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On today’s show, we re-air two interviews with some of our favorite authors: Baratunde Thurston talks about his memoir How to Be Black, and Trevor Aaronson discusses The Terror Factory.
Since the civil war in Syria began two and a half years ago, nearly two million Syrians have fled the country. About half a million of them have fled to Jordan, Syria’s neighbor to the south, where they have passed through refugee camps and been absorbed into the Jordanian population.
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We re-air our hour-long discussion on communism, with Jesse Myerson and friend-of-the-show Chepe.
2013 was a weird year for me personally, and I think it was also a weird year for a lot of people. For others – it was one of the best. With only 4 days left before we embark upon 2014, I take a moment to pause and reflect on some of the best moments of Book Talk in the last twelve months.
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During this magic time between Christmas and New Years’, we revisit three of our favorite recent interviews: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on Dave Chappelle, Rania Khalek on peace activists in Syria, and the ACLU’s Alexander Abdo on the NSA.
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It’s Radio Dispatch Live! Melissa Gira Grant and Michelle Chen join us to discuss civil rights, labor issues, and the cultural stigma around sex work.
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We re-air our hour-long discussion on bell hooks’ amazing book Feminism is for Everybody.
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The best of the best comedians and writers in New York get together at the end of every month to share their wild and crazy stories, hosted by David Martin. This month’s theme is presents and features Sean Taylor, Robert Weinstein, Christian Capozzoli and Adam Wade.
On today’s show, we re-air some of our favorites, including a marriage proposal you’ll never forget, a short story about dog split in two, and Molly’s essay about being a balloon salesperson.
This week on Art Uncovered I’m joined by Andrew Shea. He’s the director of a new film called POW: Portrait of Wally. The film tells the story of one family’s efforts to recover a 1912 work by Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally, that was stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
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On today’s show, we re-air some of our favorites, including a marriage proposal you’ll never forget, a short story about dog split in two, and Molly’s essay about being a balloon salesperson.
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Mike Konczal joins us to give us a look back at 2013 from an economics perspective, John’s last check in from his week at Guantanamo, and the culmination of Molly’s Year In Review Week venture.
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Our third call with John from Guantanamo Bay, 1 in 7 children is receiving a diagnosis of ADHD, listener mail, and Radio Dispatch Year In Review.
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Another check in with John at Guantanamo Bay, a year-in-review of the prison industrial complex, listener mail, and new Radio Dispatch Correspondent names.
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John skypes in from Guantanamo, Molly witnessed some seriously blatant racial profiling, and listener mail revisiting our conversation about gender as construction (or not). AND! Molly has decided to spend this week doing a Year in Review, deciding our scoocher favorites and least favorites from 2013.
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.
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John’s off to Guantanamo, Apuzzo and Goldman break a huge story about a US spy that was captured by Iran, and more listener mail about patriotism.
When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don’t want and turn it into something you can’t wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter—veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment.
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Shakina Nayfack joins us to discuss her project to crowdfund her gender confirmation surgery, a revenge pornographer gets charged with 31 felony counts, and Fox News wants you to know that Santa and Jesus are white.
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Meredith Clark joins us to discuss the changes to how the military will handle reports of sexual assault, Guantanamo NDAA changes, and listener mail about being called anti-Semitic.
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Aaron Bady on the coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela, NSA basically played a lot of online video games, and listener mail on patriotism.
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Thoughts on smarm, bigotry, and the English language, and ice skating.
In 2006, after a year-long journey through space, a NASA probe called the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter settled into a circular orbit around the Red Planet. Among the MRO’s various scientific instruments was a camera, known as the HiRISE. HiRISE stands for High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, and it’s the largest and most advanced camera ever sent to another planet. Over the last 7 years, the HiRISE has sent back stunning images of the Martian surface Photographs of sand dunes and craters, dust devils and ancient riverbeds, frozen water and glaciers of CO2 have helped planetary scientists learn more about the dynamic surface of the Red Planet. The HiRISE images played a key role in choosing the landing site for the Curiosity rover, and they are sure to play an important role in identifying a landing site for humans, if and when NASA decides to plan the mission. Earlier this year Aperture published This Is Mars, a fine art book of beautifully printed black and white photographs taken by the HiRISE camera. Flipping through it’s hard not to be sucked in by the almost erie detail in these pictures. Some, like the images of sand dunes and valleys seem almost familiar, reminiscent of desert landscapes on Earth. Others, like the Proctor crater and the abstract formations around the Martian polar regions, are positively alien. According to one of the book’s authors, astrophysicist Francis Rocard, “the [HiRISE] camera equals a naked-eye view of the planet at a flight level of approximately one kilometer.” So looking at these landscapes you’re about ten times closer to the ground than when you’re looking out the window of an airplane. The man who helped get the HiRISE camera of the ground and into orbit around Mars, is Dr. Alfred McEwen. He’s a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona and the principal investigator for HiRISE. Last week I got a chance to speak with Dr. McEwen about the Red Planet and the book This is Mars. Also this week, a look at Trevor Paglen’s project, The Last Pictures. Playlist 00:00 This Is Mars pt 1 06:48 Track 07 – Cluster 07:03 This Is Mars pt 2 09:54 Bent City I – Phil Yost 10:34 This Is Mars pt 3 12:37 Clockworks – Laurie Spiegel 12:48 This Is Mars pt 4 18:08 Passerine- OK Ikumi 18:26 This Is Mars pt 5 19:35 The Steakout – Sun Araw 19:39 Trevor Paglen – The Last Pictures 27:33 Finish
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Ryan Deveraux joins us to discuss Bill de Blasio’s appointment of Bill Bratton to police commissioner, two Algerians are sent home from Guantanamo against their will, and a ton of listener mail.
Dirty Hits collects together twenty short stories published in literary magazines, websites, anthologies and fanzines over the past 10 years in one low-price e-book. 
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Friend-of-the-show Chepe joins us to discuss political organizing in Brazil, the NSA is tracking about 5 billion cell phone locations every day, and Bill Bratton is the next NYPD commissioner.
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The Guardian’s editor in chief is brought before a parliament select committee and asked whether he loved his country, our science correspondent looks at the data behind the “women are mean” NYT piece, and more listener mail.
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Six detainees are sent from Bagram to Pakistan, Greenwald and Ames go at it about the big new media venture, and some sweet listener mail.
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Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss the twitterstorm the RNC started when it claimed Rosa Parks helped end racism, the NSA is spying on some people’s porn habits, and more scenes from Hack My Heart.
War/Photography, an expansive new exhibition curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker, opened last month at the Brooklyn Museum. The show includes photographs spanning from the Mexican American War in 1848 all the way through the Arab Spring, and features hundreds of images made by dozens of photographers on five continents.
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On today’s show we re-air two amazing recent interviews: Ayesha Siddiqi talks about the Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel feud, and Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman join us to discuss Enemies Within, their new book on the NYPD’s spying programs. Also, a new Hack My Heart scene.
Laughing Through the Tears is a poignant yet comical parody of the struggle Christine Houston faced while living with her spouse who was stricken with Alzheimer’s. With crisp and witty brilliance, Christine utilizes fictitious animated characters and real life circumstances to tell her own touching story.
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Today’s show is a re-airing of a recent Radio Dispatch LIVE that focused on the economy. Our wonderful guests are Alexis Goldstein and Mike Konczal.
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Today we re-air two of our favorite recent interviews, Ned Resnikoff on the hunger crisis in the United States, and Jesse Myerson on his clowning trip to a Syrian refugee camp. Happy turkey day everyone.
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We spend the hour on Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, including listener mail and future discussion questions we want to return to.
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The best of the best comedians and writers in New York get together at the end of every month to share their wild and crazy stories, hosted by David Martin. This month’s failure-themed show features Halle Kiefer, Christian Capozzoli, Ophira Eisenberg and Adam Wade.
On tonight’s show, Sarah Jaffe and Josh Eidelson join us to tell us all about labor. From Walmart to McDonalds to college athletes to tiny kindergarteners taking tests, they’re here to catch you up on all the important organizing, striking, and resisting. Also, Radio Dispatch is writing an action sci fi romance Christmas movie called Hack My Heart, the story of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.
In the new documentary Narco Cultura, filmmaker and photojournalist Shaul Shwarz follows the lives of two men involved with Mexico’s drug war. One of these men, a Mexican crime scene investigator named Richi Soto, spends his days picking up bodies in Juarez, a city just a short walk from the U.S border. We learn in the film that being a CSI in Juarez is not a small task. Over the last six years there have been over 10,000 murders in Juarez (the city averages 8 a day), including some of Richi’s friends and colleagues. He wears a mask when he’s at a crime scene to avoid being identified and targeted by the cartels.
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Natasha Lennard joins us to discuss the underlying dynamics of Jeremy Hammond’s sentence. Also, the politics of selfies, and how language evolves.
In Want Not, Miles takes a giant leap forward with this highly inventive and corrosively funny story of our times, a three-pronged tale of human excess that sifts through the detritus of several disparate lives, all conjoined in their come-hell-or- high-water search for fulfillment.
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A New York Times’ op-ed columnist makes incorrect distinctions between marriage equality and other political issues, John went to a weird security conference at the Javits center, and a new listener-supplied scene for Hack My Heart.
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Another listener-provided Hack My Heart scene, an Albuquerque ballot initiative to restrict choice fails, and the loosening of Guantanamo transfer restrictions may be gaining momentum in Congress.
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A New York Times story purports to explain slut-shaming by blaming women, an anonymous US officials confirms a child was killed in Yemen in a drone strike in June, and listener mail about the Drag Out Hate rally.
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Jeremy Hammond given maximum sentence by a federal judge, two listener supplied stories about civil disobedience, and the script of Hack My Heart starts coming together.
In the new book Art On The Block, writer Ann Fensterstock charts the history of the New York art world over the last sixty years. Unlike other cultural and business districts in New York, the hub of the art scene has had a tendency to pick up and move. Over the last six decades artists and galleries have moved from uptown to downtown, spread across lower Manhattan, and set up shop across the East River in Brooklyn. Art on the Block tells the story of this migration and explores why the art world doesn’t stay put. Playlist 00:00 Art On The Block pt. 1 06:25 Lizard Watcher’s Theme – Phil Yost 07:04 Art On The Block pt. 2 11:02 We Are Him – Angels of Light 11:36 Art On The Block pt. 4 16:45 Bent City I – Phil Yost 17:26 Art On The Block pt. 5 22:11 Crash – Folk Implosion 22:27 Art On The Block pt. 6 28:56 Every Party – Erlend Oye 29:50 Finish
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Stories on autism advocacy, the difficulties of covering Guantanamo as a journalist, and a bunch of listener mail.
An “at-risk” student is generally described as one who, by virtue of his or her circumstances, is statistically more likely than others to fail academically. The criteria of at-risk status often focus on ethnic minorities, those who are academically disadvantaged, disabled, of low socioeconomic status, and students who experience dysfunction in the family. Students who are labeled “at-risk” face a number of challenges that other students do not. Though an “at-risk” student is not necessarily doomed to be a poor learner, the odds are they will be underachievers for whom higher learning is often not even a feasible concept. Author Paul Lamar Hunter’s tragic background clearly painted him “at-risk,” yet in his later years he triumphantly overcame the dismal odds against his obtaining a college degree, as he became the first in his family to do so.
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Lily Allen tweets at Suzanne Moore about being criticized, thoughts on a lecture on privacy, and the first scene of Hack My Heart – which also has a tag line.
