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The Daily Beat's Year in Review featuring your new host Lisa Autz.
We celebrate the end of the year by revisiting part 2 of our Four Year Anniversary show, with special guests Natasha Lennard, Kade Crockford, and Ali Gharib. Also: listener mail!
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.
We ease you out of 2014 by re-airing part 1 of our four year anniversary show, with the amazing guests Melissa Gira Grant, Mychal Denzel Smith, and Chepe.
The independent photographer Robert Leutheuser began traveling in the Middle East in the 1990s. He found himself drawn to the region's stark desert landscapesas well as the welcoming Kurdish communities he met in Northern Iraq. These trips led Robert to what has become his main photographic for the last seven years: The Yezidis.
Part 1 of the Daily Beat's Year in Review featuring your new host Lisa Autz
We revisit an interview with Jesse Myerson from his trip to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, and read a lot of listener mail.
2014: A Year in Review
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We revisit an amazing interview with Kiera Feldman about sexual assault and rape at God's Harvard, and get to a bunch of listener mail.
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We revisit one of our favorite interviews of all time, with Fanny Faye, the Insecure Chef. Also: a re-reading of two scenes from Hack My Heart.
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We play two of our favorite segments of all time, one is a piece about John's temp job at Cartier around Christmas time, and the other is a story about our friend proposing to his wife for a second time.
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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. The theme for this month's show is "The Holidays" and features Brendan Jordan, Anna Roisman, T.J. Mannix and Adam Wade.
We re-air a recent interview with Todd Miller about his new book Border Patrol Nation. Also: listener mail!
Dornith Doherty has been traveling around the world photographing seed vaults. There are about 1400 or so seed vaults in the world, and their mission is serve as a kind of back-up system for the planet's plant species. Should disease, climate change, or nuclear war wipe out our bio-diversity these seed vaults can function like Noah's arcs, and would give us a chance to bring lost species back from the dead. In addition to photographing the vaults, Dornith has been making X-ray images of the seeds themselves, exposing the elaborate internal structures otherwise invisible to the human eye.
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We revisit an amazing interview with Mariame Kaba on the militarization of police, the politics of Elf on a Shelf, and listener mail.
Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, and A Christmas Carol
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The US begins normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, US officials claim North Korea was behind the Sony hack, New York state bans fracking, the NYC police union has harsh words for Mayor Bill de Blasio, and a Missouri lawmaker proposed a bill that would require a woman to get a man's signature prior to getting an abortion.
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A producer of a new Frontline documentary joins us to discuss the juvenile criminal system, Pakistan responds to a horrific school shooting carried about by the Pakistani Taliban, and an NYPD officer approvingly tweets out Jack Nicholson's speech from A Few Good Men.
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Two new polls show broad support for torture among Americans, a protester is accused of violence on the Brooklyn Bridge, and historically all-women colleges review their gender policies regarding trans students.
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Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss how the recently passed spending bill weakens Wall Street regulations, Dick Cheney takes to Meet The Press to defend Bush-era torture methods, and tens of thousands turn out in several US cities to protest the killing of unarmed black people by cops.
For years Michael Light has been photographing the American West from above. He flies his own plane or sometimes rents a helicopter and goes searching for photographs that capture the vastness of the western landscape and the way humans have built their own environments within it.
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CIA director John Brennan defended the agency and dodged questions about torture at a press conference, bringing black girls into the discussion about school discipline, and listener mail.
Micah Nathan is the author of the collection Jack the Bastard and Other Stories, along with the internationally bestselling novel Gods of Aberdeen (Simon & Schuster) and the novel Losing Graceland (Crown). He was the 2010 recipient of Boston University’s Saul Bellow Prize for Fiction, has received an Associated Press Award, and was a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award and the Innovative Fiction Award.
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A Guantanamo Bay attorney speaks out about the new details of his client's torture, continuing fallout from the Senate torture report, and an oversight of ours on the Rolling Stone UVA story.
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Marcy Wheeler joins us to discuss the Senate Intelligence committee's torture report, and we spend the rest of the hour on the reports findings and implications.
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Raven Rakia joins us to discuss the non-indictment in the Eric Garner case, as well as the continuing protests around the country. Also, initial thoughts on the torture report, and listener mail.
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Continuing fall-out in the Rolling Stone UVA case, the Pentagon transfers six Guantanamo prisoners to Uruguay, and protests continue over Eric Garner's death by the NYPD.
This week on the show my guests are graphic designers Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz. Their book is called 500 45s: A Graphic History of the 7" Record. The book is an anthology of over 500 examples of album sleeve design spanning the years 1950-2000. The book covers 7" designs from a wide range of artists including: Elvis, The Zombies, Nirvana, U-Men, The Beach Boys, Barbara Streisand, T-Rex and many more. Spencer and Judith are award winning designers who have designed album art for the Ramones, Talking Heads Joan Jet the Beach Boys and many others. I spoke with Spencer and Judith over the phone about their book and their prolific design careers.
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Protesters march through streets in numerous cities nationwide following the lack of indictment in the killing of Eric Garner, new details emerge about the killing of Akai Gurley by a rookie NYPD officer, and listener mail.
George welcomes comedian Gonazalo Cordova into the studio to discuss their shared experience of being film majors, Gonzalo's work as a playwright, and the time he was cyber bullied by conservatives.
When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war. Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescue The Great Gatsby from obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon. When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.
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We spend the hour on the grand jury's refusal to return an indictment against the Staten Island officer in the killing of Eric Garner.
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Ashton Carter is the likely to be the next Secretary of Defense, the media goes after Rolling Stone's UVA story, and listener mail and tweets.
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An anonymous NYPD official acknowledges the counterterrorism unit spied on Ferguson solidarity protesters, a complicated first amendment and online harassment case goes before the Supreme Court, and Obama announces mild police reforms.
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New video evidence in the Tamir Rice shooting by police contradicts the official story, a UN panel excoriates US practices at Guantanamo and in domestic prisons, and comparing the X-Files to Homeland.
Bradley Garrett is a photographer, researcher and accomplished Urban Explorer. About 7 years ago Bradley left his job as an archeologist studying ancient cities, and moved to London to do a phd on urban exploration. He quickly realized that exploring the hidden spaces of the urban present was a much more thrilling line of work than studying the ancient past.
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Washington stalls on demilitarization of the police, and a bunch of listener mail.
The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, as @WAR shows, U.S. hackers were crucial to our victory in Iraq. Shane Harris delves into the frontlines of America’s new cyber war. As recent revelations have shown, government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts of information. The military has also formed a new alliance with tech and finance companies to patrol cyberspace, and Harris offers a deeper glimpse into this partnership than we have ever seen before. Finally, Harris explains what the new cybersecurity regime means for all of us, who spend our daily lives bound to the Internet — and are vulnerable to its dangers.
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We celebrate the day after Thanksgiving by re-airing our interview with Chepe in which we discuss alternatives to policing. Also, listener mail.
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Celebrate Thanksgiving with us by enjoying our previously aired interview with Daliya Karnofsky, as well as a bunch of listener mail.
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Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss the grand jury's lack of indictment in Ferguson, and thoughts on the protests, Darren Wilson's testimony, and the district attorney's speech.
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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 "Triumph" and features Julia Wiedman, Anna Roisman, Jim O'Grady and Adam Wade.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is resigning amid scrutiny on Obama's national security team, Rudy Guiliani's rampant racism on Meet the Press, and listener mail.
Claire Carter is a curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. Her new show is called Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns. It's a deep dive into the post 9/11 security state as seen by 13 contemporary artists.
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We spend the hour getting inside the largest physical security convention in the northeast.
George welcomes the wonderfully absurd Ben Kronberg (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing) to the show to discuss his one liner style, his musicianship, and diner food. Then things really heat up during a round of “Topical Topics” when Ben fills George in on his dick pic history.
From the Olympics to the NBA Finals, from the World Series to the Tour de France, from high-tech labs in Canberra and Colorado Springs to converted warehouses in Santa Monica, even in neighborhood gyms and on city sidewalks, there is a revolution taking place.
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The Senate fails to pass a bill meant to reform the NSA, a rapper's album may send him to jail, the media gets very navel-gazey about Ben Smith's reporting on Uber, and Mike Nichols has died at 83.
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A personal essay from journalist Gregory Johnsen about narrowly escaping a kidnapping in Yemen, thousands of Pakistanis flee into Afghanistan, and a bunch of listener mail.
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Bryce Covert on mid-term minimum wage referenda, an Uber executive suggests conducting a smear campaign against a journalist, and ignoring accusations of rape until a man makes them.
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Frontline's Marcela Gaviria joins us to discuss their latest documentary examining the relationship between US tire manufacturer Firestone and notorious warlord Charles Taylor. Also, more federal agencies than ever are using undercover agents, and listener mail.
Photographer Liz Nielsen works in a room above a boxing gym that is just as much a laboratory as it is an artist's studio. The room is filled with colored gels, fiber optic lights, stacks of photo paper and a box with a label that says "disco balls and rainbow machine." These items and more are what Liz uses for her photographic experiments, and the prints that result from her visual investigations into light and color are pinned up all over the studio walls. There are abstract photographs depicting colored geometrical forms floating against pure black backgrounds, circular images of what appear to be deep space, and an assortment of collages and other seemingly photographic works, some clearly successful experiments others still on the drawing board. Liz is interested most of all by color and specifically the physics of color, from the ways that colors can be manipulated in the dark room, to the ancient light from outer space seen only through deep space telescopes.
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Teachers respond to Time Magazine's anti-teacher cover, US officials engage in double speak at the UN convention against torture, and listener mail.
Obstacle course races and mud runs such as Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac, and Muddy Buddy are all waiting for you to get Down and Dirty. Author Matt B. Davis offers an overview of the most popular races before tackling the most important concerns for any racer: preparation and training. Each obstacle-focused chapter will feature a leading obstacle race athlete who will offer expert advice on how to get prepared for your next race--whether it's your first or you're a recent devotee who wants to try them all. Because each race is different, this book will supply training advice for a variety of obstacles and races.
