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Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the defining political story of 2018—President Donald Trump.
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Osita Nwanevu on America's history of separating families. Also, it's our Radio Dispatch Domestic Policy Year in…
Joe revisits his appearance on Owen Shroyer's "War Room" live on Infowars.
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Molly Crabapple on her book, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian Civil War. Also, our Foreign Policy Year in Review. Photo courtesy of Molly Crabapple
J. McVay shares his 10 favorite films of 2018. He also revisits a few documentaries from the Tribeca Film Festival that really deserve distribution and looks ahead to some films out in 2019 he and his colleagues caught at the festivals this year.
Joe recaps some of the best interviews of the year from his daily podcast.
Joe revisits his interview with Popula's Maria Bustillos about her Anthony Bourdain interview, perhaps the celebrity chef and author's final public comments, published a month after his death.
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Natalie Shure on Medicare for All. Also, families of students with disabilities have filed a lawsuit against Success…
John Knefel reviews the foreign policy choices made by Donald Trump this year and how those compare to other politicians. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics…
Joe revisits his interview with Alicia Walker about her study exploring penis size and self esteem, and how internet trolls forced her to cancel it.
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Nathan Robinson on media coverage of Israel and Palestine. Also, the Senate advances a resolution to stop the Saudi-backed war…
This year sucked politically, and we wrote about it. A lot.
Joe revisits his May interview with Champagne Sharks host Trevor Beaulieu (@RickyRawls) about Kanye West's public meltdown and how his struggles with race and white approval mirror those of Basquiat.
Our Christmas episode, featuring The Insecure Chef and John’s first NYC Christmas job.
Joe revisits his February interview with Corey Rhyan, whose research calculated the economic cost of the opioid crisis to be more than $1 trillion since 2001.
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Bryce Covert on Medicaid work requirements, which have only gotten worse since we spoke to her in May. Also, Trump escalates the drone war. Photo courtesy of Bryce Covert
This was the year news broke, in every sense possible.
Joe revisits his February interview with Eric Gugick, one of his former teachers, in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we revisit our interview with Meagan Day on the Workplace Democracy Act. Also, New York City public housing resisted tests showing that children are exposed to elevated levels of lead paint. Photo courtesy of Meagan Day
J. McVay and Jackie Soller on Pawel Pawlikowski’s movie, ‘Cold War.’ Plus some favorite 1st Person segments and BTR Live Studios performances. And we revisit our discussion of ‘Phantom Thread,’ our first movie review of 2018.
In Part 2, Jennifer Erb-Downward discusses policy recommendations from her brief, including discussing school attendance barriers like transportation with families of homeless students.
It's Radio Dispatch's Best of 2018, and we revisit our interview with Micah Uetricht on resurgent labor militancy. Also, we discuss the way Kirsten Gillibrand is being iced by Democrats for calling…
John Knefel looks back on 2018 and notes some key political takeaways from the Democratic and Republican parties. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast,…
Jennifer Erb-Downward of the University of Michigan joins the show to discuss her recent policy brief exploring chronic absenteeism among homeless students in Michigan.
It's Radio Dispatch's Best of 2018, and we revisit our interview with Nima Shirazi on Trump's destruction of the Iran deal. Photo courtesy of Nima Shirazi
In Part 2, Curtis Deutsch and Justin Penn discuss the underlying factors of the "The Great Dying" which, through their research simulations, should apply today.
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Alexis Goldstein on Medicaid work requirements. Also, it's our annual discussion of the communism of It's a Wonderful Life, and…
Curtis Deustch and Justin Penn of the University of Washington discuss their recent study exploring global warming during earth's largest mass extinction period known as "The Great Dying."
It's Radio Dispatch Best of 2018 and we're revisiting our interview with Charlotte Shane about the bizarre framing of the incel phenomenon. Also, tech companies are compiling data on kids from before they're born.
In Part 3, Aisling and Joe discuss how self-care pushes actual mental health issues aside and the absurdity of medicalizing everyday activities.
It’s Radio Dispatch best of 2018 and we’re revisiting our interview with Briahna Joy Gray on Democratic strategy. Also, Ross Douthat longs for the old white rulers.
Rabbi Avram Mlotek revisits 2018 w/ Matt Ruby and J. McVay. Jacqueline & J on the new movie, ‘Mary Queen of Scots.’ And a sneak preview of The Dirty Nil’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Are we out of punks or is it just harder to open up a punk rock bar these days?
In Part 2, Aisling McCrea discusses social media and how idealistic representations of women have worsened with the shift to non-traditional media.
A Propubilca story shows that poor people get audited at a higher rate than rich people, the debate over whether Bernie should run in 2020, and the mother who had her baby ripped from her arms by the…
John Knefel shares his thoughts on whether the incoming Democratic House majority will be strong enough to push Congress to end support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Aisling McCrea joins the show to discuss her recent piece for Current Affairs discussing self care and how its framed as an individual problem rather than taking societal pressures and stressors into context.
Catching up on the protests in France, the NYPD engages in its own form of family separation, an enthusiastic goodbye to John Kelly, and Maria Butina enters a guilty plea. Emmanuel…
In Part 2, Bryor Snefjella discusses Twitter's utility in language studies, pop culture reinforcing national stereotypes, and potential implications of his study's findings.
Trump is directly implicated in felonies, the establishment is looking to crush Medicare for All, and Paul Ryan’s long con.
Bryor Snefjella joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring Twitter language to identify national character stereotypes between Canadians and Americans.
Kevin Hart refused to apologize for homophobic jokes, and Republicans dirty tricks in Michigan and North Carolina.
In Part 3, Jeff Bellone discuses Kevin Durant rumors and Knicks Film School's content and charitable mission this year.
The NYPD has its own drone program, Saudis bought huge blocks of rooms at the Trump hotel, and Trump didn't ruin HW's funeral and thus got lots of credit for being reasonable.
J. McVay, Jacqueline Soller, and Charles Hinshaw discuss ‘Roma,’ ‘Vox Lux,’ and ‘Creed II.’ And a preview of Coco Verde’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
In Part 2, in Jeff Bellone discusses the curious case of Frank Ntilikina and whether or not the Knicks are likely to tank the rest of the 2018 season.
Michael Flynn substantially cooperated with the Mueller investigation, and Wisconsin Republicans circumvent democracy.
As politicians, members of the press, and pundits publicly mourn the death of President George H.W. Bush, John Knefel brings up a part of his legacy which is discussed much less frequently: his role in the Iran-Contra Affair. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Knicks Film School creator Jeff Bellone returns to discuss the biggest storylines surrounding the 2018 New York Knicks.
If you think conservative media can’t get worse, just wait ‘til next year.
J.McVay joins the show to discuss Joe's list of the worst right wing pundits of 2018, including some recent additions.
What happens when members of the media identify more with each other than oppressed communities, the Republican Party has no ability to learn from its midterm losses, and the bizarre vote outcomes in North Carolina.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss Michael Cohen's potential impact on the Mueller investigation and Donald Trump's recent defensiveness.
It's a Russiagate Roundup, catching up on the news about the Putin Penthouse, the Moscow project, Michael Cohen's plea, and scrutiny on Jerome Corsi.
In Part 2, Maura Quint discusses why there aren't more conservative comedians and the objective of political satire.
Catching up on two stories of ICE human rights violations, and a long story shows how Trump's secretary of labor essentially covered up a massive sex abuse scandal when he should have been prosecuting…
John Bolton hasn’t listen to Khashoggi tape. World on track for catastrophic climate change. Manafort met with Assange. And Dogs aren’t exceptional? Also, J. McVay & Charles Hinshaw on ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ & a preview of Bilge Rat’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Maura Quint joins the show to discuss the WHCA's decision not to hire a comedian for the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Catching up on the lying exploits of Paul Manafort, and Trump's bizarre climate change denial. photo by Voice of America via Wikimedia Commons
Obama-to-Trump voters were a big part of the Trump’s surprise victory. So were their attitudes about race.
John Knefel shares his thoughts on the current crisis at the Southern Border which culminated in Customs And Border Patrol agents unleashing tear gas on approaching migrants. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
In Part 2, Kate Sweeny discusses other flow-inducing activities, self-reporting from subjects, and why productivity shouldn't necessarily be the goal of reaching flow state.
Ryan Devereaux on the violence against migrants at the Southern border, and the Republican response.
Kate Sweeny joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring how flow helps people cope with stressful waiting situations.
The utility of calling voters racist, and listener mail. Photo via The Public Domain courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Pittsburgh has really been through the ringer these past few months and I could feel it when I went back.
In Part 2, Karla Kaun discusses more shocking findings from her study and the findings' potential to change outlook on alcohol abuse and addiction.
A look at two anti-abortion bills in Ohio, and a listener mail about Bolsonaro in Brazil. photo by Jordanuhl7 via Wikimedia Commons
Karla Kaun joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring how alcohol influences memory formation.
J. McVay, Jacqueline Soller, and Charles Hinshaw on ‘Shoplifters,’ ‘Widows,’ and ‘The Favourite.’ And a sneak preview of The World’s Greatest Detective’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
A Democratic win in Orange County, Facebook breaks ties with a conservative consulting group, and the ACLU reveals new elements of the torture program.
In Part 2, Rich Hanley discusses the intrinsic relationship between Thanksgiving and football in America, ESPN's awkward Monday Night Football broadcasts, and who he thinks will reach the Super Bowl.
