Wow, well, Council Member Kshama Sawant is on the show for the first time this week and it’s an epic interview. Under fire from Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess for allegedly not having accomplished anything, Sawant takes a swing back at her council colleague—or, actually, several swings. We also talk about China, local crime and what to do about it, what Socialism means to Sawant, and whether or not The Stranger is “the corporate media.” It’s a long one, but a good one. Strap in. And then Stranger art critic Jen Graves tells us about a local artist who got an intense, last-minute commission: make a bentwood box as a gift for the Chinese president. Plus the music of Don’t Talk to the Cops, Thunderpussy, and the Theoretics!
Remember that Seattle teachers strike we talked about last week? It seems to be nearing an end, with the 5,000 teachers who were walking the picket lines now back in public school classrooms and preparing to vote on a tentative agreement this Sunday. I check back in with teachers union vice president Phyllis Campano about the details of the tentative agreement. (For the second week in a row, a Seattle School District spokesperson declined to come on the show.) After that, I talk about what to do next to fix our statewide education mess with community organizer Noel Frame. And after that we’ll go from one political mess to another with Stranger political writer Rich Smith, who fills us in on what happened at this week’s Republican debates. Finally, to round it all out, Stranger food writer Angela Garbes tells us what it’s like to eat a sunflower. Plus some songs produced by Steve Fisk, the winner of this year's Stranger Genius Award for music!
For the first time in 30 years, Seattle’s teachers are on strike. That’s 5,000 educators walking the picket lines as more than 50,000 students (and an even larger number of parents) await a fair resolution to this contract dispute. To get a deeper understanding of what the teachers want and where negotiations stand, I speak to teachers union vice president Phyllis Campano. And to learn more about what it’s like to navigate all of this as a public school parent, I talk to Stranger writer Jen Graves, whose child is currently waiting to begin classes at Ingraham High. Come for parent perspective, stay for the mutual rage spiral! Then, because it’s that season again, Jen and Stranger Arts Editor Sean Nelson talk with me about the Stranger Genius Awards, which are happening this Saturday night at the Moore Theatre. But really, we mostly talk about the TRUE nature of genius. Plus the music of Stranger genius nominees Chastity Belt, OC Notes, and Steve Fisk!
Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who claims that Jesus Christ prevents her from issuing gay marriage licenses, is now in jail for contempt of court—and Dan Savage is on the show to talk about why that’s exactly where Kim Davis belongs. We also discuss the trouble-free gay marriage license that my husband and I recently secured in the great state of Montana, where I’ve been for the last few weeks while getting hitched. (Thanks for filling in, Sean Nelson!) Also discussed on this week’s Blabbermouth: what Sydney Brownstone saw when she went out to write a story about the wildfire lands of Eastern Washington, and what Rich Smith thinks I missed in the presidential race while I was off getting a husband. Plus music from the new album by Ahamefule J. Oluo, which you can listen to and buy on Bandcamp!