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This week on Book Talk DJ Kory takes you through his highlights from 2011. We will hear some of the best moments, wittiest responses and most entertaining readings from the last 52 episodes of Book Talk.
Tim Fitzgerald (@diceytroop) on livetweeting GAs & presenting OWS to a Unitarian congregation, Obama's drone program continues as Democrats keep quiet, and Fargo's international terrorism unit is beefed up and ready to save the world.
Occupy the Holidays interviews with Jeff Smith (@dontbeaputz) & Dwayne Henry (@dwayne_wins), and holiday party advice from one of our favorite characters, the Insecure Chef.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing. Here are some of the best! Hosted by David Martin. Theme: On this encore performance of their 4th anniversary show (first aired Mar 30, 2010), the Nights crew tells some of their favorite stories.
My guest this week is artist Josh Blackwell. He recently curated a show at Zurcher Gallery in new york city called, "Underemployed." The show takes as it's inspiration an essay by Oscar Wilde, which argues that art suffers when it is obliged to reflect and regurgitate the images and logic of the reality and culture that govern our daily lives. Instead, Josh set out in search of works that reveal the potential for alternative realities and fantastical logics contained in the materials and objects we encounter every day.
Stephen Bloom's hateful Iowa smear, How to give Bronx after school students Christmas gifts, and Ron Paul's racist newsletters are back in the news. Plus, a fully produced radio play about when John was a Cartier gift wrapper.
Merry Christmas to all! Today is Christmas day, so Book Talk will focus on three stories about Christmas: Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Surprise. Enjoy the holiday, and get in that Christmas spirit with Book Talk.
On the ground at the protest to save Washington Irving High School, Twitter terrorism, and a live set of the two of us telling the arrest story at Penny's Open Mic in the East Village.
Nearly 50 arrested on 3-month anniversary of OWS – including Bishop George Packard, we escape a police net with our Iowa charm, Bradley Manning's trial has begun, and Vaclav Havel is dead.
This week on the show my guests are artists Ray Sweeten and Lisa Gwilliam. The two artists, who exhibit under the name DataSpaceTime, recently had an exhibition of their work here in Brooklyn called "The Optimum Value of Y." The exhibition was based around portraits and wallpaper made with QR codes --- those matrices of black and white squares we see on advertisements and posters that, when scanned with a smartphone can link the user to anything from a website, to video or text. The way that QR codes link physical objects to bits of data and content on the web, fascinates my guests, and I spoke with them recently in Brooklyn about their interactive QR code prints, the special mobile app they built to explore the pieces and how viewers are feeding their own data back into their artwork.
More jails stories, Molly's appearance on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and Forbes tells black children what to do.
It has been two years since I have been hosting Book Talk and as I fight for residency in this country, I decided to run a two-part series on the best of Book Talk. In Part 1 – heard here – I revisit the best of 2010; some of my favorite interviews and readings from the best authors and editors who appeared on Book Talk. Next week we will take a break from the “look back” theme to discuss some Christmas writing, and then hear from the best of 2011 before the year comes to a close.
John spends 37 hours in jail after being arrested covering an OWS protest. Molly appears on Olbermann and writes about it for Salon. Here's the story.
Radio Dispatch is on repeat today because our own John Knefel was arrested and held for over 36 hours for documenting an OWS action Monday morning. Several other prominent OWS independent journalists were also arrested. John is okay, and his arrest along with 16 others received national media attention. He and the others were released late Tuesday night. In this ENCORE EDITION of Radio Dispatch (first aired Nov 21, 2011), Molly's conversations w Father Punk, and John's 17 hours on the ground for OWS's day of action.
For the last 25 years my guest, photographer Paul Shambroom, has been photographing American power. In the 1990s he was granted unprecedented access to the US nuclear arsenal, and he traveled the country making images of weapons command sites and intercontinental ballistic missiles. After 9/11 Paul embarked on a new project, documenting the training facilities, equipment and first responder personal involved in the major efforts to prepare for a another terrorist attack on US soil.
Chloe Angyal joins us to discuss the awfulness of New Years Eve (the romcom), Obama's disappointing Plan B decision, and the video of Princeton students mic-checking a JP Morgan rep.
Matthew Zingg's work has appeared in the Cider Press Review, the Madison Review, Low Log, and Opium Magazine among others. He is a co-founder of the writers collective, 1441, and lives in Brooklyn.
On the ground coverage of the December 6th Occupy Our Homes action, USA Today and NY Post write halfway decent stories about D6, Governor Cuomo creates new tax bracket for richest New Yorkers, and Obama refocuses on inequality.
Rev Jesse Jackson speaks at the Nation, we were there to listen in, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo plans on raising taxes on richest New Yorkers, OWS tackles home foreclosure problem head on AND Hermain Cain implodes after having a consensual affair but not 5 accusations of sexual harassment.
This week on the show my guest is painter Jason Brockert. Jason currently has a show up at Iam8bit Gallery in Los Angeles. The show is called American Icons, and features paintings of Atari game cartridges, vintage gaming consoles, and toy action figures from the film Star Wars. The works explore ideas of nostalgia and ask us to reflect on the ways our childhood imaginations cascade into our adult lives.
John gets penned in while Occupying Obama, the Levin/McCain bill expands terrorism battlefield to entire globe, and women hate all the GOP candidates.
