David Adler on Centrists’ Authoritarian Tendencies

David Adler joins us to discuss his findings on the authoritarian leanings of centrists. Also, Trump’s lawyers argue he is above the law, and the the US considers escalating its presence in Yemen.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – A show about authoritarianism
10:54 – David Adler on centrists’ authoritarian tendencies
33:18 – Will Trump self pardon
54:00 – US considers escalating in Yemen
59:41 – “Pink Showers” / Deeper
60:41 – Finish

Todd Miller on Trump’s Immigration Policy

Todd Miller joins us to discuss what’s new and what isn’t new about Trump’s escalated immigration and border policies. Also, John Bolton’s new chief of staff is a rampant Islamophobe, and Virginia votes to expand Medicaid.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Untangling immigration stories
08:14 – Todd Miller on Trump’s immigration policy
33:28 – Bolton’s new chief of staff
57:40 – “I’m Only Dying” RF Shannon / Credits
59:21 – Finish

Sarah Jaffe on Ireland’s Victory for Abortion Rights

Sarah Jaffe joins us to discuss Ireland’s major victory for reproductive rights. Also, the US government is upping the number of drone strikes it’s carrying out while decreasing transparency, and Trump pardons Dinesh D’Souza.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Can’t ignore the ongoing wars
08:24 – Sarah Jaffe on Ireland’s abortion victory
43:38 – Trump administration hides civilian casualties
59:13 – “Ride Against the Wind” The Magic Numbers / Credits
60:24 – Finish

Aziz Rana on the Need for More Robust Leftist Foreign Policy

Aziz Rana, professor of law at Cornell Law School and author of The Two Faces of American Freedom,  joins us to discuss the need for a more robust leftist foreign policy, and the fracturing of the Cold War consensus. Also, Missouri’s governor resigns following horrifying allegations of sexual assault and other crimes, and Roseanne did what Roseanne does.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – So excited to have Aziz on the show
06:22 – Aziz Rana on Leftist foreign policy and the end of the Cold War consensus
49:29 – Missouri’s governor resigns
59:50 – “Sun” Beach Skulls / Credits
61:03 – Finish

Molly Crabapple on Brothers of the Gun

Molly Crabapple joins us to discuss her new book, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, written with Marwan Hisham. Also, a new study on white people rejecting democracy, nearly 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of the hurricanes, and a weird few days of immigration news.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – So excited to have Molly on
05:14 – Molly Crabapple on Brothers of the Gun
44:35 – White people rejecting democracy
59:54 – “You can have alonetime when you’re dead” / Remember Sports
61:05 – Finish

Mica Lee Williams on Trump’s Title X Rule, Mike Konczal on Dodd-Frank Rollback

Mica Lee Williams, an If/When/How reproductive justice fellow and an attorney in Pennsylvania, joins us to discuss Trump’s new Title X rule. Also, Mike Konczal discusses the new financial deregulation bill, and how unions have historically lessened inequality.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Two more guests!
04:14 – Mica Lee Williams on Trump’s Title X Rule
34:25 – Mike Konczal on Dodd-Frank rollback
58:08 – “Otherwise” Remember Sports / Credits
59:23 – Finish

What Does Accountability Look Like After “Me Too?”

Molly returns in a previously recorded, but never aired, discussion about what to do with men, both famous and not, who have been accused of sexual assault. Also, very brief thoughts about the North Korea summit.

00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Time for Molly to talk
04:20 – Me Too and accountability
53:24 – Brief thoughts on cancelation of North Korea summit
60:42 – “Up From Below” Remember Sports / Credits
61:52 – Finish

Natalie Shure on Medicare for All

Natalie Shure, writer and head of research at Adam Ruins Everything, joins us to discuss the short-comings of the ACA and the argument for Medicare for All. Also, data shows centrists hold the most authoritarian views, and Trump’s reaction to the NFL’s latest racist policy.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Trump’s reaction to the NFL kneeling policy
13:56 – Natalie Sure on Medicare for All
44:01 – Democracy in crisis
60:08 – “Echoes” Lazyeyes / Credits
61:20 – Finish

Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs on What Views are Actually Silenced

Nathan J Robinson, editor of Current Affairs, joins us to discuss how mainstream news propagandizes for Israel, and which views are actually excluded from popular discourse. Also, Democrats help Republicans roll back Dodd-Frank, and a round up from Tuesday’s Southern primaries.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Dems help with financial deregulation
12:28 – Nathan Robinson on what views are actually excluded
43:33 – Primary round up, more on Dodd – Frank roll-back
58:51 – “Home and Dry” Tracyanne & Danny / Credits
60:23 – Finish

Sean McElwee on Abolishing ICE and the Primaries So Far

Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data For Progress, joins us to discuss his proposal to abolish ICE, and what the primaries tell us about the current state of both political parties. Also, an article at The Intercept argues Chuck Schumer’s foreign policy is nearly indistinguishable from Trump.

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Big show, lotta primaries, lotta data
04:23 – Sean McElwee on abolishing ICE and the primaries so far
47:35 – Chuck Schumer’s horrible foreign policy
57:56 – “Angels of Death” Jennifer Castle / Credits
59:32 – Finish

Bryce Covert on Childcare and Paid Family Leave

Bryce Covert joins us to discuss universal childcare, paid family leave, and the North Carolina teachers’ strike. Also, Trump calls for a DOJ investigation into an already existing investigation, and Don Jr solicits advice from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Bryce Covert

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Infant CPR
13:08 – Bryce Covert on paid family leave and universal childcare
40:12 – Don Jr’s other meeting, Trump calls for new investigation
59:55 – “Saturn” Yours Are the Only Ears / Credits
60:59 – Finish

Elizabeth Beavers on Haspel, GL Johnson on DSA Pittsburgh

Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director at Indivisible, joins us to discuss the confirmation of Gina Haspel to run the CIA. Also, GL Johnson from DSA Pittsburgh discusses the big wins for socialists last Tuesday. Last but not least, Trump issues a new plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

Elizabeth Beavers

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Two guests, big show
06:51 – Elizabeth Beavers on Gina Haspel
32:17 – GL Johnson on DSA Pittsburgh
46:30 – Trump’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood
59:19 – “Panic Blooms” Black Moth Super Rainbow / Credits
61:01 – Finish

David Klion on RussiaGate and Gaza

David Klion on Israel’s violence in Gaza and a better way to think about the Russia investigation. Also, Trump calls some undocumented immigrants “animals,” and a video of a Manhattan racist goes viral.

David Klion

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Racist goes viral
13:07 – David Klion on RussiaGate and Gaza
46:41 – Trump calls some undocumented immigrants “animals”
60:34 – “Flow Over Me” Sarah Mary Chadwick / Credits
62:27 – Finish

Meagan Day on the Workplace Democracy Act

Jacobin Magazine’s Meagan Day joins us to discuss Bernie Sanders’ Workplace Democracy Act and the impacts of neoliberalism on the workforce. Also, Tuesday was a big night for Socialists in the United States, and Gina Haspel gets Senator Mark Warner’s approval to head the CIA.

Meagan Day

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00:00 – Welcome to Radio Dispatch
00:28 – Lots of Socialism in today’s show
13:55 – Meagan Day on the Workplace Democracy Act
36:11 – Big win for Socialist ideas in Pennsylvania, What torture actually looks like
59:57 – “See the White” Jess Williamson / Credits
61:32 – Finish