Rank #1: Episode 209: Red Flags
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.
Rank #2: Episode 208: Dark Psychic Force
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.
Rank #3: Episode 146: Putting the “Crisis" in Masculinity
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!
Rank #4: Episode 163: A Delicious List
In Florida, there’s now a fascinating governor’s race match-up between one candidate who's backed by Bernie Sanders and another who’s backed by Donald Trump. The Democratic candidate, Andrew Gillum, could become the first African-American to lead the state. Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog talk about that, as well as the real legacy of John McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81. Plus: A tour through a magical list—drawn up by Republicans!—of all the things Democrats are likely to investigate if they retake control of the House in November. Also, Katie explores a thorny question: Is it too soon for Louis C.K.’s comeback? Finally, a few movies we love right now, including Eighth Grade and Crazy Rich Asians. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Rank #5: Episode 127: The Al Franken Dilemma
Rank #6: Episode 145: Comey, Comey, Comey
Rank #7: Episode 137: Thank You, Drama Kids
Rank #8: Episode 160: The Witch Trials Begin
Rank #9: Episode 118: What Happened Was...
Rank #10: Episode 147: Recipe for Midterm Victory
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
Rank #11: Episode 134: Stormy
Dan Savage is back to talk about Trump’s “State of the Union” address with Rich Smith and Eli Sanders. The speech was, in a word, madness. After that, Stormy Daniels’ take on Trump's speech, plus Dan’s take on why Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels is such a non-scandal (and what that means for future politicians who have affairs with porn stars). Also, was Nikki Haley just slut-shamed? And did the left fail to appropriately defend her? Finally, robots: they’re coming for our jobs, maybe even for this very podcast! And Rich is kinda okay with that, so long as he can get his Basic Income. Oh, and one book to “read” and two shows to watch while you wait for the robots to arrive. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Rank #12: Episode 130: Power, Sex, and Marching Orders
It’s the first episode the year when everything finally changes! Maybe! Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about what Democrats need to do in order to absolutely, positively make November 2018 into a hard rebuke of Trumpism. After that, a discussion of a beautiful, sensuous, taboo-challenging movie you must see: Call Me by Your Name. In this story of same-sex love across age boundaries, Rich saw predatory grooming while Dan and Eli saw something complicated and, ultimately, empowering. Finally, Sydney Brownstone on reports of high-powered, coworker-heavy sex parties in Silicon Valley. If you want to go to a sex party with people you know from work, is that okay? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Rank #13: Episode 126: Who to Believe
This week Sydney Brownstone, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about the GOP's Roy Moore problem and how it's similar to--and different from--the left's Bill Clinton problem. Also: the complexity that comes along with the instruction to "Believe women." After that, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions takes another spin in the Congressional testimony chair and so, of course, The Honorable Rich Smith must return with his Sessions impression. And watch out: the Republican "tax reform" plan now includes a big helping of Obamacare repeal shenanigans. We tell you who to call. Finally, Chase Burns is back to discuss Don "Baby Don" Jr.'s shady DMs. No idea what that means? Chase'll explain, Boomers and Gen Xers. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving in advance because we'll be off next week! See you on November 29.
Rank #14: Episode 119: Rocketman
Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about Trump’s loopy and worrisome appearance at the United Nations (where he seemed to quote Elton John) and then they dive into the return of the Zombie Obamacare Repeal effort and what everyone needs to do about it. After that, the joke police rule on whether Stephen Colbert went too far by letting Sean Spicer appear with him on the Emmy stage. And finally, a question that got even more attention than usual this week: Is Donald Trump a white supremacist? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Rank #15: Episode 133: Hyper-Queen
Rich Smith, full of anger at Democrats for “caving” on the government shutdown standoff, now has some choice words for the party. Then Eli Sanders turns to an actual member of the Democratic Party, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who explains what lawmakers were thinking—and why she voted “No” on re-opening the government without a deal to protect Dreamers. After that, Chase Burns is back to talk about the glorious return of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, whether we're really living through “The Golden Age of Drag,” and how Rich can avoid hamburger ear as he staves off his creditors one cash-tip-earning drag performance at a time. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Rank #16: Episode 149: Twinks
Did the wrong Democrats win some of Tuesday’s primaries in Nebraska, Idaho, and Pennsylvania? The Washington Post suggests yes, but Rich Smith isn’t having it and Eli Sanders and Katie Herzog hear him out. Then: Are liberals dumb to call Trump voters stupid? A big argument over an argument that won’t stop until at least 2020. Finally, twinks. According to The New York Times, we have just recently entered “The Age of the Twink.” Not everyone agrees, including Chase Burns, self-described “lead twink” at The Stranger. There is a lot to consider here, including whether "straight twinks" are a welcome answer to the “crisis in masculinity.” Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Rank #17: Episode 159: The Trump Tape!
No, it’s not the Trump tape we’ve all been waiting for. But the secret Trump recording released by Michael Cohen this week is pretty damn interesting, and Eli Sanders, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog talk about all the weirdest details. (“Get me a Coke!” included.) After that, Charles Mudede and Katie debate how the left should respond to real-life trolls, like the MAGA-hat wearing guy who turned up in Seattle recently and, after recording himself being accosted, became a right-wing hero. Finally, a new book by Alice Bolin called “Dead Girls.” It’s a provocative exploration of a big question: Why are Americans so endlessly fascinated by the murder of young women? Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
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Rank #18: Episode 121: Shreds of Hope
Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about Las Vegas, the endless plague of gun violence, and what we can do in the midst of what seems like a totally hopeless and tragic American mess. After that, Trump's embarrassing trip to Puerto Rico and the truest words Rex Tillerson has ever spoken. Finally, why there's real hope to be drawn from the latest US Supreme Court arguments on a sorta snoozy but totally game-changing subject: redistricting. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!
Rank #19: Episode 136: Sweaty Apples
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