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Sharda Sekaran on the recent marijuana referenda, the UN reviews the US record on torture, and the merits of inviting a member of the KKK on cable.
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Who judges the judges, why innocent people take plea deals, and listener mail about musicals.
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How the FBI ensnares people in terrorism cases with charges of lying, and Piers Morgan and Andrew Sullivan are feeling delightfully entitled.
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A proposed rehab center for ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees in Yemen is making little progress, gendered toys for children, and listener mail.
Matt Jones is an artist working in Brooklyn NY. His paintings and drawings are deeply influenced by the big mysteries of the universe --- from string theory and outer space to ghosts, spirits and the paranormal.
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Looking at why white women didn't vote for Wendy Davis, what a new AUMF might mean for US foreign policy, and listener mail.
In this episode George welcomes writer and performer Meredith Hackman to discuss her improv team's controversial name, pumpkin spice overkill and the lovely country of Ecuador. Be sure to catch Meredith perform as part of Gypsy Danger at The PIT in NYC every Wednesday.
Bad Paper is a riveting exposé, a moving story of an unlikely friendship, and a gritty narrative of how scrappy entrepreneurs profit from our debts. Jake Halpern introduces us to a former banking executive and a former armed robber who become partners and go in quest of "paper" - the uncollected debts that are sold off by banks for pennies on the dollar. 
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Ron Krasnow on his cancer diagnosis and dealing with it with comedy, a Guantanamo prisoner is sent back to Kuwait, and more thoughts on the midterm election.
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Alexandra Tempus joins us to discuss the increasing effects of climate change, and thoughts on the terrible mid-term elections.
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Part Two of Radio Dispatch Live 4 year anniversary show. Our guests are Natasha Lennard, Kade Crockford, and Ali Gharib.
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Today we air part 1 of Radio Dispatch Live four year anniversary extravaganza. Our guests are Melissa Gira Grant, Mychal Denzel Smith, and Chepe.
Brooklyn based painter Hiro Kurata paints hallucinatory scenes and portraits that revolve around a single character --- a baseball player wearing thick black and white pin stripes that he calls the Slugger. His works take the slugger through surreal worlds rendered in vibrant colors and populated by sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and greek gods. Hiro grew up in Japan, but moved to Chicago as a kid. For him baseball was important not so much as a sport, but as a cultural bridge between his two homes.
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Maya Schenwar joins us to discuss her new book, Locked Down, Locked Out, about why prisons don't work and better alternatives to incarceration. Also, updates on Success Academy, Gideon's Army at Guantanamo, and listener mail.
Derrick Bowman's sophomore year is a grind. He's been looking forward to the basketball season all summer, but his girlfriend Jasmine leaves him for putting too much focus on basketball. The promise his Marion East basketball team showed at the end of last season isn't materializing. And the sweet jumper D-Bow worked on all summer just isn't falling. When Derrick's father has a heart attack, Derrick is faced with a new reality where basketball can't be his only priority.
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More thoughts on street harassment, Chuck Hagel acknowledges the US war in the middle east will never end, and listener mail.
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The pros and cons of a viral street harassment video, the technologist who helped Snowden talk with Poitras and Greenwald shares his story, and reflections on four years of Radio Dispatch.
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The Post Office has monitored far more letters than previously known, the relationship between discourse on the left and GamerGate, and a ton of listener mail.
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Alexis Goldstein on whether Democrats actually want to address wealth inequality, Governors Cuomo and Christie engage in some ebola security theater, and listener mail.
The History of the Future in 100 Objects. You've probably seen a lot of these "History of .... in 100 Objects" books. they've become somewhat of a trend lately.  However, Adrian's is different. His book is essentially a kind of sci-fi thought experiment.
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A doctor in New York City tests positive for Ebola, thoughts on Ross Douthat, the future of military commissions at Guantanamo, and listener mail.
On this episode of Spit Take Comedy George gets bodyslammed by the hilarity of Casey James Salengo as they discuss dad kisses, wrestling lingo and karaoke favorites. Casey, a comedian and co-host of the wrestling podcast The Heavenly Bodcast, shows us he’s truly earned the right to use three names -- or maybe even four?
If only her father weren’t addicted to meth. If only she wasn’t such a bad girl (according to her mother). If only she didn’t like beef jerky so much. It’s her senior year of high school and Gabi needs to figure things out before she goes off to college. That’s IF she’s accepted to any schools at all.
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There's no end in sight to the US drone war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, four former Blackwater mercenaries are found guilty of the Nissour Square massacre, and listener mail.
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Academics and early childhood education, more on the US's waffling on the convention against torture, and the listener mail just keeps coming.
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A Washington Post columnist writes the most irresponsible column in recent memory, a new report shows that marijuana arrests are up, and listener mail on Uber.
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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. The theme for this month's show is "Back To School" and features Jake Hart, Peter Aguero and Adam Wade.
The dangers of the rhetoric of terrorism, more thoughts on employees freezing their eggs, and listener mail on GamerGate.
Chinese artist and free speech activist Ai Weiwei is famous for butting heads with Chinese authorities. In 2008 he accused the government of a cover-up after hundreds of children died in poorly built schools during the Sichuan earthquake. Online he's an energetic champion of free speech via blogs and social media.
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The multiple ways special operations forces are stretched thin after 13 years of war, some additional thoughts on GamerGate, and listener mail.
In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood with his sights set on becoming a stunt rider in the movies–and hoping to rub shoulders with the great screen cowboys of his youth. On the long bus ride south, Bud meets Lily Shaw, a bold, outspoken young woman with her heart set on becoming a screenwriter. The two form an unlikely friendship that will carry them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood–and as it happens, for the rest of their lives.
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The Pentagon covered up numerous instances of US soldiers being exposed to old chemical weapons in Iraq, Apple and Facebook will freeze your eggs, and listener mail.
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Discussing the Yes Mean Yes law in California, Jill Abramson regrets her stance on not pushing to publish James Risen's Iran reporting, and listener mail.
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Thoughts on privacy and privilege, the effects of telling young black Americans they are “at risk,” and Rosie's weekend getaway.
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Todd Miller joins us to discuss how the US is militarizing the southern border of Mexico, Malala Yousafzai wins the #NobelPeacePrize for her struggle against the suppression of children, and all sorts of listener mail.
This week on the show, Alex Handy talks about the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, a non-profit based in Oakland, California.The museum houses a growing collection of historic video games and digital ephemera. It's mission is to preserve these games and educate the public about how video games are made and why they deserve the same artistic status as films or painting.
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Sarah Silverman and the National Women's Law Center biff it in an effort to raise awareness about the gender pay gap, and checking in on the Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Sam Harris debacle.
SPIT TAKE COMEDY is BTR's newest video series and podcast, hosted by George Flanagan. In this inaugural episode, George sits down with the hilarious Tyler Fischer, whose ridiculous prank videos have been featured on Gawker and Huffington Post. In their candid chat, Fischer shares his Tinder philosophy and addiction, discusses his ideal Sunday afternoon, and also talks with George about the perfect song to enter a stadium to.
A small town girl leaves her troubled family and starts stripping—which introduces her to a community that keeps her sober and saves her life—but a roller-coaster lifestyle ensues. She gets drugged, does enema shows, and unionizes the club. When she tries to quit and go to graduate school, her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Broke and broken, she returns to sex work, which leads to her arrest and a new resilience. Spent is a memoir about a woman’s journey through the sex industry, but it’s also a story of family, community, and the constant struggle against loneliness.
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How ISIS gets its hostages, and the schools that are keeping their fun military weapons.
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Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss Eric Holder's failure to jail bankers and how banks are colluding with the NSA to share your financial data, and Molly's round up on her latest conference on juvenile justice.
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John Oliver's great segment on drones, a federal judge rules against the government and keeps a Guantanamo force-feeding hearing open, and the spectacular failures of the Secret Service.
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Andrea Grimes joins us to discuss a court ruling that will close all but eight abortion clinics in Texas, and charter schools protest a new school evaluation system in New York City.
In 1952 USAF Intelligence Chief Major General John Samford held a press conference to address a flood of UFO sightings above Washington DC. The press conference signaled a new kind of seriousness in the government's approach to unidentified flying objects. Behind the scenes, the heads of US Intelligence had decided that they had a role to play in shaping the public imagination when it came to flying saucers. According to my guest, writer Mark Pilkington, this role took shape, most shockingly, in the form of Mirage Men.
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Molly's back at School, Syrian rebels are apparently not happy about US strikes, and a bunch of listener mail and tweets.
With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. It’s a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824–1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.
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Danny Gold joins us to discuss his recent trip to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak, checking in on Ferguson, and well-intentioned courts for sex workers are falling short.
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The US and Afghanistan sign an agreement that will keep 10,000 troops in that country after 2014, an NYC literary figure is accused by multiple women of rape, and listener mail about dating.
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Dispatches from a juvenile justice conference, and de Blasio's revised school discipline plan.
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We air part 2 of Radio Dispatch Live with Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, where we discuss the history of the anti-war movement, Ryan's time in Ferguson, and Jeremy's adventures at the Oscar's. Also, the discipline regime at charter schools is terrifying.
Los Angeles-based artist Aspen Mays uses science as a lens to explore the vexing and unanswerable questions of life: Questions about the the limits of knowledge, the nature of existence and feelings of cosmic loneliness. Many of Aspen's projects are realized with the help of scientists and other experts. She worked with the Adler planetarium in Chicago to send a lawnchair and a digital camera up to the edge of Earth's atmosphere. For another project called Sun Ruins she hung out with astrophysicists at an observatory in Chilie and made work using discarded prints and negatives she found in their abandoned darkroom.
