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In May, Jordan Grafman (Northwestern University) joined the show to discuss his study on the cognitive roots of religious fundamentalism and his belief that the debate of belief systems will determine humanity's future.
The 2nd of our 2-part review of 2017. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Mudbound.’ Performances from three of the best BTR Live Studio sessions of the year.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Ryan Devereaux, and our political year in review. Photo courtesy of Neflix via Wikimedia Commons
An army of lackeys kept the liberal tears flowing through a crazy year.
In May, Darren Samuelsohn (Politico) joined the show to discuss covering the White House, the palace intrigue surrounding the early days on the Trump administration, and the unpredictability of the president.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Alyona Minkovski, and we continue our Best of 2017 culture round up. Alyona Minkovski, via Twitter
While 2017 was dominated by a depressing political news cycle for anyone who was not a straight, white, American male, there were moments of hope through resistance. John Knefel reviews some of the…
This year, our readers flocked to stories on sex, TV and sex on TV. Other stuff, too.
In March, world renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs joined the show to discuss his new book, the importance of sustainable development, and his faith in younger generations.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Sarah Jaffe, and more Best of 2017 culture round ups. Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter  
Stories of sexual misconduct by powerful men dominated the year.
In August, Adam Johnson (FAIR Media Watch, L.A.Times, Alternet) joined the show to discuss the lack of context surrounding American media coverage of North Korea and how major news organizations never portray the United States as a military aggressor.
We revisit our June 2017 interview with Chepe, and we start our Best of 2017 culture round-ups. photo by scattered1 via Wikimedia Commons
Back in August, Shea Serrano (Basketball (and Other Things), The Rap Yearbook, The Ringer) joined the show to discuss the process of writing a book, using Twitter as a tool, and more.
The day, sir? Well, it’s Christmas day! We revisit our two annual holiday recordings from vintage Radio Dispatch era.
Julie Kliegman joins the show to discuss her piece about mental health access for college athletes.
The 1st of our 2-part review of 2017. Charles Hinshaw and Joe Virgillito on ‘The Disaster Artist.’ Performances from two of the best BTR Live Studio sessions of the year.
We revisit our May 2017 interview with Rick Rowley, and listener mail on the worst Christmas songs.    Photo courtesy of Frontline
In Part IV, Tanner relates her obligations to her team to that of work, and discusses the importance of normalizing mental health conversations and treatment for student athletes.
We revisit our April 2017 interview with Peter Frase, and listener mail on family members with bad politics influencing your kids.    Peter Frase, via Twitter
In this episode, Molly Knefel shares her relief at getting through the first year of Donald Trump's presidency. She also reflects on the accountability that people faced in 2017 and the hope it gives…
In Part III, Tanner discusses the difficulty of talking about problems with friends, how her goals shifted, and universal frustrations among student athletes.
We revisit our February 2017 interview with Todd Miller, and a look at the Atlantic article about Mike Pence’s devotion to Trump.    Todd Miller, via Twitter
In Part II, Tanner talks about the added stressors of college and the mental health apparatus that was available to her at Quinnipiac University.
We revisit our February 2017 interview with Cora Currier. Also, how conservative media feeds into Trump’s paranoia and frenzies. Cora Currier, via Twitter
In Part I, Tanner discusses her packed schedule as a student athlete and the pressure to put volleyball above school.
We revisit our January 2017 interview with Jeff Sharlet, and listener mail.   
It's the content gift that keeps on giving.
In Part II, Ellen Hahn discusses the economic motivation for strong smoking laws and the progress of smoking research and legislation in the United States.
Matt Ruby interview Adam Strauss about his one-person show, ‘The Mushroom Cure.’ Jacqueline Soller on ‘I, Tonya.’ And a preview of The Ghost Of Paul Revere’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s our Holiday Show Kickoff and we revisit our January 2017 interview with Lane Moore on her show Tinder Live, and listener mail.      Lane Moore, via Twitter  
Ellen Hahn joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the link between strong anti-smoking laws and lung cancer rates.
Doug Jones wins in Alabama, and a celebratory pile of listener mail. Doug Jones Photo courtesy of Digital Campaign Manager Doug Jones for Senate via Wikimedia Commons
Many euphemisms have been used to describe President Trump and the behaviors and opinions he and his allies exhibit. John Knefel argues that these euphemisms obscure certain truths and result in false equivalencies that tilt the political landscape. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Sam Gosling joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the connection between weather and personality.
Important things to remember about the Alabama special election.
A young boy and his family’s backstory brings the internet on a roller coaster about bullying and racism, the New York Times’ style guide is unbearable in its efforts at neutrality, and Trump’s…
In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the enormity of the Trump-Russia saga and how strong, loud presidential opposition could be America's new norm, no matter who's in the Oval Office.
It’s the day of the special election in Alabama and we look at the discourse around evangelicals and Trump, a Washington Post story looks in detail at how the tax plan abandoned the middle class,…
For the final time in 2017, Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss the wild year in politics, rethinking American exceptionalism, and how recent sexual assault and harassment allegations could end up empowering women in politics.
Roy Moore thinks America was great during slavery, and listener responses to some of our recent discussions.      photo courtesy of United States Congress via Wikimedia Commons
Stephen Gilman joins the show to discuss his recent studying exploring the transmission of mental illness to children of people who have suffered childhood trauma of their own.
Matt Ruby interviews Steve Pestana about the influential party known as ‘Shout!’ that took place in New York City between 1997 and 2006. Charles Hinshaw on ‘The Shape Of Water.’ John Knefel on how the FBI isn’t your friend. Sneak preview of Becca Mancari’s BTR Live Studio session.
Jesse Myerson is here to talk about how the GOP will use the tax bill to further cut Social Security and Medicare, and new info on Flynn’s side projects as National Security Advisor, and thoughts on…
In Part II, Jacob Vigil discusses motivations for medical cannabis as a pain treatment and further research required to broadly accept it.
Now we have one less liberal voice and a Republican Congress
It’s MGG Thursday and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about the Time Person of the Year cover story and the firing of Sam Seder. Also, Trump is about to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s…
Although many liberals have praised and otherwise been mostly supportive of FBI investigations into the 2016 election, the law enforcement agency has long been known for spying and blackmail rather…
Jacob Vigil joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring medical cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain patients instead of prescription opioids.
The gutless senator outdid himself once again.
MSNBC fires Sam Seder after a smear campaign by Mike Cernovich, Robert Mueller subpoenas Deutsche Bank, and more on the tax plan.    Robert S. Mueller III Photo by Federal Bureau of…
Through home furnishings and polo shirts, the former cable news king continues to battle the forces of “happy holidays”
Mara Faccio joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the effects of distracted driving, specifically relating to smartphone applications and games like Pokemon GO.
Mike Ludwig joins us to discuss the looming vote on net neutrality, and Congress passed the horrifying tax bill in the middle of the night on Friday.      Mike Ludwig, via Twitter
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss Geraldo Rivera's unsightly tweets and weird behavior over the years.
It’s a special JAMJAM Monday and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about the tax bill and the Republican’s language around it. Also, John is in the studio, and Flynn is pleading guilty!      Jesse Myerson, via Twitter.
Joe provides a recap of some of the worst political hypocrisy of the week, including senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz.
Torah Talk with Matt Ruby & Charles Gould. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Call Me By Your Name.’ Molly Knefel on consequences for secual harassment. Pinact’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s an MGG Friday and Melissa Gira Grant is here to discuss her latest story on a deadly Vice sting in New York City. Also, John is in the studio to catch up on the tax plan.     Melissa…
M. Beatrice Magnani joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the causes of earthquakes in Texas using seismic reflection imaging.
Matt Lauer is fired from the Today show after allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior, Trump retweets far-right nationalists, and listener mail. Matt Lauer photo by David Shankbone…
Molly Knefel shares her thoughts on the developments in the past few weeks concerning men, specifically in the media and politics, accused of sexual harassment. In this follow up to our previous episode on the topic, Molly outlines the necessity of consequences for those men, no matter their party or professional affiliations. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Holli-Anne Passmore joins the show to discuss her study on the positive psychological effects of observing and spending time in nature.
The Washington Post doesn’t fall for a sting operation by James O’Keefe’s organization, updates on net neutrality, and listener mail. Mick Mulvaney photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of…
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the FCC's potential rollbacks of net neutrality, Roy Moore's chances in Alabama, North Korea's new designation as a state sponsor of terrorism and more.
De Blasio took the stage of the up and coming New York venue to strike down anti-nightlife law with racist roots.
Kenny is back to talk about the colonization of Palestine and the lesser known history of the region before 1948. Also, John is in the studio!
Keeping up with the accusations against men in the music industry is as depressing as it is confusing.
Tho Pham joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring Twitter bot activity, including Russian Twitter bots, before the Brexit vote and 2016 American presidential election.
Historian Peter Cole joins us to discuss the new book he co-edited, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW. Also, John is in the studio to talk about a NYT op ed on why leftists should care about the Russia investigation.
Eric Jones joins the show to discuss the evolution of Black Friday, the effect of online sales, and how perceptions of the shopping holiday have shifted over the years.
Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw on Thor: Rangarok, Novitiate, and Roman J Israel, Esq. Sneak preview of Silver Torches’ BTR Live Studio session.
John is in the studio to discuss a long piece at The Cut looks at women’s rage in a post Weinstein era, and listener mail on gun control.
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the connection between football and Thanksgiving and how football mirrors America, including its current state of political turmoil.
Happy Thanksgiving! John is in the studio and we’re talking about Bill Clinton and Joe Biden’s bad histories, and listener mail on impeachment, bikes, and hope.
Ken Johnson discusses the mobility of Millennials and whether the generation will learn to save better than previous ones.
Frontline’s Jezza Neumann joins us to discuss his updated Frontline documentary “Poor Kids,” about child poverty in the United States. Also, John is in the studio to discuss the latest…
Rumblings abound that Joe Biden is considering a 2020 run.
Ken Johnson joins the show to discuss his recent study that found that home ownership doesn't necessarily correlate to greater wealth, upending a long-held notion about the American dream.
John is in the studio to talk about the incredibly dangerous economics behind the tax plan, Trump’s racism towards black athletes, and listener mail.     Ron Johnson photo courtesy of US…
Emily LaFrance joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the link between cannabis use and creativity.
If Lynch decides to respond to Trump, rest assured it'll be short and simple.
A radio host accuses Al Franken of groping and harassment in 2006, a New York Times story details the amount of civilians killed in Iraq, and listener mail.
Adrian Solgaard joins the show to discuss his creative background, the trials of starting a company from scratch, and Solgaard Design's newest products.
