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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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Anti-progressive pro-party propaganda

By Jet City Jo - Nov 14 2019
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Dan is the walking definition of bias, blind establishment loyalty, and voter gasslighting.

Funny, informative, thought-provoking

By underscore__underscore - Aug 14 2019
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Excellent podcast. Dan Savage’s rants give me life.

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380 Ratings
Average Ratings
284
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16
11
15

Anti-progressive pro-party propaganda

By Jet City Jo - Nov 14 2019
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Dan is the walking definition of bias, blind establishment loyalty, and voter gasslighting.

Funny, informative, thought-provoking

By underscore__underscore - Aug 14 2019
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Excellent podcast. Dan Savage’s rants give me life.

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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.

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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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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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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Episode 193: “Creepy Joe” Biden

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith consider the “Creepy Joe” situation. There are now four public accusations against likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden from women who say he touched them inappropriately at political events. And, as we already know, there’s no shortage of handsy Biden photos and videos out there from his long period in the public eye. Should Biden drop his plans to run? Should he stay out of the already crowded Democratic presidential primary for solid reasons that are totally separate from the “Creepy Joe” situation? Should he be held to “The Franken Standard,” or “The Trump Standard”? All is discussed. After that, Mitch McConnell’s is going to use the “nuclear option” (again) to help Trump pack the federal courts and Trump, after promising (yet again) to repeal Obamacare, now says he has a secret plan to replace it with something better—but will only reveal his secret plan after he’s reelected. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Charles Mudede talk about Jordan Peele’s provocative and genre-expanding horror movie, Us. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 03 2019

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Episode 195: Lizzo-lash

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith discuss the Mueller report and then consider whether Democrats in Congress should impeach Trump right now or, per Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion, go slow and wait for more facts to come out. After that, Katie Herzog talks about how the US Supreme Court appears to be getting ready to green-light Trump’s plan to put a citizenship question on the census and then, at the urging of a Blabbermouth caller, she dives into Elizabeth Warren’s actual policy positions. Finally, Lizzo: she overtook Beyonce on the pop charts recently but a) Who is Lizzo? and b) Why is Lizzo feuding on Twitter with a critic who calls her music “empowerment-core”? Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns explain Lizzo’s appeal and argue about whether she’s been unfairly maligned. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Apr 24 2019

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Episode 127: The Al Franken Dilemma

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Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders are back from their Thanksgiving break and ready to talk about the truly awful Republican tax plan, as well as a related question: Why isn’t there more outrage about it? After that, the New York Times’ controversial profile of an American Nazi in Ohio. Was this a complete journalistic fail? And should you really be cancelling your New York Times subscription over it? Finally, the Washington Post had a pretty great journalistic non-fail this week when it busted a conservative group that was trying to slip Roy Moore-related lies to the Post in order to discredit the paper—and, potentially, Roy Moore’s accusers. The whole ploy centered on a woman who lied to the Post about being impregnated by Moore at age 15 and then having an abortion. Which, of course, led to renewed questions about how far we should go in following the “believe women” slogan. Equally challenging: What to do with Al Franken? He's apologized for past sexual misconduct, he’s had his apology accepted by the woman who first accused him, and he's not heeding calls for his resignation from the US Senate. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!

Dec 14 2017

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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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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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Episode 197: The Biggest Loser

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith look into new revelations about Trump’s massive business losses and then ponder Mitch McConnell’s claim that it’s “case closed” on the Russia investigation. As Trump’s efforts to obstruct Congressional investigations continue, they also consider whether Nancy Pelosi is being too cautious on impeachment. And then they talk strategy: Should the Democrats vying to unseat Trump focus on winning over white working class voters or on growing turnout among non-white voters? After that, Katie Herzog on the alarming new UN climate report and whether the Impossible Burger might just save humanity. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns explain why the online world seemed to stop for Monday's Met Gala, what the gala’s “camp” theme was all about, and who wore “camp” best. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

May 08 2019

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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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Episode 182: Nothing But the Viral Truth

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Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog talk about the State of the Union standoff, whether Kamala Harris is really a “cop” in progressive clothing, and a horrifying new report on global inequality.  After that, they go where many Americans have gone over the last few days—to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where they try to figure out what happened in a viral stare-down that has infuriated pretty much everyone, led to endless online and offline recriminations, and called into question the very idea of observable, “Saw it with my own eyes," truth. As seems to happening to a lot of people who wade into the Lincoln Memorial MAGA hat kids controversy, this discussion went looooong—so if you’re sick of the whole thing already, skip ahead! In the third segment, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns run through the list of Oscar nominees and talk about who was wrongly snubbed, who should win, and why. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jan 23 2019