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A North Carolina man has been arrested for attempting to join al-Nusra, Dave Weigel minimizes the Cohen column and uses problematic language himself, and Lily Allen’s new video has some pretty blatant cultural appropriation.
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Ali Gharib joins us to discuss the latest Iran nuclear negotiations, some thoughts on the NFL abuse scandal, and Richard Cohen is terrible.
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Thoughts on the discussion between bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry, the Renisha McBride tragedy, and a typhoon devastates the Philippines.
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 idea of nostalgia and ask us to reflect on the ways our childhood imaginations cascade into our adult lives.
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James Connell, an attorney in the 9/11 case at Guantanamo, joins us to discuss a major ruling by the war court judge. Also, the school-to-prison pipeline effects youth of color disproportionately.
“Hey, what’s up, come a little closer, I have something to tell you,” God said to Cornelio. The deal was simple: God would be the silent partner in the norteño band that Cornelio had started with his best friend Ramon. Cornelio would sing and play the bajo sexto, Ramon the accordion, and God would write the songs. Cornelio agreed; he would sell his soul to God.
The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.
Molly attended a talk with bell hooks and Eve Ensler, more thoughts on the Ray Kelly shout-down, and listener mail on the Lou Reed Prague connection.
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Ned Resnikoff on the United States’ new hunger crisis, a discussion on gender being more than performance, and listener mail.
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Andrea Grimes joins us to discuss court rulings in Texas, Oklahoma, and the future of reproductive rights in the United States. Also, the homeless-shelter industrial complex, and listener mail about gender performance.
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NSA defenders are given free rein on CBS’s Face the Nation, a new report says doctors participated in torture following 9/11, and tons of listener mail.
This week on the show I’m joined by photographer Edie Winograde. Edie is based in Denver, and over the last few years she’s been making photographs about how we experience history in the landscape. Her latest body of work is called Sight Seen, and it’s a collection of photographs Edie made while traveling through National Parks and National Monuments, places like Monument Valley, Niagara Falls and Scott’s Bluff. The photos show not only the landscape, but way it’s packaged and served up for the eyes of tourists and travelers. Edie’s Sight Seen photographs are currently on view at Front Room gallery in Brooklyn. Last week I got a chance to talk with Edie about the show.
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Jesse Myerson joins us to discuss his recent trip to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan as part of Patch Adams’ clown-doctor troop, an appeals court stops the stop and frisk ruling, and more listener mail on being misdiagnosed due to gender and / or sexuality.
Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mitzi Szereto’s The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray continues where Wilde left off with the Faustian tale of a man of eternal youth and great physical beauty who lives a life of corruption, decadence and hedonism. Leaving behind London and the powerful influence of Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian’s story begins in the bordellos of Jazz-Age Paris, moving to the opium dens of Marrakesh and the alluring anonymity of South America. In his pursuit of sensation and carnal thrills, Dorian’s desires turn increasingly extreme as he leaves behind yet more devastation and death. He ultimately settles in present-day New Orleans, joining forces with a group of like-minded beings known as the Night People. They inadvertently return to Dorian his humanity when he falls in love with a young woman he rescues from becoming their victim. Will she be his redemption or will she be his final curse?
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We spend the hour on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) in education, and whether or not there is a shortage in the labor market. Today is maybe our most listener-driven show ever.
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A Pakistani man traveled with his children to the US to tell the story of the drone strike that killed his mother, the case of Coy Mathis, and listener mail on the problem with the phrase “special needs.”
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The anti-surveillance rally in Washington, DC, Jinx Monsoon’s off-Broadway show is amazing, and listener mail on misdiagnosis based on gender and / or sexuality.
In his new book Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York, photographer Tod Seelie documents New York’s vibrant D.I.Y. culture and celebrates the people and places that make it possible. Collected from fifteen years of shooting, the photos in the book include junk rafts in the Hudson River, secret parties in abandoned subway tunnels, rooftop punk shows, and many scenes from late night adventures in the city. Tod will be celebrating the release of Bright Nights on November 7th at Silent Barn with Japanther, The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, and Amour Obscur.
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Private surveillance companies are marketing their products to cops as a way to monitor dissent, Nick Kristof thinks he’s a cop, and listener mail.
Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker Prize for her book The Luminaries and The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner.
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The White House downplays two human rights groups reports saying US drone strikes violate international law, the Daily Caller’s totally original take on angry feminists, and listener mail about ableism and gender.
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How the school system fails to support special ed kids, rewarding investors who don’t finance nuclear weapons production, and a bunch of listener mail.
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The best of the best comedians and writers in New York get together at the end of every month to share their wild and crazy stories, hosted by David Martin. This month’s New York-themed show features Melanie Hamlett, Tara Clancy, Adam Wade & John Flynn.
Two human rights groups issue scathing reports on the US drone programs in Pakistan and Yemen, misrepresentation of a school that allows trans* kids to use preferred locker rooms, and listeners weigh in on Kanye West and anti-intellectualism.
Last summer, my guest photographer Benjamin Rasmussen went to Jordan along with photographer Michael Friberg to meet some of these Syrian refugees living in Jordan. With the help of local journalists Benjamin and Michael photographed refugees’ daily lives, and recorded interviews with them telling their stories. They’re calling the project By the Olive Trees. Benjamin and Michael are currently working on a newsprint publication of their photographs and interviews that will be distributed for free.
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Edward Snowden says there is no way Russian or Chinese spies got any of his documents, and listener mail on technology, engineering, and maybe more dating stuff.
Savior’s Day is a work of fiction taken out of today’s headlines. Cardinal Arnold Ford, head of the Archdiocese of New York, witnesses a murder on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. With the old man’s dying breath, he hands the Cardinal a sliver of ancient parchment to keep and protect. What follows is a tale woven from an open case that Israel’s vaunted spy agency, the Mossad, is afraid to solve. What do they fear? How can the lost pages of an ancient treasure threaten the very existence of the State of Israel?
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Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the problems with members of Congress owning stock and trading on positions they can influence, the manufactured crisis of the debt ceiling looms, and Dear Prudence at Slate gets real victim blame-y.
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The NSA is bulk collecting the contacts and buddy lists of as many as 250 million Americans annually, Esquire’s mediocre politics survey, a science writer is called a whore for not writing for free, and we went apple picking and it was glorious.
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Kanye West goes on Jimmy Kimmel and it’s amazing, and listener mail about dating feminists and re-watching the X-files.
This week artist Randal Wilcox talks about his self portraits, painting with saliva, and his experimental band Beat Cops. Self-Portrait as a Vigil-Ante (I) Self-Portrait as a War-Lord and a Child-Solider Playlist 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:03 Digging Up the Bones – Beat Cops 03:10 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 1 04:54 Moonshine Sonata – Beat Cops 06:46 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 2 08:34 The Sleep of Reason Breeds Monsters – Beat Cops 11:44 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 3 12:50 Clouds Went That Way  – Gary War 16:19 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 4 17:16 Brushing Past the Consequences – Beat Cops 19:20 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 5 20:41 Train Ride – Beat Cops 23:48 Randal Wilcox Interview pt 6 26:35 Kneel to the Boss – Cabaret Voltaire 30:30 Finish
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Ryan Goodman joins us to discuss the capture and detention of Abu Anas al-Libi, and our thoughts on the undercover officer who infiltrated Occupy and followed both of us on Twitter.
The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 15, 2013) is the coming-of-age story of the irrepressible Isaac Helger, son of Jewish immigrants, surviving the streets of Johannesburg in the shadow of World War II. Bonert is an amazing new voice in fiction, the kind you come across only very rarely in a lifetime of reading. 
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Why the corporate reform movement is so bad for education, updates on Guantanamo, and listener mail on dating.
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Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah joins us to discuss the career of Dave Chappelle and his abrupt departure from the spotlight, and why feminism doesn’t need a rebranding.
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Deirdre Lally joins us to discuss efforts to stop fracking in the Marcellus Shale, the US conducts two raids in Africa, and listener mail on dating a feminist.
This week Thilde Jensen talks about Canaries, her project that looks at people suffering from Multi Chemical Sensitivity. A book of her Canaries photographs was recently published by LENA Publications.
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More details on how the shutdown and sequestration are effecting Headstart, bad initial reporting on the shooting on Capitol Hill, and listener mail about dating a vegan.
Book Publishing for Entrepreneurs: Secrets From a New York Publisher by Karen Strauss In this insider’s guide to publishing author Karen Strauss reveals secrets that unlock the mysteries of the industry to ensure a successful publication. You, too, can reap the benefits of publishing to make you a RockStar in your industry. Written with the entrepreneur in mind, Strauss delivers the tools you need to be a professional author and to make your book your strongest marketing tool. Strauss takes you from delivery of manuscript to providing social media networking and worldwide distribution. If you’re thinking that you want to write a book but you don’t have the time, talent or the connections. Think again! Strauss’ invaluable hints will make publishing your book an adventure and a success. 00:00 Book Talk Intro – DJ Kory 04:48 Your Light Is Spent – Final Fantasy 07:51 Interview with Karen Strauss Part 1 30:33 He Poos Clouds – Final Fantasy 34:03 Interview with Karen Strauss Part 2 52:28 This Is the Dream of Win and Regine – Final Fantasy 57:00 Finish Upcoming Events: “Best Practices For Self-Publishing” Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Ripley-Grier Studios, Room 16T, 520 8th Ave., New York, NY Doors open at 8:30 AM, Program starts promptly at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm 2:30 – 3:30pm “Distribution and Sales: Selling Your Book: the Harsh Facts & Some Tips” Final Fantasy Upcoming Shows: There are no upcoming shows scheduled at this time. http://www.rockstarpublishinghouse.com/ http://www.yourexpertnation.com/best-practices-for-self-publishing/ karen@rockstarpublishinghouse.com
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The government shutdown continues, leaving thousands without necessary government services and as many as one million government employees furloughed. Also, an interview with the Prison Yoga Project of New York.
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The NSA is making sophisticated graphs of your social interactions, and dating a feminist: is it necessary for a good relationship?
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Ayesha Siddiqi on the Kimmel and Kanye controversy, and some non-spoiler-y thoughts on the end of Breaking Bad about masculinity, late capitalism, and the suburbs.
Martin Waldmeier is a curator based in London. In his new exhibition, Death of a Cameraman, Martin explores the complicated roles that images and image-makers play in conflicts, like the on-going civil war in Syria. Using the flood of anonymous videos coming out of Syria as a starting point, Martin’s exhibition poses questions about the power of images to influence events, the high stakes of making images of war, and the ability for images themselves to act as weapons.
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Welcome to Radio Dispatch Live! On tonight’s show, Alexis Goldstein and Mike Konczal join us to discuss who’s got all our money and why they won’t give it back, the state of financial reform, and what will happen if Ted Cruz shuts down the government. Also, one woman is making three hundred sandwiches in order to get her staticky-haired boyfriend to marry her, and Radio Dispatch is on it.
There is an oil debate going on on both sides of the border (that being USA and Canada) around a proposal that has us piping black gold from Northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Should it happen?
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An NPR producer is detained while crossing the border from Canada to the US, a terrorism case in New York fails in its entrapment appeal, and listener mail about beans.
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Jonathan Horowitz joins us to discuss the relationship between the FBI and Kenya’s security forces, Donald Sachtleben pleads guilty in the AP leak case, and listener mail. Find us on Stitcher, or at Theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Speed listening 13:52 Jonathan Horowitz on the Nairobi attack 23:41 More on Naibrobi, the strange AP leak case 48:41 Listener mail on Starbucks and guns 58:33 “Americareful” Atmosphere / Credits 59:40 Finish Donald Sachtleben Nairobi Shooting Listener Mail
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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.
