This week, Arts & Music Editor Sean Nelson fills in for Eli Sanders, who is gearing up for the release of his book, While the City Sleeps. (Don’t forget to check out his reading Web Feb 3 at Town Hall.) In the meantime, we blabber with Megan Brown, author of a report that details the music industry’s impact on Seattle’s economy—spoiler: there’s lots of money, but it’s not going to musicians (1:33) and Stranger staffer Rich Smith stops by to reflect on what a private library and a cat café might mean about our fair city (16:36).
Here’s something I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t my job to know: We have an election coming up! I’m not talking about the November presidential election, I’m talking about an election much sooner than that, the February 9 “Special Election” in Seattle. You had no idea, right? Don’t worry, on this week’s show at the 1:15 minute mark, Greg Wong, president of a group called Schools First, will explain the two—just two!—school levy votes we’ll be casting on ballots that are going to be arriving in our mailboxes… right about now. After that, at 15:22, Seattle Times reporter and Pacific Northwest earthquake expert Sandi Doughton is on to talk about that false earthquake alarm you may have seen going around on Facebook this week (or even on The Stranger’s blog, Slog). You know, the thing about the seafloor off the Pacific Northwest coast allegedly dropping suddenly and spelling doom and all that? It was scary, but it was not true. Sandi will explain what happened. And then at 28:14, Spike Friedman will be back on so that we can have a wake for the Seattle Seahawks and their dashed Superbowl hopes. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
It's the end of another big week and we’ll be talking, of course, about one of the biggest things that happened: the death of David Bowie at the age of 69. We’ll discuss his life, his work, and his enduring enigma with Stranger Arts and Music Editor Sean Nelson. Then, since the Seahawks won last week and are still in the playoffs (hooray!), sports writer Spike Friedman will be back to catch us up on how we beat the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, and why we're going to demolish the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. After that, writer Matt Baume is on to talk about the giant, ugly scar that Interstate 5 cuts through downtown Seattle and the beautiful, park-covered lid that a local architect wants to put over it. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo! (Whose incredible show, Now I’m Fine, is playing in New York City right now and just got a RAVE review in the New York Times! If you’re in the vicinity, get tickets immediately!)
It’s the first Blabbermouth of 2016! Happy New Year! This week we’re talking about 14-term Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott’s decision to retire, and to do that we check in with the ONE local politician who’s definitely not gunning for McDermott’s open seat: State Senator Reuven Carlyle. After that, Danny Askini from the Gender Justice League is on the show to discuss bathroom panic in Olympia. It seems Republicans are freaking out about a new state rule that allows transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity. Next, sports expert Spike Friedman tells me how to jump on the Seahawks bandwagon like a boss (and what names to shout to get a high-five from the dude next to me at a bar). And finally, Charles Mudede will talk about the Vanilla ISIS Crisis—those white militants who took over a federal facility in Oregon—and what it all means. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!