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Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux join us for the latest Radio Dispatch Live, maybe our best one yet. In part 1, we discuss government watchlists, the roots of the war in Syria and Iraq, and why Yemen and Somalia aren't foreign policy success stories.
Lisa Delarios has been wowing New York City crowds with her quirky comedic sensibility for years and has produced a number of successful shows as well. In this episode of Spit Take Comedy, George and Lisa discuss her new line of "specific sympathy" cards, thrift store finds, and celebrity crushes!
Adolescence now lasts longer than ever before. And as world-renowned expert on adolescent psychology Dr. Laurence Steinberg argues, this makes these years the key period in determining individuals’ life outcomes, demanding that we change the way we parent, educate, and understand young people.
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Checking in on the tragic police shooting of John Crawford, ESPN suspends Bill Simmons for longer than the NFL suspended Ray Rice, and the White House says it won't send any ISIS prisoners to Guantanamo Bay.
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Guy Schaffer joins us to discuss the climate march and broader issues related to the changing environment, and Obama addresses the UN General Assembly.
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Nick Pinto joins us to discuss Monday's climate action Flood Wall Street, the US begins bombing ISIS targets and others in Syria, and a trans listener writes to us about their experience with bigotry.
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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 "bad decisions" and features Julia Wiedeman, Josh Frusciante, Jim O'Grady and Adam Wade.
One day after the gigantic People's Climate March, organizers plan direct action protests on Wall Street. Also, Molly is back in the studio, and listener mail.
Sage Field, Lone Pine Ridge,Idaho For six years, photographer Adrain Chesser travelled around the American West, living off the land. His adventure began when he met members of so-called "back to the land" communities: groups of modern day hunter gatherers who have gone off the grid in search of a more meaningful relationship with nature. They travel  seasonal routes through western states like Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon and for food they harvest roots, forage for berries, and collectively rear goats for their milk and meat. Adrain, attracted to the possibility of a freer way of living,  followed his friends into the wilderness to share their way of life and photograph his experience. In his new photo book, The Return, Adrain captures both the beauty of  living close to the land as well as the tension and loneliness that arise from rejecting the comforts of the modern world. Along with the images, the book features texts written and collected by Timothy White Eagle, a Native American ritualist who joined Adrain on his adventure. On the show I speak with Adrain Chesser about living off the land, the spiritual power of photography, and his pentacostal upbringing in Florida JP Hartsong, Stoneberger Creek,Nevada Burger King, Mesquite,Nevada Morning, Marble Mountain Wilderness,California Dispatched, Lost River, Idaho Cherries, Marble Mountain Wilderness,California Fannie Bird, Marble Mountain Wilderness,California Playlist 00:00 The Return 01:58 Back to the Land 03:08 Wild and Nomadic Life 04:49 Heartsong Portrait 06:30 The Hoop 07:51 Goats 10:18 Loneliness 12:16 Burger King, Mesquite, Nevada 15:31 Paying Witness 17:05 I Have Something to Tell You 20:31 Pentecostal Preacher 22:51 Photography as a Spiritual Technology 25:33 Finish
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Jason Leopold joins us to discuss a recently released CIA memo authorizing the killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, and Molly calls in with more thoughts on the NFL.
This week on Book Talk we address a very sobering topic that seems to be everywhere in the news right now: Domestic Violence. October is officially noted as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and BreakThru Radio gets all readers prepared by suggesting three top American Fiction novels that address such a troubling issue in our country.
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Bryce Covert of ThinkProgress joins us to discuss the continuing gender wage gap and organizing among low-wage workers, the House of Representatives votes to approve funding for Syrian rebels, and a literal ton of listener mail.
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Peter Hart joins us to discuss the media's coverage of ISIS and Obama's expansion of the war, Molly phones in to discuss Adrian Peterson, and listener tweets.
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GoFundMe disallows a woman trying to raise money for an abortion, and a Missouri lawmaker is suing because the ACA allows his daughters access to birth control.
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Actor and playwright Susan-Jane Harrison joins us to discuss her new solo show and a brief history of women in theater, and a bunch of listener mail.
Photographer Laura Plageman is know for a body of work called the Response Series. The project is a collection of unusual landscape images that Laura makes by physically folding, tearing and crumpling her prints and then re-photographing the results with a large format camera. In the final photograph the creases, tears and folds warp the image to create completely new landscapes. Rachel has expanded her project to include seascapes, and an exhibition of these images opens this week at De Soto Gallery in Venice California.
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Raven Rakia joins us to discuss generational divides in Ferguson, and a bunch of listener mail.
In this episode of Spit Take Comedy, we discover that Joe Cocozzello isn't just a comedian, but rather a wild stallion of frenetic hilarity. Listen as George bravely attempts to lasso him and harness his unique perspective as they discuss scents, traveling by train, and medical marijuana for dogs (and also humans -- don’t forget humans).
Young art curator Ernst Vogler travels to Italy on what is supposed to be a brief assignment: escorting the famous Discus Thrower statue to Munich, where it has been purchased, controversially, by the German government. But from the first morning, when Vogler arrives at the museum too late to write his initial report, to a change in plans that requires transporting the ancient statue by road instead of by train, everything goes wrong.
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Greg Basta joins us to discuss the key takeaways from the Zephyr Teachout campaign against Gov Andrew Cuomo, Obama addresses the country and announces he'll expand the war against ISIS to Syria, and listener mail.
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Jessica Luther on gendered violence in sports, Zephyr Teachout's amazing and unlikely showing in the New York Democratic primary, and Obama says he doesn't need Congress' authorization to expand his war on ISIS.
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The White House responds to the Ravens firing Ray Rice after video of him hitting his then-fiance is released, majority of US public now believes ISIS sleeper cells threaten Americans, and listener mail.
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How Kabul is changing as the US occupation winds down, Obama says US may fight ISIS for next three years, BDB is shipping homeless people out of buses, and listener mail.
For the last 10 years, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the world to photograph the oldest living things on the planet. All the organisms in Rachel's photographs are more than 2000 years old, and among her subjects are a 9000 year old Swedish Spruce tree, a 2500 year old carnivorous fungus, and 5000 year old Antarctic moss. Other photographs show us organisms whose lifespans are hard for us to contemplate. A colony of Aspen trees -- over 80,000 years old -- was around during the time of the Neanderthals. Then there's the Bacteria living in the Siberian permafrost that pre-dates the human race. It was originally discovered by biologists looking for clues to life on other planet. They suspect the bacteria to be about half a million years old.
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Reactions to some progressive critiques of Joan Rivers' politics, Politico runs a Greenwald hit piece, and an almost-jihadist on the US values that drove him to fight.
Kate Maruyama - Harrowgate... Michael should be overjoyed by the birth of his son, but his wife, Sarah won't let him touch the baby or allow anyone to visit.
 Greta, an intrusive, sinister doula has wormed her way into their lives, driving a wedge between Michael and his family. Every time he leaves the Harrowgate, he returns to find his beloved wife and baby altered. He feels his family slipping away and, as a malevolent force begins to creep in, Michael does what any new father would do—he fights to keep his family together.
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It's the first day of school and we've got education policy to discuss, a high ranking counter-terrorism official walks back the ISIS threat, and heroin rates are increasing in NYC.
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A NYT op-ed on why Pre-K is good but not enough, school discipline guidelines in NYC will remain the same, and ISIS beheads another American journalist.
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The recent leak of private nude photographs is the latest attempt to remind women they are always vulnerable, the US conducts a drone strike in Somalia, and judging by the weather summer has just begun.
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A US citizen dies fighting in Syria and reignites the debate on radicalization, and Bratton feuds with the New York City police union.
Phyllis Baldino is a video artist based in Brooklyn. In her videos and photographs Baldino explores scientific phenomenon like multiple dimensions and the end of the world as well as issues of privacy and technology
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For today's special Labor Day episode, we devote the hour – more or less – to listener mail we've been neglecting for too long.
Episode 4 of Spit Take Comedy is a straight up George-fest! George invites hilarious comedian George Gordon to talk about their shared distaste for their own name, the strange world of cover bands and who to invite to the perfect brunch.
Serena is a Bermudian jazz singer whose mental health problems lead her to abandon her daughter “Artie.” Artie’s anger and curiosity eventually drive her to seek out Serena’s younger lover, Jamie L’Heureux, a jazz superstar. The spirit of Charles Mingus thrums throughout the story as these two women tangle in the complicated mess that is a mother-daughter relationship.
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Chepe joins us to discuss his work with violence deescalation, alternatives to policing, and exciting activism happening in Bosnia. Also, the NYT cowardly refuses to Zephyr Teachout.
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The Obama administration is reportedly considering beginning airstrikes in Syria, so-called anti-rape nail polish, and listener mail.
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Surveying the support services available for youth in Ferguson, various reaction to the “no angel” profile of Michael Brown, an awkward moment at the Emmys, 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 theme is "coming clean" and features Josh Sharp, Anna Roisman, Jim O'Grady and Adam Wade.
The New York Times obituary of Michael Brown refers to him as “no angel” and suggests his interest in rap music was somehow evidence of a nefarious character. Also, mission creep in Iraq and Radio Dispatch has a new four-legged co-host.
San Francisco based photographer Jin Zhu's new project is called Endless Stream. The project looks at California's Central Valley where Jin has travelled around taking pictures of the ways that water --- and lack of it --- transforms the landscape and the ways that humans live on the land.
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Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss Bank of America's recent record settlement, Bloomberg News has some handwringing about hook up culture, and Molly went down a huge water slide.
Photo Week with Jonathan & Danielle Leder, Tom Rupolo, and Lyle Owerko
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Ryan Devereaux joins us to discuss the protests in Ferguson and his arrest at the hands of the local police. Also, data shows racial economic disparities are getting worse, and listener mail.
