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Political Misfits brings you news, politics and culture ‒ without the red and blue treatment. We aim to facilitate constructive conversations that take new looks at the stories and topics that mean a lot to us, including corporate misconduct, anti-war efforts, climate change, political hypocrisy, poverty, pop culture, electoral politics and much, much more.

Political Misfits airs live daily Monday through Friday from 12-2 p.m. EST and is broadcast on 105.5 FM in Washington, DC, 102.9 FM in Kansas City, Missouri, and to 35 countries on signals such as FM, digital DAB/DAB+ (Digital Radio Broadcasting), and HD-Radio. The show is also made available globally live on SputnikNews.com and is distributed as a podcast shortly after broadcasting on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spreaker and more.

About us: Hosts Bob Schlehuber and Michelle Witte bring different backgrounds to Political Misfits, but arrive with a mutual curiosity and compassion. Bob is an artist, producer and organizer; someone who works to create conversations that bring together broad and diverse individuals, organizations and ideas. Bob produced the radio show By Any Means Necessary on Radio Sputnik for the past three years; now, he's bringing his commitment to understanding and addressing housing, homelessness, public safety, education, health, workforce development, civility, mutual understanding, and international peace and conflict resolution to Political Misfits.

Michelle is a committed explorer, observer and documentor of our big, beautiful planet and the strange creatures that inhabit it. A long-time writer, teacher and journalist, she returned to the US after ten years overseas with a broader perspective on American politics and culture and our impact on the world. Michelle gets fired up about justice and injustice, responsible travel, good books and bad movies, animal rights, baking and long-distance hikes.

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Political Misfits brings you news, politics and culture ‒ without the red and blue treatment. We aim to facilitate constructive conversations that take new looks at the stories and topics that mean a lot to us, including corporate misconduct, anti-war efforts, climate change, political hypocrisy, poverty, pop culture, electoral politics and much, much more.

Political Misfits airs live daily Monday through Friday from 12-2 p.m. EST and is broadcast on 105.5 FM in Washington, DC, 102.9 FM in Kansas City, Missouri, and to 35 countries on signals such as FM, digital DAB/DAB+ (Digital Radio Broadcasting), and HD-Radio. The show is also made available globally live on SputnikNews.com and is distributed as a podcast shortly after broadcasting on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spreaker and more.

About us: Hosts Bob Schlehuber and Michelle Witte bring different backgrounds to Political Misfits, but arrive with a mutual curiosity and compassion. Bob is an artist, producer and organizer; someone who works to create conversations that bring together broad and diverse individuals, organizations and ideas. Bob produced the radio show By Any Means Necessary on Radio Sputnik for the past three years; now, he's bringing his commitment to understanding and addressing housing, homelessness, public safety, education, health, workforce development, civility, mutual understanding, and international peace and conflict resolution to Political Misfits.

Michelle is a committed explorer, observer and documentor of our big, beautiful planet and the strange creatures that inhabit it. A long-time writer, teacher and journalist, she returned to the US after ten years overseas with a broader perspective on American politics and culture and our impact on the world. Michelle gets fired up about justice and injustice, responsible travel, good books and bad movies, animal rights, baking and long-distance hikes.

    Assange Extradition Trials; Brexit Negotiations; Race Relations In America

    Assange Extradition Trials; Brexit Negotiations; Race Relations In America

    As the Assange trial ends its first week, what has led to past delays?

    Neil Clark, journalist, broadcaster and director of Public Ownership Joined us to discuss the latest in the Julien assigned extradition trials. Why have there been so many delays; new evidence in the case; and why justice may not be served.



    Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-Chief of The Duran, joins us to discuss Brexit negotiations which seem to say the least are not going well. From the NYTimes Britain and the European Union were on a collision course Thursday, after Brussels demanded the speedy withdrawal of proposed Brexit legislation that the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted would breach international law.


