Anna from Phinney Ridge was packing a bowl and thinking about Seattle’s homelessness crisis the other day, and her thoughts led her to call the Blabberphone (206-302-2063!) with an interesting question. At 3:13, I haul in an expert who has an answer or two for Anna. After that, at 13:40, Stranger reporter Sydney Brownstone talks about how she put together a powerful investigative story headlined, “The Audition.” It looks into multiple allegations of sexual assault against a well-known Capitol Hill figure named Matt Hickey, and why it might be hard to get justice for Hickey’s allegedly repeated sexual assaults under the current Washington State Law. Next, at 28:24, we make a hard left turn into state politics, and then a right turn, and then another left as the dueling campaigns for Washington Secretary of State—which is actually a really important position—get into a three-part Blabberphone brawl over something the Republican candidate for Secretary of State said on the podcast last month. Finally, at 33:06, the critics of The Stranger tell you what to do with yourself on this Pride weekend in Seattle. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
In the wake of the worst mass-shooting in United States history, we answer the question: “What can I do?” As President Obama said after the shooting, “To actively do nothing is a decision.” So what, exactly, is the something that a person in Washington State should be doing right now? Answers come first, at 1:42, from LGBT rights advocate Danni Askini of the Gender Justice League. Next, at 12:45, answers from gun control advocate and 2006 Seattle Jewish Federation shooting survivor Zach Carstensen. Finally, at 25:18, answers from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Then, on a lighter note, at 36:35, the critics of The Stranger answer the question, “What should I be doing this weekend?” Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
This week it became clear that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president, so at 1:05 I talk about this history-making moment with TIME Magazine political writer Jay Newton-Small, who will be at Town Hall on Monday discussing her book, “Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works." After that, at 9:48, Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw is on. She recently received some outraged text messages from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray when the two were at odds over how to handle Seattle’s homelessness crisis. Then, at 21:15, a dramatic reading of an angry online comment left by one Blabbermouth listener who didn’t like the way Seattle-based television critic Melanie McFarland described Capitol Hill on last week’s show—plus Melanie’s response to that commenter! Finally, at 24:50, a call to the Blabberphone (206-302-2063) and then at 26:19, our critics’ picks for the weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
This week it came out that MTV’s The Real World, one of the original reality shows, is returning to Seattle this summer. So at 1:40, longtime Seattle-based television critic Melanie McFarland reminds us about all the drama that went down last time MTV showed up to film in this city. Then, at 7:57, famous Seattle rich guy and progressive advocate Nick Hanauer is on to talk about a new federal rule, promoted by President Obama himself, that is going to bring overtime pay to a lot of hard-working people in this country. If you’re a salaried worker, you need to know about this change. After that, at 21:46, Seattle City Council Member Mike O’Brien will talk about the new, revised, and re-revised plan for responding to the homeless encampment know as “The Jungle.” I’ll also ask O’Brien about the current debate over whether light rail should come to Ballard via an expensive tunnel or a less-expensive draw bridge. Finally, at 32:56, the critics of The Stranger tell you about the events you cannot miss this weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.