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The Stranger's week-in-review podcast, in which Eli Sanders, Dan Savage and a group of "experts" explain what just happened in the news, and what it all means. A wide-ranging discussion of everything you need to know in order to pose as an informed, productive member of society!
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Now displaying: March, 2017
Mar 29, 2017

Fresh off their failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, Republicans are chugging ahead with a whole bunch of other terrible ideas. For starters, taking away your internet privacy and rolling back environmental regulations meant to stave off global warming. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about all that, as well as the stalled out Russia-Trump investigation in the US House, and then dive into something a little more uplifting: the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Democrat Jon Ossoff, the 30-year-old who’s captured liberals’ hopes, seems to really have a chance. Maybe. We discuss. And finally, the books we’re reading and the movie Dan’s watching to escape all this madness. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 22, 2017

 

After charging through the week’s big political news—Comey’s announcement, the Gorsuch hearings, a looming vote to repeal Obamacare—we dive into a fight over hillbillies. It turns out that Dan Savage really, really loved a recent Frank Rich argument in New York Magazine titled, “No Sympathy for the Hillbilly.” Eli Sanders and Rich Smith? Not so much. An epic argument ensues, and then we play one of the many calls we received after last week’s show! Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 15, 2017

Yes, yes, Rachel Maddow had a big 'ol scoop this week about Donald Trump's taxes, but we're going to start this week's show by keeping our eyes on the life-and-death matter of the Republican health care bill. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about why it's currently, delightfully bringing on a Republican civil war. After that: Maddow and Trump's taxes. Then, in light of last week's conversation about privilege and the International Women's Day strike, a caller asks: What, exactly, is so wrong with using your privilege to help others? Finally, Dan, Rich, and Eli get into it over the recent free speech fracas at Middlebury college in Vermont. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 

Mar 8, 2017

In honor of International Women’s Day we kick Rich Smith out of his chair and talk to a different millennial, Ana Sofia Knauf, who’s decided not to participate in the much discussed “Day Without Women” strike. Ana Sofia tells us why some people are calling the strike an expression of privilege. After that, Dan, Rich, and Eli quickly celebrate the trouble Republicans are having (so far) in their effort to repeal Obamacare, and then Eli talks one-on-one with General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, about everything from Russia’s relationship with Donald Trump to why the US even needs 17 different intelligence agencies. After that, Dan, Rich, and Eli float their theories on Trump and Russia and Rich talks about a mind-clearing moment of bliss he just had in connection with all of this. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!In honor of International Women’s Day we kick Rich Smith out of his chair and talk to a different millennial, Ana Sofia Knauf, who’s decided not to participate in the much discussed “Day Without Women” strike. Ana Sofia tells us why some people are calling the strike an expression of privilege. After that, Dan, Rich, and Eli quickly celebrate the trouble Republicans are having (so far) in their effort to repeal Obamacare, and then Eli talks one-on-one with General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, about everything from Russia’s relationship with Donald Trump to why the US even needs 17 different intelligence agencies. After that, Dan, Rich, and Eli float their theories on Trump and Russia and Rich talks about a mind-clearing moment of bliss he just had in connection with all of this. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

 

Mar 1, 2017

First up: Rich Smith, Sydney Brownstone, and Eli Sanders tangle with Donald Trump’s first prime time address to Congress. Next: Sean Nelson watched 14 films by Steve Bannon and lived to tell you what they mean for our present. And finally: Charles Mudede on the lessons of Moonlight’s big win at The Oscars. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

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