Kate Willett and Matt Ruby on Louis CK’s fall from grace. Charles Hinshaw on ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ Molly Knefel on the linger effects of the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape; Sneak preview of Jane Weaver’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about how the rigged system is the key to building political solidarity. Also, Morning John on the latest Roy Moore allegations and the tax bill.
Gary King joins the show to discuss his recent study measuring the impact of news media and Twitter discussion, including the surprising power of small media outlets.
If Al Franken doesn't resign on his own, Democrats should demand him to.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to catch up on all the news about abusive men since last week. Also, listener mail updates on Rebecca Black, and the countdown to Thanksgiving…
While many of Donald Trump's questionable behaviors, tweets, and policies have been normalized in the year since he was elected, Molly Knefel shares the one thing that she cannot get over: the Access…
Stephen Davis joins the show to discuss his forthcoming biography of Stevie Nicks, including the artist's cultural resurgence and ongoing relevance in pop culture and rock n' roll.
More allegations and corroboration against Roy Moore, education civil rights activists band together to try to combat Betsy Devos’s dismantling of the Office of Civil Rights, and listener…
People's Policy Project aims to make a progressive splash in the think tank world.
Pascal Wallisch joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the correlation between psychopathy and genres of music, and the importance of looking into how psychopaths view the world.
We spend the hour on last week’s reporting on Roy Moore and Louis CK. Louis CK photo by Spc. Elayseah Woodard-Hinton courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Sorin Adam Matei joins the show to discuss his recent book that explores Wikipedia's evolution as an organization, and where most of the site's edits and content comes from.
Morning John on how Harvey Weinstein tried to cover up the women making accusations against him, and a whole lot of listener mail.
On the Weekly Rundown, Joe discusses the Democratic victories, the further Trumpification of Fox News, and getting blocked by Verrit on Twitter.
Matt Ruby interview Myq Kaplan about his experience with ayahuasca. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Lady Bird.’ Sneak preview of KRISTEENYOUNG’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to bask in the victories from Election Day 2017. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Marcel Bonn-Miller joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring mislabeled CBD extracts sold online and the lack of federal regulation surrounding marijuana products.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to discuss the fact that we actually had a good election day! Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter.
Molly Knefel offers her take on the political response to the recent instances of mass violence in the U.S. noting specifically that although the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas left many more people dead, there were calls for immediate calls for policy change after the event in New York which was carried out by a man from Uzbekistan​.​ Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the impact of the 2017 elections, Russia-related indictments, the rigging of the Democratic primary, and more.
Another mass shooting in Texas, Morning John on the Paradise Papers, and what happens when a business start-up expands into education. Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of…
Michael Betz discusses the policy recommendations put forth in the report, as well as other states and policies to emulate.
John joins us to catch up on Donna Brazile’s book detailing corruption in the DNC, and listener thoughts on a DemEnter versus a DemExit.
Michael Betz joins the show to discuss the report he co-authored on Ohio's opiate crisis, including the economic factors that have played a role in it.
It's a tragic world where a prominent Republican senator getting beat up is almost instantly forgotten.
John joins us to catch up on everything else that happened in the Trump administration last week.   
Dean Falk joins the show to discuss her recent study that found modern humanity is no less violent than our ancient ancestors, and that spreading a "feel good" notion to the contrary is troubling.
Rena Karefa-Johnson and Matt Ruby on Mueller’s recent progress and retiring Republicans. Jacqueline Soller ton The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. John Knefel on the solvable opioid crisis. Sneak preview of Versing’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to discuss candy socialism, and our response to terrorist violence. Also, Morning John on Trump’s call for the death penalty for the Lower Manhattan…
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the evolution of NFL protesting, the league's lower television ratings, and Colin Kaepernick's football future.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk the Stripper Strike and Don Jr’s not understanding socialism, and Morning John on Trump’s response to the attack in New York. Melissa…
Despite declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency in late October, President Trump has failed to suggest a specific course of action or propose funding to address the crisis. John Knefel…
Eric Schumacher discusses how his study could potentially change the way daydreaming and mind wandering are perceived.
Since we recorded yesterday, one billion things happened with the Mueller investigation, including a George Papadopoulos bombshell, and New York City responds to a violent incident in a school with a…
With local Palestinian artists being arrested and banned from traveling, international rock stars are urging their peers to stay away from Israel.
In light of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, Stephanie reflects on U.S. gun issues and compares how similar issues have been handled in her home country of Australia. 1st Person is…
Eric Schumacher joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the link between daydreaming and creativity.
Developmental psychologist Melissa Sage Dumont joins us to discuss the origins and political development of the IQ test, Morning John on the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and Anthony…
BTRtoday Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss Joe's Halloween candy rankings, from leaving out Kit Kats to crowning Twix.
It’s a special JAMJAM Mondays and Jesse Myerson is here to round up all the Republican apologist and revisionism of the last few weeks. Also, Morning John on the tax plan, and checking in on school…
In Part II, Matt Bruenig discusses some of PPP's current projects and response to the think tank's launch.
Jonah Levy on on the NYC Office of Nightlife and “Night Mayor.” Charles Hinshaw on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).’ Molly Knefel on the Harvey Weinstein story. Sneak preview of Faith Healer’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s a special Friday Frontline episode where we speak with director Michael Kirk about his new two-part Frontline documentary “Putin’s Revenge.” Also, Morning John on Geogroup, George HW and…
Remember syphilis? That STD you thought was a thing of the past, if you thought of it at all? It was once nearly eradicated but it’s back, with fervor. The latest CDC study reports that STDs…
Matt Bruenig joins the show to discuss the difficulties of starting a think tank, the crowdfunding business model, and where a progressive think thank fits into the D.C. environment.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Jeff Flake and Jane Doe. Also, listeners and Morning John weigh in on Flake and the supposed fissures in the Republican party. Melissa…
Molly Knefel connects the issues raised by recent allegations about Harvey Weinstein to other current news stories and explains why she thinks the story should not be allowed to slip out of the public…
Bill O’Reilly, the former king of right-wing fearmongering, is finished.
Flake’s anti-Trump statements mean nothing if there’s nothing at stake.
Sean Sullivan joins the show to discuss why playoff baseball is so much better, the grind of following a full 162-game season, and the potential bright future for the New York Yankees.
Mike Ludwig is back to talk about what the federal government is and isn’t doing to support opioid users in prison. Also, catching up on the rest of the Me Too listener thoughts.    Mike…
Sean Sullivan joins the show to discuss the upcoming World Series, working in sports television, and baseball's growing regionality.
Valerie Adams-Bass joins us to discuss the Youth Act conference coming up at the University of Virginia, Morning John on General Kelly’s military coup language, and listener mail. Sgt. La David…
Kid Rock in the Senate would be like Armando Iannucci and the South Park guys collaborating to adapt a Robert Caro book into a waking legislative nightmare.
John Briney joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring drug use among surveyed youth.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders touted a $4,000 tax rebate on Twitter. Twitter users expressed their doubts.
Reuben Safire joins us to discuss the devastating fires in California, and John is in the studio to catch up on John Kelly’s comments defending Trump. Reuben Safire, via Twitter
On the weekly rundown, Joe discusses his favorite podcaster's hiatus and why hatred among countrymen is the biggest problem America faces today.
Twitter Moments with Matt Ruby. Jacqueline Soller on ‘The Florida Project.’ John Knefel on Trump’s ability as a dealmaker. Sneak preview of Zuli’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Friday and Jesse Myerson is here to talk Me Too, Morning John on Trump supporters distrust of the media, and listener mail. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
The account @TrumpNewYorker spins Trump's social media lunacy into cartoon caption gold.
Michael Siegel joins the show to discuss his newly published study exploring the link between weak concealed carry laws and higher homicide rates.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Ivanka’s punk phase, ICE spinning who they target for deportation, and what men could do after Me Too. Also, Morning John on Muslim Ban…
Citing several recent political decisions, John Knefel challenges Donald Trump's self-proclaimed title of "dealmaker,’ describing him as a “hostage negotiator in reverse” due to his willingness…
James O'Malley joins the show to discuss his creation of the New Yorker Trump Bot (@TrumpNewYorker) on Twitter.
We’re joined by Olivier Sarbil, director of tonight’s Frontline documentary, “Mosul.” Also, Morning John, and more listener mail on Me Too. Photo credit: Courtesy of Frontline.
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss Trump's comments on the Iran nuclear agreement, the administration's heavy rhetoric with North Korea and growing fear and dissension within the Republican Party.
Morning John on Trump’s executive order attacking healthcare subsidies, Mayim Bialik writes a victim-blaming New York Times op-ed, women, trans, and nonbinary people post “me too” on social media to convey the magnitude of sexual assault and harassment. Mayim Bialik Photo by N4chavez courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Levi Boxell joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the internet's role in political polarization.
We catch up on the Buzzfeed story detailing how Milo launders hate into the mainstream, and the Vanity Fair story on how Trump hates everyone in the White House.      Photo by Shal Farley courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss Sheriff Steve Prator's racist remarks and the Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle.
Torah Talk with Matt Ruby & Charles Gould. Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw on ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ Molly Knefel on Trump’s attack on birth control mandates. Sloppy Heads’ BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to answer questions about his money talk, and problematize the phrase “wasting taxpayer dollars.” Also, John is in the studio to talk more on Weinstein fallout, Ben Affleck, Bret Stephens, and the Vanity Fair article on how Trump hates everyone in the White House. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Katy Collin discusses why Americans should care about the independence referendum in Catalonia.
Ronan Farrow follows up the New York Times reporting on Harvey Weinstein with detailed accounts from 13 women. Also, New York DA Cy Vance knew about it. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Molly Knefel gives her take on the intended rollback of the Birth Control Mandate, introduced by President Obama, which provides birth control coverage at no cost to approximately 55 million women. While it is important that birth control helps to do more than only prevent unwanted pregnancies, women should not have to justify their sex lives or reasons for using birth control. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Katy Collin joins the show to discuss the independence referendum in Catalonia and how it fits into the wave of separatism (and indirectly, populism) sweeping Europe.
Frontline’s James Jacoby joins us to discuss his new documentary War on the EPA, the Trump administration rolls back the birth control mandate, and Trump’s feud with Bob Corker isn’t what you think it is.
War isn’t LARPing and the armed forces should know better.
In Part II, David Broockman says it's overkill to assume no persuasion works and says the wealth of new ideas in political science will change future campaigns.
Ryan Devereaux joins us to discuss his story on migrants smuggled over the border in a big rig truck, and how they were used to prosecute the driver then faced deportation themselves. Also, Morning John on Syria, and a listener update on the historic civil rights picture from Little Rock.
David Broockman joins the show to discuss his recent study about the persuasiveness--or lack thereof--of political campaigning.
