In light of the recent distribution of flyers around the Puget Sound by Neo-Nazis we sat down with David Neiwert author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump. He’s a freelance journalist and expert in far-right movements in the US.
Y’all 2018 has been a long year… We’ve seen the Parkland Shooting, #MeToo, the fall of Kanye (for the record, I’ve been off Kanye Island since at least 2009), BBQ Betty & Permit Patty, the Seattle Headtax fiasco, and a ton more. I convened a panel of some of my favorite journalists from the region and we chopped up the most important national and local news stories of 2018.
I’ve never laughed this hard in my entire life. “Kshama Sawant is the Al Sharpton of Seattle politics” (said as a compliment BTW) was only like the third funniest line of the episode.
Jenna Hanchard — KING TV
Andrew Hammond — The News Tribune
Gee Scott — KIRO FM 97.3
Last week we looked at the policy outlook for the 2019 legislative session. This week we are discussing the political landscape in Olympia post 2018 mid-term. Our guest, fresh off her appearance at ACHH XII was Seattle Times Opinion Writer Melissa Santos (aka Young Salt—listen and see why).
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#NerdFarmReads is reading A Quick Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson. Get your copy. Read with us. Tweet your thoughts using the hashtag
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#NerdFarmReads is reading A Quick Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson. Get your copy. Read with us. Tweet your thoughts.
Melanie Morgan 29th LD
5:00 Melanie: How are you navigating your transiton to the State Legislature?
10:00 Laurie: How did the midterms change up the caucus?
13:00 Melanie: About which issues are you most passionate for the 29th?
17:30 Laurie: What are priorities going into session?
27:00 Melanie: As a representative and a Franklin Pierce school board member, what are your thoughts about school funding in the next session?
34:30 What are some things we should look and listen for in the next session about reforming our tax code?
39:00 What are your thoughts on the preposterous state of Western State?
45:00 What conversation is happening in regards to expanding health care access and stabilizing the Obamacare market in Washington state?
47:00 Do you foresee legislation coming to target open carry and magazine size?
58:00 Laurie: Thoughts on deciding whether to hide who you are based on safety.
Jay Inslee for president in 2020?
Laurie: describe your socks.
Christmas or Thanksgiving?
Melanie: If you had a choice for the next Speaker of the House, who would your choice be?
What is something everybody loves that you can’t stand?
#NerdFarmReads Book Club is reading A Quick Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni. Get your copy. Read with with. Tweet your thoughts.
Adult Civics Happy Hour on December 5th is entitled The Next Two Years. Tickets sell out every time. RSVP and grab your FREE TICKETS. You’ll always be the first to know about events if you consider joining Channel 253 as a member.
3:00 What’s life like moving into analysis? Where is the analyst life going?
11:00 The slow starts are grinding on the fan base. Are the fans being unreasonable?
17:30 “I don’t like to crown people so quickly” Thoughts on Ruidíaz.
20:00 What do Nouhou and Kim Kee-Hee scream at each other…
21:30 Thoughts on left back position
26:00 Formations into the next year
29:00 Clint Dempsey
33:00 Is Cristian Roldan playing in the best position for his skill set?
38:00 What is your prediction for next year’s roster?
50:00 2019 Starting 11 projections and conjecture
56:00 Let’s talk about S2
60:00 Listener Questions
1) What are you most excited about for 2019
2) Thoughts on Aaron Kovar
3) What has surprised you about a weekly podcast?
1) Turn us on to some grime artists and albums
2) Where did you get that dope furry overcoat with the collar?
3) Where did it go wrong for L.A.
4) Was Frei robbed for goalkeeper of the year?
5) Rank these defense mids by how you think they were at their prime: Alonso, Joseph, Bradley, Chara, Beckerman
Contributor Cat Corner:
I can’t believe we’re at 50 episodes! Whether you’re just getting started, an obsessive listener, or anything in between- THANK YOU for listening to us! I’m stepping in to tell you my “Top 5-ish Episodes” (spoiler: I can’t count).
Episode 44: Teacher Strike
What can I say, I like hearing myself.
Episode 40: Reading, Writing, Social Emotional Learning
Whole Child learning is important.
Episode 35: Out Wonk Denny Heck
Hilarious. Interesting. Captivating
Episode 34: We R Tacoma
She says as she sits on the couch wearing her S2 sweatshirt.
Episode 30: #NerdFarmReads “Evicted”
I’m a book girl.
Episode 24: Steve Zakuani 1
AKA: The day I fell in love with Zak.
Episode 20: #NerdFarmReads “The Hate U Give”
If you haven’t gotten in the Nerd Farm Reads conversation- Do It!! Plus- this book is fantastic.
Episode 10: Victoria Woodards
I just love her as a mayor, a person, and a public speaker
Episode 8: #NerdFarmReads: Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Yo.. Read the Book. Listen to the podcast. Hail Serena.
Housekeeping: Next Book Club
Feeling a need for light and levity, Nate and this week’s guests recommend films. Jamika has us think and Katy has us thinking about Christmas.
Note: We at Nerd Farmer Podcast love Stan Lee, his comics, his movies, and his genius. He will be missed.
Wakanda Forever, Sir. Excelsior.
Does This Film Hold Up?
Top 5 Katy
Top 5 Jamika
Top 5 Nathan
Coming Out and Cuffing Up
Netflix Top 5
Honorable Mention Must Sees
Contributor Cat’s Favorite Flicks
Is there a movie you didn’t get a chance to share?
What are you listening to or reading right now?
What do you think is terribly overrated?
Why are Android Phones magical?
Share your love of electric scooters.
