“Bulletproof, slow, and full of wine” is how The New York Times describes a very special train that Kim Jong Un likes to ride around in, and Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders all admit—it sounds kinda nice. But more importantly: there’s the Stormy Daniels interview on 60 Minutes to discuss, the new US Census citizenship requirement to freak out about, and a very important question to ponder: Should we just flat-out repeal the Second Amendment? A former US Supreme Court Justice says we should, but is his argument just a gift to Trump and the frothing, paranoid right ahead of the midterms? After all that, Chase Burns is back to discuss what we all found when we downloaded our own Facebook data. When was the last time Eli got “poked”? What debt-related ad did Rich get caught clicking on? Whose contact information was given to PediaSure? And how do we feel about all this??? All is revealed. (Along with an update on the latest Facebook data scandal developments.) Finally, Katie Herzog watched this week’s insanely popular reboot of Roseanne and also spent a very long time with Oregon cult members while watching Netflix’s Wild, Wild Country. She tells Dan and Eli all about it. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
So, wait a minute: If Stormy Daniels wins her fight against Trump’s lawyers, and she releases Trump sexts and (gasp) dick pics to the world, does that constitute… revenge porn? Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders consider this urgent question, and then they dive into the lessons of the recent primary elections in Illinois and hear from a pro-life Democrat in Pennsylvania who wants to be accepted by the party’s pro-choice members. Plus, Rich Smith asks: Why, amid all the many Trump outrages, are we not more outraged by the Trump administration’s flagrant corruption? After that, social media expert Chase Burns is back to help Dan and Eli think about the scandal involving Facebook data and the Trump campaign’s data firm, Cambridge Analytica. Should we #DeleteFacebook? Finally, Katie Herzog addresses the furor over her rant on last week’s show about Emotional Support Animals in general, and dogs on planes in particular. Katie reads an excerpt from one of many comments posted in our Blabbermouth Podcast Facebook group about this incendiary issue, and Dan—shockingly—doesn’t hold back about his dog feelings. Plus, what Rich is watching, what Dan is reading, and why Eli will be at his local March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24—and why you should be, too. And, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
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Our aspiring banana republic got a little more bananas this week, with President Trump suddenly redefining treason, calling for a big ol’ military parade in DC, and—accidentally—showing off his intriguing hair piece. (You gotta see the video, but if you just can’t, well, Dan Savage describes it in vivid detail.) At the same time, this week brought some additional signs of a huge Democratic wave building across the country—with these latest signs coming from Missouri. How to ride—and encourage—that wave? Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders offer some more ideas. After that, Chase Burns is back to talk with Eli about a Seattle tech story that went national this week. It centers on Facebook’s unwillingness to follow Seattle’s law, which, in a national first, is being used to force the tech company to hand over data on its political ads. Finally, a new book Rich LOVES. It’s about a subject dear to Dan’s heart: why Democrats should learn to fight dirty. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Dan Savage is back to talk about Trump’s “State of the Union” address with Rich Smith and Eli Sanders. The speech was, in a word, madness. After that, Stormy Daniels’ take on Trump's speech, plus Dan’s take on why Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels is such a non-scandal (and what that means for future politicians who have affairs with porn stars). Also, was Nikki Haley just slut-shamed? And did the left fail to appropriately defend her? Finally, robots: they’re coming for our jobs, maybe even for this very podcast! And Rich is kinda okay with that, so long as he can get his Basic Income. Oh, and one book to “read” and two shows to watch while you wait for the robots to arrive. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Rich Smith, full of anger at Democrats for “caving” on the government shutdown standoff, now has some choice words for the party. Then Eli Sanders turns to an actual member of the Democratic Party, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who explains what lawmakers were thinking—and why she voted “No” on re-opening the government without a deal to protect Dreamers. After that, Chase Burns is back to talk about the glorious return of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, whether we're really living through “The Golden Age of Drag,” and how Rich can avoid hamburger ear as he staves off his creditors one cash-tip-earning drag performance at a time. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Now that we’re more than a few days into Trump’s “shithole countries” scandal, a strategic point of order has been raised: “Is all this talk of racism bad for Democrats?” Charles Mudede, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders tackle this query, which came from a New York Times opinion writer, and they do it in light of Tuesday's big and unexpected win for Democrats in, of all places, rural Wisconsin. Out there, the winning state senate candidate, Democrat Patty Schachtner, pointedly did not focus her campaign on Trump and his racist prattle. Schachtner beat her Republican opponent by nine points in a region that Trump won, less than two years ago, by 17 points. After that, Chase Burns is back to talk about a major change to Facebook’s algorithm and what it means for you, the news business, and your grandma’s posts. Finally, Rich and Eli talk about “Straight White Men,” a play by Young Jean Lee that’s on its way to Broadway and, probably, an explosion into the national consciousness. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