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Mariame Kaba (aka PrisonCulture on twitter) joins us to discuss the problems with only focusing on militarized police, the authoritarian mindset is on full display in the Washington Post, and continuing updates on Ferguson.
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Another night of police violence in Ferguson, Obama gives another disappointing press conference, and friend of the show Ryan Devereaux is arrested and detained overnight.
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Governor Nixon calls in the National Guard following continued social unrest in Fegruson, Missouri. Also, Molly is back from vacation and boy oh boy do we have a lot to talk about.
In her new book Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild Obsessive Hunt for the World' s Rarest 78rpm Records music writer Amanda Petrusich immerses herself in the culture of 78 collectors, and explores the histories of mythic blues artists that these collectors champion.
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Parker Marie Molloy joins us to discuss the TERF article, panic over trans teens taking hormones, and more. Also, we dissect a few of our long form stories and discuss how we wrote and reported them.
George welcomes hip-hop freestylist extraordinaire Chaz Kangas to fill us in on his newest release, The Rex Manning Day EP (available now on Bandcamp), and to demonstrate his ridiculous rhyming skills. Though not a comedian by definition, Chaz's ability to spit improvised lyrics through the prism of his pop culture soaked sense of humor is hilarious and often astonishing.
When is the work of two people together greater than what either could do on their own? As long as we’ve been interested in creativity, we’ve been preoccupied by the myth of the lone genius. Shenk busts this fantasy apart and draws on new scientific research to show how the pair is the embodiment of ingenuity. Shenk explains how synergy created the magic of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the hilarity of Trey Parker and Matt Stone – and the startup savvy of Sheryl Sandberg & Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin & Larry Page, Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak and the genius of scores of others in the fields of writing, music, dance, science, technology, social activism, and business. When it comes to creative success, Shenk persuasively argues that two is the magic number – and understanding why changes everything we thought we knew about creativity.
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Molly Crabapple joins us to discuss her trip to construction sites at Abu Dhabi, and Rivera Sun joins us to discuss her novel and the coming climate crisis.
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Jason Leopold joins us to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report, an update on the status of Guantanamo Bay, and listener mail about language.
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Ali Gharib joins us to discuss the state of Israel and Palestine, as well as how Iranian nuclear negotiations are going. And listener mail on the terrible TERF article.
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Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss the problems with Broken Windows and My Brother's Keeper. Also, a field piece from New Mexico from a listener about a church that offers temporary sanctuary to migrant families.
That's photographer Andy Freeberg talking about his project called Guardians. It's one of two body's of work he has been working on over the last few years. Both of his shows depict people occupying space with works of art, but the worlds Andy documents in these two shows couldn't be more different.
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The Washington Post debunks claims Campbell Brown made on the Colbert Report, and Andrew Sullivan's readers weigh in on giving trophies to children.
Four Corners is a bare-knuckled debut novel by Wally Rudolph, written in the style of Daniel Woodrell, Barry Hannah, and Charles Bowden. Both a savage, mean-streets thriller and a heartbreaking story of unfortunate love, Four Corners is carved from the rich, distinct voices and landscapes of the American Southwest.
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Civilian oversight board in New York City suggests there should be fewer stop and frisk investigations, a Belgian journalist was denied entry to the US because his name mistakenly appeared in a terrorism database, and checking in on Obama's immigration initiative.
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New documents published by The Intercept shed light on the government's terrorism databases and no-fly lists, several Senators criticize the administration and CIA for their redactions, and the pre-K rollout in NYC.
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Nick Pinto joins us to discuss the arrest of a police-watch activist, a new report details widespread brutality at Rikers, and the CIA and White House have redacted fake names from the torture report.
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Obama says that following the attacks on 9/11 the United States “tortured some folks,” Eric Garner's death is ruled a homicide, and the UN and US condemn an Israeli attack on yet another UN school.
Filmmaker Robert Fantinatto is the director of I Dream of Wires, a new documentary devoted to the history and recent resurgence of the modular synthesizer. Robert got into electronic music as a teenager after seeing giant synths and their mysterious rows of knobs and tangled patch cables on the covers of early synth album's like Walter Carlos' Switched on Bach. In his film Robert charts the development of these electronic music machines, from their origins as room-sized behemoths in the 1950s, to the musician-friendly Moog systems of the 60s and 70s to today as a new generation of electronic musicians have adopted the modular synth as their instrument of choice. On this week's show, I talk with Robert about the history of synths and why they've made such an impressive comeback.
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CIA Director John Brennan has been caught lying about the CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, a new report shows that misdemeanor arrests are up in New York City, and David Frum accuses the NYT and others of fabricating photographs.
Episode 4 of Spit Take Comedy is a straight up George-fest! George invites hilarious comedian George Gordon to talk about their shared distaste for their own name, the strange world of cover bands and who to invite to the perfect brunch.
Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher fifteen years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher—now a registered sex offender—continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship. This conflicted relationship with her teacher may have been just five years long, but would imprint itself on her and her later relationships, queer and straight, for the rest of her life.
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Daliya Karnofsky joins us to discuss her one-woman show And She Bakes, the US restocks Israel's arsenal, and listener mail.
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Israel has bombed another school in Gaza, Rashid Khalidi on collective punishment in Gaza, and a bunch of listener mail.
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Markus Harwood-Jones on his new film about trans communities throughout the US and Canada, Michelle Goldberg's unfortunate New Yorker piece about TERFs, and catching up on listener mail.
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Michael Kirk joins us to discuss his latest Frontline documentary on the US occupation of Iraq, a new human rights report says journalists and attorneys' rights are put in danger by mass surveillance, and a new GOP representative confuses two US officials with representatives from the Indian government.
Photographer Emil Hartvig is based in Copenhagen, but recently he came to the United States and traveled through the Midwest to photograph the Prepper movement. Preppers subscribe to an extreme kind of disaster preparedness. They're not setting aside a few bottles of water or a flashlight in case the power goes out. Preppers are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Whether its economic collapse, civil unrest, or a biological or nuclear attack, the Prepper movement is all about having the means to be self sufficient and protect yourself when the shit hits the fan.
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It's our latest edition of Radio Dispatch LIVE. Our guests on today's show are MSNBC's Irin Carmon and Aram Schvey from the Center of Reproductive Rights. We spend the hour on the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision, and what it means for people's access to contraception.
Everybody’s fighting in Maximilian’s world: a couple of cranky tías who, like lucha libre rudos, will stop at nothing to triumph in the church’s lotería game; his masked uncles going for the tag-team title of the world, and a green-eyed vixen named Paloma who challenges his love for Cecilia Cantú. Will good triumph over evil? Max sure hopes so!
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The Intercept publishes the government's guidelines for including a person on one of any number of watchlists, Israel bombed a UN school and killed at least 15 Palestinians, and why every kid should get a trophy.
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Our continued coverage of Israel's assault on Gaza, the NYPD kills a man with a chokehold, and a luxury apartment building in Manhattan has a separate entrance for poor people.
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We discuss an essay on Jacobin titled “Why I'm not a liberal,” and replay an interview with Amnesty International's Donatella Rovera in Iraq.
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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. The theme for this month's show is "Fathers" and features Melanie Hamlett, Josh Sharp, Christian Capozzoli, and Adam Wade.
We spend the hour on Janet Mock's memoir Redefining Realness, the latest entry in our Radio Dispatch book club.
Over the last few years 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 -- a mid 19th century photo-technique that involves, essentially, making your own negative using a glass plate and a slurry of chemicals. The plates are then quickly exposed in-camera and immediately developed -- for Lisa most of the process takes place in the back of her truck which doubles as her darkroom.
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Israeli Defense Forces begin a ground invasion of Gaza, the geopolitical implications of the downed Malaysia passenger jet, an open question of how to cope with all this news, and listener mail.
Episode 3 of The Spit Take finds George sitting down to chat with the lovely Jo Firestone. Not only is she hilarious and super sweet, but Jo has produced and hosted some of the most inventive and bizarre shows the NYC comedy world has ever seen (Punderdome 3000, Bullshit History, etc). They discuss Jo's unique ability to wrangle an audience, her babydoll comedy club and her ideal romantic date.
The Amado Women is the story of four very different women, linked by birth struggling to reconnect.
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The US media is a spectacular failure when it comes to covering Israel's attack on Gaza, refusing to answer questions about citizenship at border patrol checkpoints, and listener mail.
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Robert Greenwald joins us to discuss the ten-year anniversary of his film OutFoxed, the FBI treated two terrorism investigations very differently, and friend-of-the-show Melissa Gira Grant says there's no such thing as a slut.
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Rania Khalek joins us to discuss Israel's continued bombing of Gaza, the military commissions system just got a lot more confusing, and Paul F Tompkins on sexism in movies.
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A new report details unthinkable brutality at Rikers jail in New York City, Israel continues to bomb the Gaza Strip, and people who say they're not interested in politics despite clearly being interested in politics. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 World Cup, Icing bros 23:00 People who say they hate politics 40:06 Guards abusing inmates at Riker's 55:00 Israel's bombing of Gaza 57:50 “The Politics of Starving” Against Me! / Credits 59:01 Finish Bombing of Gaza Rikers Island
Over the last decade Gregory Crewdson has become a household name in contemporary art for his large-scale staged photographs. The creation of just one Crewdson photograph requires the work of over 50 crew members including actors, electricians, set designers and a cinematographer. The artist shoots on location in sleepy towns in Western Massachewsettes, often shutting down entire city blocks to use as his set.
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The growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States, the NSA was previously informed about the GCHQ's decision to smash up the Guardian's computers, and listener mail.
While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him: a man diving 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed and smiling.
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Anna Lekas Miller on Israel's assault on Gaza, a Virginia prosecutor wants to photograph a seventeen year boy's genitals genitals, and listener mail.
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The NSA has spied on prominent Muslim-American leaders, the Supreme Court says Wheaton college is temporarily exempt from contraception requirements in the ACA, and listener mail on free speech zones.
