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Picturing an End to New York City’s Homelessness Crisis

Hi Scoochers, Molly here. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of writing about Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization founded and led by homeless people. PTH does amazing work around housing, civil rights, and police brutality, and I got to speak with two leaders there, Kendall Jackman and Jean Rice, about the end of… Read more »

Private surveillance companies are marketing their products to cops by showing how they can be used on protesters

John here. That’s a long headline, but it’s accurate. I wrote about these private spies for Rolling Stone’s website, and you should go read it and share because you probably think first amendment rights are super important. The quick summary is that as cops are becoming more militarized, they’re also moving into intelligence gathering —… Read more »

Human Rights groups say US killing programs are violations of the law of war

Hey scoochers, John here. Today, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International both released massive, important reports on the US drone / killing programs in Yemen and Pakistan. I covered them for Rolling Stone’s website, which you can read here. If you want more information about both reports, you can read Sarah Knuckey’s post over at… Read more »

Seeing Avonte (and kids like him)

Two weeks ago I went to Long Island City to find out how a 14-year-old boy named Avonte escaped from his school and into the world. I didn’t learn much. We don’t know how he managed to get out of the building without someone seeing him and stopping him, how he then made it onto… Read more »

Welcome to (the) Radio Dispatch DOT COM!

Hello there, beloved Scoochers! Welcome to Radio Dispatch’s brand new website. Have a look around! The site was designed by Abbie, or @LinearEh on Twitter. She’s basically the total best, and she’ll also teach you how to make dried beans into food beans. Incredibly, this is the first of TWO exciting developments in Radio Dispatch… Read more »


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Recent Shows
Eli Valley, political cartoonist and author of Diaspora Boy, joins us to discuss why its appropriate to compare the Trump administration to the early Nazi years. Also, unpacking Trump’s executive order, and the global displacement crisis continues.     Eli Valley Twitter Avatar Photo courtesy of Eli Valley 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Freddie update 13:40 - Eli Valley on comparisons to Nazis 33:00 - The Flores decision and the executive order 59:33 - “Barely on My Mind” Kevin Krouter / Credits 61:01 - Finish
Discussing the ongoing crisis of family separation at the border, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen gets shouted out of a Mexican restaurant, and the danger of family detention expansion. Kirstjen Nielsen Confirmation Hearing Photo by U.S. Department of Homeland Security courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - We spend the hour on the ongoing family separation crisis 57:18 - “Easier Love” Gabrielle Marlena / Credits 58:20 - Finish
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 Sessions gets his history on the Nazis wrong. John Carl Baker Photo courtesy of John Carl Baker 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Still talking about family separation 11:40 - John Carl Baker on the nuclear summit 35:38 - More on family separation 59:59 - “Birdsong” Claptone / Credits 61:13 - Finish
Alex Pareene joins us to discuss the ongoing family separation at the border. Also, Molly calls in to talk about the need to imagine immigration policy from a child’s perspective, and the Supreme Court punts on partisan gerrymandering. Photo courtesy of Alex Pareene 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Big show today 06:00 - Alex Pareene on family separation, bad Democrats 33:00 - Molly on imagining immigration policy from a child’s perspective 59:40 - “Go” Flasher / Credits 60:45 - Finish
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 slavery, and the FBI Inspector General’s office releases its report on the 2016 election. Photo courtesy of Ryan Devereaux 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Zombie play 16:55 - Ryan Devereaux on Trump’s border policies 43:56 - Sessions uses infamous Bible verse 59:13 - “Skulls Example” Dear Nora / Credits 60:53 - Finish
Alex Kotch joins us to discuss Trump’s China policy and the revolving door influence peddling surrounding it. Also, family separation picks up at the border. Alex Kotch Photo courtesy of Alex Kotch 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - We’re a mommy podcast now 15:10 - Alex Kotch on influence peddling in Trump’s China Policy 31:47 - Increasing family separation at the border 57:13 - “Coney Island Baby” PMS & The Mood Swings / Credits 58:26 - Finish
Alex Press joins us to discuss why strikes work, and an explanation for lower millennial birthrates. Also, racist Corey Stewart wins his Virginia Senate primary, and more thoughts on Sessions’ decision to remove domestic violence as grounds for asylum. Photo courtesy of Alex Press 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - Corey Stewart wins Virginia primary 09:50 - Alex Press on worker strikes 34:43 - More thoughts on Sessions’ decision to remove domestic violence as grounds for asylum 57:24 - “White Fur” Dear Nora / Credits 59:11 - Finish
Ryan Reilly joins us to discuss the latest developments in the J20 trials. Also, Trump and Kim Jong-Un meet in Singapore, and Jeff Sessions says domestic violence and gangs are no longer cause for asylum. Ryan Reilly photo courtesy of Ryan Reilly 00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch 00:28 - In the streets 15:10 - Ryan Reilly on J20 trials 38:24 - Trump and Kim summit 55:30 - Sessions says domestic abuse and gangs aren’t grounds for asylum 59:05 - “Goodbye” Brett Amaker and the Rodeo / Credits 60:36 - Finish