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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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May 31, 2017

The long Memorial Day weekend brought tragic news from Portland, Oregon, where two good-hearted citizens were murdered as they tried to stop a man from allegedly committing a hate crime on public transit. Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the Portland murders, whether we can directly connect them to Donald Trump’s rhetoric, whether Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's attempt to shut down two upcoming “alt-right” rallies is the right response, and whether Kathy Griffin staging a mock beheading of Trump was a good use of her own free speech rights.
After that, Dan, Eli, and Rich sift through the news about Jared Kushner’s newly revealed role in Russia-gate (and process Rich’s attraction to Kushner’s shiny visage). Finally, because Rich was gone last week, a focus on a few “millennial issues” he wants to “bring to Dan and Eli's attention": drugs, climate change, and student loan debt. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 24, 2017

Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania?

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter?

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania?

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter?

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania?

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter?

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage

Dan Savage is back this week, and he talks with Amber Cortes and Eli Sanders about Donald Trump’s hypocrisy-drenched trip through the Middle East and Europe. Also: that hand slap! What does it MEAN, Melania? 

After that, a look at this week’s special election in Montana and a dive into the right-wing conspiracy theory that actually caused FOX News to issue a rare retraction this week. If Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich spread a false story on FOX News, but then FOX News retracts the story later, does it matter? 

Finally, Dan and Eli are not afraid to ask: Who was Chris Cornell? Amber explains.

(Oh, and then a vacationing Rich Smith drunk dials in with some news from the millennial mind!)

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.Episode 102: Trump’s Fantastic Voyage



May 17, 2017

With Dan Savage away, Amber Cortes takes over his chair and talks with Rich Smith and Eli Sanders about this week of DC-shaking developments involving Russia, Trump, and the memos of former FBI Director James Comey. The current shitstorm of trouble for Trump raises a question: Should liberals really be pushing so hard for immediate impeachment, or would it be more strategic for the left to let all this Republican pain drag out until, say, the conclusion of the 2018 midterm elections?

 

After that: Amber takes Rich and Eli on a tour of important news items that are getting buried beneath the riveting spectacle of Trump’s “downward spiral.” Things like, oh, a worldwide cycber-attack that might be traced to North Korean “sleeper cells,” torch-weidling Nazi’s marching in Virginia, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions telling US prosecutors to seek the harshest-possible sentences whenever possible.

 

Finally: Did the world really need an in-depth look at the heroic journey of rock group The Strokes? And a call about abortion politics and that mayor’s race in Omaha that Dan, Eli, and Rich debated last week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 10, 2017

Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about the firing of FBI Director James Comey. This whole thing feels a lot like the “Saturday Night Massacre” of 1973. (Which, by the way, only Boomer Dan was alive for.) It also feels like a brewing constitutional crisis. (Good thing we explained the constitution to Rich last episode.) What should Democrats do now? Dan, Rich, and Eli have some ideas. After that, three purity tests. First: Was it wrong and homophobic for Stephen Colbert to make a joke about Donald Trump being Vladimir Putin’s “cockholster”? Second: Should liberals have supported a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha even though he wasn’t ideologically perfect on abortion? Third: Should you cancel your New York Times subscription because the paper ran a climate-change-questioning column? And after all that: House Republicans are back home for recess following their vote to repeal Obamacare, and Rich tells you how to find them at town hall meetings—and how to shame them if they’re not holding town hall meetings. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 3, 2017

Is Donald Trump incompetent or incapacitated? And which is worse? Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and special guest Steven Hsieh get into the question that’s running beneath the surface of a lot of recent Trump criticism. Also: Maybe Ivanka’s gonna save us? Oh, and Hillary Clinton is joining the resistance, but she’s not making the apology for losing that Rich and Steven demand. After that, Rich and Eli talk about the new album from The Magnetic Fields, “50 Song Memoir,” and an actual print memoir that Rich is really excited about, Patricia Lockwood’s “Priestdaddy.” Finally, your calls, including our very first demand for a correction! And as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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