Recently, I finally caught up on all the episodes of Never Forget Radio I hadn’t heard and I am so glad I did! This podcast by Dan Pasternack is so great. It analyzes our cultural, political, and societal knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 and offers insight into how that reaction is, in many ways, still ongoing and has led us to where we are today.
Talking through “over a decade of disappointment, failure, and disaster” might not sound entertaining or funny but it totally is in this podcast (when appropriate). It’s definitely not a comedy podcast but just try not to laugh during Episode 3: Invasion of the Overdogs which compares the 1984 Patrick Swayze Cold War propaganda film “Red Dawn” and Operation Red Dawn, the 2003 military operation which led to the capture of Saddam Hussein and was named after the film. It still counts if it’s that kind of laugh that is also a sigh, a groan, and whatever you call that sound you make when you think to yourself “man, we are really fucked”.
The two-parter (still to be continued) first-person account of a teenage girl’s experience in police custody during the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC, on the other hand, will make your blood run cold. Parts 1 and 2 describe the disgusting, inhumane conditions that hundreds of protestors (and people who just happened to be on the street) were held in, zip-tied and taunted for days only to have their charges dropped once the convention was over. I can’t wait to be infuriated by part 3.
As if I don’t have enough reasons to love this podcast, the theme song is one of the best Old table songs and OT as well as Cave Cricket, No One and the Somebodies, TURBOSLEAZE (and some other non-Westchester musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z) are all over this podcast.
You really haven’t heard a TURBOSLEAZE song until you’ve heard it along with George W. Bush talking about how many Shakespeares he’s been reading.
Anyway, it’s on itunes, stitcher, beyondpod, bandcamp, tumblr, twitter and probably a bunch of other places so go check it out!