We’re joined by Kenny, host of The Movements podcast, who tells us what the Spanish Civil War can teach us about revolution, reform, and fighting fascism. Also, catching up on listener mail.
Dan Lane joins the show to discuss his recent study on slacktivism and whether posting online has any positive correlation with real world activism.
Matt Ruby interviews comedian Kate Willett. Jacqueline Soller on ‘American Made.’ John Knefel on Roy Moore as the future of the GOP. Hyukoh’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about a leftist vision of gun regulation. Also, Molly has a piece in Teen Vogue about racial disparities in youth incarceration, and Morning John on Rex Tillerson calling Trump a moron.
Michael Siegel joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring intimate partner violence firearm laws and homicide rates, and where domestic violence fits into the gun control debate.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about the Propublica reporting on Manhattan DA Cy Vance dropping a criminal investigation into the Trumps after getting a donation from their lawyer. Also, Morning John on the House’s 20-week abortion ban and the phone line for snitching on undocumented people.     Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter.
John Knefel offers his take on the victory of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama's Republican Primary for Senate and what it might mean for the future of the GOP and their reliance on bigoted candidates. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Conservative lawmakers show once again that they're equally heartless and brainless.
Before it became a lumbering monster fighting for the rights of mass shooters, the NRA had different, saner goals.
Joel Penney joins the show to discuss the importance of virality for political campaigns, the role of memes in politics, and whether Donald Trump's Twitter usage will change how future campaigns are run.
Frontline’s Jane McMullen joins us to discuss her new documentary, “North Korea’s Deadly Dictator.” Also, Morning John on the historic mass shooting in Las Vegas, and a brief look at the Children’s Health Insurance Program that Congress just let expire.    Frontline courtesy of PBS
The former FOX News host's rage virus spasm of an essay has laid bare the emptiness at the heart of the pro-gun movement.
Joe revisits an interview with Stanford University's David Studdert, who conducted a study on handgun sales in the state of California following mass shootings. He also discusses the resistance to gun registries and the gun feedback loop.
Reporter John Diedrich joins us to discuss the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s investigation of safety violations at plants in Wisconsin. Also, Morning John on Trump’s approach to Puerto Rico and North Korea, and the largest mass shooting in modern American history has just happened in Las Vegas. Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan. photo by Melvin Alfredo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss the reaction to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the NRA's lobbying influence, the role of gun manufacturers, and more.
Jeff Abbott joins us to discuss Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ blatant corruption and the popular uprising against it. Also, Morning John on the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and looking at Finland’s response to school shootings. Jeff Abbott, via Twitter  
Thanks to Milk Leaks unearthing the things he doesn’t want us to remember, we can explore the full scope of Baked Alaska’s depravity.
In Part II, David Wayne tells us why The Political Compass is completely anonymous, how it differs from common personality tests, the importance of a personal political assessment, and more.
Shalewa & Matt on #TakeAKnee, race, Trump, etc. Charles Hinshaw on ‘Battle Of The Sexes.’ Molly Knefel on what Kaepernick started. Siv Jacobsen’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and it’s time for another Theory with Jesse segment, this time, on money! Also, Morning John on the Republicans proposed tax cuts. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
David Wayne joins the show to discuss The Political Compass, why "left" and "right" are economic terms, how American political discussion is different from that in other democracies, and more.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about what Gary Younge calls “the depths of American bigotry.” Also, Morning John on the primary election of Roy Moore and the death of Graham Cassidy.    Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Molly Knefel recaps the actions of many NFL teams who, this past week, chose not to participate in the National Anthem before the start of their games -- arguably as a sign of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who began sitting out of National Anthem in August of 2016 to protest police brutality and the oppression of people of color. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Joe fits in a weekly rundown episode to discuss Donald Trump's battle with the NFL, the patriotism of anthem-kneeling protests, and how the president is intentionally dividing the country along its most significant institutions.
Raquel Salas Rivera joins us to discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Also, Morning John on Muslim Ban 3.0 and Trump’s attack on black NFL players, and listener mail on Puerto Rico. Flag of Puerto Rico
In Part II, Dave Rand discusses the difficulties in keeping up with fake news, Facebook's potential solutions, and how much onus is on people consuming media.
On Monday, hundreds of protesters, many from the disability rights organization ADAPT, lined up early to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill.
John is in the studio to talk about the implications of Trump’s speech to the UN, and listener mail. photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dave Rand joins the show to discuss his recent study about the effects of fact checking and verifying news articles on social media sites like Facebook.
John is in the studio to talk Tom Price and his private planes, Success Academy claims that it’s not subject to Freedom of Information Law requests, and catching up on a whole lot of listener mail. Photo courtesy of District office of Tom Price via Wikimedia Commons    
On the Weekly Rundown, Joe discusses his faux-cover letter for Infowars and James Damore's dumb Twitter poll.
Rena & Matt on Sean Spicer’s appearance and Issa Rae’s comments at the Emmys. Charles Hinshaw on ‘mother!’ John Knefel on BernieCare For All. gobbinjr’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and we’re spending the whole show on healthcare. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
After getting fired from Google for weird sexism, James Damore gives bizarre racism a try.
Mia Costa joins the show to discuss her recent study on how voters perceived their Congressional representatives based on gender and party.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk police repression in St. Louis and Georiga tech, the erasure of American colonies during climate change disasters, and a listener’s turf war with a TERF.      Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Carryl Baldwin joins the show to discuss her recent study about daydreaming while driving and why it's so easy to lose focus behind the wheel.
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss what white liberals get wrong about identity politics. Also, Morning John on the police brutality in St. Louis and the police murder of a Georgia Tech LGBTQIA activist.     Mychal Denzel Smith, via Twitter
In this episode, Ayanda shares what it was like to find out that some of her friends were Trump supporters. She explains what Donald Trump represents to her and the effect of his presidency on her life and relationships with others.   Music featured in this episode: "Walk Don’t Run" by CHIMNEY
Mary Kosuth joins the show to discuss her research on microplastics in tap water and her involvement with the Orb Media investigation.
It’s a special edition of JAMJAM Tuesdays, talking about Medicare for All and combatting the worst of automation under capitalism. Also, Morning John on the Cassidy Graham bill, and the Emmys were a celebration of escapism.    Jesse Myerson, via Twitter.
Elena and Joe recap their time at This Is Real, an immersive horror experience in New York City.
It’s a special edition of MGG Mondays with Melissa Gira Grant, talking Facebook targeting anti-Semites, more ICE agents in NYC courts, and Chelsea getting invited then disinvited to Harvard. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Joe discusses the White House's reaction to Jemele Hill's tweets and why it's problematic for the administration to dictate political speech.
This week, we’re joined by contributor Matt Ruby to discuss four Twitter Moments trending at the time of recording: 1. Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls for firing of ESPN's Jemele Hill 2. One…
Mike Ludwig joins us to talk about his story on how the New Orleans charter system impacts poor residents. Also, the White House suggests that a black ESPN commenter should be fired for criticizing the president, and two tech guys want to replace bodegas with an app. Mike Ludwig, via Twitter
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss President Trump's handling of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, response to the White House's DACA decision, talk of tax reform, and more.
John is in the studio to talk listener mail on the opioid crisis, and a policy in Britain that punishes families for having more than two kids. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge Photo by Tsai project courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Molly Knefel offers insight on why it’s important to consider the type of language uses when discussing DACA recipients. While it is true that people protected by DACA did not have a choice about moving to the United States, and that they add value to the economy, framing the argument for DREAMers in this light minimizes the argument for rights of those immigrants who are not protected by DACA. It creates separate categories of “worthy” and “unworthy” immigrants when the discussion should really be about human rights and dignity for all. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Chris Tyree joins the show to discuss Orb Media's investigation into micro plastics in the drinking water of more than a dozen countries across the globe.
John is in the studio for a review of the new book Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook. Antifa International photo by Pepa01 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Taia and Joe discuss their recent articles about the girl who called an InfoWars reporter "a f*king idiot" and the guy who played a piano in public to get his ex back.
For several hours on the anniversary of the greatest tragedy in American history, Cruz’s approval of a post by the account @sexuallposts hung suspended on social media, for all to see.
We speak with Steve James, director of the new Frontline documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” Also, Morning John breaks down the corporate media narrative that Trump is an independent pragmatist, and listener mail. Frontline photo via PBS.org
After watching this approximately 12,573 times, I still can’t decide on my favorite part of the video.
Todd McElroy joins the show to discuss his study exploring the correlation between thinking and physical activity.
John is in the studio to discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay “The First White President.” Also, what’s going on with Trump and Pelosi and Schumer, and listener mail.    Ta-Nehisi Coates photo by Eduardo Montes-Bradley courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Francis Shen joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring minority mens rea in an effort to reduce racial bias in courtrooms.
Matt Ruby and Rabbi Avram Mlotek on Judaism today. Molly Knefel on “both sides” talk; sneak peek of Domino Kirke’s BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here, and John is in the studio, to talk BDS, DACA, Irma, and austerity. Also, NYC school grants free lunch to all, and a poll finds that Republicans fear the so-called “changing face” of the nation. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
In Part II, Mimi Tang discusses the optimism surrounding immunotherapy treatments for food allergies and the type of impact her trial's results could have.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk DACA, climate refugees, and finding the weaknesses in the system. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Molly Knefel offers her take on the “both sides” argument that often surfaces regarding political parties or activist groups with differing beliefs, which suggests neither side is completely correct in their actions -- especially when it comes to violence. Donald Trump’s comments in the aftermath of the events at Charlottesville is a recent example of “both sides-ism,” which failed to condemn Nazi ideas and hate speech without also attributing blame to those who oppose that thinking. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Mimi Tang joins the show to discuss her recent study on immunotherapy for children with peanut allergies, which yielded encouragingly positive results.
Jeff Sessions has announced that DACA will be rescinded in 6 months. DACA Protest photo by Fibonacci Blue courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
William Cheung joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring how climate change could shrink multiple species of fish by 20 to 30 percent.
Caroline Nagy joins us to discuss flood insurance policy, and John is in the studio to talk about Molly’s essay on how we talk about Nazis and bullies.      Photo by Bill Koplitz courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Jeff Leisawitz joins the show to discuss his new book "Not F*ing Around: The No Bullshit Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground."
Ryan Schleeter joins us to discuss climate justice and Hurricane Harvey. Also, listeners weigh in on our discussion about how adults talk about kids. Photo by Planet A. courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss their recent pieces for the site having to do with enjoyable but sexist entertainment personalities.
