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Blabbermouth is a weekly Stranger podcast in which Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith dive into the latest national news and stickiest cultural debates. A wide-ranging, often-testy discussion of all the issues you need to know about in order to pose as an informed, productive member of society! PLUS the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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Blabbermouth is a weekly Stranger podcast in which Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith dive into the latest national news and stickiest cultural debates. A wide-ranging, often-testy discussion of all the issues you need to know about in order to pose as an informed, productive member of society! PLUS the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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418 Ratings
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311
57
19
11
20

Come back!!!

By dreadypineapple - May 26 2020
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Please come back soon! We need your opinions on our world!

Comeback

By jrdz2525 - May 20 2020
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When will the podcast comeback? Been waiting for a sign?
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Blabbermouth

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Blabbermouth is a weekly Stranger podcast in which Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith dive into the latest national news and stickiest cultural debates. A wide-ranging, often-testy discussion of all the issues you need to know about in order to pose as an informed, productive member of society! PLUS the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Rank #1: Episode 146: Putting the “Crisis" in Masculinity

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The Democrat didn’t win in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district this week, but the results of that race were still very, very encouraging. Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about why this particular loss is actually a kind of win, and then they examine a new, shade-throwing slogan that Democrats are considering for the midterms. The Republicans, this slogan goes, are the party of “corruption, cronyism, and incompetence.” Who could argue with that one? But, also: Will it work? After that, will anything work when it comes to the staggering number of Americans who just don’t vote? Katie Herzog joins Dan and Eli to look at the results of a new poll that asked this country's nonvoters what the hell they’re thinking. The answers are a trip, but they also represent an opportunity for the right politician. (Who, the poll reveals, is a certain lovable lefty authoritarian.) Finally, Rich returns to deal with the pressing issue of Professor Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist whose hot take on the so-called crisis in masculinity has transformed him into “maybe the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now.” Is there anything Peterson is actually right about? Why did he perform so well in his epic face-off with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman? (Which now has more than 9 million views on YouTube.) And why, exactly, do so many young men worship this dude? Plus, as always, the music of Ahaemfule J. Oluo!

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #2: Episode 227: Impeached? Check!

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog mark Impeachment Day with an examination of Trump’s deranged letter to Nancy Pelosi, an appreciation for Pelosi’s coolness under fire, and of course some angst about whether this will actually help Trump get re-elected in 2020. After that, with yet another Democratic debate coming up (this one, mercifully, including only 7 candidates), Rich Smith helps Dan and Eli understand why young Pete Buttigieg is so loathed by the young, liberal Twitterati. Finally, Chase Burns gets riled up about the new movie Cats and Jasmyne Keimig explains why she loved Little Women (and why it’s not just for women, dudes). Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Dec 18 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 206: Racist

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Dan Savage is back, and he joins Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog to talk about President Trump’s racist tweets, Nancy Pelosi’s response, the clout of “The Squad,” and whether it’s finally, truly time for impeachment. After that, Rich Smith talks about the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute the New York City police officer who killed Eric Garner and Dan talks about why he likes Kamala Harris, even though she’s a former prosecutor and, according to some on the left, “a cop.” Finally, Jasmyne and Katie both like the Trumpian HBO show Years and Years, though Eli can’t understand why anyone would want to enter yet another Trump-infused reality. Katie likes the Aziz Ansari “comeback” special on Netflix, though Jasmyne feels pretty meh about the guy. And the Emmy nominations are out! Plus, as always the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

Jul 17 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 204: Bullshit Parade

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Happy Fourth of July week! President Trump is celebrating by having tanks driven through DC in an epic waste of taxpayer dollars, which raises the forever question: Who’s the best candidate to replace this guy? Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about what two nights of Democratic presidential candidate debates taught us. After that, Katie looks into the beating of journalist Andy Ngo by Portland Antifa. And finally, Nathalie Graham is back to catch us up on the how the US is dominating the Women’s World Cup in France, pissing Trump off in the process, and heading toward a big potential win in Sunday’s final game. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 03 2019

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Rank #5: Episode 219: Star Chamber

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about what’s going on inside the so-called “star chamber”—aka, a secure House of Representatives hearing room—where House impeachment investigators are hearing day after day of damning testimony against President Trump. Also: the author an anonymous New York Times op-ed from 2018 that chronicled dysfunction within the Trump administration is now publishing a book (also anonymously). It’s going to be called “A Warning,” and it will be out in November. After that, Katie Herzog considers a high-level Democratic freak-out about the current crop of presidential candidates. Does the world really need Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, John Kerry, or some other presidential wannabe to enter this already crowded race? Finally, Jasmyne Keimig talks about an artist you should know, a graphic novel about her way-ahead-or-her-time life, and a current HBO series that’s also connected to a graphic novel, Watchmen. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #6: Episode 202: Lock Him Up!