Trump reaffirms his support for Saudi Arabia despite the CIA's conclusion that MBS had Jamal Khashoggi killed, and a New York Times story reveals that Trump wanted the Justice Department to prosecute his political enemies. Photo by April Brady / POMED via Wikimedia Commons
Rich Hanley returns on Thanskgiving Eve to discuss the biggest storylines of the NFL season.
A look the special election for the Mississippi Senate seat, CNBC thinks that 29-year-olds should have a year's salary saved, and troops deployed to the southern border are coming home soon.
In Part 2, Asher Rosinger details the definitions of adequate hydration and sleep length and offers some speculation as to whether drinking more water will help you sleep better.
Frontline’s AC Thompson on his new film Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, some Democrats have mounting anxiety about AOC’s political savvy, and Stacey Abrams’ makes the most of an…
Asher Rosinger joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the relationship between sleep deprivation and inadequate hydration.
A creepy conservative tweeted about AOC's nice clothes and got the biggest ratio in the history of Twitter, and the different narratives around Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Corey Torpie courtesy of…
Joe talks about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's early days in Washington and how she uses social media to expertly respond to absurd right wing attacks and slights.
Matt Ruby chats w/ Dr. Jonathan Fader about performance psychology. Winston & J on the new movie, ‘Jonathan.’ And a sneak preview of Farao’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
A huge story at the Times on the depths to which Facebook sank, and Trump calls to mobilize the opposition to antifa. photo by VOA News courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
In Part 2, Tyler Reny discusses how the false "white economic anxiety" media narrative prevailed for so long, historical precedence of vote switching, and projecting its effect on the 2020 election.
Amazon will come to New York and Cristal City, ICE is holding far more people than we initially thought, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows up to DC ready to push Democrats to the…
John Knefel explains how the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections was shaped by whether states acted constitutionally or not in ensuring that citizens’ voting rights were protected. He also urges…
Tyler Reny joins the show to discuss his recently published paper entitled "Vote Switching in the 2016 Election: How Racial and Immigration Attitudes, Not Economics, Explain Shifts in White Voting."
Jeff Flake's Senate seat has gone to a Democrat, Trump snubbed two different Veterans Day events, what really happened to Tucker Carlson's house. Barbed Wire at Beaumont Hamel photo courtesy…
Political power requires a will to fight ones enemies, a fact that today's Democrats have forgotten.
In Part 2, Reed Richardson talks about the limits of data journalism on Election Night, the responsibilities of broadcast journalists in setting narratives, how to rethink election coverage and more.
Republicans don't want votes to be counted in Florida, Sessions restricts the use of consent decrees before he leaves as AG, and Trump changes asylum rules.
Reed Richardson joins the show to discuss his piece for FAIR exploring major media's Election Night coverage gimmicks, reactionary reporting and setting an incorrect narrative.
Trump's punishment of Jim Acosta bodes poorly for press freedom, and the Thousand Oaks shooter had a history of sexual assault.
In Part 2, Troy Quast discusses the dynamic nature of studying the opioid epidemic, differences in state foster care systems, how they'll be stretched over time and more.
Matt Ruby chats w/ Luisa Díez about her anthropological view of comedy. Jacqueline & J on the new movie, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?.’ And a sneak preview of The Underhill Family Orchestra’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Ted Alexandro joins us to discuss his new comedy special, "Senior Class of Earth." Also, all hell broke loose on Wednesday, Trump fired Sessions, and the White House puts out lies about a journalist who challenged Trump. Ted Alexandro photo courtesy of Ted Alexandro
After meeting New Jersey's governor at the Hoboken train station, I'm wondering if he can make the trains run on time.
Troy Quast returns to discuss his most recent study exploring the relationship between opioid prescriptions and child removal rates across the country.
The good news is Democrats have taken the House, several statehouses and seven governorships. The bad news is Republicans kept the Senate, and Steve King and Ted Cruz still have jobs. Photo by…
Following the recent shooting in a Tallahassee yoga studio by a man with a history of misogyny and harassment, John Knefel describes the dangers of toxic masculinity for both individuals and society…
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the major storylines from the 2018 midterm elections, including surprise results, significant ballot measures, a record number of women elected and more.
Despite high profile losses, Democrats should feel good about the future.
The DOJ sends officials to 19 states to inspect so-called irregularities, dealing with a job under capitalism, and another misogynist mass shooting.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss GW's most recent polling, examine close House and Senate races, and offer a few last-minute midterm predictions.
Axl Rose came out against Republicans on social media, but his most odious song is perfect for Trump’s hateful rhetoric.
The white women who love Trump, why law enforcement doesn’t stop right wing extremism, and the ugly history of barbed wire. Photo by John Warwick Brook via Wikimedia Commons
The latest pop star trend could become the greatest troll job of all-time.
Fellow BTRtoday staffer Elena Childers joins the show to discuss music stars disavowing Trump playing their music at his rallies.
Republicans go to extreme measures to suppress voting rights, Trump orders the military to shoot migrants if they throw a rock, and Google employees worldwide walk out to improve working…
Joe discusses President Trump's racist campaign ad and reminds listeners of some of the the other racist ads run by Republican candidates.
Rena, Matt, and J on Trump’s rhetoric & responsibility. Jacqueline & J on the new movie, Burning.’ And a sneak preview of Adeline Hotel’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Trump tweets a new racist ad, the mail bomber's home was foreclosed on by Steve Mnuchin, and Mattis and Pompeo call for a ceasefire to the war in Yemen. photo by Respres via Wikimedia Commons
Joe discusses a recent study exploring voting power by state and why we as voters should examine how unrepresentative our federal government is.
A plot to falsely accuse Robert Mueller of sexual assault has been referred to the FBI, the backlash against Steve King mounts, and Jewish protesters confront Republicans in Pittsburgh and…
As a group of migrants makes their way to the U.S. border, John Knefel comments on the reaction of the Trump administration and the GOP's increasingly intolerant policies regarding immigrants. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Eoin Higgins returns to discuss his recent article on Vice exploring Republicans' voter suppression efforts ahead of the midterm elections.
Axios publishes an extraordinarily irresponsible story about Trump's desire to end birthright citizenship, the response includes some condescension about whether people should be scared or not, and…
Dr. Steve Billet is the Director of the Legislative Affairs Masters and Chief of Staff of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University.
Frontline’s James Jacoby on The Facebook Dilemma, and Molly calls in to discuss the anti-Semitic terror attack in Pittsburgh.    
A suspicious package might show up at your Halloween party this year. But don’t fear. It’s just an idiot.
Joe discusses the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and calls on major media outlets to address right wing rhetoric more directly.
At least two more bombs have been discovered since Thursday, Trump considers shutting down the southern border, and Megyn Kelly leaves the Today show with a $69 million ext package. photo…
Tim Johnson of Media Matters for America joins the show to discuss right wing media's vilification of prominent liberals and that rhetoric's role in this week's pipe bomb scares.
Favorite performances, directors, and more from the 2018 New York Film Festival. Thoughts on streaming services’ potential effects on movie making and movie going. A sneak preview of Jane Church’s BTR Live Studio session.
We spend the hour on the mail bombs, Trump's response, and hollow calls for unity among Democrats and pundits. photo courtesy of Fibonacci Blue via Wikimedia Commons
A Democrat in an uphill contest borrows some swagger and charm from famed, fictional paranormal investigators.
Blake Montgomery of BuzzFeed News joins the show to discuss the hoaxes and misinformation surrounding the pipe bombs sent to prominent liberals yesterday.
In leaked audio, Brian Kemp said that he was worried that people would exercise their right to vote, the White House issues a dubious report on socialism, and listener mail on what’s at state in the…
In light of potential policy changes that would severely limit the rights of transgender people, John Knefel offers his thoughts regarding President Trump's motivations for these new regulations. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
J.McVay joins the show to discuss the suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats and how right wing media figures are painting the thwarted bombings as a false flag.
Trump calls himself a Nationalist a press conference in Houston and claims that "Middle Easterners" are hiding in the migrant caravan coming from Honduras, and someone sent a bomb to George…
A new report from the International Drug Policy Consortium details the destructive drug policy over the last decade.
In Part 2, Marie Nougier discusses the advocacy and objectives of the IDPC's report on the U.N.'s failed global war on drugs.
Frontline’s Martin Smith on his new documentary The Pension Gamble, Molly on Trump’s proposed anti-trans initiative, and Steve King goes full white nationalist.
Marie Nougier joins the show to discuss the International Drug Policy Consortium's (IDPC) report exposing the U.N's failed global war on drugs over the last decade.
A rant about the word "tribalism," and immigrants fear that applying for government benefits will put their status in jeopardy. photo by AOB512 via Wikimedia Commons  
Sarah McClure joins the show to discuss her recent study that found evidence of 7,200-year-old cheese-making on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.
Favorite films from the 2018 New York Film Festival. Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay on mid90s.’ John Knefel on Mitch McConnell’s targeting of the poor. A sneak preview of The Duke of Surl’s BTR Live Studio session.
Trump threatens Honduras as a migrant caravan heads north, and more thoughts on Trump's defending of the Saudis and Elizabeth Warren's DNA test. photo courtesy of Adam Jones via Wikimedia…
Xavier Persad joins the show to discuss the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, measuring LGBTQ inclusive policies, laws, and accommodations in more than 500 cities across the United States.
