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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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Sep 20, 2017

Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about Trump’s loopy and worrisome appearance at the United Nations (where he seemed to quote Elton John) and then they dive into the return of the Zombie Obamacare Repeal effort and what everyone needs to do about it. After that, the joke police rule on whether Stephen Colbert went too far by letting Sean Spicer appear with him on the Emmy stage. And finally, a question that got even more attention than usual this week: Is Donald Trump a white supremacist? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

 

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Sep 13, 2017
Hillary Clinton has a new book out explaining “What Happened” in the last presidential campaign, and Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders all have opinions about what Clinton’s now saying. (Even though Dan, Rich, and Eli all admit they haven’t fully read Clinton's book. But hey, it just came out on Tuesday! Also: not having read the book is not stopping any other loudmouths from weighing in!) After that, Ted Cruz’s “mistaken” porn like, Steve Bannon’s wildly dark 60 Minutes appearance, and why the Republican Party may soon split in two. And finally, why Franklin Foer’s new book, World Without Mind, is right on in its warning that Big Tech is destroying our democracy. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Sep 6, 2017

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is back on the show to express her outrage at President Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era “Dreamer” program that protects children of illegal immigrants. Jayapal will also talk about how Democrats in Congress plan to push back. After that, Rich Smith and Eli Sanders discuss good ol’ Ted Cruz and his amazing hurricane hypocrisy. And finally, the sad story of John Smelcer, Native American literature’s “living con job.” Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 30, 2017
Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and producer Nancy Hartunian are all taking a little break this week. (After last week’s Millennial Takeover episode, some of us need it!) Have a great Labor Day weekend and we’ll talk to you again on Sept. 6. Oh, and if you’ve got something we need to think about in the meantime, tell it to the Blabberphone: 206-302-2063.
Aug 23, 2017
Dan Savage and Eli Sanders are on vacation—whatever that is—so Rich Smith has orchestrated a Millennial takeover of the show. First, Heidi Groover and Kim Selling stop by to talk about what everybody learned from Trump’s rambling, racist rally in Phoenix Tuesday night. The President’s speech appeared to appease the Nazis who marched on Charlottesville last week, and who now include a group enterprising young women among their ranks. The panel discusses why some women would be attracted to a woman-hating boys club, and also decodes all the new Nazi symbols popping up. Then, Sydney Brownstone and Chase Burns tackle the persistent idea that Millennials are destroying the media. A look at the death of the Village Voice in print and the backroom drama at Mic shows that Millennials might not be the generation to blame. Finally, Chase and Heidi return for a special segment called “Tweets We Faved This Week,” where the group opens up about the gems they found on that discourse dumpster, Twitter dot com. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 
Aug 16, 2017
Just eight months into the Trump administration, white nationalists engaged in an ugly streetlight with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. By the end of the day, Heather Heyer had been killed in what’s now being described as a neo-Nazi terrorist attack. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about how we got here, Trump’s shameful response, and the conundrum of how far to go in publicly shaming and physically confronting neo-Nazis. After that, Heidi Groover is on to talk about the Democratic Socialists of America. Why do they think they’re a better alternative to the Democratic Party? Are they trying to be spoilers in the next presidential election? What’s with the roses on their Twitter handles? And, okay, they read Jacobin, but how exactly does one pronounce Jacobin? Finally, a full solar eclipse is coming! But mostly only to Trump country! Is that fair? If you simultaneous orgasm during TOTALITY does magic happen? Will Eli make it back from his eclipse-chasing trip next week? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Aug 9, 2017

With Donald Trump now threatening North Korea with the “fire and fury” of a massive US nuclear strike, Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about whether—per good ol’ Rex Tillerson’s orders—we should all “sleep well at night.” Also discussed: whether any of us, or even Donald Trump himself, could make it into this country under a new immigrant screening test proposed by the Trump administration. After that: a conversation with Leah Greenberg, co-founder of Indivisible, plus several calls from listeners about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s decision to fund anti-choice candidates. And finally, Chase Burns is back on the show to talk with Dan and Eli about a provocative question posed by a recent article in Salon: “Has queer culture lost its edge?” Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 2, 2017

We were pretty hard on John McCain on last week’s show—and then a couple days later John McCain went and gave his big, historic “thumbs down” to Obamacare repeal. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders consider whether McCain should be congratulated and then turn to other pressing topics: the brief tenure of “The Mooch,” the arrival of another general to guide Trump, and Trump’s practice of finding a new minority to bash whenever he needs a distraction. After that, the Democratic Party has decided it’s going to be funding some anti-choice candidates for Congress. What’s a strategic-minded liberal to say about that? And finally, an alleged conspiracy to create a conspiracy theory that involves—allegedly!—the president himself. You gotta hear this one. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 26, 2017