    Eugene Craig III, Republican strategist, former vice-chair of the Maryland Republican Party and grassroots activist, joins us to discuss race relations in America; NFL booing; controversy surrounding the movie Mulan; Microsoft Russian hacking and the Department of Education targeting internal book clubs.

    • 1h 52 min
    Brexit Negotiations

    Brexit Negotiations

    Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-Chief of The Duran, joins us to discuss Brexit negotiations which seem to say the least are not going well. From the NYTimes Britain and the European Union were on a collision course Thursday, after Brussels demanded the speedy withdrawal of proposed Brexit legislation that the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted would breach international law.

    • 17 min
    Julian Assange Trial Update

    Julian Assange Trial Update

    Neil Clark, journalist, broadcaster and director of Public Ownership Joined us to discuss the latest in the Julien assigned extradition trials. Why have there been so many delays; new evidence in the case; and why justice may not be served.

    • 20 min
    Portland Bans Facial Recognition; Trump Admits He Downplayed COVID

    Portland Bans Facial Recognition; Trump Admits He Downplayed COVID

    Portland enacts the ban on facial recognition in the country. Will others file suit?


    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss the Portland City Council unanimously approving bans on city and private use of facial recognition technology on Wednesday. These are the strictest such restrictions in the country. The ban on the use of facial recognition technology by city departments goes into effect immediately, and Oregon Live reminds us that police across the state of Oregon are already banned from using facial recognition technology in their body cameras. The ban on the private use of the technology goes into effect January 1.

    Kei Pritsker, journalist with BreakThrough News, discusses President Donald Trump admitting he knew weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious and "more deadly than even your strenuous flus," and that he repeatedly played it down publicly, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward in his new book "Rage." But now, Woodward is defending his decision to sit on bombshell tapes of President Trump for months. Trump also told Woodward he doesn't feel any responsibility to better understand the pain Black Americans feel. That interview, released Wednesday, took place just weeks after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Woodward suggested to Trump they have a duty, as privileged white men, to try to better understand the pain and anger African Americans feel. Trump replied, "No...You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? No. I don't feel that at all."


    Max Blumenthal, award-winning journalist and editor of The Grayzone, this week published a report on the backlash to the film Planet of the Humans. It came out in April, it was directed by Jeff Gibbs with Michael Moore as executive producer, and if you watched it you might have come away quite frightened at how the same old corporate interests are lurking behind some high-profile “green energy” and “revolutionary green technology” projects, frightened at how destructive some of these “green energy” projects actually are, frightened at how much oil and gas is still powering them. And then you might have been confused as a team of climate activists fronted a suppression campaign to discredit and hide the documentary greenwashing, the corruption of movements by the forces of capital, and the cynical deployment of cadres of “professional activists” to stand in the way of real critique and real change. And drawing all those threads together is a single movie, and the backlash to it.

    • 1h 53 min
    Woodward Book Puts Trump On The Hot Seat

    Woodward Book Puts Trump On The Hot Seat

    Kei Pritsker, journalist with BreakThrough News , discusses President Donald Trump admitting he knew weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious and "more deadly than even your strenuous flus," and that he repeatedly played it down publicly, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward in his new book "Rage." But now, Woodward is defending his decision to sit on bombshell tapes of President Trump for months. Trump also told Woodward he doesn't feel any responsibility to better understand the pain Black Americans feel. That interview, released Wednesday, took place just weeks after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Woodward suggested to Trump they have a duty, as privileged white men, to try to better understand the pain and anger African Americans feel. Trump replied, "No...You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? No. I don't feel that at all."

    • 32 min
    Portland Ban Facial Recognition

    Portland Ban Facial Recognition

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss the Portland City Council unanimously approving bans on city and private use of facial recognition technology on Wednesday. These are the strictest such restrictions in the country. The ban on the use of facial recognition technology by city departments goes into effect immediately, and Oregon Live reminds us that police across the state of Oregon are already banned from using facial recognition technology in their body cameras. The ban on the private use of the technology goes into effect January 1.

    • 18 min

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