCabe abruptly leaves the FBI, Republicans vote to release a memo claiming the FBI O’bungled the Russia investigation, and more thoughts on Ross Douthat’s white nationalist sympathies. Andrew G. McCabe photo courtesy of U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation via Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers 20:45 - #ReleasetheMemo, explained 50:10 - Andrew McCabe, explained 58:57 - Credits, “Goodbye” by Porches 60:01 - Finish

Duration:01:00:01

Jeff Abbott on the Protests in Venezuela

1/30/2018
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Jeff Abbott joins us to discuss the protests in Venezuela, Ross Douthat goes full white nationalist, and a Grammys roundup. Jeff Abbott, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Remembering pop music throughout our lives 12:59 - The Grammys were political and also still institutionally terrible 37:19 - Jeff Abbott on El Salvador and Venezuela 60:30 - Credits, “Find Me” by Porches 61:22 - Finish

Duration:01:01:22

Jesse Myerson and the Mueller Bomb

1/29/2018
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Jesse Myerson joins us to catch up on the Democrats and the DREAMers, and we catch up on the huge news about Trump trying to fire Mueller. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Why does the Times keep profiling bigots 14:15 - Trump tried to fire Mueller 38:23 - JAM on the Democrats caving 60:10 - Credits, “Always” by Fovea 60:56 - Finish

Duration:01:00:56

Nick Pinto on the Deportation of Immigration Leaders

1/26/2018
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Nick Pinto joins us to discuss his Intercept story on ICE following and deporting immigration leaders in New York City, and we catch up on the Philly supervised injection facility and listener mail. Nick Pinto, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - At what age does Valentines Day get complicated 17:44 - Nick Pinto on ICE crackdowns on immigration leaders 41:10 - Listener mail on Me Too, white women and white supremacy 58:08 - Credits, “Don’t Play” by Fovea 59:20 - Finish

Duration:00:59:20

MGG Thursdays on Crackdowns on Sex Work in NOLA

1/25/2018
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Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss the annual Super Bowl sex panic and a crackdown targeting New Orleans sex workers, Philly approves a safe injection facility, and a Russia roundup. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Ursula le Guin and gender neutral pronouns 20:50 - Melissa Gira Grant on task forces targeting strip clubs in NOLA 43:03 - Russia roundup 58:21 - Credits, “Different” by Bova 59:22 - Finish

Duration:00:59:21

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