Changes to the show

WVUD in Delaware has been my broadcasting home for 10 years now and I’m so grateful for the opportunities they’ve given me. But “Arsenal For Democracy” will be departing the station in January to re-launch in a podcast-only format, including a bonus episode each week.

More details to come as we get closer to the end of 2021 and finish our last 6 episodes with WVUD, but we think current listeners will be pleased with the new format. We’ll be keeping what has been working and improving upon that further. We also think new listeners will love it!

We will continue our focus of the past two years on American history – especially the homegrown history of labor, the left, and radicals as it relates to our present – featuring the same four or five co-hosts on a rotating basis, but we will also be adding more guest interviews and book reviews. We’re expecting typical episodes to be under 40 minutes long, unless they’re double-length at around an hour and 15 minutes for a longer topic or interview.

oh no

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.