The Today show does free advertising for a white nationalist group, Mitch McConnell said he will go after Social Security to fix the deficit, and Trump calls MBS another case of "guilty until proven innocent."
John Knefel reflects on the ramifications of the Republican tax cut from last year, and the recent comments from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the growing deficit which are a direct result…
Joe discusses Elizabeth Warren's decision to publish results of her DNA test and challenge Donald Trump to pay the $1 million he flippantly offered for it.
Elizabeth Warren biffs it in trying to prove Trump's hypocrisy, and NYC homelessness among students skyrockets since 2010.
In Part II, Susan Ades Stone and Ranen Miao discuss The Proxy Project, major issues concerning young/potential voters, the power of young activism, lowering the voting age to 17, and more.
The GOP invites the Proud Boys to their club in NYC, white men love Trump, the administration is weighing another round of family separation.
Susan Ades Stone and Ranen Miao join the show to discuss The Proxy Project, a unique voter registration initiative focusing on young and disenfranchised voters encouraging people to go to the polls.
Outright voter suppression in Georgia. Bernie lays out a leftist vision for foreign policy. And listener mail.
Joe talks about Eli Manning's career as his time as the New York Giants starting quarterback appears to be coming to a close.
J. McVay and Jacqueline Soller on ‘A Star Is Born.’ J and Charles Hinshaw on ‘Private Life.’ Plus a preview of Joanna Teters’ upcoming BTR Live Studio session
A Saudi Arabian journalist is missing and speculated to have been killed by the Saudi government, Brett Kavanaugh argues that immigrants should be detained for crimes no matter how long ago they were…
It's getting easier to identify right wing dreck specifically designed to make liberals angry.
Nick Morrow joins the show to discuss National Coming Out Day and Human Rights Campaign's various resources available to people on their coming out journey.
Jesse Myerson on climate change and the right wing response to Medicare for All, and Molly on reports that the children of deported parents are getting adopted by US citizens. photo by Vince Reinhart via Wikimedia Commons
John Knefel shares his thoughts on what the recent hearings for and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court says about the GOP’s stance in opposition the #MeToo movement. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Jane Lytvynenko joins the show to discuss the spread of misinformation and memes in the wake of Taylor Swift's endorsement of Democrats in her home state of Tennessee.
John and Molly on Susan Collins, the confirmation of Kavanaugh, and John explains a new right wing meme.
Joe discusses the mockery of #HimToo and why the right's only politically uniting principle is triggering the libs.
We spend the hour on the NYT investigation of Trump’s financial fraud.
Aisling McCrea joins the show to discuss her recent article exploring the intellectual dishonesty and political abstraction of Dave Rubin and similar conservative YouTube talk shows.
Conservatives blame liberals for making them support Kavanaugh, Molly’s adventures at Men’s Warehouse.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the potential electoral impact of Brett Kavanaugh's approval, limits of the FBI investigation and the vote moving onto the Senate floor.
Kavanaugh, SCOTUS, and the Senate w/ Rena Karefa-Johnson, Matt Ruby, & J. McVay. Winston Cook Wilson & J. on ‘The Old Man & The Gun.’ A performance from Spooky Cool’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
The FBI supplemental investigation has been delivered, Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow report that several witnesses couldn't get in touch with the FBI, pundits wonder whether the fight to hold Kavanaugh accountable gave the GOP a boost.
Joe waxes about the Vice trailer and wonders if a hit movie will help remind people of the Bush administration's numerous atrocities, from economic collapse to endless war.
Judicial observers and politicians have long known the Supreme Court nominee to be a politically convenient dolt.
Trump verbally attacks and mocks Blasey Ford and says it’s a very dangerous time for young men, but that women are doing great.
Molly explains how Brett Kavanaugh’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee to address allegations of sexual misconduct showed him to be the type of manipulative person familiar to any woman who has had their body devalued by men. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Eoin Higgins returns to discuss Brett Kavnaugh's qualifications for the Supreme Court and what Democratic senators said about him more than 10 years ago.
Jesse Myerson joins us to discuss the Kavanaugh protests, more reporting indicates Kavanaugh may have known these allegations were coming, and listener mail.   
A carbon tax and dividend system could fight climate change and income inequality at the same time.
Sean Sullivan returns to preview the MLB playoffs and offer up his World Series prediction.
Frontline producer and reporter Jim Gilmore joins us to discuss the new Frontline documentary Trump’s Showdown. Also, Jeff Flake’s theatrics, the heroic activists that confronted him, and what we…
BTRtoday Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss Jeff Flake's move to delay the Kavanaugh vote and how the senator's position falls in line with generations of conservative ideology.
The Arizona senator stays on brand with his latest hollow political move.
John and Molly unpack the Kavanaugh hearing. Jeff Flake
Dr. Steve Billet returns to offer reactions to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's testimony yesterday, as well as perspective on the political reality of the proceedings.
Bryan Bruchman interviews Kyle Hurst about Big aLICe Brewing Co. Jackie and J. discuss new movie, ‘All About Nina.’ A performance from A Deer A Horse’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
The Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process is a bottomless pit.
Joe reacts to watching Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The future of Roe v Wade may rest on a secret conversation captured by a news camera.
Morning John on Trump’s thinly veiled white supremacist remarks at the UN and the upcoming Kavanugh vote, and listener mail.
Molly Knefel reflects on the developments that have occurred since the Me Too movement began a year ago and examines whether we may be standing on the edge of a world in which hurting women may…
Anders Fremstad joins the show to discuss more about his and Mark Paul's progressive carbon tax proposal, recently published by PPP.
Processing the continued Kavanaugh developments.
Mark Paul joins the show to discuss his recent People's Policy Project paper proposing a carbon tax and dividend system.
Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the show of solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford from the Holton Arms school, and Morning John on the second and third allegations against Kavanaugh. Alexis Goldstein, via Twitter
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss today's bizarre news about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the potential significance of his firing, and an update on the most recent allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Conservative blogger and lawyer Ed Whelan accused a guy who isn’t Brett Kavanaugh of attacking Dr. Blasey Ford, Elizabeth Bruenig’s story of injustice in her hometown, and listener…
Joe discusses updates on the Kavanaugh allegations and how his perspective has changed on how women are forced to confront trauma through news coverage.
Matt Ruby interviews Dan Lerner about positive psychology. Charles and J. discuss new movie, ‘White Boy Rick.’ A performance from Navy Gangs’ upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
As centrists and Republicans lament the erosion of our norms, the Trump administration lowers the refugee cap and Steve King doubles down on his openly fascist rhetoric.    Steve King photo…
In Part II, Cat Bradley chronicles her history of running, love for the outdoors, everything that goes into an ultramarathon, how her UTMB stacks up as a career accomplishment, future plans and more.
Sally Tamarkin joins us to discuss the oppressive narratives around food and fitness, Morning John on the last 24 hours worth of updates about Dr. Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, and thoughts on Muppet sexuality.
John traces the recent evolution of the left from the 2011 Occupy movement to victories in the current election cycle for the Democratic Socialists of America. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of…
Cat Bradley joins the show to discuss her experience at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, one of Europe's most prestigious ultramarathons, where she placed 8th.
A story at The Appeal looks closely at how use of force in the Columbus police department is concentrated in a small number of well regarded officers, and authors George Joseph and Ethan Corey join us to discuss.
Joe discusses finally getting in touch with Infowars host Owen Shroyer and airs his appearance on the show "War Room."
A woman named Christine Blasey Ford has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school, and Trump denies the official death toll of Hurricane Maria. Brett Kavanaugh Yale…
If you want someone to notice you, just keep writing about dumb stuff they do. It worked with Owen Shroyer.
Elena Childers joins Joe to discuss sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now that his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has identified herself and wants to testify before Congress.
Jeff Abbott joins us to discuss the Guatemalan president’s effort to shut down the UN backed anti-corruption body. Also, John and Molly catch up on Reality Winner and the Teen Vogue anarchy…
Joe discusses his appearance on Infowars and talks about the recent allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as Senator Diane Feinstein's decision to handle the information internally.
Tennis umpires may boycott Serena Williams. Movie props we’d like to own. $1100 iPhones. Norma Macdonald… ugh. Film chat on ‘Searching.’ Preview of dumb’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session
Facebook uses the Weekly Standard as a fact checker, ring-wing media’s despicable attacks on Julia Salazar, and the Republican campaign to attack Medicare for All. Elizabeth Warren photo by…
In Part II, Phil Newton discusses teacher training to deal with essay cheating, the legal consequences for students and essay mills, and more.
Two members of the board of If When How, Kimya Forouzan and Dena Robinson, join us to discuss Brett Kavanaugh and protecting Roe v. Wade. If When How, via Twitter
Molly shares her take on the rising progressivism seen in this election year’s Democratic primaries, from unexpected victories for certain candidates challenging the DNC establishment to prospects for the upcoming general election. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Phil Newton joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring essay cheating, the internet's role, higher education's concern, analyzing over 70 surveys, and more.
r/RussiaLago is a one-stop fear shop for hard news, crackpot conjecture and everything in between.
John and Molly discuss the radicalism of Mr. Rogers, and a brief Venezuela overview. Fred Rogers photo by KUHT via Wikimedia Commons
After looking like he was ready to talk, Shroyer stopped getting back to me. It’s too bad. There’s a lot we could have talked about.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss what he's looking for heading into November's midterm elections, the potential devastation of Hurricane Florence, and how 9/11 altered U.S. politics in the years that followed.
