Return of the Podcast

The Podcast returns from a long vacation hibernation incarceration a coma the dead to tackle the big political issues of the day last many months. And freshen the sidebar.

The discussion starts with bold analyses of the recent election: the panel re-litigates The Tunnel (long after the topic is hip, relevant, or even interesting), and contemplates the meaning of the pro-tunnel vote for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. The discussion meanders into a referendum on Seattle itself (whereupon, Goldy briefly attempts to re-litigate the Chihuly Museum, long after the topic is hip, relevant, or even interesting).

Circling back to the election, the panel ponders the piss-poor performance of King County Councilmember Jane “37.9%” Hague, and the remarkable candidacy of challenger Richard Mitchell. Catalyzed by another lame-ass Seattle Times editorial, the Podcast closes on the topic of public employees, education and (of course) Seattle schools.

Goldy (The Stranger) was joined by’s Joel Connelly, and Horsesass’ Carl Ballard and me.

The show is 30:15, and is available here as an MP3.

[Recorded live at the Seattle chapter of Drinking Liberally. Special thanks to Confab creators Gavin and Richard for hosting the Podcasting Liberally site.]


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    Michael spews:

    I don’t know if the tunnel vote means much for McGinn, since everything tunnel wise was in play before he was elected and building the thing was a forgone conclusion.

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    This makes me quite happy, and I hope it can be a regular thing again. Your Take on the News is a nice weekly thing, but it’s also nice to have something a little more profane, too.

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    FYI, I looked it up, and it looks like Redmond cut its human services department about 1.2% in its last budget (if I’m reading the graph on page 33 correctly). I’m not sure what got cut within the department and what they were able to preserve or expand. I put Joel on the spot to come up with a city that’s doing better than Seattle, and of course two different size cities, and you can debate the rest of their budgets, etc, so don’t read too much into that.


    Very preliminarily, the thought was to generally do shorter podcasts and not every week so it doesn’t feel burdensome or an obligation, but to do more frequently than every year or so. At least so the sidebar doesn’t feel obsolete. We’ll see.