Jacqueline Soller & Charles Hinshaw on upcoming fall movies, thoughts on summer movies seen, and Star Wars. Molly Knefel on natural disasters as political disasters; sneak peek of Sad12’s BTR Live Studio session.
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the biggest NFL storylines heading into the 2017 season, from CTE studies to anthem protests.
Molly Knefel offers her take on why natural disasters are also political disasters, explaining that, while many politicians speak out during these times and call for unity, politics have led to communities of color and lower income lacking resources and infrastructure in advance of these events that exacerbate the effects of such catastrophe. She argues that more inclusive politics would have considered the needs of these communities before the devastation hit. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Jochen Brocks joins the show to discuss his recently published study that solves the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth.
Justin Ortagus discusses the integration of technology in higher education and findings that surprised him in his recent study.
By making something untouchable, you’re conveying your political beliefs on the matter. It limits the parameters of political discussion while willfully ignoring the larger implications of a global issue.
Justin Ortagus joins the show to discuss his recent study looking into the IT productivity paradox in higher education - the idea that more technology doesn't necessarily lead to more productivity for institutions.
Justin Goldsmith joins Joe to talk all things Game of Thrones Season 7, including favorite moments, fair criticisms, and season finale predictions.
Rena Karefa-Johnson & Matt Ruby on Charlottesville aftermath; Jackie Soller on ‘Logan Lucky,’ directed by Steven Soderbergh; sneak peek of Amy O’s BTR Live Studio session.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage returns to discuss recent developments in the removal of Confederate statues and monuments nationwide.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss a wild week in politics, including Steve Bannon's White House departure, Trump's response to Charlottesville, the plan for the continued Afghanistan war.
Angela Coppola joins the show to discuss her upcoming study linking self compassion and positive body image to certain health behaviors.
Ian Wallace joins the show to discuss his recent study on osteoarthritis, which found that ancient hunter-gatherers had healthier joints than modern Americans.
Joe addresses rumors of Donald Trump's resignation, the wave of Confederate statue takedowns, and why he thinks Trump's campaign slogan isn't working in a more conscious America.
Jonah Levy on the effort to repeal NYC’s Cabaret Law; Charles Hinshaw on ‘Detroit,’ directed by Kathryn Bigelow; sneak peak of Bonelang’s BTR Live Studio session.
Mario Weick joins the show to discuss his recent study on self-perceived intuition.
Molly Knefel challenges a widely accepted falsehood that Donald Trump was elected by poor and lower middle-class white people lacking education, and that those are the people responsible for spreading racist and hateful rhetoric. She explains that the effort to shift this blame comes from a desire to disassociate from racism and to shirk the responsibility that comes from recognizing and acknowledging it. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
In Part II, Adam Johnson talks about the media's tendency to frame the United States in a benevolent light and the cultish ideology surrounding American war.
Fifth Avenue was quiet as Trump cast blame for Charlottesville on the alt left.
Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss the violence in Charlottesville, Just John takes a close look at Steve Bannon, and more listener mail in response to the Nazi violence over the weekend.   Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter
In part one, Adam Johnson discusses the media portrayals of North Korea and their lack of context, including selective memory about the destruction of the Korean War.
We spend the hour on the Nazi violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Antifascist Resistance photo by Ahmadi courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Sapna Cheryan joins the show to discuss her recent study that found Asian Americans who are heavier are perceived to be more American, the impact of her research in our current social climate, and much more.
John is in the studio, Manafort’s house was raided, Republicans say they would support postponing the election if Trump suggested it, and New York City moves to dismiss 644,000 warrants for minor offenses. Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson photo by Jbberk courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Joe rambles on about Trump's threats to North Korea, America's unstable moral position on nukes, and John Carney's Statue of Liberty meltdown.
Rena Karefa-Johnson on anti-choice Dem candidates and DOJ targeting affirmative action; Jacqueline Soller on ‘Good Time’ starring Robert Pattinson; John Knefel on white resentment in the White House; sneak peak of Re-TROS BTR Live Studio session.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here in the studio to explain markets before, during and after capitalism. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Faust's talks are generous in details about the failures underpinning America’s health care system. But they’re also engaging, funny and driven by urgent moral clarity.
Lilo Stainton joins the show to discuss the GOP's failure to repeal Obamacare, the possibility of bipartisan cooperation, increased public interest in healthcare, and more.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here with Molly and John to talk North Korea, Google, and Congress. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Author Shea Serrano joins the show to discuss making a living as a writer, The Rap Yearbook being turned into a miniseries, his new book Basketball (and Other Things), and more.
John is in the studio to talk how climate change is already impacting the United States, de Blasio proposes a millionaires tax to fund the MTA, and a check in on the left conflict around Kamala Harris. Copenhagen Climate Summit Photo by Marc Kjerland courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Jason Moser joins the show to discuss his recent study that found referring to yourself in the third person can help control stressful emotions.
Two different stories look at public school closures and what happens to the kids who rely on so called “failing schools,” and Morning John what to watch for during the August recess. No Child Left Behind Act photo by US Federal Government courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Rich Hanley joins the show to discuss MSNBC's primetime ratings triumph, Fox News's ties to the Trump administration, the future of football broadcasting rights, and much more.
Anna Lekas Miller joins us to discuss her reporting on families living in Mosul in the aftermath of ISIS. Also, catching up on listener mail.
Megan Zuelsdorff joins the show to discuss her recent study that explores the impact of stress on aging brains.
This week, we return to a topic from a previous episode: Lafayette, Louisiana. Lafayette is a large town or a small city, not quite urban and not quite rural, right in the heart of the Southwest…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk strategies for pushing reproductive rights as an uncompromised part of the Democratic platform. Also, Morning John on the new anti-immigration proposal.
Adrian Raftery joins the show to discuss his recent study that project the planet has little chance of meeting the goals set forth in the Kyoto Protocol or Paris Climate Agreement.
Eli Roth and Bruce Willis have made the perfect movie for whiny old white men with their remake of Death Wish.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk criticism of Kamala Harris from the left, the erasure of critical left voices from women of color, and how calls for sisterhood sometimes only go one way. Also, Morning John on the Trump White House’s idea to go after affirmative action.
The administration is looking into affirmative action exactly the way you’d expect it to.
Molly Knefel offers insight on President Trump’s recent remarks to a Suffolk County Police Department where his suggestion that officers be rough with suspects was met with cheers and applause. She also discusses the danger of proposed “Blue Lives Matter” laws which could lead to increased sentences for those accused of harming an officer, but make it more difficult to hold law enforcement accountable in instances of police brutality. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Tim McGuine joins the show to discuss his recent study about the prevalence of lower extremity injuries among young athletes who specialize in a single sport.
Christian Bowe of the Democratic Socialists of America joins us to discuss their upcoming convention, membership growth, and what it means for the organization today and historically. Also, Morning John says goodbye to the Mooch and hello to more potential obstruction from Donald Trump. Democratic Socialists of America Logo Photo by Chris Engelsma courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Encouraging former convicts to rebuild their lives by weed seems antithetical to American values. But if it works, it would be a huge leap forward for racial justice.
BTRtoday Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss his forthcoming piece on Tim Faust and progressive views on healthcare.
John is in the studio, and we catch up on the healthcare vote.   Public Option Photo by Nanci Pelosi courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Terry Clower joins the show to discuss WalletHub's recent ranking of the best- and worst-run cities in the United States.
Mooch, we hardly knew ye.
Molly is back and we’re catching up on everything. Reince Priebus photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Joe discusses the tumultuous week with the Trump administration, including the transgender military ban, failed healthcare vote, and Scaramucci antics.
This week, contributor Matt Ruby speaks with Christopher Kelley, a university lecturer and a self-proclaimed Buddhist “psychonaut,” or “mind explorer,” who holds a doctorate in Religion from…
The GOP healthcare bill collapses in the Senate, Scaramucci’s profanity laden tirade to a New Yorker reporter, and the House advances a bill to pay for Trump’s wall. Donald Trump photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the healthcare vote, Trump's treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and how the transgender military ban doubles as a political distraction.
Trump issues a bizarre new ban on trans people serving in the military, the current state of the Senate’s healthcare bill, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed have a hot mic moment, and North Korea could be as close as a year away from a nuclear missile that could reach the United States. Photo by Ronald Reagan and the American Medical Association courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
John Knefel offers insight on the increasingly authoritarian practices of President Trump which began during his campaign and have continued into his administration. He identifies some of the most prevalent behaviors, which include public attacks on the judiciary, using his base to isolate those he identifies as enemies, and most recently, his criticism of Jeff Sessions who recused himself from ongoing investigations into Russia. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Celinda Lake joins the show to discuss her firm's recent report which projects 40 million fewer Americans will vote in 2018 elections.
This episode originally aired on July 5, 2017 Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to celebrate the one year anniversary of his book, “Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education.” Radio Dispatch Live Photo by Gideon Oliver    
Marc Meredith joins the podcast to discuss the results of his 2016 study on double voting in U.S. presidential elections and the larger national conversation about voter fraud.
The future of the ACA is left in doubt with the Senate's vote.
Morning John on the catastrophic news cycle of this past weekend, and catching up on listener mail. Jeff Sessions photo courtesy of The United States Congress via Wikimedia Commons
Marty West joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the effects of test-based retention of 3rd graders in Florida.
John is in the studio to talk about his new theory of Lost, what we have learned about the Don Jr. meeting, and healthcare updates. Demonstration Outside Trump Tower, New York Photo by Anthony Albright courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Joe tackles Sean Spicer's surprise resignation, Trump's New York Times interview, presidential pardons, and how Trump might end up impeaching himself.
