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
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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
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 photo by Michael Vadon courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 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 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’s upcoming book has the DC class praising him as a resistance hero, Mike Pompeo’s confirmation hearing, and listener mail. James Comey photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 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 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 photo by United States House of Representatives courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 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
Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate, goodbye Paul Ryan, and Trump thinks he can fire Mueller. Mark Zuckerberg photo by Presidência do México via Wikimedia Commons 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
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 Photo by Sumanah courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 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
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