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Guess what? Donald Trump is running for president again, which means he spent a bunch of time this week holding a big stadium kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida, where he lied and lied and sounded like he still thinks he’s running against Hillary Clinton. Rich Smith, Katie Herzog, and Eli Sanders talk about whether the media should even be paying attention to Trump rallies at this point, and what to do if you want to avoid the disinformation machine that is Trump's mouth. After that, a deep dive into a juicy New York Times story about a pool boy and evangelical leader Jerry Falwell, Jr. Plus, Rich deconstructs the right-wing attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her truth-telling about the camps that migrants are being held in along the southern border. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns talk about three great new shows on HBO: Big Little Lies, Los Espookys, and Euphoria. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jun 19 2019

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Rank #7: Episode 178: Tinkle Contest

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Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog talk about how Nancy Pelosi won her televised “tinkle contest” with President Trump in the Oval Office this week, and what it means for her chances to become House Speaker in January. Also discussed: Michael Cohen, Mueller, and Trump’s hush-money scandal. After all that, Rich talks about the dirt on William Barr, Trump’s new nominee to head the Justice Department. And finally, Jasmyne Keimig discusses the glories of The Favourite while Rich explains why he loved The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #8: Episode 145: Comey, Comey, Comey

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Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog try to process all their feelings about James Comey. Because, you know, it's complicated. Yes, it's nice to see Comey speaking truth to Trump power. But, also, Comey kinda cost Hillary Clinton the election. And no, it's not yet time to get over that one. After that, a Congressional race you should be watching in Arizona and an issue that's not getting enough attention: the shuttering on Backpage.com. Katie explains why the disappearance of Backpage is bad for sex worker safety, explores the dilemma of how best to combat human trafficking online, and explains what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has to do with all this. Finally, Tax Day has come and gone but a recent column from Sarah Vowell is still with us. Pointing to Henry David Thoreau—who went to jail rather than pay taxes in support of a government that embraced slavery and made war on Mexico—Vowell suggests we all think about where we draw the line. So Eli, Rich, and Katie (not the biggest contributors to the US Treasury, but definitely contributors!) talk about that one. Plus, as always, the music of Ahaemfule J. Oluo!

Apr 18 2018

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Rank #9: Episode 225: Farewell, "Cop” Kamala

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the latest impeachment drama, which took place this week in a new venue: the big, ready-to-brawl House Judiciary Committee. After that, a not totally fond farewell to Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the race this week shortly after The New York Times declared her campaign had already “unraveled” and long after people like Rich had already declared that Harris was a “cop.” And finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns join in on a discussion of two movies worth seeing: Atlantics on Netflix and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in theaters. They also dig up an old Tom Hanks project that’ll make you question his current status as a modern day saint. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 223: Currently Hanging

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog have all been glued to impeachment coverage this week and react to new revelations in Wednesday's bombshell testimony of Ambassador Gordon Sondland. Dan also offers a theory about why Donald Trump made an unexpected, unannounced visit to the doctor over the weekend. After that, Rich Smith has a thing or two to say about the ongoing war in the Democratic Party between so-called moderates and so-called purists, and Dan considers what a victory in Iowa would say about Pete Buttigieg, who’s suddenly leading in the polls there. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig considers the image of Jeff Bezos, as presented by painter Robert McCurdy in an image currently hanging at the National Portrait Gallery. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 216: Good Judy, Bad President

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith catch up on a week of fast-breaking impeachment developments and consider the possibility of President Pence. (Or President Pelosi!) After that, Nathalie Graham talks about the one-year anniversary of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Brett Kavanaugh, plus a new book from the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. It’s called “She Said.” Finally, Christopher Frizzelle and Chase Burns talk about the new Renee Zellweger movie, Judy. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #12: Episode 222: High Crimes