Dan Savage is back to talk with Rich Smith and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s new ban on transgender people serving in the military and John McCain’s not-very-mavericky return to the US Senate. (Where McCain cast the deciding vote in the latest chapter of Obamacare repeal madness.) After that: the Democratic Party has a new slogan! And some new policies to go with it! Not everyone in thrilled. And finally: What to do about “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 19, 2017

Finally! The Republican effort to repeal Obamacare has collapsed and Amber Cortes, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders are here to pick through the pieces of a shattered long con. Plus: It’s time to take a brief bow, Resisters. And then it’s time to think seriously, and strategically, about what Democrats should be doing with this opportunity. Right now, only 37 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party stands for something. That needs to change, fast. After that, Charles Mudede is on to discuss the police shooting in Minneapolis and how it scrambles the reflexive responses to police killings in the era of Black Lives Matter. And Finally, Chase Burns is back to talk about a righteous Teen Vogue tweet storm regarding anal sex and a Mama Vogue misstep regarding genderqueer identity. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 12, 2017

Amber Cortes is back to talk with Rich Smith and Eli Sanders about this week’s explosive Russia-Trump news: apparently Donald Trump Jr. was not just ready to collude with Russia, he also e-mailed about it! Also: as delicious as Baby Don’s new scandal is, we do need to keep our eye on sneaky Republican health care repeal efforts, which continue. Rich Smith tells you what to watch for as a new Senate vote looms. Then, Charles Mudede on some really good resistance news out of California. It involves a retreat by the Trump administration and a victory—for now—for the entire planet. Finally, Chase Burns helps us navigate a controversy over Chance the Rapper, MTV, and how one should respond to negative reviews (with an assist from the wisdom of Ru Paul). Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 5, 2017

Eli Sanders, Dan Savage, and Rich Smith tackle a question that’s gained even more urgency in the last week: What is wrong with Donald Trump? His tweets and actions over the last seven days were extraordinarily vile and odd, even for him. After that, the glory of Chris Christie getting caught on camera sunning himself on a public beach that Christie himself ordered closed to the public over Fourth of July weekend! Then, an update on what the Fourth of July was like for Republican Senators who hold the fate of Obamacare in their hands—and what to watch for this week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jun 28, 2017

The Republican healthcare plan is in trouble, but it's not dead yet. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about how to keep pushing back against Trumpcare over the Fourth of July recess, when your Senators will be back home. After that: how to survive in a conservative alt-reality that's getting a little too real. And finally, two controversies that involve the gay pride flag. In Philadelphia, the iconic symbol of gay liberation has been revised to include black and brown stripes. And in Chicago recently, a number of Jewish lesbians were asked to leave a dyke march because their pride flags had Jewish stars on them. Organizers said the Jewish lesbians' pride flags were too triggering. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jun 21, 2017
Al Franken is on Blabbermouth this week, talking with Eli Sanders about his journey from Saturday Night Live to the US Senate. The Senator also shares the best tactics for getting a member of congress to do what you want (like, say, not repeal Obamacare) and answers both an urgent “millennial” question from Rich Smith and a future-focused, “barely-a-boomer” question from Dan Savage. Also: Dan, Rich, and Eli talk about the sad defeat of Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District and what it means for Democratic strategery going forward. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 
Jun 14, 2017
Rich Smith, Amber Cortes, and Eli Sanders sat down to record this week’s episode just a few hours after news broke of a shooting at a baseball practice for Congressional Republicans in Washington, DC. The entire Blabbermouth crew hoped for strong recoveries for all the people wounded in this tragedy. They also dove right into some issues that are connected, at least politically speaking, to what is now the 153rd mass shooting in America this year: gun control, Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, and the question of what incites political violence. On that last question, Rich, Amber, and Eli looked directly at conservative criticisms of a New York City production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that features a staged assassination of a Trump-like figure. Did the production go too far, or are critics missing the play’s point? Finally, The Stranger’s Heidi Groover stops by to talk about why Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted and Facebooked a blog post of hers. Spoiler: Groover’s post highlighted an important, outrageous, and demoralizing truth about how unaffordable life in America has become for low-wage earners. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 
Jun 7, 2017

This week, Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the Comey hearing and then dissect a notable new poll finding: more Americans now want Donald Trump impeached than support his job performance! After that, a battle royale over the recent unrest at The Evergreen State College, which is being held up nationally as the latest example of liberal campus intolerance and the rise of mob “discourse.” Finally, last week’s episode was apparently a triumphant one for Rich Smith: one caller believes Rich was, “for the first time,” correct about something last week, and another caller confesses to a “voice crush” on Rich and asks Rich to read him a poem. Will Rich comply? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 31, 2017

The long Memorial Day weekend brought tragic news from Portland, Oregon, where two good-hearted citizens were murdered as they tried to stop a man from allegedly committing a hate crime on public transit. Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the Portland murders, whether we can directly connect them to Donald Trump’s rhetoric, whether Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's attempt to shut down two upcoming “alt-right” rallies is the right response, and whether Kathy Griffin staging a mock beheading of Trump was a good use of her own free speech rights.
After that, Dan, Eli, and Rich sift through the news about Jared Kushner’s newly revealed role in Russia-gate (and process Rich’s attraction to Kushner’s shiny visage). Finally, because Rich was gone last week, a focus on a few “millennial issues” he wants to “bring to Dan and Eli's attention": drugs, climate change, and student loan debt. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 24, 2017

Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania?

