Rag Radio

853px-Rag_radio2RAG RADIO:

Driving in the Left Lane!

with host Thorne Dreyer

Cutting-edge alternative journalism, politics, and culture
in the spirit of the Sixties underground press.


Listen to it here:

  • KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin, Texas, Friday, 2-3 p.m. (CT) and streamed here.
  • WFTE 90.3-FM in Mt. Cobb, PA, & 105.7-FM in Scranton, PA, Sunday, 10-11 a.m. (ET) and streamed here,
  • KPFT HD-3 90.1 (Pacifica Radio) in Houston, Wednesday, 1-2 p.m. (CT) and streamed here.
  • KKRN 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA. Monday, 5:30-6:30 a.m. (PT) and streamed live here.
  • WALHRadio.com in Wilmington, OH. Streamed Thursday at 8 p.m. and midnight (ET) here.
  • KZSM.ORG in San Marcos, TX, Saturdays from 2-3 p.m. (CT). Here.
  • Internet Archive. Listen to the podcast of any Rag Radio show here.
  • The Rag Blog. Find links to all podcasts below.
  • AudioPort.org. The Rag Radio feed is available to all Pacifica stations and Pacifica affiliates here.


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Photo by Alan Pogue.

Rag Radio is a syndicated weekly radio show that features hour-long in-depth interviews and discussion about issues of progressive politics, culture, and history. Our guests include newsmakers, artists, leading thinkers, and public figures. The show also frequently features musical performance from leading artists from Austin and beyond.

Host Thorne Dreyer, who also edits The Rag Blog, was a leader in the ‘60s New Left and a pioneer of that era’s historic underground press movement. A founder of The Rag in Austin and Space City! in Houston, Dreyer also managed Houston’s Pacifica radio station, KPFT-FM.

Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, a cooperatively-run all-volunteer, solar-powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Thorne Dreyer is host, producer, and managing editor; Tracey Schulz is engineer and associate producer; Roger Baker is staff photographer; Suzy Shelor is Rag Radio associate; Alice Embree is guest host and contributing editor; Glenn W. Smith is resident political analyst.

Contact us at RagRadio@koop.org.

Rag Radio Podcasts

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Pupulist pundit and Rag Radio regular Jim Hightower with host Thorne Dreyer, Sept. 4, 2015. Photo by Daniel Schacht. [Listen]




Rag Radio gang, 10th Anniversary Show, Sept. 27, 2019. Photo by Charlie Martin / KOOP. [Listen]

  • 09-13-2019: Singer-Songwriter-Percussionist John Bush in Performance
  • 09-06-2019: Glenn Smith & Roy Casagranda: Digging In! to the News
  • 08-23-2019: Dawn Paley, Author of ‘Drug War Capitalism’
  • 08-09-2019: Michael Simmons, Jonah Raskin & Judy Gumbo Albert: Remembering Paul Krassner
  • 07-26-2019: Acclaimed Jazz Singer Sarah Sharp in Performance
  • 07-19-2019: Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson: ‘Fault Lines in the Constitution’
  • 07-05-2019: Renowned Scholar Raj Patel: Agriculture and the Green New Deal
  • 06-28-2019: Glenn Smith & Roy Casagranda: Digging In! to the News
  • 06-21-2019: Environmental Researcher Bruce Melton with Latest on Climate Change
  • 06-14-2019: Cultural Critic and Activist Jonah Raskin, Author of ‘Dark Day, Dark Night’
  • 06-07-2019: Pete Gershon: ‘Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985’
  • 05-31-2019: Danielle Jaussaud, Author of ‘The Dilsberg Engagement’
  • Raj Patel on Rag Radio, July 5, 2019. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

  • 05-24-2019: Historian Robert Cottrell: ‘All-American Rebellion: From the Wobblies to the Resistance’
  • 05-17-2019: Astronomer Neal Evans & Religion Prof. John Traphagan: Searching for Extraterrestrial Life
  • 05-10-2019: Immigration Scholar Barbara Hines: No Security Threat at Border
  • 04-26-2019: Historian Philip Russell: Mexico Under the Presidency of AMLO
  • 04-12-2019: Carl Davidson on Socialism in America
  • 04-05-2019: Ed Crowell, Award-Winning Journalist & Author of ‘Barton Creek’
  • 03-22-2019: Radio Gurus Larry Yurdin & Marty Manning and the Legacy of Houston’s KPFT
  • 03-15-2019: The Band Climate Change With Bruce Melton
  • 03-08-2019: Texas Writer Joe Nick Patoski, Author of ‘Austin to ATX’
  • 03-01-2019: Glenn Smith & Roy Casagranda: Digging In! to the News
  • Radio guru Larry Yurdin, right, and Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP studios, Austin, March 2019. Photo by Greg Ciotti. [Listen]

