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RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Political Guru Glenn W. Smith, Environmentalist & Poet Taylor Brorby, Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat

Smith tries to decipher the weird world of presidential politics; Brorby discusses his book on the literature of fracking; Naishtat, a Texas progressive icon, talks about his exit from politics.

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Glenn W. Smith on Rag Radio Friday, February 19, 2016. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | February 24, 2016

The following podcasts are from recent Rag Radio shows. The syndicated Rag Radio program, produced in the studios of Austin’s cooperatively-run KOOP-FM, has an international audience and has become an influential platform for interviews with leading figures in politics, current events, literature, and cutting-edge culture.


The Weird World of Presidential Politics with Political Guru Glenn W. Smith

Glenn Smith Rag Radio 2-19-16 4 crpTrump vs. the Pope. Bernie vs. Hillary. The Republicans vs. Sanity! Progress Texas PAC director and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn W. Smith joins Thorne Dreyer in a discussion of — YES! — the weird world of presidential politics. Glenn Smith writes a weekly column for Quorum Report, is a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post, and managed Ann Richards’ winning Texas gubernatorial campaign.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our February 19, 2016 Rag Radio interview with Glenn Smith, here — or listen to it here:



Taylor Brorby, Editor of ‘Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America’

Taylor Brorby and Dreyer sm crp 2 copy 2We visit the intersection of literature and the environment with award-winning essayist and poet Taylor Brorby, who is editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America from Ice Cube Press. Taylor talks about the special role that creative writing can play in addressing the growing concerns about our environment. We also discuss the current state of fracking and the destruction it is causing across the country.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our February 12, 2016 Rag Radio interview with Taylor Brorby here — or listen to it here:



Elliott Naishtat, Champion of Texas Progressive Politics

Elliott Naishtat 2016 sm crp 2Democratic State Rep. Elliott Naishtat, a Texas progressive icon, joins Thorne Dreyer to talk about his life, his career, and Texas politics — and why he decided to retire after 26 years in the notoriously conservative Texas Legislature. The Austin Chronicle said that, “Along with Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, Naishtat has been the defining face of Austin progressive politics for over two decades.” This is an informative, entertaining, and very important interview.

Read the full show description and download the podcast of our January 29, 2016 Rag Radio interview with Elliott Naishtat — or listen to it here:



COMING ON RAG RADIO:

  • Friday, Feb. 26, 2016: Folk/Country/Honky-Tonk Band, The Melancholy Rangers.
  • Friday, March 4, 2016: Progressive Populist Pundit and Bernie Sanders Surrogate, Jim Hightower.

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[Thorne Dreyer is an Austin-based writer, editor, broadcaster, and activist. A pioneering alternative journalist, Dreyer was a founding editor of the original Rag in 1966 Austin and Space City! in Houston, and managed KPFT-FM, Houston’s Pacifica radio station. Dreyer now edits The Rag Blog, hosts Rag Radio, and is a director of the New Journalism Project. Contact Dreyer at editor@theragblog.com.]

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