Al Shabaab forces kill nearly 70 people in a mall in Nairobi, the New York Times discovered Bill de Blasio used to be against apartheid, and a bunch of listener mail.
This week on the show I speak with Sarah Lasley about her film Eve. The film follows four characters: a celebrity, her confused and obsessed fan, a lonely housewife desperately trying to connect with the world, and her wandering husband who is drawn away from his wife by the beauty of nature. The film contrasts quick cuts with moments of unsettling stillness and Sarah’s richly saturated sets reference her days as a figurative painter. Sarah’s other films include She She, which Sarah describes as “Thelma and Louise without stakes”, and Bitches, a take on the 1988 film Beaches.
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Re-thinking the working and playing relationships between adults and kids, watching two film strips from decades ago, and listener mail on Breaking Bad.
Images of Red Hook is a visual representation of this unique part of Brooklyn but is much more than simply a gallery of photos. Containing over 120 color images of industrial sites (some long-gone), urban mosaics, close-ups, panoramas, a sunset or two, and cranes, lots of cranes – this book provides an in-depth view of this fascinating and vibrant place.
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Starbucks requests that customers not bring guns into the coffee shop, Tom Friedman sees someone with pink hair and writes some words about it, and listener mail on Breaking Bad.
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The second anniversary of Occupy, a new report details the FBI’s increased domestic surveillance following 9/11, and listener mail.
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The US government continues to hold around 60 detainees at the prison at Bagram in Afghanistan, and some pushback listener mail.
Justine Frischmann is a California-based painter. This month she’s got a new solo show of her abstract paintings opening at Unspeakable Projects in San Francisco. The show is called The Battle of Faith and Doubt. Recently I spoke with Justine over the phone about her upcoming exhibition, her painting process and making the transition from successful rock musician to abstract painter.
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Alex Abdo of the ACLU on the most recent NSA disclosures, Molly’s piece in Rolling Stone about the criminalization of students, and Putin is in the NYT op-ed pages.
This week on Book Talk DJ Kory takes a look at some of the best summer moments as well as the upcoming book-related events this fall.
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Bill de Blasio comes in first in the New York City Democratic primary, President Obama’s speech on Syria, and we want to come speak at your college.
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Rania Khalek on the non-violent elements that make up resistance in Syria, George Zimmerman’s soon-to-be-ex-wife calls 911 on him, and catching up on listener mail.
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John’s back from Poland, US action in Syria remains as unclear as ever, and Bloomberg’s dismal goodbye interview.
This week on the program, painter Brandon Schreck. He talks about getting into painting later in life, the influence of music on his artwork, and why he’s attracted to abstract painting.
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Jamie Kilstein on facing and writing about his alcoholism and eating disorder, Michelle Alexander addresses drone warfare & NSA spying, & police brutality against a man with Down Syndrome.
Rob Goldstein Author of 51 Colors of Seduction Sexcapades of a Committed Couple discusses falling into one of five sexual zones, and by using these zones you can take your sex life to a whole new level. Can a Zone 1 last with a Zone 5? Or are you both Zone 3s on a quest to enter Zone 5? 
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The New York Times has discovered that women eat lunch, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria, and all sorts of listener mail.
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Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo on their new book, Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America. Also, two terrible pieces at the Washington Post about sexual assault, revolutionary Arab leftists on Syria, and more listener mail.
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It’s time for another Radio Dispatch live! Our guests and Nelini Stamp from the Working Families Party and the Dream Defenders, and Greg Basta from New York Communities for Change. We’re discussing organizing, Trayvon’s law, and oversight of the NYPD.
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He’s written several books on the subject, and his newest came out earlier this summer from Aperture. It’s called Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen.
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Listener mail adds to and continues our conversations on Syria and Manning and cultural appropriation, and John is about to be away for a week.
Friend In Your Pocket Conversations Session will have readers intrigued to do something different leaving an impact. Short, sweet, sincere and to the point, Friend In Your Pocket has no fluff. As long as Author Qwana Reynolds keeps breathing the “Friend In Your Pocket” franchise will tackle relevant questions and situations people may ponder daily with vigor, real life examples, quotes, humor and experiments. Qwana Reynolds is a woman with the gift for word that will influence everyone who sees or hears her spoken or unspoken words. 
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AP reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman released a new story on NYPD surveillance of Muslims based on their upcoming book, a Montana judge sentences a teacher who raped his 14 year old student to 30 days in prison, and listener pushback on twerkin’.
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Micah Uetricht on the Chicago public school closings, the US appears ready to bomb Syria, and Molly’s new piece about the struggle for trans* rights in the military.
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John Flynn, Michelle Markowitz, Peter Aguero, and Adam Wade tell their “Horrible Bosses” stories, with David Martin as your host.
The NSA has spied on the UN, the VMAs happened and were kind of weird, and we actually get to a bunch of listener mail.
This week on the show my guest is Allison Maletz. Allison’s watercolor paintings , installations and sound works examine the  contradictions and sometimes ugliness that lies underneath the surface of the suburban family.  In paintings of bizarre and humorous scenes taken from family photos, and in installations comprised of old furniture and the sounds of disembodied voices, Allison’s work reflects a world in which we are simultaneously loved and neglected, out of synch yet still connected to each other by the obligations of family. Allison’s work is currently on view at the Florence Griswald Museum in Connecticut as part of the show Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: An Artist’s Guide to the World. 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:34 Allison Maletz Interview pt. 1 04:57 Expectations –  Belle and Sebastian 08:21  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 2 11:26 I Have a Secret – Half Japanese 13:57  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 3 18:41 Can You Keep a Secret – The Bitters 21:09  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 4 23:23 Cheek to Cheek – Allison Maletz 24:57  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 5 27:30 Utility Purgatory (excerpt)- Allison Maletz 29:48  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 6 32:11 Smashing Time – Television Personalities 34:51  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 7 37:56 Those Mooney Stars – Butterglory 40:07  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 8 42:09 Springtime (excerpt) – Allison Maletz 44:17  Allison Maletz Interview pt. 9 46:34  You Mean Nothing to Me – Jay Reatard 48:20 Finish
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Chelsea Manning reveals herself to the world, the NYC city counsel overrides Bloomberg’s community safety act veto, and the specifics of how stop & frisk affects young people.
Two years ago I went up to the boys’ bedroom to find the three of them huddled around the computer. I look over their shoulder and to my shock and horror, they have accessed YouTube©. Prior to this fateful afternoon, the boys had never ventured off the pages I had bookmarked. Without any notes home to the parents, without any education surrounding the risks and threats of the internet, my first grader’s music teacher had introduced the class to YouTube©. Here they sat innocently searching for “the milkshake dance.”
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Dylan Mohan Gray joins us to discuss his new documentary Fire in the Blood, about how pharmaceutical patents on HIV treatment have resulted in the death of 10 million people in the developing world. Also, Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison, and listener mail.
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More developments in the Snowden-leaks story as UK authorities smash up computers belonging to The Guardian, the US will likely resume training the military in Mali, and more of that listener mail boatload.
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Ali Gharib joins us to discuss the deteriorating situation in Egypt, Glenn Greenwald’s partner is detained for 9 hours in the UK, and just a boatload of listener mail. Find us on Stitcher, or at Theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Jazz Age Party 13:26 Ali Gharib on Egypt 30:15 David Miranda detained for 9 hours 50:02 Listener mail 60:41 “Abigail Belle of Kilronan” Mages / Credits 61:47 Finish Ali Gharib NSA Listener Mail
This week on Art Uncovered, we get a tour of the new MoMA exhibition, Soundings: A Contemporary Score, from curator Barbara London. The show features 16 sound artists from around the world. Next, we hear from Bill Fontana, one of the pioneering sound artists working today. Bill studied with John Cage in the 1960s and his “sound sculptures” uncover the hidden sounds of massive architectural structures like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and the Millennium Bridge in London. Bill is currently an artist in residence at CERN, where he’s doing sound experiments with the Large Hadron Collider.
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Parallel issues in the Manning trial and a new study about trans* people in the military, a father petitions the US Senate to help free his son from indefinite detention in Bagram, and some awesome listener mail.
Yvette Heyliger is an award-winning, grant-winning playwright, a director, and a producing artist/partner in her own company, Twinbiz.
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Ryan Devereaux joins us for continuing coverage of the historic ruling in the New York City stop and frisk trial. Also, a victory for trans* students in California, and listener mail.
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Kade Crockford of the Massachusetts ACLU joins us to discuss the NSA revelations and the likelihood of reform. Also, the hashtag SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen trends big time on twitter.
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A federal judge delivers a major blow to the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy, Eric Holder is chipping away at mandatory minimums, and we are back from vacation in a big way.
Today on the show, my guest is Los Angles-based artist and jack of all trades, Tucker Neel. Tucker’s artwork takes the form of site specific installations, photography, drawing, video as well as online and telephone communication. His work draws on images of national monuments, political iconography, and the landscape around LA to examine how individual and cultural memories take material form.
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We re-air our live show from June with Sunita Patel and Ryan Deveraeux that focused on the historic stop & frisk trial. Next show we’re back from vacation and back to normal.
George Cameron Grant is the internationally produced author of 10 full-length plays, over 20 one acts, and countless monologues. In his latest full-length play, Sanctuary: A Mystery of Faith and Forgiveness, George navigates the unchartered spiritual waters of abortion.
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We re-air our interview with TF Charlton, where we discuss how black women are reduced to cultural memes and how sisterhood sometimes only goes one way. Also, a listener asks to be brought up to speed on trans* issues.
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We re-air our interview with Glenn Greenwald that was recorded before the Snowden leaks but deals with many of the same issues, and keep chipping away at our ever-growing pile of listener mail.
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We re-air our interview with Mychal Denzel Smith on the George Zimmerman verdict, and get to listener mail that we’ve been saving for a rainy day.
Ilona Gaynor is an artist and designer. Unlike many artists and designers however, Illona isn’t interested in producing objects or products. She’s interested in designing narratives, plots and schemes. And for her latest art project, she’s designing a bank heist. The work is called Under Black Carpets, and the goal is to design a successful robbery of five banks that surround the One Wilshire building in downtown Los Angeles.
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Nathan Fuller joins us to discuss the Manning verdict and what to expect from the sentencing phase. Also, the confusing saga of Hugo Schwyzer’s resignation from the internet and the Camp Gyno viral sensation.
A memoir of haunting and redemptive events covers such topics as a con-man father’s betrayal; the murder-suicide of a houseguest and a decade spent in the arctic as a translator of Inuit tales.
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Bradley Manning found guilty of nearly all charges but not aiding the enemy, a Weiner spokesperson refers to a former intern as a slutbag, and listener mail on exoticizing non-Western sex.
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Trans* listener mail, selfie-shaming, and three prison-breaks in the Middle East.
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Reza Aslan’s appearance on Fox News goes viral, as do Don Lemon’s remarks on race, and a response to Questlove.
Ayala Gazit is an Israeli photographer based in Brooklyn. In her work she combines family photographs, old documents and her own images to explore the history of her family. For her project You Don’t Say she travelled to Israel, England and Germany to learn the story of her family during World War II. Her newest project, is called “Was it a Dream” and it’s being exhibited next month at the The Ballarat Foto Biennale in Victoria, Australia. The project explores Ayala’s discovery, when she was twelve, that she had an older brother living in Australia with a family she had never met. Was it a Dream is Ayala’s journey to discover her brother, Australia, and a family she didn’t know she had.