    Briscoe Center for American History Director Don Carleton on Rag Radio, January 11, 2019. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]


  • 12-21-2018: Dr. Suzanne Seriff & Malcolm Greenstein: UT Jews in the Civil Rights Era, Part 2
  • 12-14-2018: Gilbert Shelton, Famed Freak Bros Artist, and Graphic Novel Publisher Paul Buhle
  • 12-07-2018: Dr Suzanne Seriff & Yesmarily Lopez-Perez: UT Jews in the Civil Rights Era, Part 1
  • 11-30-2018: Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda: Digging In to the News
  • 11-16-2018: Environmental Activist Bruce Melton Assesses the Damage
  • 11-09-2018: Populist Commentator Jim Hightower on 2018 Elections
  • 11-02-2018: Belfast-Born Peace Activist & Storyteller Gareth Higgins
  • 10-19-2018: Educators, Activists & Legendary ’60s Radicals Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers
  • 10-12-2018: Poet & Activist Mariann Garner-Wizard: ‘Tempted to Tell All’
  • 09-28-2018: Roy Casagranda: Misogyny, Racism & Western Civilization
  • 09-14-2018: Digging In! Thorne Dreyer and Glenn Smith Analyze the News
  • 09-07-2018: Award-Winning Latin Pop Songstress Gina Chavez
  • 08-31-2018: The Poetry of Alyce Guynn and Alice Embree
  • 08-23-2018: ‘Hap & Leonard’ Creator Joe R. Lansdale with Singer-Songwriter Kasey Lansdale
  • Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer, left, country singer/songwriter Kasey Lansdale, and author/Hap and Leonard creator Joe R. Lansdale. Photo by Roger Baker. Listen.

  • 08-17-2018: Struggle for Immigrant Justice: Alice Embree, Claudia Muñoz & Peggy Morton
  • 08-10-2018: Cultural Historian Robert C. Cottrell: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • 07-13-2018: Historian Philip Russsell on AMLO and the Mexican Elections
  • 07-06-2018: Rag Radio Environmental Reporter Bruce Melton from Yosemite Park
  • 06-29-2018: Jay Wehnert, author of ‘Outsider Art in Texas: Lone Stars’
  • 06-22-2018: ‘Digging In!’ with Thorne Dreyer & Glenn Smith: A View of the News
  • 06-08-2018: Jerry Rubin Biographer Pat Thomas; ‘DO iT!’ Ghostwriter James Retherford
  • 06-01-2018: Legendary Commander Cody Guitarist Bill Kirchen
  • 05-25-2018: Middle East Scholar Roy Casagranda: Can the Palestinian Suffering be Justified?
  • 05-18-2018: Border Rocker & Actress Patricia Vonne
  • 05-04-2018: Architectural Sculptor Margo Sawyer, Guggenheim Fellow at UT-Austin
  • 04-27-2018: New Artist Showcase with Musicians Sydney Wright, Ty Richards & Andy Macintyre
  • 04-20-2018: Architectural Sculptor Margo Sawyer, Guggenheim Fellow at UT-Austin
  • Architectural Sculptor Margo Sawyer at KOOP in Austin, April 20, 2018. [Listen]

  • 04-13-2018: Guns and How We Use Them: Lamar W. Hankins & Alan Pogue
  • 03-30-2018: Authors Christopher Brown & Roddey Reid: Politics in Age of True Dystopia
  • 03-16-2018: Swimming in the Sea of Politics with Thorne Dreyer and Glenn Smith
  • 03-09-2018: Leading Leftist Thinker Carl Davidson on the Curious State of the World!
  • 03-02-2018: Advocating for Reproductive Justice: Alice Embree, Kim Varela-Broxson & Lindsay Rodriguez
  • 02-23-2018: ‘Austin Chronicle’ Music Editor Raoul Hernandez on Austin Music Awards, SXSW
  • Austin Chronicle Music Editor Raoul Hernandez on Rag Radio, Feb. 23, 2018. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

