Fridays on Medicaid

We talk with Jesse Myerson about the Medicaid work requirement, and the Aziz Ansari story has led to a high profile conflict between a young journalist and Ashleigh Banfield.

Jesse Myerson, via Twitter

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Remembering J20, nearly a year later
21:39 – Jesse Myerson on the Medicaid work requirement
48:47 – Recap of the Babe/Banfield conflict
59:57 – Credits, “We Carry Us” by Bell’s Roar
60:52 – Finish

Charlotte Shane on Solidarity, Structural Change, and Me Too

We talk with Charlotte Shane, author of the recent Splinter News piece “We Harpies Want More.” Also, we catch up on Hawaii, the looming government shutdown, and the latest official shithouse accounts.

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – The Shithole Diaries
21:50 – Charlotte Shane on the power and potential of Me Too
47:31 – Shutdown Countdown
52:35 – What we should learn from Hawaii
60:17 – Credits, “Nitelite” by Remy
61:12 – Finish

Shane Burley on “Fascism Today”

We talk with Shane Burley, author of “Fascism Today: What it is and how to end it.” Also, an article by a woman accusing Aziz Ansari of assault has led to a discussion that shows a lot of people don’t really understand consent, and a terrifying scare in Hawaii.

Shane Burley, via Twitter

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – The response to the Aziz Ansari story (content note)
20:23 – Shane Burley on “Fascism Today”
51:50 – Final thoughts on consent and safety
60:16 – Credits, “Coco Pebbles” by Remy
61:23 – Finish

Rape on the Night Shift

We speak with Daffodil Altan, producer of the documentary “Rape on the Night Shift,” a collaborative investigation by FRONTLINE on PBS, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, Univision, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, and KQED. Also, we just passed the 16th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay’s time as a prison for accused terrorists, and a look at last week’s FISA court vote.



00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – “Conversation” isn’t the same as confrontation
20:07 – Daffodil Altan on “Rape on the Night Shift”
42:32 – The FISA court vote further entrenches surveillance power
51:38 – 16 years of “War on Terror” GTMO prisoners
56:30 – Credits, “Counting the Days” by Mosquitos
58:04 – Finish

Happy Dr. King Day

It’s Martin Luther King Junior Day, Jesse Myerson is here to talk about the opioid crisis and Ahed Tamimi, and the reaction to Trump describing black countries as shitholes.

Jesse Myerson, via Twitter.

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Shithole – gate
31:10 – Jesse Myerson on white opioid users, Zionism and Ahed Tamimi
53:35 – Thoughts on Dr. King
59:58 – Credits, “Boom Box (BTR Live Studio 2017)” by Mosquitos
60:56 – Finish

Black Maternal Mortality Risks

Serena Williams’ birth story illustrates the high risks for black mothers, and the woman who started the Shitty Men in Media list comes forward after a Harpers journalist planned to out her, with a belated MGG Friday.

Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – What’s the most socially responsible way to tip
14:58 – Black maternal mortality
36:29 – Melissa Gira Grant on the Shitty Media Men list
57:22 – Credits, “Far like Stars (BTR Live Studio 2017)” by Mosquitos
58:44 – Finish

Bye Bye Bannon

Bannon got canned, a panel of North Carolina judges strikes down a gerrymandered map, Michelle Williams got screwed over in refilming All the Money in the World, and listener mail.

Photo by Gage Skidmore courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Making art with 5th graders
16:36 – The significance of Bannon’s ouster
36:50 – North Carolina judges rule on gerrymandering
50:00 – Mark Wahlerg must be shot into space
57:45 – Credits, “Giving Yourself Over” by Lime Cordiale
59:02 – Finish

American Child Mortality Rates are an Abomination

A new study finds that American children are 70% more likely to die before adulthood than other rich countries, Trump rescinds protected status 200,000 Salvadorans, and listener mail.

Photo by Yomosa courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – The great post snow slushening
11:55 – The Democrats and 2020 and Oprah
28:23 – CHIP and child mortality rates
50:29 – A short history of Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans
59:44 – Credits, “Up In the Air” by Lime Cordiale
60:38 – Finish

Sarah Jaffe on JetBlue Workers Organizing

Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss Jet Blue flight attendants’ effort to unionize, and the importance of the Poor People’s Campaign. Also, thoughts on the Golden Globes, and some Baltimore public schools remain without heat.

Sarah Jaffe, via Twitter

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – The Golden Globes tried, and sometimes succeeded
19:43 – Thoughts on Oprah
28:42 – Sarah Jaffe on Jet Blue and the Poor People’s Campaign
52:02 – Freezing Baltimore classrooms
59:27 – Credits, “City of Roses” by Sufjan Stevens
60:45 – Finish

Belated JAMJAM Monday

Jesse Myerson joins us to look at organizing in the new year, Trump’s attempts to keep Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation, and boozy Papadopoulos.

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Why are people shaming the Gaines for having 5 kids
18:17 – Jesse Myerson on hopes and organizing strategies in the new year
44:25 – Trump’s effort to keep Sessions on the Russia investigation
59:28 – Credits, “Partner” by Joel Gion
60:32 – Finish

Michael Wolff’s Bomb Cyclone

A new book describes the chaos inside the oval office and describes Trump as “semi-literate,” and a late catch up on the New York Times’ reporting on drunk and chatty George Papadopoulos.

Michael Wolff

photo by Andrew Dermont courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Why snow days are good
16:35 – The takeaway from Michael Wolff’s book on Trump
45:09 – Is the split between Trump and Bannon significant?
51:53 – The liberal desire to redeem conservatives
60:05 – Credits, “All Over Again” by Mavis Staples
61:00 – Finish

We are BACK with MGG

We are back! It’s a new year, the same Trump and looming global catastrophe, and it’s MGG Thursdays.

Melissa Gira Grant, via Twitter.

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – We are back in the news cycle
10:10 – Trump’s existential threat
27:33 – Melissa Gira Grant on the work part of workplace harassment
50:21 – A brief catch up on the Iran protests
60:00 – Credits, “A Gun Called Patience” by Alex Rose
61:07 – Finish

Privatization in Indiana and Afghanistan

A close look at the effort to charterize school districts in cities across the country, and at Erik Prince’s efforts at privatization in Afghanistan .

Erik Prince

photo by Miller Center via Wikimedia Commons

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – John enters 2018 with an iPad
26:13 – The movement to take over school districts
52:22 – Erik Prince’s proposals for privatization of the Afghanistan war
59:01 – Credits, “Satellite Eye” by Lord Sonny the Unifier
60:02 – Finish

Looking forward to 2018

It’s our second show of the new year and we’re looking forward to 2018, and getting to some evergreen listener mail from 2017.

Kirsten Gillibrand Official Photo

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:30 – Looking forward to 2018
25:09 – Anticipating the 2018 elections
45:00 – Too soon to think of 2020 but hard not to
58:42 – Credits, “Thomas Hardy” by The Pack A.D.
59:55 – Finish