Jeff Nazareno on K-pop and KCON; Charles Hinshaw on 'War For The Planet of the Apes' and 'Lady Macbeth;' preview of Brian Hill and the Noh Starrs on BTR Live Studio; Molly Knefel on Dept of Ed and "men's rights"
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about how a land tax could fund the New York City MTA. Also, John on the Times Trump interview. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
When California Polytechnic State University student Kyle Wiens dropped his Apple iBook G3 and the operating system slowed to a crawl, he decided to fix it. Coming from a long line of tinkerers, Wiens was confident he could do it. But when he searched the internet for the laptop’s manual, he came up empty handed. “I looked for the manual online and couldn’t find it. In fact, I could find very little on how to do it myself. Eventually, I fixed it, but it was a lot harder than it needed to be,” recalled Wiens. Wiens thought it wasn’t right that Apple didn’t have any information on how to repair their products. He came away from the experience convinced that repair manuals should be free and accessible to everyone. Thus iFixit, a site dedicated to making home repair possible, was born. The site now boasts almost 30,000 free repair manuals and it’s evolved into a movement pitting consumers against manufacturer copyright laws in a fight for the right to repair. Companies claim that releasing repair manuals violates copyright laws, but repair advocates like Wiens believe ownership passes to the consumer upon purchase. “Repairing is environmentally friendly, economical and fun,” says Wiens, “Companies want to use copyright law or even planned obsolescence – that is, engineer their products to give out after a certain number of years – but consumers should have the right to decide to repair their purchases, rather than re-buy.” Every third Wednesday in Manhattan, the Fixers’ Collective exercises their right to repair. Hosted by Hack Manhattan, the group invites members of the public to bring their broken appliances and electronics in for a free fix. Composed of amateur tinkerers as well as professional engineers, the room at Hack Manhattan buzzes with energy as members peel back the outer shells on items like a broken coffee maker, a laptop that isn’t holding a charge, and a 1980s drum machine picked up at a flea market. Tarek Omar, a hacker who runs a pop-up repair and refurbish shop in flea markets, tinkers with the circuit board on the drum machine. Its owner, Nico DePierro, an electronic music artist, likes to fix things, too. “The more time I spend with an object the more connected I feel to it,” DePierro says. “I can easily get a functional one of these [drum machines] from eBay for ten bucks, but this is better.” Omar, meanwhile, suggests that DePierro replace the power source with a new one that will enable the device to connect to a USB port. He likes to refurbish objects with new uses as well as repair them. Companies like Apple, Toshiba and John Deere, however, often make it difficult, if not illegal, to repair and refurbish their products. Under current copyright laws and licensing agreements, they have a case, “If you read the fine print,” Omar says, “You’ll find that it’s illegal. It’s illegal to open something up and figure out how it works. It’s considered their property.” Manufacturers argue that the workings of their products are “trade secrets,” but Gay Gordon-Byrne, a repair advocate leading the charge on the Right to Repair Act, thinks they just want a monopoly on aftermarket repairs. “Apple was willing to let us pass Right to Repair legislation as long as they could claim their glass as proprietary,” she says. The glass! Well, it turns out, they make about a billion a year replacing broken screens.” The Right to Repair Act, up for consideration in 12 states, would require manufacturers to provide owners and private businesses with fair access to service information, security updates and replacement parts, is up for consideration in 12 different states. The State of New York stands to be the first state to pass the Right to Repair Act A8192 and S618, sponsored by Joseph D. Morelle and Phil Boyle, respectively. A leading supporter of the bill, Wiens sees massive repercussions for consumers and small businesses should it fail to pass, “If Right to Repair doesn’t pass, Apple could have the power to shut down independently owned cell phone repair shops, even shoe repair shops could be impacted – repair touches everything!” As smart appliances infiltrate homes, the need to update standing copyright laws is even more urgent. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, breaking protection over a device’s programming is a breach of copyright. The law was created to prevent copying of DVD’s, but manufacturers now use it to claim proprietary rights over the software that comes with thermostats, tractors, and even baby monitors. Lyle Gore, a member of the Board of Directors for UNEDA – an alliance for network equipment dealers, explains, “Imagine if you sell a house with a smart refrigerator in it to new owners. Now they own the refrigerator. But the manufacturer says they have to re-buy the license to the software in that refrigerator.” That’s why the law firm Jochum, Shore, and Trossevin created the YODA bill, or the You Own Devices Act. It’s modest legislation that would amend the DMC Act to transfer proprietary rights to device software to the owners of the device. It might not seem like much, but both YODA and the Right to Repair Act have profound implications for consumers, companies, the environment and our culture. Without the Right to Repair, consumers and companies face the prospect of replacing electronics and appliances every few years. According to the iFixit site, Americans alone generate 3.4 million tons of e-waste per year. Meanwhile, millions of people go without access to technology like smartphones. A repair movement could reduce waste, provide people with low-cost access to repaired electronics, and create jobs in developing countries. Finally, fixing just feels good. As Rabbi Daniel Klein of the Fixers’ Collective quipped, “My mother taught me to tinker. Why replace something when you can open it up, look inside and find out how it works?”
Dan Ikenson discusses NAFTA renegotiations, the status of the TPP, and the potential consequences of Trump's presidency in terms of America's global leadership.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about ICE targeting immigrant women in Queens sex trafficking courts. Also, John checks in on the 8th person in the Don Jr. meeting. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Molly Knefel offers her take on the recent statements from the Department of Education which appear to support the roll back of Title IX protection guidelines that were put in place during the Obama administration to deal with sexual violence on college and university campuses. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Dan Ikenson returns to discuss President Trump's impact on America's global trade and overall leadership.
Morning John on the tentative death of the Senate healthcare bill, school based health clinics face budget cuts in New York City, and catching up on listener mail. Mitch McConnell Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Joe continues his conversation with Dr. Stanton Glantz about the importance of making smoking restricted content in movies, and why arguments of artistic integrity don't exactly hold up.
We’re joined by Matthew O’Neill, director of the new documentary from Frontline and the New York Times “Life on Parole.” Also, Reality Winner and the lack of support for whistleblowers. Frontline, via Twitter
Dr. Stanton Glantz joins the show to discuss the influence of smoking in movies, the recent rise in tobacco incidents in youth rated films, and how changing the ratings could help.
Our legal eagle correspondent Summer is here to talk the basics of knowing your rights when interacting with the police. Also, fantastic listener mail! Photo by Achim Schleuning courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Joe discusses Donald Trump Jr.'s Russian lawyer meeting, the continued bashing of Hillary Clinton, and the hypocrisy of Trump surrogates.
This week, we welcome back contributors Oriana Leckert and Matt Ruby to discuss the revelations that Donald Trump Jr. may have met with Russians in hopes of helping his father’s campaign for…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk climate change and having children, male birth control, and updates on the AHCA. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Pete Currie joins the show to discuss his recent findings and pioneering research in the area of stem cells and replacement organs.
It’s MGG Thursdays and the Donald Trump Jr. news continues to escalate at an alarming pace.    Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
John Knefel offers his take on the importance of the information leaked by NSA contractor Reality Winner that revealed how successful Russian spies actually were in penetrating local and state voter databases and how the revelations have perhaps impacted elected officials and voters. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
It's the final episode! Experience the drama.
Dr. Kirk Breuninger joins the show to discuss Banfield Pet Hospital's State of Pet Health 2017 Report and why obesity rates are on the rise among American pets.
The New York Times reports on an email that informed Don Jr. that Russia had compromising information on Hillary, the conservative Manhattan Institute admits that investing more money in schools shows improved outcomes, and David Brooks still works for the New York Times. Donald Trump Jr. Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
BTRtoday's own Elena Childers joins the show to discuss her crazy weekend traveling with Stuyedeyed for Send It Week.
Christie wasn’t bad at talking shop. But as in his previous job, politics remains his biggest problem.
Donald Trump Jr. gives a remarkably incriminating statement to the New York Times about a meeting with a Russian lawyer, protesters meet the KKK in Charlottesville, and listener mail. Donald Trump, Jr. Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss expectations and potential outcomes from the G20 summit, as well as President Trump's ongoing war with the media.
John is in the studio to catch us up on North Korea, listeners weigh in on IPAs, and listeners respond to Chepe’s interview on post-carceral solutions.  Goses Photo by Danibelami courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  
Joe discusses CNN's reaction to Trump's wrestling gif tweet, the glut of information available nowadays, and why we as individuals are responsible for cutting through it.
We take a break from our usual format to explore a topic in a different way… In April of this year, during the same weekend of its annual Festival International -- a yearly celebration of…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here, and John is also here! We’re catching up on everything after a week of not looking at the news much. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Dr. Patricia Conrod joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the link between marijuana use and psychotic-like experiences in adolescents.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss journalism under Trump. Also, we’re back from the Fourth of July and catching up on what happened over the holiday. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Molly Knefel offers her take on President Trump's most recent, and widely publicized, sexist remarks about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski as well as the reaction of certain GOP members to the president’s statements. She also runs down how the Republican party’s health care plan is a much larger, sexist attack on women, generally. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
We're talking capitalist sex education and philanthropy with Jacqueline Haines, found of Vavven, a sex toy seller that donates a third of its profits to sex education around the world. Courtesy of Jacqueline Haines  
Dr. Natasha Karp joins the show to discuss her recent study on sexual dimorphism, or the under-representation of women in medical research studies and trials.
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to celebrate the one year anniversary of his book, “Invisible Man Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education.” Radio Dispatch Live Photo by Gideon Oliver
Christie and company had a whale of a time on the beach outside the governor’s summer mansion. The image of the combative and disliked governor spread through social media and was hilariously repurposed in a stream of ‘shopped images.
Thalia Gonzalez joins the show to discuss the groundbreaking new study "Girlhood Interrupted," how perceptions of black girls differ starkly from those of their white peers, and how this problem can be acknowledged and solved.
John’s in the studio again, to catch up on exceptional listener mail, musicians, and maybe nuclear war. Jewish Voices For Peace Photo by Joe Mabel courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Dr. Michael Cusimano joins the show to discuss his recent study on concussion protocols during the 2014 World Cup and the prevalence of head injuries in soccer.
John’s in the studio to catch up on Trump’s battle with Joe and Mika and the potential role of the National Enquirer, the travel ban, and listener mail. Photo by World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Joe discusses the outrage over Donald Trump's recent tweets, why his base loves it, and why ignoring the president's Twitter feed might be the best way to deal with it.
This week, we welcome back contributors Shalewa Sharpe and Matt Ruby to discuss John McEnroe’s recent controversial comments on Serena Williams and the place of feminism in comedy. Also, Charles…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson joins us to talk Democratic strategy after Georgia 06, more on the AHCA, and Trump’s fear of women.        Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Since the election, we’ve seen attacks on reproductive health, attacks on immigration rights, attacks on racial minorities and Muslims both here and abroad. America is not well and Americans are hurting.
Dr. Charis Kubrin joins the show to discuss her recent report exploring the link between immigration and crime, why crime rates are lower in immigrant communities, and why immigrants are persistently blamed for crime in America.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss more about pride, capitalism, and police. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- explains what may be about to happen next in Syria and who the players will be going forward after the expected imminent defeat of ISIS. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
It's the second half of our conversation with the fabulous Effy Blue, relationship coach and expert. Let her be your sherpa into the world of sex/play parties and learn how to ask *enthusiastically* what people are into. Consent is fun, it ain't a chore. Courtesy of Effy Blue
Dr. Filippo Menczer joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the spread of fake news on social media websites, the difficulty of problematic bots, and how people can educate themselves against low-quality information.
Twitter’s been buzzing with news of the fraudulent Time Magazine cover that’s been showcased in a number of Trump’s country clubs and golf courses for months.
