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Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the defining political story of 2018—President Donald Trump.
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…
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.
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
Trump is directly implicated in felonies, the establishment is looking to crush Medicare for All, and Paul Ryan’s long con.
Michael Flynn substantially cooperated with the Mueller investigation, and Wisconsin Republicans circumvent democracy.
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.
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…
Catching up on the lying exploits of Paul Manafort, and Trump's bizarre climate change denial. photo by Voice of America via Wikimedia Commons
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
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.
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…
Trump's punishment of Jim Acosta bodes poorly for press freedom, and the Thousand Oaks shooter had a history of sexual assault.
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…
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.
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.
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
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
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…
Frontline’s James Jacoby on The Facebook Dilemma, and Molly calls in to discuss the anti-Semitic terror attack in Pittsburgh.    
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…
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
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
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…
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.
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  
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…
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.
The GOP invites the Proud Boys to their club in NYC, white men love Trump, the administration is weighing another round of family separation.
We spend the hour on the NYT investigation of Trump’s financial fraud.
Conservatives blame liberals for making them support Kavanaugh, Molly’s adventures at Men’s Warehouse.
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.
Trump verbally attacks and mocks Blasey Ford and says it’s a very dangerous time for young men, but that women are doing great.
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.
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.
r/RussiaLago is a one-stop fear shop for hard news, crackpot conjecture and everything in between.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WaPo’s fact checker verified its first lie of the Trump presidency, proving what an absurd practice it is.
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…
Joe rants about Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump's idiotic Twitter fighting and the question of American "greatness."
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.
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.
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…
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
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…
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.
Joe discusses the Trump-Putin press conference and why acting surprised gives Republicans an out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only Donald Trump could turn a Philly-hating sports fan into an Eagles sympathizer.
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.
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.
Joe discusses Michelle Goldberg's NYT opinion piece about the left fueling the right. Unsurprisingly, he disagrees.
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
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.
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.
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 weaponizing identity politics, conservatives have mastered it.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
In part II, Ben Friedman discusses the experience of debating John Bolton and speculates about the U.S.'s military future in Syria.
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.
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.
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.
Rich Hanley returns to discuss Stormy Daniels' '60 Minutes' interview, its news value, media coverage of Trump's behavior and extramarital affairs, and more.
Ryne Sherman joins the show to discuss his recent study how personal values were a greater predictor of Trump support than political ideology.
Trump's Twitter fingers vs. Biden's bold speeches. Who has the edge in an actual fight?
Dr. Steve Billet returns to predict if President Trump will fire Robert Mueller, potential fallout, and much more.
With a race in the national spotlight, Connor Lamb etched out a narrow victory by staying focused on his district, not DC.
When Twitter starts connecting dots, you might have a full-blown conspiracy on your hands.
During her '60 Minutes' interview the Education Secretary proved as grossly incompetent as we already knew she was.
Joe discusses Betsy DeVos' brutal "60 Minutes" interview, the Trump administration discussing death penalties for drug dealers, and the death of conservative ideology.
In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet talks more about the White House operating in chaos, Trump's proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel, and the effects of a potential trade war on both the country and average consumers. 
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss student reaction to the Parkland shooting, Hope Hicks' resignation, normalizing the Trump administration, and more.
Joe discusses the recent activism of student survivors and the best byproduct of Donald Trump's presidency has been the political awakening and energizing of millennials. 
In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the details (or lack thereof) of Trump's infrastructure plan and the impact of the Rob Porter scandal for the White House.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss Trump's proposed budget, its likelihood of passage, and why we should view budgets as political documents.
We talk with Marcela Gaviria, producer of the new Frontline documentary “The Gang Crackdown.” Also, we catch up on listener mail for real this time. 
The anti-Trump tweeter isn't exactly a journalist.
Matt Ruby and Charles Gould on whether Trump is winning. Charles Hinshaw on ‘A Fantastic Woman.’ John Knefel on conspiratorial thinking and actions of conservatives. Sneak preview of Anna Burch’s BTR Live Studio session.
We spend the show looking at the implications of Trump’s State of the Union speech.
Dr. Steve Billet joins the show to discuss the government shutdown, Democrat concessions, hypocrisy in Washington, and the latest rumors about Trump's personal life.
Joe discusses Donald Trump's comments about "shithole countries" and wonders why people, particularly in the media, hesitate to call the president racist.
In Part II, Dr. Steve Billet discusses the White House's possible objectives for 2018 and reaction to protests in Iran. Dr. Steve Billet is the Director of the Legislative Affairs Masters and Chief…
She’s not allowed to say “Time’s Up” while she works for her dad.
Dr. Steve Billet returns to discuss the fallout from Michael Wolff's new book on his days with the Trump campaign and administration.
Michael Wolff’s book is juicy and fun, but it’s important to remember the sources.

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