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Faiza Patel joins us to discuss the Washington Post's latest NSA story, Molly's new story on jury nullification, and our mom writes in to tell us she didn't replace Molly's goldfish.
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Maysoon Zayid joins us to discuss the beating of an American teen by Israeli defense forces, the Washington Post finds that nine out of 10 people the NSA collects information about are innocent bystanders, and Anthony Cumia gets fired after going on a racist Twitter tirade.
Artist Wendy Klemperer makes sculpture of animals. The creatures in her work are amazingly expressive and convey complex movement and emotion that reflects the hours wendy has spent observing animals in the wild, in nature films and in the works of other artists like the painter Delacroix and photographer Eadward Muybridge.
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Donatella Rovera joins us from northern Iraq to talk about what she's witnessed in the towns she's visited, and a listener mail about Eat Pray Love.
George Flanagan sits down with Bill Stiteler for the second installment of The Spit Take for some hard hitting Q&A action(quipping and antics).
The story of the dramatic transformation of Detroit from "Motortown" to the "arsenal of democracy," featuring Edsel Ford, who rebelled against his pacifist father, Henry Ford, to build the industrial miracle Willow Run, a manufacturing complex capable of producing B-24 Liberator bombers at a rate of one per hour—a crucial component in winning the war.
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To celebrate this Fourth of July, we re-air an interview with Melissa Gira Grant on her amazing book Playing the Whore. Also, the NSA is authorized to spy on all but four countries.
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Alex Kane on Israel's response to three dead Israeli teenagers, there are already court cases in the works that could expand the Hobby Lobby decision, and the US loses a heartbreaker to Belgium.
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Sheila Bapat joins us to discuss the Supreme Court's decision in Harris v Quinn, the Pakistani military's operation in North Waziristan, and various stories from an MRA conference.
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The Supreme Court rules in Hobby Lobby's favor and deals a blow to contraception access, a new report shows that a Blackwater employee threatened to kill a State Department employee, and listener mail.
Photographer Craig Hickman has a new book out called Oxide. The book is a collection of images composited from Craigs own photographs, images from the US patent office, and historical drawings and lithographs. Together these fictional photographs document a strange post-industrial american town, one where people seem to have fled, leaving behind only signage, cryptic grafitti and the weathered facades of the city institutions.
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Hina Shamsi joins us to discuss the Awlaki memo and a recent court victory regarding the No Fly List, the Supreme Court dismantles the buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics, and Obama asks for $500 in aid to so-called vetted Syrian rebels.
In times of change, American novelists return to old themes. In Cold Type—as in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman—a son and his father struggle to hold onto what they think is right. It's mid-1990s; and "cold type" technology, a.k.a. computerized typesetting, wreaks havoc among workers in the newspaper industry. A fabulously wealthy Briton buys the New York City Trib and immediately refuses to negotiate with the truck drivers' union. In solidarity, all the other blue-collar unions take to the streets. Jamie Kramer is a reporter for the Trib. His father is a hardcore shop steward (unusual for a Jew in Irish-dominated unions) from the old day of "hot type," but who has become a typographer in a world he doesn't understand. His father expects Jamie not to cross the picket line. It would be an act of supreme disrespect. But that's not so easy for Jamie. His marriage has fallen apart, he desperately needs his paycheck for child support, and he needs to make his own life outside the shadow of his father.
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On tonight's show, Kristen Gwynne and Sharda Sekaran join us to discuss all things drugs-- the war, legalization, decriminalization, harm reduction, Colorado, and hopefully Maureen Dowd's green corduroy pants. Also, we've got thoughts on Robin Thicke, and Molly just finished her 5th year teaching in the Bronx.
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Divesting from privilege should be a painful experience, how the common core supports capitalism, and updates on Iraq.
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Marcy Wheeler joins us to discuss the recently released memo justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, critiquing the critiques of George Will, and 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 theme is "Most Cowardly" and features Halle Kiefer, Diana Spechler, Adam Wade and David Crabb.
Examining the New York Times' mediocre coverage of charter schools, thoughts on why neocons still play such a prominent role in the US media, and listener mail.
Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade walk on a duckboard track laid across a muddy, shattered battlefield in Chateau Wood, near Hooge, Belgium, on October 29, 1917. This was during the Battle of Passchendaele, fought by British forces and their allies against Germany for control of territory near Ypres, Belgium. (James Francis Hurley/State Library of New South Wales)
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President Obama addresses the country on the situation in Iraq, the Central Park Five settle their case for $40 million, and listener mail.
George sits down with the hilarious Tyler Fischer, whose ridiculous prank videos have been featured on Gawker and Huffington Post. In their candid chat, Fischer shares his Tinder philosophy and addiction, discusses his ideal Sunday afternoon, and also talks with George about the perfect song to enter a stadium to.
When Penny's flaky, ghost-hunting mother sends her to a "friend's" inn in Maine for Christmas break, Penny doesn't believe in ghosts…or love…or family. That may all be about to change as Penny confronts her own supernatural gift, an alluring guy, and staggering family secrets. But will she lose her first love, her only parent, or her life in the process?
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Ali Gharib joins us to discuss the developments in Iraq, a book party for the new Michael Hastings' novel, and listener mail.
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Chelsea Manning Support Network organizer Emma Cape joins us to discuss Manning's New York Times Op-Ed, the disastrous effects of the “Salvador Option” in Iraq, and listener mail.
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Drone strikes resume in Pakistan and continue in Yemen, how gentrifying Brooklyn could change juries, and listener mail.
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ISIS militant's claim they carried out a massacre in northern Iraq, Chelsea Manning writes an op-ed in the New York Times, and a massive police raid in Harlem.
This week on the show a conversation Romke Hoogwaerts and Grace Leigh, the people behind the photography magazine Mossless. The magazine started as a blog in 2009, but has since morphed into a full on print publication. The third issue of the magazine is out this month and it's a 216 page epic called simply: The United States (2003 - 2013).
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Militants seize land in northern Iraq, and Chris Hedges is accused of plagiarism.
Born in Sweetwater, West Virginia, with a mop of flaming red hair and a map of the world rendered in port-wine stains on every surface of her body, Garnet Ferrari is used to being an outcast. With her sharp tongue, she has always known how to defend herself against bullies and aggressors, but she finds she is less adept at fending off the pilgrims who have set up a veritable tent city outside her hilltop home, convinced that she is Saint Garnet, healer of skin ailments and maker of miracles.
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Hagel defends the Bergdahl trade, the ethics of sourcing sensitive material, and initial thoughts on Michael Hastings' new novel.
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Katie Klabusich on the latest Washington Post article claiming marriage ends violence against women, there have been at least 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook, a little bit on the Eric Cantor ouster, and listener mail.
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Part Two of our interview with Parker Marie Molloy, George Will is a human garbage pile, the New York Times condemns solitary confinement for children, and the “Ladies Who Lunch” trend piece saga continues.
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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 "Virginity" and features Julia Wiedeman, Adam Wade and Anna Roisman.
The New Orleans school system has been almost entirely taken over by charters, a year of Snowden, and listener mail.
Sculptor Hannah Herr works with materials like hair, rubber bands, cell phone chargers, tinsel and animal flesh to create objects visually inspired by the adornments of voodoo dancers and the Masai people. Her work explores the Western gaze and the ways it perpetuates fetishized otherness. Hannah is also the co-founder of Daughters Rising, a non-profit that works with woman artisans in Nepal, Thailand and Mexico.
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Parker Marie Malloy joins us to discuss the Time magazine cover and fighting transphobic language, and we talk about the myths about the Bergdahl swap that won't go away.
What’s red, round, and dirty when it’s brand new? Would you believe . . . a major league baseball? You might think it’s white, right? That’s just one of the things you’ll learn in this completely engaging book about the object our national pastime is named after: The Baseball: Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches.
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Matt Farwell joins us to discuss the prisoner swap of Bowe Bergdahl and five Taliban figures, Maureen Dowd gets way too high, and listener mail.
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A trans woman and her mother join us to discuss crowd-funding gender confirmation surgery, the Chicago Sun Times retracts an NRO opinion piece it ran, and the Justice for Jane movement.
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The Obama administration swaps five Guantanamo detainees for American POW Bowe Berghdahl, and Andrews Sullivan's mediocre attempt to engage with trans activists.
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Frank Bruni would like all of you to shut up please and thanks, and Patton Oswalt quits Twitter after tweeting a horrible tweet.
This week on the show my guest is Marie Lorenz. I visited her studio in Bushwick to talk about her ongoing project, the Tide and Current Taxi. For the project, Marie ferries people around the waterways surrounding New York city in her homemade rowboat, using the tidal currents to guide her. Marie documents these voyages on her website using photographs and a simple written narrative. These straightforward yet engrossing retellings reveal a whole new way of looking at New York City--- a place that most people experience through it's congested grids and street life. Marie's taxi also speaks to history in providing a first hand view of the waterways that were the original source of New York's political, cultural and economic power. The Tide and Current Taxi has inspired much of Marie's other work including drawings, sculptures and, of course, her handmade boats. I sat down with Marie to talk about her boat making, her first shipwreck and much more.
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Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss Somaly Mam and the savior fantasy industry, and Jezebel lurks in a PUA hate forum.
George Cameron Grant is the internationally produced author of 10 full-length plays, over 20 one acts, and countless monologues. His latest full-length play, Fortune: A work for the stage inspired by the life of Miss Rose Fortune a person of character, is a timeless tale of courage, character and conviction against all odds.
A special two-part inquiry into LGBTQ justice!
Snowden goes on prime time TV to tell his side of the story, and a Daily Beast piece lays out the problems with young male nerd-dom.
A special two-part inquiry into LGBTQ justice!
