Heather Benno of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund on the recently obtained FOIA documents that show part of the FBI’s surveillance of Occupy. Also, so much awesome listener mail we can barely stand it.
Today we are airing an encore presentation of out first Radio Dispatch Live! Our special guests are Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed journalist Michael Hastings, Yemen and al Qaeda expert Gregory D Johnsen, and drone expert Sarah Knuckey. After this, we’re back to our normal schedule.
Today’s show is another best-of show. We’ve got an essay Molly wrote about balloon salespeople, an essay John wrote about working as a high-end gift wrapper, a field piece about protest music, and a field piece about a dramatic Occupy arrest.
Time names Obama person of the year, the appalling lack of emotion for Muslims killed in the drone program, and the dangers of relying on terms like “criminal” and “mentally ill” when discussing gun control. Also, you guessed it, awesome listener mail.
Megan McArdle bravely suggests that gun rampage victims to gang-rush the shooter, the media is engaged in a lot of mother-blaming, and some FireDogLake bloggers really don’t like how the austerity crisis deal is shaping up.
Ahmed Ferhani takes a guilty plea, and Radio Dispatch was in the courtroom for the whole thing. Also, watching the New Jim Crow play out in court, several prominent women recently have refused to identify as feminists, and our thoughts decades of smear campaigns against the word feminism.
Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network on Manning’s testimony at Fort Meade, his psychiatrist’s attempts to better Manning’s detainment conditions, and the next steps in the pre-trial phase. Also, audio from NYU’s panel discussion on free speech and whistleblowers, and John spoke at a Jeremy Hammond rally.
This is the recording of our first Radio Dispatch Live! We talk Petraeus, the kill list, and a decade of US foreign Policy from Iraq and Afghanistan to Pakistan and Yemen. Our guests are Micheal Hastings, Sarah Knuckey, and Gregory D Johnsen.
A new study sheds light on the harsh working conditions domestic workers face, the judge in Jeremy Hammond’s case has a conflict of interest, and the US Navy assures the Internet that a human will always decide when a robot will kill you. And still more great listener mail.
Revisiting the Runaway General, the Michael Hastings story that ended Stanley McCrystal’s career as a general, a refresher on drones, and a black Florida teenager is gunned down in his car, allegedly after a confrontation with a middle aged white man. Plus, more listener mail than you can shake a stick at.
Walmart workers and activists stage Black Friday strikes in 100 cities and in 46 states, pushing back on Charlie Pierce’s uncharacteristically imperceptive post on the bombardment of Gaza, and thoughts on why our hometown consistently votes Democratic.
Anna Lekas Miller joins us to discuss the deteriorating conditions in Gaza, and The Nation’s Josh Eidelson reports on the upcoming Black Friday strikes that Walmart workers are organizing. Also, Jamel Mims on stop and frisk and mass incarceration.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now joins us to discuss her new book, the Silenced Majority, as well as the Occupy movement, the silencing effect of the corporate media, and finding perspective when reporting on injustices from all over the world. Also, the bombardment of Gaza continues, and city officials continue to find sick people in public housing.
Strike Debt raised enough money to abolish over 5 million dollars in debt, Palestinian rights organizations protest Israeli bombardments of Gaza, and Teach For America claims to aspire to reform education through electoral politics.
Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the People’s Bailout and the ongoing Rolling Jubilee. Also, slut-shaming in the Petraeus scandal, media worship of the military, and the national security state eats itself alive.
Occupy Sandy establishes an outpost in the still suffering Midland Beach area in Staten Island, and Jezebel shames high schoolers who posted racist tweets after Obama’s reelection. This show is about natural disasters, race, and privilege.
The election results are in. We’re drinking bloody marys and screwdrivers. Also, Nick Isabella, who runs the twitter account OccuWeather, tells about the coming nor’easter and spending Sandy on a boat.
Michael Tracey on voter disenfranchisement in New Jersey following Superstorm Sandy. Also, Occupy Sandy is getting a lot of well-deserved good press. Our thoughts on why Occupy is so well suited to deliver relief to those affected by the storm.
On the ground interviews from Staten Island and Rockaway Beach, as we take you to some of the places in New York City that have been hardest hit. Today’s show is all about people telling their own stories about how Sandy changed their lives.