The mid-term elections are coming up and this time they feel a tad more dire than most years. Y’all need to vote. Hell, in Washington State we vote by mail and you can register online. Don’t be basic. Don’t be cute. Just vote.
On this episode we had on political strategist (and possessor of one of the best laughs on Earth) Christina Blocker and Jenny Jacobs, host of Channel 253’s Citizen Tacoma. We worked through the Washington State and Pierce County Voters’ Guides and gave our takes on all the initiatives, charter amendments, judicial races, legislative races, and stupid Eyman inspired “advisory votes.”
Listen this episode, share it with your peeps, but most importantly vote like your life depends on it, because for many folks in marginalized communities--especially undocumented people and the transgender community--it does.
Silong, a refugee arrived in Tacoma in 1981. He's that dude
Shelly, wife of Cambodian Genocide survivor. Ally.
Ivory, daughter of Khmer Rouge survivor. Future student at Lincoln High School.
In this episode, Nate takes us on a heartbreaking journey with these three members of the local Cambodian Community, learning of the threat of immigration detention, families being ripped apart and put back together, and living with the constant fear looming in and around the community and their loved ones.
7:00 Jumping into the threat of immigration detention
8:00 A brief lesson of how the Vietnam War affected Cambodia and personal history of how immigrants came to America.
14:30 The beginning of Shelly’s Story.
20:00 Ivory’s Story.
22:50 What does it look like when someone gets deported?
34:00 What are the relations like between local Cambodian and Vietnamese communities?
38:00 How can we (citizens) help?
42:00 Recommendation for Cambodian restaurants and dishes.
Where should one go in Cambodia?
What are you listening to right now?
What are you reading right now?
When folks visit Tacoma, where do you take them?
Favorite Local Happy Hour?
SEARAC | Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
RISC | Returnee Integration Support Center
F.I.G.H.T | Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together
Asian Law Caucus | Asian Americans Advancing Justice
NWIRP | Northwest Immigration Rights Project
The Seattle Clemency Project
Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs of Tacoma:
T.H.A.C | Tacoma Healing Awareness Community
With Book Club Guests:
Hope Teague Bowling - ELA Teacher, Pod-Spouse, Interchangeable White Lady
Kenny Coble - Tacoma’s Book Seller, Avid Tweeter, Activist, INFJ
5:00 Why should we read this?
8:00 Is diversity for white people?
13:00 What is Jeff Chang’s story?
15:00 “We Got Be Alright” is a profound example of allyship. Discuss.
18:30 Where is the solidarity between all non-whiteness?
19:30 Colorism vs Racism
23:00 Discussing Chang’s voice as a writer.
“Not a single thing that happened in Ferguson would happen in a white community.”
31:00 The media doesn’t care about non-white stories. We can tell our own stories.
35:00 Jeff Chang: “[He’s] always most interested in how people see resegregation happening in their neighborhood.” Gentrification. Resegregation. Displacement.
42:00 “The fate of Brooklyn that tells us about the fate of Ferguson.”
47:00 How do you square this book with the idea that we have consistent black leadership in Tacoma?
48:00 “Should schools try integration based on factors like socio-economic status given the challenge using voluntary race-based measures?’
54:00 Chase Hutchinson “With the discussion in the book about the Oscars, what do you think is to be learned and what do you hope to see with both the films selected this year as well as the broader cinematic art that is to be told in the future?”
There could be something to finding forgiveness, to finding wholeness, to finding reconciliation.
The Socials: Suggested Twitter Follows
This week’s guests talk with Nate about running for office and what life is like on the other side.
First up is Deputy Mayor, Anders Ibsen. Anders ran for office of Pierce County Conservation District in 2008 while finishing his senior year at Evergreen State College. He was elected to Tacoma City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Ibsen is a native Tacoman and a graduate of Tacoma School of the Arts.
The second half of the show is dedicated to Andrea Cobb. Andrea is the current President of the Tacoma School Board. She has a BA is Sociology from Willamette University, Masters in Public Administration from University of Washington (Go Dawgs) and is currently working on a PhD in Education Leadership & Policy Studies. Andrea is also a Proud Lincoln Alum and second generation Abe.
“The only thing innate is desire. Everything else can be learned.”
11:00 Council District Boundaries.
13:00 How to get involved?
14:00 Getting Started.
16:00 How much to run? Where does the money from?
19:00 What seats are coming open?
22:00 What’s next for Anders Ibsen?
“If not me, then who?”
27:00 What were your hesitations?
30:00 What’s it like to campaign and raise money?
31:00 Being Legitimate. If you can’t find your space, take it.
35:00 Experience with the Op Ed Board
40:00 I try to live in a place where not everyone is having an experience that is the same as my own.
43:00 If you were the tsar of Tacoma Schools- what would be your focus?
The 5 with Andrea Cobb
Favorite lunch spot in Olympia?
Southern Kitchen or Uncle Thurms?
Choose one song to listen to for the rest of you life?
Favorite member of New Edition?
When you bring folks from out of town, where do you take them?\
Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang
Tacoma teachers are currently at a labor impasse with the Tacoma School District. Because the school district has the home phone number and home email address for every family they serve, there's an information asymmetry. They can give families whatever information they choose to share or withhold and frame events in any way they see fit. Teachers don't get to tell their side of the story. So I decided to sit down with three local educators, right after they finished their first day on the picket-lines. They each shared why they voted to strike and why they find the most recent contract offers from the district unacceptable.
National Board Certified Teacher, Sara Ketelsen, Math
Interchangeable White Ladies show host, National Board Certified Teacher, Hope Teague-Bowling, English
Channel 253 contributor Cat Melaunie, a new kindergarten teacher