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith react to the first public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry, which got underway just before we sat down to record this week’s episode. Will this new phase, and the latest revelations, change anything at all? And does the real change actually need to occur in the Republican-controlled Senate, by allowing Senators to vote anonymously on whether to convict and remove Trump? After that, Lester Black joins in to talk about the nationally important Seattle election that caused us to miss last week’s episode. Lester also gives us an update on the latest developments in the nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illness. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns help make sense of the streaming wars, which kicked into super high gear this week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #13: Episode 201: Royally Pissed

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Dan Savage has something to say! After he releases a rant that’s been building inside him for too long, Eli Sanders and Rich Smith steer the conversation to something else that Dan has a lot of feelings about: the British monarchy. Trump just got a sit-down with the Queen of England and, of course, our president made a lot of interesting choices during his visit. After that, Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper recently tried to “Sister Souljah” socialism—only to be smacked down by Rich. And then Jasmyne Keimig explains to a panicked Dan and Eli what’s going on with Apple’s plan to delete iTunes, which leads to a broader conversation about the power of Big Tech. Finally, Katie Herzog and Jasmyne talk about why you should be watching the Netflix series “Easy,” which is now in its final season. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jun 05 2019

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Rank #14: Episode 180: Crisis of the Hart

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Was Stormy Daniels’ prime-time address on Tuesday more informative than President Trump’s? Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog consider this question and then parse the propaganda that spewed from the Oval Office as Trump, backed into a corner of his own making, offered the nation some heavy breathing and a re-run of a very old campaign speech. After that, Representative Rashida Talib’s ITMFA moment and Elizabeth Warren’s all-but-official run for president. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig talks with Eli and Katie about Kevin Hart, the comedian who was going to host the Oscars until his old, homophobic tweets of resurfaced. This led to a big, still-going drama that’s drawn in Ellen DeGeneres and Don Lemon, elevated the question of what it really means to make amends for past wrongs, and left the Oscars without a host (for now). This one is complicated! And the Oscars are only a month and a half away! Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jan 09 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 187: Cohen’s Receipts

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President Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen delivered hours of public testimony to the House Oversight Committee this week, and in doing so he clearly implicated the president in at least one crime. Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog consider what it all means—and whether it’ll be enough to start an impeachment process. After that, Chase Burns dives into a fascinating and rather upsetting report in The Verge about “The Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators.” The lives in question are pretty dark, and they raise a lot of urgent issues about Facebook and digital platforms in general. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig processes The Oscars and all the ongoing anger at Green Book winning Best Picture. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Feb 27 2019

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Rank #16: Episode 147: Recipe for Midterm Victory

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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is back on the show this week with her recipe for Democratic success in the upcoming midterm elections. She also answers Rich Smith’s burning questions about whether the national Democratic Party is interfering too much in local primary races. But before all that, Dan Savage, Katie Herzog, and Eli Sanders trip through another crazy week—including the “raid” on Trump’s old doctor, Trump’s Nobel nomination, and Mueller’s long list of questions for the president. They also tackle Michelle Wolf’s “controversial” comedy set at the White House Correspondents Dinner and an important, hard-to-answer question: What do we do with the #MeToo-felled men who now want to make a comeback? And after Jayapal’s take on the midterms, Katie Herzog encourages listeners to check out the new Rachel Dolezal documentary, The Rachel Divide, which was recently released on Netxflix. There’s more to it than you might imagine. Plus a Rich Smith reading of a Lucille Clifton poem and, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo

May 02 2018

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Rank #17: Episode 224: Text Me the Gravy

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith give you all the ammunition you’ll need for your Thanksgiving table political arguments, plus a Twitter-launched image you won’t be able to get out of your mind: a bare-chested, boxing-glove-clad Donald Trump. (You’re welcome.) After that, an investigation into why the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is such a bad texter. And finally, Nathalie Graham offers some solid recommendations for books you can be “reading” (or actually reading) in your former childhood bedroom before, during, and after the turkey carving. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #18: Episode 198: Old People Problems

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With Dan Savage away, Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog talk about old people. HuffPost writer Michael Hobbes joins in to explain why, as he wrote earlier this year, “America’s defining divide isn’t right vs. left. It’s young vs. old.” After that, Rich Smith looks at the new abortion ban in Alabama and what it means for Roe v. Wade, then ponders the wisdom of Trump’s trade war and Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to appear in a Fox News town hall. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Charles Mudede discuss Chernobyl, the new HBO series that, according to Charles, just might save the world. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 15 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 184: Dan’s Back!