  • 02-16-2018: Steve Russell on U.S. Gun Policy: ‘You have our thoughts & prayers!’
  • 02-09-2018: Philip Russell on Mexico: ‘Peña Nieto’s Swan Song’
  • 02-02-2018: Bill Minutaglio: ‘Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD’
  • 01-26-2018: Alice Embree Interviews Health Justice Advocates James Cole & Nicole Stasek
  • 01-19-2018: Political Scientist Harry Targ: MLK’s ‘Three Evils’: Poverty, Racism & Militarism
  • 01-12-2018: Environmental Activist Bruce Melton on Climate Change 2017: Not So Good!
  • 01-05-2018: Roy Casagranda, Glenn Smith & Thorne Dreyer Survey the Political Landscape
  • 2017

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  • 12-22-2017: Alex Coke, Acclaimed Jazz Saxophonist & Flutist
  • 12-01-2017: Spencer Perskin & Shawn Siegel: Shiva’s Headband, Pioneering Austin Psych-Rockers
  • 11-24-2017: Democratic Socialist Lee Carter, Virginia House of Delegates
  • 11-04-2017: Katya Sabaroff Taylor: ‘Prison Wisdom: Writing with Inmates’
  • 10-28-2017: Journalism Prof. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Poet, Playwright & Critic Gregg Barrios
  • 10-20-2017: Veterans for Peace: ‘Repression & Resistance from Israel/Palestine to Texas’
  • Timothy Leary biographer Bill Minutaglio, right, and host Thorne Dreyer, Feb. 2, 2018. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

  • 10-13-2017: ‘Vietnam: The War, the Movement Against It & the GI Resistance,’ Part 2: Terry DuBose & Alan Pogue
  • 10-06-2017: ‘Vietnam: The War, the Movement Against It & the GI Resistance,’ Part 1: Tom Cleaver and Alice Embree
  • 09-29-2017: Austin Singer-Songwriter Guy Forsyth
  • 09-15-2017: Jonathan Lerner, Author of ‘Swords in the Hands of Children’
  • 09-08-2017: Jim Hightower on the ‘Tweeter-in-Chief’ & other Thieves in High Places
  • 09-01-2017: Comedian/Artist Kerry Awn with Historic Austin Band, the Uranium Savages
  • 08-25-2017: Hurricane Harvey Special with Climate Change Scholar & Activist Bruce Melton
  • 08-18-2017: The ‘Political Horror Show’ with Tour Guides Glenn Smith & Thorne Dreyer
  • Kerry Awn (front in Astros shirt) and the Uranium Savages at KOOP studios, Sept. 1, 2017. Host Dreyer at right. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen.]

  • 07-28-2017: Steve Early & Nick Licata: Rebel Cities in the Era of Trump
  • 07-14-2017: Writer & Photojournalist David Bacon: ‘In the Fields of the North’
  • 07-07-2017: Pioneering Gay Activist Ray Hill & Suzy Shelor of Queer Rights ATX
  • 06-16-2017: Bill Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn ‘Demand the Impossible!’
  • 06-09-2017: Rev Jim Rigby & Glenn Smith: Sanctuary Cities & Texas’ War on Austin
  • 06-02-2017: Author Corey Dolgon on Capitalism’s Triumph over Democracy
  • 05-26-2017: Julia L Mickenberg: ‘American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream’
  • 05-13-2017: The Weird World of Politics with Pundits Scott Braddock & Glenn Smith
  • 05-06-2017: Political Writer Jonathan Tilove on Alex Jones: ‘Trials of a Performance Artist’
  • 04-21-2017: Foreign Policy Expert Roy Casagranda: ‘Citizen Trump Takes on the World’
  • 04-14-2017: Gordon Lafer, Author of ‘The One Percent Solution’
  • 04-07-2017: Glenn Smith and Thorne Dreyer Dissect the Political Scene
  • Armadillo World HQ founder Eddie Wilson with author/musician Jesse Sublett on Rag Radio, March 24,2017. Photo by Bob Simmons. [Listen]

  • 03-24-2017: Eddie Wilson & Jesse Sublett: ‘Armadillo World Headquarters: A Memoir’
  • 03-17-2017: Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter Eliza Gilkyson on Music & Social Activism
  • 03-03-2017: Activists Bob Libal & Alice Embree on Deportation, Incarceration, Resistance & Community
  • 02-24-2017: Musician, Songwriter & Producer David Messier, with Live Performance
  • 02-17-2017: Populist Commentator Jim Hightower with KOOP Executive Director Beverly Shaw
  • 02-10-2017: Susan Rittereiser & Mike Miller: ‘Historic Austin Movie Houses’ and the stories they tell!
  • 02-03-2017: Peace Activists Medea Benjamin & Col. Ann Wright: Trump and the World!
  • 01-27-2017: George Lakey: ‘Viking Economics’ and What We Can Learn from the Nordic States
  • 01-20-2017: Philip Russell on Mexico’s Peña Nieto: Corruption, Social Inequality & Broken Promises
  • 01-13-2017: Paul Spike, Author of ‘Photographs of My Father’ & Bobby Byrd of Cinco Puntos Press
  • 01-06-2017: ‘Celebrating The Rag’ editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree & Richard Croxdale speak at BookPeople
  • Peace and justice activists Medea Benjamin and Col. Ann Wright, Feb. 3, 2017. Photos by Alan Pogue. [Listen]


