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Well we did not record a new episode of the show this week because we would have had to record before the election for broadcast today after the presidential election. I guess it’s good we planned it like that because, well, there was a catastrophically terrible surprise outcome as you might have heard.

We should be back on the air next week. Also I guess I hope to be able to return to writing here daily, which I still had not been doing, due to ongoing election commitments.

2016 plans

I know many folks were wondering why the radio show had gone on hiatus at the beginning of December.

After speaking with so many of you all over, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be running in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts Governor’s Council Third District in September 2016.

This is a natural continuation of the work I’ve been doing for nearly a decade. But together, we can fight for justice for all in Massachusetts – on race, inequality, the environment, and more. That means first bringing a new generation’s perspective to the job for the 32 cities and towns I hope to represent.

Watch the video at Bill Humphrey For Massachusetts Governor’s Council and read more about where I stand on the issues of our time.

New feature and new author

I’m pleased to announce that Ben Tolkin (yes, that Ben Tolkin) has joined Arsenal For Democracy as a contributor to our new feature: the staccato Arsenal Micron.

Ben Tolkin studied Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Korean at Washington University in St. Louis. He's currently trying to study everything else.

Ben Tolkin studied Philosophy, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Korean at Washington University in St. Louis. He’s currently trying to study everything else.

He will be writing four very pithy posts each week on politics, current events, history, and whatever topics connect to that. For those familiar with his Facebook postings, you can expect more of the same, but over here now too, where the whole world can access it. At the moment, he doesn’t have a Twitter account, so our site is the best you Tolkinheads on the internet can do if you’re not privy to his Facebook profile. (Or, I guess you can watch his YouTube channel.)

We hope you enjoy this new feature. Please consider subscribing to the site’s various feeds so you don’t miss any posts from Ben (or our other authors). We also have a radio show.

No episode this week, but some site news

We took a break this week from recording to enjoy the holiday, but also to start introducing some changes at Arsenal For Democracy. Regular and occasional readers and listeners alike are no doubt aware that our coverage has skewed increasingly heavily toward stories outside the United States. That’s partly a result of my own interests, but it’s also because I’ve been a bit short-staffed on both the site and the radio show for some time now, and only Nate and I have regularly been in Massachusetts together.

Fortunately, if you heard last week’s episode then you know that our former regular co-host (and fellow University of Delaware alum) Kelley has returned from the Peace Corps to Massachusetts. She plans not only to re-join the show as a regular (i.e. weekly) co-host with me for WVUD, but also to join the site as a writer about five days a week, for at least the rest of the summer, beginning this week.

Kelley will be focusing on a range of topics, including — but certainly not limited to — U.S. policy and public health issues. These are important to me, but I feel they will be better handled and more regularly covered coming from her on a regular basis than from me every now and then.

Her bio, along with everyone else’s, is available on our About Us page. You can read her articles and hear her episodes here.

I’m very excited to have her not just back on board, but also playing a much bigger role than before. I think we’ll be able to grow the site and the radio show toward our core mission with two of us working on it all week, in addition to the weekly and occasional contributions from everyone else on the team.

Hello again

red-A-198To our past readers from Starboard Broadside, shuttered at the beginning of February 2011, Nate and I want to welcome you back.

The two of us have been very busy on a number of other endeavors in the past 33 months, which didn’t leave us much time for writing. This won’t be the same site, of course, but we’re looking forward to delivering some of the same type of insights and essays you have come to expect from us, as well as some new ones, on a regular and, we hope, daily basis.

It is particularly fitting as we launch this site that the U.S. Senate has just reformed its filibuster rules significantly, given that its failure to do so nearly three years ago was one of several factors in the timing of our decision to suspend operations (and indeed, the predicted near-total gridlock, preventing policy from going far enough for us to discuss, did come to pass unfortunately). The new reforms are far from a cure-all, but it’s a nice turn of events as we return to the written medium.

To our new readers, particularly those who are listeners to my talk show on WVUD, welcome to our written commentary. My first radio show, Broadside Radio, was a spinoff of the old blog and ended concurrently. My new show started later that year and has in great part led me back to writing. Here you’ll get bonus related written content that didn’t make the final cut for the 45 minutes to an hour I have each week, and you’ll find a whole lot more as we think out loud (in writing, at least) on various new stories — some of which may develop into segments. If you like the show, you’ll definitely want to stick around for all the online-only content.

A note about older posts:

The site is officially launching today, December 1, 2013. Everything dated prior to December 1st has been re-located here from other sites, including Starboard Broadside, if it predates February 2011. These posts have not been modified or changed except for the occasional correction of a dead link or inclusion of an editor’s note about subsequent developments. We do not plan to move all or even most of the Starboard Broadside posts over, as this is not the same site and many of the posts are short and narrowly focused on something that was only momentarily topical. We will however, be transferring some of the more interesting and timeless items from the SBBS archives on an ad hoc basis as we find connections to past posts in current events.

Thank you all so much for reading Arsenal For Democracy. –Bill