Eli Valley joins us to discuss the New York Democrats’ mailer accusing Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism and the normalization of Steve Bannan. Also, Morning John on Bernie’s Amazon bill. Eli…
Sean Sullivan returns to discuss how the NFL owns Sunday attention, Aaron Rodgers' amazing comeback, the Cleveland Browns' incompetence, and other Week 1 storylines.
Kamala Harris and Cory Booker continue to put up a fight against Brett Kavanaugh, well meaning white parents make choices for their kids that perpetuate racism, and listener mail. Kamala…
In Part II, Joe and J.McVay discuss the anonymous Trump staffer's op-ed in the New York Times and why he or she is the opposite of noble and courageous.
Trump official pens anonymous op-ed. The Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings. Colin Kaepernik’s Nike deal. Film chat on ‘The Little Stranger.’ Preview of Neighbor Lady’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session
An anonymous administration official takes to the pages of the New York Times Op Ed section to describe a “quiet resistance” on the inside, Kamala Harris suggests that there’s something to be known about Brett Kavanaugh and the Mueller investigation, children separated from their parents at the border are in New York City and can’t start school, and listener mail.
J.McVay returns to discuss Bob Woodward's new book, the value of reporting from within the White House, questions about anonymous/secondhand sourcing, and more.
Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss how labor organizing is surviving and thriving despite attacks on collective bargaining, and celebrates a farewell to Rahm Emmanuel. Also, Morning John on the Woodward book, the Kavanaugh hearings, and the Massachusetts primary. Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter
John Knefel digs into what’s behind rightwing pundit Tucker Carlson seeming to make common cause with those on the left who take issue with the hoarding of wealth by billionaires like Jeff Bezos,…
Joe discusses Alex Jones' verbal tet-a-tet with Senator Marco Rubio and his confrontational trip to Captiol Hill.
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss the racism of the Florida gubernatorial election and why Trump’s explicit racism doesn’t matter to his base. Also, Morning John on Steve Bannon and the New…
In Part II, Rich Hanley discusses Fox's primetime opportunity, online streaming of NFL games, legalized gambling, the 2018 New York Giants, and much more.
Ryan Schleeter joins us to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of climate change news in the US and Canada. Also, Morning John explains the sovereign wealth fund.    Ryan Schleeter, via…
Rich Hanley returns to discuss how the national anthem protest storyline will continue during the 2018 NFL season, how the NFL made itself synonymous with the U.S. military, and Colin Kaepernick's grievance against NFL owners.
Jesse Myerson joins us to discuss Brett Kavanaugh and the Democrats’ lack of political strategy around blocking him. Also, Morning John does a foreign policy roundup. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
Joe discusses Louis C.K.'s drop-in set and why it was such a bad idea.
Our 2018 Fall Movie Preview. Also, performances from The Black Black’s and Pearl Charles’ upcoming BTR Live Studio sessions.
Morning John joins us to discuss the Ron DeSantis’s racist remarks about his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon square off in their first gubernatorial debate, and John McCain’s legacy of school choice.
In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet discusses GW's midterm polling data that favors Democrats, North Carolina's bizarre redistricting situation, and if higher voter engagement can be counted as a positive of Trump's presidency.
Natasha Bannan joins us to discuss Puerto Rican Independence and the arguments against statehood. Also, Morning John on Tuesdays primary results and the Florida gubernatorial election. Natasha…
In the wake of John McCain's passing, Molly Knefel shares her thoughts on McCain's reputation as a politician with dignity, why she believes this is an incorrect assessment and why it's important to…
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the length of Robert Mueller's investigation, the impact of Manafort's verdict and Cohen's plea deal, and if the midterms will make impeachment realistic.
Natasha Lennard joins us to discuss the nationwide prison strike happening right now and the risks prisoners are taking to fight for their rights. Also, Morning John, and Louis CK returns to the…
Eoin Higgins returns to discuss his list of the most insidious #Resistance grifters, including Russia conspiracy mongers and former intelligence officers grifting government clearance.
John McCain is dead, but the truth of his time in politics is very different than the story the media tells. Also, after Trump’s rough week, his poll numbers look fairly steady. photo…
Eoin Higgins returns to discuss his list of the most insidious #Resistance grifters, including Russia conspiracy mongers and former intelligence officers grifting government clearance.
Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk about how victims of trafficking who apply for visas are now being referred to ICE for deportation, and how Michael Cohen’s plea deal highlights how badly Stormy Daniels was treated in the media
Joe rants about the president's sources of white nationalist rhetoric and the fascistic nature of politicizing a singular death to retrofit a partisan narrative.
We discuss ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Madeline’s Madeline,’ and ‘Skate Kitchen.’ Also, a preview of Kittel and Co.’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
John is in the studio and we’re catching up on everything, from the Cohen plea, to the racists weaponizing Mollie Tibbitts’ death, to his coded tweet about South Africa.
WaPo’s fact checker verified its first lie of the Trump presidency, proving what an absurd practice it is.
In Part II, Conor Neville discusses watching movies analytically, defining behaviors in films, and the importance of research on representations in movies.
Jacobin’s Meagan Day joins us to discuss Medicare for All, pitching socialist ideas to a broader audience, and reasons for optimism on left. Also, both Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen are guilty of eight felonies and it all happened within about five minutes of each other.
Molly Knefel comments on the establishment media's efforts to seem objective, which has led to targeting certain elected officials from the left and trying to draw equivalencies to the constant lies…
Conor Neville joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the portrayal of women in top grossing U.S. movies.
Protesters brought down a confederate statue at UNC, the Senate is increasingly disproportionate in its representation of the country, and education advocates are using state courts to seek desegregation and equitable funding.
In Part II, Jason Steinberg discusses how ISMP's partnerships are formed, its many programs, and the challenges of growing and scaling a nonprofit for the future.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a meeting with constituents that was closed to the press and the pundits took the opportunity to lament socialist hyprocrisy. Also, Don McGahn cooperated with Mueller, and listener mail.
Jason Steinberg returns to discuss the International Sports and Music Project (ISMP), his nonprofit dedicated to creating sports and music opportunities to children in vulnerable communities around the world.
Micah Uetricht joins us to discuss the growing labor movement and democratic socialism, and Morning John on an effort to close Georgia polling stations.    Micah Uetricht Micah Uetricht, via…
Joe rants about Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump's idiotic Twitter fighting and the question of American "greatness."
Unite The Right 2 & Covering White Supremacists w/ Rena Karefa-Johnson, Matt Ruby, & J. McVay. Winston Cook Wilson & J. on ‘We The Animals.’ Charles Hinshaw and J. on ‘BlacKkKlansman.’ A performance from Benjamin Jaffe’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Jesse Myerson is back to talk 2018 elections so far and the intersections of electoral politics and socialism, and Morning John on John Brennan.    Jesse Myerson Jesse Myerson, via Twitter.
In Part II, Dr. Charis Kubrin discusses the politicization of her study and her frustrations as a researcher of people basing policy and opinions around partisan ideals instead of empirical evidence.
Bryce Covert joins us to discuss how two court rulings in New Orleans will stop courts from funding themselves with poor people’s money, Morning John on Tuesday’s primaries, and listener mail.
John Knefel recaps how Facebook and the FBI have used concerns about Russian influence as a means to infiltrate and shut down legitimate left-wing organizations and how he believes people should take on these threats.
Lee's latest film is another bold statement from the iconic but sometimes difficult director. It's also the best film he's made in years.
Dr. Charis Kubrin joins the show to discuss her recent paper exploring California's Prop 47 and its effects on crime.
Omarosa seems to have struck a nerve based on Trump’s reaction to the allegations in her book, including that there are tapes of Trump using the N-word. Also, catching up on listener…
Dr. Arnold Glass of Rutgers University joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the effects of cellphone usage on exam grades in one of his courses.
Malcolm Harris joins us to discuss how the 2008 crash turned millennials into socialists, and Morning John on the Unite the Right rally and the success of antifascist organizing. Malcom…
J McVay returns to discuss NPR's interview with Jason Kessler and how the mainstream media should cover white nationalists and their rallies.
We discuss the context of the current ascendency of socialism, Chris Collin’s arrest illustrates the normalcy of corruption, and Space Force.   Chris Collins photo by US Government…
In Part II, Jose Roldan discusses his group's relationship with MoviePass, new movie subscription services, and MoviePass has changed his (& his group members') movie-going experiences.
Matt Ruby interviews Starheal Astrology’s Amy Tripp. Charles and J. discuss new movie, ‘Night Moves On.’ A performance from Spouse’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Laura Ingraham shows that conservatives have moved well beyond dog whistles, and we discuss a legal challenge in New York City trying to take on the systemic roots of bullying in schools.      
Jose Roldan joins the show to discuss the many changes going on with MoviePass and the creation and growth of his Facebook group MoviePass Chatter.
The takeaways from the August 7th elections across the country, and more listener mail catch up.  
John Knefel makes the argument that Republicans do not take the threat of election meddling seriously enough to devote…
Joe talks about last night's special election in OH-12 and rants about Democrats' bizarre habit of blaming third party voters for their own shortcomings.
Alex Jones has been kicked off of Itunes, Facebook, and Spotify, the Trump administration escalates Iran sanctions and attacks on green card holders, Rick Gates definitely committed crimes, and listener mail.   
Paris Martineau joins the show to discuss the timeline of Alex Jones' bans from Facebook and YouTube, why tech companies didn't do it sooner, and the reasons why Jones was the perfect far right pariah.