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It’s Radio Dispatch Live! Melissa Gira Grant and Michelle Chen join us to discuss civil rights, labor issues, and the cultural stigma around sex work.
Man versus Ball follows Hart’s adventures around the country as he undertakes new missions, often with unexpected results. He becomes a pro wrestler, learning “fake” moves that all but land him in the hospital after a body slam went awry. He plays an entire season for a championship semipro football team, suits up as a U.S. Open ball boy for three years, and is an “amateur caddie” for a Professional Golfers’ Association tournament. After attending mascot school, he performs in a neon gorilla suit in front of several thousand fans at a minor league hockey game. He works as a vendor at several venues around the country, hawking concessions while fending off drunken fans. He even earns a bit of glory for himself, leading his roller basketball league in rebounds for two consecutive seasons. Feeling confident, he takes part in the World Cup of roller soccer, which is soccer on in-line skates. All this prepares him for his moment of truth: a race up the 1,576 stairs of the Empire State Building.
Attorney General Holder promises no death penalty for Snowden + second Pussy Riot member denied parole
US deportations of Mexican minors no the rise + an ominous new study regarding the future cost of brain disorders
Sixty men are being indefinitely detained by the US at Bagram prison, an update on yesterday’s discussion of being trans* in the military, and listener mail. Always listener mail.
Citi Bike program accidentally leaks member information + bribery exposed in China’s public hospitals
Trans* exclusionary feminism, indefinite detention at Bagram prison in Afghanistan, and listeners fix each other’s lives.
Poll captures public opinion on Zimmerman verdict + Justice Department sues Florida over treatment of disabled children.
David Crab, Gilli Nissim, Melanie Hamlett, and Adam Wade tell their “Fathers” stories, with David Martin as your host.
Obama’s statement on Trayvon Martin and the state of race in the United States, and we finally get to MHP’s letter to Edward Snowden.
This week on the show is artist Mary Mattingly. Mary’s work combines photography, sculpture, architecture and ecology to bring us visions of a post-apocaliptic future — as well as, most importantly, some ideas for how we might survive such a future, or avoid it all together. With works like her wearable homes and The Waterpod Project — a self-sufficient floating artist habitat built on a recycled barge —- Mary’s work offers imaginative and visually stunning experiments in living based on ideas of community, sustainability and individual freedom. Mary’s upcoming solo exhibition is called Mary Mattingly: House and Universe, and it opens at Robert Mann gallery on September 6th.
New report on civilian death toll from US drone strikes + Facebook won’t help U.N fight pirates
Rolling Stone’s amazing profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the irresponsible calls to boycott the magazine. Also, a ton of listener mail.
Tangled Up in New York: Shakedown on the Streets is the inspirational, hilarious, and strange saga of a forty-eight year-old salesman who bagged his day job to hustle books on the streets. From Memorial Day through Halloween, Howard “Catfish” Weiner hauled his Dylan/Dead memoirs from Battery Park to Yankee Stadium in search of an audience for his prose.  Along the way, Catfish becomes one with his oppressive environment, fusing with the strange brew of humanity stampeding along the steamy asphalt jungle. This is the quintessential and timeless tale of a New Yorker pressing on against all odds to manifest destiny, on his own terms. 
The latest on North Carolina voter ID + the California state prison hunger strike
Rick Perry signs abortion restrictions into law + inmate art at Pelican Bay State Prison
Black youth in America aren’t allowed to have a childhood, and Richard Cohen is just as racist now as he was in 1986. Also, the New York Times found out about women in college having sex and blames them for sexual assault.
GOP admits using voter ID to help suppress votes + the latest on patent reform
Continuing thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict, Rachel Jeantel and a juror speak to the media, and Richard Cohen writes a column about how black people are scary.
The LGBT community stands behind Trayvon Martin + gay rights activist killed in Cameroon
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, and a re-cap of the Trayvon Martin march and rally in New York City.
Over the last few years photographer Lisa Elmaleh has been driving her homemade, portable darkroom through the American Southeast making landscape photographs of the Florida Everglades and taking portraits of traditional folk musicians in Appalachia. Lisa makes her images with a process called wet-plate colloidan. It’s a mid 19th century photography process that involves making your own negative using a glass plate and a slurry of chemicals. Next the plates are exposed in-camera and immediately developed. For Lisa most of this process takes place in the back of her truck, which doubles as her darkroom. Earlier this year Lisa was selected as one of PDN Magazine’s 30 photographers to watch in 2013, and last month Harper’s published a series of her photographs taken at a leper colony in Louisiana. Lisa just got back from a shooting trip in Appalachia and last week I got a chance to talk with her about her work at her apartment in Brooklyn. palm in sawgrass, 2010 vultures, 2010 Hogslop String Band. Harpeth River, TN. 2010 Ralph Roberts. Frametown, WV. 2012 Playlist 00:00 Intro 01:24 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 1 04:04 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad  – Etta Baker 06:13 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 2 08:33 Country Blues – Doc Boggs 11:31 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 3 13:54 Cotton Song – Leadbelly 16:04 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 4 20:04 Pardon My Whiskers – Wayne Raney 22:36 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 5 25:00 Louis Collins – Mississippi John Hurt 27:57 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 6 30:47 Black Girl (In the Pines) – Leadbelly 32:54 Lisa Elmaleh pt. 7 36:15 FFV – Townes Van Zandt 39:31 Finish
What’s next for Zimmerman + unconstitutional execution in Georgia, USA
We spend the hour on Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Sit back and enjoy our second Radio Dispatch book club.
A total of seven anthologies of The Best Plays from the Strawberry One-Act Festival, these anthologies are compiled by Artistic Director Van Dirk Fisher and feature one-act plays from all over the country that capture the heartbeat of American Theatre. Included in this week’s interview is Kristen Seavey, playwright, actor model and performer, whose play “The Losing Game” was featured in Strawberry in 2010.
Walmart opposing living wage legislation in DC + Republicans take aim at food stamp program
Scary stats regarding student loan debt + U.S retailers offer subpar plan for improving Bangladeshi garment industry.
More on James Comey’s confirmation hearing, gay is not the new black, and listener mail. And Molly explains Growing Pains to John, kind of.
California inmates on hunger strike + North Carolina activists push back against abortion restrictions.
A hunger strike begins in Pelican Bay prison in California, reports surface of force sterilizations in California prisons, and James Comey goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee as nominee to head the FBI. And mail from a 13-year-old listener.
Health websites possibly leaking personal data to third parties + Congress grapples with Egyptian aid package
A twitter dude tries to lecture Molly on appropriate feminist tactics, a great piece in Salon called What Men Want America Delivers, and a secret court is creating secret laws that allow for massive amounts of surveillance.
Mark 2, Stanford Linear Accelerator, California This week on the show: photographer Stanley Greenberg. Stanley has made his career photographing the visible, and invisible, parts of the built world He has photographed the hidden tunnels, aqueducts and tanks of new york’s water system, gained access to photograph the construction of buildings by some of the world’s most famous architects, and most recently, has been traveling around the world to places like Switzerland, Japan and the North Pole to photograph particle accelerators and other exotic high energy physics experiments. Stanley has published numerous books of his photographs including Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City, and Architecture Under Construction. His most recent book is called Time Machines and features a selection of his particle accelerator photographs.
California inmates undergo sterilizations without approval + insurers refuse to cover Kansas schools w/ armed staff.
Today, we spend the hour on listener mail, including some heavy personal stuff.
What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements; they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral?
Abortion access in Ireland + changes in North Carolina election law
Marriage equality support at a record high + Missouri inmates allege forced fights to amuse guards.
Today we re-air our Radio Dispatch Live show featuring a discussion on Palestine, because really that’s the best way to celebrate the 4th of July. Our guests are Maysoon Zaid, Ali Gharib, and Anna Lekas Miller.
A look at the elderly prison population + Brazilians of African descent demand equality
Nima Shirazi joins us to discuss the recent election in Iran and how the Western media got it so wrong. Also, how do the laws of war apply to cyberspace, and continuing to chip away at listener mail.
Mayor Bloomberg’s faulty logic regarding stop and frisk.
Jessica Luther joins us to discuss the lead up to Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster, and what to expect from Texas’ next special section. Also, thoughts on afterschool and some fantastic listener mail about biases in journalism.
Last month the Chicago Sun-Times laid off it’s entire photo department. Their plan: to replace their 28 staff photographers — including Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist John White — with reporters carrying iPhones. So, in addition to their normal reporting duties — tracking down leads, collecting quotes, interviewing witnesses — reporters will now have to stop what their doing, whip out their iphones and do the job of a photojournalist.
The implications of Vance v. Ball State University
It’s Radio Dispatch live! Our guests are Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Sunita Patel and journalist Ryan Devereaux, and we spend the hour on the historic Stop and Frisk trial.
Our hero Nathan Wavelsky moves into the burbs with his wife. Life is good. He’s a successful slacker. He doesn’t want to rock the boat. His definition of a good time is listening to his favorite bands on his iPod and staring at the grass and the poplar trees in his backyard.
The biggest liberal protest of 2013+ data surveillance in the UK
Rick Perry revives abortion bill + NYC City Council approves Community Safety Act
Wendy Davis stages 13 hour filibuster to protect reproductive rights in Texas, checking in with the Supreme Court’s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act and listener mail.
A historic filibuster + a historic moment for marriage equality
John has returned from Guantanamo with stories of Inspire Magazine and 11-hour court days. Also, David Gregory suggests Glenn Greenwald should be imprisoned, checking in with the Paula Deen story, and maybe some listener mail.
Most Texans oppose anti-abortion measures + immigration reform compromise
Michelle Markowitz, Tara Clancy, Adam Wade, and Ophira Eisenberg tell stories about their mothers, with David Martin as your host.
John has returned from Guantanamo with stories of Inspire Magazine and 11-hour court days. Also, David Gregory suggests Glenn Greenwald should be imprisoned, checking in with the Paula Deen story, and maybe some listener mail.
Joe Gillette is the man behind Party Food, a multimedia art project that according to the project’s website is “a story about 2 monsters living in a toilet … the King who rules them, the dreams that elude them, and the aliens who torment them from above. The project started in 2006 as a series of drawings and short stories, but has expanded to include live performance, video installations, and collage. Joe composes all the music for the project as well.
Study finds gay couples have a harder time finding apartments to rent + transgender people join Turkish protests.
Benjamin Ramos on Puerto Rican independence and political prisoners, more John from Guantanamo Bay, and more thoughts on the late, great Michael Hastings.
Like film, literature has been no stranger to marijuana and hashish, going back to Charles Baudelaire’s 1860 Artificial Paradises, in which the French poet not only describes the effects of hashish but postulates it could be an aid in creating an ideal world. The pleasures, pains, and complexities of marijuana are more than hinted at in works by William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, Hunter S. Thompson, and Thomas Pynchon, to name just a few, and I hope this anthology will add to that legacy and keep the flame of pot literature burning bright…
Massive demonstrations in Brazil + unionizing home health care
France pressures Google for more transparency + anti-gay organization disbands and apologizes to LGBT community.
Today, we re-air our first live show as a tribute to the remarkable journalist and friend, Michael Hastings, who died Tuesday at the age of 33. This show features Michael, Sarah Knuckey, and Gregory Johnsen. We consider ourselves extraordinarily lucky to have known Michael. He will be intensely missed.
Supreme Court cases awaiting decision.
John’s back to give us more updates from Guantanamo, the nationwide assault on reproductive rights continues, and lots and lots of listener mail.
