Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith are back to chew through the week’s big happenings. First, each of us talks about the presidential debate moments we loved the most—as well as the moments that made us love how right we were last week in our debate predictions. Second, we talk about where this made-for-TV debate miniseries is likely to go next. Will Trump ditch out on the final two “rigged” forums? Will Hillary have to answer for Bill’s affairs? If so, what should she say? And did Monday's debate do anything for millennial excitement about anything? Third, the art and music and Netflix and Amazon shows we’re taking in to to cleanse our brains when we reach election information overload. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
We’re trying something new this week: three topics, all tackled in one glorious episode by Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith. FIRST: Donald Trump is a scary motherfucker, but you gotta admit he has that TV magnetism. How can Hillary disrupt it in the upcoming Sept. 26 debate? SECOND: What does a politician have to do these days to give millennials that special “I’m gonna vote!” feeling? Rich, voice of a all millennials everywhere for all time, tries to explain. THIRD: Our intergeneration panel of white men tangles with an international “cultural appropriation” controversy involving literary fiction, Brisbane, and the Internets. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
First, at 1:19, we check back in with Sydney Brownstone who last week spoke to us live from North Dakota during the big standoff over an oil pipeline project. This week, Sydney will tell us what it was like to be at the Standing Rock Sioux protest camp when pipeline construction was halted in response to the demonstrations. Next, at10:41, Stranger sports explainer Spike Friedman talks about why it’s such a big deal that Seahawks players have joined the national anthem protests. After that, at 21:45, the two candidates who want to represent Capitol Hill, Montlake, and the University District in the state house—their names are Nicole Macri and Dan Shih—try to convince you they’re the ones to vote for in November. Finally, at 34:19, The Stranger tells you what to do this weekend.
A major, history-making protest is underway in North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe is leading an effort to stop a giant oil pipeline that’s currently under construction on land the tribe considers sacred. At 1:35, The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone reports from the site where protesters from around the country—and from a number of Pacific Northwest tribes—have now converged. Then, at 11:44, longtime Seattle hip hop columnist Larry Mizell Jr is on the show to ponder the question: If a white Seattle rapper retires in an attempt to “make more room for black artists,” has more room really been created? After that, at 23:31, we take a post-Labor Day look at the state of workers’ rights in Seattle with Dylan Orr, head of the Seattle Office of Labor Standards, and Nicole Vallestero-Keenan of the Fair Work Center. Finally, at 36:42, The Stranger tells you what to do this weekend. (Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.)
Donald Trump was back in Washington State this week, and for this visit he read his favorite snake poem to the people of Everett. The Stranger’s Rich Smith was there and, at 1:19, talks about what went down. After that, at 12:15, we’ll hear a debate about whether Washington State voters should approve a $2.2 billion carbon tax this fall to help fight global warming. This isn’t the usual debate between global warming deniers and people who want to tax big oil in order to save the planet. It’s a different kind of debate, a debate between people on the left and people on the further left over whether this particular carbon tax is progressive enough when it comes to helping disadvantaged communities. Then, at 29:17, Stranger writer Sydney Brownstone explores troubling statements about LGBTQ youth made by Erin Jones, a candidate running for Superintendent of Public Instruction—that’s the top education office in the state. Jones's statements caused The Stranger Election Control Board to rescind its endorsement of Jones this week. Finally, at 37:11, The Stranger tells you what to do this weekend. (Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.)