Michael Lala grew up mostly in the western United States and Tokyo, and studied writing in Michigan. He is the author of the chapbooks [fire!] ([sic] Detroit) and Under the Westward Night (Knickerbocker Circus). His poems and text art have appeared or will in the Red Cedar Review, Low Log, Underwater New York, HTMLGIANT, I Am a Natural Wonder, and GQ Italy online, among others. He curates Fireside Follies, is a founding member of 1441, and lives and works in Brooklyn.
CUNY protests kick into high gear, DoD contractors descend on Manhattan – and we're there to watch, and Molson Beer's “pre-programmed women” campaign.
Role of gender in OWS, Wikileaks wins journalism award in Australia, and the 13 Billion dollars the fed gave the banks in secret.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing.
This week on Art Uncovered artists Paul Brainard and Frank Webster talk about the show they've curated at Allegra LaViola Gallery: Die Like You Really Mean It. The show is on view through December 3rd, 2011.
Allison Kilkenny on the militarization of police departments nationwide, and two stories about love, one from Maggie Ryan Sandford & one about a man named Jonah.
Fine Fine Music is a collection of stories about the other side of rock and roll and coming of age in the land that time forgot. Lake Ronkonkoma is stuck in 1981, an alcoholic blackout of unnaturally tanned people waxing their Camaros to Foreigner on cassette and knowing the words to every Billy Joel song whether you want to or not. From an internship making Sea monkey costumes, a childhood fear of “My Buddy” dolls, and a heartbreaking crush on Aerosmith, funny lady Cassie J. Sneider delivers her tales of growing up in a land of fist-pumping Snookies with the antagonistic wit of a record store clerk.
Fox News host calls pepper spray a food item, pepper spray cop is the Internet's new favorite meme, and Mitt Romney's anti-Obama ad is laughably dishonest.
UC Davis students shame the school's chancellor, the secret Wall Street memo from Speaker Boehner's former advisors, and the super committee fails and that's ok.
My guest this week is video artist Jesse McLean. In her videos Jesse draws on footage from films, reality tv, and you tube-- as will as her own footage --- to craft narratives that examine our emotional relationships to media. She currently has a solo show up at Interstate Projects here in Brooklyn. Jesse spoke with me over the phone from Chicago about her solo show, the role of appropriation in her work and how an obsession wit twilight fans contributed to her art practice.
Molly's conversations w Father Punk, and John's 17 hours on the ground for OWS's day of action. More information at theradiodispatch.com 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Molly's conversations with Czech revolutionaries 27:13 John's long day covering OWS on November 17 59:07 Dry Lake - High Places / Credits 60:32 Finish Arms linked in morning 99 on Verizon building On BK Bridge
After the death of his father and an ego-damaging breakup, unemployed college dropout Billy MacKenzie finds himself in a series of disastrous scenarios that take him from his Jersey Shore home to Boston, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. When his best friend Brian confronts him about finding a job to alleviate his misery, drug-addled Billy makes a bet with him- with unexpected consequences. The Pissant’s Bet combines satire, realism and slapstick against a backdrop of hipster parties, communal living and bourgeois-bohemian life at the beginning of the 21st century, while asking the question “What motivates someone to make art?”
John gives his on-the-ground report of the raid of Liberty Square, aka Zuccotti Park on Tuesday morning. That, plus the significance of the 18-mayor conference call Jean Quan recently mentioned.
Short hair on girls makes them unattractive & weird, apparently, NY Times fails multiple times in multiple ways, and Occupy round up from Oakland to Seattle back to NYC.
This week on the show I'm joined by photojournalist Arthur Pollock. Over the last 50 years, Arthur has photographed some of the landmark events in our country's history --- including the student protests to the Vietnam war and the space shuttle challenger explosion. He has also documented countless day to day stories and features for some of the country's top news outlets. In the early 1980s Arthur joined the staff of the Boston herald, and over the course of his career has been the recipient of numerous awards including the World Press Award as well as the National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year award. He is currently a assistant photo editor at the Boston Herald.
Danny Solomon, Nick Maritato, and Robert Dean join Radio Dispatch for a very special Goodbye Goof Troop. Danny's leaving for LA, and it turns out he's got a favorite Thanksgiving dish, with bacon.
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Dan Feidt on the power of live-streaming in the Occupy movement, as well as our election round up from Maine, Mississippi, Arizona, and Ohio. Oh, and Herman Cain is a trainwreck.
Recapping the Tar Sands White House protest, Bank Transfer Day is a success, and Herman Cain's “lewd” behavior. Also, John and Molly really crap all over David Brooks.
My guests this week are filmmakers Ian Markiewicz and Alex Hammond. They are the co-directors of Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, a film that tells the story of Memphis garage rock auteur Jay Reatard.
Chris Hedges talks to us about why Goldman Sachs is so awful, Jon Stewart continues his dismal OWS coverage, & Mike Bloomberg tells Occupier to eat cake.
This week on Book Talk I discuss the OWS movement and a book about the history and mystery of the Federal Reserve and the banking system in our country, The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. I then go on to discuss the fall of MF Global and Jon Corzine. I also examine the deep friendship between Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson--a relationship that has given us great books and now a great film, The Rum Diary. Finally, in keeping with the Halloween theme on BTR, I end the show with a reading of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
Ethan Buckner takes us inside OWS, Karen Finerman of CNBC's Fast Money tells us what's happening with MF Global, and Rick Perry's mental degeneration continues unabated.