Did Facebook just block Tor? + Gov. Rick Scott’s low blow to Florida workers
John was on This American Life, and he’s skyping in from Guantanamo again! Plus, Patton Oswalt pens a thoughtful essay on how and why he has changed his stance on rape culture, and amazing listener mail.
Eric Lindveit makes work that might be more at home in a natural history museum than a gallery or museum: for the past few years, Eric has been holed up in his Bushwick studio making enlarged hyper-realistic pieces of tree bark. Eric bases his sculptures on New York City street trees as well as drawings he collects from pre-20th century medical and natural history books. He’s especially interested in depicting diseased or damaged trees, so many of his large bark sculptures feature strange fungal growths, severed branches or even deep horizontal cuts where it appears an axe has struck the tree.
Apple releases figures on government requests of customer information + renewed protests in Egypt
John skypes in from Guantanamo Bay, Melissa Gira Grant on the anti-prostitution pledges being debated in the Supreme Court, and fixing listener lives, one email at a time.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House-the sources for the films The Social Network and 21-comes the larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus based out of the hedonistic paradise of Costa Rica. One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them…
The immediate results of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling + Australian government announces new gender guidelines.
New survey from Pew highlights LGBT discrimination.
John’s first dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, Meredith Clark on Carl Levil blocking a crucial aspect of the military sexual assault bill, the ACLU files a lawsuit challenge to the NSA surveillance program, and continued threats to after-school and childcare
Mississippi’s poor in danger of losing Medicaid + 300 Cambodian workers fired during factory strike
The establishment’s discrediting of Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, the Obama DOJ changes course and allows access to Plan B, and listener mail!
Obama embraces emergency contraception without a prescription + labor unions cry for real reform of Bangladesh’s garment industry.
Molly is hosting solo and she spent the weekend in the woods while the most important story in recent history got even bigger. Also listener mail!
Like a scientist, artist Aspen Mays’ work is about the search for knowledge. However, unlike a scientist, she’s much more interested in the search than the knowledge. For her, science is a kind of lens to explore the vexing and unanswerable questions of life: Questions about the the limits of knowledge, the nature of existence and whether or not we’re alone in the cosmos.
The latest on the pay gap.
The NSA knows everything and Glenn Greenwald broke the story, a grand jury refused to indict an 18-year-old rapper for his lyrics, and comedians triple down on the belief that there’s no sexism in comedy.
Reintroducing hard-boiled detective Ben Drake to a whole new generation, By the Balls: The Complete Collection assembles all the early writing of Jim Pascoe and Tom Fassbender—including the bowling alley murder mystery that launched crime fiction house UglyTown—in a redesigned 15th anniversary edition. This deluxe package contains the two underground cult-classic novels By the Balls and Five Shots and a Funeral, along with two brand-new short stories, a new introduction, and over a dozen short essays by industry luminaries.
Your gender/sexism news round-up
The issues to think about during Pride Month.
Female senators grill military leaders on their failure to address epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military, an LGBT activist heckles Michelle Obama, and threats directed at Lindy West for going on TV and saying words about rape culture.
Stories about Guantanamo Bay that may have slipped under your radar.
Lindy West and Jim Norton debate on Totally Biased, and the grassroots campaign to hold Facebook accountable for gendered hate speech.
Native American student denied diploma + poultry plant fire kills 120 workers
Ryan Devereaux on the conclusion of the Stop and Frisk trial in New York City, and the historic context for the case. Also, a listener letter about Palestine.
American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, is a new traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian on view now in New York at the NYC Public Library for the Performing Arts. The show focuses on five American cities — New York, L.A., SF, San Antonio and Miami — to explore the different ways Latinos have shaped the landscape of popular music in the United States. American Sabor addresses themes of migration, cultural cross pollination, and racial politics and the ways that social and musical intermixing produced musical genre’s ranging from from Salsa and the Boogaloo to Chicano punk and Reggaeton.
A look at the Obama administration’s crackdown on whistle-blowers
Checking your privilege and relationships over labels in the pursuit of being an ally. Also, airstrikes since Obama’s national security speech cast confusion over what rules are applied where. And listener mail!
In this epic, mythical debut novel, a newly wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt between where they can raise a family. But as their every pregnancy fails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rage at this new world: the song-spun objects somehow created by his wife’s beautiful singing voice, the giant and sentient bear that rules the beasts of the woods, the second moon weighing down the fabric of their starless sky, and the labyrinth of memory dug into the earth beneath their house. A powerful exploration of the limits of parenthood and marriage—and of what happens when a marriage’s success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence.
Obama pushed Congress to halt student loan interest rate increase + Police crack down on protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square
Michele Bachmann leaves Congress + the truth comes out about Artic oil drill run aground + Femen protesters arrested.
Jeremy Hammond pleads guilty to Stratfor hack, faces up to 10 years in prison and potential restitution costs of 2.5 million dollars. Also, Molly thinks that air travel foreshadows a horrible future on an even further stratified society. Also, listener mail.
Texas shuts 1.5 million low-income workers out of basic health coverage + suspected US drone crashes in Somalia
It’s Radio Dispatch LIVE! Our guests on today’s show are Maysoon Zayid, Anna Lekas Miller, and Ali Gharib, and our topic for the show is Palestine.
Texas okays guns on college campuses + New York Anti-Violence Project responds to rash of gay bashings.
Michelle Onufrak, Peter Aguero, Melanie Hamlett, and Adam Wade tell their “Betrayal” stories, with David Martin as your host.
Glenn Greenwald joins us to discuss President Obama’s latest speech, the DOJ’s war on journalism, and the effects of constant surveillance in the United States. Also, what Obama’s speech means for Guantanamo.
Curator Elizabeth Armstrong’s current exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is all about this slippery slope between truth and fiction in the 21st century. Her show is called More/Real: Art In the Age of Truthiness. The show looks at how artists are responding to a world in which fabrications, fictions or blatant falsehoods are often accepted as truth without regard to logic or reason. A world where news and entertainment are interchangeable and our social relationships and even our wars are conducted in virtual reality.
It’s all about veterans on this Memorial Day episode of The Daily Beat!
**ENCORE EPISODE – Originally Aired April 22, 2013** Lauren Hennessy joins us to discuss trans identity politics. Also, the media continues to fail in its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, and the explosion in West Texas.
Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career–if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur–a plea for help–that jostles them into action. Through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft tells the winning story of two improbable heroes whose sudden connection transforms both their lives. Like Elizabeth McCracken’s The Giant’s House, Heft is a novel about love and family found in the most unexpected places.
Boy Scouts of America lift ban on gay members, still discriminates against leaders + Pakistan on Obama’s counter-terrorism speech.
Boy Scouts of America vote on gay ban + a look into the blossoming, and devastating, coal mining industry of Mozambique.
TF Charlton joins us to discuss how black women are reduced to cultural memes, the scrutiny of Beyonce, and how sisterhood gets used in feminist discourse. Also, more on the protest outside the DOJ, and listener mail.
Judge orders closed session in Bradley Manning court-martial + Guatemala genocide conviction overturned
Homeowners stage acts of civil disobedience outside the DOJ calling for the prosecution of bankers. Also, DOE reforms facilitate special ed entry into selective NYC schools. And listener mail.
Factory blast in China leaves 13 dead + Oklahoma plunged into spending cut debate after tornado
MSNBC’s Meredith Clark joins us to discuss the epidemic levels of sexual assault in the military, and what people are doing or not doing to address the issue. Also, a new development in Obama’s war on journalism, and the clear silencing message that comes through when women write about gender.
This week on Art Uncovered a conversation with artist Carrie Mae Rose. I visited her at her Bushwick studio to talk about her interest in fashion, technology and the interactive wearable sculptures she makes from items confiscated at airport security. Carrie Mae has exhibited around the United States, and she is currently a Computational Fashion Fellow at Eyebeam.
New stats on military sexual trauma + the disturbing fetal death bill of the Virgina GOP nominee for state attorney general.
Marcy Wheeler joins us to discuss the DOJ/AP story, the on-going war on terror, and the continuing embarrassment of Guantanamo Bay. Also, military sexual assault continues at epidemic levels.
Ellie McEnroe is back in HOUR OF THE RAT, the sequel to Lisa Brackmann’s smash hit debut, Rock Paper Tiger a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Eager to shed the haunting memories of the last year, Ellie agrees to do a favor for an old war buddy that gets her out of Beijing (and away from her mother, who has long overstayed her welcome). The breathtaking Chinese countryside is totally worth the endless hours of train travel, and Ellie is just starting to relax. But there are depths to this favor that she couldn’t have predicted, and soon Ellie finds herself in the middle of a bottomless conspiracy that threatens millions of lives—including her own.
Women in developing countries lack access to birth control, study shows + International Day Against Homophobia
Florida student won’t face charges for science experiment gone awry + the latest threat on workers’ rights to organize
More on the DOJ’s seizing of two months of AP phone records, a new study says children are the poorest group in the United States, and listener mail.
Evening cable news shows white-washed, study finds + brothel owners on LinkedIn’s anti-prostitution policy.
The ACLU’s Kade Crockford on what the Boston bombing tells us about militarized police, and the broader state of surveillance in the United States. Also, the DOJ seizes two months of the Associated Press’ phone records, and listener mail. Find us on Stitcher, or at Theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 This thing keeps going 14:25 Kade Crockford on liberties and surveillance 32:58 AP and DOJ fiasco 59:59 “Real Good Men” Emilyn Brodsky 61:23 Finish Kade Crockford Stand Up Comedy
Supreme Court rules in favor of Monsanto + Sen. Elizabeth Warren sets sights on student loan interest rates.
Maurice Pianko of Intern Justice joins us to discuss the effects that free labor has throughout the economy. Also, the intersection of the drone program and stop and frisk, and force feeding at Guantanamo and reproductive rights.
This week on the show, a conversation with artist Melissa Brown. Melissa’s  kaleidoscopic  prints and collages  draw on  graphics from  lottery tickets, playing cards and currency  to explore questions of value and fantasy. I dropped by her studio to talk about dumpster diving for lottery tickets, something called a”Hexahexaflexagon” and what it’s like to make a woodcut print with a steamroller. Hexahexaflexagon, 2009, Two tesselated prints installed, Woodcut on hand dyed paper with stencil,  64 in x 192 in $2485 in Discarded Scratch Off Tickets, 28 in x 28in 00:00 Thomas Intro 00:47 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 1 04:46 Myth – Brilliant Colors 06:41 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 2 11:43 36 Inches High – Nick Lowe 14:26 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 3 11:36 Part Time Punks – Television Personalities 20:13 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 4 23:40 Vacation – Beach Fossils 27:10 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 5 30:50 I Hate The 80s – The Vaselines 34:18 Melissa Brown Interview pt. 6 38:42 Lulu’s Lips – Grass Widow 39:10 Finish
NYC sees streak of gay bashings + Detroit fast food workers go on strike
The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin joins us to discuss his new book The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay. Also, connecting the dots between exceptional violence and normalized violence.
When syndicated columnist Tracy Beckerman trades in her TV job and cool NYC existence for the New Jersey suburbs, she doesn’t expect to also trade in her entire identity. But her new life as a stay-at-home mom knocks her for a loop in more ways than one. From the embarrassment of being ticketed while driving in her bathrobe to the challenge of making friends in the land of big hair and minivans, Beckerman shares her struggles with self-deprecating humor as she endeavors to reclaim her “cool.”
Texas authorities launch criminal investigation into West, Texas explosion + sports clubs for women crop up in Kuwait.
Crime rate drops with review of Stop and Frisk + another sport star’s coming out
On today’s show, final thoughts on the latest comedy controversy, and catching up on tons of listener mail.
