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Mar 28, 2018

“Bulletproof, slow, and full of wine” is how The New York Times describes a very special train that Kim Jong Un likes to ride around in, and Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders all admit—it sounds kinda nice. But more importantly: there’s the Stormy Daniels interview on 60 Minutes to discuss, the new US Census citizenship requirement to freak out about, and a very important question to ponder: Should we just flat-out repeal the Second Amendment? A former US Supreme Court Justice says we should, but is his argument just a gift to Trump and the frothing, paranoid right ahead of the midterms? After all that, Chase Burns is back to discuss what we all found when we downloaded our own Facebook data. When was the last time Eli got “poked”? What debt-related ad did Rich get caught clicking on? Whose contact information was given to PediaSure? And how do we feel about all this??? All is revealed. (Along with an update on the latest Facebook data scandal developments.) Finally, Katie Herzog watched this week’s insanely popular reboot of Roseanne and also spent a very long time with Oregon cult members while watching Netflix’s Wild, Wild Country. She tells Dan and Eli all about it. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

Mar 21, 2018

So, wait a minute: If Stormy Daniels wins her fight against Trump’s lawyers, and she releases Trump sexts and (gasp) dick pics to the world, does that constitute… revenge porn? Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders consider this urgent question, and then they dive into the lessons of the recent primary elections in Illinois and hear from a pro-life Democrat in Pennsylvania who wants to be accepted by the party’s pro-choice members. Plus, Rich Smith asks: Why, amid all the many Trump outrages, are we not more outraged by the Trump administration’s flagrant corruption? After that, social media expert Chase Burns is back to help Dan and Eli think about the scandal involving Facebook data and the Trump campaign’s data firm, Cambridge Analytica. Should we #DeleteFacebook? Finally, Katie Herzog addresses the furor over her rant on last week’s show about Emotional Support Animals in general, and dogs on planes in particular. Katie reads an excerpt from one of many comments posted in our Blabbermouth Podcast Facebook group about this incendiary issue, and Dan—shockingly—doesn’t hold back about his dog feelings. Plus, what Rich is watching, what Dan is reading, and why Eli will be at his local March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24—and why you should be, too. And, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

Mar 14, 2018
Conor Lamb, a super-moderate Democrat, appears to have won a previously safe Republican House seat in Pennsylvania by just a few hundred votes. Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders wade into this big political news and talk about whether Lamb—who’s not at all what you’d call “progressive”—is actually the kind of candidate Democrats need in order to win control of Congress. After that, high school student Scout Smissen explains why she helped organize one of this week’s impressive student walkouts against gun violence, and then Dan, Rich, and Eli review how few policy changes have actually been enacted since the recent Florida high school shooting (and how long this problem has been going on without Congress passing serious, common sense gun safety laws). Finally, at the urging of a Blabbermouth listener, Rich and Eli talk about the Netflix series Flint Town, and then Katie Herzog, turning toward a very different cultural phenomenon, talks about the plague of “emotional support animals.” Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
 
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Mar 7, 2018
Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about this week's primary election in Texas, where Democratic turnout surged, a strong challenger to Ted Cruz emerged, and a huge lefty vs. lefty fight broke out over the Democratic Party throwing its weight around in one particular Congressional district. If the Democratic Party wants to win control of Congress in November, is throwing its weight around in local Democratic primaries really a bad thing? Or, as Rich Smith argues, is it a dangerously counter-productive thing? After that, the massive and very successful teacher’s strike in West Virginia—a deeply red state with minimal labor protections—and what it shows us about the future of unions (at a time when the US Supreme Court seems poised to deal organized labor yet another blow). Finally, ten years after it first launched, Queer Eye is back and… it's actually, shockingly great and so moving it’s making us cry. How the fuck did that happen? And why is Queer Eye suddenly at the cutting edge of getting rural Trump voters to admit their own flaws, open up about their own failings, own their own roles in creating their own frustrations, and warmly enter into meaningful dialogue with five well-groomed liberal elites? Chase Burns is back to help us figure out what the hell is going on. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
 
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