Annie Jay, an organizer for Occupy Dubuque, joins us to talk about what Occupy in the heartland looks like. We also speak with UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty Magdalena Sepulveda about US and European austerity measures.
In 2001, after 9/11, U.S. politicians instructed Americans to grieve and mourn the national tragedy in the most American of ways: They told us to go shopping. This call for consumption as a patriotic response to the 9/11 attacks baffled my guest, photographer Brian Ulrich, and inspired him to start what became a ten-year project investigating the phenomenon of American consumerism.
Occupy Oakland solidarity march gets intense (and John was there for the whole thing), NY Gen Assembly sends $20K & 100 tents to support Occupy Oakland, and Injured Iraq Vet Scott Olsen shows signs of recovery.
Compared to the famed Shakespeare and Company by Gonzague Pichelin, a French filmmaker whose award-winning documentary "Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man" celebrates the legendary Parisian shop and its late proprietor George Whitman, The Raconteur is a bookstore in Central New Jersey owned by Alex Dawson and John W. McKelvey. The Raconteur sits on no river and while Shakespeare and Co. faces Notre dame, this Metuchen shop stands across from, well, a dry cleaner, but with its looming bookcase "corridors," an in-house publishing company, and strong connections to many acclaimed poets and novelists, similarities to what Dawson calls his "romantic model" abound.
Oakland Police Dept creates a warzone in the streets, what does the future hold for Occupy, and does the Occupy movement have a race problem?
Tape of Cornel West at the stop stop & frisk rally in Harlem, a round up of OWS activities, & a short story from author Maggie Sandford.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing.
This week on Art Uncovered: French filmmaker Laure Flamarion. She is the co-director of the new film "Somewhere to Disappear." The film follows renown photographer Alec Soth as he travels across America in search of men living on the margins of society. Laure and her co-director Arnaud document Alec as he meets and photographs an intriguing cast of modern day hermits living in caves, mountain cabins, and in remote swaths of desert.
OWS fills the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hearing, and we have tape of it. Also, Mitt Romney has no idea how women's bodies work, unsurprisingly.
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Gov. Gary Johnson, Presidential candidate for the GOP, joins us on today's show to discuss his party's history of marginalizing working class people, gays, and people of color. Plus, tape from the rally outside District Attorney Cy Vance's office to begin investigations into police misconduct, and our discussion of the let women die bill.
Occupy Wall Street holds a General Assembly meeting in Washington Square Park on Sunday night, we analyze Obama's MLK speech, and Dr Pepper is only for men.
This week on Art Uncovered I speak with Steve Lambert. Steve makes objects and creates experiences that connect idealistic and radical ideas with everyday life. His works offer glimpses a better (dare I say utopian?) world, and allow us to ask, "well what if?"
Today's show is a round up of Occupy Wall Street's Thursday evening events through Saturday night. John and Molly managed to both not get arrested and bring you the best on-the-ground coverage of Occupy Wall Street you'll find anywhere.
Timothy Malcolm Smith, a young Creative Director at a cozy ad agency in East Central London, has warmed the hearts of an entire nation with his creativity and charisma, and is being hailed as one of London’s best creative minds ever. Having arrived at the pinnacle of fame in England, Timmy has shifted his sights beyond his home shores, to New York City. Since he began his career in advertising, it had been Timmy’s ambition to one day set foot in the Big Apple unannounced, and astound the city within days of his arrival, not with his mind, but with his feet.
Occupy Iowa spreads to 7 cities, Occupy Dallas stands its ground against the cops, and the GOP candidates suggest policies that would cripple the economy. All that, plus a new installment of John and Molly Fix Your Life.
Jesse Mulert of Occupy Seattle joins us to describe the OWS movement in that city, plus some tape of the General Assembly in NYC's Washington Square Park. Also, Paul Krugman and Alan Greyson lend some mainstream support to OWS.
This week on Art Uncovered: Brooklyn-based painter Jamie Powell. In her paintings Jamie takes advantage of everything her canvas has to offer, painting on both the front and back sides and then cutting into the canvases to expose colored strips of canvas that would usually be facing the wall. The results are playful abstractions inspired by the colors of cartoons and sugary children's breakfast cereals. Jamie has shown her work at FLUXspace in Philadelphia, the 92nd St Y in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Seton Hall Law School in Newark.
Eye witness account of the Occupy Wall Street Union march, class consciousness is coming to America, and Slate praises Sarah Palin for being a famewhore.
How necessary are reviews? The more that books go online, both as products for sale and as content to read, the more they are reviewed in this medium. What is the purpose of the review? What is its intent? Reviewing books, or any art for that matter, is a subjective science; but a necessary one. Today on Book Talk I speak with two founders of websites that use and analyze the art of the book review.
Singer/songwriter Mike Milazzo bangs out some tunes, Occupy Wall Street gets Jeff Mangum, and Sady Doyle on OWS's prominence over Slutwalk.
Part II of our interview with Feministing's Chloe Angyal, as well as Molly's stories from Slut Walk and more news about the 700 arrests this weekend at Occupy Wall Street.
This week on the show my guest is documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry. His newest film is called "If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front." The film tells the story of Daniel McGowan, an environmentalist who was arrested in 2005 on Federal terrorism charges for his role in the burning of two Oregon timber facilities.
US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki has been assassinated, Occupy Wall Street issues demands, and Melissa Harris Perry offers a retort to her detractors. Plus, Chloe Angyal of Feministing is back for our favorite segment, That Time Of The Month!