There’s a winner in the race to the dumbest health care comment and it’s a former MTV VJ. Speaking on FOX News, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery attempted to cast doubt on BCRA criticism in the glibbest way possible. She mischaracterized the factually correct assertion that millions of Americans will lose health care and die if the law were passed as “hysteria.” And then she dropped into the parlance of B-movie villain dialogue, claiming the deaths don’t matter because “we’re all going to die” anyway. She was failing to make a stupid and heartless point: the predictions of deaths might not be accurate because death itself is inherently unpredictable. But the connection between having health care and lower mortality rates is based on vigorous studies and not dorm room level speculation. As ThinkProgress noted, states that enacted Medicaid expansions in the early 2000s saw a significant decrease in mortality rates over five years compared with states that didn’t enact medicaid expansions--and that’s one study among many. Montgomery wasn’t the sole conservative trying to decouple the prospect of millions dying from the now-stalled healthcare bill. On Twitter, sawdust-brained right-wing Think Tanker Avik Roy tone-policed the debate over the healthcare bill. In his view, the problem wasn’t that millions would die (which, again, is true) but that people were citing that fact in the debate. That’s awful and evil but somehow Montgomery managed to top it. How could a broadcast journalist be so dumb and cruel? It might have something to do with how her journalism career was launched in the trenches of the MTV Spring Break Beach House. She used to be known simply as “Kennedy” and she was the worst. With her Lisa Loeb glasses and suburban goth pale skin/black hair mix, she looked like an early prototype manic pixie dream girl for lovesick music nerds. But she was charisma deficient and awkward. No matter the locale, she became a fun vortex, sucking everything cool into her gravity. You’d think that a peppy MTV personality would effortlessly pop among the stiff conservatives at FOX. But she’s faded into the background. They put her through the standard Roger Ailes makeover/meatgrinder and she came out looking like every other female FOX personality, only less blonde. So we shouldn’t be surprised Kennedy screwed up this badly on healthcare when we remember how badly she once screwed up the easiest job in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn_2UrBHJNY
Chepe joins us to discuss alternatives to policing and John on the SCOTUS travel ban decision and the ACHA CBO score.     Travel Ban Protest at JFK Photo by Rhododendrites courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Mark Andermann joins the show to discuss his recent study about the neural pathways that determine how people respond to pictures of food and other food cues.
John calls in to talk more about the details of the AHCA and exactly how it will screw people, and Molly reads listener mail on the importance of naming and centering people with disabilities as we discuss the bill. Photo by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
BTRtoday's Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss the encouragement of Pride and discords within the LGBT community. Then, BTR's Kimberly Ruth calls in to talk about her experience photographing the New York Pride March.
Jamie Bartlett joins us to discuss his new book, Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World. Also, John has more fury on the AHCA. Photo courtesy of YOMOSA Entertainment.
Tens of thousands lined the streets of Manhattan on Sunday for the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March. The first march was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those lost to illness, violence and neglect.  
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the special election results, criticism of Nancy Pelosi, the new AHCA, and the removal of cameras from press briefings.
This week, we welcome back contributor Matt Ruby, along with new contributor Charles Gould, to discuss Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and friction in the relationship between Facebook and media…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk Jon Ossoff, the AHCA, and why the MTA sucks and so does Cuomo. Plus, Morning John on why bipartisanship is meaningless.
Putting a face on a problem always helps it stand out. But in America, a white face works best.
Pavel Goldstein joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the effect of touch in synchronizing body functions between romantic partners.
Women’s health care coverage extends as far as the male authors of the bill want it to.
John checks in on Trump, North Korea and Otto Warmbier, and Jon Ossoff’s loss in Georgia 06. Plus, catching up on listener mail.      Photo by Anupamtree courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on the creation and criticism of political art in the midst of a Trump presidency. She runs down some of the more high profile art pieces that have been seen in recent weeks and explains that while media attention has been focused on these, political violence has continued to grow against marginalized communities with limited coverage. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Stop toying with us, NASA. You’re the boy who cried aliens one too many times.
Today we're talking all about "relationships by design," with relationship coach and expert Effy Blue. Open relationships, exclusive relationships, polyamory, there are a million and one ways to construct your relationship and we talk about ALL. OF. THEM. Courtesy of Effy Blue  
Dr. Wei Luo joins the show to discuss his recent study calculating the amount of water need to carve the ancient network of valleys on Mars.
A Wisconsin steelworker is challenging Paul Ryan's Congressional seat. And he seems like the coolest normal guy in America.
Melissa Gira Grant joins us for a special MGG Wednesday, talking ICE in court, healthcare, and more Pride. Also, Morning John checks in. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
There have been about 153 mass shootings this year alone. America's love of guns is destroying us.
We’ve seen how Trump has operated as a president, but how does he operate as a creative muse for app developers? His Oval Office actions might be reckless and chaotic, but he’s inspired elegance and simplicity in coders.
Arif Razvi of Hello Alvin discusses the future of telehealth and making healthcare more appealing to younger generations.
Attacks on Muslims in the US and the UK, a check in on the status of the AHCA in the Senate, and listener mail catch up.       Philando Castile Protest Photo by Fibonacci Blue courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
BTRtoday's Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss his Father's Day, what the holiday means to him, and the shameful masculinity of hiding in man caves.
John is in the studio to talk about the latest drama in the White House and Trump’s deflection on Afghanistan. Photo by Brandon Butterworth courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dr. Marino Bruce joins the show to discuss his recent study that suggests attending church or religious services could help you live longer, and the impact spiritual health can have on physical health.
This week, we welcome back contributors Oriana Leckert and Matt Ruby to discuss the ongoing hearings in the Senate Intelligence Committee on possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign,…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about the aftermath of the shooting in Virginia, the UK election, and the apartment fire in London. Also, John on the Washington Post report that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice.    
Tasseli McKay joins the show to discuss her study exploring the rise in anti-LGBT bullying and harassment.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Pride and the Babadook, Morning John on Sessions’ testimony, and a special Morning Jake with Jake Bolton on the post-election latest in the UK.    
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers his take President Trump’s response to the Senate testimony of former FBI Director James Comey and its context within his general approach to those who oppose his administration. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
There's an app for everything -- including STDs.
Matthew Barr discusses his belief in moderation and discipline with video games, and why his study focused primarily on multiplayer games.
John is in the studio to talk about what the hell is going on in Washington this week, and a special Just John on Jared Kushner’s other real estate empire. ACHA Photo by Dan Scavino courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
It seems ridiculous to juxtapose a movie monster with gay rights. But maybe it’s not as ridiculous as it seems.
Matthew Barr joins the show to discuss his paper on how video games can help develop educational skills like communication, adaptability, and resourcefulness.
The Fox News superstar has moved to NBC but she’s intent on showing she’s still a conservative lunatic.
John is in the studio to talk about how Trump is changing the postWorld War II geopolitical landscape, and Rueben Safire joins us to talk about the current and past context around Assange and Wikileaks. Photo credit: Twitter (@RSafire)
John Cluverius joins the show to discuss his findings into why contacting your representatives might not be worth it.
Melissa Dumont joins us to discuss developmental psychology, gender and sexuality, and intelligence. Also, John checks in on the Comey hearing, and Labour has historic gains in the British election. Melissa Dumont Photo credit: Twitter (@melissadoom)
Hillary Abraham joins the show to discuss MIT's recent report on declining interest in self-driving cars.
In a shock victory, Corbyn blocks out the Tories and the internet throws a party.
This week, we welcome back contributors Ester Steinberg and Matt Ruby to discuss the ongoing issue of so-called “Fake News”. Also, Charles Hinshaw returns to discuss the new movie, Wonder Woman,…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk liberalism, comedy, and integration. Also, listener mail!
Dr. Robert Liu discusses the role of optogenetics in his study and the difference between pair bonding in voles and love in human beings.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk news consumption, distraction, and reliability. Also, John checks in on the attack in Iran. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
We talk with Dr. Prum about finding answers about human reproductive politics in animal sex selection.
Dr. Robert Liu joins the show to discuss his recent study on the brain chemistry of monogamous voles.
We check in with Jake Bolton on the latest in the increasingly higher stakes British election, John checks in on Trump’s slippery slope, and the beginnings of an integration plan are proposed in New York City.    Photo credit: Twitter (@JakeBolton)
BTRtoday's own Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss the lace shorts for men, the logistics of a romper, and whether recent social media men's fashion trends are coopting gender bending styles and culture.
Trump attacks London’s Muslim mayor in the wake of new terrorist attacks there, Bill Maher continues to be a racist, John on the torture report, and listener mail.     Photo by JJARichardson courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
A guide to American liberals considering getting their hopes up.
Joe discusses President Trump's reactions to the weekend's terror attack in London and how we might think about treating his Twitter feed going forward.
John’s in the studio to talk about the broader implications of Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, plus red-baiting in Brooklyn schools, and listener mail. People's Climate March 2017 Photo by Dcpeopleandeventsof2017 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  
John Cook returns to discuss the impact of the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
This week, we welcome both our regular contributors on movies, Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw, to preview and discuss the top five movies we’re each most looking forward to this summer.…
It’s JAMJAM Friday and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about Portland, white people standing up for people of color, and the upcoming the British election. Also, Morning John on the Paris climate accord.
Dr. Steve Billet discusses President Trump's odd NATO comments, his treatment of longstanding U.S. allies, and the prospects of Robert Mueller leading the Russia investigation.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about TERFS at Left Forum and more on how to talk about Trump. Also, listener mail! Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
We're talking masturbating with eggplants. Literally (well, kinda).
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss comedian Kathy Griffin's tasteless beheading and our obsessions with President Trump's Twitter actions.
A white supremacist has killed two people in Portland, a Texas Republican called ICE on protesters, and listener mail. Antinazi-Antifascism-Graffiti Photo by Cogiati courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Dumb men take a stand their rights with public art and comic book movie screenings.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage believes the discussion around Confederate monuments will continue as he talks about the Southern memory of the Civil War.
It’s a very belated JAMJAM talk with Jesse Myerson, about the Montana special election, tearing down confederate statues, and how they make Planet Earth.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage joins the show to discuss the rise in demand to remove Confederate memorials in the South, the practice of historical triage, and why the monuments should be removed but not destroyed.
It’s Memorial Day, and the news from Montana is bad, the New York Times op-ed on Trump and child development is good, and the listener mail pile is the best. Photo by Jim Winstead Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons          
Dr. Rachel Winograd joins the show to discuss her recent study about self observed perceptions of our drunk personalities, and how we can better understand our drunken selves.