Welcome to Radio Dispatch Live! On tonight's show, the red menace is alive and well as long as you're talking to Chepe and Jesse Myerson. Two years ago, we spent an hour talking about communism with these two, and we've been thinking about it ever since. We're calling tonight Communism Part Two, because there's always more red to be scared about.
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We discuss the mass shooting at UC Santa Barbara, the misogyny that drove it, and the various reactions throughout the media.
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We revisit the amazing interview we conducted with Todd Miller on border security and militarization, there have been almost no substantial changes in drone policy since Obama's speech one year ago, and listener mail.
We've all been on Google Earth and used it's satellite view or street view tools to get directions, find our way around a new city or just explore. My guest, artist Jenny Odell, has taken these tools a step further to use them as the subject of her work. Odell scrolls around Google Satellite view collecting images of uniquely man-made structures — like swimming pools, parking lots and landfills — and arranges them on large prints, a way of re-examining the human-built landscape from the very inhuman perspective of a satellite's remote camera.
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A New York Times book review offers a staggeringly simplistic view of leaks and whistleblowers, an update on Javier Payne, and a Gothamist reporter is kicked out of the 9/11 Museum after asking a single question.
It’s June. And that means we are already half way through 2014. Pretty scary, isn’t it. This week on Book talk I look back at 4 of my favorite interviews so far this year and remind you of episodes you hopefully loved, show you books you may have missed, and recall the stories these great authors have to tell.
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a baffling hearing on the AUMF and the president's powers to use military force, the Drag Race controversy comes full circle, and listener mail and listener art.
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A recent spike in police violence, NYC is a heroin trafficking hub, and listener mail.
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Kids are being tried in kangaroo courts without lawyers to represent them, the FBI director says terrorism should still be main focus, and listener mail.
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John's big story on heroin use and harm reduction, and Cecily McMillan gets sentenced to 90 days jail and five years probation.
Landscape photographer Victoria Sambunaris talks about her new book Taxonomy of a Landscape.
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Sheila Bapat joins us to discuss her book on the struggle for domestic workers' rights, a new poll shows some Americans support gruesome death penalty methods, and a ton of listener mail.
Breaking Up is a journey toward self-discovery around the break-up of a relationship. The book takes the reader from this discovery to actually going through the initial emotions of the break-up and the chaos it entails. After going through the emotional ride, you will move onto the acceptance and will begin to let go of the hurt; only then can lessons truly be learned to help you move on with life. Finally after letting go, it is now time to discover who you are and accept the person you are, flaws and all. Each chapter asks questions and provides personal stories and insight on the subject matter being discussed. Breaking Up is a journey in which the author and a few of her close friends have taken and they no longer bring the baggage from the past to the present or future.
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Jill Abramson is unceremoniously ousted from the New York Times, Manning's lawyer says she shouldn't be transferred to civilian prison, and listener mail.
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Something called cut-off culture makes a dude super upset, Glenn Greenwald's new NSA book drops, and Chelsea Manning may be transferred to a civilian prison for hormone replacement therapy. Also, listener mail and checking in on Molly's students' play.
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Michael Kirk, the director of the new Frontline documentary The United States of Secrets joins us to discuss mass surveillance since 9/11. Also, the failing case against Blackwater contractors allegedly involved in the Nissour Square shooting, and listener mail.
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Concita Wurst wins Eurovision and becomes the Queen of Europe, the NYPD is recruiting Muslim prisoners to be informants, and listener mail.
This week on the how Portland-based artist Carl Deihl. Carl's work examines the intersections between folklore, the supernatural and communications technology. His projects take the form of video essays and pseudo-scientific lectures and invoke unexplained phenomena like Sasquatch and poltergeists to investigate the glitches, errors and unexpected aberrations of obsolete technology. These projects fall under a body of work called "Metaphortean Research" ---- a term Carl coined to describe his process--- and which he explains for us in our interview.
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Nine of the jurors in Cecily McMillan's call for leniency in sentencing, revisiting the shaming of Monica Lewinsky, and Obama's administration further clamps down on leaks.
Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. But Dr. Moalem's groundbreaking book shows us that the human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than your ninth grade biology teacher ever imagined. By bringing us to the bedside of his unique and complex patients, he masterfully demonstrates what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being.
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Climate change may mean no salt water fish by 2048, alleged Boston bomber's lawyers seek to suppress hospital statements, and battling the PC police with an army of morons.
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Wading into the story on kidnapped young women in Nigeria, the Daily Show's tepid coverage of the Cecily McMillan verdict, and jurors who don't know that felonies land people in prison.
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Occupy activist Cecily McMillan is found guilty of second degree assault of a police officer, a lawyer involved in drafting the Awlaki memo faces hurdles in nomination to appeals court, and a likely secret CIA depot is discovered in Texas.
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Time magazine publishes freshman essay on privilege, FoxNews is sad about lady breadwinners, and a book party for the newly released Essential Ellen Willis.
Imagine yourself on a roller coaster. You're towed up to the top of the first drop, over 500 meters off the ground -- taller than the empire state building. and you're presented with a button. If you decide you still want to go, you push it. As you fall nine times the force of gravity pins you to your seat and begins to force the air form your lungs. As you enter the first of seven 360 degree vertical loops the blood rushes to your lower extremities and you begin to experience tunnel vision. A sense of euphoria sets in, as your brain -- due to a lack of oxygen -- diverts its efforts to sustaining essential bodily functions. Color slowly drains from your vision, and by the end of the second loop you've lost consciousness. Five loops on the coaster remain, but by the time the third is complete, you're dead.
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Cops in Maryland plan to live tweet a sex work sting, cops in New York City are arresting subway break dancers at increased rates, and Louis CK continues slamming the common core.
No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us. Yet Padgett wasn’t born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.
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Afghan opium production is at an all-time high, teachers in NYC will refuse to administer a standardized state test, and Molly's phone played a trick on her.
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An Oklahoma man dies of a heart attack after prison authorities botch the execution, DOE says Title 9 protections extend to trans and gender non-conforming students, and a US security company's massive profits in Afghanistan.
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Donald Sterling's impolite racism, the Senate removes language that requires the White House to report on drone deaths, and listener mail.
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Live from the Theorizing the Web 2014 after-party, today's show is all about the Internet, hashtags, activism, and surveillance, recorded live at South 4th Bar and Grille in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Michelle Grabner is an artist and, this year, one of the curators of the influential Whitney Biennial. Michelle was given the museum's entire fourth floor for her section of the show, and she's selected over fifty artists working in nearly every medium imaginable: There are large abstract paintings, ceramics, work made from fabric and yarn, videos, photography, sculptural installations, even notebook pages from writer David Foster Wallace.
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Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein of Citizen Radio join us to discuss alternative media platforms, burning bridges, and of course Game of Thrones and cats with cones.
Following author Barry Reeves’ move from his native Ireland to New York City, A Shot in the Dark chronicles his bartending experiences in Hell’s Kitchen from 1999 all the way through 2012. From hookers, pimps, gangsters, and transvestites, to policemen, firemen, celebrities, and priests-oh, and don’t forget the drunken’ wankers-Reeves provides his inside take on NYC and packs an arsenal of witty and highly entertaining stories on his interactions with all walks of life. One-night stands, fights, swingers, and joy rides in cop cars run rampant in this explosive and side-splitting memoir: The funniest book written since The Bible.
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Cliven Bundy says some racists things following an armed stand-off with the federal government, the LA sheriff's department used a drone to surveil Compton for nine days without resident's knowledge.
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MyNYPD twitter hashtag goes hilariously wrong after activists of all sorts post photos of police brutality, which we spend the hour on.
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An appellate court rules that the government must release the legal memo that justified the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a new private school for babies opens in Manhattan, and listener mail.
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This month's theme is "Cheating" and features Anna Roisman, Julia Wiedeman, Christian Capozzoli and Adam Wade.
Jacobin magazine responds to an anti-sex work column at the Nation, three drone strikes in three days in Yemen, and listener mail about password security and Heartbleed.
In her work, artist Carmen Tiffany combines experiences from her childhood in rural Wyoming with the aggressively cheerful imagery of children's products, television and advertising. The result are funny, grotesque videos, installations and drawings that feature an array of characters including a rapping macaroni noodle and lisa frank characters with an unquenchable thirst for moonshine.
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Snowden appears on Russian television to question President Putin about mass surveillance, Drag Race ends segment that sparked controversy, and listener mail.
“The Blonde, buff Couperthwaite is a simple feast for the eyes (one can just sense Tennessee smiling down from Thespis’ heaven) and brings a dangerous sexual power and searing vulnerability to Claude which evoke no less that that ultimate conduit, Marlon Brando, in his devastating youth. This guy is a star in the making, believe it!” - David Noh, American Film Journal
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Students against Peabody Coal join us to discuss their on-campus campaign, the NYPD commissioner announces the end of the Demographics Unit, and the continuing struggle to understand what Occupy was about.
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The FBI turned a member of a defense team in the 9/11 trial into a confidential informant, the acting president in Ukraine threatens an “anti-terrorism operation” in the eastern part of the country, and listener mail.
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The NSA reportedly exploited heartbleed for two years, Monica Jones convicted of manifestation of intent to prostitute, and listener mail.
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Reactions to Colbert's new job, and the NYT profiles American oligarchs who think they love Africa.
If you turned on the Today show on April 4th you may have been perplexed to find George W. Bush being interviewed by his own daughter, inside his own library about his new exhibition of oil paintings. The show is called The Art of Leadership and features oil paintings of various world leaders.
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Colbert is the next host of the Late Show, federal judge dismisses the Awlaki family's civil suit, and a bunch of listener mail.
Wonderland is a look into the life of a 40-something female rock star and that moment when she decides whether to go all-in or give up on her dreams. It’s about Anna Brundage, a one-time indie-sensation who disappeared from the spotlight – and walked off the scene for seven years. Without a record deal or clamoring fans, she sells a piece of her famous father’s art to finance just one more album and a European comeback tour. Wonderland examines the life of a woman on an unconventional path, wondering what happens next and what her passions might have cost her.
