Can Dan Savage say something nice about Jill Stein now that she’s leading a recount charge in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania? And why does Sydney Brownstone see a "successful” recount leading to blood in the streets? We answer all these questions and more right of the bat! Then we perform oral readings of two great listener comments—one voiced by Heidi Groover and the other by Charles Mudede. After that, a segment we’re calling Rich Smith’s Glossary of Ocracies. (You gotta listen to find out.) And finally, Stranger social media manager Jessica Fu tries to talk me down off the “Facebook is killing democracy" ledge I climbed out on last week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
First, your calls: In response to last week’s show, listeners from all over the country called the Blabberphone (206-302-2063) to issue their personal calls to action in the face of a Donald Trump presidency. Thank you all! We’re playing a bunch of your action items right off the bat. After that, Dan Savage has returned from the world’s largest democracy, India, and is ready to fight with rural-America-raised Rich Smith about how we should talk to the Trump-supporting, democracy-rattling voters in the American hinterlands. After that, the tech-savviest guy I know, Anthony Hecht, is on to absorb my doom and gloom feelings about fake news and explain how everything might someday be okay—or might not. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo! Happy Thanksgiving!
Dan’s in India this week, so we start with a phone call about what you need to be doing in the wake of Trump’s election—plus a call for your own Trump resistance action items. (Tell them to the Blabberphone! 206-302-2063.) After that we meet Calista Bell, 17, one of thousands of right-on high school students who marched out of their classrooms this weak in an inspiring moment of activism that gave us hope for the future. And finally Charles Mudede talks about what really motivated Trump voters, Rich Smith puts in a plug for not knowing what the fuck’s going on, and Charles scares the shit out of everyone with his predictions for the President Trump future. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
On the day after Donald Trump's election as President of the United States, Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, Charles Mudede, Rich Smith, and Sydney Brownstone ask: What do we do now? What did we have too much faith in before today? When do you stand and fight, and when do you say it's time to work on escape plans? Plus the movie Moonlight and why it's a kind of necessary escape this week. And, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Sick of thinking about the presidential election? We are, too. So this week, as we count down the hours until Election Day, we’re gonna focus on other things. First, Sydney Brownstone is back with another update on Standing Rock, a bundle of dried sage in her hands, and some thoughts in her brain regarding your Facebook “check in” at Standing Rock and whether it really mattered. After that, we travel back in time with Rich Smith and Charles Mudede, to a bygone era in which American conservatives talked pretty. What was that period all about? Did James Baldwin really engage in a gorgeous debate with William F. Buckley at Cambridge University in 1965? And how did we get from there to our unspeakable 2016 election? We get into it. Finally, Charles talks about Barry Jenkins’s new movie, Moonlight—and why Jenkins is an Oscar-worthy director you’ve probably never even heard of. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!