The truth behind LGBT discrimination at work + how to navigate the garment industry as an ethical shopper
Another controversy about jokes about violence against women engulfs the comedy community. We spend the hour on what happened, and why pushing back against cultural misogyny is important.
James Holmes to plea not guilty by reasons of insanity + Department of Defense releases military sexual assault report.
Striving for sisterhood while encouraging and embracing criticism, and a flawed theory of how people become terrorists refuses to die.
The artist Paisley Kang is interested in the messier, baser functions of the human body. According to Paisley, “bleeding, shedding, scabs falling off, ejaculation, sweating … everything that’s a byproduct of human life” are all fair game when it comes to her her artwork. In her new solo show, appropriately titled Baser Functions, Paisley  explores the ways that power relationships, sexual desires and memories reveal themselves through our bodies less than glamourous parts and functions. Along with more traditional oil paintings, Paisley’s show also includes installations made from a range of  less than traditional materials. There’s a wall piece made from the clothing of an ex-lover, semen displayed in petri-dishes below a painting, and even an installation that incorporates sixty-dozen live leeches. Last week, I met up with Paisley at Associated Gallery in Bushwick where Baser Functions is on view. We talked about her interest in bodily fluids, her painting style, and the relationship between visual art and music.
Sequestration threatens domestic abuse and sexual assault victims services
Obama’s awful policy on Plan B, Bloomberg and Kelly on stop and frisk, and listener mail, including an update on Lavonte Douglas.
The Morel – Arthur, Penny, and Will – are a happy family of three living in New York City. So why would Arthur choose to publish a book that brutally rips his tightly knit family unit apart at the seams? Arthur’s old schoolmate Chris, who narrates the book, is fascinated with this very question as he becomes accidentally reacquainted with Arthur. A single, aspiring filmmaker who works in a movie theater, Chris envies everything Arthur has, from his beautiful wife to his charming son to his seemingly effortless creativity. But things are not always what they seem.
Apple avoids $9.2 billion in taxes + Minnesota moves to expand tuition aid to undocumented students
Maryland signs abolition of the death penalty + South Dakota tribe faces ultimatum
Porn Star Stoya joins us to discuss street harassment and the politics of porn. Also, how zero tolerance criminalizes the youth, and some thoughts on lethal autonomous robots. Find us on Stitcher, or at Theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Molly’s students 11:20 Stoya on street harassment and porn 22:28 chemistry arrest in FL 50:00 LAR 59:22 “Yoshimi battles the pink robots” Flaming Lips / Credits 60:42 Finish Stoya Protesting US Drones Drone
The facts about the discrimination of Roma + a campaign in California demands healthcare for undocumented immigrants.
We spend the hour on gender, whether it is innate, constructed, both, or neither. We may also get to some other listener mail too.
Chris Broussard’s remarks on Jason Collins + High Court of Bangladesh takes action against collapsed building owners
Duchess Harris joins us to discuss Michelle Obama, working motherhood, and white feminism through a black feminist lens, John was on the TV, and as usual some great listener mail.
Suzan Hoeltzel and Yuni Villalonga are the curators of Contemporary Cartographies, an exhibition at the Lehman College Art Gallery, that looks at the ways artists are using the visual language of maps to explore their ideas. For some of the artists in the show, maps are a format to organize information, while others use the concepts of mapping to tell a personal narrative or invent imaginary places. Others use maps themselves as the materials for their artwork.
Jason Collins comes out + black voters make history
It’s our fourth Radio Dispatch Live! On tonight’s show, we welcome comedians Phoebe Robinson and Aparna Nancherla. We’re talking political, social, and cultural commentary in comedy, and maybe we’ll get into some identity politics while we’re at it! Plus, John and Molly spent the afternoon trolling misogynists on Twitter.
This is a story about accepting the people we love—the people we have to love and the people we choose to love, the families we’re given and the families we make. It’s the story of two women adrift in New York, a widow and an almost orphan, each searching for someone she’s lost. It’s the story of how, even in moments of grief and darkness, there are joys waiting nearby.
A bill to legalize discrimination against LGBT people in Washington + Women can now legally pray at Western Wall.
New Department of Justice guidelines for rape victim emergency care + Boston hospitals and insurers waive medical fees
Farea al-Muslimi testifies before a Senate subcommittee on drones, we discuss the Gosnell case in Philadelphia, and a listener mail about stripping.
Hospitals conducting de facto deportations + an 8-story building of garment factories in Bangladesh collapses, dozens dead.
Salon’s Natasha Lennard joins us to discuss the problems of federal grand juries, and how those who resist them can wind up in solitary confinement for up to 18 months. Also, normalizing Constitutional infringements and sweet sweet listener mail. Find us on Stitcher, or at Theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Ice palace in The Bronx 12:44 Natasha Lennard on Grand Juries 26:46 Normalizing erosion of liberties 41:00 Listener mail 59:42 “What is your secret” Nada Surf / Credits 61:02 Finish Natasha Lennard Support Jerry Listener Mail
TSA postpones controversial rule change + high school student pushes back against abstinence-only education.
Michelle Markowitz, Mike Guild, Christian Cappozoli, and Adam Wade tell their “Most Daring and/or Adventurous Night” stories, with David Martin as your host.
The surviving suspect in the Boston bombing case was not read his Miranda rights for at least 48 hours, the Dove commercial that masquerades as feminist-y, and some UK-based listener mail. Find us on Stitcher, or at Theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 No Miranda rights for Boston suspect 35:00 Dove’s awful commercial 52:53 Listener mail 58:47 “Dixie Cups and Jars” Waxahatchee / Credits 60:11 Finish Flowers in Boston Dove Commercial Listener Mail
Artist Luisa Kazanas makes sculptures and prints that explore psychological states of being and draw on the aesthetics of science fiction and imagery from alchemical texts. Luisa sometimes described her work as “A bit of a Victorian plus mid-century modern plus Kubrickian 2001 train wreck.” I sat down with Luisa at her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn to talk about her sculpture her transition to printmaking and the time she spent as an art director and production designer on big budget hip hop videos.
The problem with resorting to labels in times of crisis + discrimination rears its ugly head in school suspension statistics.
Lauren Hennessy joins us to discuss trans identity politics. Also, the media continues to fail in its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, and the explosion in West Texas.
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger is the Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Earlier he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Professor Mayer-Schonberger has published seven books, as well as over a hundred articles (including in Science) and book chapters. His most recent book is the best-selling “Big Data” (co-authored with Kenneth Cukier).
Boston on lockdown + Boy Scouts of America discussing lifting discriminatory ban on gay members
A fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas + Gun violence victims subject to background checks
Robert Greenwald joins us to discuss his latest film, The War on Whistleblowers. Also, a new report says unequivocally that the United States engaged in torture after 9/11, and listener mail on ADHD.
Amnesty International calls for an investigation into the death of a protester + study links belief in angry god to mental illness.
We spend the hour on the bombing of the Boston Marathon, what it means and what it doesn’t mean, and what the reactions can tell us.
President Obama on the Boston Marathon attack.
The ever deteriorating situation at Guantanamo continues to get worse as detainees are moved into individual cells and defense attorneys are ordered not to use email. Also, listener mail, hooray!
Last month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opened a new exhibition called Great and Mighty Things. The show features the work of twenty seven self-taught or “outsider” artists from the private collection of Philadelphia collectors Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz. In the show are drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even a piece intended to channel the Earth’s electromagnetic energy for healing purposes.
Looking ahead to Earth Day + 31 dead in rash of bombings in Iraq + Ohio tries to defund Planned Parenthood (again)
Mike Konczal joins us to discuss Obama’s budget proposal, including the notorious Social Security cuts that progressives are decrying. Also Rand Paul goes to Howard and we discuss his speech as well as criticisms of it.
A little bit of history and a little bit of science. Book Talk discusses to re-releases from the 30s that represent the polar societies in America of that time–one written by Woody Guthrie and the other written by John O’Hara. At the end of the show, I look at how Bill Bryson was able to write a science book that explains everything in our universe while never taking a science class in his adult life.
Reebok pressured into dropping Rick Ross after date rape lyric outrage + Egyptian army denies torturing protesters.
Uruguay legalized same-sex marriage + Connecticut gun store with connection to Newtown in violation of federal regulations.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah joins us to discuss Kendrick Lamar and the tradition of black memoirists in the United States. Also, disabled people hiring sex workers, and four listener mails.
Sequester takes toll on cancer patients + the latest on death penalty abolition from Amnesty International
New revelations into the origins of the CIA drone program in Pakistan, and a wife and husband each write us about the same possibly sexist thing that happened at a Home Depot.
Speaker Quinn creates LGBT Advisory Panel for NYPD + hunger strikers at Guantanamo force-fed.
Trevor Aaronson joins us to discuss his book, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. Also, we talk about Molly’s latest article for The New Inquiry about bullying.
Diamond Head is the new show and collaboration between artists Johannes De Young describing and Natalie Westbrook. The show takes it’s name from a famous Hawaiian volcano whose mineral deposits were mistaken for diamonds by British explorers in the 19th century.
Questioning Margaret Thatcher’s legacy as a “feminist icon” + tomorrow is Equal Pay Day.
Obama’s sexist screw-up about Kamala Harris, the NYT’s sexist screw-up about Yvonne Brill, and letters from a Guantanamo Bay detainee show his sense of humor.
What’s new in NYC’s literary world? The upcoming launch of The National Digital Public Library, books discovered in the Lanza household in Newtown, CT, and an investigative report on one of the worst corruptions in recent legal history.
Landmark victory for women’s rights + Muslim women send a message to ‘sextremist’ collective Femen.
A mom pushes Mattel to make party supplies featuring Barbies of color + a critique of the NRA’s “National School Shield.”
“How to get a Black Woman fired,” Lindy West’s great post about the phantom of misandry, and renewed hook-up culture panic. Also, a listener mail about actively combatting rape culture in High School after listening to Radio Dispatch.
The AP Stylebook drops the term “illegal immigrant” + The UN adopts historic Arms Trade Treaty
A CIA agent linked to the destruction of torture tapes in the Bush years looks poised for a major promotion, today is autism acceptance/awareness day, and we catch up on some pre-vacation listener mail.
Autism Awareness Month + town in Georgia passes mandatory gun ordinance, encouraging citizens to take law in their own hands.
We’re back from vacation with stories of classwar and revolution from Paris. Also, coverage of the Guantanamo Bay hunger strike has intensified, and the problems with all those marriage equality avatars on Facebook.
Implosions of buildings 65 and 69, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York [#1] October 6, 2007 In his new book, Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Age, photographer Robert Burley documents the industrial-scale infrastructure that, for nearly 100 years, supported film photography. For the project, Robert was granted access to shuddered film factories to photograph the massive machines and interior spaces where thousands of workers once made film in total darkness.  He visited Dwayne’s photo lab in Kansas: the last photo lab in the world to process Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome film. And, for the most dramatic pictures in the book, Robert photographed the demolitions of film manufacturing buildings at Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester, New York. For Robert, Disappearance of Darkness is not simply a project about the collapse of an industry. It’s also a personal project about loss: the loss of the medium he has used to make a living for most of his life. For this reason, Robert decided to shoot all the pictures for his book on film, using a large format view camera. Last week, I spoke with Robert Burley about his new book, teaching photography to digital natives, and how digital images have changed our relationship to photography. Robert Burley will be speaking about Disappearance of Darkness this Wednesday, April 3rd, at the New York Public Library. Implosions of Buildings 65 and 69, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York [#2], 2007  Dwayne’s Photo Lab, Parsons, Kansas December 30, 2010 View of Kodak Head Offices From the Smith Street Bridge, Rochester, NY 2008 Film warehouse, AGFA-Gevaert, Mortsel, Belgium [#1], 2007  Film Coating Facility, Agfa-Gevaert, Mortsel Belgium, #1 2007 Playlist: 00:00 Thomas intro 02:18 Robert Burley: Disappearance of Darkness 07:00 Untitled – Andrew Bird 07:54 Robert Burley: Blowing up Film Factories 10:16 On Parade – Electrelane 12:37 Robert Burley: The Last Roll of Kodachrome 19:14 Cyanide Breath Mint – Beck 20:50 Robert Burley: Double Deja vu 25:12 Sunflower River Blues – John Fahey 26:21 Robert Burley: Post Photographic Age 30:04 New Walk – Liquid Liquid 30:54 Robert Burley: Dematerializing the Photograph 35:45 The Stakeout – Sun Araw 38:52 Finish
A special episode dedicated to marriage equality.
