Huge news this week: We now have a dedicated phone and PHONE NUMBER for Blabbermouth. A Blabberphone if you will. Here’s the digits: 206-302-2063. Call that number to talk back at people you hear on the show, or to tell me about someone I better haul in and question on the show, or to tell me anything else you think I need to know about. Again that number is: 206-302-2063. Call me! I miss the sound of your voice! As for this week’s guests: At 2:37, I talk about May Day and all the different political philosophies it brings out with Dr. Nick Barr Clingan from the University of Washington’s Comparative History of Ideas program. Then, at 19:42, I interview two Seattle anarchists who will most likely be in the streets on May Day—one of whom was riding light rail built by the big bad state government when we talked. After that, at 44:50 ,Ijeoma Oluo is back on the show to talk about the devastating power of Beyonce’s amazing new visual album, Lemonade. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
No show today, folks. We're too sad about Prince.
How did Seattle’s public schools become alarmingly re-segregated in recent years? Sean Riley, a Seattle public school teacher and the author of an amazing feature in this week’s Stranger, is on the show to explain. At 1:37, Sean talks about all that's changed between the time he attended integrated Seattle public schools as a student and today, when he teaches in a mostly white public school in Magnolia. After that, at 13:16, writer Marti Jonjak is on to talk about her McSweeney’s project, “Inside Witness.” It’s a regular column that’s in the process of exploring the 2013 shooting at the Central District bar Twilight Exit from multiple perspectives—including her own perspective as someone who watched the shooting occur. Then, at 24:29, Stranger calendar editor Jamie Slater is back to tell us what to do this weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
This week we’re going to focus on two things: weed and campus protest. First, the campus protest. Up at Western Washington University in Bellingham, a group that’s calling itself the Student Assembly for Power and Liberation is issuing sweeping demands for change at the well-known liberal arts college. There’s a lot of concern, however, that the students' demands run counter to principles of free speech and academic freedom. At 1:41, I talk to a Western Washington University student who’s part of the Assembly for Power and Liberation. Then, at 20:08, I share the university administration’s response to the students' demands. After all that, at 21:38, former Stranger staffer David Schmader, who wrote the beloved and long-running column Last Days, is on to talk about his great new book, WEED: THE USER’S GUIDE, which came out this week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Bernie Sanders won the Washington State Democratic Caucuses big-time on Saturday, and now there’s a debate underway about whether our state's Democratic superdelegates—who mostly support Hillary Clinton—should switch their allegiances. The fight has gotten so big that the Socialist Alternative Party is now involved, and at 2:12, Socialist Alternative spokesperson Philip Locker tells me why. Then, at 15:38, Stranger art critic Jen Graves is on to talk about what happens when fickle art world donors suddenly change their minds. Finally, at 28:26, Jamie Slater from the Stranger’s calendar team helps you last-minute plan your weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!