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Sex Offender Island

#003: Native Americans, Mexicans, African Americans ... Japanese draft resisters ... Charles Manson - they all did time on McNeil Island - a chilling symbol of our racist, punitive carceral state. The Alcatraz of the Pacific Northwest. There are sex offenders there now. They have served their time but are under "civil commitment" and are not allowed to leave. Also: A Facebook peek at a wealthy drifter, the Beyond Burger reviewed (it sucks), vote Bernie.

1hr 1min

3 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Goodbye Three Finger Jack. Hello Ace Backwords.

#004: Profiles of deceased Seattle cult video star and "worst guitar player in history" Three Finger Jack and homeless punk rock cartoonist Ace Backwords, who lives in the hills of Berkeley, California with a bunch of feral cats and some turkeys. Also: R.I.P. audacious Seattle filmmaker and bad artist Karl Krogstad.

1hr 10mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Seattle's (Not So) Swinging 60s

#005: Psychedelics and the newfound freedom provided by the pill meant sweet times on the hippie scene - until the criminal element moved in and ruined everything. Our interview with Elaine, who was there. Plus: Seattle Sucks, Doordash: why the delivery boy economic bubble is stupid.

1hr 5mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Seattle's Dystopian Post-Pandemic Future

#022: Will Amazon and Boeing be nationalized? Will there be food riots? One thing's for sure - Seattle faces a future of biometric surveillance capitalism. ALSO: Introducing our new sponsor: Chop Mart. Torches, pitchforks, guillotine supplies. You'll find it at Chop Mart!

32mins

2 May 2020

Rank #4

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Seattle Sex Cults

#021: Ralph "Vitvan" de Bit, Dr. Pierre "Oom the Omnipotent" Barnard and Rev. Albert "Heliga cult" Dahlstrom all had the same business plan - seduce wealthy women and take their money.

36mins

1 May 2020

Rank #5

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How Giuliani Destroyed the King of Disco

#020: Rusty the media watchdog eviscerates The Club King: My Rise, Reign and Fall in New York Nightlife, by drug enthusiast and club owner Peter Gatien. It's a story about an American dream (sex, drugs, fancy cars, cocaine, lack of class consciousness) that was eventually shot down by Rudolph Giuliani.

59mins

25 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Four Seattle Axe Murders

#019: Bloody nightmares from Seattle's sleepiest neighborhood - the story of four gruesome axe murders that took place on Queen Anne Hill.

36mins

19 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Seattle's Racist Golden Potlatch

#018: Socialists battled sailors during the Potlatch riots of 1913, ruining what Seattle business leaders hoped would be an annual tradition. And yet the tradition lives on in much the same form: a celebration of civic pride and military power known today as Seafair. The "aeronauts" of yore, with their biplanes, have been replaced by Navy propaganda squad the Blue Angels. And Seattle's corporate tycoons still hate socialists.

42mins

12 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Potlatch - Aboriginal Excess

#017: It's the year 1020, and you are gathering oysters at low tide. You are also a slave. In the land of the headhunters. The person that owns you is having a party - a Potlatch. He will prove how rich he is by gifting and also by just burning stuff. PLUS: A recipe for abalone chowder, an interview with Fred of Fred's Guillotine Supplies in Sedro-Woolley, Washington and a salute to former child TV star and Seattle radio personality Danny Bonaduce, who we will now and forever more refer to as "Il Duce."

31mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Seattle Pandemic: LOCKDOWN!

#016: Our Seattle-centric take on the Instacart strike, Dick Cheney's encounter with a box jellyfish ... and a presidential gout attack. PLUS! The pandemic hits the Amazon ecosystem and billionaires Bezos, Gates and Geffen form a new hip hop group: Tone Def.

26mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Seattle Pandemic: SHELTER IN PLACE!

#015: "We interrupt this program with a special bulletin: America is now under martial law. All constitutional rights have been suspended. Stay in your homes." Remember Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys delivering those lines for his pal Ice-T in the song "Shut Up, Be Happy?" Well ... Hours ago Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered us to shelter in place. So remain calm, shut up, be happy and find out how everything you have ever been taught is a lie.

29mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Seattle Pandemic: SOCIAL DISTANCING!

#014: Radical change comes to Seattle as a deadly virus exposes capitalism for what it is - a scam. A for-profit corporate human storage facility for the elderly becomes a death house. Boeing and the airlines beg for more corporate welfare. Restaurants are shut down. Alt-biweekly newspaper the Stranger stops printing. Schools close. This is grim, people. And guess what - everything you have ever been taught by the powers that be is wrong.

31mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Life at FUCC 89.1 FM - Seattle Pirate Radio

#013: Doomed Planet podcast host Alex had a brief career as a pirate radio talk show personality, and we dredged up the tapes. Featuring: Mr. Sparkle, Errol Vagrom, Jim Hogshire, Transsexual Tofu, Powerman 5000, Cookie Puss, Louie Free & Biff - in 1997.

40mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Inside Jeff's Balls

#012: Jeff always fills his ballroom. The event is never small. The social pages say he's got ... the biggest balls of all. ALSO: The Amazon (penis-logo-branded) Banana stand! AmazonGo - the union-busting robot grocery store. OBIT: Two Seattle tech guys who died in tragic freak accidents.

53mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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The King of Cockrock: Sebastian Bach

#011: Tall, handsome ... a pretty face. Sebastian Bach epitomized 80s hair metal. His book (18 and Life on Skid Row) is a cookie-cutter story of sex, drugs, rock, and a profound disrespect for the fairer sex.

54mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden Tells All

#010: An army of ghostwriters have churned out dozens of books on behalf of rock meatheads - they are all bad. ALSO: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. Predictable tales of excess from some dudes who were in Ratt.

45mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Toking the Dragon: Opium in Seattle

#009: From 1890 until 1908 opium imported from Asia was refined in Canada and then smuggled to Seattle. The result: big profits and satisfied customers. Racist newspapers covered the action. ALSO: Podcast shout-out: Michael Moore's Rumble (yes!). Facebook sobriety (Hell yeah!). Jim Belushi's Blues Brothers branded legal weed (ew).

52mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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The Rise and Fall of the Frugal Gourmet

#008: Tacoma chef and minister Jeff Smith sold millions of books and had a hit TV show, but when multiple victims of his sexual abuse came forward his career was destroyed and he was forced to pay millions. He died a lonely and broken man.

1hr 2mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Sex, Drums and Cock Rock

#007: Influential rock percussionist Carmine Appice wrote an autobiography called "Stick It." It's not about drumming.

50mins

31 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Kaptain Skillit Weasel is Dead

#006: Teenagers at Chief Sealth International High School saw his body before the medical examiner took it away. We knew him when he was alive: musician in the early Seattle grunge scene, cultivator of pot and mushrooms, fast driver of vans, gentle giant, lover of cats. R.I.P.

48mins

24 Jan 2020

Rank #20