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The Stranger's week-in-review podcast, in which Eli Sanders, Dan Savage and a group of "experts" explain what just happened in the news, and what it all means. A wide-ranging discussion of everything you need to know in order to pose as an informed, productive member of society!
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Dec 11, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee has decided to draw up two articles of impeachment; one for “abuse of power,” and the other for “obstructing Congress.” Dan Savage, Katie Herzog, Rich Smith, who steps in as host for Eli Sanders on the first two segments, discuss the benefits and disadvantages of what the New York Times calls a “narrow” and “vague” pair of articles. Next, the same crew mulls over the FBI inspector general’s newly released report on the Mueller investigations. Democrats are saying the report clears the FBI of Trump’s accusations of bias (because it does) and Republicans say the report shows a clear attempt to “overthrow” the present (because it doesn’t). Attorney General William Barr isn’t satisfied with the report, and says he’s in the midst of his own investigation of the investigators. Savage has a solution for that. Finally, Eli Sanders returns in the third segment to talk about the Golden Globe nominees. Find out who got robbed, and who did the robbing. 

Dec 4, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the latest impeachment drama, which took place this week in a new venue: the big, ready-to-brawl House Judiciary Committee. After that, a not totally fond farewell to Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the race this week shortly after The New York Times declared her campaign had already “unraveled” and long after people like Rich had already declared that Harris was a “cop.” And finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns join in on a discussion of two movies worth seeing: Atlantics on Netflix and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in theaters. They also dig up an old Tom Hanks project that’ll make you question his current status as a modern day saint. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 27, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith give you all the ammunition you’ll need for your Thanksgiving table political arguments, plus a Twitter-launched image you won’t be able to get out of your mind: a bare-chested, boxing-glove-clad Donald Trump. (You’re welcome.) After that, an investigation into why the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is such a bad texter. And finally, Nathalie Graham offers some solid recommendations for books you can be “reading” (or actually reading) in your former childhood bedroom before, during, and after the turkey carving. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 20, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog have all been glued to impeachment coverage this week and react to new revelations in Wednesday's bombshell testimony of Ambassador Gordon Sondland. Dan also offers a theory about why Donald Trump made an unexpected, unannounced visit to the doctor over the weekend. After that, Rich Smith has a thing or two to say about the ongoing war in the Democratic Party between so-called moderates and so-called purists, and Dan considers what a victory in Iowa would say about Pete Buttigieg, who’s suddenly leading in the polls there. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig considers the image of Jeff Bezos, as presented by painter Robert McCurdy in an image currently hanging at the National Portrait Gallery. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 13, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith react to the first public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry, which got underway just before we sat down to record this week’s episode. Will this new phase, and the latest revelations, change anything at all? And does the real change actually need to occur in the Republican-controlled Senate, by allowing Senators to vote anonymously on whether to convict and remove Trump? After that, Lester Black joins in to talk about the nationally important Seattle election that caused us to miss last week’s episode. Lester also gives us an update on the latest developments in the nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illness. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns help make sense of the streaming wars, which kicked into super high gear this week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 6, 2019

Hey folks, we are busy covering the local election here in Seattle, so no show for you this week. 

See you next week! 

Oct 30, 2019

Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog talk about the latest impeachment drama and a story from Axios that reports on Republicans quietly fearing a “total wipeout in 2020.” That’s right, party insiders say there’s a “three-alarm fire” going on that could lead to Democrats keeping the House and winning the Senate and White House, too. After that, Katie dives into the controversy over Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill, who is resigning amid revelations concerning a thrupple she was involved in and an alleged relationship she had with a staffer in her House office. Also, Eli flags a story that hasn’t received enough attention: Facebook employees rebelling over Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to allow politicians to lie in political ads. The employees have some ideas for how Facebook can do better, and they’re really interesting. Finally, two books we’re loving right now. Rich talks about Madeline flitch’s Stay and Fight while Jasmyne Keimig talks about Sally Rooeny’s Normal People. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 23, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about what’s going on inside the so-called “star chamber”—aka, a secure House of Representatives hearing room—where House impeachment investigators are hearing day after day of damning testimony against President Trump. Also: the author an anonymous New York Times op-ed from 2018 that chronicled dysfunction within the Trump administration is now publishing a book (also anonymously). It’s going to be called “A Warning,” and it will be out in November. After that, Katie Herzog considers a high-level Democratic freak-out about the current crop of presidential candidates. Does the world really need Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, John Kerry, or some other presidential wannabe to enter this already crowded race? Finally, Jasmyne Keimig talks about an artist you should know, a graphic novel about her way-ahead-or-her-time life, and a current HBO series that’s also connected to a graphic novel, Watchmen. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 16, 2019

Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about the latest Democratic presidential candidates debate, which featured A LOT of attacks on Senator Elizabeth Warren. Maybe because Warren's emerging as the front-runner? After that, Katie Herzog considers some alleged misstatements by Warren about pregnancy discrimination and then calls out untruths and more from the first-ever LGBTQ town hall on CNN. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig talks about two recording artists with new albums you should be listening to: Devandra Banhart and Sumer Walker. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 9, 2019

Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Chase Burns catch up on all the fast-moving impeachment news, as well as a new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that confirms, yet again, that the Russians interfered in America’s 2016 election to harm Hillary Clinton and benefit Donald Trump. The report also warns the Russians are still at it, and that the US needs to start taking defensive action. After that, a case currently before the US Supreme Court could have a big affect on LGBT rights in the workplace. Which way will the two Trump-appointed justices vote? And speaking of gay rights… Should Ellen DeGeneres have been palling around in a fancy sky box at a Dallas Cowboys football game with former President George W. Bush, who opposed gay marriage? Jasmyne Keimig has a firm answer. Finally, Chase updates us on RuPaul’s world domination and explains how to watch the new British Drag Race. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 2, 2019
Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith catch up on a week of fast-breaking impeachment developments and consider the possibility of President Pence. (Or President Pelosi!) After that, Nathalie Graham talks about the one-year anniversary of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Brett Kavanaugh, plus a new book from the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. It’s called “She Said.” Finally, Christopher Frizzelle and Chase Burns talk about the new Renee Zellweger movie, Judy. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Sep 25, 2019

Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about Nancy Pelosi’s decision to jump aboard the ITMFA train and open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s “lawless” behavior. The move came after new revelations that Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate one of Trump’s political rivals here in the United States, former Vice President Joe Biden. After that, Lester Black and Katie Herzog respond to listener concerns about how we described America’s vape-related illness outbreak on the last episode of Blabbermouth. They also talk about whether they’re still vaping. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig runs through some of the best moments at the Emmys and Chase Burns explains what’s so great about the new J-lo movie, Hustlers. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Sep 18, 2019

That's right. We taking the week off. 

206-302-2063

Sep 11, 2019



Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, which happened when Katie and Rich were teenagers. After that: John Bolton is out of the Trump administration, Marianne Williamson it out of the next Democratic debate, and Trump is editing the weather with a Sharpie—so everything’s gonna be just fine! Then, the nationwide focus on vaping-related illnesses. Lester Black explains what’s going on and what to do. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig tells us about grime rapper slowthai and a new album from FKA twigs. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Sep 4, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about hurricanes, global warming, golf, Trump, and the lessons Americans can draw from the wild constitutional crisis that’s currently gripping Great Britain. After that, Katie Herzog dives into a “cancel culture” controversy involving the new film Adam and strong feelings about how trans characters should be depicted. Finally, Charles Mudede and Jasmyne Keimig talk about “American Factory,” the fantastic new Netflix documentary that was produced by the Obamas.Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 28, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith skip through the most recent Trumpian incoherence—which we really can’t take any more of until after Labor Day—and then talk about something far less dire but far more interesting: bed bugs. Specifically, the bed bugs metaphor that this week freaked out New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and delighted Twitter. After that, Rich talks about what it was like to meet and talk with Elizabeth Warren after she drew the largest crowd of her campaign (15,000 people!) in Seattle. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig quickly squashes a conspiracy theory that's floating in the Blabbermouth podcast Facebook group and then helps you find that beach read you’ve been wanting for this end-of-summer weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 21, 2019

Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about Trump’s recent demand that American Jews stop being “disloyal” and stupid by voting for Democrats. (Also discussed: Trump’s proud retweet of a guy who called him the “King of Israel.”) Plus, in a surprise to no one, Trump has abandoned his talk about enacting meaningful gun control in the wake of continued mass shootings. After that, Katie explains what’s going on with Title X, Planned Parenthood, and the Trump administration. It’s a bureaucratic duel that has major consequences for how reproductive healthcare is delivered in this country. Finally, Jasmyne explains what’s so irresistible about HBO’s Succession and dives into a New York Times investigation into presidential candidates’ playlists. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 14, 2019
Germany’s economy is contracting and a bond stat called the “yield curve” has inverted, causing economists to warn of an impending recession. Dan Savage, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith, who steps in as host while Eli Sanders is out on vacation, have lived through a few of these economic downturns. They’ll give you some tips and tricks for getting through the next one. Then, after the largest massacre of Latinx people in recent memory, on Monday, Trump introduced a new rule to crack down on legal immigration. The Blabbermouth crew puts their heads together and talks about why the new rule is racist and bad. After that, Savage, Herzog, and Smith discuss some good news. According to House Judiciary chair Rep. Gerry Nadler, the House has already begun formal impeachment proceedings. But is this soft rollout what the ITMFA crowd is hoping? Finally, Jefferey Epstein. His alleged prison suicide launched a thousand conspiracy theories on Twitter—one of which was retweeted by the President. What are we doing here, people? And will Epstein’s victims find justice? 
Aug 7, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Trump’s role in them, and whether we’ll now, finally see some Congressional action on common sense gun laws. After that, a caller demands we stop talking about the Democratic presidential debates! (And we sorta comply—but only sorta.) Then, another caller takes Eli to task for comparing Marianne Williamson to Trump. Way off, she says. Finally, Rich reflects on Toni Morrison and Dan talks about why he loves Fosse / Verdon on FX. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 31, 2019

Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith ponder the “dark psychic force” that was unleashed during this week’s first Democratic presidential candidate debate. We have Marianne Williamson to thank for the phrase, but what do we make of Williamson's Trump-of-the-Left stylings? And how’d Warren and Bernie do? And how many more of these cage match debates can we take??? After that, three really interesting calls from Blabbermouth listeners on why “the revolution” isn’t coming. And finally, Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig talk about the Criterion Collection and an epic journey the two of them are making to the lost world of DVDs. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 24, 2019

The Mueller hearings were in process as Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith sat down to talk about what it all might mean — or whether the Mueller hearings will mean anything at all at this point. Then they discuss the Trump administration's recent ICE raids and tangle with a question from a caller in Eugene, Oregon. The caller wants to know why, with so much clearly broken in America right now, the revolution hasn’t happened yet. Like, seriously: Why? Dan, Eli, and Rich each try for an answer. Then Katie Herzog is on to talk about the big New Yorker investigation in to the sexual harassment allegations against former Democratic Senator Al Franken. He resigned from the Senate because of the allegations, but it now looks like his first accuser’s story is full of holes. What to make of this? And finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns listen to two calls about shows you should (or maybe shouldn’t) be watching, and then tell us about their experience watching a preview of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 17, 2019
Dan Savage is back, and he joins Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog to talk about President Trump’s racist tweets, Nancy Pelosi’s response, the clout of “The Squad,” and whether it’s finally, truly time for impeachment. After that, Rich Smith talks about the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner and Dan talks about why he likes Kamala Harris, even though she’s a former prosecutor and, according to some on the left, “a cop.” Finally, Jasmyne and Katie both like the Trumpian HBO show Years and Years, though Eli can’t understand why anyone would want to enter yet another Trump-infused reality. Katie likes the Aziz Ansari “comeback” special on Netflix, though Jasmyne feels pretty meh about the guy. And the Emmy nominations are out! Plus, as always the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Jul 10, 2019

We begin this episode with a very special, very angry call from Blabbermouth listener Jen, who was so upset at last week’s show that she had to pull her car over, call the Blabberphone (206-302-2063!), and tell us about ourselves. Eli Sanders, Jasmyne Keimig, and Rich Smith take in Jen’s rage and then talk about the question that sparked Jen’s anger: Who's the best Democratic candidate to take on Trump? After that, Chase Burns explains a new federal court ruling that prevents President Trump from blocking you on Twitter. Then he dives into another Twitter-related fight, this one between Nancy Pelosi and AOC. Finally, Nathalie Graham is back to tell you everything you need to know about the US women’s triumph at the World Cup, whether the team is going to the White House, and what their pay equity lawsuit is all about. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 3, 2019

Happy Fourth of July week! President Trump is celebrating by having tanks driven through DC in an epic waste of taxpayer dollars, which raises the forever question: Who’s the best candidate to replace this guy? Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about what two nights of Democratic presidential candidate debates taught us. After that, Katie looks into the beating of journalist Andy Ngo by Portland Antifa. And finally, Nathalie Graham is back to catch us up on the how the US is dominating the Women’s World Cup in France, pissing Trump off in the process, and heading toward a big potential win in Sunday’s final game. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jun 26, 2019

What happens when you cram 10 Democratic presidential candidates onto one debate stage in Miami, and then do it all over again the next night with 10 more candidates? We’re finding out this week, and Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith have some thoughts about what to watch for and whether this is really that great a debate plan. After that, Katie and Rich try to sort out whether Bernie Sanders’s new plan to eliminate student loan debt is better—or worse—than the plan Elizabeth Warren is already promoting. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns wade into the Pride Month “controversy” over Drag Queen Story Hours. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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