Our coverage of Sandy’s effects on New York City continues, with Chris Robbins of Gothamist reporting on the massive destruction on Staten Island, and Nick Pinto of the Village Voice on continuing power outages in Red Hook. Also, Molly’s got a new essay about structural oppression and education.
Huge Sandy-themed show today. Activist Michael Premo on InterOccupy mutual aid efforts, journalist Danny Gold on destruction in New Jersey and Staten Island, and defense attorney Gideon Oliver on Rikers, and the effects of shutting down the court system. Also, Molly escaped Manhattan and is back in the studio.
Hurricane Sandy has devastated the Northeast, leaving millions without power, and New York City without subway service for the next several days at least. Molly is stuck in Manhattan, so today is another best-of show. We replay our interview with Greg Palast on his new book Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, and my interview of NYU’s Sarah Knuckey on a drone report she co-authored.
Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning, on Manning’s detention, trans identity, and the overlap of foreign policy and mass incarceration. Also, Richard Mourdock’s “God intended that” rape comments, and a new agency that codifies global secret war.
John’s latest dispatches from Guantanamo Bay, including an interview with Hina Shamsi of the ACLU. Also, an interview with Nelini Stamp, organizer with the Dream Defenders, on the school to prison pipeline, changing the debate, and the importance of organizing Latino and African American youth against their common oppressors. Plus, Jesse and Molly discuss Well Meaning Misogynists and the importance of checking your privilege.
Jesse Myerson is back to continue the co-host party and John sends his second dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, including more audio from lawyers discussing presumptive classification. Plus, Jesse’s vision of our impending dystopic future, the outting of a troll by Gawker, more NYPD beatings, and incredible listener mail.
Jesse Myerson is guest co-hosting all week. John sends his first dispatch from Guantanamo Bay, the EU is confusingly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Prime Minister of Australia takes down the sexist leader of the opposition, and updates on the MTA fare hike situation.
Labor reporter Josh Eidelson joins us to discuss the Walmart strikes happening across the country, the possibility of a mass coordinated disruption of Black Friday, and the power and vulnerability of labor in the United States. Plus, John is going to Guantanamo Bay! Also, a listener points out Obama’s condescending language when talking about women’s issues.
Karim El Hakim shares firsthand stories about the Egyptian revolution, including the time the secret police beat and detained him, and discusses his new film shot on the streets of Cairo, ½ Revolution. Also, thoughts on the Geneva Conventions, and we’re pumping our school children full of medication for social justice, or something. Plus, Occupy Our Homes in Atlanta rally’s around a former cop in danger of losing her home.
Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake on 3rd party politics and short-term thinking in the Democratic Party, Patrick Robbins on an anti-Spectra pipeline action full of naked people painted green, and NYC subpoenas Ken Burns’ footage of the Central Park 5.
Micah Uetricht on the striking Walmart workers in Illinois and California, the jobs numbers are in and look better than usual, and our take on the first presidential debate, as well as distressing torture acceptance and NDAA updates.
Professor Sarah Knuckey on the recently released report that claims the NYPD broke international law in suppressing Occupy Wall Street, and Tim Pool on the recent police violence and community response in Anaheim.
The Aurora mass killing doesn’t result in any renewed calls for gun control by Obama, what violence comedians will joke about and what violence is sacred, and Anaheim police kill a man and then shoot less lethal weapons at families who were protesting. Also, the confused politics of The Dark Knight Rises, but no spoilers.
Melissa Gira Grant (Alternet, the Guardian) on the Backpage.com Village Voice scandal, how to make sex work safer, and of course Magic Mike. Also, continued coverage of the Libor rate rigging scandal, the Chicago teachers union could go on strike, and Molly may have broken her nose at the beach.
Daniele Kohn and Tim “Dicey Troop” Fitzgerald discuss visiting Occupy’s first political prisoner, Mark Adams, in Rikers. Also, a dismal jobs report, the Con Ed lockout continues, and an awful court case in Sweden.
The Con Ed lockout continues, for-profit probation is the new debtors’ prison, the NYPD create a “wanted” poster targeting OWS activists, and Seventeen magazine will stop using photoshopped images after protests from an eighth grader.
Think Progress’ Ali Gharib joins us to discuss Iran, national security, and Obama’s so-called “kill list”. Also, lawmakers seek to limit abortion rights because of a constructed sex selection epidemic, and Occupy Wall Street marches in a counter-fundraiser for Schniederman’s task force.