One good thing about “33 Revolutions Per Minute,” which is subtitled “A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day,” is that Mr. Lynskey doesn't waste much time shooting bad political songs like fish in a barrel. He's more interested in protest songs -- Holiday's “Strange Fruit,” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's “Ohio,” Sam Cooke's “A Change Is Gonna Come” -- that make the hair on your neck stand up, even decades later.
Friday Funday is here, with new goof troop members Amber Nelson and Jake Young, as well as the returning Nick Maritato. The men agree that Ryan Gosling is the best – what do the ladies think??? Also, some of us are just about done with Facebook.
Obama is in bed with the banks, NYT's problem with false equivalences, and are white voters abandoning Obama sooner than they did with Clinton?
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing.
This week on Art Uncovered I speak with French photographer Céline Clanet. Over the last six years Céline has been traveling to Mazi, a small village in Norwegian Lapland, located in the arctic circle, to photograph the Sami people--- one of the only indigenous arctic communities of continental Europe.
Troy Davis' execution and Richard Wright's Native Son, booing a gay soldier at GOP debate, and the war on workers continues by shifting the tax burden.
This week BreakThru Radio has been investigating the small screen—how we use it, why we use it, how it is changing the way we share and receive information and data. Reading is a medium that has perhaps changed the most, more than music, gaming, or video. How has reading changed and why do we continue to read when surrounded with so many other options? I take a look at the history of reading and how technology has changed the way we read.
GOP threatens the Fed, Brit Hume wages class warfare, and DADT is done for. All that, plus Rick Santorum's Google problem isn't going anywhere.
Obama issues a bold plan – let's see if he sticks with it. Also, a HUGE installment of John & Molly Fix Your Life.
Joining me on the show this week Nicholas de Monchaux. He is the author of a fascinating book called Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo. The book chronicles how the Playtex company -- known for making bras and girdles --- beat out traditional military contractors for the job of designing the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong would eventually wear on the surface of the moon. Nicholas sets this story in the larger context of technology's relationship to the human body touching on everything from androids and Christian Dior to sci-fi and city planning.
Adam Day, singer songwriter, and comedian Nick Maritato join us on today's Radio Dispatch. We also record our first outdoor segment with Jeff and Andrew, who John is with in Florida.
What do you get when you plop a moody Midwesterner in Manhattan, the land of the quick and the mean, then grant him a dream job and visions of true love? Here, Steve Friedman recounts with utter honesty and mordant clarity those fateful years, starting with his first job at GQ and including his awkward efforts to impress his terrifying boss and find his future wife. For anyone who has ever confronted the endless opportunities of a big city, only to discover how hard it is to succeed, this boisterous memoir will prove irresistible.
Henry Zebrowski and Ed Larson join us for an end-of-summer Friday Funday. Henry gets beaten up by a girl, Ed used to be hired muscle, and sometimes a man needs to be covered in powder. Also, John's girlfriend Charlotte guest hosts again!
Dan Wilbur of Better Book Titles is back to discuss his favorite summer reads, as well as books we loved as children, Young Adults (YA!), and actual young adults.
This week on the show I'm joined by Bushwick-based painter Rebecca Litt. Rebecca's paintings filter bits of autobiography and vignettes from everyday life into surreal scenes set on Brooklyn rooftops, in swimming pools and around vacant lots. Among these scenes Rebecca paints male and female characters who seem to externalize their inner frustrations and anxieties, sometimes hiding among large nests of bright orange construction netting or a wind blown mass of bubble wrap. Rebecca describes her work as a kind of fictionalized autobiography -- and i sat down with her in her studio in Bushwick to find out more.
Ali Gharib, blogger for Think Progress, is back on the show to discuss the protests in Syria, mission creep in Libya, and Rick Perry's visible bloodlust. Also at the end of the show, Charlotte joins in for a discussion of music we loved growing up.
This week on Book Talk is guest-less. I talk briefly about the conflict of scheduling Party Week with the 10th year anniversary of September 11th. There is a reading from The Rum Diary, one of the ultimate party books. Finally, I will review some of the upcoming hot releases for fall, 2011.
Friday Funday hits in a big way with Nick Maritato, Zach Broussard, and Danny Solomon stopping by to lament the end of Summer. Back to school memories, summer loves, and awkward junior high dance stories abound. Plus, a former GOP staffer refers to Republicans as a "cult".
The job number is zero, Obama backs down on smog regulation, and Gchat has changed the nature of discussion, according to lit mag n+1.
My guest this week is artist Jason Burch, maker of photographs, videos and collages that examine the surreal intersections between the natural and man-made environment. A lot of Jason's projects are set in construction sites and housing developments around New Jersey, and this week I talked with him about exploring these spaces and the projects that have come as a result.
A storyteller at UCB confesses to rape, thinks it's funny, and we really don't, at all. And if you need some advice, we've got a nice long John and Molly Fix Your Life for your enjoyment.
Does nothing matter? It shouldn't do. After all, nothing is …well… nothing.
BreakThru Radio takes over on Radio Dispatch. Matt DeMello, Jake Schnaidt, Thompson Davis – all BTR people – come by to talk Glenn Beck, MLK, and the ins-and-outs of the VMAs. All that, plus Obama takes it to the GOP.