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Eric Holder's new FBI guidelines could still allow religious profiling, students opt-out of tests as national awareness of common core grows, and Thomas Friedman's terribly hockey metaphor is a checkmate slamdunk homerun.
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The two stories of the Afghan election, a major breach in Internet security could leave millions vulnerable, and a silly Guardian op-ed on the benefits of straight-forward sexual advances.
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Why do blog posts get to be considered wonderful civic dialogue while Twitter is maligned, Snowden says NSA spying on human rights organizations, and listener mail.
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Katie Toth on a recent women in the media conference, Rick Perry won't support prison rape elimination act regulations, and the CIA is clinging to its drone program.
Photographer Accra Shepp is on a mission to photograph all the Islands of New York City. He took me along to visit Twin Island in Pelham Bay, one of more than forty islands in the little known New York City archipelago.
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The Senate intelligence committee votes to declassify parts of the torture report, a strange brand of reactionary liberalism pops up at The Nation, and listener mail.
Tracy Beckerman writes the syndicated humor column, LOST IN SUBURBIA which is carried weekly by the NJN Publishing Group, the North Jersey Media Group, The Mahopac News, and the Gatehouse Media chain.  In total, her column is carried by over 400 newspapers and more than 250 websites and reaches an audience of nearly 10 million readers in 25 states.
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Richard Sherman defends his friend the Eagles fired after they found alleged gang ties, and listener mail on the male gaze and gendered fashion trends.
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A panel says the worst of climate change is yet to come, NSA admits to warrantless searches, kids debate the most contentious issues of the day, and a scoocher is under attack.
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CIA misled Congress on torture program, NYT readers' racist reaction to preschool-to-prison story, and listener mail.
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The Wolf of Wall Street and portraying sexism without recreating sexism, a new example of affluenza, and studio changes here at Radio Dispatch.
Photographer Brian Rose has been documenting New York City with his large format camera since the early 1980s. In his book Time and Space on the Lower East Side, Brian explored how we experience and come to terms with change, or lack of it, in the urban environment. It collects photographs taken on the streets of New York City's Lower East Side in the years 1980 and 2010. Now, over those 30 years, the Lower East Side has gone from being a symbol of urban blight and decay to a poster-child for urban renewal and gentrification.
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The problems with data-driven journalism, first graders weigh in on liking stories with protagonists of a different gender, and a bunch of listener mail.
Man versus Ball follows Hart's adventures around the country as he undertakes new missions, often with unexpected results.
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Ayesha Siddiqi and Mychal Denzel Smith join us for the live show to discuss race, white supremacy, and of course Kim and Kanye.
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Obama embraces some initial NSA reforms, Hobby Lobby's case for denying contraception, Molly's students defend their beliefs in a debate prep, and a bunch of listener mail.
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Closing arguments in Abu Ghaith, the accused al Qaeda spokesperson and Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, RAINN misses the mark on rape culture, and 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 theme is "Triumph" and features Julia Wiedman, Anna Roisman, Jim O'Grady and Adam Wade.
Meredith Clark joins us to discuss the outcomes of two high-profile military sexual assault cases, as well as Paul Ryan's hometown listening tour, and nationwide data from the Office of Civil Rights on discrimination in school. Also, listener mail on encryption and more.
Over the last six years French photographer Celine Clanet has been traveling to Mazi, a small village in Norwegian Lapland, to photograph the Sami people. The Sami are one of the only indigenous arctic communities of continental Europe.
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A Guantanamo detainee who has never been charged makes his case for freedom, charter schools and the illusion of choice, and listener mail.
Drawing Autism by Jill Mullin Over the last decade autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has become an international topic of conversation, knowing no racial, ethnic, or social barriers. Behavior analyst and educator Jill Mullin has assembled a staggering array of work from established artists like Gregory Blackstock and Jessica Park, to the unknown but no less talented. Their creations, coupled with artist interviews, comprise a fascinating and compelling book that serves to educate and inspire anyone who knows someone diagnosed with ASD. Mullin’s introduction and the foreword by best-selling author Temple Grandin provide an overview of autism and advocate for nurturing the talents, artistic and otherwise, of autistic individuals. Using artwork created by individuals diagnosed with ASD, Drawing Autism celebrates their artistry and self-expression while also serving as an accessible point of entry into understanding how ASD manifests in individuals. Autism is known as a “spectrum disorder” because no two diagnoses are exactly the same; however, there are characteristic traits of ASD. Through their art, the contributors exhibit unique perspectives on how they see the world and their places in it. 00:00 Book Talk Intro – Kory French 02:50 “Red Eyes” – The War On Drugs 07:34 Interview with Jill Mullin Part 1 20:19 “Eyes to the Wind” – The War On Drugs 25:48 Interview with Jill Mullin Part 2 39:11 “Under the Pressure” – The War On Drugs 47:35 Book Talk Outro – Kory French 49:08 “Suffering” – The War On Drugs 55:00 Finish http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/drawing-autism/ http://www.thewarondrugs.net/ The War On Drugs Upcoming Shows: Mar 22 – Altar – Pittsburgh, PA Mar 23 – Metro – Chicago, IL Mar 26 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO Mar 28 – Neptune – Seattle, WA Mar 29 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC Mar 30 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
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Abu Ghaith takes the stand as a surprise witness in the federal case against him, and status offenses can land kids in juvie for things that aren't actually crimes.
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The NSA has a program that allows it to record every call in a foreign country and listen up to a month later, Putin signs a treaty that annexes Crimea, and people in the Renaissance were afraid of a breakdown in the strict gender binary.
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Katie Klabusich on being a clinic escort and dealing with hostile pro-lifers, reaction to seeing a lecture by Fredric Jameson, the family of Jateik Reed goes to trial in The Bronx, and Putin signs a treaty to annex Crimea.
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New media outlet stars Nate Silver and Ezra Klein's bad hiring practices, and so much listener mail. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Importance of lecture classes 13:30 Lack of diversity in new big media platforms 47:25 Listener mail 58:36 “Boys” Sky Ferreira / Credits 59:42 Finish Ezra Klein Nate Silver Listener Mail
This week I'm joined by Brooklyn-based painter Jamie Powell. Her paintings are playful abstractions infused with the color palates and high-energy of saturday morning cartoons and sugary childrens breakfast cereals. Along with the eye-popping colors in her work, Jamie also cuts into her canvases leaving holes and geometric shapes that some times resemble a pair of eyes, shattered glass or teeth.
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We spend the hour on the politics of Twitter being a public space.
Perhaps the most collaborative of all the literature movements was the one know famously known as the Beat Generation. In honor of the BreakThru Radio theme of “co-operation,” Book Talk takes a look at the importance of joining forces to move a generation through words. High school teacher, surfer, poet and student of the Beats, Wade “Sal” Ells will be joining in the studio from Medford Beach, Nova Scotia to read from some of his own work and discuss the importance of collaborative writing.
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A Guantanamo review board keeps a detainee in indefinite detention as another detainee is transferred to Algeria, the White House withheld 9,000 documents from the Senate Intelligence committee, Verso books had a launch party, and listener mail.
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Rachel Boynton joins us to discuss her new film Big Men, which explores the dynamics of oil companies drilling off the coast of West Africa. Also, Diane Feinstein accuses the CIA of criminal acts, and Molly's new essay on Mean Girls.
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Edward Snowden makes a public address at the South By Southwest festival, and what we talk about when we talk about Snowden.
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Greg Basta on the NYC battle between charter schools and public schools, the US government is planning a system to monitor 5 million federal workers to prevent leaks, and listener mail.
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The plot thickens in the continuing fight between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence committee, a listener shares their thoughts on our discussion of drag and trans appropriation, and more listener mail.
From backyards to boardrooms, instead of feeling powerless there is something you can do. After each poem are suggestions, ideas, and links in 6 categories. The essay, interwoven throughout, provides an informative, insightful, and, perhaps to some, startling look at the machinations of empire and society, along with ideas for how to connect with one’s original nature which is connected with both Mother Nature and Spirit Worlds.
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Sulaiman Abu Ghaith goes on trial in lower Manhattan for material support of Al Qaeda, a Gawker letter from death row sparks an important conversation, and thoughts on RT and US media.
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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio backs public schools over pressure from Charter school activists, the CIA has reportedly spied on the Senate Intelligence committee, and catching up on listener mail.
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Melissa Gira Grant joins us for the hour to discuss her forthcoming book Playing the Whore, the work of sex work. Also, updates on Ukraine, and RuPaul's drag race is back.
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Attempting to understand the crisis in Ukraine, highs and lows of the Oscars, and Molly is back from vacation.
In 2008, physicist David Kaplan and the entire physics community found themselves at a pivotal moment. The world's biggest and most expensive science experiment, a particle accelerator called the Large Hadron Collider, was about to be turned, on and if everything went according to plan, they were poised to make a discovery that could change our understanding of the universe.
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Kiera Feldman joins us to discuss her report on sexual assault at God's Harvard, more details on the American the Obama administration is considering killing with a drone, and so much listener mail.
Today Kory interviews author Michael McKinley.
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Nima Shirazi the continuing nuclear talks with Iran and what's changed since last year, new Snowden documents show the GCHQ intercepted a huge amount of sexy webcam time, and listener mail.
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Micah Uetricht joins us to discuss his new book on the Chicago teachers strike, Alex Pareene joins us to discuss Dealbook, the military plans to cut its forces to the lowest levels in a generation, and listener mail on zoos and other things.