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Sarah Jaffe on the Quebec student protests and the recall effort in Wisconsin, Jack Boyle’s hunger and HIV medication strike directed at Trinity Church, and a Romney advisor refers to women’s issues as “shiny things”. Also, friend of the show Jamie Kilstein offers to fight Jonah Goldberg.
Disaster historian and Canada expert Jacob Remes joins us to discuss the continuing student protests in Quebec, New Era workers collective now owns Republic windows and Doors in Chicago, and the job numbers paint a dismal picture of an economy sliding back towards a recession. Plus, media outlets refuse to quote women.
Julian Assange is closer to facing extradition to Sweden, more OWS charges get dismissed both in New York and Chicago, Romney releases his long-form birth certificate, and 10 things everyone should know about Quebec’s Student movement.
Right-wing critics misrepresent Chris Hayes’ fairly mild statements, Obama labels all military-age males in a drone strike zone as militants, collateral damage in the NATO 3 arrest. Also, Bloomberg’s budget would leave 47,000 children without after school and childcare programs.
The climate of repression at the No NATO protests in Chicago, the mainstream media mindlessly praises the Chicago Police Department, and the Chicago Tribune is trying to shut down the website of the Occupied Chicago Tribune.
Days 3 and 4 of the No NATO protests, including the full ceremony of over 40 veterans returning their War on Terror medals by ripping them from their uniforms and hurling them towards the building where NATO delegates were meeting. Also, audio of members of Afghans for Peace, who shared the stage with the Vets, and our report on a march on Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago home.
Days 1 and 2 of the No NATO protest in Chicago. We take you through anti-drone actions, environmentalist actions, and an hours long unpermitted march through the streets of downtown Chicago. Also, the police preemptively arrest activists associated with Occupy Chicago before the protest even starts.
Occupy Wall St celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Indignados movement in Spain, the New York Times engages in rampant transphobia and the language of victim blaming, and even the best coverage of the JPMorgan fiasco misses the larger context. Also, Molly took jiu-jitsu and we’re going to Chicago tomorrow.
Hospitals in the poorest neighborhoods in Brooklyn are facing possible shut downs, and Radio Dispatch is there to cover the story. Also, more on JP Morgan Chase’s 2 billion mistake, and the RNC chair can’t keep his party’s discriminatory policies straight.
Obama’s comes out in favor of gay marriage, JP Morgan Chase’s bad bet, and MSNBC’s lackluster Iran coverage. Also, Twitter sides with Occupy, and a Florida woman gets 20 years for firing a gun in the air.
Joe Sutton joins us to discuss Occupied Stories, a website that collects and posts first-person narratives from Occupies all over the world. Plus, Tom Gabel of Against Me! will begin living as a woman, the Stop and Frisk numbers are in, Amendment 1 passes in North Carolina, and David Brooks pretends to write about the economy.
Occupy marches to Attorney General Eric Schniederman’s office to offer help to his Securities Fraud Task Force, and Radio Dispatch takes you through the entire action. Also, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, sometimes in Florida Stand Your Ground doesn’t apply, and John is fostering 15 day old kittens.
When the mainstream media ignores Occupy, they ignore the issues that Occupy seeks to highlight. Also, Minneapolis cops get activists high, New York cops break a woman’s wrist and grope her, and Radio Dispatch’s own John Knefel explains the conspiracy charges against Bloomberg, the NYPD, and JP Morgan Chase.
Occupy Wall Street brings a federal law suit against the NYPD and Radio Dispatch’s own John Knefel is a plaintiff, prominent liberals celebrate Obama as a Warrior President, and the problem with hipster racism. Also, more listeners respond to our show on privilege.
May Day approaches, and Radio Dispatch gives you all the info you need to get ready. Also, Occupiers list grievances on the steps of Federal Hall, some Republicans vote for the Violence Against Women Act, and a new segment called Anatomy of an Arrest, with guest Nisse Greenberg.
On Act Up’s 25th anniversary, they join with Occupy Wall Street in demanding a financial transaction tax and Radio Dispatch is there to see it all. Also, student debt has hit 1 trillion dollars, the violence against women act reaches the Senate floor, and we both take Muay Thai classes.