Looking at a fascist march in Oregon, police turning their weapons on Antifa, and Trump’s admission that the Trump Tower meeting was meant to get dirt on Hillary. 
J McVay joins the show to discuss censoring Alex Jones and how the rules of internet free speech are still being written.
Certain alt-right groups decry white nationalists but don't hesitate organizing with them.
The Trump administration makes its most significant environmental decision yet, and the trolls come out for Sarah Jeong.
In Part II, Lee Schwartz and Joe discuss how the sad 2018 season stacks up Mets history, and the negative vibes that surround them team and its fans.
Our favorite action and/or spy movies. Movie discussions about ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ and ‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout.’ A performance from The Beths’ upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Top Democratic donors are turning on US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). And we discuss LeBron James’ new public school.
Lifelong New York Mets fan Lee Schwartz joins the show to discuss Joe's column and the team's comically bad season.
The QAnon conspiracy theory goes mainstream, a story about changing demographics that gets it right, and Trump tweets that Sessions should end the Mueller investigation.
John Knefel shares his thoughts on the Democratic Party's lack of foreign policy, highlighting several topics which the U.S. should be concerned about on a global scale. Despite ability within the…
In Part II, Ryan Cooper discusses the socialist wave hitting the Democratic Party, the appeal of Medicare for All, and why the party's momentum has shifted to the left.
A Washington Post article profiles a white woman uncomfortable around with Latinx co-workers, and the Trump administration debates another massive tax cut for the rich.
Journalist Ryan Cooper discusses Third Way, centrist Democrats, the idiocy of a 'Boomer Corps,' and the theory of how public employment and social welfare ought to work.
The debate over referring to leftist policies as socialist or FDR-style liberalism, we make it too hard for parents to be in public, and listener mail.
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Elena Childers joins the show to discuss her wild weekend at Meltasia.
More than 700 immigrant children remain in separated from their parents by the deadline for reunification, volunteers step up to care for new immigrants, and Michael Cohen says Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting in advance.
Joe discusses dumb centrist Democratic policies and Fox News's hilarious response to Democratic socialism.
Twitter Moments w/ Matt Ruby and J. McVay. Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay on ‘The Captain.’ A performance from Colatura’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
House conservatives move to impeach Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, Michael Cohen feels betrayed, the White House bans a CNN reporter, and new documents show Stormy Daniels was targeted by Columbus police.
Great news for the retired. If Wall Street-friendly Democrats get their way, they’ll be on the job once again!
In Part II, Maria Bustillos discusses why she decided to publish the interview as a Q&A, her thoughts after Bourdain's death, and the responsibility and difficulty of handling his final public comments.
New tapes appear to show Donald Trump and Michael Cohen agreeing to make payments to Karen McDougal, and Meghan McCain goes bananas talking about socialism on The View. Donald Trump Jr. Photo…
More millennials are running for office than ever. That's a lot of internet history for opposition researchers to cover.
John Knefel challenges the view that there is no appeal for the left in the Midwest, citing the successful rally recently held by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders in Kansas and the…
Maria Bustillos joins the show to discuss her interview with Anthony Bourdain, from setting it up to spending an entire afternoon with him.
A “stand your ground” shooting in Florida with echoes of Trayvon Martin, new details on ICE raids in New York City, 463 migrant parents might have been deported without their children, and the…
In Part II, Mike and Luca discuss their favorite teams and players of World Cup 2018, VAR success, Fair Play weirdness, yellow card accumulation, and Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus.
Trump threatens Iran as the US escalates its destabilization efforts, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez get a warm reception in Kansas, and Fox and Friends has a booking error.
Mike Castellano and Luca Ranallo return to discuss all things Russia 2018, from France's win in the World Cup Final to their favorite goals and matches of the tournament.
Delving into the nuances of Plane Bae, S Town gets sued, Trump invites Putin to DC, and listener mail. Dan Coats photo by United States Senate via Wikimedia Commons
Eoin Higgins joins the show to discuss his recent piece for The Appeal detailing the terrible conditions in which ICE detainees are being held in Bristol County, Mass.
Matt Ruby and J. McVay on Trump’s summit with Putin. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on Eighth Grade.’ A performance from Powersnap’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Trump got a classified briefing on Russian meddling prior to his inauguration, even as he denies continued Russian interference. Also, the Washington Post continues to publish nativist…
In Part III, Charlie Chalkin discusses interesting projects he's worked on, how to value yourself as a freelancer, and weighing the cost/benefit of unpaid work.
Trump clarified his remarks in Helsinki in the most hilarious and dystopian way possible, and a New York Times story on closing rural hospitals and obstetric services. Peter Strzok photo…
Molly Knefel shares her thoughts on the GOP's reaction to recent comments made by President Trump regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and suggests that the fact that politicians are more upset by Trump's disloyalty rather than violence against children at the border is a troubling reflection of the nation's values.
A researcher studying size and self-esteem was attacked by the internet's most insecure trolls.
In Part II, Charlie Chalkin offers his advice for freelancers, working in the hospitality industry, and viewing food as a form of communication.
Brendan O’Connor joins us to discuss the eugenicist doctor fueling Trump’s immigration policy. Also, Trump totally sided with Putin at Monday’s press conference. Brendan O'Connor Photo:…
Charlie Chalkin joins the show to discuss the interesting origins of his videography company, the excitement and pressure of working for himself, and more.
Joe discusses the Trump-Putin press conference and why acting surprised gives Republicans an out.
We spend the hour with Kenny from The Movements: A Podcast History of the Masses, on the year 1917 and the lead-up to the Russian Revolution.   Photo courtesy of The Movements Podcast  
Mark Joseph Stern joins the show to discuss Brett Kavanaugh's position on reproductive rights and how the Supreme Court will continue stripping away Roe v. Wade protections.
Matt Ruby speaks with comedian Alingon Mitra. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Sorry To Bother You.’ John Knefel on the grim future for voting rights. A performance from Buck Meek’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Stormy Daniels was arrested a strip club in Ohio, and more catch up on listener mail. Stormy Daniels Photo:  © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com via Wikimedia Commons
In Part III, Alicia Walker discusses her plans for future studies and the politicization of sex studies, particularly by conservative/far right leaning people.
Ryan Cooper joins us to discuss a leftist perspective on trade policy, policies that would help Democrats regain power from the Republicans, and infuriating centrism. Also, Cynthia Nixon declares herself a Democratic Socialist. Ryan Cooper Photo courtesy of Ryan Cooper
John Knefel makes the argument that Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is further proof that the Republican party is only interested in representing the interests of white…
In Part II, Alicia Walker discusses how bogus coverage of her study spread, her surprise at the response, how upset she was to close the study, & more.
Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and catching up on listener mail.
New scientific evidence supports white racial insecurity in America.
In Part I, Alicia Walker describes the motivations behind her size and self-esteem study, what she thought would be a revolutionary methodology, and how online coverage torpedoed the research.
Hilary Goodfriend joins us to discuss the US’s role in destabilizing El Salvador, and the US stuns the global health community by going against a UN breastfeeding resolution. Photo courtesy of…
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin (@taiahandlin) joins the show to discuss bathroom greeting etiquette, the 'House of Cards' press tour, and why it's worth making art without "Great Men" at the center of it.
Scott Pruitt is out, Ocasio Cortez has proposed a Green New Deal, and listener mail. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Photo by Chillbedextous
Spotify tricks St. Vincent fans and immigrant indie rockers rule Independence Day.
In Part II, Jessica Wood discusses her desire to work consensual non-monogamous relationships into psychological literature using traditional study methods.
J. McVay, Jacqueline Soller, and Charles Hinshaw on sequels to ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Sicario,’ and ‘Jurassic World.’ John Knefel on the the need for radical measures by Dems in the upcoming fight over SCOTUS. A performance from The Rizzos’ upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Will Kramer joins us to discuss how he decided to blow the whistle on workplace safety violations, and we catch up on the protests against ICE and what’s still going on at the border. Will…
The globalists don't stand a chance against his patchy facial hair.
Jessica Wood joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring satisfaction in monogamous and non-monogamous relationships—and how it might not be related to relationship structure at all.
We spend the hour discussing Donald Trump’s disturbing views on drug dealers and capital punishment.
In light of the news that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, John Knefel highlights the biggest hurdles that Democrats face and how they should deal with those issues to stave off a potentially…
Rachel Wetts joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring white racial resentment for welfare programs, entitled "Privilege on the Precipice."
It’s America’s birthday and we’re spending the hour talking about kids and internet privacy.    photo by EFF via Wikimedia Commons
Michael Barthel joins the show to discuss Pew Research Center's recent survey on determining factual and opinion statements in the news.
John is back to catch up on the racist way people are talking about the Bronx and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the retirement of Justice Kennedy. Bronx Markets photo by Doc Searls via…
The right has embraced the campus carry advocate, proving how low the bar is set for becoming a conservative star.
Joe talks about the #KeepFamiliesTogether rally in NYC and plays audio from Rev. Al Sharpton's speech in Cadman Plaza.
Jeff Abbott is back to discuss the history of indigenous resistance in Guatemala, and listeners vent their frustration with the Democratic party. Jeff Abbott photo courtesy of Jeff Abbott, via Twitter
Thousands of protesters filled the streets of NYC for the Families Belong Together rally to denounce the government's treatment of immigrant families.
NBA fans, science fiction fans and music lovers were all covered this week at BTRtoday.