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Dan Savage returns to help Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog deal with Trump’s very weird and upsetting State of the Union address. Also discussed: Nancy Pelosi’s epic clap-back and Stacey Abrams’s delivery of the official Democratic response to Trump’s speech. After that, WTF is going in Virginia? Rich Smith tells Eli and Katie what he thinks should be done about a Democratic governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general who are all suddenly in very big trouble over pasts that appear to include either blackface or alleged sexual assault, depending on the politician. Finally, Chase Burns, Jasmyne Keimig, and Nathalie Graham discuss The Velvet Buzzsaw, new filmic treatments of Ted Bundy, and Netflix’s potential use of Big Data to shape its content. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Feb 06 2019

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Rank #20: Episode 208: Dark Psychic Force

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith ponder the “dark psychic force” that was unleashed during this week’s first Democratic presidential candidate debate. We have Marianne Williamson to thank for the phrase, but what do we make of Williamson's Trump-of-the-Left stylings? And how’d Warren and Bernie do? And how many more of these cage match debates can we take??? After that, three really interesting calls from Blabbermouth listeners on why “the revolution” isn’t coming. And finally, Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig talk about the Criterion Collection and an epic journey the two of them are making to the lost world of DVDs. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 31 2019

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Episode 236: Pandemic Pause

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We’ve been broadcasting this show from Seattle, one of America’s major coronavirus hotspots, and to be honest things in this city have just gotten a little too real for us to be able to do the show this week. We’ll come back as soon as we can and tell you what’s next. For now, please take good care of yourselves and do your parts to flatten the curve of this pandemic. (Wash! Your! Filthy! Hands! People!) If you need it, the Blabberphone is still there for you: 206-302-3063.

Mar 18 2020

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Episode 235: Pandemic

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With stinging losses for Bernie Sanders in Michigan and beyond on Tuesday, it’s time to ask: What went wrong with his campaign? Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk it out. After that, with news that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic breaking during the show, the Blabbermouth crew evaluates responses so far and offers the experience of hard-hit Seattle as a warning to the rest of the nation. Finally, a call from a listener who has some things to say about Bernie and black voters. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 11 2020

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Episode 234: Joementum?

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All of a sudden Joe Biden seems pretty damn likely to win the Democratic nomination and take on President Trump this fall. How’d that happen? Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about what the Super Tuesday results mean for Biden, Bernie, Warren, and the Democratic Party. After that, the latest on the coronavirus. Blabbermouth is broadcasting from the center of the largest outbreak in the United States, and Rich, Katie, and Eli talk about what that's like, what you can do to stay healthy, and how the Trump administration has so far failed on virus testing. Finally, a deliciously distracting show that Rich is watching right now and a special pandemic prep recipe from Katie. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 04 2020

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Episode 233: Bernie vs. the World

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With the CDC warning Americans to prepare for the coronavirus, Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about what, exactly, a person should do. They also offer a little advice on what a misinformed president should do. After that, Rich explains how Bernie Sanders successfully held his ground during a messy, off-putting debate ahead of this Saturday's South Carolina primary. And finally, Eli explains why he was totally wrong about the Netflix series Cheer, Nathalie Graham explains what’s great about the Netflix series Love Is Blind, and Jasmyne Keimig offers some thoughts on Hulu’s High Fidelity remake, featuring Zoe Kravitz. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Feb 26 2020

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Episode 232: Ugh, Bloomberg 

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The 9th Democratic debate takes place in Las Vegas this Wednesday, only three days before the Nevada caucuses. For the first time ever, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg—the 9th richest person on the planet and only one of the billionaires trying to buy the Democratic nomination—will join his rivals onstage. With Eli Sanders out today, Rich Smith steps in to host Dan Savage and Katie Herzog in a brief preview of the debate and a not-so-brief conversation about Bloomberg’s past and the many problems he poses for the future. Then, Bernie Sanders. Before the Vermont Senator hunkered down this week in Nevada for a series of get-out-the-vote rallies, he helped rallies in a few working class west coast cities. Stranger culture critic Jasmyne Keimig, digital editor Chase Burns, and Rich hopped in a van and felt the Bern at Sanders's 17,000-person rally in Tacoma, Washington. They talk about Bernie’s appeal, and, for the umpteenth (and final?) time, the problem with a minority of Sanders’s online supporters. Finally, Chase and Jasmyne gush over two great, gay romances playing in a cinema near you. In Portrait of A Lady On Fire, director Céline Sciamma tells the story of a woman painter commissioned to paint a portrait of a subject who refuses to sit for it. And Then We Danced, directed by Levan Akin, looks at, among other things, forbidden love between traditional dancers in the country of Georgia.

