Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 26, 2016 - HR 3

June 26, 2016

The Fable of Dodo Island. A story of survival, extinction and the possibilities of leadership. Can Western Civilization avoid the fate of the long lost dodo bird? Would some members of the "Never Trump" classification prefer wholesale extinction to an exhibition of inadequate etiquette? How important are "manners" in political discourse? Meanwhile, we consider the formal flight of George Will from the Republican Party. Who left whom, and why? How much will he be missed by the Republican base? Should an attempt be made to gently persuade certain disaffected pundits back into the GOP -- or should they be encouraged to "depart hence" unto their own climes? With Listener Calls and Music via Sia, Blondie, R.E.M., Elvis Presley and Tracy Chapman.      

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 26, 2016 - HR 2

June 26, 2016

Rule Brittania. Notes on the leadership of two pushers of boundaries: Donald Trump & Nigel Farage. Can a few sparks of courage change the course of history? As global elites lose their carefully cultivated "aura of impregnability" in world affairs, we speculate on the potential extent of this revolutionary moment. How far will it go? Once the middle classes have seen behind the curtain, and once elites have lost their power to "scold" the masses -- what kinds of psychological cascades might tend to ensue? We review President Obama's nonplussed reaction to Brexit, survey the consequences of a hypothetical Hillary Clinton victory in 2016, and speculate on potential running mates for Donald Trump. Also, we reconsider the latest poll data in Colorado, which appears to turn the "conventional wisdom" on its head. How can Trump be doing so well, in spite of it all? With Listener Calls and Music from the Beatles, Alan Walker, Dwight Yoakam and the Dances With Wolves soundtrack.  

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 26, 2016 - HR 1

June 26, 2016

A celebration of British Independence on this week's successful "Brexit" referendum -- as we had here predicted -- with audio from Nigel Farage, Judge Jeanine Pirro and Donald Trump. As Britain throws a tea party of its own, tossing the European Union overboard, we anticipate the consequences for American politics. Was it more than merely fortuitous to see a pro-Brexit Donald Trump arrive in Scotland on the very day of the vote? Right side of history, possibly? How will "rattled" globalists -- e.g. Hillary Clinton and President Obama -- ultimately respond to this latest revolt of the masses? Do Leftist "forebodings" reflect concern for their prospects and legacies? Meanwhile, in swing state Colorado, Trump and Hillary are polling 'even steven' as we offer thoughts on the Republican candidates in the Colorado senate race. Plus, we discuss Angela Merkel, Montesquieu and George Fridiric Handel. With Listener Calls and Music via Shakira, P!nk and Maroon 5.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 19, 2016 - Hr 3

June 19, 2016

Reflections on the "dodo bird" and Western Civilization. Has a propagandized populace finally lost its capacity to make rational decisions in its own self-defense? Is the West now going the way of the evolutionarily flightless and naive dodo bird? We question the mainstream media's overall depiction of America, which Sharyl Attkisson avers has been "distorting the facts to serve world elites" to an unprecedented extent. We make note of the palpable lack of unity in the Democratic Party with reference to this weekend's pro-Bernie Sanders "People's Summit," which offered abundant intra-party criticism of Hillary Clinton. Also, we ask, has Donald Trump waged a "hostile takeover" of the Republican Party -- or is he merely overturning the pre-existing hostile takeover already waged by the current crop of GOP Elites? Plus, we assess a Colorado Republican Delegate's curiously misguided efforts on behalf of Hillary Clinton, as abetted by progressive media outlets, while we survey additional consequences of a potential Clinton victory in November. With Brexit verses rom Morrissey and notes on the Summer Solstice and Strawberry Moon. Including Listener Calls and Father's Day Music via Jamie Johnson, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash & the Sons of the Pioneers.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 19, 2016 - Hr 2

June 19, 2016

Is America on the edge of the abyss? A conversation on American survival with paterfamilias John Andrews, former President of the Colorado Senate and speechwriter for Richard Nixon. In the aftermath of terror in Orlando, will Americans prefer the "crisp categories" of Donald Trump or the "fuzzy logic" of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? Is the politically correct media deliberately obscuring the most important issues now confronting the nation? We review the multifarious consequences of a potential Hillary victory in November: A permanently leftist Supreme Court, a permanently open border, an undermined Second Amendment, the continuation of a deeply misguided interventionist foreign policy, and the perpetuation of poor trade deals which compromise American workers -- plus higher taxes, exacerbated government growth and the formal enshrinement of a globalist Beltway Ruling Class. Will recalcitrant Never Trumpers merit responsibility for such potential eventualities? Also, we visit with a representative of Colorado Women for Trump. Is Colorado Republican Senate candidate Robert Blaha the most pro-Trump candidate in the race? With Listener Calls and Music via Ellie Goulding, Roger Miller, George Strait & Waylon Jennings.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 19, 2016 - Hr 1