    Astronomers Dr. Neal Evans and Dr. Cecilia Colomé search for extraterrestrial life on Rag Radio! Dec. 16, 2016. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

    Historian Doug Rossinow, Thorne Dreyer, and UT-Austin American Studies prof Julia Mickenberg: Live remote broadcast from Rag Reunion, Austin Community College. Broadcast Oct. 15, 2016. Photo by Alan Pogue. [Listen]

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    Former Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat, Austin progressive icon, on Jan. 29, 2016. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen.]

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Ben Sargent joined Michael Hoinski on Nov. 20, 2015. Photo by Greg Ciotti. [Listen.]


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    Economist James K. Galbraith on Rag Radio Oct. 30, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen.]

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    Immigration attorney, educator, and activist Barbara Hines on Rag Radio, April 17, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

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    Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) with Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer. Show aired March 27, 2015. Photo by Alan Pogue. [Listen]

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    Honky-tonk legend Dale Watson and “Rockabilly Filly” Rosie Flores at the KOOP studios, Feb. 13, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]


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    Television and motion picture actress Cindy Pickett on Rag Radio, Friday, Oct. 3, 2015. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

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    Chaka, left, and Qi Dada of hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm on Rag Radio, August 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

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    Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson with Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer, May 21, 2014. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]

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    From left, Rag Radio’s Tracey Schulz, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP Studios, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Photo by Bob Simmons. [Listen]

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    Newsman Dan Rather and environmentalist Robin Rather in first-ever father-daughter interview on Rag Radio, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Photo by Roger Baker. [Listen]


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    Pioneering Houston feminist Poppy Northcutt in Rag Radio show broadcast from the KPFT studios in Houston, Oct. 25, 2013. Photo by Guy Schwartz. [Listen]

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    Texas novelist Thomas Zigal on Rag Radio, Oct. 4, 2013. Photo by Carlos Lowry. [Listen]

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    Leftist author and journalism prof Robert Jensen in the KOOP Studios, May 10, 2013. Photo by William Michael Hanks. [Listen]

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    Famed Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz, flanked by filmmakers Chris Simon, left, and Maureen Gosling. With Dreyer and Schulz, at KOOP, March 15, 2013. Photo by Bob Simmons. [Listen]


    Musician, author, and satirist Kinky Friedman on Rag Radio, Oct. 25, 2012. Photo by William Michael Hanks. [Listen]


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    Psychedelic rock pioneers Charlie Prichard, from left, and Powell St. John, with Rag Radio’s Dreyer, Dec. 21, 2015. Photo by Alan Pogue. [Listen]

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    Texas Observer founding editor Ronnie Dugger on Rag Radio, June 8, 2012. Photo by Alan Pogue. [Listen]

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    Legendary composer and jazz musician David Amram on Rag Radio, Sept. 29, 2012. Photo by James Retherford. [Listen]

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    Musician and historian Bobby Bridger performs on Rag Radio, Nov. 18, 2011. Photos by Carlos Lowry. [Listen]


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    Carl Davidson, right, with Rag Radio’s Schulz and Dreyer, discussed Mondragon and workers’ coooperatives. Photo by Jim Cleveland. [Listen]

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    Texas civil rights pioneer Dr. Leon McNealy with Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP studios, May 6, 2011. [Listen]

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    Black Panther and Angola 3 defendant Robert King, with Thorne Dreyer, Mariann Wizard, and Tracey Schulz at the KOOP studios, June 22, 2010. Photo by Ann Harkness. [Listen]


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    Author and music historian Jan Reid, Oct. 12, 2010. Rag Radio photo. [Listen]

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    Legendary armadillo artist Jim Franklin, shown signing his Rag Blog poster, was our guest April 20, 2010. Photo by James Retherford. [Listen]

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    Our first show! “The Rag & the Underground Press.” L-R: Alan Pogue, Jeff Shero Nightbyrd, Thorne Dreyer, James Retherford, Alice Embree. Photo by Alan Campbell. [Listen]