This is our last Blabbermouth of 2015—see you in the New Year!—and it’s a great one, full of year-end reflections, current issues, and even one Proustian moment. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is on the show to talk about what he sees as his biggest accomplishment of the year, his biggest bit of unfinished business for 2015, and why he recently refused to sign a city council bill to let drivers for ridehailing apps unionize. After that, Stranger Arts and Music Editor Sean Nelson will be on to talk about the agony and the ecstasy of end-of-year list. (He just made a bunch of them himself.) And then Stranger film editor Charles Mudede will be on the show to talk about an interesting exhibit that’s up now at the Northwest African American Museum called Black Hanford, as well as a new movie—you might have heard of it—called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
If there was ever a week to remind us that who we elect to national office matters a whole hell of a lot, this was one. And if you live here in Seattle, you probably know that the guy who speaks for you in the US House of Representatives is Jim McDermott—a Democrat who’s been Seattle’s voice in DC for the last 26 years. Well, for the first time in a long time McDermott has a serious challenger for his seat: Brady Walkinshaw, the state representative from Seattle’s Capitol Hill, who announced last week that he’s going to try to unseat McDermott in 2016. We’ll talk to both McDermott and Walkinshaw today, and then we’ll talk to The Stranger’s Heidi Groover about why you should be paying attention to a bunch of semi-obscure Sound Transit maps right now. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
There’s a LOT we have to talk about this week. Bertha, our giant tunnel drilling machine, is about to start back up at the end of the month, which means we all need to brush up on why the fuck Bertha’s been taking so long to dig one tunnel. Stranger Bertha expert Sydney Brownstone is here to help. After that, we’ll talk fascism—and whether it’s an accurate description of Donald’s Trump’s political philosophy—with local journalist David Neiwert. Then, because World AIDS Day was this week, Stranger art critic Jen Graves is back to tell us about a must-see exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum. It’s called Art AIDS America. And finally, Charles Mudede weighs in on the stingy pours that our northern neighbors in Vancouver, BC are serving in their bars—and what it says about them and us. Plus, as always, the music of the amazing Ahamefule J. Oluo!