Objection to the Rule
Objection to the Rule
Hosted by Orie Givens, Violet Baron, Rosemary Misdary, Rachel Cleary. Objection to the Rule is RFB’s answer to the repetitive chatter on the Sunday morning talk circuit. A mixture of news, discussion, interviews and stories from a Brooklyn lens,. Objection to the Rule will give a voice to Brooklyn communities and tackle topics that represent the diverse issues of our neighborhoods. Hosted by a rotating group of RFB hosts and produced by Queer State of Mind’s Orie Givens, Objection to the Rule is the new voice for Brooklyn communities to speak out and speak up!
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Category: News, Politics, Talk

About Orie Givens, Violet Baron, Rosemary Misdary, Rachel Cleary

Orie GivensOrie Givens (Executive Producer)  is a senior communications professional and multimedia journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the Ohio State University and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Orie reports at the intersection of social justice, race and ethnicity, politics and public affairs and is currently a general assignment reporter for Spectrum News. Orie is also the Executive Producer of RFB talk show Queer State of Mind Director of News and Community Engagement for RFB.


Violet Baron (Senior Producer) is a journalist, audio producer, communications professional–and Brooklyn Native– interested in telling community stories through an empathetic lens. Her previous work includes covering finance with Pageant Media and has contributed to Harvard Magazine, the Pennsylvania Gazette and The University of Chicago Magazine.



Rosie Misdary (Producer/Host) is an international issues reporter having worked across the globe. She also hosts weekly show Brooklyn Conversation on Sundays at 12p on Radio Free Brooklyn.




Rachel Cleary (Producer/Host) is a longtime Radio Free Brooklyn personality and host of RFB’s Hear and Now with Rachel C and a contributor to Brooklyn Bandstand. A lifelong New Yorker, she studied Psychology and political science as an undergraduate and holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Multicultural Education. She has been involved in local and national social activism for many years, via organizations like The Federation Of East Village Artists, United For Peace and Justice, and The Lady Parts Justice League. She was a regular performer at The Bowery Poetry Club. She is a staff reporter for the Shadow Press, contributing pieces on legal issues and reviews of film and art addressing social and political issues.



External Website: www.radioqueerminded.com

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  • Childcare and the Middle Class Squeeze: OTR 1-13-2019
    by Objection to the Rule on January 23, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    You might find balance in your home, family and career-- but try having a child in NYC, and you're in for a whole new set of challenges. This week we are joined by journalist and new father Kouichi Shirayanagi, who shares just how expensive it is to pay for daycare in New York, and how that complicates things for a family who are getting started in their careers. Plus, hosts Violet and Ramond discuss the side effects of the government shutdown for workers living on the edge, and what a new caravan of Central American migrants will mean. Listen →

  • Shutdown Again, L Train Surprise and Populism's Discontents: OTR 1-6-2019
    by Objection to the Rule on January 23, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    This week on Objection to the Rule, hosts Violet and Ramond discuss what happens as Trump's government shutdown stretches on. Plus, we unpack Mayor de Blasio's surprise announcement about the L Train, and the effects of populist - and authoritarian - governments in Brazil and Hungary. Listen →

  • Street Vendor Project: OTR 12/16/18
    by Objection to the Rule on December 30, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Around 20,000 street vendors work in New York City-- serving food, selling handbags, and bringing life and culture to city streets. But the process for setting up and running their business is not at all secure. This week, we're joined by special guest Mohamed Attia, Co-Director of the Street Vendor Project, to hear how his organization is helping out Plus, hosts Violet and Orie talk DeBlasio's fix for NYCHA and Mick Mulvaney in the White Hous Listen →

  • Forensic Psych, Justice Kennedy Retires, and Victory for Ocasio-Cortez: OTTR July 1, 2018
    by Objection to the Rule on October 29, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    This week on Objection to the Rule, we chat with special guest Sarah Kuttner, MS in Forensic Psychology '18 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sarah tells us how forensic psych plays into our criminal justice system in both well-known and surprising ways. Plus, we talk the circumstances surrounding Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's sudden retirement and digest the landslide victory by newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York State Representative. Listen →

  • Elections 2018 with Zellnor Myrie and Larry Sharpe
    by Objection to the Rule on September 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    This week we hear from two candidates in New York's coming 2018 elections: Larry Sharpe and Zellnor Myrie In our first half, Sharpe talks with cohost Rosie and Ramond to share his story and perspectives on the Libertarian platforms in his bid for governor this Fall. Then we talk with Zellnor Myrie, a Democratic candidate running for the New York State Senate. Z, who is running against incumbent Jesse Hamilton from the Independent Democratic Conference, tells us what affordable housing initiatives excite him, how he will work to provide for ailing city schools, and how the IDC has failed progressive New York ideals. Listen →

  • Life at the Border: OTTR 6/24/18
    by Objection to the Rule on July 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    What's really happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in the wake of Trump's family separation policy and Zero Tolerance? We hear from Devora Gonzalez, an activist and field organizer for School of Americas Watch, about the situation for Central American immigrants to the U.S., and her own reaction as a mother and daughter of immigrants. Plus, hosts Violet, Rosie and Orie and RFB intern Ellie discuss what the city's coming styrofoam ban will mean for restaurants and street cart vendors. Listen →

