On this week’s podcast, Stranger writer Rich Smith gives the inside scoop on a frightening $2 million rebranding effort at the Seattle Public Library that just got halted in its tracks (due in large part to Rich’s reporting). Then author Ari Berman talks about his new book, Give Us the Ballot, which traces the history of the struggle for equal voting rights in this country—a struggle that continues to this day, even here in Washington State. After that, Stranger food writer Angela Garbes brings in the surest sign of fall, the persimmon, and we have a taste. Plus, as always, the music of the amazing Ahamefule J. Oluo!
On this week’s show we corner Washington State Governor Jay Inslee at the Comet Tavern and ask him a few questions. (Like: Hey governor, why is it that Boeing can get an $8.7 billion tax break in a super-quick special session, but we can’t call a special session to get $3 billion for our unconstitutionally underfunded public schools?) Then we come back from the bar and talk to Stranger food writer Angela Garbes about a recent online discussion she got into concerning restaurant racism—when it’s actually a thing, when it’s not, and why you might just get a fork sometimes instead of chopsticks. After which Stranger art critic Jen Graves takes us through Paul Allen’s recent retreat from funding local arts organizations, and how it seems connected to Pivot, the new contemporary art and culture center he’s opening in South Lake Union. Plus, as always, the music of the amazing Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Ballots for the November general election are going to start arriving next week. Are you ready??? We are, almost. We’ve interviewed every damn candidate running for every damn race in preparation for our upcoming Stranger endorsements issue, and in this episode we lift our tired heads off the table long enough to ask: Why the fuck do we elect, in addition to everything else, the Director of the King County Department of Elections? The candidates in that race, Julie Wise and Zack Hudgins, try to give us an answer while also explaining why this particular race is so crazy contentious this year. Finally, we do a brief tour of this fall's very important, very full ballot. Plus! In-between all that we listen to the music of the amazing Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Forty five years ago, an orca named Lolita was captured from Washington State waters and taken to captivity in Florida. Stranger Editor Christopher Frizzelle is on the show this week to explain why Lolita needs to be returned home now, and what he discovered about the amazing culture and brains of Puget Sound orcas as he was reporting this in-depth feature on one killer whale’s plight. (Also discussed: why humans are the worst.) And then we hear from Mark Putnam, director of All Home, about the latest plan to fight homelessness in King County. The last big plan—a “Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness”—obviously didn’t work. What’s his better idea? Putnam explains. Plus the music of Yellow Ostrich and the band Tomtem, which is playing at EMP on Saturday, October 3!