Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 31, 2016 - HR 3

July 31, 2016
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Donald Trump has seized the momentum in the presidential race, but the media machine is fighting back in earnest. Can a lockstep media carry Hillary across the finish line, even though 68% of Americans feel she is not "honest and trustworthy"? And with 70% of Americans convinced America is "headed in the wrong direction," can the Left entice voters to stick with a Democrat Establishment candidate? Or are their narratives now formally collapsing? We further review the controversy over Khizr Khan's speech to the DNC and consider its constitutional components. Also, we make note of the Koch Brothers Globalist Big Donor Puppetry meeting in Colorado Springs, as we encourage our libertarian friends to consider the "practical libertarianism" of Thomas Jefferson. Plus our review of the excellent new Jason Bourne action movie. With Listener Calls and Music via AC/DC, BTO, 10cc, Moby and the Tamba Trio. 

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 31, 2016 - HR 2

July 31, 2016
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As Trump takes the lead in the national polls, will Hillary Clinton get a catch-up "bounce" out of last week's Democratic National Convention? Why is Hillary drawing such small crowds to her events in Pennsylvania? We visit with John Andrews, who describes the full-house energized Trump Rally in Denver as beyond anything he's seen in his decades in politics. We sense panic on the Left -- which might explain the full-tilt push against Trump in the media, which is now busily promoting the McCarthyist conspiracy theories of the Clinton campaign. We note the grave contrasts in media treatment of Pat Smith, who lost her son in Benghazi, with that of Khizr Khan, who lost his son in Iraq. Will the DNC "fantasy America" narratives prevail in November? Plus, thoughts on Trump's "winning" temperament, the future of SCOTUS, and the latest controversies involving Megyn Kelly and Fox News. With Listener Calls and Music via Van Morrison, P!nk and more Rolling Stones.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 31, 2016 - HR 1

July 31, 2016
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Donald Trump holds two high-energy rallies in Colorado. We offer an on-scene description of the spectacular Denver rally, which filled "to capacity" the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. We marvel at the happy enthusiasm of the standing-room-only crowd, and relate host conversations with several attendees. Meanwhile, Chris Wallace of Fox News conducts a weak, softball interview with Hillary Clinton. Why is Fox trying to "humanize" Hillary? Also, we listen to Professor Stephen Cohen dismantle the "reckless" and "neo-McCarthyite" Russian conspiracy theories now being propounded by the Clinton campaign. Are they causing real geopolitical damage to America? And what do these strange attacks on Trump reveal about the "temperament" of Hillary Clinton? Plus, we pay homage to Hamlet in describing 2016 as a "to be or not to be" existential election for America. With Listener Calls and Music via Foreigner, Foghat and the Rolling Stones.   

Matt Dunn hosts the Dan Caplis Show - July 25th 2016 - HR 2

July 25, 2016
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Backbone Radio's Matt Dunn guest-host for Dan. Open Lines on Trump v. Hillary and the WikiLeaks emails.

Matt Dunn hosts the Dan Caplis Show - July 25th 2016 - HR 1

July 25, 2016
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Backbone Radio's Matt Dunn guest-host for Dan. Open Lines on Trump v. Hillary and the WikiLeaks emails.

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 24, 2016 - HR 3

July 24, 2016
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Has Ted Cruz taken lingering "Never Trumpers" over the edge with him? Did the pro-Cruz Colorado delegation work as a band of principled citizens in their Cleveland "walkout" -- or as saboteurs of the Republican Party and abettors of the Clinton campaign? To what extent has Darryl Glenn's senate campaign been undermined? In spite of it all, why is leftist activist Michael Moore now convinced that "Trump is gonna win" in November? Meanwhile, we review the bizarre claims of Robby Mook, campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, that Putin's Russia has masterminded the damaging DNC email leaks -- and that Donald Trump is somehow to blame. Also, we listen to Bernie Sanders demand the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Will Sanders toe the line for the "rigged" system of his own party? With Listener Calls and Music via Abba, Skeeter Davis, the Rolling Stones and Dwight Yoakam.  