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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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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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Episode 137: Thank You, Drama Kids

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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 21 2018

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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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Episode 190: Andrew Yang

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog admit that every once in a long while, they find a thing or two to agree with in Trump’s tweets—of which there were 28 this past Sunday. Also, Dan continues his war on the electoral college and Katie wonders what Beto O’Rourke has ever really accomplished. After that, Chase Burns talks about the Andrew Yang phenomenon. Yang is running for president as a Democrat, wants to give every American a thousand bucks a month, and has enough support that he’ll be in the first Democratic presidential debate. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig on HBO’s new documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scandal. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 20 2019

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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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Episode 183: Daddy Starbucks

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Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog consider the potential presidential candidacy of Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who may run in 2020 as an independent. Does America really want another billionaire businessman to replace our current billionaire (or “billionaire”) president? Also, does Schultz understand what pulling a Ross Perot could do to the chances of a Democrat winning the White House? After that, some reflections on Nancy Pelosi’s win in the shutdown standoff, some eager anticipation of Stacey Abrams’s State of the Union rebuttal next week, and a dive into “deep fake” technology. You need to know what it is before you watch any more political videos in the run-up to the 2020 elections. Finally: your tweets, calls, and Facebook reactions to last week’s show, which was a liiiiiiitle controversial. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jan 30 2019

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Episode 186: The Bernie Sanders Interview

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Fresh off announcing his repeat presidential candidacy, Bernie Sanders drops by the Blabbermouth studios for an interview with Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog! Rich Smith is mysteriously absent during the conversation but shows up afterward to explain exactly where he is, and is not, feeling the Bern. After that, actor Jussie Smollett says he was the victim of a terrible hate crime in Chicago, but his claim has yet to be confirmed by investigators—and actually seems to be unraveling. Katie talks about what this awful episode has to teach us. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig explains why she loves the HBO show “High Maintenance” and Katie, who also loves the show, tells us what “High Maintenance” signals for national marijuana law reform. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Feb 20 2019

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Episode 191: Release the Report!

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith wade through the confusing arrival of “The Mueller Report.” The report is finally in, but only Attorney General William Barr and a small handful of people at the Justice Department know exactly what it says. All we have is a very short “Barr Report” that summarizes Mueller's findings, plus President Trump's take on Barr’s report: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” Um, not exactly. After that, Katie Herzog assesses the Republicans’ latest attempt to dismantle Obamacare and the wild turn in the Jussie Smollett case. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig has an issue with how cooking for one forces you to eat the same thing all the time, The Atlantic has an article on the weirdos who actually love to eat the same thing all the time, and oh, look, Rich is one of them! He offers his rules for repetitive eating. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Mar 27 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

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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

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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

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Episode 217: Queen of the World

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Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Chase Burns catch up on all the fast-moving impeachment news, as well as a new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee that confirms, yet again, that the Russians interfered in America’s 2016 election to harm Hillary Clinton and benefit Donald Trump. The report also warns the Russians are still at it, and that the US needs to start taking defensive action. After that, a case currently before the US Supreme Court could have a big affect on LGBT rights in the workplace. Which way will the two Trump-appointed justices vote? And speaking of gay rights… Should Ellen DeGeneres have been palling around in a fancy sky box at a Dallas Cowboys football game with former President George W. Bush, who opposed gay marriage? Jasmyne Keimig has a firm answer. Finally, Chase updates us on RuPaul’s world domination and explains how to watch the new British Drag Race. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Oct 09 2019

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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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Episode 215: We're ITMFA-ing!

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about Nancy Pelosi’s decision to jump aboard the ITMFA train and open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s “lawless” behavior. The move came after new revelations that Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate one of Trump’s political rivals here in the United States, former Vice President Joe Biden. After that, Lester Black and Katie Herzog respond to listener concerns about how we described America’s vape-related illness outbreak on the last episode of Blabbermouth. They also talk about whether they’re still vaping. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig runs through some of the best moments at the Emmys and Chase Burns explains what’s so great about the new J-lo movie, Hustlers. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Sep 25 2019

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Episode 215: No Show This Week!

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That's right. We taking the week off. 