This is our final show sent in while we’re on vacation. It’s a re-airing of our live show from February, which is one of our favorites we’ve ever done.
Written by a non-scientist for non-scientists, the book explains how feelings, emotions, memories, love, fear and more are processed by our brains. Dina explores how the mind creates feelings and explains how readers can live in harmony with their feelings for a more fulfilling life.
Gender myths debunked + NYC Council poised to pass bill requiring paid sick leave
Search warrants of Adam Lanza’s home released + CA Chick-fil-A gives away coupons at marriage equality rally.
Time for our first Radio Dispatch book club. Today, we spend the hour discussing bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody, including a bunch of listener feedback.
Our favorite moment from yesterday’s oral arguments on Prop 8 + Russia cracks down on human rights watchdogs
Chris Faraone on the closing of the alt-weekly The Boston Phoenix, and the paper’s amazing history. Also, the new form of school segregation, and listener mail. And this is our first vacation show to air.
Your BTR cheat sheet for DOMA and Prop 8.
Tonight, we celebrate the 7th anniversary of “New York’s most sophisticated storytelling show!” We’ve gathered some of our most beloved storytellers, and asked them to share their favorite tales.
Over 1,000 attend Kimani Gray’s wake on Friday, and activists hold a march in East Flatbush on Sunday. Also, tons of listener mail, and this is the last regular show before we go on vacation.
Jonathon Keats is an artist and experimental philosopher. In his new book called Forged he makes the case for why forgers are the greatest artists of our age
A round-up of the Supreme Court cases and UN actions you should be tuned into this month!
Alexis Goldstein joins us to explain the latest crimes of JP Morgan, how they get away with it, and what might stop them. Also, Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer gets three and a half years in federal prison, and listener mail. Theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 We don’t get finance 12:28 Alexis Goldstein gets finance 30:34 Weev’s story 58:16 “I fought the law” The Clash / Credits 59:24 Finish Alexis Goldstein Jamie Dimon Weev
As part of Reunion Week here on BreakThru Radio, Book Talk will discuss some of English Literature’s most classic novels featuring a reuniting. One part realist Victorian Lit (Wuthering Heights), one part Fantasy (The Princess Bride) and one part American Literature (Shoeless Joe) the story of reuniting lovers, family and friends is a repeated plot in some of our greatest books.
Body armor for children hits the American market + Representative John Kavanagh proposes anti-trans bill in Arizona.
We ask women what they think of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” + Marijuana sniffing dogs retrained in Washington
It’s the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War, and little has changed in the overall media landscape. We discuss the coverage from 2003, where we were at the time, and where things stand now.
A petition to get COPS off the air + UK charities combine to aid Syria + conservatives continue to besmirch Ashley Judd.
Ryan Devereaux on the increasingly complicated case of Kimani Gray, the 16 year old who was shot and killed earlier this month by the NYPD. Also, a hunger strike grows at Guantanamo Bay, and listener mail.
Cyberattack on Florida elections website + a historic trial for Guatemala + NJ Senate panel approves bill banning gay conversion therapy.
We spend the hour on the Steubenville rape case: the significance of the guilty verdict, the awful coverage from CNN, and larger problems with the prison-industrial complex, and the pervasiveness of rape culture.
Artist Joey Parlett is know for drawings that feature a bizarre cast of reoccurring characters and densely drawn battle scenes. Joey is also responsible for a series of comics about a character called Beardman, who, in his adventures, invents an infinite guitar, buys the Tower of Babel and pulls hundreds of thousands of cats into the sunset on his rascal scooter.
Ohio’s attorney general pursues further charges after Steubenville rape case convictions.
On the ground reports from the vigil for Kimani Gray that became known as the Brooklyn Protest. Also, we have like five listener mails to get to.
Who knew there was so much writing out there on Hair? On Book Talk, I look at two books that use hair as their subject—one, an attempt to understand the personal and political behind our own psychological handling of hair and, in the other, a study of the role hair has played in cultural and civil history. In addition to hair week, I take a brief look at a new Kerouac biography and a literary critic book on the survival of the print literary journal.
UN official says drone strikes kill innocents in Pakistan + Pope Francis under scrutiny + HIV “functionally cured”
The man behind the infamous 47 percent video reveals himself + Fox apologizes for using B-roll of boobs in Women’s Day coverage.
MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff on unelected Emergency Managers in Michigan, and an ABC report about Steubenville by Elizabeth Vargas engages in blatant victim blaming and rape culture perpetuation.
National Association of Letter Carriers calls for a national day of action March 24 + the truth about NGOs.
Diala Shamas, one of the authors of a new report on the effects of NYPD surveillance on Muslims, joins us to discuss her findings and recommendations. Also, a conversation about teaching men not to rape, and getting ready for Radio Dispatch Book Club. theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Get ready for Feminism is for Everybody 23:16 Diala Shama on NYPD surveillance of Muslim communities 36:35 Teaching men not to rape 59:04 “Misery Over Dispute” Waxahatchee / Credits 60:05 Finish AP NYPD spying Mapping Muslims Feminism is for everybody
A report documents the impact of NYPD’s targeting of Muslims on the Muslim community + another protest for Kimani Gray.
NYPD misconduct, including shooting a 16-year-old boy, handcuffing a woman to a hospital bed for 15 days, “testilying,” and rampant surveillance of Muslims. Also, listener mail about shamey anti teen pregnancy ads and a teacher’s strike.
Photographer Tessa Traeger’s newest project is based on a collection of 19th century glass plate negatives given to her by a great uncle. For the project, she rephotographed these old plate negatives as still lives, using natural light and mirrors to highlight the dramatic forms of chemical decay that have transformed the negatives over their hundred plus years in storage.The results are ghostly, dreamlike views of Victorian England. Some of Tessa’s photographs show everyday scenes, like a crowd at the beach. Other images are abstractions in which the negative’s curled or damaged emulation creates rainbows of color and folds of texture that nearly obscure the photograph’s subject.
Some SXSW updates + corporate profits have never been higher; U.S. companies parking $166 billion in offshore tax havens.
Celebrating International Women’s Day, Rand Paul’s 13 hour filibuster, and an NYPD deputy inspector says a rape wasn’t a violent act because the person was unconscious.
In terms of “Danger” in literature, who else does it better than “Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang?” As part of our look into danger this week on BreakThru Radio, I examine the pop cultural phenomenon that is James Bond. How did this suave man of mystery become the billion-dollar film and literature business it has? I also look at the dangerous pastime of baseball. Believe it or not, baseball can be hazardous to your health. In 2007, baseball professors Robert M. Gorman and David Weeks published an account of all the deaths in baseball over the last 150 years. Finally, in tribute to all those backpackers and risky travelers out there, I examine two books that detail some of the most dangerous spots on Earth.
Obama signs expanded Violence Against Women Act + Bill Clinton urges court to overturn DOMA
North Korea threatens nuclear strike + writers and activists take a discerning look at victim blaming.
Hugo Chavez dies in Venezuela, bullying in its larger social context, and hunger strikes hit Guantanamo Bay.
The human rights abuses of Chavez’s presidency + The National Guestworker Alliance organizes a work stoppage at McDonald’s.
An exchange between a independent journalist and an editor illustrates the state of freelance journalism, prosecutorial overreach from Aaron Swartz to Michael Premo, and a listener asks about tenure for elementary and secondary school teachers.
The NCAA releases a guidebook for creating more LGBT-inclusive college sports teams.
Nathan Fuller joins us to discuss the latest developments in the Bradley Manning case and what happens next, the NYPD latest surveillance program is directed at East Harlem and Brownsville youth, and the UN calls for prosecution of Bush-era torture officials. And listener mail!
Color Rush, the new exhibition at the Milkwalkee Art Museum, that looks at the history of color photography in the United States. The show examines the 75 year period between 1907 and 1981, when color photography took over the American visual landscape and was embraced by culture high and low.
Freedom to Connect 2013 & the 57th Commission on the Status of Women kick off today + The Daily Caller slut shames Ashley Judd.
It’s our latest Radio Dispatch Live! We’re joined by MSNBC producer Jamil Smith, comedian Keisha Zollar, and author Rich Benjamin to discuss Black History Month, the Voting Rights Act, Trayvon Martin, and the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of the Oscars.
After her infant son is kidnapped, Beverley Cottrell’s marriage fails. Years later, could a mysterious, lurking young man be her long-lost son?
A mayoral candidate is murdered in Mississippi + a glimpse into life in Tehran.
Businesses push back against Defense of Marriage Act + NYC tries to dismiss lawsuit against NYPD.
Academy Award nominee James Spione on his upcoming documentary Silenced, which examines the war on whistleblowers and the risks they take by bringing government abuse to the public’s attention. Also, catching up on several listener mail letters.
Arkansas still grappling over abortion ban + a UNC student might be expelled for speaking out against sexual assault.
Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) joins us to explain the sequester: what it is, where it came from, and what it could mean for people throughout the country. Also, more fallout from the Onion’s Quvenzhane tweet, and catching up on some sweet sweet listener mail.
Today is the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death + prominent actors of color left out of Oscar’s “In Memoriam” reel.
Amazing stories about Anger! With Michelle Markowitz, Eliot Glazer and Jackie Mancini, John Flynn, and Adam Wade.
Nima Shirazi on the propaganda in Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, the Onion tweets out a horrible thing about Quvenzhane Wallis, and Seth MacFarlane’s general sexism and racism.
The new exhibition Farfetched: Mad Science Fringe Architecture and Visionary Engineering features artworks, images and objects that push the edges of known science and technology. Included in the show are a perpetual motion machine, something called a Quack Shock Helmet, a clock the predicts the end of the world, and lots of flying machines, healing devices and other imaginative creations made by unconventional artists, amateur hobbyists and garage tinkerers.
An article on how The Onion’s crude tweet aimed at Quvenzhane Wallis illustrates racially-infected attitudes towards sheltering children.
The problems with piling on Rihanna, drone advocates push for looser regulations for domestic drones, and MSNBC feigns independence despite hiring Axelrod and Gibbs.
Jesse Sheidlower is a well-educated writer, scholar, and Oxford English Dictionary editor living in New York City. He has written an entire book dedicated to the word fuck and today on Book Talk he helps us better understand how words are born, defined, and die in the English language.
Two more stories on how sexualized violence is used as a tool of genocide and conflict.
Syrian women share stories of torture and rape at the hands of government forces + the U.S is split on the next pope.
The Anti-Banality Union screens Police Mortality, their second mind-bending movie mash-up, more on the members of the House who get lots of defense contractor money, and thoughts on the end of the school bus strike.
