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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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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.

Jun 19, 2019
Guess what? Donald Trump is running for president again, which means he spent a bunch of time this week holding a big stadium kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida, where he lied and lied and sounded like he still thinks he’s running against Hillary Clinton. Rich Smith, Katie Herzog, and Eli Sanders talk about whether the media should even be paying attention to Trump rallies at this point, and what to do if you want to avoid the disinformation machine that is Trump's mouth. After that, a deep dive into a juicy New York Times story about a pool boy and evangelical leader Jerry Falwell, Jr. Plus, Rich deconstructs the right-wing attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her truth-telling about the camps that migrants are being held in along the southern border. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns talk about three great new shows on HBO: Big Little Lies, Los Espookys, and Euphoria. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Jun 12, 2019

It's eight months until the primary, and Joe Biden is slipping in the Iowa polls. Mayor Pete and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are biting into his lead. The other candidates are smelling blood, as is Donald Trump, who somehow still remains President of the United States. How is Biden faring in his fight with Trump? And Biden says Democrats attacking Democrats will lead to a Trump victory. Is that so? With Eli Sanders gone on vacation, Dan Savage, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith hash it out. After that, the team talks about the climate change debate debate. Governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee is calling for the Democrats to dedicate a whole debate to climate change. Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez thinks Inslee's request is "impractical." Uh, is it? Finally, the FIFA Women's World Cup is happening! If the U.S. women's national soccer team clobbers Thailand's women's national soccer team 13 to 0, does it make a sound? Was it rude for the U.S. women's team to celebrate their massive win, as some reply guys on the internet have claimed? And why doesn't anyone seem to care as much about the Women's World Cup as they care about the Men's World Cup? Rich talks it out with Stranger writer Nathalie Graham. 

Jun 5, 2019

Dan Savage has something to say! After he releases a rant that’s been building inside him for too long, Eli Sanders and Rich Smith steer the conversation to something else that Dan has a lot of feelings about: the British monarchy. Trump just got a sit-down with the Queen of England and, of course, our president made a lot of interesting choices during his visit. After that, Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper recently tried to “Sister Souljah” socialism—only to be smacked down by Rich. And then Jasmyne Keimig explains to a panicked Dan and Eli what’s going on with Apple’s plan to delete iTunes, which leads to a broader conversation about the power of Big Tech. Finally, Katie Herzog and Jasmyne talk about why you should be watching the Netflix series “Easy,” which is now in its final season. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 29, 2019
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally made a public statement! What does it mean? Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith discuss. Then, how sweeping regulations on abortion are effectively overturning Roe v. Wade in the south, and what the US Supreme Court has to say about this. Next, Katie Herzog explains her beef with the liberal watchdog group Media Matters and Jasmyne Keimig and Rich Smith explain why the new movie Booksmart is amazing (and why the controversy around Booksmart is lame). Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
May 22, 2019

Dan Savage is back and talks with Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog about a couple of uplifting political stories for a change! Then it’s right back into our nation’s Trump-directed tailspin, which this week features new lows from kakistocrats Ben Carson and Ken Cuccinelli. After that, Rich Smith checks in on how Nancy Pelosi’s go-slow strategy on impeachment is looking this week, now that Trump’s throwing tantrums and holding America’s infrastructure hostage until she stops all House investigations. And we listen to a demand for a correction from a Boomer who has a bone to pick with the expert on Old People Power we had on last week’s show. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns talk about the Yeehaw Agenda, Orville Peck, and Lavender Country. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 15, 2019
With Dan Savage away, Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog talk about old people. HuffPost writer Michael Hobbes joins in to explain why, as he wrote earlier this year, “America’s defining divide isn’t right vs. left. It’s young vs. old.” After that, Rich Smith looks at the new abortion ban in Alabama and what it means for Roe v. Wade, then ponders the wisdom of Trump’s trade war and Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to appear in a Fox News town hall. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Charles Mudede discuss Chernobyl, the new HBO series that, according to Charles, just might save the world. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
May 8, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith look into new revelations about Trump’s massive business losses and then ponder Mitch McConnell’s claim that it’s “case closed” on the Russia investigation. As Trump’s efforts to obstruct Congressional investigations continue, they also consider whether Nancy Pelosi is being too cautious on impeachment. And then they talk strategy: Should the Democrats vying to unseat Trump focus on winning over white working class voters or on growing turnout among non-white voters? After that, Katie Herzog on the alarming new UN climate report and whether the Impossible Burger might just save humanity. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns explain why the online world seemed to stop for Monday's Met Gala, what the gala’s “camp” theme was all about, and who wore “camp” best. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 1, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog discuss Attorney General William Barr’s problematic Congressional testimony and then try to figure out what’s so exciting about the presidential candidacy of Joe Biden. Because according to polls—which can be wrong!—there’s actually a lot of Biden enthusiasm out there. After that, Rich Smith jumps in to consider the apparently false sexual assault smear against Pete Buttigieg and fresh outrages from the Trump administration’s war on immigrants. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns talk about three things you need to watch that are *not* Game of Thrones or the new Avengers movie. They are: Barry, Now Apocalypse, and the re-tooled Apocalypse Now. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 24, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith discuss the Mueller report and then consider whether Democrats in Congress should impeach Trump right now or, per Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion, go slow and wait for more facts to come out. After that, Katie Herzog talks about how the US Supreme Court appears to be getting ready to green-light Trump’s plan to put a citizenship question on the census and then, at the urging of a Blabbermouth caller, she dives into Elizabeth Warren’s actual policy positions. Finally, Lizzo: she overtook Beyonce on the pop charts recently but a) Who is Lizzo? and b) Why is Lizzo feuding on Twitter with a critic who calls her music “empowerment-core”? Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns explain Lizzo’s appeal and argue about whether she’s been unfairly maligned. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 17, 2019