This week, we welcome back contributor Matt Ruby and, for the first time, new contributor Ester Steinberg to discuss the particulars of a potential Mike Pence presidency should Donald Trump somehow…
It’s MGG Thursdays, this week on Friday, and Melissa Gira Grant joins us to talk about Ivanka Trump’s new human trafficking project, the Montana body slam, and Melania’s hand slaps. Also, John on the AHCA’s new CBO score and the latest scandal roundup. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
James Pursey discusses APOPO's HeroRATs, overcoming commons stigmas surrounding the animals, and APOPO's newest project in Colombia.
Ryan Devereaux is here to discuss ICE arrests under Trump, as well as the FBI surveillance of the Bundy family. Also, catching up on listener mail. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers some background on Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director who was just appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as Special Counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle. Along the way, he describes an episode that involved both Mueller and his recently fired successor at the FBI, James Comey, in which the two gained reputations for integrity among many in Washington, DC, and the media. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Today we're talking sex tech with Bryony Cole, host of the podcast Future of Sex.
James Pursey of APOPO joins the show to talk about training rats to smell landmines, the organization's founding, and the problem of landmine contamination around the world.
A bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, John checks in on Trump’s effort to halt the Russia investigation, and listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons      
The Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway was breached last week when the permafrost surrounding it melted.
Jordan Grafman discusses our brain development over time, the possibility of a world without rigid or radical beliefs, and the potential trouble of removing core beliefs.
Michael Kirk on tonight’s Frontline documentary Bannon’s War, John on Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, and Trump’s cuts to the education budget.     Photo credit: Twitter (@KDGKirk)
Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) seemed to confirm liberal beliefs about how the public has viewed the last three months of the Trump administration. That could be bad news.
Jordan Grafman joins the show to discuss his recent study in Neuropsychologia exploring the biological reasons for religious fundamentalism and other deeply held beliefs.
Alyona Minkovski on what it’s like to be a Russian-American right now and thinking critically about the ways we talk about Russia. Also, John has the latest news from DC, and listener mail.    Photo credit: Twitter (@AlyonaMink)
There’s a new sheriff in town. Just not the kind America was asking for.
Benjamin Friedman returns to discuss domestic tumult's effect on foreign policy, how the U.S. can afford to start wars in the Middle East, and why the current administration shouldn't be trusted with wars.
This week, we welcome back contributor Matt Ruby and, for the first time, new contributor Shalewa Sharpe to discuss ongoing issues in the so-called “gig economy” and Netflix’s recently released…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk about freed political prisoners, a legitimately rad DA in Philly, and Hillary’s new project Onward Together. Also, John rounds up this truly incredible week.
Benjamin Friedman joins the show to discuss what President Trump's unpredictability means for our allies and adversaries, the lack of strategy in Syria, and why the president has become more of a traditional hawk.
Bye bye Roger. We're better off without you.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss Chelsea Manning’s freedom. Also, John checks in on the latest onslaught of scandals. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on the events, so far, surrounding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the contradicting stories swirling around the decision. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
It's Masturbation Month! Grab your vibrators, your dildos, your Frankenstein Fleshlights, whatever you need to tickle your bits and listen to the sultry sounds of my voice while you're at it. We're talking about sex toy distributor Lovehoney's new survey about people's masturbation habits. Turns out people like it, who knew. Later, we're talking with comedian Kate Willet about her comedy and communal living. Follow her on Twitter @katewillet. Courtesy of Kate Willet
Melody Lee of the Katal Center joins the show to discuss the #CLOSErikers campaign and much needed criminal justice reforms in New York City.
Reuben Safire is back to discuss the South Korea elections as well as living with a chronic illness under Trump, and Laura Eyring is here to discuss the intersections of veganism and climate change.       Photo credit: Twitter (@RSafire)
The whistleblower leaves prison for a world full of uncertainties for transgendered people.
Confetti meant to celebrate Hillary's victory gets a second chance to shine in an art display.
Mark White discusses how investigations like his could make us more conscious of our prejudices and defenses for them,.
Rick Rowley joins us to discuss the new Frontline documentary “American Patriot: Inside the Armed Uprising Against the Federal Government.” Also, John checks in on what to keep an eye out for from Trump this week, and a New York City school turned away a federal immigration agent who was looking for a 4th grader. Photo credit: Twitter (@frontlinePBS)
Mark White discusses his recent study about justifying racial prejudices with the "free speech" defense, and how people tend to shape overarching principles like freedom of speech to their preexisting worldview.
Sarah Jaffe on organizing and resistance across the country, John is in the studio to talk more Comey and Sessions, and listener mail.     Photo credit: Twitter (@Sarahljaffe)
Joe offers his thoughts on President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, the appearance of a coverup, and the absurdity of Trump's lawyer's statement about the president's tax returns.
This week, we welcome back contributor Oriana Leckert and, for the first time, new contributor Alexander Augustyniak to discuss the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, the most recent version…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays, and Jesse Myerson is here to check in with Molly on protests in Harlem, Iowa, and the connections in between. Also, John on the continued Comey fallout.
Andrew Lakoff discusses how our normal sites of trust have been undermined in recent months, the need for gatekeepers of consensus, and optimism for future convergence of scientific, political, and social circumstances.
It’s MGG Thursdays, and Melissa Gira Grant is here to push back on the language of abuse to describe Trump’s politics. Also, John on the Comey bombshell. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
How do we get people excited about to science? Give them a reason to believe.
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers his take on the most recent version of the GOP’s health care bill, meant to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act. In addition to taking away key provisions that have become popular to many, it also basically amounts to a large tax cut for wealthier Americans. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Today we’re talking with Professor Gretchen Ely, lead author on the study “Where Are They Now and How Far Must They Go? Examining location and travel distance in U.S. Abortion Funds Patients.” I also go on a slight tangent about this here talking, insulting vibrator. Because we don't have enough shitty things in the world.
Andrew Lakoff joins the show to talk about why some people don't vaccinate their children, the idea of collective responsibility, achieving greater trust in authority, and more.
John on the Sally Yates testimony, Jake Bolton on updates from the UK election, a late briefing on de Blasio’s 3K for All, new data on arrests in NYC schools, and Rod Blum holds a town hall in our high school gym. Photo credit: Twitter (@JakeBolton)
Stripped of politics and violence, the life of Based Stick Man is a miserable and familiar story.
John Cook joins the show to discuss his recent study regarding misinformation about climate change, the trouble with giving equal weight to contrarian views, and the importance of educating about misleading argumentation.
This is the first study to prove that abortion rights are truly in danger, not just a convenient target for hysterical media
John on the Kushner family’s corruption, Emmanuel Macron wins the presidential election in France, and big time listener mail catch-up. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
The Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway is more than just an intimidating arctic fortress—it represents investment in the future of food.
David Studdert joins the show to discuss his recent study of handgun sale increases following major mass shootings, the difficulty of firearm research, and the politicization of gun ownership in the United States.
David Banks joins us to discuss Science and Technology Studies and how to talk about science and bodies of knowledge, John on the religious freedom executive order, and listener mail catch up. Photo credit: Twitter (@DA_Banks)  
Misogyny aside, it does not make electoral sense to ignore women’s issues.
Joe discusses the AHCA passing House and how media coverage of politics mirrors that of sports and changes the way we frame and discuss it.
This week, contributor Oriana Leckert discusses ‘Demystifying Government,’ a series of panels she has been involved in organizing since the 2016 election to help people to educate and/or update…
It’s JAMJAM Fridays, and Jesse Myerson joins us to talk healthcare and Palestine. Also, Morning John is here to also talk about healthcare and the absolute corruption of the Republicans.    
Darren Samuelsohn is back to discuss Donald Trump's dogged commitment to campaign promises and the conflicts of interest created by the president's businesses.
It’s MGG Thursdays, and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk May Day, that feel-good Heineken ad, and David Brooks’ wedding registry. Also, John on the phone call between Trump and Putin. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and his first vote since being confirmed to his seat. The decision, which despite Gorsuch’s previous assertions that all human lives are valuable, allowed a man to be executed in Arkansas. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
America needs to get its act together and remember that women's bodies are not alien bodies, but normal, functioning human bodies that deserve every bit of respect and autonomy that male bodies receive.
Politico Senior White House Reporter Darren Samuelsohn joins the show to discuss the raucous early days of the Trump administration, continued leaking from White House staffers, palace intrigue in the West Wing, and more.
John explains why Trump’s worship of Andrew Jackson is as racist as it gets, a black 15-year-old was killed by Texas police, Jimmy Kimmel delivers a touching monologue about his newborn son and healthcare, and catching up on listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Jason Steinberg of the International Sports and Music Project discusses taking access to sports for granted, viewing refugees in a harsh light, and the process of building a nonprofit and going all in.
Reuben Safire joins us to discuss the regional context around North Korea, John on the Congressional deal that averted a government shutdown, the New York Times op-ed staff shows contempt for its readers, and listener mail. Photo: Twitter (@RSafire)
Jason Steinberg, founder of the International Sports and Music Project (ISMP), joins the show to discuss how he got the organization started, how it's been received, and why sports and music serve as universal connectors.
Paul Greenberg joins us to discuss his book and new Frontline documentary, “The Fish on my Plate.” Also, Nick Pinto joins us to talk more about the Fearless Girl, and catching up on listener mail. Photo credit: Twitter  @macfathom Photo credit: Twitter @4fishgreenberg
Joe discusses the current unpredictability of American foreign relations, as well as Donald Trump's interview with Reuters, where the president admitted he thought the job "would be easier."
This week, contributor Matt Ruby offers his perspective as a comedian on recent so-called “socially conscious criticism” and “hot take” reviews of recent specials by Dave Chappelle and Louis…
Jesse Myerson joins us to talk about the politics of science, pro-life Democrats, and what taxes should look like. Also, Morning John on the new office set up for people to report immigrants.
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Elena Childers joins the show to discuss her love for music, how she began covering it, and what to do to immerse yourself in a city's music scene.
Melissa Gira Grant is back for MGG Thursdays and we’re talking Wall Street’s Fearless Girl, the NYT tomboy op ed, and the politics of booing Ivanka. Also, John joins us to talk about Trump’s proposed tax plan. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on President Trump’s first hundred days in office and how deportation has become one of the few issues, so far, on which he has been able to successfully execute action that fits with his agenda. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
So today is part 2 of our chat with Lissa Rivera and Trey Tyler about their work for the Museum of Sex and the process of getting ads for a sex museum into public spaces like the subway. SURPRISE it's difficult. We're also saying goodbye to BFF Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who has announced he will not run for reelection and may not even finish his term. Bye Felicia.
Taia returns to discuss Democratic incompetence in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential victory, including the potential alienation of the party's voter base.
