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Radio Dispatch is a weekly podcast covering progressive politics, hosted by siblings John and MJ Knefel. The show features journalists, authors, organizers, and artists, as well as John and MJ's own original reporting and analysis. From civil liberties and privacy to civil rights and intersectional feminism, Radio Dispatch covers the news from a point of view that values recognizing and discussing power and privilege. John and MJ's journalism can be found at Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Vice, The New Inquiry and more. Listeners are the most important part of Radio Dispatch, and the show strives to amplify the stories and narratives from those on the other end of the microphone.

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    • 4.7 • 127 Ratings

Radio Dispatch is a weekly podcast covering progressive politics, hosted by siblings John and MJ Knefel. The show features journalists, authors, organizers, and artists, as well as John and MJ's own original reporting and analysis. From civil liberties and privacy to civil rights and intersectional feminism, Radio Dispatch covers the news from a point of view that values recognizing and discussing power and privilege. John and MJ's journalism can be found at Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Vice, The New Inquiry and more. Listeners are the most important part of Radio Dispatch, and the show strives to amplify the stories and narratives from those on the other end of the microphone.

    The Coordinated Attack on Critical Race Theory

    The Coordinated Attack on Critical Race Theory

    "We dive into the Critical Race Theory thing, and MJ had top surgery.




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    00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch
    00:28 - MJ’s top surgery
    27:00 - The attack on critical race theory
    57:03 - “Motions” Hot Flash Heat Wave / Credits
    58:36 - Finish
    "

    • 58 min
    Cash Reduces Poverty

    Cash Reduces Poverty

    "Data on how the stimulus helped people out of poverty, Mare of Easttown can't brake out of the carceral framework of police procedurals, and listener mail.



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    00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch
    00:28 - Updates
    09:00 - Cash reduces poverty, study says
    35:00 - Mare of Easttown and the carceral state
    49:00 - Listener mail
    56:21 - “I’m still here” Travis Linville / Credits
    57:58 - Finish
    "

    • 57 min
    The Public Option Disappears

    The Public Option Disappears

    "Biden's not fighting for a public option, and a new cop memoir from a leading liberal.



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    00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch
    00:28 - Good to socialize
    15:00 - Biden isn’t fighting for the public option
    42:00 - Liberal writes cop memoir
    58:35 - “Reason to Live” Lou Barlow / Credits
    60:03 - Finish
    "

    • 3 sec
    NYT Ed Board Says More Gay Cops at Pride

    NYT Ed Board Says More Gay Cops at Pride

    "The New York Times and Washington Post disagree with Pride's decision to ban uniformed police, Emily Wilder is fired from the AP for her past support of Palestinian rights, and how conservatives are trying to prevent solidarity between Black Americans and Palestinians.



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    00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch
    00:28 - Road trip
    16:30 - NYT ed board wants gay cops at Pride
    33:00 - AP’s cowardly firing of Emily Wilder
    51:00 - The importance of connections and solidarity
    57:56 - “Unglued” The Planes / Credits
    59:27 - Finish
    "

    • 59 min
    Israel Escalates Its War on Gaza

    Israel Escalates Its War on Gaza

    "Continued and escalating Israeli violence against Palestinians in Gaza, the CDC mask guidance for vaccinated people indoors, and listener mail on organizing against student debt.




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    00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch
    00:28 - Masks and Florida man
    15:00 - Israel escalates its war on Gaza
    49:25 - Listener mail on student debt
    58:07 - “The Years” Fiddlehead / Credits
    59:22 - Finish
    "

    • 59 min
    Organizing Under Biden

    Organizing Under Biden

    "Jesse Myerson is back to discuss organizing under Biden, and John and MJ discuss the Israeli violence towards Palestinians in East Jerusalem.


    Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Temple Mount.

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    00:00 - Welcome to Radio Dispatch
    00:30 - There’s people on this show!
    02:49 - Jesse Myerson on Biden and infrastructure
    33:52 - John on Israeli violence towards Palestinians on Ramadan
    56:58 - Credits, “Reconstellated” by Karima Walker
    58:14 - Finish
    "

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Darjeeling77 ,

Good political show

I like Molly and John’s take on what’s happening in the world. While it’s definitely a leftist podcast, I’m fine with that, I’m pretty liberal. It’s also pretty funny, which is nice. I feel like the last few years have really burned me out on politics, but I still like to be informed. So since I have to take my political “medicine” it’s nice to get with some humor.

lookintotheabyss ,

Great show

The content is great, and important. I had to stop because I just couldn’t listen to John anymore. He sounds distracted- like he’s doing something else while talking and takes forever to get to the point. And once you hear the “uhhh” he says every other word you can’t un-hear it. Wish I could keep listening but I want to stab my eardrums every time I try. Also Molly, are you okay like why are out of breath by speaking. BREATHE.

pitycakes ,

You should subscribe to this podcast.

I just started listening, and I love it! David Dayen's newsletter mentioned he was going to be appearing on this podcast, so I subscribed. They have interesting guests and ask insightful questions.

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