Molly is back from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Stories from her trip, the hurricane she missed, and Matt McCarthy and Travis Irvine explain some conspiracy theories to us.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing. Here are some of the best!
My guest this week is Lithuanian artist Julijonas Urbonas. He is the artist behind the Euthanasia Coaster, a hypothetical roller coaster that is part sci-fi engineering challenge and part thought experiment. It asks us to consider alternatives to the often sterile and medicalized rituals of euthanasia and to entertain the possibility that such an experience could be both aesthetically meaningful, and even euphoric for the person ending his or her life.
Gawker's Hamilton Nolan is back on the show to discuss the culture of gaffes, how the “re-civilize” Nivea ad could have gotten through an agency, and which part of Rick Perry is the most objectionable. Plus, John's girlfriend Charlotte fills in as super-special guest host! What happens when John and Charlotte try to fix some lives? Listen in to find out.
“The bare bones of the plot are certainly gripping — the loss of a son she never knew, the lifelong grieving process and investigation of that loss — but it is Groom's writing that stakes out the book's place in the genre and, in ways, seeks to elevate it. After reading I Wore the Ocean, you'll wish that more poets would write their lives in prose — Groom's voice feels vital and awake, uncompromising and refreshingly spare.” - Rachel Syme, npr.org
It's Friday Funday with goof troop members Zach Broussard and Zachary Sims. We also replay one of my favorite interviews we've ever done – it's with Vincent Shine (Danny Solomon), erotic calligrapher. Molly's still away, so John is freewheelin' on this one!
The Battle of Tripoli, the Verizon strike is over, and we talk with a baby born with a full-grown man's body. New co-host Colin Kennedy, who has previously been on to tell us facts about the lesser known presidents, helps out while Molly is away. Thanks to Dan Mirk for the Jeff the Baby tip.
Welcome to Art Uncovered. My guest on the show this week is artist Jonathan Monaghan. Jonathan makes short films that combine high end computer animation, with surreal and fantastical scenes drawn from religious themes, popular culture and history.
Dan St. Germain, Mike Lawrence, and Danny Solomon join us for a special installment of Friday Funday, on Monday! Comedy road stories, topics that all of our parents hate, and more.
In this remarkable new work, writer and filmmaker Antonino D'Ambrosio tells the astonishing and dramatic story behind Johnny Cash's virtually unknown folk protest record Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. Recorded four years before his live performance at Folsom Prison and six years before he recorded “Man in Black,” Cash, by making Bitter Tears, placed himself in the middle of the fervent social upheavals gripping the nation at the time Cash faced censorship and an angry backlash from radio stations, DJs, and fans, for speaking out on behalf of Native people on Bitter Tears. Cash decided to fight back.
Rick Perry calls Ben Bernanke a traitor, Fred Karger beats Obama on his LGBT issues, and the incredible disappearing Ron Paul.
Michele Bachmann's submission theology explained, Rick Perry's Texas Miracle debunked, and Hilary Clinton would not have been any better than Barack Obama – it's a bad party, not a bad candidate.
On the show this week: Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht. Bjoern makes, collages, sculptures and drawings that draw on found imagery of post war architecture. His work deals not so much with the architecture itself, but what architectural forms can tell us about society, politics and ideology.
On location at the Verizon wireless strike, Michele Bachmann on the nature of submission, and connecting the dots between London and Wall St. Plus a new installment of J&M Fix Your Life, with an update from a listener whose life we fixed.
Equal parts hip-hop memoir, razor-sharp analysis of the current political climate, and self-help manual for the progressive movement, Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement (Akashic) hits bookstores this fall. Considering the author is venerated political organizer Billy Wimsatt, it's no surprise that the release date is just ahead of the November 2 midterm election.
Alex Pareene of Salon.com on Rick Perry's bizarre front-runner status, Mitt Romney's “weirdness”, and another round of Who's More Objectionable. Plus, the stock market is a hooker says NY Post, and Diallo sues DSK.
We explain the S&P downgrade, look into Mitt Romney's abortion past, and interview Liz Hernandez Majumder, who just illegally traveled to Cuba.
This week I spoke with Andrea Polli, a digital media artist who works with science and technology to create public  installations, video and sound works called "sonifications".  Andrea's work deals heavily with climate and weather, so for her projects she frequently collaborates with atmospheric and other scientists to collect data, conduct interviews and make field recordings that she turns into her work. Andrea is an associate professor of fine arts and engineering at the University of New Mexico, and the co-author of Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles which will be published in September. I spoke with Andrea over the phone about the intersections of science and art, the seven weeks she  spent in Antarctica, and the projects she has on the horizon. Particle Falls from Andrea Polli on Vimeo.
Syria is going to hell, but America only wants inspiring stories out of the Middle East, Wall Street is on some kind of coke bender, swinging all over the place like an Austin Powers impersonator at a creepy sex party, and Beyonce won't call herself a feminist.
It is Peter Pan Syndrome week here on BreakThru Radio, so, as the shoe fits, wear it. I do a reading from the J.M. Barrie story/play that provides the foundation to the complex.
Fellow siblings Henry and Jackie Zebrowski join us for Friday funday. We talk about growing up funny to compensate for other shortcomings, and the horror of being on drugs at 6 Flags. Plus, the economy may be heading towards a double dip recession.
Congress passed a bill, we explain what it is, what it does, and how it could have been much better. Confused on what's been happening, and why it matters? This show will clear it up.