We are back from vacation, ready to recap last Monday night on the steps of Federal Hall, ready for the ramp up to May Day, plus following up on UC Davis and your responses to our show on privilege. Plus, John’s charges got dropped!
The semi-vacation continues for Radio Dispatch. Here’s a new show, recorded about a week early. On today’s show, Charlotte joins Molly (and takes over for John) for a very special installment of Molly and Charlotte Fix Your Life.
Radio Dispatch is on partial vacation, which means this is a new show but recorded a week early. So instead of news and protest politics, we spend the hour on our advice segment, John and Molly Fix Your Life. We’ll be back to usual on April 25th. Until then, enjoy the advice!
Michael Premo on singing auction blockades, an upcoming week of action in New York City courthouses, and Bank of America’s role in the foreclosure crisis. Also, John reports on last week’s Break up Bank of America actions, and our friend Nisse got arrested outside the New York Stock Exchange.
The Occupy movement continues to sleep on Wall Street and Radio Dispatch is there to document it, Ann Romney and Hilary Rosen have taken over the media, and we do our best to talk about what privilege means, at a listener’s request.
Alternet’s Sarah Jaffe on the war on Unions, the Bank of America deathwatch, and the 1 trillion dollars of student debt hanging over the economy. Also, Obama signs the deplorable JOBS Act, and in Wisconsin women get paid less because they don’t care about money. Also, listener requests!
Alternet’s Sarah Seltzer joins us to discuss right wing bullies, the war on women, and Mad Men. Plus, John Derbyshire is too racist for the National review, and a department of homeland security magazine compares Occupy and the Black Hand. Also, a pillow fight!
Ryan Devereaux of The Guardian on vigils for Ramarley Graham, so-called “clean halls” bills that allow the NYPD to enter apartment buildings, and the trick that cops use on kids carrying weed to arrest them. Plus Obama positions himself as the one true centrist, and state legislators compare women to cattle. Also more listener mail!
Chloe Angyal joins us to discuss her tumblr Men Who Trust Women, and a round up of the last two months of the war on women. Plus, Occupy-related groups open up subway stops as apart of a fare strike, and Molly’s new essay about why men should be feminists. Also, listener mail!
Kambri Crews, author of the memoir Burn Down the Ground, on growing up with deaf parents, her dad’s attempted murder charge, and Mike Daisey’s unpersuasive self-defense. Also, Guy Steward tells us more about the police riot on M17, and John reports from the ousting of the Union Square encampment.
Zach D Roberts on the violent raid of Liberty Sq on M17 and his account of being beaten by a police baton, plus a full round up of the 6 month Occupy anniversary actions. Also, the awful case of Trayvon Martin.
Disaster historian Jacob Remes on Fukishima, the myth of natural disasters, and the anarchist ideals of mutual aid that emerge immediately following disasters. Plus, a visit to the American Girl store, John gets fought, and Republicans in Congress are not against violence against women.
Nona Willis Aronowitz, associate editor at GOOD Magazine, on the downwardly mobil service sector and the plight of young college graduates. Plus, n+1 rounds up ladyblogs, and a listener requests that we talk about the Post Office!
Emma Lillian and E-Rock from Occupy Vermont join us to discuss upcoming March demonstrations at Entergy Nuclear Power Plant, plus, we’re at an Occupy conference in Vermont, and Les Leopold was the keynote speaker.
Salon’s Alex Pareene joins us to discuss Breitbart’s death and the political Internet he helped to create, the bizarre and fascinating ancestors of Mitt Romney, and a new round of Who’s More Objectionable? Plus, increasing wealth disparity back to pre-Crash rates, the Virginia statehouse protest, and the vegetarian food fest in NYC.
Dustin Luke Nelson interviews Andrey Kurkov a Ukranian author (journalist / dissident / screenwriter / children’s book author / international man of mystery) who is in the US for five days. Plus, more on ALEC and F29, plus the Blunt amendment is defeated, and David Albo and Rush are the worst.
Matt Taibbi on the crimes of Bank of America, and Laura Yasinitsky (Lara Yaz) on veganism and writing fashion police jokes for US Weekly. Plus, we report live from F29, the day OWS called Shut down the Corporations.