Feb 19 2020

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Episode 231: Shredded State of the Union

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog talk about Trump’s lie-laden State of the Union address, Nancy Pelosi’s viral response, and whether Senator Susan Collins is right that Trump has “learned from” his impeachment experience. After that, Rich Smith explains what the Iowa caucus disaster means for the Democrats, whether Bernie or Buttigieg or someone else really won, and what Bloomberg is up to. Finally, Rich and Eli talk about two good books they’ve just finished: “Weather” by Jenny Offill and “American Oligarchs” by Andrea Bernstein. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Feb 05 2020

41mins

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Episode 230: Question Time

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith are excited about question time, the latest twist in President Trump’s impeachment trial. What questions will the Senators ask? What should they be asking? The Blabber panel has some ideas. After that, Katie looks into Amazon’s attempt to silence its employees on the issue of climate change and Rich does a victory dance as Bernie Sanders looks like he’s about to win next week’s Iowa caucuses. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns have three movies you might be about to miss, but definitely shouldn’t miss. Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory is one of them. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jan 29 2020

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Episode 229: “The Bernie Blackout” 

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith examine the Republican-approved rules for Trump’s impeachment trial in the US Senate, and then talk about how the trial’s going so far. After that, Hillary Clinton’s claim that “nobody” like Bernie Sanders (um, has she met Rich?) and The New York Times’ failure to pick one candidate to endorse in the Democratic primary fight. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig explains what’s great about The L Word: Generation Q on Showtime and Rich heaps praise on a Netflix docuseries called Cheer. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jan 22 2020

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Episode 229: Bernie, Biden, or Warren? 

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With a bunch of new impeachment news coming in, Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about how the looming Senate trial is going to look and what to expect from Justice John Roberts, who’ll be presiding. After that, what did we learn from this week's final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses? Anything? It seems like the race is coming down to Bernie, Biden, or Warren, so… who should it be? Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns talk about the Oscar nominations and two movies worth seeing in theaters right now: 1917 and Uncut Gems. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jan 15 2020

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Episode 228: Trumpian Missile Crisis

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about President Trump’s standoff with Iran, which escalated this week when Trump ordered a missile strike that killed a top Iranian general. Iran then fired missiles at US bases in Iraq in response, and now—at least for the moment—Trump is talking peace. After that, a question: Would the Donald Trump we know create a new round of Middle East conflict just to distract from impeachment? Katie Herzog helps Dan and Eli with an answer, and then she explains why, with the Iowa caucuses fast approaching, she’s turned on Elizabeth Warren. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns talk about what happened at the Golden Globes, what it all means, and what errors and omissions need to be corrected before February's Oscars. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jan 08 2020

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Episode 227: Impeached? Check!

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog mark Impeachment Day with an examination of Trump’s deranged letter to Nancy Pelosi, an appreciation for Pelosi’s coolness under fire, and of course some angst about whether this will actually help Trump get re-elected in 2020. After that, with yet another Democratic debate coming up (this one, mercifully, including only 7 candidates), Rich Smith helps Dan and Eli understand why young Pete Buttigieg is so loathed by the young, liberal Twitterati. Finally, Chase Burns gets riled up about the new movie Cats and Jasmyne Keimig explains why she loved Little Women (and why it’s not just for women, dudes). Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Dec 18 2019

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Episode 226: Impeach Barr

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The House Judiciary Committee has decided to draw up two articles of impeachment; one for “abuse of power,” and the other for “obstructing Congress.” Dan Savage, Katie Herzog, Rich Smith, who steps in as host for Eli Sanders on the first two segments, discuss the benefits and disadvantages of what the New York Times calls a “narrow” and “vague” pair of articles. Next, the same crew mulls over the FBI inspector general’s newly released report on the Mueller investigations. Democrats are saying the report clears the FBI of Trump’s accusations of bias (because it does) and Republicans say the report shows a clear attempt to “overthrow” the present (because it doesn’t). Attorney General William Barr isn’t satisfied with the report, and says he’s in the midst of his own investigation of the investigators. Savage has a solution for that. Finally, Eli Sanders returns in the third segment to talk about the Golden Globe nominees. Find out who got robbed, and who did the robbing. 

