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The Knefels
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk Antifa and Harvey. Also, Morning John on what the mainstream backlash to Antifa is getting wrong.   Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Molly Knefel offers her take on why natural disasters are also political disasters, explaining that, while many politicians speak out during these times and call for unity, politics have led to communities of color and lower income lacking resources and infrastructure in advance of these events that exacerbate the effects of such catastrophe. She argues that more inclusive politics would have considered the needs of these communities before the devastation hit. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Morning John on Session’s announcement that he will reinstate the program transferring military weapons to police departments, and tons of listener mail on local actions across the country. 1033 Program Photo by United States Government Defense Logistics Agency courtesy of Wikimedia commons
Molly is back from her week away, Morning John on Arpaio and Gorka, Hurricane Harvey devastates southern Texas, huge counter protests push back Nazi rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley, and listener mail. Joe Arpaio photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
A series of essays in the Atlantic and the New Republic get it wrong on Antifa.    Photo by Ahmadi courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Kristina Kopic joins us to discuss a new study on the criminalization of children with mental illness. Also, it’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here! Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to discuss how white women should own their own vested interest in white supremacy, historically and currently, in the wake of Charlottesville. Also, a Success Academy board member suggested that a black state senator was worse than the KKK for supporting teachers unions, and catching up on listener mail.     Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
John and Molly do a deep dive into an essay on feminism and children. Naughty Boy photo courtesy of the Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
John and Molly take a close look at the way the momentum behind education reform in New York City has changed since 2014. Success Academy Harlem Photo by Jim Henderson courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Anita Cameron on ADAPT’s fight to stop the Senate healthcare bill, Just John on the short story collection Redeployment, and listener mail. Photo by Anokarina courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk Charlottesville, grief, mourning, and organizing. Also, Just John on the opioid crisis. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant joins us to discuss Charlottesville and the protests at Trump Tower. Also, more listener mail on Charlottesville, and Just John on the Atlantic essay “How America Lost its Mind.” Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
Molly Knefel challenges a widely accepted falsehood that Donald Trump was elected by poor and lower middle-class white people lacking education, and that those are the people responsible for spreading racist and hateful rhetoric. She explains that the effort to shift this blame comes from a desire to disassociate from racism and to shirk the responsibility that comes from recognizing and acknowledging it. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss the violence in Charlottesville, Just John takes a close look at Steve Bannon, and more listener mail in response to the Nazi violence over the weekend.   Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter
We spend the hour on the Nazi violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Antifascist Resistance photo by Ahmadi courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
John is in the studio, Manafort’s house was raided, Republicans say they would support postponing the election if Trump suggested it, and New York City moves to dismiss 644,000 warrants for minor offenses. Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson photo by Jbberk courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here in the studio to explain markets before, during and after capitalism. Jesse Myerson, via Twitter
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here with Molly and John to talk North Korea, Google, and Congress. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter
John Knefel offers insight on recent policies from the White House that indicate the administration is promoting politics of white resentment in an effort to appeal to President Trump’s base. These latest policies include the plans to limit legal immigration and the investigation into whether or not affirmative action policies have a negative impact on white applicants to colleges and universities. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John is in the studio to talk how climate change is already impacting the United States, de Blasio proposes a millionaires tax to fund the MTA, and a check in on the left conflict around Kamala Harris. Copenhagen Climate Summit Photo by Marc Kjerland courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Two different stories look at public school closures and what happens to the kids who rely on so called “failing schools,” and Morning John what to watch for during the August recess. No Child Left Behind Act photo by US Federal Government courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Anna Lekas Miller joins us to discuss her reporting on families living in Mosul in the aftermath of ISIS. Also, catching up on listener mail.
It’s JAMJAM Fridays and Jesse Myerson is here to talk strategies for pushing reproductive rights as an uncompromised part of the Democratic platform. Also, Morning John on the new anti-immigration proposal.
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk criticism of Kamala Harris from the left, the erasure of critical left voices from women of color, and how calls for sisterhood sometimes only go one way. Also, Morning John on the Trump White House’s idea to go after affirmative action.
Molly Knefel offers insight on President Trump’s recent remarks to a Suffolk County Police Department where his suggestion that officers be rough with suspects was met with cheers and applause. She also discusses the danger of proposed “Blue Lives Matter” laws which could lead to increased sentences for those accused of harming an officer, but make it more difficult to hold law enforcement accountable in instances of police brutality. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Christian Bowe of the Democratic Socialists of America joins us to discuss their upcoming convention, membership growth, and what it means for the organization today and historically. Also, Morning John says goodbye to the Mooch and hello to more potential obstruction from Donald Trump. Democratic Socialists of America Logo Photo by Chris Engelsma courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
John is in the studio, and we catch up on the healthcare vote.   Public Option Photo by Nanci Pelosi courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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