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While 2017 was dominated by a depressing political news cycle for anyone who was not a straight, white, American male, there were moments of hope through resistance. John Knefel reviews some of the…
In this episode, Molly Knefel shares her relief at getting through the first year of Donald Trump's presidency. She also reflects on the accountability that people faced in 2017 and the hope it gives…
Many euphemisms have been used to describe President Trump and the behaviors and opinions he and his allies exhibit. John Knefel argues that these euphemisms obscure certain truths and result in false equivalencies that tilt the political landscape. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Although many liberals have praised and otherwise been mostly supportive of FBI investigations into the 2016 election, the law enforcement agency has long been known for spying and blackmail rather…
Molly Knefel shares her thoughts on the developments in the past few weeks concerning men, specifically in the media and politics, accused of sexual harassment. In this follow up to our previous episode on the topic, Molly outlines the necessity of consequences for those men, no matter their party or professional affiliations. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
While many of Donald Trump's questionable behaviors, tweets, and policies have been normalized in the year since he was elected, Molly Knefel shares the one thing that she cannot get over: the Access…
Molly Knefel offers her take on the political response to the recent instances of mass violence in the U.S. noting specifically that although the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas left many more people dead, there were calls for immediate calls for policy change after the event in New York which was carried out by a man from Uzbekistan​.​ Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Despite declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency in late October, President Trump has failed to suggest a specific course of action or propose funding to address the crisis. John Knefel…
Molly Knefel connects the issues raised by recent allegations about Harvey Weinstein to other current news stories and explains why she thinks the story should not be allowed to slip out of the public…
Citing several recent political decisions, John Knefel challenges Donald Trump's self-proclaimed title of "dealmaker,’ describing him as a “hostage negotiator in reverse” due to his willingness…
Molly Knefel gives her take on the intended rollback of the Birth Control Mandate, introduced by President Obama, which provides birth control coverage at no cost to approximately 55 million women. While it is important that birth control helps to do more than only prevent unwanted pregnancies, women should not have to justify their sex lives or reasons for using birth control. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel offers his take on the victory of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama's Republican Primary for Senate and what it might mean for the future of the GOP and their reliance on bigoted candidates. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel recaps the actions of many NFL teams who, this past week, chose not to participate in the National Anthem before the start of their games -- arguably as a sign of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who began sitting out of National Anthem in August of 2016 to protest police brutality and the oppression of people of color. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel unpacks the “Medicare for All” bill that Bernie Sanders recently brought forth in the Senate. This bill, which proposes a single payer health care plan for the United States, was introduced with sixteen co-sponsors and has quickly gained attention and popularity. While Sanders knows that his plan has no chance of becoming law at this point in time, it is being recognized as a much more reasonable starting point than similar plans of the past. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel offers insight on why it’s important to consider the type of language uses when discussing DACA recipients. While it is true that people protected by DACA did not have a choice about moving to the United States, and that they add value to the economy, framing the argument for DREAMers in this light minimizes the argument for rights of those immigrants who are not protected by DACA. It creates separate categories of “worthy” and “unworthy” immigrants when the discussion should really be about human rights and dignity for all. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel offers her take on the “both sides” argument that often surfaces regarding political parties or activist groups with differing beliefs, which suggests neither side is completely correct in their actions -- especially when it comes to violence. Donald Trump’s comments in the aftermath of the events at Charlottesville is a recent example of “both sides-ism,” which failed to condemn Nazi ideas and hate speech without also attributing blame to those who oppose that thinking. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
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
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
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
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
John Knefel offers insight on the increasingly authoritarian practices of President Trump which began during his campaign and have continued into his administration. He identifies some of the most prevalent behaviors, which include public attacks on the judiciary, using his base to isolate those he identifies as enemies, and most recently, his criticism of Jeff Sessions who recused himself from ongoing investigations into Russia. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel offers her take on the recent statements from the Department of Education which appear to support the roll back of Title IX protection guidelines that were put in place during the Obama administration to deal with sexual violence on college and university campuses. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel offers his take on the importance of the information leaked by NSA contractor Reality Winner that revealed how successful Russian spies actually were in penetrating local and state voter databases and how the revelations have perhaps impacted elected officials and voters. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel offers her take on President Trump's most recent, and widely publicized, sexist remarks about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski as well as the reaction of certain GOP members to the president’s statements. She also runs down how the Republican party’s health care plan is a much larger, sexist attack on women, generally. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- explains what may be about to happen next in Syria and who the players will be going forward after the expected imminent defeat of ISIS. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on the creation and criticism of political art in the midst of a Trump presidency. She runs down some of the more high profile art pieces that have been seen in recent weeks and explains that while media attention has been focused on these, political violence has continued to grow against marginalized communities with limited coverage. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers his take President Trump’s response to the Senate testimony of former FBI Director James Comey and its context within his general approach to those who oppose his administration. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on the recently formed United States Climate Alliance. This alliance, formed by U.S. political figures, is a response to President Trump’s official withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and promises to uphold the goals set in 2015 which aim to reduce carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers his take on President Trump’s first international trip since taking office in January. He describes how, during this trip, Trump showed his support and comfort with world leaders who are traditionally seen as dictatorial or authoritarian rather than aligning the U.S. with the western European nations as has been done by previous presidents. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers some background on Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director who was just appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as Special Counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle. Along the way, he describes an episode that involved both Mueller and his recently fired successor at the FBI, James Comey, in which the two gained reputations for integrity among many in Washington, DC, and the media. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on the events, so far, surrounding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the contradicting stories swirling around the decision. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers his take on the most recent version of the GOP’s health care bill, meant to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act. In addition to taking away key provisions that have become popular to many, it also basically amounts to a large tax cut for wealthier Americans. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and his first vote since being confirmed to his seat. The decision, which despite Gorsuch’s previous assertions that all human lives are valuable, allowed a man to be executed in Arkansas. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on President Trump’s first hundred days in office and how deportation has become one of the few issues, so far, on which he has been able to successfully execute action that fits with his agenda. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- offers her take on the protests and counter-protests that happened last weekend for “Tax Day,” in which affiliated rallies across the country called on President Trump to releases his taxes. In Berkley, these protestors clashed with Trump supporters, some of whom represented the alt-right and their white supremacist views. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- takes a closer look at Betsy DeVos and the stances she’s begun to unveil in the weeks since her recent confirmation as Education Secretary. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- discusses the implications of the revelation that Vice President Mike Pence won’t dine alone with any woman other than his wife and how his worldview lines up with that of President Trump. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- discusses the demise of the Affordable Health Care Act, the alternative to Obamacare put forth by President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. She also discusses some of the fallout, as well as thoughts on the alternative being proposed now by Bernie Sanders. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel -- one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch -- discusses how the new proposed budget recently released by the Trump Administration would drastically impact many vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of people, especially kids who currently benefit from funding for after-school programs. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, she discusses the negative effects for women of the new healthcare plan offered in the congressional GOP’s recently introduced bill. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses the relationships between the Conservative movement represented at the annual event, CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), Donald Trump, and the newer movement known as the Alt-Right, which is aligned with white nationalist causes as well as with Breitbart News, the right wing news (or meme?) platform once led by Trump’s own Chief Strategist. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the fifth episode of the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, she discusses the rollbacks that the Trump administration has begun to make on recent advances in rights for transgender citizens and the effects of these rollbacks going forward. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the fourth episode of the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses how the resistance to Trump’s policies and agenda is developing on the ground, the groups involved in fostering this, and the ways in which it resembles and differs from the Tea Party movement of recent years. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the third episode of the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses the issues raised by Trump conducting the business of the presidency at the private club he owns and now calls “the Winter White House.” What may be the implications and results of classified information being discussed within earshot and plain sight of club members? Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
Molly Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the second episode of a new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, she discusses the Trump administration's reimplementation and expansion of the so-called “global gag rule,” which withholds federal funding from organizations around the world who are involved in or even mention abortion. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the first episode of a new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses President Trump’s recently rolled out “Muslim Ban” and the fallout from its hasty implementation. Come back every week to hear from John and his sister/co-host, Molly, about the news of the week. Music featured in the episode: "Untitled" by Tiny Victories

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