It’s the end of a long and upsetting week globally, so let’s pause from that for a moment—not to ignore it, but just to take a pause—and focus on some things here in Seattle. That extremely close city council race is STILL GOING over in West Seattle. Last week we talked to candidate Lisa Herbold, who at the time was behind by just a few votes. This week we talk to candidate Shannon Braddock who’s now behind by just a few votes and is getting ready to start "chasing ballots." After that I talk to Stranger art critic Jen Graves, who has big news about that iconic installation of spiraling cars at the downtown Seattle Art Museum. (Spoiler: it’s going to be disappearing soon, and Jen’s thrilled.) And after that, Stranger food writer Angela Garbes will be back on the show to talk about easy Thanksgiving recipes and coping strategies. Plus, as always, the music of the amazing Ahamefule J. Oluo!
This week’s show begins with a brief check-in with Lisa Herbold, one of two candidates in a verrrry close Seattle City Council race that’s still going strong ten days after the election. Herbold currently trails opponent Shannon Braddock (who couldn’t come on the show) by just six votes. After that, University of Washington geomorphologist David Montgomery and biologist Anne Bikle are on to talk about an invisible cycle of “eating, dying, and pooping” that is much older than humanity and much more important to the survival of humanity that most people realize. This invisible cycle is fueled by microbes, and Montgomery and Bikle have just published a book that explores a hidden world of microbes that extends from the soil that grows our plants to the soil that lines our colons. It’s called “The Hidden Half of Nature.” Then Ijeoma Oluo comes back on the show to talk about her refusal to review the movie Suffragette in The Stranger, and the huge online response her refusal has generated. Plus, as always, the music of the amazing Ahamefule J. Oluo!
We had a big local election this week—plus statewide votes on some important issues—so we brought in four people to tell us what the results say about our political future. First up: Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant, who appears to have won her race in Seattle’s 3rd District against challenger Pamela Banks. Sawant tells us why it’s a kind of “revolution” to have a socialist elected to another term in this city. Then we hear from three political consultants: Christian Sinderman, the guy behind many of the “establishment” candidates who appear to have won; John Wyble, the guy behind many of this year’s “insurgent” challengers; and Sandeep Kaushik, who has some feelings about the “Move Seattle” and “Honest Elections” measures, and who also claims he can win ANY vote if you give him $1.4 million, a crayon, and photocopy of his own ass. Plus, as always, the music of the amazing Ahamefule J. Oluo!