June 19, 2016

The "battle for reality" heats up in the aftermath of the Orlando terror attack. Donald Trump points to the reality of radical Islamic terror, while Hillary Clinton and President Obama portray 'access to guns' as the real root cause of the mass-shooting. We review leftist deconstructionist strategies for "framing" issues to the American public. Is progressive thinker George Lakoff right to suggest Aristotelian "categories" of public discourse are "fictions" which can be manipulated at will? Is Professor Steven Pinker right to push back against such "fuzzy" logic which denies a connection to "the way the world works"? Meanwhile, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces plans to release redacted portions of conversations between the FBI and terrorist Omar Mateen -- selectively editing out the "pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups." Is the Obama Administration planning to scrub the "Islamic State" out of the discourse? Also, we marvel at the media's determined circling of the wagons against Trump and express dismay that many in the "sick" Republican Establishment are along for the ride. A terminal sickness? Plus, we address the "binary logic" of the campaign cycle, we ask which Colorado Republican Senate candidate is most supportive of Trump, and we share Father's Day thoughts with Producer Dwayne. With Listener Calls and Music via Billie Joe & Norah Jones, Sade, Pharrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dwight Yoakam.      

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 12, 2016 - Hr 3

June 12, 2016

What's the matter with Mitt? We survey Mitt Romney's "tone-deaf" cavalcade of criticisms against Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and even Jeb Bush during his weekend meeting with GOP "donors" in Utah. How has Romney devolved into a de facto campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton? We listen to Paul Manafort, chairman of the Trump campaign, respond in kind to the former GOP nominee. Also, we review a devastating ABC News report detailing how an unqualified Clinton Foundation donor was appointed to the sensitive International Security Advisory Board under then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Why was Rajiv Fernando, a Chicago securities trader, advising Hillary on the use of tactical nuclear weapons? A case of Clintonesque corruption? Plus, we describe the travails of Trump-supporter Juan Fernandez, who had his nose broken by anti-Trump protesters last week in San Jose, California. Did the media miss a major story herein? With Listener Calls & Music via Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, George Jones and The Smiths.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 12, 2016 - Hr 2

June 12, 2016

Assessing the fallout from today's terrorist massacre in Orlando, Florida. How ultimately compatible are Western Secular Democracies with certain aspects of Islam? Will the increasingly popular "Brexit" movement gain additional momentum in its push for increased national sovereignty in the UK? How well can the Left hold its "Diversity Coalition" together as it faces inevitable tensions between certain of its constituent components? We listen to Newt Gingrich criticize the dishonest Establishment Media as he predicts the beginning of "a new conversation" within the "gay rights movement." Also, could President Obama be angling to succeed Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General of the United Nations? Might that explain Obama's active campaigning efforts on behalf of Hillary Clinton? Plus, we speculate on the pro-Trump "zeitgeist" of a 2016 "change election." Will Americans want more status quo -- or maybe actually something new this time around? With Listener Calls & Music via Neil Finn, Glenn Frey & Mukashi Kara Aru Basho.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 12, 2016 - Hr 1

June 12, 2016

Terrorism in Florida. Gunman Omar Mateen, after pledging his loyalty to the Islamic State, kills 50 and wounds 53 this morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando. We review responses from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and President Obama as we consider the political implications of this ISIS-inspired atrocity. Why are President Obama and Hillary Clinton emphasizing "gun control" measures in their public statements? Is Donald Trump more discerning to focus on "radical Islam" and America's immigration policy? How relevant are Sen. Jeff Sessions' concerns that Hillary Clinton, if elected, would hasten to undermine the Second Amendment in America? How will members of the LGBT community be responding to the tragedy? And how might American attitudes towards immigration and border security be affected? Also, we offer plentiful criticism of Mitt Romney as per his weekend "Never Trump" conclave in Utah. With Listener Calls & Music via Social Distortion, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Sex Pistols.     

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - June 5, 2016 - Hr 3

June 5, 2016

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson appears to be alienating prospective GOP converts. Why does Johnson say he agrees with socialist Bernie Sanders "73 percent" of the time? And was Johnson wise to describe his struggles with "underwear" that is "too small" in a meeting with the New York Times? Meanwhile, we offer a fitting musical tribute en francais to the potential candidacy of pundit David French, who was recently selected for POTUS by fellow pundit Bill Kristol. Has the "Never Trump" movement now become a French farce? Could Feydeau have written it any better? Also, we pay musical homage to the surprisingly sturdy campaign of Bernie Sanders via Elton John's anthem "Bernie & the Jets." As the Democrat Establishment now rains thunder on the tousled socialist, we assess his prospects in California, as Hillary Clinton continues to manage her "cough." Plus, we review George Friedman's stated "intimate connection between nationalism and liberal democracy" and continue to promote Donald Trump as the best antidote to an increasingly authoritarian American Ruling Class. With music from Dwight Yoakam & Big Head Todd and listener calls.