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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: August, 2017
Aug 30, 2017
Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and producer Nancy Hartunian are all taking a little break this week. (After last week’s Millennial Takeover episode, some of us need it!) Have a great Labor Day weekend and we’ll talk to you again on Sept. 6. Oh, and if you’ve got something we need to think about in the meantime, tell it to the Blabberphone: 206-302-2063.
Aug 23, 2017
Dan Savage and Eli Sanders are on vacation—whatever that is—so Rich Smith has orchestrated a Millennial takeover of the show. First, Heidi Groover and Kim Selling stop by to talk about what everybody learned from Trump’s rambling, racist rally in Phoenix Tuesday night. The President’s speech appeared to appease the Nazis who marched on Charlottesville last week, and who now include a group enterprising young women among their ranks. The panel discusses why some women would be attracted to a woman-hating boys club, and also decodes all the new Nazi symbols popping up. Then, Sydney Brownstone and Chase Burns tackle the persistent idea that Millennials are destroying the media. A look at the death of the Village Voice in print and the backroom drama at Mic shows that Millennials might not be the generation to blame. Finally, Chase and Heidi return for a special segment called “Tweets We Faved This Week,” where the group opens up about the gems they found on that discourse dumpster, Twitter dot com. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo. 
Aug 16, 2017
Just eight months into the Trump administration, white nationalists engaged in an ugly streetlight with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. By the end of the day, Heather Heyer had been killed in what’s now being described as a neo-Nazi terrorist attack. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about how we got here, Trump’s shameful response, and the conundrum of how far to go in publicly shaming and physically confronting neo-Nazis. After that, Heidi Groover is on to talk about the Democratic Socialists of America. Why do they think they’re a better alternative to the Democratic Party? Are they trying to be spoilers in the next presidential election? What’s with the roses on their Twitter handles? And, okay, they read Jacobin, but how exactly does one pronounce Jacobin? Finally, a full solar eclipse is coming! But mostly only to Trump country! Is that fair? If you simultaneous orgasm during TOTALITY does magic happen? Will Eli make it back from his eclipse-chasing trip next week? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Aug 9, 2017

With Donald Trump now threatening North Korea with the “fire and fury” of a massive US nuclear strike, Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about whether—per good ol’ Rex Tillerson’s orders—we should all “sleep well at night.” Also discussed: whether any of us, or even Donald Trump himself, could make it into this country under a new immigrant screening test proposed by the Trump administration. After that: a conversation with Leah Greenberg, co-founder of Indivisible, plus several calls from listeners about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s decision to fund anti-choice candidates. And finally, Chase Burns is back on the show to talk with Dan and Eli about a provocative question posed by a recent article in Salon: “Has queer culture lost its edge?” Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 2, 2017

We were pretty hard on John McCain on last week’s show—and then a couple days later John McCain went and gave his big, historic “thumbs down” to Obamacare repeal. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders consider whether McCain should be congratulated and then turn to other pressing topics: the brief tenure of “The Mooch,” the arrival of another general to guide Trump, and Trump’s practice of finding a new minority to bash whenever he needs a distraction. After that, the Democratic Party has decided it’s going to be funding some anti-choice candidates for Congress. What’s a strategic-minded liberal to say about that? And finally, an alleged conspiracy to create a conspiracy theory that involves—allegedly!—the president himself. You gotta hear this one. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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