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Feb 28, 2018
Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about a hard truth: young people don’t vote in midterm elections. What, exactly, is the problem here? In the post-Trump, post-Parkland era, is the youth vote going to meaningfully increase? Because it needs to. For the last US midterm elections, back in 2014, only 16 percent of Americans age 18 - 29 voted. For Americans age 60 and over, the figure was 55 percent. It was the 2014 midterm elections that gave us the Republican-controlled House and Senate we have today—and the political reality that so many young Americans are seething about. Now, in 2018, will young Americans actually show up at the polls and help change control of Congress? After that, Katie Herzog talks about the controversy surrounding Quinn Norton, whose friendship with a neo-Nazi cost her a spot on the New York Times op-ed page. Katie prods us to wonder: Can you be friends with a neo-Nazi and still be a good person? How about a good columnist? Finally, with the Oscars coming up this Sunday we talk about two more movies that are nominated for Best Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Post. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

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Feb 21, 2018
Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog praise the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people last week. Though congressional inaction and right-wing stonewallers have trained liberals to be cynical about the possibility of passing common sense gun control laws in the United States, these high school kids are stepping up, organizing protests, and changing the conversation about guns in this country—all while being very good at Twitter. After that, we graduate from high school and head to college. Centrist columnists claim that college activists are transforming the world into a giant zone of insufferably, but reporters (and leftist columnists) say they’re blowing this “campus craziness” thing out of proportion, and they also note that the alt-right has tripled their efforts to spread propaganda on campuses in 2017. So maybe activists are shouting people down for a reason? Dan, Katie, and Rich discuss. Finally: Wakanda forever. Director Ryan Coogler and an incredible cast of actors have given us Black Panther, which boasts the second-highest grossing opening weekend. The Stranger’s film critic, Charles Mudede, and the Stranger’s critic-at-large, join Rich Smith in a conversation about the cultural impact of the film on African and African-American audiences. 
Feb 14, 2018
Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders argue over whether there’s a smarter way to prioritize outrage amid the non-stop outrage machine that is the Trump administration. Case in point: this week’s fury over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ worrisome—but also technically accurate—remarks concerning “the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” Turns out former President Barack Obama said similar things. Amid all the other current outrages, were these Sessions words really the best use of our outrage time? Is it being way too stingy with one’s outrage time to even ask this question? After that, porn. A New York Times columnist wants to ban porn because he believes the Internet is giving us porn on a scale never before seen and, as a result, warping the minds of young men and women. If only we had a sex expert to help us figure out whether this is bullshit! Dan, Eli, Rich, and Stranger writer Katie Herzog talk about what to do with our historic porn bounty. Finally, two books to escape into—one with zero words, another with some helpfully scary words—and a lesson on ancient romance etiquette from Rich. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
 

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Feb 7, 2018

Our aspiring banana republic got a little more bananas this week, with President Trump suddenly redefining treason, calling for a big ol’ military parade in DC, and—accidentally—showing off his intriguing hair piece. (You gotta see the video, but if you just can’t, well, Dan Savage describes it in vivid detail.) At the same time, this week brought some additional signs of a huge Democratic wave building across the country—with these latest signs coming from Missouri. How to ride—and encourage—that wave? Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders offer some more ideas. After that, Chase Burns is back to talk with Eli about a Seattle tech story that went national this week. It centers on Facebook’s unwillingness to follow Seattle’s law, which, in a national first, is being used to force the tech company to hand over data on its political ads. Finally, a new book Rich LOVES. It’s about a subject dear to Dan’s heart: why Democrats should learn to fight dirty. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

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