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John Knefel describes the growing unrest and the cycle triggered by an escalation of Trump’s fascistic tactics in Portland and elsewhere. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: “Awake” by Tycho
Frontline’s Micheal Kirk joins us to discuss his new documentary The United States of Conspiracy. Also, protests escalate beyond Portland. photo courtesy of Henryodell via Wikimedia Commons
Heavy hearts and broken souls need a chance to heal—Juracán’s new rain-inspired album is a good place to start.
Badgeless federal cops occupying cities and rounding up political enemies was always the endgame.
Teachers unions in Florida sue Governor DeSantis over reopening schools, federal agents snatch and grab protesters in Portland, and Trump says he will send federal troops to more cities. photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Wikimedia Commons
Ken Cuccinelli complains “anarchists” are targeting Amazon as unidentified federal forces are snatching protestors.
Portland, Maine songwriter Jeff Beam returns to BTR Live Studio for a very special At Home session, featuring three songs recorded remotely and filmed on VHS – performed with Kate Beever in their living room/recording studio/dining room. Here, the duo tackles one of the most dynamic tracks off Beam’s latest record, using loops and backing tracks for a stunning experimental pop performance set against a Maine sunset and dripping with psychedelic vibes. Jeff Beam’s self-titled LP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Portland, Maine songwriter Jeff Beam returns to BTR Live Studio for a very special At Home session, featuring three songs recorded remotely and filmed on VHS – performed with Kate Beever, plus an interview with Bryan B where we cover Beam’s music career, the phenomenon of cover bands in Maine, releasing an album during a pandemic, and more. Jeff also provides some insight into what it’s been like for One Longfellow Square, the nonprofit arts venue where he books events in Portland, who recently launched a campaign to help keep them afloat. In this episode, Jeff mentions the National Independent Venue Association, who you can learn more about here. Watch the trippy video of their “Disarray” performance here.
After 3 years, it’s most definitely time to revisit the Portland, OR-based label/collective, Ten Dollar Recording Co! In part one of this two-part feature, I talk to label founders Ryan Michael Block and Mariya May about all their various projects and collaborations!
Anna Tivel is a Portland, Oregon-based songwriter who uses folk music and her touching, powerful voice to shine a light on the small beauty of the world – telling touching stories through song. She dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share this intimate solo performance with us.

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