Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 28, 2015 - Hr 3

June 28, 2015

More discussion on the Confederate Battle Flag. Is "political correctness" going too far? Are Democrats or Republicans more culpable in Confederate history? How will the CBF issue play out politically? We review sharply differing perspectives on the controversy from Sally Jenkins, Ann Coulter and Patrick Buchanan. Is South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham leading from behind on this issue? Plus, Neil Young v. Lynyrd Skynyrd v. Donald Trump. With music and listener calls. 

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 28, 2015 - Hr 2

June 28, 2015

Conclusion of interview with Dr. Thomas Krannawitter. Then, our interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Notes on the landmark Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. Will candidate Jeb Bush face extra scrutiny on Supreme Court appointments? What to make of the surges of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire? Plus, some thoughts on political "optimism" in relation to Arthur Brooks' speech at the Western Conservative Summit. With music and listener calls.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 28, 2015 - Hr 1

June 28, 2015

Summarium of the Western Conservative Summit. Assessing the WCS speeches of Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Carly Fiorina. Notes on SCOTUS, as Chief Justice John Roberts saves Obamacare (for the second time). Plus, our interview with Civil War scholar Thomas Krannawitter on Confederate culture and history. Is the Confederate Battle Flag a hateful object, or an object of hate? With music and listener calls. 

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 21, 2015 - Hr 3

June 21, 2015

Further analysis of Donald Trump. How will Trump affect the 2016 race? Could Trump be the antidote to the predations of the Ruling Classes? Will "alienated" GOP primary voters respond to Trump's message? Is it time to reject both political establishments? We listen to Trump's recent statements on Mexico and China. Also, Trump takes on George Will and Charles Krauthammer. With Father's Day music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 21, 2015 - Hr 2

June 21, 2015

Further thoughts on Donald Trump. Interview with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Somber notes on the recent travesty in South Carolina. Aftermath: addressing Karl Rove and the Second Amendment. Plus the latest items on "Jeb!" and Hillary Clinton. With Father's Day music and listener calls. 

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 21, 2015 - Hr 1

June 21, 2015

Donald Trump is running for President. Is he a serious candidate, or more of a clown? Could Trump be headed into an ideal political moment for his "outsider" campaign? We review Trump's prospects and his statements on trade, jobs and immigration. We also celebrate Father's Day, International Yoga Day, and the Summer Solstice. With Father's Day music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 14, 2015 - Hr 3

June 14, 2015

Further thoughts on American Conservative Populism, relating to issues of immigration, trade, American wages and American workers. On the notion of American "sovereignty" as a political platform. On the divide between the "ruling classes" and the rest of America. Thoughts on the white NAACP leader Rachel Doleszal, on the shaky Jeb Bush campaign, and Linsdsey Graham's claim that he is "not defective" for being unmarried. Also, Disney cancels plans to lay off American tech workers, and Italian PM Matteo Renzi deals with an extreme immigration crisis. Plus, a brief update from Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. With the gospel "Greystone Chapel" from Johnny Cash and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 14, 2015 - Hr 2

June 14, 2015

Interview with Matthew B. Crawford, author of the new book The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in the Age of Distraction. Addressing the "crisis of attention" in the fragmented minds of modern-day Americans. How might we "reclaim reality" in the midst of all our technological distractions? How might "skilled practices" help with human flourishing at the present time? On the hidden value of "silence" in a noisy world. With music and listener calls.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 14, 2015 - Hr 1

June 14, 2015

Opening discussion of American Conservative Populism. Exploring American "sovereignty" as a political theme. Will the 2016 Election hinge on Populist themes? As Hillary Clinton goes faux-populist, will Republican candidates be smart enough to campaign as actual populists? Analysis of writer Joel Kotkin's suggestions for an "extreme makeover" in the GOP. Also, a discussion of the upcoming Western Conservative Summit with John Andrews. Speakers at the event will include Scott Walker and Rick Santorum, two candidates with populist appeal. With music and listener calls.  

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jun 7, 2015 - Hr 3

June 7, 2015

Has “Hillary’s War” allowed ISIS to make inroads in Libya? Should defense “hawks” share in any blame? Updates on the tragic refugee crisis in northern Africa, as hundreds of thousands attempt to board makeshift boats headed for Europe. A review of British, Italian and Australian responses to this sad situation. Also, a quick look at the dubious H1-B immigration scheme currently perpetrated by large American corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Disney. Is it wise for companies to want to displace American workers for cheaper foreign labor? Plus, reviews of recent movies including “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “San Andreas” and also “Winter Sleep” by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylon. Notes on the U2 concerts in Denver this weekend, and speculation on the not-so-subtle Christianity of U2’s frontman Bono. We conclude with the Hank Williams gospel standard "The Pale Horse & His Rider." With music and listener calls.