Joe talks about the week in news and the right's attempts to equate anti-journalist rhetoric with shouting at conservatives in public.
Matt Ruby speaks with Selena Coppock about her book, feminism, politics, and more. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Leave No Trace.’ John Knefel on the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gerrymandering. A performance from Lanz’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Shaun Harkin joins us to discuss his new book, “The James Connolly Reader,” about the Irish socialist and revolutionary. Also, what Justice Kennedy’s retirement could mean for reproductive…
In Part II, Marilyn Haigh discusses the difficulties of reporting the family separation crisis due to lack of information, comparisons to Obama administration policies, and the emotional impact of covering this kind of story.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beats incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic Primary, the Supreme Court upholds Trump’s Muslim ban, and two articles on trans people show how to do it right and how to do…
John Knefel addresses the Supreme Court's recent decision to send gerrymandering cases back to lower courts after claiming that they do not have standing. If left unchanged, voting districts could be…
Marilyn Haigh joins the show to discuss the Texas Tribune's coverage of the family separation crisis, from the difficulties of reporting to the DHS using separated children as bait for "voluntary deportation orders."
Customs and Border Protection says that it will stop the criminal prosecution of migrants crossing the border with children, and a New York Times story looks how the middle and high school application…
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the Supreme Court upholding Trump's travel ban, voter enthusiasm with today's primaries, the family separation crisis' impact on midterm elections, and more.
We spend the hour on the personal and political adventure of Baby Freddie’s arrival into the world.
BTRtoday Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger joins the show to discuss the absurd notion of civility in political discourse and why it takes precedent over actual human lives.
Osita Nwanevu joins us to discuss the United States’ history of separating families during slavery, and the empty gestures of some Republicans leaving the party. Also, the military readies plans to…
Jeff Bellone joins the show to discuss the New York Knicks selecting Kevin Knox with their first round pick, the team's potential for next season, and more.
‘Bulls**t or Legit’ w/ Matt Ruby & Rex Sorgatz. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town.’ John Knefel on Trump’s Child Hostages. A performance from Trace Mountain’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Eli Valley, political cartoonist and author of Diaspora Boy, joins us to discuss why its appropriate to compare the Trump administration to the early Nazi years. Also, unpacking Trump’s executive…
Chris Kassotis joins the show to discuss his recent study exploring the effects on cells when exposed to fracking chemicals and wastewater.
Discussing the ongoing crisis of family separation at the border, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen gets shouted out of a Mexican restaurant, and the danger of family detention expansion. Kirstjen…
John Knefel explains the “zero tolerance” immigration policy that was put into effect in April of this year, the key point of which was that children were taken from the adults they were traveling…
A new study highlights the danger of a food crisis during nuclear winter.
David Denkenberger joins the show to discuss his recent study "A National Pragmatic Safety Limit for Nuclear Weapon Quantities."
John Carl Baker joins us to discuss the nuclear summit between Trump and Kim Jong-Un and what happens next. Also, ProPublica releases audio from one of the child separation facilities, and Jeff…
J McVay joins the show to discuss the separation of migrant families at the southern U.S. border, the Trump administration's flailing rationales, the need for a more combative press corps, and more.
Alex Pareene joins us to discuss the ongoing family separation at the border. Also, Molly calls in to talk about the need to imagine immigration policy from a child’s perspective, and the Supreme…
Used almost exclusively by self-proclaimed Infowars alphas,“soy boy” is a term for men lacking masculine qualities.
Paul Puri joins the show to discuss media coverage of mental illness and suicide and the depth required to adequately explore causation, stigma, and more.
Ryan Devereaux joins us to discuss Trump’s border policies, including separating children from their parents. Also, the Sessions and Huckabee Sanders quote an infamous Bible verse used to defend…
Joe talks about why people shouldn't be continuously shocked by Donald Trump's authoritarian statements and rants about the religious rationalization of tearing families apart at the border.
Matt Ruby and J. McVay on Trump’s rebalancing of relationships with the G7 and North Korea. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Hereditary.’ John Knefel on the GOP’s war on voting. A performance from Yazan’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Alex Kotch joins us to discuss Trump’s China policy and the revolving door influence peddling surrounding it. Also, family separation picks up at the border. Alex Kotch Photo courtesy of Alex…
The Man in Black was too complex a thinker and too careful about his fans to be pinned down to an ideology.
In Part II, Mike Castellano and Luca Ranallo (aka The Soccer Guys) offer their World Cup predictions, including which favorites will disappoint, who will earn Golden Ball, which team will win the tournament, and much more.
Alex Press joins us to discuss why strikes work, and an explanation for lower millennial birthrates. Also, racist Corey Stewart wins his Virginia Senate primary, and more thoughts on Sessions’ decision to remove domestic violence as grounds for asylum. Photo courtesy of Alex Press
Despite ongoing concerns of Russian election meddling, John Knefel argues that the Republican party actually poses the biggest threat to voter rights, citing, among other things, the Supreme Court's recent decision to support Ohio's purging of voter registration rolls which disproportionately affects people of color and low-income voters. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Mike Castellano & Luca Ranallo (aka The Soccer Guys) join the show to preview each group in the World Cup, why the FIFA Rankings are B.S., Lionel Messi's Argentina legacy, and much more.
Ryan Reilly joins us to discuss the latest developments in the J20 trials. Also, Trump and Kim Jong-Un meet in Singapore, and Jeff Sessions says domestic violence and gangs are no longer cause for…
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the Trump-Kim summit, what the two leaders possibly could've talked about, and how partisanship has defined media coverage of the event.
Malcolm Harris joins us to discuss his book Kids These Days, and the issues facing millennials. Also, a round up of the latest immigration news, and Freddie is back in the studio. Malcom…
Julie Kliegman joins the show to talk coverage of suicide and mental illness and how media outlets—and people—can discuss it more sensibly.
Kenny from The Movements Podcast joins us to discuss the origins of the Russian Revolution. Also, beloved chef and food journalist Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61.
Joe talks about his thoughts on the passing of Anthony Bourdain and touches on how the media discusses mental health and suicide.
‘Bulls**t or Legit’ w/ Matt Ruby & Rex Sorgatz. Jacqueline Soller, Bryan Bruchman, and J. McVay on ‘Hearts Beat Loud.’ John Knefel on the enduring love of Republicans for Trump. A performance from Varsity’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Jeff Abbott on the Killing of Claudia Gomez Gonzalez and the Volcanic Eruption in Guatemala. Also, Trump pardons Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian lobbies him, and California voters recall the judge…
Ryan Cunningham joins the show to discuss his recent piece in The Outline exploring the history and political mimicry of Trump's thumbs up gesture.
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss how the United States became so over-policed. Also, Molly is back in the studio and we’re catching her up on the news.
John Knefel dispels the persistent myth that the Republican Party will eventually turn on Donald Trump and makes the case that his support comes from his white nationalist ideals, not in spite of…
Poet Jason Koo joins the show to discuss the first two games of the NBA Finals, the tribulations of a Cleveland sports fan, and his forthcoming book.
Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss how SESTA/FOSTA is endangering sex workers, and the aftermath of police raids on strip clubs in New Orleans. Also, Manafort gets hit with a witness tampering…
In Part II, the Racism Watch Dog owners discuss how they choose racists tweets to bark at, negative responses to the account, their favorite @RacismDog tweets, and more.
Only Donald Trump could turn a Philly-hating sports fan into an Eagles sympathizer.
David Adler joins us to discuss his findings on the authoritarian leanings of centrists. Also, Trump’s lawyers argue he is above the law, and the the US considers escalating its presence in…
Roseanne set the bar, but she’s not the only conservative star who’s faced criticism.
The @RacismDog owners join the show to discuss the inspiration behind their successful Twitter account and the importance of highlighting racism on Twitter.
Todd Miller joins us to discuss what’s new and what isn’t new about Trump’s escalated immigration and border policies. Also, John Bolton’s new chief of staff is a rampant Islamophobe, and…
Monica Anderson joins the show to discuss Pew's recent survey of teenagers' technology and social media habits.
Matt Ruby speaks with Lubaina Choudhury, a natural healing expert. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story.’ John Knefel on the Trump administration rescinding TPS. A performance from NADINE’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss Ireland’s major victory for reproductive rights. Also, the US government is upping the number of drone strikes it’s carrying out while decreasing transparency, and…
Rob Sanchez joins the show to discuss the NBA Finals, including whether the Cavs-Warriors matchup is getting old and where LeBron could sign this summer.
Aziz Rana, professor of law at Cornell Law School and author of The Two Faces of American Freedom,  joins us to discuss the need for a more robust leftist foreign policy, and the fracturing of the…
We need his racist, misogynist, smug centrist comedy now more than ever.
In the midst of the Trump administration’s efforts to terrify and detain members of the immigrant community, John Knefel shares what is Trump’s cruelest policy yet, the decision to rescind…
Paul Blest joins the show to discuss his recent piece looking at Congress' recent rollback of Dodd-Frank regulations and how some lawmakers have mischaracterized it.
Molly Crabapple joins us to discuss her new book, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, written with Marwan Hisham. Also, a new study on white people rejecting democracy, nearly 5,000…
The league’s handling of national anthem protests make it fair to wonder how many more chances football deserves.
Fellow BTR host J. McVay joins the show to discuss Roseanne Barr's racists tweets that led ABC to cancel her show.
