We had a presidential primary in Washington State this week, and if you're confused as to why this happened at the end of May, when Donald Trump is already the Republican nominee and Washington State already had its Democratic caucuses two months ago—well, you're not alone. So I hauled in the sitting Washington Secretary of State, Republican Kim Wyman, to explain—at 1:59—why we just spent over $11 million in public money on a bunch of voting that doesn’t really change anything. I also tracked down Tina Podlodowski, the Democrat who’s running to replace Wyman this year, and at 10:47 we hear her view. After that, at 22:14, a University of Washington grad student who knows what a warmer earth might look like because it’s happened before, millions of years ago. And finally, at 29:28, the general manager of Seattle’s KPLU radio gives an update on the campaign to save KPLU from being bought up by its competitor, KUOW. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
The writer and Internet troll-slayer Lindy West is on the show this week to talk about her great and super funny new book, SHRILL: NOTES FROM A LOUD WOMAN. It came out this week and Lindy’s going to be appearing at Town Hall next week, on May 25, as part of her book tour. At 1:37, I talk to Lindy, a former Stranger staffer, about her current life as a loud-and-proud feminist warrior who writes for GQ and The Guardian. We also talk about the path that led her to this new memoir, which in part explores her time at the Stranger and her public argument with Dan Savage over how to talk about fat people. Also discussed: What it’s like to pee on the floor of your Seattle public school classroom as a kid, the too-easiness of being a cruel writer, and whether Lindy West—she of nearly 70,000 Twitter followers—might someday be done with Twitter. After that, at 28:06, some calls to the Blabberphone (206-302-2063!) from people who have things to say about the way I talked to the leader of University of Washington Students for Donald Trump last week, the way a caller to the Blabberphone talked about women’s basketball last week, and the positive aspects of Donald Trump’s May 7 visit to Lynden, Washington. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Andi Zeisler, cofounder of Bitch magazine, is coming to Seattle next week to talk about her new book, “We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrl to Cover Girl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement.” At 1:30, I talk to Zeisler about her problems with what she calls “marketplace feminism” and her feelings about Beyonce. After that, at 14:07, four Stranger writers who were at the Donald Trump rally in Lynden, Washington last weekend share scenes from Trumpland that still haunt them. Then, at 23:19, I interview Chevy Swanson, leader of University of Washington Students for Trump. Swanson led a campus rally this week that feature a plywood homage to Trump’s promised wall along the US-Mexico border. Finally, at 35:09, a call to the Blabberphone—206-302-2063!—that makes a very good point. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
This week, at 1:54, we talk basketball—specifically the local basketball fans who totally lost it when the Seattle City Council didn’t do the exact bidding of a billionaire who wants to bring us a new NBA team. Stranger City Hall reporter Heidi Groover explains what the city council did and didn’t do, and then professional sports explainer Spike Friedman takes us inside the brains of the dudes who took to Twitter to say terrible, terrible things about the all-woman city council majority that voted against the billionaire. Then, at 13:45, we take a radical turn away from basketball-obsessed assholes and talk about a tender, tough subject with Angela Garbes. She recently wrote a powerful personal essay about pregnancy loss. After that, at 25:54, David Rolf, a major leader in Seattle’s fight for a $15 minimum wage, talks about his new book on winning higher wages here and nationally. And finally, at 30:05, your calls to the Blabberphone—206-302-2063!—and my responses. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!