My guest this week is artist Luisa Kazanas . Luisa's sculptures and prints explore psychological states of being and draw on the aesthetics of science fiction and imagery from alchemical texts. She's described her work as "a bit of a Victorian plus mid-century modern plus Kubrickian 2001 train wreck."
GDP numbers are in and they are bad (We explain why!), America slouches toward default, Diallo (DSK Maid) never said what you think she did. All that, plus a new installment of John & Molly Fix Your Life.
This week on Book Talk we have illustrator/artist Ricardo Cortes who collaborated with Adam Mansbach to be the first ever children's book to go “viral” before ever being released.
Friday funday hits in full effect, with goof troop members Jared Logan, Zachary Sims, and Zach Broussard. From congresspeople in furry costumes to Playboys for teenagers, this one is mostly about sex.
Media reaction to Norway bombing was totally racist, Nafissatou Diallo – DSK's accuser – speaks out, and a new edition of Current Headlines on CNN.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing. Here are some of the best! Hosted by David Martin. Theme: Pride.
My guest on the show today is Louise Weinberg. She is the Registrar and Archives Manager at the Queens Museum of Art here in New York City, and she has recently put together an exhibition for the museum called Future Perfect: Reconstructing the 1939 World's Fair. The exhibit collects photographs and other artifacts that chronicle the production of one of the most ambitious, and expensive, World's fairs in history.
Chloe Angyal relates an overheard men's bathroom conversation about big boobs, tells us about Rupert Murdoch's wife, and “looking gay” vs “looking straight”. Plus Obama's not-so-secret desire to cut entitlements to the most vulnerable Americans.
For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano at night. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.
Goof troop old hats Nick Maritato and Neal Stastny come by today to discuss the efficacy of pie in the face, if/when we're doing Google+, and we're back to muggings, again!
Page One is a bad documentary, Assange's defense team offers up some damning quotes, and anther installment of John and Molly Fix Your Life – with a question about a significant other who thinks hamsters lay eggs.
My guest this week is design historian Steven Heller. His new book, published by Phaidon, is called "Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State. The book is a survey of the visual propaganda produced by 4 of the twentieth century's most notorious totalitarian regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Soviet Russia and Communist China. Iron Fists looks at the the logos, posters, fashion, typefaces, slogans and other visual objects produced by these states and examines the ways that these graphic identity techniques mirror the ones modern corporations use to sell their products.
Who gets blamed if the country defaults, can feminists diet, and will Rupert Murdock lose Fox News? We answer all these questions definitively, once and for all.
Welcome to The Bookscore, where we rate what you read by compiling reviews from the most trusted book review publications and giving each book an average score.
Friday funday with goof troop members Laura Yaz and Danny Solomon. Danny's appendix issues, Laura's mugging issues, and are women just giant babies??? The answer may shock you.
Salon's Justin Elliot tells us why we're not at war with Iran, Rick Perry's love of executions, and what the phrase Sharia Islam really means. Also, the unintended brilliant moment of Sex and the City.
I first came across the work of week's guest Jesse Hulcher's at Interstate Projects here in Brooklyn, where he had a video piece involving the film Jurassic Park. Now, apparently, the newest version of iMovie --Apple's popular video editing software --- has a preset called Jurassic Park trailer, that is supposed to take home video footage and transform it into a blockbuster trailer complete with music, quick cuts and all the rest. So, for his piece, Jesse followed the program's instructions and took clips from the actual Jurassic park to see how well the software could assemble the footage from the film it claimed to mimic.
Michele Bachmann sings the debt ceiling blues, the encroaching 4 day school week, & Frank Rich has some brutal words for Obama. Also, another listener has asked John and Molly to fix their life. We are only too happy to oblige.
In his 2005 New York Times bestselling memoir, Symptoms of Withdrawal, Christopher Kennedy Lawford chronicled his deep descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent hard-won journey back to sobriety, which he has maintained for the past 24 years with the hopes of making a difference.
Friday funday is back to talk engagement, the mystery of crawfish, and the even greater mystery of Shia LaBouf. We're joined by goof troop old hats Zachary Sims and Zach Broussard, as well as new goofer Alice Wetterlund.
DSK released, failure to raise debt ceiling will look like hell, the danger of progressive fables, and more. There's no such thing as left-over fireworks – and this is Radio Dispatch.
My guest this week is artist Amy Eckert. Amy's photographs and collages explore ideas of home, mobility and the tension between longing to be two places at once. For her series Manufacturing Home, Amy photographed the interiors of model mobile homes across the the U.S. -- revealing the strange contradictions in these factory-made homes on wheels.
Welcome to Radio Dispatch. On today's show, we celebrate the 4th of July with a very special guest. Plus, Glenn Beck is off the air, Greece is in ruins, and Bristol Palin says something confusing, surprisingly!
For half-Native American Minx, this is not superstition; it is reality. Once a struggling young artist in New York City, Minx's life is changed forever after suffering a vicious attack and slipping into a coma. But she doesn't wake in the same world she left; rather, she finds herself in Dreamtime, the alternate reality that humans inhabit when they sleep.
Friday Funday with the Goof Troop! Marriage – would you? Culture – heard of it? Summer – how to win it? For the answers to these questions and more, listen to today's Radio Dispatch.
Gay marriage is now a MUST in New York, will LGBT activists move to the GOP?, and a new John and Molly Fix Your Life segment, with our first actual letter. That's right, we are fixing the life of a Radio Dispatch listener. You could be next.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing. Here are some of the best!