  • Alienating Allies and Courting Enemies: OTTR 6/17/2018
    by Objection to the Rule on June 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    This week, hosts Rosie, Violet and Orie and RFB intern Ellie discuss Trump's much-anticipated meeting with North Korean's Kim Jong Un, as well as the administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the boarder. Plus, we consider the consequences of the city's styrofoam ban on ethnic food trucks and independent restauranteurs, and chew on the World Cup. Listen →

  • Trade Wars, Elderly in NYC, & Welcome to Ellie: OTTR 6/10/18
    by Objection to the Rule on June 14, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    This week we analyze Trump's latest moves to antagonize U.S. allies at the G-7 and pardon long-deceased American boxers. We talk about why New York's a tough place to live for the elderly, and we welcome our newest panelist: Ellie! Listen →

  • What Rabbis Want: Objection to the Rule 6/3/18
    by Objection to the Rule on June 6, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Picture a rabbi, and you'll probably imagine an old man with a flowing beard. But that's far from where the world's heading: we talk gender in clergy, Israel and faith in politics with special guest Liora Alban, who is in rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and who just finished a degree in Jewish Education. Plus, our team discuss the latest news, from Trump's latest will-he-or-won't-he summit with Kim Jong Un to a homeless shelter for NYC's LGBT youth. Listen →

  • American Jews and Israel - Objection to the Rule 2/4
    by Objection to the Rule on May 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    How does the American Jewish community feel about the state of Israel, and what is the reasoning behind its strong feelings, both positive and negative? Ilana Levinson and Talia Baurer, from the Jewish activist groups IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace, join us to explain it all. Listen →

  • What No One Tells You About Elder Care - Objection to the Rule 2/11
    by Objection to the Rule on February 27, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    America's Baby Boomer population is aging fast, and it's going to be up to the rest of us to ensure our loved ones have the care they need. But that's often the last thing on the minds of Gen Y'ers and Millennials with a lot already on our plates. This week, hosts Violet, Rosie, Orie and Rachel talk with Kathleen, who helps care for her father as he navigates a debilitating chronic illness and an unhelpful healthcare system. Plus, we discuss the week's news, as North Korea joins the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the U.S. deficit rises ever higher. Listen →

  • Tax Bill Takeoff - Objection to the Rule - 12/7
    by Objection to the Rule on January 31, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Well, it finally happened-- Republicans in Congress signed off on a once-in-a-generation tax reform bill that will change life for almost everyone. Hosts Orie, Rosie, Violet and Rachel discuss what this means for Americans, and we hear what Governor Cuomo and everyday New Yorkers have to say about it. Plus, our hosts share the biggest news stories from 2017. Listen →

  • Sh*thole Countries - Objection to the Rule 12/14
    by Objection to the Rule on January 31, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    This week, hosts Orie, Rosie and Violet talk about President Trump's alleged use of an offensive term to describe places like El Salvador and Haiti during talks on immigration. Plus, what happens when you're told to seek cover immediately... and find out it's all a false alarm? We discuss Hawaii's flirtation with disaster. And, Oprah for president? Not so fast. Celebrities running for high office may seem like a good idea, but you'll hear why it could be less than perfect. Listen →

  • Shutdown! - Objection to the Rule - 1/21
    by Objection to the Rule on January 31, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Hosts Orie, Violet and Rosie discuss the impending government shutdown, and who's casting the blame. Plus, we talk about President Trump's Fake News Awards targeting unfavorable media and what it means for our free press, and the 2nd Women's March's biggest impacts. Listen →

  • Life in Palestine - Objection to the Rule - 1/28
    by Objection to the Rule on January 30, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    This week, two activists for Palestine advocacy and education, Amal Wahdan of the Sheikh Hasan Foundation for Culture and Science in Ramallah and Paul Larudee of the International Solidarity Movement, join us to talk about life in occupied Palestine. Hosts Rosie, Orie and Violet discuss the ways that American influence and funding play a role in Israel and Palestine, and how things will change as the American embassy moves to Jerusalem. Listen →

  • Tax Bill Madness - Objection to the Rule 12/31
    by Objection to the Rule on January 30, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Hosts Orie, Violet and Rosie discuss the upcoming potential changes to the tax law, and how they could affect our pockets. Listen →

  • Episode 109: Fair Fares, AntiFa & Post Charlottesville America
    by Objection to the Rule on August 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    On this week's Objection, we're joined by reporter Ashoka Jegroo whose coverage comes from the frontlines of anti-facism protests circles around the country. He explains what the media gets wrong about AntiFa, and what he heard from his colleagues in Charlottesville. Plus, we deal with the fallout of the President's remarks and we explore a campaign to make transit fares fairer for lower income New Yorkers with Jeff Jones. Listen →

  • Episode 108: Charlottesville, North Korea and Kellyanne Conway
    by Objection to the Rule on August 18, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    This episode of Objection takes a look at the response after the white supremacist initiated violence in Charlottesville, plus how the rhetoric between the US and North Korea has kicked up a notch. And, we're joined by RFB host and author of "The Kellyanne Conway Technique" Jarret Berenstein. Listen →

  • Episode 108: Scaramucci In
    by Objection to the Rule on August 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    On this episode of Objection we discuss the new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci. We dig into the plan presented by MTA Chairman Joe Lhota and we talk with Next City fellow Deonna Anderson about Brownsville. Listen →

  • Episode 107: Spicey Out, Justine Damond
    by Objection to the Rule on August 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    This episode of Objection explores the tumultuous White House career of Former Comms Director/Press Secretary Sean Spicer. And, we talk about the different factors in the Justine Damond case and how they may play out. Listen →