It’s the first episode the year when everything finally changes! Maybe! Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about what Democrats need to do in order to absolutely, positively make November 2018 into a hard rebuke of Trumpism. After that, a discussion of a beautiful, sensuous, taboo-challenging movie you must see: Call Me by Your Name. In this story of same-sex love across age boundaries, Rich saw predatory grooming while Dan and Eli saw something complicated and, ultimately, empowering. Finally, Sydney Brownstone on reports of high-powered, coworker-heavy sex parties in Silicon Valley. If you want to go to a sex party with people you know from work, is that okay? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Wealthy Baby Boomers will be the ones benefiting most from the terrible Republican tax bill that just passed the senate. What does “Barely a Boomer” Dan Savage have to say for his generation? Eli Sanders of Gen-X and Millennial spokesmodel Rich Smith want to know. (Meanwhile, The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein thinks he knows exactly what’s going on: “The baby boom is being evicted from the penthouse of American politics. And on the way out, it has decided to trash the place.") Also, in the first run of a new pod moment they're calling Elder Corner, the Blabbermouthers listen to a note from an elder who doesn’t like all this Boomer-blaming. After that, Sydney Brownstone is back to talk about what it’ll mean for the #MeToo movement if Roy Moore wins the Alabama Senate race next week, and what to do with the very different ways Republicans and Democrats are handling sexual harassment allegations. Finally, Dan makes the case that Jill Stein is to blame for any bad outcomes in the gay wedding cake case that’s now before the US Supreme Court and Rich, Eli, and Dan play another round of "Would You Rather?" (Mike Pence or Donald Trump edition.) Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
This week Sydney Brownstone, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about the GOP's Roy Moore problem and how it's similar to--and different from--the left's Bill Clinton problem. Also: the complexity that comes along with the instruction to "Believe women." After that, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions takes another spin in the Congressional testimony chair and so, of course, The Honorable Rich Smith must return with his Sessions impression. And watch out: the Republican "tax reform" plan now includes a big helping of Obamacare repeal shenanigans. We tell you who to call. Finally, Chase Burns is back to discuss Don "Baby Don" Jr.'s shady DMs. No idea what that means? Chase'll explain, Boomers and Gen Xers. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving in advance because we'll be off next week! See you on November 29.
Exactly one year after Trump's election, voters around the country delivered a major wave of Democratic victories on Tuesday. Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about why the Resistance is winning and what it means for 2018. After that: the lessons of another mass shooting and the important, horrifying details of the Republican tax plan. Finally: Chase Burns takes us back to the 11 minutes of Trump-free Twitter heaven we all experienced on November 2. More, please! Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
This week brought the long-awaited Indictment Day! (Hopefully the first of many.) Sydney Brownstone, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about their favorite juicy bits from the unsealed Mueller files. After that: Why aren't lefties marching in the streets about the Republican plan to enact huge tax cuts for the wealthy? And finally, Stranger Social Media Manager Chase Burns is on to talk about this week's Facebook vs. Congress showdown, and what the hell we should do about the bigger problem of social medal vs. democracy. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
This week Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about Republican Senator Jeff Flake's brave plot to save America from Trump. Flake's plan: give one really nice speech about how he's not running for reelection in 2018. Thanks? On the brighter side: Does this mean the Republican Party is cleaving in two? After that, the biggest story you might have missed this week. It's about a successful Republican plot to take away your legal right to sue big banks when they scam you. (You'll never guess which heroic Republican Senator from Arizona voted for this idea.) Finally, another example of college campus protesters shouting "Fascism!" while--wait for it--employing fascist tactics that shut down the free exchange of ideas. The argument about this one got so heated that Savage was begging for intervention from Kim Jong-un. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
After yet another week of presidential lies and incompetence, Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith dust off the 25th Amendment and talk about how it might—or might not—solve all our problems. Also: Eli has a very, very, very elaborate fantasy about how some totally constitutional means could be used to get us a President Hillary Clinton by 2019. It’s… complicated. After that: finding both inspiration and some rather odd word choice in Senator John McCain’s rousing speech this week, plus some really impressive national journalism that just got some serious results. Finally, the #MeToo campaign, our tour of Donald Trump’s long pattern of sexual assault allegations, and our call for help in getting through this dark marathon that is his nearly-one-year-old administration. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Republican Senator Bob Corker says our president lives in an “adult daycare.” But really, what boomer doesn’t these days? Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about who’s to blame for all these aging white men behaving so, so badly. After that, they focus on one particularly bad boomer: Harvey Weinstein. What, exactly, should be done about this problem of old, powerful men (like, ahem, Donald Trump) allegedly using their positions of power to assault women? And finally, if the NFL thinks it’s gonna change the rules to prevent the ongoing protests against police brutality—well, Dan, Rich, and Eli have some other ideas. (Also, in a herculean group effort they explain what the NFL actually is!) Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.