A new documentary shines a light on innocent persons condemned to death row + Maryland rallies to abolish the death penalty.
Susie Cagle on last Sunday’s climate change action, a rape apologist hashtag trends on twitter, and six members of the House who benefitted heavily from defense sector donations.
Ethiopian activists claim their government is leasing community lands to foreign companies.
Jesse Myerson on the recently unveiled No Fare Hikes project, Jacobin magazine details further problems with Teach For America, and state lawmakers seek to both expand and prohibit domestic drone use.
Kelly Anderson ie is the director of the documentary “My Brooklyn.” The film examines the forces that are rapidly transforming the neighborhood of downtown brooklyn, an area where Kelly lived. “My Brooklyn” centers around the Fulton Mall, a long-time african american and Caribbean shopping district that in the early 2000s was rezoned by the city to make way for luxury condos and chain retail stores.
The numbers are in: New York City spent at least $20 million over the course of the school bus strike.
Nancy Pelosli is ambivalent about telling the public about assassinating and disappearing citizens, a structural analysis of 1 Billion Rising, and Marco Rubio has a big house and zombie ideas.
It all began in a blizzard on his way to see the Grateful Dead in Philadelphia. Twenty-seven years later, in 2009, Howard “Catfish” Weiner’s road rhapsody landed him in Las Vegas for his 100th Bob Dylan show. Tangled Up In Tunes is the memoir of how 300 nights with Dylan and the Dead changed his life. A ramblin’ man seeking identity in conformist times, Catfish clung to the music that inspired him. As an eyewitness to a legacy of historical performances, Catfish delivers a distinctive tale of American spirit.
Could the money spent on the One Billion Rising campaign have been better spent on grassroots efforts?
Is Glee the most regressive show on television?
Filmmaker Brandon Harris on the racial problems of Django Unchained, debunking Obama’s State of the Union, and catching up on some sweet sweet listener mail.
While Obama pushes for universal Pre-K, a Republican-hyped for-profit school deletes students’ failing grades.
Rolling Stone’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely on rape in the military, and more discussion of the distinction between the words “woman” and “lady”.
Will Obama fight for gay rights in his second term?
Ex-LAPD Chris Dorner is still on the loose, liberal hacks openly embrace an authoritarian mindset, and the split on the word “lady”.
San Francisco based photographer Jin Zhu’s projects take her to the landscapes of the American West, places like Monument Valley, the Nevada Desert, and California’s Central Valley. She’s interested in the harsh environments where humans have migrated, passed through or tried to settle in search of a better life.
Research by Christopher Petrella and Josh Begley suggests that people of color are especially over-represented in for-profit prisons
Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen on John Brennan’s Senate confirmation hearing to be director of the CIA, and interviews with plaintiffs in the NDAA lawsuit, including Chris Hedges, Jesselyn Radack, and Thomas Drake.
It’s February, and that means Black History Month. There has been a lot of great African American writers over the last three or four centuries in America, and a lot of the time they don’t get as much attention and respect as they should. For this February show, I take a look at four classic African American writers that we all need to know about and read as part of our duty as lit fans in this country.
Your weekend roundup of political action in New York City this weekend. Bad weather be damned!
An LGBT organization slams Obama for supporting an evangelical group with ties to anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
Liz Hernandez Majumder on her organization’s recurring, blockade-breaking trip to Cuba, additional thoughts on the DOJ white paper memo, and Michelle Rhee on The Daily Show.
While Britain votes to allow same-sex marriage, The Boy Scouts of America postpone the decision on whether or not to lift the ban on gay members.
Ramarley Graham’s family files law suit against the NYPD, Michelle Alexander’s op-ed on why cops get away with perjury, and Trayvon Martin would’ve just turned 18. Also, the DOJ white paper on assassinating US citizens, and listener mail from the undocumented crypt.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act. We talk sick leave for food service workers and sexist Super Bowl ads.
John is back from Guantanamo Bay, and boy does he have some stories to tell. We spend the hour unpacking a very strange week at GTMO.
This week we talk with collage artist Larry Carlson about his work, Big Foot, music and LSD.
You’ve just tuned in to The Daily Beat and welcome to the very first show! Today we talk sex trafficking and The Super Bowl, racist ads, and human rights injustices abroad.
Maysoon Zayid on ableism, the marginalization of disabled people from pop culture, and the problematic ways we talk about Arabs, Muslims, and Palestine. Plus, John’s latest dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, and more listener mail to keep Molly company.
Jerry Stahl is the author of six books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight (made into a movie with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and the novels I, Fatty and Pain Killers. Formerly the culture columnist for Details, Stahl’s fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, and the Believer, among other places. He has worked extensively in film and television and, most recently, wrote Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, for HBO.
John’s second dispatch from Guantanamo, Gerardo Torres on immigration reform, and catching up on listener mail. Plus, it turns out that Michael Bloomberg is even more of a sexist than we thought.
John’s first dispatch from his current visit to Guantanamo, Nick Pinto on the Spectra pipeline in the West Village, and Molly on Mayor Bloomberg’s street harassment and Ross Douthat’s mansplaining.
It’s Scariest Stories with Adam Newman, Adam Wade, and Anthony Atamanuik, hosted by David Martin.
It’s the second ever Radio Dispatch Live! Recorded live at LPR on January 23rd, John and Molly are joined by Alex Pareene of Salon.com, Collier Meyerson of the Melissa Harris-Perry show, and Peter Hart of FAIR.
Phyllis Baldino is a video artist based in Brooklyn, New York. In her latest exhibition, Baldino brings together pieces that explore her career-long interest in scientific phenomenon. From the multiple dimensions inhabited by sub-atomic particles, to the end of the world and issues of privacy and technology, Baldino translates big ideas into a visual language that takes the form of single-channel videos and photographs.
PBS drools over drones but asks Michelle Rhee some tough questions, John Kiriakou gets more than two years in prison, and Seattle teachers refuse to administer a state test.
The Law of Strings and Other Stories is an existential yelp examining individual choices and our all-too-human response to unexpected events. Fans of George Saunders and Aimee Bender will delight in Gillis’ surprising surrealist twists in the heart of painfully real emotion and interpersonal relationships. From a tightrope walker abandoning his trade to an Immovable Girl learning to levitate, The Law of Strings explores what happens at the crossroads in our lives and how we decide what matters most in a world defined by chaos.
Natasha Lennard on the US attorneys behind Aaron Swartz’s prosecution, and how Aaron’s case relates to Jeremy Hammond, a hacker and activist potentially facing life in prison. Also, the Invisible War documentary, and some body image listener mail.
Three defense contractors you haven’t heard of but should know about, Roe turns 40, and catching up on some listener mail from when Molly was away.
Matt Stoller joins us to discuss Aaron Swartz’s political goals beyond the open information movement, as well as broader over-prosecution in less high profile cases. Also, Molly’s back from vacation, it’s MLK day, and Obama get inaugurated for a second time.
This week on the show U.K.-based artist Sig Waller joins me to talk about her collage work and paintings. Through the use of found images and dark humor, Sig says her work explores the “dark corners of cultural excess” and asks the question, “How will future intelligence make sense of our times?”
Micah Uetricht joins us to discuss the Chicago Teachers Union – what they won in their strike, how they’re influencing teachers unions throughout the country, and could redefine the relationship between Democrats and Labor. Also, extended listener mail, recorded before Molly left, so you can all hear her voice again.
Stoney Nix can play anything, from Beethoven to the Blues, on his old rattletrap piano. It’s just a gift, and a good one. Music is his ticket out of Pinewood, Alabama, his ironic, dying hometown, where they reenact the Civil War but cancel marching band because it’s too small. Then Sadie Green, the hilarious and beautiful new girl (and Stoney’s major crush), convinces him to fight in the fake Civil War battle. What happens there will haunt Stoney forever—and only through voices of the past, struggle, friendship, and his music, will Stoney find himself. A collection of six raucous short stories about growing up—starring a vagabond uncle hellbent on corrupting his nephew, and a jazz musician stuck in a saxophone factory, and a crew of regulars watching their town take away their bar, just to name a few.
Sarah Jaffe and Melissa Gira Grant join us for the hour to discuss how feminism relates to labor, the role of women in the founding of Facebook, and the need for de-silo-ing of activist endeavors.
Trans writer Melissa Doom shares her thoughts on the Moore/Burchill situation, and we’re joined by Gunner Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition. Also, a quick update on the looming school bus driver’s strike, and an extended listener mail segment recorded before Molly left for sunny Florida.
We spend the hour on recent transphobic comments and columns by two prominent UK writers, and we’re joined by James Hetterley and Laurie Penny to respond to those awful comments and discuss the importance of recognizing intersectionality when discussing feminism and oppression.
We may not realize it now, but for much of the 19th and well into the 20th century, the circus was a really big deal in New York City. So much so that when P.T. Barnum’s famous sideshow attraction, a dwarf named Tom Thumb, got married in 1863, it was one of the biggest social and media events of the era. Eclipsing, for a time, coverage of the ongoing Civil War.
Guantanamo has been around for 11 years, Obama’s cabinet has almost no diversity, and the trillion dollar platinum coin, explained.
It’s not easy for a messiah to grow up in the Badlands of North Dakota. And it’s even harder for him to share his message when radical ideas and so-called “miracles” are the surest way to get the FBI breathing down your neck. The sequel to Nazareth, North Dakota, Apostle Islands follows Sam Davidson and his group of roughneck followers as they save wedding receptions, cure cancer patients, and boost a flagging fishing season, all while breaking bread and laws and making peace and enemies.
A federal judge deals a significant blow to the NYPD’s awful stop and frisk policy, Manning is awarded a 112 day reduction in potential sentencing due to mistreatment while at Quantico, and we finally get to the listener mail we’ve been promising.
Ali Gharib on the Brennan and Hagel nominations, and the latest news out of Israel and Palestine. Also, rape culture, Steubenville and Anonymous.
Kevin Gosztola on the prosecution of CIA agent John Kiriakou, the odious FISA renewal discussion, and the significance of John Brennan being tapped as the next CIA head. Also, a possible school bus strike ahead.
Joan Hall has been making collages, illustrations and assemblages for over 30 years. In 1984 she collaborated with computer programmer William Chamberlain on The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed, the first book ever written by a computer. Joan’s work has been exhibited internationally and appeared on the cover of Time magazine and the New York Times Book Review. She is also responsible for the Art Uncovered icon at the top of the page. This week, I visited Joan at her studio in Manhattan to talk about her work.
2012 was the year with the second most state level abortion restrictions, several new instances of extreme state secrecy including targeted killing and Gitmo materials, and listener mail about profiling a female high school horror fiction writer and how to be a better ally.
2012 was a tough year for a lot of people. For others – it was one of the best. Only 5 days into 2013, I take a moment to pause and reflect on some of the best moments of Book Talk in 2012.
NYPD says two people arrested in West Village apartment with weapons aren’t terrorists, the Constitution has had a strange two weeks, and a blaming the wrong culprit in the Bieber paparazzi death.
Civil rights attorney Chase Madar on school safety, the failures of the high impact model, and successful alternative strategies.
The NYT’s love letter to Maxim, catching up on listener mail, and Molly was on Melissa Harris Perry’s television show. And, hey, it’s our first show of the new year!
This week on the show my guest is painter and illustrator Esther Pearl Watson. Esther’s paintings draw on memories from her childhood growing up in the Texas suburbs around Dallas Fort worth where her father had the unusual hobby of building large UFOs out of scrap in her backyard. Encore show from February 2011.

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