Mica Lee Williams, an If/When/How reproductive justice fellow and an attorney in Pennsylvania, joins us to discuss Trump’s new Title X rule. Also, Mike Konczal discusses the new financial…
Joe discusses the Tomi Lahren drink tossing incident and asks how to deal with public figures who profit from hate mongering and racist rhetoric.
Molly returns in a previously recorded, but never aired, discussion about what to do with men, both famous and not, who have been accused of sexual assault. Also, very brief thoughts about the North…
In Part II, Rich Hanley discusses the NFL's role at the center of the culture war and how football's toxic masculinity and decline in youth participation threaten the game's future.
Twitter Moments with Matt Ruby. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Deadpool 2.’ John Knefel on the Trump administration creating closer ties with Saudi Arabia and Israel. A performance from Oracle Room’s recent BTR Live Studio session.
Natalie Shure, writer and head of research at Adam Ruins Everything, joins us to discuss the short-comings of the ACA and the argument for Medicare for All. Also, data shows centrists hold the most authoritarian views, and Trump’s reaction to the NFL’s latest racist policy.
The gun-loving network employs some of the trashiest hosts in media.
A quirk of logic keep conspiracy theories alive. Here's how to stop it.
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the NFL's new rule forcing players to stand or stay in the locker room during the pregame national anthem.
Nathan J Robinson, editor of Current Affairs, joins us to discuss how mainstream news propagandizes for Israel, and which views are actually excluded from popular discourse. Also, Democrats help…
John Knefel shares his thoughts on the Trump administration creating closer ties with both Saudi Arabia and Israel, and how the support they are receiving from the U.S. has so far led to more brutal actions and less accountability.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the Trump administration's confusing positions on China, the president's unsecured private phone, and noteworthy primary results from last night.
Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data For Progress, joins us to discuss his proposal to abolish ICE, and what the primaries tell us about the current state of both political parties. Also, an article at The Intercept argues Chuck Schumer’s foreign policy is nearly indistinguishable from Trump.
In Part II, Trevor Beaulieu discusses the nature of Kanye West's genius and the bargain that black artists make in order to be accepted and celebrated by white elites & tastemakers.
Bryce Covert joins us to discuss universal childcare, paid family leave, and the North Carolina teachers’ strike. Also, Trump calls for a DOJ investigation into an already existing investigation,…
Trevor Beaulieu joins the show to discuss the ways in which Kanye West's social media meltdown relates to Basquiat's conflicts with status and race.
Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director at Indivisible, joins us to discuss the confirmation of Gina Haspel to run the CIA. Also, GL Johnson from DSA Pittsburgh discusses the big wins for socialists last Tuesday. Last but not least, Trump issues a new plan to defund Planned Parenthood.
Joe discusses the racist lawyer Aaron Schlossberg, why it's okay (and good) to publicly ridicule racists, and Fox News' fractured logic around…
Our 2018 Summer Movie Preview. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Cargo.’ A performance from Tracy Bonham’s recent BTR Live Studio session.
David Klion on Israel’s violence in Gaza and a better way to think about the Russia investigation. Also, Trump calls some undocumented immigrants “animals,” and a video of a Manhattan racist…
In Part II, Adam and John Dolan discuss changes from the original 'Illiad,' how academia tends to omit violence and other fun stuff from classic texts, and what John has been up to over the years. 
Jacobin Magazine’s Meagan Day joins us to discuss Bernie Sanders’ Workplace Democracy Act and the impacts of neoliberalism on the workforce. Also, Tuesday was a big night for Socialists in the…
In light of the nomination of Gina Haspel as C.I.A. Director, John Knefel dispels the idea that torture tactics and unaccountability within the agency started after 9/11 and calls into question the not only the validity of Haspel as Director, but whether the C.I.A. should exist at all. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
News organizations obfuscate the truth around violence involving American allies.
BTRtoday Editor-in-Chief Adam Bulger interviews John Dolan (aka Gary Brecher, The War Nerd) about his modern translation of Homer's 'The Illiad.'
Maysoon Zayid  joins us to discuss Israel’s deadly use of force against Gazans and the US embassy’s opening in Jerusalem. And Emma Saltzberg from If Not Now joins us to talk about how young…
The notion seems bizarre, but the arguments make sense.
Adam Johnson joins the show to discuss the way U.S. media's tendency to create power symmetry when covering violent events like the Palestinian protests in Gaza yesterday.
Ali Gharib joins us to discuss the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Also, a new study shows white people move to the right as they get richer, and Bloomberg’s disingenuous…
Brent Johnson joins the show to discuss the Supreme Court's decision allowing states to legalize sports gambling, and the impact where it all started—New Jersey.
Jeff Abbott joins us to discuss the end of Temporary Protected Status and corruption in Guatemala. Also, Iran and Israel exchange fire and a New York Times Op-Ed gets the reactionary right totally…
Joe discusses Michelle Goldberg's NYT opinion piece about the left fueling the right. Unsurprisingly, he disagrees.
Favorite performances, directors, and more from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Charles Hinshaw and J. McVay on ‘Racer and the Jailbird.’ John Knefel on Trump’s reactionary foreign policy. A sneak preview from Language’s BTR Live Studio session.
Micah Uetricht joins us to discuss the resurgent labor militancy taking hold across the country. Also, Gina Haspel testifies before Congress in her hearing to lead the CIA. Micah Uetricht Photo…
Sabrina Oesterle is a research associate professor in the School of Social Work and Assistant Director of the University of Washington's Social Development Research Group. Click here to read more…
Nima Shirazi joins us for the hour to discuss Trump’s decision to destroy the Iran nuclear deal. Nima Shirazi photo courtesy of Nima Shirazi
John Knefel shares his thoughts on three major foreign policy decisions recently made by Donald Trump and how those decisions illustrate that Trump, and Republican leadership, are acting in a reactionary manner which could have disastrous effects for the U.S. and the world. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
The Arizona senator’s myth-making doesn’t match his actions.
Sabrina Oesterle joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the Communities That Care prevention system and its positive results in participant communities.
Alexis Goldstein joins us to discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Also, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigns after four women…
Eoin Higgins returns to discuss why legacy media is so hellbent on portraying John McCain's as a "maverick" and glossing over the senator's problematic legacy during the senator's final days.
A new coalition of well-known and controversial thinkers and pundits on the left and right seem to live outside reality.
Evan Williams, a reporter and producer for Frontline’s new documentary “Myanmar’s Killing Fields,” joins us to discuss the atrocities being carried out against the Rohingya. Also, Trump ends Temporary Protected Status, Gina Haspel offered to withdraw her CIA nomination, and Molly gave birth to the newest little scoocher baby.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss Rudy Guiliani's recent television appearances, why Trump doesn't care about the truth or credibility, what to expect from Korean negotiations, and more.
Charlotte Shane joins us to discuss the problem with men and the bizarre framing of the incel phenomenon. Also, New York City moves to open a safer consumption site, and Trump’s supporters don’t…
Joe discusses Fox News host Neil Cavuto's takedown of Donald Trump and why it's weird people are celebrating a news anchor for pointing out lies.
Favorite films from the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Jacqueline Soller and J. McVay on ‘Tully.’ John Knefel on Michelle Wolf’s WHCD performance. A sneak preview from Holly Miranda’s BTR Live Studio session.
Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss the teachers’ strikes in Arizona and Puerto Rico, and what the age of austerity has meant for class solidarity. Also, Rudy Giuliani does a great job as a…
 In Part II, Maura Quint discusses joke theft and the problem with large content aggregating accounts like FuckJerry and The Fat Jew.
Robert Mueller told Trump’s lawyers that he could subpoena the president, a new study shows how school choice fuels school segregation, and TMZ turned awesome when Van Lathan schooled Kanye about…
John Knefel shares his take on the backlash aimed at comedian Michelle Wolf over her remarks at the most recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner which criticized the current presidential administration, their allies and opposition, and the media that covers them all. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
In weaponizing identity politics, conservatives have mastered it.
Maura Quint joins the show to provide her take on Michelle Wolf's WHCD set and why it's troubling to see the free press prioritizing access above everything else.
The new school chancellor for New York City tweeted out an article critical of wealthy white parents opposed to an integration plan, Netanyahu tries to undermine the Iran deal, and listener…
In Part II, Francesco, Alex, and Peggie discuss how our genes change as we age and the potential impact of their study's findings on the aging process.
Michelle Wolf made fun of the Trump administration at the White House Correspondents Dinner and everyone, including the press, lost it. Michelle Wolf photo by Erin Nekervis courtesy of…
Francesco Vallania, Alex Luo, and Peggie Cheung join the show to discuss their recent study exploring epigenetics and the environment's effect on agning immune systems.
Richard Spencer looks like he’s wearing the weight of the world on his shoulders, and at least 20 extra pounds around his waist.
ICE has been sending letters to New Yorkers who have been fingerprinted by the NYPD, a thoughtful Times op ed wonders what’s best to be done after men are accused of harassment and abuse, and…
Joe discusses the intellectual dishonesty of the right using Kanye West's support of Donald Trump as some sort of intellectual turning point.
Matt Ruby interviews comedian/writer Dan Shaki about his working on a sitcom with Nate Bargatze and Jerrod Carmichael. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Disobedience’ and ‘Duck Butter.’ Molly Knefel on Democratic jobs policy. A performance from Operator Music Band’s BTR Live Studio session.
