Radio Dispatch is a progressive political podcast that airs Monday-Friday, hosted by siblings John and Molly Knefel. Since the show began in 2010, it has evolved into a space for independent journalism, intersectional feminism, and critical radical analysis. John and Molly come from comedy but cover the most important and underreported stories of the day. They are constantly learning from their listeners.

Combined, John and Molly have written for RollingStone.com, The Nation, Salon, The New Inquiry, Feministing, and more. They’ve appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry, This American Life, Democracy Now!, Up with Steve, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the BBC, NPR, and 30 Rock.

The show has featured Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, the late Michael Hastings, and dozens more journalists, activists, and incredible thinkers.

Radio Dispatch also performs a monthly live show at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan, featuring a panel of guests on a different topic every month. It’s the 4th Wednesday of every month at 8pm, and it’s free!

Recent Shows
It’s MGG Thursdays and Melissa Gira Grant is here to talk police repression in St. Louis and Georiga tech, the erasure of American colonies during climate change disasters, and a listener’s turf war with a TERF.      Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - I need to abandon my Rebecca Black fixation 02:23 - Morning John followed by Morning John, on Mueller 19:25 - Melissa Gira Grant on police kettling in St. Louis 47:11 - Listener mail 58:05 - Credits, “Filter Me Through You” by The Dream Syndicate 59:10 - Finish
Mychal Denzel Smith joins us to discuss what white liberals get wrong about identity politics. Also, Morning John on the police brutality in St. Louis and the police murder of a Georgia Tech LGBTQIA activist.     Mychal Denzel Smith, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - The same man wrote my two favorite bar jams 05:18 - Morning John on the protests in St. Louis and Georgia Tech 20:31 - Mychal Denzel Smith on the real meaning of identity politics 46:15 - Listener mail 58:31 - Credits, “Last Day” by Walter TV 59:55 - Finish
It’s a special edition of JAMJAM Tuesdays, talking about Medicare for All and combatting the worst of automation under capitalism. Also, Morning John on the Cassidy Graham bill, and the Emmys were a celebration of escapism.    Jesse Myerson, via Twitter. 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Sean Spicer gets redemption at the Emmys 15:39 - Morning John on the Cassidy Graham healthcare bill 27:27 - Jesse Myerson on Medicare for All 58:40 - Credits, “2nd Time” by Faith Healer 60:14 - Finish
It’s a special edition of MGG Mondays with Melissa Gira Grant, talking Facebook targeting anti-Semites, more ICE agents in NYC courts, and Chelsea getting invited then disinvited to Harvard. Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - What are your favorite power jams? 12:57 - Melissa Gira Grant on Bodega and Chelsea 44:07 - Statement from Chelsea’s lawyer Chase Strangio 48:23 - Listener mail 57:58 - Credits, “Glide” by The Dream Syndicate 59:16 - Finish
Mike Ludwig joins us to talk about his story on how the New Orleans charter system impacts poor residents. Also, the White House suggests that a black ESPN commenter should be fired for criticizing the president, and two tech guys want to replace bodegas with an app. Mike Ludwig, via Twitter 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 01:12 - It’s Rebecca Black’s Friday, but not JAM’s 06:16 - Mike Ludwig on the New Orleans school system 36:45 - John on Medicare for All 47:43 - The White House suggested Jemele Hill should be fired for criticizing Trump 59:12 - Credits, “Wanted” by Becca Richardson 60:15 - Finish
John is in the studio to talk listener mail on the opioid crisis, and a policy in Britain that punishes families for having more than two kids. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge Photo by Tsai project courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - Parenting and invisible labor 22:26 - New tax policy that punishes families who have a third child 42:11 - Listener mail on Narcan 60:28 - Credits, “Reunion” by Pat Kelly 61:30 - Finish
John is in the studio for a review of the new book Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook. Antifa International photo by Pepa01 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - The despair of relitigating the 2016 campaign 18:42 - A historic unpacking of “violence never does any good” 34:42 - Mark Bray’s antifascist lessons from history 59:51 - Credits, “Wolf Lie Down” by Fresh and Onlys 60:43 - Finish
We speak with Steve James, director of the new Frontline documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” Also, Morning John breaks down the corporate media narrative that Trump is an independent pragmatist, and listener mail. Frontline photo via PBS.org 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:30 - It’s always a good time for Adele 05:11 - Steve James on “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.” 24:05 - Morning John on media coverage of Trump 44:08 - Listener mail 58:28 - Credits, “Marble Eyes” by Dinner 59:41 - Finish