E22: Utopian Dreaming Inside Seattle’s CHAZ: A Marine Combat Correspondent Reports (w/ Ethan E. Rocke)
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On this episode, Coffee or Die senior editor Ethan Rocke and I discuss his recent trip to the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in Seattle. We also talk about his experiences as a Marine combat correspondent, the social division currently facing the U.S., his recent conversation with General James Mattis, and how we can move forward as a country.

Bio: Ethan E. Rocke is a senior editor for Coffee or Die. Born in Los Angeles and raised in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, he is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning photographer and filmmaker in Portland, Oregon. He served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, deploying once to Kosovo for peacekeeping operations. After leaving the Army, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a “storyteller of Marines,” serving in Okinawa and the Asia-Pacific region with III Marine Expeditionary Force and at the Marine Corps Motion Picture and Television Liaison Office in Los Angeles, where he served as a consultant on dozens of television shows and documentaries and several feature films. His work has been published in Maxim Magazine, American Legion Magazine and many others. He is co-author of “The Last Punisher: A SEAL Team THREE Sniper’s True Account of the Battle of Ramadi.”

Reach Ethan:

Website: https://ethanrockemedia.com/

 Ethan’s Piece on CHAZ:

https://coffeeordie.com/chop-autonomous-zone-essay/

 Ethan’s video footage of the sheriff mentioned:

https://coffeeordie.com/sheriff-swanson-flint-michigan/?fbclid=IwAR0g6e0JczVnRd_cvClkmlr0cvGhZVJuT_qYQdF0rMNiQ91ROjYnSURHPrs

 Ethan’s article “Commitment Issues”:

https://www.legion.org/magazine/230217/commitment-issues?fbclid=IwAR28157FRjFdUPessezuxv-ff-7pi50hcx4iYg8EMiMb1KUJQANPrk0xiUY

Tom Baker has been a PhD student in UMSL’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program since 2017. Tom received his BA in Political Science from Arizona State University and worked as a police officer for approximately nine years. His research interests include police culture, use of force, and qualitative research methods. 

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