Episode 9: A delightful fantasy

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Sept. 29.

Public safety reporter Caitlin Schmidt joins the Star editorial team — editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen, cartoonist David Fizsimmons and editorial writer Luis Carrasco — to talk about the latest on the bribery scandal rocking the University of Arizona basketball program. The team also discusses the NFL flag controversy, letters to the editor and what’s coming up on the editorial page.

Listen and check out the show notes below.


:50 – UA basketball is in trouble. Even if you’re not a sports fan, it’s a big deal for Tucson.

10:40 – Caitlin talks about what it’s like to cover a big story and reporting in general.

17:30 – Take a knee and discuss the furor over Trump’s claims that NFL players “disrespect” the flag.

22:00 – Fitz’s Cartoon of the Week.

23:20 – Sports, politics and social change.

27:40 – Why do we have the national anthem before sporting events?

29:27 – What’s new in letters to the editor and why we love different opinions.

32:50 – Fitz’s “fan mail” of the week.

34:40 – Sarah missed out on a lot of TV growing up.

35:30 – Sunday editorial page preview.

37:43 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Fitz is busy with his comedy show, Titters, in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Luis is into the sex zombies at The Loft’s All Nite Scream-o-Rama.

Sarah wants listeners to get into the Ear Hustle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 8: Quotation marks are like hugs

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Sept. 22.

Conservative columnist Jonathan Hoffman joins the Star editorial team — editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen, cartoonist David Fizsimmons and editorial writer Luis Carrasco — to talk politics.

This week’s podcast includes discussion of Amazon’s thanks-but-no-thanks to the Tucson saguaro, what’s going on the editorial pages and health care, health care, health care.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

 

1:42 – The Amazon saguaro saga continues.

4:50 – Gov. Ducey’s push to remove criminal history questionfrom state job applications.

10:02 – David Fitzsimmons is back from vacation. He talks Cartoon of the Week and how his cartoons sometimes talk back.

12:50 – What’s are star letter writers excited about this week? Two words: health care. Be it the proposed Medicaid work requirement (13:00) or the Cassidy-Graham bill (20:30).

32:46 – Letter writer Sherry Steele chimes in on health care issues for poor Arizonans.

38:47 – Preview of the weekend’s editorial pages.

42:05 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Fitz is enjoying the Ken Burns’ documentary on the Vietnam War and David Simon’s new HBO show “The Deuce.”

Luis thinks we should all visit “The Good Place.”

Jonathan is all about Hermann Hesse and British gangster movie “Layer Cake.”

Sarah shows them all off by talking about social science researcher Brené Brown. Here’s the TED Talk she mentions.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 7: Sharp to the point

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Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Sept. 15.

This week’s podcast includes discussion of Sun Corridor Inc.’s saguaro gift to Jeff Bezos, dysfunction at the Legislature and the TUSD board, the lawsuit against Arizona’s public universities over high tuition, a reader’s message to Hillary Clinton and Arizona looking to install a work requirement for Medicaid coverage.
Listen and check out the show notes below.

01:05 – We have a name!

02:15 – Can you re-gift a saguaro and will Richard Branson take it?

06:00 – Reporter Hank Stephenson talks about his experience covering the Legislature and the Tucson Unified School district.

16:00 – Attorney General Mark Brnovich sues the Arizona Board of Regents over high tuition costs (and DACA).

23:45 – Reader Heidi MacDonald talks about Hillary Clinton’s new book.
27:45 – Some readers love us, some readers don’t.
31:35 – Sunday’s editorial on work requirements for Medicaid.
35:10 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:
Luis wants you to watch the Whit Stillman trilogy: “Metropolitan,” “Barcelona” and “The Last Days of Disco.”
Sarah is all about the social issues and drama of “Greenleaf.”

Episode 6: DACA Jedi

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Welcome to the Editorial Page podcast for the week of Sept. 8.

This week’s podcast includes discussion of Donald Trump’s DACA rescission, AzMERIT scores for area school districts, Fitz’s cartoon of the week, Jedi awesomeness and some “Swedish Dicks.”

Listen and check out the show notes below.

01:00 — The rescission of the DACA program and plenty of questions: What does this mean? Was the program legal? Will Congress act? and Was this racist?

19:15 — Fitz’s cartoon of the week.

20:00 — Not one, but two Fitz “fan” letters of the week.

21:45 — Hot topics on letters to the editor

22:55 — Sunday’s editorial on AzMERIT scores and the challenges of public education.

28:36 — What is a guest opinion and how are they chosen for print?

31:05 — Bean update: Last week Fitz was making refried beans for the first time. How did that work out?

32:02 — Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Guess what? Luis is a Star Wars nerd, too. He recommends Star Wars: Jedi Challenges.

Fitz is working on a book.

Sarah’s into “Swedish Dicks.”

Episode 5: The magical fruit

Welcome to the Editorial Page podcast for the week of Sept. 1.

This week’s podcast includes discussion of President Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigrants, the Ward 3 council race and an interview with Tucson immigration attorney Mo Goldman.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

01:00 — The Star’s latest project, ‘Big talk, little change on Trump’s border.’

08:05 — Endorsements be damned, Paul Durham wins the Tucson City Council Ward 3 Democratic primary.

11:52 — David Fitsimmons talks about a cartoon he didn’t draw this week, some listener voicemail and the philosophy behind his editorial cartoons.

16:56 — Interview with Tucson immigration attorney Mo Goldman about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

22:44 — A preview of Sunday’s editorial on Tucson Police Department detectives, including Lisa Lopez, who did not fully investigate some cases and TPD’s reaction.

26:30 — Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Luis is a nerd that loves the Hardcore Game of Thrones podcast.

Fitz is a man on a mission — the hunt for the perfect refried beans.

The future of America is in Sarah’s hands.

Episode 4: Antifa!

Welcome to the Editorial Page podcast for the week of Aug. 25.

This week’s podcast includes discussion of Ally Miller, President Trump’s rally in Phoenix, Confederate monuments and an interview with Councilman Steve Kozachik.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

00:40 – Ally Miller and her proposed censure.

05:54 – President Trump in Phoenix (no Arpaio pardon edition)

10:00 – Fitz’s editorial cartoon of the week

11:30 – Letter writer’s want to talk Confederate monuments

17:48 – Fitz’s mailbag

20:05 – Interview with Tucson City Councilmember Steve Kozachik on the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision against the city ordinance allowing for the destruction of guns.

30:12 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Luis is a hippie that loves Harry Chapin!

Sarah loves goats (and musical harmony)!

Fitz can (maybe) spell!

Episode 2: Rainbow potholes

Welcome to the editorial page podcast for Friday, Aug. 11.

This week’s episode includes:

0:40 – Discussion on the Star’s editorial on NAFTA.

05:07 – Why Tom Tronsdal was endorsed by the Star for the Ward 3 Democratic primary (no matter how well Felicia Chew can sing).

08:23 – Fitz’s favorite cartoon of the week and how he comes up with ideas.

11:25 – What are our letter writers talking about this week, with a shoutout to the Fourth Avenue Rainbow Crosswalk and Lisa Frank.

15:27 – Letter writer of the week Rosalie Wright reads one of her letters to the editor and talks about why she thinks President Trump is doing a good job.

19:55 – Fitz’s Drama Corner brings another piece of “fan” mail to life.

22:55 – What are we readingwatching or playing this week, that we think you should too.

27:13 – What’s coming up in the Sunday editorial and Sarah’s Sunday column.