Alternet’s Kristen Gywnne joins us to discuss police brutality in the Bronx, the school to prison pipeline, and why you should smoke weed instead of drink booze. Plus, Santorum is no Jack Kennedy, and a brief history of using women’s bodies for science without their consent.
Sam Osterhout reads selections from Memos to Ruby, soon-to-be-published short pieces of advice for his daughter, plus Our Man In Greece, Guy Steward, interviews activists about the economic turmoil. Also, as OWS fades from media spotlight, so does income inequality and corporate greed, and following up on Virginia ultrasound bill.
Comedian Ted Alexandro joins us to discuss his arrest at OWS, a near mauling by a lion cub, and the terror of waiting in the wings before his first David Letterman appearance. Also, HuffPo blames Occupy for a death that was the result of OPD negligence, and the NYPD’s massive apparatus to spy on Muslims throughout the Northeast.
Jeffrey McClain of Iraq Veterans Against the War on his time in Iraq and his involvement in the anti-war and Occupy movements. Plus, John visits an Occupier in Rikers and Molly teaches another elementary school girls club.
Baratunde Thurston joins us to discuss his new NYT bestselling book How To Be Black. We talk about the insanity of his book tour, the insanity of the GOP, and the calming voice of Terry Gross. Plus, gals should asprin between the knees and Iran has probably already bombed America.
Truthout’s Jesse Meyerson and Guy Steward join us to discuss black bloc tactics, provoking the wrath of the state, predictions for the American Spring and Summer. Also, part 2 of our interview with Ryan Deveraux. Plus, John’s report on Occupy the SEC.
The Guardian’s Ryan Deveraux on transparency and privacy, police brutality in the Bronx regarding Ramarley Graham and Jateik Reed, and drinking tea in the office of The Guardian. Also, Chris Brown “can beat me”, Greece is on fire, and Obama’s war on whistleblowers.
Natasha Lennard – freelance journalist covering OWS and other protest movements who was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge while working for the NYT – joins us to discuss the upcoming G8 summit in Chicago, Hedges anti-Black Bloc article, and what it’s like to report from the field for the NYT.
Leighann Lord joins us to discuss African Americans for Humanism, an outreach organization for black atheists. Plus, Prop 8 defeated, Santorum’s weird sweep, and the bill that would convert tweets into felonies goes down in flames in Oregon.
Super Bowl ad scrubs union sign, why the Komen split was good for feminism, interviews from High School Walk Out Day, and an activist just back from West Papau. This show is everywhere you need it to be.
Chloe Angyal of Feministing joins us to discuss how Komen cowardly backed away from Planned Parenthood, a bill that would make men get rectal exams before they are eligible for Viagra, and the dangers of traveling alone as a woman.
Gov Eliot Spitzer joins us to discuss OWS, ways of solving the mortgage crisis, and back room deals would make people revolt if they knew about them. Also, coverage of Occupy Oakland’s attempt to take a building and the OPD’s brutal crackdown, and the OWS solidarity march the following day.
Justin Elliott of Salon on Wall Street’s fundraising for the Democrats and Newt’s bizarre “anti-poverty” stance in the late 90s. Also, on-the-ground at an OWS foreclosed homes blockade, and we finally get to talk about means girls, in real life.
Ali Gharib, ThinkProgress National Security reporter, joins us to discuss the NYPD’s showing of anti-Muslim propaganda, the covert war with Iran, and explains what’s happening in the straits of Hormuz.
Newt doubles down on food-stamp president comments, Mitt’s lessons from his father, and Occupy Harlem protests an Obama fundraiser. And Molly’s essay about life as a balloon salesperson, on roller blades, complete with music and sound effects.
Interviews from Occupy Nigeria solidarity protest at the Nigerian consulate in Manhattan, NYT profile of Letterman’s comedy booker reveals deep seeded sexism, should the NYT report facts or lies, and Romney put his dog on the roof of his car, like a sociopath.
Collier Meyerson, creator of Carefree White Girl, joins us to discuss race in popular culture, and tells us that Zooey Deschanel is probably the ultimate CFWG. Also, sounds from Zuccotti Park from minutes after the barricades came down.
On the ground coverage of the anti-NDAA mic check in Grand Central and other J3 actions – including Andrew Stepanian’s account of spending time in prison on terrorism charges, Romney and Santorum tie in Iowa, and the NYPD evicts Global Revolution livestreamers.
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