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 24, 2016 - HR 2

July 24, 2016
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Are these the "end times" for Senator Ted Cruz? Booed off the stage in Cleveland for refusing to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump, we consider the strange fate of this prickly politician. Man of his word -- or Lyin' Ted? We listen to Hillary Clinton now singing the praises of Ted Cruz, as we scrutinize his explications of perfidy. How has it come to this? Meanwhile, columnist Peggy Noonan says of Cruz: "What a jerk." Callers sound off. With Music via Canned Heat, Todd Rundgren, George Harrison and Johnny Cash.    

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 24, 2016 - HR 1

July 24, 2016
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Trouble in Philadelphia. Controversy engulfs the DNC amidst its preparations for the Democratic National Convention. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigns her position, while Hillary Clinton's campaign manager blames "Russian state actors" for their current party predicament. Dark times for the DNC? Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton names Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate. As the media waxes enthusiastic about Kaine's "fluency" in Spanish, we question his linguistic bonafides. Are Democrats pandering to Hispanic voters? Compensating for not adding a Hispanic candidate to their ticket? Is "a little bit better than nada"? Plus, we review the successful RNC Convention in Cleveland and the stirring capstone speech of GOP nominee Donald Trump, as we study the amazing implosion of Senator Ted Cruz. Also, commentary on terrorism in Germany and reactions to Peter Schweizer's stunning new film adaptation of Clinton Cash. With Listener Calls and Music via the Texas Tornados, Soundgarden, Green Day, Helene Fischer and My Fair Lady.       

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 17, 2016 - HR 3

July 17, 2016
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Notes on National Identity in America. Commentator David Brooks describes Donald Trump as a "blood and soil nationalist," intending a pejorative connotation. But might this actually count as a compliment? Did Harvard philosopher Samuel Huntington predict our current political moment -- a "clash of civilizations" conjoined with a muddled sense of "who we are" as Americans? We gauge the divide between untethered globalist elites and the more anchored citizenry of Western civilization. Is America truly a disembodied "propositional" nation -- or should there be a rightful place for existing patterns of language, culture, religion and identity? If our conservative creeds have become too abstract, to what extent is America still a "sustainable" experiment? Could the lack of "national spirit" in America be contributing to our cultural disintegration? We survey the pessimistic outlook of French intellectual Michel Houellebecq, who compares the nations of Europe to hopeless "zombies," as does Italian philosopher Giacomo Leopardi. Also, we consider the phenomenon of "tattoos" in our common culture with homage to Sylvester McMonkey McBean and the Dr. Seuss classic, The Sneetches. Coda: Our stirring defense of candidate Trump. With Listener Calls and Music via Maren Morris, Pavement, Kylie Minogue and R.E.M.   

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - July 17, 2016 - HR 2

July 17, 2016
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We need new leadership in America. A conversation with paterfamilias John Andrews, former Nixon staffer and president of the Colorado Senate. To what extent is President Obama's rhetoric on law enforcement culpable for police slayings in Dallas and Baton Rouge? Did Obama "set the table" for these tragic events? Meanwhile, we review the selection of Gov. Mike Pence as running mate for Donald Trump -- a "solid gold" decision, says Andrews -- as we chronicle the "last gasps" of the Never Trump movement. Also, we survey the enduring challenges of the Hillary Clinton campaign with regards to basic "messaging." At this point in time, after all of her years in public life, does Hillary even know why she's running for office? Does her motivation stem from a devotion to principle -- or more of a desire for power? Plus, with an eye to recurrent terror in France, we recall the "James Taylor Diplomacy" of the Obama Administration, and suggest the need for an immediate uptick in seriousness to the level of "Hall and Oates." With Listener Calls and Music via Sezen Aksu, Mike Ness, Van Halen and the Wreckers.