This week on Art Uncovered my guest is Carl Deihl --- a portland-based artist who's work examines the intersections between folklore and the supernatural and communications technology. His works take the form of video essays and pseudo-scientific lectures and that use unexplained phenomena like sasquatch and poltergeists as a jumping off point to investigate the glitches, errors, and unexpected aberrations of obsolete technologies.
Ben Privot, founder of The Consensual Project, joins us to continue spreading his gospel of consent, and tells us that consent should be something sexy. Also, Dilbert creator Scott Adams is a real jerk who thinks societal restrictions keep men unhappy.
This week's show is dedicated to fathers. As a special guest, I spoke to my own dad over the phone about the importance and lessons of teaching reading to children and the important role dads play in early childhood development. I then interview Eric Best, who is a very accomplished writer, journalist, and entrepreneur. His most recent publication, Into My Father's Wake, records Eric's 5000-mile solo sail as he struggles to come to terms with a recent divorce, solitude at sea and the impact of his powerful father in his life.
Friday Funday Number 2! Today we're joined by goof troop members: Zach Broussard, Zachary Sims, and Danny Solomon. We get to the bottom of the most annoying thing about OK Cupid, and answer the question Coney Island or Governor's Island? All that, plus our continuing Libya coverage. Today's show is all over the place!
Confidence man Troy Travis joins us to discuss ways to increase our presence in difficult situations. And Walmart is given permission to treat the ladyfolk differently, Obama's lawyers say Libya is illegal – Obama says suck a lemon, and there will be no more jobs for Americans.
This week on the show my guest is Michelle Muldrow. Michelle's paintings deal with the American landscape and the myths, politics, and man made forces that shape it. She's painted urban swaths around los angeles and the sprawling exurbs and malls found in northern california as well as in and around cleveland ohio, where she moved in 2006 from san francisco.
NY State Senator says take this job and shove it, Pizza Cain is terrified of Muslims, and a new segment called Huff or US – is the headline from Huffington Post or US Weekly?
Professional Idiot recounts Stephen “Steve-O” Glover's glory days, drug addiction, and his path of recovery and redemption--all while maintaining the bravado and humor for which he is famous. Hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring all at once, Professional Idiot is sure to entertain Steve-O's many loyal fans who have been with him through all the fucked-up things he has done.
Our first Friday Funday with our goof troop: Nick Maritato, Neal Stastny, and Robert Dean. We all go back to 5th Grade and try to remember who we were, and also we get into sexting. Like always.
First-year teacher Meredith Klein breaks down Bloomberg's proposal to lay off 4,100 teachers, and also the joys of going on a field trip. Plus Huffpo thinks women should marry ugly men, and the war in Libya might have something to do with oil, unpredictably.
For almost four decades, Homer Flynn has been the Art Director and visual driving force behind The Residents --- the iconic avant garde musical group who, since the early 1970s, have released over 60 albums, numerous music videos and multi-media projects including a CD-ROM, and whose members have, for nearly forty years, remained completely anonymous. Homer was brought on by the band to help craft their aesthetic, and he has done just that through a combination of surreal collage, subversive pastiche of popular culture, and what has become the group's iconic image: a giant eyeball wearing a top-hat. In the album covers, promotional posters, illustrations and drawings created for the Residents, Homer has created a unique folklore around the band, one that explores the dark and ironic sides of capitalism, Americana, and the music industry. In addition to handling the visuals for The Residents, Homer also heads  the band's business arm, the Cryptic Corporation. For the first time in the US, Homer has a large show of his work which is up now at Johansson Projects in Oakland. The show  surveys his work with the Residents as well as never before seen personal work curated by his daughter, artist Jana Flynn. Homer spoke with me recently from his home in San Francisco about what it was like to show his work and his history with the Residents. 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:50 Hello Skinny - The Residents 02:39 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 1 05:26 Elvis and His Boss - The Residents 07:53 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 2 12:35 Constantinople - The Residents 14:59 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 3 18:41 Picnic Boy - The Residents 19:38 Perfect Love - The Residents 20:40 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 4 25:01 Laughing Song - The Residents 27:09 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 5 29:58 The Walrus Hunt - The Residents 33:06 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 6 35:05 Weight Lifting Lulu - The Residents 38:10 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 7 42:20 Theme for an American TV Show - The Residents 43:41 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 8 45:57 Shut Up! Shut Up! - The Residents 46:58 Homer Flynn Interview pt. 9 49:20 Hitler Was a Vegetarian - The Residents 50:50 Finish
Chloe Angyal returns to get to the bottom of Weinergate, the politics of sexting, and an attack against abortion providers that's sweeping the southern states.
Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a good romp and a good wife--although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex.” In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, the entire cast of characters from Austen's classic is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this rewrite that goes all the way - and then some! Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on.
Comedian Lee Camp on a mission to disrupt the Koch brothers, Palin stands by her history, and our new favorite segment, Current CNN Headlines.
This past weekend people from across brooklyn and new york city descended on the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick for the 5th installment of Bushwick open studios. For the 2 day event hundreds of artists opened their studio doors to the public, while many more hosted pop-up galleries and put on group shows in their apartments and backyards, and the numerous permanent gallery spaces in the neighborhood opened new shows, staged special events and stayed open late.