Activists and progressive challengers are pushing the Democratic party to the left, two Colorado lawmakers want to jail teachers for striking, and catching up on listener mail.     Democratic…
Eric Curtin (@dubstep4dads) joins the show to discuss FuckJerry's recent Shorty Awards win and the problems content stealing accounts pose to original content creators.
Mick Mulvaney admits to accepting bribes, Colorado lawmaker proposes jailing teachers who strike, Hank Azaria responds to the criticisms of Apu in a nearly unprecedentedly thoughtful way. Hank…
Molly Knefel runs down some of the reactions to Bernie Sanders' recently introduced federal jobs guarantee and shares her thoughts on why public programs with universal benefits is the direction that the democratic party should be moving. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Rich Hanley returns to discuss the NFL Draft's significance to the league,  the role of social media in draft coverage, saturation of mock drafts, and more.
The Waffle House shooter in Nashville has been arrested, Jonathan Chait thinks women should stop being victims, and listener mail. Kirsten Gillibrand photo by Congress courtesy of Wikimedia…
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss Trump's North Korean negotiations, James Comey's book promotion, and Sean Hannity's close connection to Trump and Michael Cohen. Dr. Steve Billet is the Director…
It took just two days for Kanye West’s Twitter comeback to go from cute to alt-light.
We talk with Andres Cediel, producer of tonight’s Frontline documentary in collaboration with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, “Trafficked in America.” Also, the CIA’s…
Carrie Cuttler joins the show to discuss her recent study exploring the effects of cannabis use on anxiety, depression, and stress through user self-reporting and observational data. 
We catch up with listener mail on education and parenting, and also on Richard Cohen’s terrible WaPo op ed about male privilege. Gavroche photo by Émile Bayard courtesy of Wikimedia…
Joe discusses (and laughs at) the Washington Post article about Donald Trump's lies to get onto the "Forbes 400" list in the early-1980s.
Matt Ruby interviews Amy Bennett, founder of The Greene Grape. Jacqueline Soller on ‘The Rider.’ John Knefel on what Trump should do in Syria. A performance from Alice Boman’s BTR Live Studio session.
Pompeo goes to North Korea, NYC’s new school chancellor discourages walk-outs from New York City students, Richard Cohen is the mascot of white privilege, and Cardi B is right. Tammy…
Emma Gray, Executive Women's Editor of The Huffington Post, releases a ‘How To’ guide to joining the resistance
How far will ICE go to avoid constitutionality and detain immigrants? Eoin Higgins joins the show to discuss ICE's subversive and brutal tactics under the Trump and Obama administrations.
The Working Families Party endorses Cynthia Nixon in the New York governors race, a potential new war authorization in Congress, and listener mail. Working Families Party
Following the United States’ attack on Syria in retaliation for their chemical weapons assault on their own people, tensions between the two countries have continued to rise. John Knefel offers an…
In Part II, Dr. Michael Smith discusses stress management, the importance of putting your phone away, developing a sleep program, and more.
The Infowars anchor's conspiracy peddling landed him in a lawsuit with his boss.
Two black men are arrested for waiting to meet a friend in Starbucks, it appears that Michael Cohen is Sean Hannity’s lawyer, and more thoughts on liberal nationalism and Syria. Sean…
Dr. Michael Smith joins the show to discuss his role with Life Extension, different types of stress management, and living with elevated cortisol levels.
Frontline’s Michael Kirk is back to discuss tonight’s documentary “McCain.” Also, the US has bombed Syria, and James Comey gave his first interview since being fired. Frontline
Happy tax day everyone—hope you had an easier time filing your taxes than these rock and pop stars struggling with the IRS.
Joshua M. Bernstein joins the show to discuss his new book Homebrew World, how homebrewing has revolutionized beer culture, watching homebrewers succeed, and more.
Tracking the ‘Full Metal Jacket’ drill instructor’s second life on the internet.
Comey’s upcoming book has the DC class praising him as a resistance hero, Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing, and listener mail. James Comey photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation…
In Part II, Scott Roehm explains the potential repercussions if Gina Haspel is approved as CIA Director and why the "following orders" defense is bogus.
Matt Ruby interviews Doc Kelley about FluxBuddha. Winston Cook-Wilson on ‘You Were Never Really Here’ and ‘A Quiet Place.’ Molly Knefel on liberal reactions to so-called “political correctness.” A performance from IDLES’ BTR Live Studio session.
Kentucky teachers are protesting at the capitol today, more thoughts on Paul Ryan’s legacy, Cynthia Nixon calls out the racist way that marijuana laws are enforced, and the Access Hollywood tape is…
When tragedy strikes, the ugliness of the internet lays itself bare.
CVT's Scott Roehm joins the show to discuss his organization's opposition of Gina Haspel's nomination for CIA Director, citing her operational role in the intelligence agency's now-defunct torture program.
Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, goodbye Paul Ryan, and Trump thinks he can fire Mueller. Mark Zuckerberg photo by Presidência do México via Wikimedia Commons
Molly Knefel shares her take on the ways in which crying foul about “political correctness” are used not only by conservatives, but also by liberals -- especially some comedians and recently even…
Fellow BTRtoday staff writer Taia Handlin joins the show to discuss Paul Ryan's particularly ugly voting record on reproductive rights, as well as the implications of his retirement.
His record on abortion is as draconian as it gets.
The FBI has raided Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room, the Simpsons dismisses Hari Kondabolu’s criticisms of Apu, and listener mail.
The FBI raided the office of Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. What might Cohen know about Trump? How worried should the president be? Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss that and more.
We talk with filmmaker Michael Kirk on his new Frontline documentary “Trump’s Takeover,” a look at the chemical weapons attack in Syria, and what we’ve learned about the NYPD killing of Saheed…
Splinter's David Uberti joins the show to discuss secrecy of the Amazon HQ bidding war and the trouble local media outlets have in getting information about the bids.
It’s a listener prompted show! We discuss an article on the relationship between discipline and capitalism, and listener mail on graduate school and leaving Facebook. photo by Amolnaik3k…
Buzzfeed's Jane Lytvynenko joins the show to discuss the growing problem of Twitter hoaxes and misinformation in the wake of tragedies and shootings like the one at YouTube HQ on Tuesday.
Matt Ruby and Rex Sorgatz discuss MISINFO in recent events and culture. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Unsane.’ Molly Knefel on adult reactions to Parkland teens.
The NYPD has killed a 34-year-old black man with bipolar disorder in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Atlantic’s new hire Kevin Williamson said on a podcast that people who get abortions should be…
Kate Knibbs joins the show to discuss her recent piece about CBD products, misinformation surrounding them, murky legal status, and more.
A look at the the Trump/Amazon feud, what the hell happened with Sinclair Media, the Oklahoma governor’s response to the teacher walk out there. Chicago Teachers Strike photo by Brad Perkins…
Matt Breunig’s independent think tank is gaining support and making waves.
Molly shares her thoughts on the ways in which adults have been reacting to the teen survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive…
An expert financial reporter says China’s economic growth isn’t what it seems. What does that mean for China—and the world?
In part II, Ben Friedman discusses the experience of debating John Bolton and speculates about the U.S.'s military future in Syria.
The Washington Post publishes a stunningly anti-Semitic column about dating, a look at the the Trump/Amazon feud, what the hell happened with Sinclair media, and John is back in the…
Ben Friedman joins the show to discuss his criticisms of John Bolton, Trump surrounding himself with interventionists, and whether to expect U.S. military conflict.
Morning John joins us to discuss Trump’s language around the war in Syria and the reactionary backlash to boycotts after David Hogg bested Laura Ingraham. Also, a new chancellor for New York City…
Melissa Molomo joins the show to discuss her Instagram-famous dog Clyde, misconceptions about American bullies, and her dog collar company, Bullies&Co.
Morning John joins us to discuss the protests in Gaza and Rick Gates’ potential knowledge in the Mueller investigation, we dip our toes into the Roseanne convo, David Hogg bests Laura Ingraham, and…
Erin McPherson joins the show to discuss her recent study entitled "Psychological consequences of the Dad Bod," exploring essentialism of fathers.
Matt and Rena discuss the March For Our Lives and calls to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Jacqueline Soller on ‘Isle Of Dogs.’ John Knefel on John Bolton. A preview of Meklit’s BTR Live Studio session.
A teacher in Texas is suspended for mentioning her wife to her students, a Marjory Stone Douglas student writes an op-ed in the New York Times about the responsibility she felt to be kind to Nikolas…
Killing online resources for sex workers jeopardizes their lives and those of survivors.
John Cook returns to discuss publishing 'The Consensus Handbook,' an online booklet detailing the importance of scientific consensus on climate change and the misinformation campaign to discredit it.
The officers who killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will not be prosecuted, a RedState writer apologizes for spreading conspiracy theories about David Hogg, Morning John, and listener…
Following President Trump’s hiring of John Bolton as National Security Advisor, John Knefel shares his thoughts on why the choice could lead to increased militarization and raise the likelihood of…
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss John Bolton's appointment as National Security Advisor, how he fits in the Trump administration, what to expect, and how his Fox News appearances might've influenced the president.
Morning John joins us with more thoughts on the exploitation of Stormy Daniels, Cynthia Nixon calls for taxing the rich and an end to cash bail, and listener mail. 60 Minutes photo by CBS…
Emma Gray joins the show to discuss her recent piece about Stormy Daniels, how she's used Twitter and TV news against Trump, and why shouldn't be quick to underestimate her.