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter?

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania?

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter?

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania?

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter?

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania? 

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter? 

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage



May 17, 2017

With Dan Savage away, Amber Cortes takes over his chair and talks with Rich Smith and Eli Sanders about this week of DC-shaking developments involving Russia, Trump, and the memos of former FBI Director James Comey. The current shitstorm of trouble for Trump raises a question: Should liberals really be pushing so hard for immediate impeachment, or would it be more strategic for the left to let all this Republican pain drag out until, say, the conclusion of the 2018 midterm elections?

 

After that: Amber takes Rich and Eli on a tour of important news items that are getting buried beneath the riveting spectacle of Trump’s “downward spiral.” Things like, oh, a worldwide cycber-attack that might be traced to North Korean “sleeper cells,” torch-weidling Nazi’s marching in Virginia, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions telling US prosecutors to seek the harshest-possible sentences whenever possible.

 

Finally: Did the world really need an in-depth look at the heroic journey of rock group The Strokes? And a call about abortion politics and that mayor’s race in Omaha that Dan, Eli, and Rich debated last week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 10, 2017

Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about the firing of FBI Director James Comey. This whole thing feels a lot like the “Saturday Night Massacre” of 1973. (Which, by the way, only Boomer Dan was alive for.) It also feels like a brewing constitutional crisis. (Good thing we explained the constitution to Rich last episode.) What should Democrats do now? Dan, Rich, and Eli have some ideas. After that, three purity tests. First: Was it wrong and homophobic for Stephen Colbert to make a joke about Donald Trump being Vladimir Putin’s “cockholster”? Second: Should liberals have supported a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha even though he wasn’t ideologically perfect on abortion? Third: Should you cancel your New York Times subscription because the paper ran a climate-change-questioning column? And after all that: House Republicans are back home for recess following their vote to repeal Obamacare, and Rich tells you how to find them at town hall meetings—and how to shame them if they’re not holding town hall meetings. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 3, 2017

Is Donald Trump incompetent or incapacitated? And which is worse? Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and special guest Steven Hsieh get into the question that’s running beneath the surface of a lot of recent Trump criticism. Also: Maybe Ivanka’s gonna save us? Oh, and Hillary Clinton is joining the resistance, but she’s not making the apology for losing that Rich and Steven demand. After that, Rich and Eli talk about the new album from The Magnetic Fields, “50 Song Memoir,” and an actual print memoir that Rich is really excited about, Patricia Lockwood’s “Priestdaddy.” Finally, your calls, including our very first demand for a correction! And as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 25, 2017

With Dan Savage away this week, Ijeoma Oluo sits down in his chair to talk about 100 days of Donald Trump. Has the effort to keep from "normalizing" a Trump presidency succeeded or failed? What's been the very worst day of the Trump administration so far? The best act of resistance? The act of "resistance" that probably shouldn't be repeated? Ijeoma, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about it all as April 29—that's Day 100—approaches. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 19, 2017

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith process the almost-but-not-quite win of John Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Then it's on to the next hot special election (in Montana), how last weekend's tax marches went, what Facebook's responsibility is for the live murder broadcast on its site recently, and a handy guide to when you should strongly protest your incendiary campus speaker and when you should maybe ignore your incendiary campus speaker (hint: if it's Richard Spencer, strongly protest). Plus the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 12, 2017

Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about pretty much everything this week: Syria, Sean Spicer’s Holocaust Misremembrance Day, United Airlines, the upcoming Tax Day marches, the Mayor of Seattle’s balls… But the brightest spot is something that happened in a largely unnoticed special election for a Kansas Congressional seat. It’s a political story that will lift your resistance spirits, even if it doesn’t end exactly as Democrats wanted. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

Apr 5, 2017

We’ll admit it. We’re as confused as anyone by the sheer number of people involved in allegations Trump-Russia collusion. So, with the help of The Washington Post, we’re heading down into the bunker with some mug shots, push pins, and red thread to sort it all out. (Dan Savage is away this week, so the bunker-mates are Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Sydney Brownstone.) After that: will the latest sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly be the end of his career? And finally, Stranger film editor Charles Mudede is back on to talk about the Scralett Johansson controversy, the Pepsi commercial controversy, and whether Dave Chapelle’s jokes are appropriate. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 

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