Gawker's Jim Newell on Mitt Romney's Twilight fandom, Peggy Noonan vs Maureen Dowd, and the joy of attacking those in power. Also, an explanation of the debt-ceiling, new healthcare developments, and Storm's mother speaks out.
A book that celebrates the library's vast collection - and patrons - by featuring a diverse group of celebrities, including Stephen Colbert, the Harlem Globetrotters and Yoko Ono, posing with or discussing their favorite library treasure. Its distribution is part of the library's centennial celebration.
Brad Liening reads from his recently published poetry collection We Are Doomed, and Dustin Luke Nelson and Jess Grover of InDigest discuss the ins and outs of running a literary magazine. Plus, another edition of John and Molly Fix Your Life.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing. Here are some of the best!
Today on the show my guests are artists Boris Rasin and Kenny Komer. Their posters, sculptures and interactive projects engage viewers on in unexpected ways on the streets of NYC, promoting discussion, and encouraging us to look more closely at our day to day environment and the ways we interact with public space.
Jack Stuef, former editor at Wonkette, comes by to discuss the rules of satire, and some of the more fringe candidates he enjoyed writing about. Plus, lady arm wrestling, Libyan war is definitely illegal, and John Edward's life keeps getting worse.
“We aren't just service dog and master; Tuesday and I are also best friends. Kindred souls. Brothers. Whatever you want to call it. We weren't made for each other, but we turned out to be exactly what the other needed.”
Gawker's Hamilton Nolan joins us to talk NYT Op-Ed page, the laziness of framing revolutions through Twitter, and his favorite goofy trend piece. Also, the Rapture did really happen, Mitch Daniels vs furniture, and Obama's death blow to Palestinian statehood.
On Art Uncovered this week I talk with painter Matthew Miller about his solo show that's up now at Famous Accountants. The show is called the magic black of an open barn door on a really sunny summer day, when you just cannot see into it, and it features five striking self portraits all of which present Matthew's cropped figure set against a depth-less field of black paint.
Alex Pareene of Salon is back to discuss Newt's meltdown, Herman Cain's unstoppability, and the always objectionable Washington Post Op-Ed page. If you're in the middle of a perp walk, your only escape is Radio Dispatch.
Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression) is a national movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through Spoken Word Poetry. Conceived in 2004, Project V.O.I.C.E. encourages young people to engage with the world around them and use Spoken Word Poetry as an instrument through which they can explore and better understand their culture, their society, and ultimately themselves. Project V.O.I.C.E. brings together performance, writing, and a supportive environment to inspire youth to recognize that their views are significant, valid, and necessary.
IMF (alleged) sex creep, OK Cupid boy's rocket blog (not good!), and Letters From the Editors, in which John and Molly answer letters written to their Iowan hometown paper. That screaming you hear is coming from inside your head – block it out with Radio Dispatch.
This week on the show my guest is artist Doug Young. Doug has just begun a new body of work of paintings on glass using a technique called reverse painting, and three of these new works are on view now at Sugar Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn as part of a group show called Working Together. The images in the show depict strange and fantastical places including a vintage Disneyland Attraction, a lethal injection room and a view of the Death Star
Feministing's newest editor Chloe Angyal returns to Radio Dispatch to talk slutwalks, HR3, and street harassment. Plus, a new segment called Current CNN Headlines.
It’s 2008. Jim Axelrod—once among the most watched correspondents on network news and the first television reporter to broadcast from Saddam International Airport in 2003—is covering the final stages of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s forty-five years old and thirty pounds overweight. He’s drinking too much, sleeping too little, and scarcely seeing his family. He’s just figured out that the industry that pulled him up the corporate ladder is imploding as he’s reaching for its final rungs. Then, out of the blue, Jim discovers his late father’s decades-old New York Marathon finish times. At forty-six, Bob Axelrod ran a 3:29:58. With everything else going on in his life, Jim sets himself a defining challenge: “Can I beat him?”
Travis Irvine on Ron Paul's debate performance, Fashion Meets Finance meets barf, and the amazing disappearing Hillary Clinton.
This week on the show my guest is painter Natalie Westbrook. Her dense canvases of thickly textured paint depict chaotic scenes of tropical flora and fauna, in which life is constantly mutating, reproducing and consuming itself.
Let's all start torturing again, let's release the digital head on a pike, and let's all praise Peter King for speaking on matters about which he has literally no knowledge. Also, it's teacher week and if you listen up maybe Michelle Obama will teach you how to dougie – but only because this is Radio Dispatch.
Experienced stage actress and successful television star of Warehouse 13, Joanne Kelly comes by the studio to discuss the craft of turning books into scripts and words into action.
Bin Laden is dead – what to make of it, and what to make of it not. Plus a new segment of John and Molly Fix Your Life. That funny feeling in your stomach means it's time for Radio Dispatch.
This week on the show my guest is painter Eric LoPresti. His new show entitled A Different Country is up now at Like the Spice Gallery in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The exhibition features paintings inspired by his experience growing up near the Hanford plutonium production facilities in Eastern Washington State. These facilities played a key role in in the atomic arms race from the 1940s through the cold war. It was in fact this facility that produced the plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki Japan at the end of WW2. Eric's arial landscapes speak to this dark history and the ways in which violent human conflict marks the natural environment.
Methtacular writer/star Steven Strafford takes us through the heady days of a meth addiction, birthers are still unconvinced that the American president is an American, and sluts are funnier than Stodgy White Olds.

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