Pompeo Goes to North Korea

Pompeo goes to North Korea, NYC’s new school chancellor discourages walk-outs from New York City students, Richard Cohen is the mascot of white privilege, and Cardi B is right.

Tammy Duckworth

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Male senators want Tammy Duckworth to vote from the coat room with her baby
24:06 – Cardi B is right, says Bernie Sanders
33:31 – Trump’s accidentally right about meeting with North Korea
49:58 – The new NYC school chancellor discourages walk – outs
59:50 – Credits, “I’ll Tell You Why” by L.A. Salami
60:51 – Finish

Working Families Party Endorses Nixon

The Working Families Party endorses Cynthia Nixon in the New York governors race, a potential new war authorization in Congress, and listener mail.

Working Families Party

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Tax Day explainer and the upcoming school walk out
21:23 – Cynthia Nixon and the changing power of the left
43:53 – A new “bipartisan” authorization for war
58:52 – Credits, “Shine” by Peach Kelli Pop
59:47 – Finish

Starbucks Racism

Two black men are arrested for waiting to meet a friend in Starbucks, it appears that Michael Cohen is Sean Hannity’s lawyer, and more thoughts on liberal nationalism and Syria.

Sean Hannity

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Michael Cohen may or may not be Sean Hannity’s lawyer
24:43 – Racism at Starbucks
51:01 – The failings of liberal nationalism
58:15 – Credits, “First Touch of Light” by The Amazing
59:08 – Finish

Frontline’s “McCain”

Frontline’s Michael Kirk is back to discuss tonight’s documentary “McCain.” Also, the US has bombed Syria, and James Comey gave his first interview since being fired.

Frontline

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – A lot of news happened over the weekend
11:49 – Michael Kirk on John McCain and the current political moment
33:38 – The US bombing of Syria last Friday night
51:12 – Thoughts on the Comey interview
59:55 – Credits, “The Unanswerable” by Eels
60:54 – Finish

Comey Talks

Comey’s upcoming book has the DC class praising him as a resistance hero, Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing, and listener mail.

James Comey

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – The family that sings Les Mis
21:26 – The value and limits of Comey’s memoir
40:24 – Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing
53:03 – Listener mail on the potential Scooter Libby pardon
58:27 – Credits, “Backwoods Ritual” by Dusted
59:31 – Finish

Kentucky Teachers Walk Out Again

Kentucky teachers are protesting at the capitol today, more thoughts on Paul Ryan’s legacy, Cynthia Nixon calls out the racist way that marijuana laws are enforced, and the Access Hollywood tape is named in the reasons for the Cohen raid.

Paul Ryan

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Trump’s like a kid in the principal’s office
14:40 – Kentucky teachers continue protesting for their pensions
29:33 – Cynthia Nixon connects marijuana legalization to racial justice
48:28 – The Access Hollywood tape’s role in the Cohen subpoena
55:20 – What happens after Paul Ryan
60:14 – Credits, “The Epiphany” by Eels
61:17 – Finish

Lawmakers Defer to Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, goodbye Paul Ryan, and Trump thinks he can fire Mueller.

Mark Zuckerberg
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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Our zombie play is finished
21:45 – Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a deferential Senate
39:50 – Trump thinks he has the authority to fire Mueller
51:10 – The significance of Paul Ryan leaving
58:38 – Credits, “The Fox in Motion” by Hop Along
59:44 – Finish

Michael Cohen Raided

The FBI has raided Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room, the Simpsons dismisses Hari Kondabolu’s criticisms of Apu, and listener mail.

Hari Kondabolu

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – The Michael Cohen raid
42:00 – Seeing the big Trump picture while maintaining a criticism of the justice system
50:33 – The Simpsons insults Hari Kondabolu’s criticisms of Apu
58:37 – Credits, “Today is the Day” by Eels
59:39 – Finish

Frontline’s Michael Kirk on “Trump’s Takeover”

We talk with filmmaker Michael Kirk on his new Frontline documentary “Trump’s Takeover,” a look at the chemical weapons attack in Syria, and what we’ve learned about the NYPD killing of Saheed Vassell in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Frontline PBS

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – A report back from the cat convention
19:07 – Michael Kirk on “Trump’s Takeover”
41:44 – The chemical weapons attack in Syria
52:08 – Updates on the killing of Saheed Vassell
59:02 – Credits, “Space to Grieve” by No Thank You
59:56 – Finish

Child Discipline is Capitalist

It’s a listener prompted show! We discuss an article on the relationship between discipline and capitalism, and listener mail on graduate school and leaving Facebook.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Our pitches for cat shows
08:10 – Discipline of children as a capitalist necessity
49:02 – Listener mail
58:43 – Credits, “Saved” by Bonny Doon
59:41 – Finish

A Police Killing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

The NYPD has killed a 34-year-old black man with bipolar disorder in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Atlantic’s new hire Kevin Williamson said on a podcast that people who get abortions should be hanged, and checking in on Trump and China.   

Crown Heights

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Molly will become a cat reporter this weekend
11:00 – NYPD shooting in Crown Heights
44:02 – Kevin Williamson unquestionably believes in hanging people for abortion
56:33 – China trade war?
59:42 – Credits, “Try to Be” by Bonny Doon
60:38 – Finish

Trump vs. Amazon

A look at the the Trump/Amazon feud, what the hell happened with Sinclair Media, the Oklahoma governor’s response to the teacher walk out there.

Chicago Teachers Strike

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – We don’t use Instagram properly
14:02 – The response to this year’s teacher strikes compared to Chicago 2012
38:08 – Trump attacks on Amazon don’t make Amazon good
48:40 – Sinclair media’s local news monopoly
58:40 – Credits, “Kale Salad” by Mo Douglas
59:38 – Finish

Anti-Semitism in WaPo

The Washington Post publishes a stunningly anti-Semitic column about dating, a look at the the Trump/Amazon feud, what the hell happened with Sinclair media, and John is back in the studio.

Interfaith Outing

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Why do most people hate talking on the phone?
13:57 – A deep dive on the anti – Semitic dating column in WaPo
51:41 – The economy of women’s personal essays
59:02 – Credits, “Outdoor Cat” by No Thank You
60:12 – Finish

Teacher Walkouts in Kentucky and Oklahoma

Morning John joins us to discuss Trump’s language around the war in Syria and the reactionary backlash to boycotts after David Hogg bested Laura Ingraham. Also, a new chancellor for New York City schools, and catching up on listener mail including #NoCopAcademy and the Kentucky teachers walk out.

Palestine/Gaza Protester at Anaheim, CA Protest Rally

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – They finally got good at doing live musicals on television
17:27 – Morning John on Syria, Gaza and boycotts
41:25 – Listener mail catch up
59:33 – Credits, “Twilight Sunrise” by The Sword
60:38 – Finish