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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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By MOJO.9009 - Aug 03 2019
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I like this show - I enjoy listening to the various perspectives from different people of different age, gender, background etc. My one gripe is Eli’s pathological need to talk about the layout of the show in excruciating detail! It reminds me of those awful “reality” shows that spread out 12 minutes of content to fill their allotted time with constant clips starting “previously on” and “next on”. Why? Are you convinced that nobody would be willing to listen to the whole thing? Are you trying to make a quota? Do you get paid by the minute? Do you imagine that the majority of people listening are new to the show & didn’t read the description? Just pick a format & go for it.

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By Bobbaboo - Oct 09 2018
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Excellent topics, perspectives and personalities! I want more episodes per week! :)

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348 Ratings
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258
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14

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By MOJO.9009 - Aug 03 2019
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I like this show - I enjoy listening to the various perspectives from different people of different age, gender, background etc. My one gripe is Eli’s pathological need to talk about the layout of the show in excruciating detail! It reminds me of those awful “reality” shows that spread out 12 minutes of content to fill their allotted time with constant clips starting “previously on” and “next on”. Why? Are you convinced that nobody would be willing to listen to the whole thing? Are you trying to make a quota? Do you get paid by the minute? Do you imagine that the majority of people listening are new to the show & didn’t read the description? Just pick a format & go for it.

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By Bobbaboo - Oct 09 2018
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Excellent topics, perspectives and personalities! I want more episodes per week! :)
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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 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
45 mins
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Rank #2: 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
42 mins
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Rank #3: 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
46 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 163: A Delicious List

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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.

Aug 29 2018
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Rank #5: 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
45 mins
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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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
52 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 160: The Witch Trials Begin

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Special council Robert Mueller sent his first “witch” to trial Tuesday morning in Virginia. Over the next three weeks, Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, will face 18 felony counts of tax fraud and bank fraud. It’s an airtight case likely to land Manafort in jail for life, but it apparently has nothing to do with Trump-Russia collusion. Or does it? In Eli Sanders’s absence, Rich Smith asks Dan Savage and Katie Herzog about what Mueller’s really trying to squeeze out of Manafort. Then, Dan and Katie stick around for a grab-bag second segment. Topics under discussion include: Twitter drama, the media making the same mistakes it made in 2016, and “Quiet Skies,” a secret government operation designed to spy on U.S. citizens in airports. Speaking of secret operations: Sean Nelson, the Stranger’s Editor at Large, joins Dan and Rich in the third segment to talk about Mission: Impossible—FALLOUT, the latest action film in the series starring Tom Cruise. Is it awesome? Is it not awesome? Is Tom Cruise hiding something? Does anybody care? We do.    This episode is brought to you by Quip. Go to GETQUIP.COM/blabbermouth right now and you’ll get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.
Aug 01 2018
44 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 118: What Happened Was...

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Hillary Clinton has a new book out explaining “What Happened” in the last presidential campaign, and Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders all have opinions about what Clinton’s now saying. (Even though Dan, Rich, and Eli all admit they haven’t fully read Clinton's book. But hey, it just came out on Tuesday! Also: not having read the book is not stopping any other loudmouths from weighing in!) After that, Ted Cruz’s “mistaken” porn like, Steve Bannon’s wildly dark 60 Minutes appearance, and why the Republican Party may soon split in two. And finally, why Franklin Foer’s new book, World Without Mind, is right on in its warning that Big Tech is destroying our democracy. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Sep 13 2017
41 mins
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Rank #10: 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
51 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 134: Stormy

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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!

Jan 31 2018
42 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 130: Power, Sex, and Marching Orders

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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!

Jan 03 2018
40 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 126: Who to Believe

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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.

Nov 15 2017
40 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 119: Rocketman

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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.

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Sep 20 2017
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Rank #15: Episode 133: Hyper-Queen

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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!

Jan 24 2018
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Rank #16: Episode 149: Twinks

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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!

May 16 2018
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Rank #17: Episode 159: The Trump Tape!

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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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Jul 25 2018
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Rank #18: Episode 121: Shreds of Hope

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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!

Oct 04 2017
37 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 136: Sweaty Apples

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Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders argue over whether there’s a smarter way to prioritize outrage amid the non-stop outrage machine that is the Trump administration. Case in point: this week’s fury over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ worrisome—but also technically accurate—remarks concerning “the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.” Turns out former President Barack Obama said similar things. Amid all the other current outrages, were these Sessions words really the best use of our outrage time? Is it being way too stingy with one’s outrage time to even ask this question? After that, porn. A New York Times columnist wants to ban porn because he believes the Internet is giving us porn on a scale never before seen and, as a result, warping the minds of young men and women. If only we had a sex expert to help us figure out whether this is bullshit! Dan, Eli, Rich, and Stranger writer Katie Herzog talk about what to do with our historic porn bounty. Finally, two books to escape into—one with zero words, another with some helpfully scary words—and a lesson on ancient romance etiquette from Rich. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!  

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Feb 14 2018
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Rank #20: Episode 188: ITMFA

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Well, President Trump went and gave another bonkers speech, this one extra long and super odd. Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith talk about why this isn’t even news anymore. Then they look toward the future, which is filled with subpoenas flying out of the Democrat-controlled House and new Democratic presidential candidates announcing themselves every week—including, just last week, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Rich explains why he’s all in for Team Inslee. After that, Katie Herzog considers an explosive article in The New Yorker about FOX News’s unprecedented collusion with Trump and Jasmyne Keimig talks Hannibal Buress, Broad City, and Solange. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Mar 06 2019
38 mins
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