The public version of the Mueller Report is being released this week and Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about what they’ll be looking for in the roughly 400 pages of redacted material. After that, Bernie Sanders waded into the FOX house recently and came away with the highest-rated “town hall” of the campaign season. Why is Bernie surging right now? Are “establishment” Democrats right to be freaking out about his success? Does it matter that Bernie’s now a member of the one percent? Will Dan and Rich be able to agree on the answers to any of these questions? We find out. After, that: Pete Buttigieg. He’s a gay man who's talking religion back to the radical right, and it’s thrilling to watch. But should lefty atheists who’ve fought to make religion less central to our politics really be cheering this? And is America really ready to elect a gay man as president? Finally, Charles Mudede is not crying over the burning of the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and he’ll tell you why. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 3, 2019
Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith consider the “Creepy Joe” situation. There are now four public accusations against likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden from women who say he touched them inappropriately at political events. And, as we already know, there’s no shortage of handsy Biden photos and videos out there from his long period in the public eye. Should Biden drop his plans to run? Should he stay out of the already crowded Democratic presidential primary for solid reasons that are totally separate from the “Creepy Joe” situation? Should he be held to “The Franken Standard,” or “The Trump Standard”? All is discussed. After that, Mitch McConnell’s is going to use the “nuclear option” (again) to help Trump pack the federal courts and Trump, after promising (yet again) to repeal Obamacare, now says he has a secret plan to replace it with something better—but will only reveal his secret plan after he’s reelected. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Charles Mudede talk about Jordan Peele’s provocative and genre-expanding horror movie, Us. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Mar 29, 2019

In this Blabbermouth extra, recorded live at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre on March 27, Eli Sanders sits down Preet Bharara. He’s the former federal prosecutor for Manhattan who was mysteriously fired by President Trump not long after Trump first took office. Bharara is also the author of a new, best-selling book called “Doing Justice.” No surprise, he had a lot to say about Trump, the end of the Mueller investigation, the Barr memo, and more!

Mar 27, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith wade through the confusing arrival of “The Mueller Report.” The report is finally in, but only Attorney General William Barr and a small handful of people at the Justice Department know exactly what it says. All we have is a very short “Barr Report” that summarizes Mueller's findings, plus President Trump's take on Barr’s report: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” Um, not exactly. After that, Katie Herzog assesses the Republicans’ latest attempt to dismantle Obamacare and the wild turn in the Jussie Smollett case. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig has an issue with how cooking for one forces you to eat the same thing all the time, The Atlantic has an article on the weirdos who actually love to eat the same thing all the time, and oh, look, Rich is one of them! He offers his rules for repetitive eating. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 20, 2019

Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog admit that every once in a long while, they find a thing or two to agree with in Trump’s tweets—of which there were 28 this past Sunday. Also, Dan continues his war on the electoral college and Katie wonders what Beto O’Rourke has ever really accomplished. After that, Chase Burns talks about the Andrew Yang phenomenon. Yang is running for president as a Democrat, wants to give every American a thousand bucks a month, and has enough support that he’ll be in the first Democratic presidential debate. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig on HBO’s new documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scandal. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 13, 2019
Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is “just not worth” impeaching. What does Dan “Impeach the Motherfucker Already” Savage have to say about that? A lot. Also, Rich Smith on the massive college cheating scandal, Chase Burns on Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up Big Tech, and Jasmyne Keimig on the profoundly upsetting revelations about Michael Jackson in “Leaving Neverland.” Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Mar 6, 2019
Well, President Trump went and gave another bonkers speech, this one extra long and super odd. Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about why this isn’t even news anymore. Then they look toward the future, which is filled with subpoenas flying out of the Democrat-controlled House and new Democratic presidential candidates announcing themselves every week—including, just last week, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Rich explains why he’s all in for Team Inslee. After that, Katie Herzog considers an explosive article in The New Yorker about FOX News’s unprecedented collusion with Trump and Jasmyne Keimig talks Hannibal Buress, Broad City, and Solange. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
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