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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: June, 2017
Jun 28, 2017

The Republican healthcare plan is in trouble, but it's not dead yet. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about how to keep pushing back against Trumpcare over the Fourth of July recess, when your Senators will be back home. After that: how to survive in a conservative alt-reality that's getting a little too real. And finally, two controversies that involve the gay pride flag. In Philadelphia, the iconic symbol of gay liberation has been revised to include black and brown stripes. And in Chicago recently, a number of Jewish lesbians were asked to leave a dyke march because their pride flags had Jewish stars on them. Organizers said the Jewish lesbians' pride flags were too triggering. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jun 21, 2017
Al Franken is on Blabbermouth this week, talking with Eli Sanders about his journey from Saturday Night Live to the US Senate. The Senator also shares the best tactics for getting a member of congress to do what you want (like, say, not repeal Obamacare) and answers both an urgent “millennial” question from Rich Smith and a future-focused, “barely-a-boomer” question from Dan Savage. Also: Dan, Rich, and Eli talk about the sad defeat of Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District and what it means for Democratic strategery going forward. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 
Jun 14, 2017
Rich Smith, Amber Cortes, and Eli Sanders sat down to record this week’s episode just a few hours after news broke of a shooting at a baseball practice for Congressional Republicans in Washington, DC. The entire Blabbermouth crew hoped for strong recoveries for all the people wounded in this tragedy. They also dove right into some issues that are connected, at least politically speaking, to what is now the 153rd mass shooting in America this year: gun control, Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, and the question of what incites political violence. On that last question, Rich, Amber, and Eli looked directly at conservative criticisms of a New York City production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that features a staged assassination of a Trump-like figure. Did the production go too far, or are critics missing the play’s point? Finally, The Stranger’s Heidi Groover stops by to talk about why Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted and Facebooked a blog post of hers. Spoiler: Groover’s post highlighted an important, outrageous, and demoralizing truth about how unaffordable life in America has become for low-wage earners. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 
Jun 7, 2017

This week, Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the Comey hearing and then dissect a notable new poll finding: more Americans now want Donald Trump impeached than support his job performance! After that, a battle royale over the recent unrest at The Evergreen State College, which is being held up nationally as the latest example of liberal campus intolerance and the rise of mob “discourse.” Finally, last week’s episode was apparently a triumphant one for Rich Smith: one caller believes Rich was, “for the first time,” correct about something last week, and another caller confesses to a “voice crush” on Rich and asks Rich to read him a poem. Will Rich comply? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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