Dec 11 2019

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Episode 225: Farewell, "Cop” Kamala

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the latest impeachment drama, which took place this week in a new venue: the big, ready-to-brawl House Judiciary Committee. After that, a not totally fond farewell to Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the race this week shortly after The New York Times declared her campaign had already “unraveled” and long after people like Rich had already declared that Harris was a “cop.” And finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns join in on a discussion of two movies worth seeing: Atlantics on Netflix and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in theaters. They also dig up an old Tom Hanks project that’ll make you question his current status as a modern day saint. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Dec 04 2019

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Episode 224: Text Me the Gravy

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith give you all the ammunition you’ll need for your Thanksgiving table political arguments, plus a Twitter-launched image you won’t be able to get out of your mind: a bare-chested, boxing-glove-clad Donald Trump. (You’re welcome.) After that, an investigation into why the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is such a bad texter. And finally, Nathalie Graham offers some solid recommendations for books you can be “reading” (or actually reading) in your former childhood bedroom before, during, and after the turkey carving. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 27 2019

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Episode 223: Currently Hanging

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog have all been glued to impeachment coverage this week and react to new revelations in Wednesday's bombshell testimony of Ambassador Gordon Sondland. Dan also offers a theory about why Donald Trump made an unexpected, unannounced visit to the doctor over the weekend. After that, Rich Smith has a thing or two to say about the ongoing war in the Democratic Party between so-called moderates and so-called purists, and Dan considers what a victory in Iowa would say about Pete Buttigieg, who’s suddenly leading in the polls there. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig considers the image of Jeff Bezos, as presented by painter Robert McCurdy in an image currently hanging at the National Portrait Gallery. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 20 2019

47mins

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Episode 222: High Crimes

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith react to the first public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry, which got underway just before we sat down to record this week’s episode. Will this new phase, and the latest revelations, change anything at all? And does the real change actually need to occur in the Republican-controlled Senate, by allowing Senators to vote anonymously on whether to convict and remove Trump? After that, Lester Black joins in to talk about the nationally important Seattle election that caused us to miss last week’s episode. Lester also gives us an update on the latest developments in the nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illness. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns help make sense of the streaming wars, which kicked into super high gear this week. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Nov 13 2019

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Episode 221: No Show!

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Hey folks, we are busy covering the local election here in Seattle, so no show for you this week. 

See you next week! 

Nov 06 2019

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Episode 220: Wipeout!

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Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog talk about the latest impeachment drama and a story from Axios that reports on Republicans quietly fearing a “total wipeout in 2020.” That’s right, party insiders say there’s a “three-alarm fire” going on that could lead to Democrats keeping the House and winning the Senate and White House, too. After that, Katie dives into the controversy over Democratic Congresswoman Katie Hill, who is resigning amid revelations concerning a thrupple she was involved in and an alleged relationship she had with a staffer in her House office. Also, Eli flags a story that hasn’t received enough attention: Facebook employees rebelling over Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to allow politicians to lie in political ads. The employees have some ideas for how Facebook can do better, and they’re really interesting. Finally, two books we’re loving right now. Rich talks about Madeline flitch’s Stay and Fight while Jasmyne Keimig talks about Sally Rooeny’s Normal People. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 30 2019

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Episode 219: Star Chamber

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about what’s going on inside the so-called “star chamber”—aka, a secure House of Representatives hearing room—where House impeachment investigators are hearing day after day of damning testimony against President Trump. Also: the author an anonymous New York Times op-ed from 2018 that chronicled dysfunction within the Trump administration is now publishing a book (also anonymously). It’s going to be called “A Warning,” and it will be out in November. After that, Katie Herzog considers a high-level Democratic freak-out about the current crop of presidential candidates. Does the world really need Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, John Kerry, or some other presidential wannabe to enter this already crowded race? Finally, Jasmyne Keimig talks about an artist you should know, a graphic novel about her way-ahead-or-her-time life, and a current HBO series that’s also connected to a graphic novel, Watchmen. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 23 2019

47mins

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Episode 218: Warren vs. The World

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about the latest Democratic presidential candidates debate, which featured A LOT of attacks on Senator Elizabeth Warren. Maybe because Warren's emerging as the front-runner? After that, Katie Herzog considers some alleged misstatements by Warren about pregnancy discrimination and then calls out untruths and more from the first-ever LGBTQ town hall on CNN. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig talks about two recording artists with new albums you should be listening to: Devandra Banhart and Sumer Walker. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 16 2019

50mins

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