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{p}Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar-powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker.{/p} {p}The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today. The Rag Radio archives can be found here.{/p} {p}Contact:[email protected]{/p}
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RAG RADIO: Populist Commentator Jim Hightower on 2018 Elections

Jim Hightower is Thorne Dreyer‘s guest on Rag Radio, and it’s always a great honor — and a lot of fun — to have Jim on the show! Our primary topic is the midterm elections and about the political path ahead. “Populist road warrior” Hightower is a progressive political activist who is on the national More..

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RAG RADIO: Legendary ’60s Radicals Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers

Legendary activists and educators Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, leaders of the ’60s Weather Underground, are interviewed by Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and co-host Alice Embree. Among topics discussed: Police murder and the verdict in the LaQuan McDonald case in Chicago. War and Peace. Women and girls. Resistance. Mass incarceration and youth. Schools and educational policy. More..

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RAG RADIO: Politics in the Age of True Dystopia

Thorne Dreyer‘s guests on Rag Radio are two authors — Christopher Brown and Roddey Reid — who, in very different ways, anticipated some of the insanity of our current political climate, and offer fresh ideas on how to engage with it and find our way to the other side. We call it “Politics in an More..

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RAG RADIO: Leading Leftist Thinker & Organizer Carl Davidson

Thorne Dreyer‘s guest, Carl Davidson, is a leading leftist thinker and political organizer and longtime friend and colleague — and every year or two we ask him to meld minds with us, hoping he might have a better handle than we do on what’s going on in this crazy world. What did Carl want to More..

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RAG RADIO: Fighting for Reproductive Justice!

Abortion Talk! Guests Alice Embree, Kim Varela-Broxson and Lindsay Rodriguez join host Thorne Dreyer

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RAG RADIO: Bill Minutaglio: ‘Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD’

Thorne Dreyer‘s guest on Rag Radio in a wild ‘n wooly interview is Bill Minutaglio who, with Steven L. Davis, wrote the acclaimed new book, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD. “Based on freshly uncovered primary sources and new firsthand interviews, The More..

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RAG RADIO: The Fight for Health Justice with Alice Embree, James Cole & Nicole Stasek

Guest host Alice Embree — who is sitting in for Rag Radio producer and host Thorne Dreyer — interviews two Austin-based health justice advocates, James Cole and Nicole Stasek. James, a union member working in television production, is secretary of Austin’s 800-member chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. Nicole is a union electrician, and member More..

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RAG RADIO: Political Scientist & Socialist Activist Harry Targ on Poverty, Racism & Militarism

Thorne Dreyer‘s guest on Rag Radio is author and political scientist Harry Targ. Taking from MLK’s “Three Evils: Poverty, Racism, and Militarism,” Harry talks about new social movements and the need to organize around social and economic justice at home and against war overseas. Targ discusses the convergence of Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Rev. More..

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RAG RADIO: Environmental Activist Bruce Melton on Climate Change 2017: Not So Good!

Engineer, environmental researcher, and activist Bruce Melton is Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio and he provides a fascinating if sobering overview of global warming today. In an article published at Truthout and The Rag Blog titled “Climate Change 2017: What happened and what it means,” Melton asks: How many more billions of dollars in More..

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RAG RADIO: Roy Casagranda, Glenn Smith & Thorne Dreyer Survey Our Weird Political Landscape

Thorne Dreyer‘s guests are Rag Radio political analysts Roy Casagranda and Glenn Smith. It’s a high-energy, highly-informative, and quite rambunctious gallop through our ever-weirder political landscape. Of course we look at Donald Trump (who could miss him!) and the Bannon contretemps. Other topics include Michael Wolff’s blockbuster book on Donald Trump, the reactions to it, and More..

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RAG RADIO: Renowned Jazz Saxophonist & Flutist Alex Coke

Thorne Dreyer‘s guest is award-winning jazz saxophonist and flutist Alex Coke, and the show includes live performance. Dallas native Coke was an original member of the Austin-based Creative Opportunity Orchestra and performed with renowned jazz vocalist and composer Tina Marsh in various formations for over 25 years. An improviser at heart, Coke’s eclectic attitude has More..

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RAG RADIO: Democratic Socialist & Ex-Marine Lee Carter, Virginia House of Delegates

Thorne Dreyer‘s guest on Rag Radio is Lee Carter. Carter, a red-headed ex-Marine and a democratic socialist, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates for the 50th District on November 7, 2017. An IT specialist who was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Carter beat House Majority Whip Jackson Miller, a deep-pocketed More..

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RAG RADIO: Glenn Smith and Thorne Dreyer Survey the Political Scene

Rag Radio political analyst Glenn Smith joins host Thorne Dreyer in trying to make some sense out of the cascading events on the U.S. political scene. (Listen to Glenn’s many other visits to Rag Radio here.) Smith and Dreyer discuss the Democratic grassroots momentum following the November 7, 2017, sweep in Virginia and throughout the More..

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RAG RADIO: Katya Sabaroff Taylor, Editor of ‘Prison Wisdom: Writing with Inmates’

Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio is Katya Sabaroff Taylor, editor of Prison Wisdom: Writing with Inmates, an impressive collection of writing by prisoners she taught, with some writing of her own mixed in. Thorne Dreyer and Nina Sabaroff, then a radical journalist, were colleagues at Liberation News Service (LNS) in New York City in More..

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Rag Radio: Vietnam War – The Movement Against It and GI Resistance with Terry DuBose and Alan Pogue (Part II)

Second of two parts about “Vietnam: The War, the Movement Against It, and the GI Resistance,” responding to the increased attention to the Vietnam War created by the release of the Ken Burns documentary.

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RAG RADIO: Vietnam War, Movement Against It, and GI Resistance with Tom Cleaver and Alice Embree (Part I)

With all the renewed attention to the Vietnam War caused by the Ken Burns documentary, Rag Radio is presenting a two-part series, “Vietnam: The War, the Movement Against it, and the GI Resistance.” Thorne Dreyer‘s guests in part one are author, aviation historian, and Vietnam Vet Thomas Cleaver, and Austin activist and a leader of More..

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RAG RADIO: Jonathan Lerner, Author of ‘Swords in the Hands of Children’

Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio is Jonathan Lerner, author of Swords in the Hands of Children: Reflections of an American Revolutionary. Jonathan Lerner is a veteran of first SDS and then the militant Weather Underground that grew out of SDS. In this memoir, Jonathan is very critical of the group that bombed buildings across More..

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RAG RADIO: Jim Hightower on Tweeter-in-Chief and other Thieves in High Places

We address the top of the political news, including Trump’s bizarre political acrobatics.

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RAG RADIO: Comedian Artist Kerry Awn with Historic Austin Band Uranium Savages

Kerry Awn, officially the ‘funniest man in Austin,’ performs with the legendary performance art band.