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Sep 18 2019

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Episode 214: Eighteen Years

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, which happened when Katie and Rich were teenagers. After that: John Bolton is out of the Trump administration, Marianne Williamson it out of the next Democratic debate, and Trump is editing the weather with a Sharpie—so everything’s gonna be just fine! Then, the nationwide focus on vaping-related illnesses. Lester Black explains what’s going on and what to do. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig tells us about grime rapper slowthai and a new album from FKA twigs. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Sep 11 2019

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Episode 213: Hurricane

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about hurricanes, global warming, golf, Trump, and the lessons Americans can draw from the wild constitutional crisis that’s currently gripping Great Britain. After that, Katie Herzog dives into a “cancel culture” controversy involving the new film Adam and strong feelings about how trans characters should be depicted. Finally, Charles Mudede and Jasmyne Keimig talk about “American Factory,” the fantastic new Netflix documentary that was produced by the Obamas.Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Sep 04 2019

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Episode 212: Beach Read

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith skip through the most recent Trumpian incoherence—which we really can’t take any more of until after Labor Day—and then talk about something far less dire but far more interesting: bed bugs. Specifically, the bed bugs metaphor that this week freaked out New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and delighted Twitter. After that, Rich talks about what it was like to meet and talk with Elizabeth Warren after she drew the largest crowd of her campaign (15,000 people!) in Seattle. Finally, Jasmyne Keimig quickly squashes a conspiracy theory that's floating in the Blabbermouth podcast Facebook group and then helps you find that beach read you’ve been wanting for this end-of-summer weekend. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 28 2019

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Episode 211: King of the Jews

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Eli Sanders, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith talk about Trump’s recent demand that American Jews stop being “disloyal” and stupid by voting for Democrats. (Also discussed: Trump’s proud retweet of a guy who called him the “King of Israel.”) Plus, in a surprise to no one, Trump has abandoned his talk about enacting meaningful gun control in the wake of continued mass shootings. After that, Katie explains what’s going on with Title X, Planned Parenthood, and the Trump administration. It’s a bureaucratic duel that has major consequences for how reproductive healthcare is delivered in this country. Finally, Jasmyne explains what’s so irresistible about HBO’s Succession and dives into a New York Times investigation into presidential candidates’ playlists. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 21 2019

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Episode 210: The Recession Cometh. Maybe?

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Germany’s economy is contracting and a bond stat called the “yield curve” has inverted, causing economists to warn of an impending recession. Dan Savage, Katie Herzog, and Rich Smith, who steps in as host while Eli Sanders is out on vacation, have lived through a few of these economic downturns. They’ll give you some tips and tricks for getting through the next one. Then, after the largest massacre of Latinx people in recent memory, on Monday, Trump introduced a new rule to crack down on legal immigration. The Blabbermouth crew puts their heads together and talks about why the new rule is racist and bad. After that, Savage, Herzog, and Smith discuss some good news. According to House Judiciary chair Rep. Gerry Nadler, the House has already begun formal impeachment proceedings. But is this soft rollout what the ITMFA crowd is hoping? Finally, Jefferey Epstein. His alleged prison suicide launched a thousand conspiracy theories on Twitter—one of which was retweeted by the President. What are we doing here, people? And will Epstein’s victims find justice?

Aug 14 2019

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Episode 209: Red Flags

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Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Trump’s role in them, and whether we’ll now, finally see some Congressional action on common sense gun laws. After that, a caller demands we stop talking about the Democratic presidential debates! (And we sorta comply—but only sorta.) Then, another caller takes Eli to task for comparing Marianne Williamson to Trump. Way off, she says. Finally, Rich reflects on Toni Morrison and Dan talks about why he loves Fosse / Verdon on FX. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Aug 07 2019

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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 207: Revolution?

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The Mueller hearings were in process as Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith sat down to talk about what it all might mean — or whether the Mueller hearings will mean anything at all at this point. Then they discuss the Trump administration's recent ICE raids and tangle with a question from a caller in Eugene, Oregon. The caller wants to know why, with so much clearly broken in America right now, the revolution hasn’t happened yet. Like, seriously: Why? Dan, Eli, and Rich each try for an answer. Then Katie Herzog is on to talk about the big New Yorker investigation in to the sexual harassment allegations against former Democratic Senator Al Franken. He resigned from the Senate because of the allegations, but it now looks like his first accuser’s story is full of holes. What to make of this? And finally, Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns listen to two calls about shows you should (or maybe shouldn’t) be watching, and then tell us about their experience watching a preview of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Jul 24 2019

42mins

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