John is in the studio to catch up on the waking nightmare we live in now, the NYT messes up an op-ed on gender, and listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia commons
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins Joe to discuss Rep. Jason Chaffetz's impending resignation, acknowledgement of former NSA Michael Flynn's wrongdoing, and her unhealthy obsession with the Utah pol.
The neoliberal and the nationalist will face a runoff in France, checking in on the Bernie and Heath Mello controversy, and listener mail. photo: Wikimedia Commons
Omer Taspinar discusses the recent referendum in Turkey, division surrounding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, similarities to Donald Trump, and the rise of nativism throughout Europe and the world.
Jake Bolton joins us to discuss Theresa May’s call for a snap election in the UK and the broader political context there, John on the looming government shutdown, and David Brooks finds another opportunity to yell at college students.     Photo credit: Twitter (@JakeBolton)
Joe discusses Trump's shift in opinion regarding the 100-day standard, why we value such an arbitrary number of days, and whether or not Trump is living up to what we expected, regardless of our political beliefs.
This week, we welcome back contributors Oriana Leckert and Matt Ruby to discuss the once again supposedly on the rise power couple of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as well as the end of Lena…
Jesse Myerson is back for JAMJAM Fridays, and John checks in on the multitudes of corruption in the Trump White House.
In the second part of our conversation, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the troublesome nature of President Trump's unpredictability with foreign affairs, his shift toward mainstream Republican foreign policy, and the media's curious reverence for military intervention.
Melissa Gira Grant is back for MGG Thursdays and we go deep on Ivanka and Lean In feminism. Also, John checks in on North Korea. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on the protests and counter-protests that happened last weekend for “Tax Day,” in which affiliated rallies across the country called on President Trump to releases his taxes. In Berkley, these protestors clashed with Trump supporters, some of whom represented the alt-right and their white supremacist views. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Today we’re talking with Lissa Rivera and Trey Tyler about their work at the Museum of Sex here in New York. Lissa is a photographer and associate curator and Trey is the senior designer. We're talking with them about the museum's current exhibition, Night Fever: New York Disco 1977-1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs. "The unique context of these clubs allowed for unprecedented interaction between groups — straights danced with gays, whites with blacks and Latinos, young with old, and rich with poor. By publicly embracing alternate and previously hidden identities, these pioneers created revolutionary boundary-crossing communities of possibility and joy, paving the way for a future culture of inclusivity." - The Museum of Sex
Dr. Steve Billet is back to discuss the special election in Georgia's 6th district, positive signs for Democrats, big spending on small races, and districts that could give President Trump some trouble.
Fascists and anti-fascists meet in the street in Berkeley, conservatives are losing trust in Trump, and listener mail. Anti-Fascism Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Brandon Holmes of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) joins the show to discuss the recent proposal to close Rikers Island, difficulties surrounding its closure, New York residents concerns, and de-carceration.
Dan Edge on his new Frontline documentary Last Days of Solitary, John on the Trump administration’s escalation with North Korea, and Ross Douthat continues to be employed by the New York Times. Photo credit: Twitter (@frontlinepbs)
Jonathan Bernstein of Bernstein Crisis Management join the show to discuss different aspects of crisis management, United Airlines' public relations fiasco, and the importance of preparedness in the age of digital recording and live streaming.
John explains the bomb called Mother of All Bombs dropped in Afghanistan on Thursday, and the larger implications for the war escalations happening across the Middle East. Also, a look at the new “Raise the Age” bill in New York, and catching up on listener mail.
A day before nationwide Tax Marches, New York-based organizer Mohammed Naeem joins the show to discuss the idea and need for it, goals of intersectionality, and the widespread demand for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
For our inaugural episode, we welcome Oriana Leckert and Matt Ruby. With the dawning of “free” four year college in New York State, we discuss the value of a college education, some of the…
Jesse Myerson joins us for our inaugural installment of JAMJAM Fridays, talking organizing, the Democrats, and rejecting the nation state. Also, Morning John on Zeynep Tufekci’s book, “Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.” Photo credit: Twitter (@JAMyerson)
Dalia Mogahed talks about the hope and difficulty of overcoming Islamophobia in the United States, as well as the need to separate the issue of bigotry from Islamic reform.
Melissa Gira Grant is back for MGG Thursdays on the United video, the San Bernardino shooting, and the possible downfall of Bill O’Reilly. Also, Morning John on United, Spicer, and the Kansas special election. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- takes a closer look at Betsy DeVos and the stances she’s begun to unveil in the weeks since her recent confirmation as Education Secretary. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
"I don't just talk about sex - I know about it."
Dalia Mogahed joins the show to discuss the rhetorical rise of Islamophobia, her gravest concerns about it, and why some Muslims dislike the term.
The statement offered no specific details as to the scale or type of intervention planned, but that military action was being prepared “behind the scenes.”
Truthout’s Mike Ludwig joins us to discuss how Jeff Sessions wants to rewind the drug war back to the 80s, crack down on legalized marijuana, and prevent cannabis as a potential tool in the opioid crisis. Photo credit: Twitter (@ludwig_mike)
Kirby Farrell discusses the conditions under which conspiracy theories can become mainstream, when too much conspiratorial thinking can become problematic, and more.
Peter Frase joins us to discuss his book Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, and listener mail. Photo credit: Twitter (@pefrase)
Dr. Kirby Farrell joins the show to discuss the psychological attraction to conspiracy theories, using conspiracy as a coping mechanism, the comfort of believing in higher powers, and more.
The Trump administration has launched missiles into a Syrian air base, Senate Republicans go nuclear on the Gorch, and listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
We're launching a new weekly show that will cover major political and cultural topics going on in the world. It will also feature a regular movie review and discussion, personal stories from people we encounter on the streets of New York City, additional political commentary from the hosts of Radio Dispatch, and n exclusive  preview song from an upcoming episode of BTR Live Studio.
A photograph is seen as a credible communication tool, but as more people have access to cameras and identity is increasingly shaped through photographic communications, photography as a source for truth is becoming increasingly suspect.
Joe discusses the air strikes in Syria, concerns around potential motivations from the Trump administration, and the sobering reality of chemical weaponry.
What you can do to protect your private data.
A new study finds improved health outcomes for children enrolled in Universal Pre K, John checks in on Bannon, and listener mail.    Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Amy Sutherland discusses forming non-dominant cooperative relationships with pets, the difficulty of balancing multiple writing projects at once, and the curiosity and passion required of journalists and authors.
Today we're sitting down with Elizabeth Weitzen, event and theatrical producer for Shag, a "sexy shop" in Brooklyn, and Shag Playhouse, Shag's erotic and experimental theater company.
Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss “The Destruction of Hillary Clinton,” the prospects for NYC decriminalizing sex work, and the Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad. Also, John joins us to discuss the chemical weapons attack in Syria. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
BTRtoday speaks with Dr. Steve Billet of the George Washington University to get the pulse of national politics.
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- discusses the implications of the revelation that Vice President Mike Pence won’t dine alone with any woman other than his wife and how his worldview lines up with that of President Trump. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Journalist and author Amy Sutherland joins the show to discuss her most recent book "Rescuing Penny Jane," the world of animal rescue shelters, her urge to volunteer, and more.
The thread featured tasteful exchanges between commenters and a respectful expression of differing viewpoints.
Ronan Burtenshaw joins us to discuss the upcoming elections in France, the rise of the far right across Europe, and the collapse of the political center. Also, John’s exciting news, and listener mail.    Photo credit: Twitter (@ronanburtenshaw)
Fellow BTR writer Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss recent developments with North Carolina's bathroom bill, the question of individual rights, the proper use of identity politics, and more.
John and Molly spend the hour going through everything that happened in the White House in the month of March, from the wiretapping allegations to Devin Nunes to Flynn and back. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Stanford University computer science researcher Justin Cheng joins the show to talk about his recently published paper exploring the ease with which people can become trolls online.
Britney Summit-Gil on the ways the right wing use online spaces, Betsy DeVos wants schools to be like Uber, Flynn says he will testify in exchange for immunity, and listener mail. Britney Summit-Gil Photo credit: Britney Summit-Gil (Twitter)
President Trump's approval of torture during the campaign could have dangerous effects abroad and at home.
Joe discusses the recent developments surrounding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the Russian investigation, and President Trump's proposed budget.
Ben Palmquist and Nijmie Dzurinko join us to discuss the temporary failure of the AHCA and the state of organizing around single-payer healthcare, and listener mail.   Photo credit: putpeoplefirstpa.org
We all need feminism. Even, and perhaps especially, those of us who don’t quite understand it.
Curt Goering returns to discuss the dangerous precedent of implicitly or openly approving torture and whether the United States can maintain moral leadership in the world if it does so.
We're talking to BTR's own Becca Chodorkoff about what it's like being in a band with her boyfriend, and how she deals with sexism in the music world.
Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss the media narrative around the missing DC girls, Trump will not include LGBTQ people in the 2020 census, and catching up on the Thinx story about workplace harassment. Photo credit: Twitter (@melissagira)
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- discusses the demise of the Affordable Health Care Act, the alternative to Obamacare put forth by President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. She also discusses some of the fallout, as well as thoughts on the alternative being proposed now by Bernie Sanders. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Curt Goering, executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture joins the show to discuss the prevalence of torture in 2017, his organization's role, and the surprising number of torture victims living in the United States.
A white supremacist has been charged with murder as an act of terrorism after killing a black man in New York City, John checks in on the US bombing in Iraq that killed hundreds of civilians, and listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Our conversation with David Radley continues, as he discusses the slight uptick in premature deaths and attempting to overcome deficiencies with data.
Nonsense like this is a good reminder that simply being a woman does not make you a feminist, nor does it excuse whatever assholery you get up to, such as non-consensually groping your underlings (or anyone, for that matter).
John and Molly catch up on the failure of the GOP health care bill, a check in on the story of missing teens in Washington DC, Jared Kushner thinks citizens are customers, and listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
David Radley of the Commonwealth Fund joins the show to discuss the organization's recently released Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which showed generally positive results and improvement.
John joins us to catch up on the healthcare bill and Nunes going rogue, everything is in chaotic flux, and a giant pile of excellent listener mail. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons
Special interest groups and government entities have long used tragic events to pass legislation and score political points. Meanwhile, those at the heart of the tragedies are forgotten in the wake of the political upset and the legislation proposed or passed is often unnecessary and results in more injustice, not less.
Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter are examples of movements which chose not to identify distinct “leaders,” opting instead for horizontal organization that encourages the empowerment of all participants. Does this approach work? Read and find out.
Trump began his Time interview by expressing his excitement to participate, because, "It's a cool story," and ended it by telling the interviewer "I'm president, and you're not."
Joe discusses his frustration surrounding the American Healthcare Act's rush to the House floor and mentions why it's important to ignore at least some of the things President Trump says.