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Allison Kilkenny joins us to discuss giving up as the battle cry of the privileged, a new story at The Intercept shows how GCHQ has plans to run false flag operations and discredit enemies by posting disinformation about them, and anti-gay measures from Uganda to the US. Also, listener mail. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or theradiodispatch.com theradiodispatch@gmail.com facebook.com/TheRadioDispatch twitter.com/Radio_Dispatch donateyouraccount.com/RadioDispatch 00:00 Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 Day 2 of John talking 09:20 Allison Kilkenny on who gets to say I give up 28:14 New NSA docs 42:30 Anti-gay bill Uganda, Arizona 52:55 Listener mail 60:28 “Jaked on Green Beers” Alkaline Trio / Credits 61:41 Finish
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This month's theme is "Gym Class" and features David Crabb, Michelle Markowitz, Christian Capozzoli and Peter Aguero.
Nona Willis Aronowitz on active shooter drills in schools, Colbert's terrible interview with former General Stanley McCrystal, White House Down is hilarious, and listener mail.
Did you know they used to give out Olympic medals for art? It's true! From 1912 to 1948 the IOC awarded officials medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music. There was a rule that all submissions had to be sports themed, so a lot of the pieces have titles like "Ode to Sport" (a literature entry) and "Olympic Triumphal March" (music). Judging from the surviving artworks, a lot of this art wasn't very good, but there's still something absurd and fascinating about the fact that for nearly forty years you could win a gold medal for your epic poetry.
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Common Core standards are disastrous for students with disabilities, a NJ judge okay's spying on Muslim communities, and listener mail.
The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins Rose Goode's story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers...
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A report from Human Rights Watch says a US drone strike may have violated the laws of war, and listeners write in about active shooter drills.
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Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia and the domestic war on terror, Janet Mock goes on The Colbert Report and Piers Morgan shouts on Twitter, and some of listener mail on international Doritos.
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Schools throughout the country are staging live action simulated school shootings, journalists who reported on Snowden's documents are awarded the Polk Award, and an announcement about Hack My Heart.
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Binge watching House of Cards, a mistrial on the murder charge in the Michael Dunn case, and more hold-ups at Guantanamo.
Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht makes, collages, sculptures and drawings that draw on found imagery of post war architecture. Bjoern's work deals not so much with the architecture itself, but what architectural forms can tell us about society, politics and ideology.
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Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss a Massachusetts school district that began posting students' test scores on the walls of the classroom, some thoughts on the Dunn trial, and we saw RoboCop.
Thank you for visiting HighBrowse, a catalogue of free published writing from around the web. Welcome.
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Todd Miller joins us to discuss the militarization of the northern and southern borders of the United States, the Afghan government releases 65 prisoners the US wanted them to continue to hold, and a school in Massachusetts posted kindergarteners names and test scores in the classroom.
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Jeff Sharlet on being gay in Russia, common core de-emphasizes the importance of reading fiction in elementary school, and more stories about Molly's students.
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Ryan Devereaux joins us to discuss the new article on the NSA's role in drone strikes, Richard Cohen weighs in on Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen, and John's story about rap lyrics as evidence.
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The US is using metadata almost exclusively to determine targets in the drone program, the Obama administration is attempting to put another US citizen on the kill list, and more on feminist parenting.
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine is the new book from Nathan Myhrvold and the team at The Cooking Lab in Seattle. "We wanted to create a vision of food, and show people a vision of food, than what was out there," Nathan says.
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What it means when we call girls “mean girls,” Guantanamo hearing for February is cancelled, and actually a bunch of listener mail, no joke.
This week on Book Talk, we take a look at 2014’s column Briefly Noted in search for some of the hottest new prints this year.
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Ned Resnikoff on Congress' food stamp cuts and the increasing hunger crisis, and Janet Mock goes back on Piers Morgan's show and takes him to school.
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Seinfeld says he doesn't care about diversity in comedy, Piers Morgan's limited understanding of trans women, and the GCHQ uses Anonymous' tactics against them.
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More thoughts on the continuing Woody Allen / Dylan Farrow conversation, Philip Seymour Hoffman dies of heroin overdose, & listener mail twitter feminism.
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Ayesha Siddiqi on blaming survivors of sexual abuse, listener Trevor Hultner sends in a field piece about Keystone XL protesters charged with a terrorism hoax, and Bruno Mars' awesome halftime performance.
Since Russian President Vladamir Putin made his bid to host the Olympics in 2007, The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, have earned a reputation for being the most expensive and most corrupt in history. Today the reported total cost for the Sochi games is about 50 billion dollars and it's reported that a large amount of that sum has made it's way into the pockets of contractors and Kremlin officials in the form of bribes and kickbacks.
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Kevin Gosztola joins us to discuss the NATO 3 trial, the ways the healthcare establishment fails trans patients, and listener mail.
Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.
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More thoughts on the foreign policy aspects of the State of the Union, The Nation publishes a piece calling Twitter feminism toxic, and listener mail about cats.
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Jesse Myerson joins us to discuss Pete Seeger's communism, our reaction to the State of the Union address, and Molly threatens to throw John off a balcony.
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Colin Kennedy on Pete Seeger, who died at 94, the billionaire who compared Occupy to Kristallnacht apologies, kind of, and a bunch of listener mail.
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The Creepiest Night Ever with Melanie Hamlett, Nate Smith, Adam Wade and Peter Aguero.
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discruss rap and race at the Grammys, Sen Chuck Schumer is proposing a new law named after Avonte Oquendo, and listener mail.
This week on the show, artist Jason Burch. Jason is known for his videos, photographs and collages that explore the surreal intersections between natural and man-made environments. This week Jason discusses his work and why he likes to set his projects in construction sites and around housing developments in New Jersey.
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Our latest live show, with Rachel Reid and Anand Gopal, both of whom have lived in Afghanistan and worked on issues surrounding the country for years. We learn about the surprising movie that the Taliban's young men love, we sing happy birthday to Melissa Gira Grant, and our mom was there. Do not miss this show.
At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name Juan Chuan, “powerful king.” To his parents, newly settled in small-town Ontario, he is the exalted only son in a sea of daughters, the one who will finally fulfill his immigrant father’s dreams of Western masculinity.
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Richard Sherman dismantles everybody who has been calling him a thug, new statistics on the growing proportion of children of color in the United States, an NSA watchdog group has determined the spying dragnet is illegal, and listener mail.
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Bill Simmons of Grantland responds to criticism of the Dr V story, the first scene in Frenemy of the State, and listener mail from someone whose spouse wrote in yesterday.
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More thoughts on the Grantland article, Richard Sherman's awesome post-game interview, and a bunch of listener mail.
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Parker Marie Molloy joins us to discuss the transphobic, irresponsible Grantland article that has generated a huge backlash in the trans community, and Abbie Treis on those who supported the article on Twitter.
In 2009 artist and writer Sarah Trigg set out across the country to document the studio practices of working artists in America. At each stop Sarah asked artists to share stories about the important objects, rituals and tools that define their workspace and aid in the process of art making. Sarah's findings have just been published in a new book called Studio Life: Rituals, collection tools and observations on the artistic process.
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The Departments of Justice and Education released documents to curb discrimination in school discipline, the disturbing trend of prosecutors using rap lyrics in criminal cases, and listener mail about dogecoin.
If we’re obsessed with being thin more so than ever before, why are Americans stricken with chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, as much as we were 30 years ago?
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A GOP candidate says marital rape isn't a real thing, a Congressional committee is restricting the president's ability to move the drone program from CIA to DoD, and listener mail on robots, of course.
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Alexandra Tempus on climate change in 2014, Obama's review panel addresses the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Molly's favorite discussion to have with her students.
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Bill Keller's condescending response to the backlash against his Lisa Adams column, a male reddit user lasts two hours posing as a woman on OKCupid, and a bunch of listener mail.
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Bill and Emma Keller write twin columns criticizing Lisa Adams for tweeting her cancer treatment, thoughts on online harassment, a listener yells at us for bad-mouthing zoos, and another friend of the show was on the television.
On the heels of last week's Polar Vortex -- which sent temperatures across the country plunging to record lows -- it seems appropriate that this week's guest is artist Andrea Polli. Andrea's work deals heavily with climate and weather. For her projects, she frequently collaborate with atmospheric and other scientists to collect data, conduct interviews and make field recordings, which she uses in her work. These projects take the form of installations, video and sound works call sonifications.
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Maddow puts on her sleuth hat and looks at the Christie bridge scandal, a Yemeni held at Guantanamo is cleared for transfer, and listener mail on amplifying other people's voices.
This story came to me in a flash during one of my darkest moments. It was a cold, dark, and rainy evening in December.
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Razan Ghazzawi joins us to discuss the on-the-ground realities in Syria, the Obama administration has pledged to investigate the drone strike that killed 12 people in Yemen, and more listener mail on self-identification.
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Friend of the show Jesse Myerson makes the TV rounds and does quite well for himself, Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera make an appearance on Katie Couric's show, two movie scenes, and listener pushback pushback.
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Thoughts on a major story about online harassment of women, the activists who stole FBI files come out of the shadows, and listener mail pushing back on us.
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Molly's first piece for Al Jazeera America on juvenile incarceration, the FBI formally changes its primary mission from law enforcement to national security, and Clapper's lawyer's ridiculous letter to the New York Times.
Sharon Louden is an artist, educator and the editor of the book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: 40 Essays By Working Artists. For the book, Sharon asked 40 working artists to write about how they make a living in the art world.
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David Brooks writes about smoking weed as a young man, a round-up of the 11 Guantanamo transfers since August, and a progressive white woman denies her whiteness and identifies as green. Also, listener mail on dismantling trans* hierarchies.
Dave Crenshaw is the master of helping business owners triumph over chaos.
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We're back from vacation with an all new Radio Dispatch, talking about the NYT & the Guardian calling for clemency for Edward Snowden, and a bunch of listener mail.
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On our last day of our break, we re-air our Radio Dispatch book club on Michelle Alexander's groundbreaking book The New Jim Crow.
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Today we re-air our live show from November, with excellent guests Sarah Jaffe and Josh Eidelson.

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