Episode 15: More turkey, less politics

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for Thanksgiving weekend.

This week, readers, Star staff and the editorial team share what they’re thankful for.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

2:00 – Reader Betty Day shares her thoughts.

2:28 – Star reporter Patty Machelor.

3:03 – Star online producer Johanna Eubank.

3:45 – Editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons says what he’s thankful for.

4:31 – Editorial writer Luis Carrasco.

5:45 – Editorial page editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen.

6:50 – Reader Elaine Bosman shares her love of Thanksgiving.

8:20 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Sarah is into the last season of “Longmire.”

Luis is finally catching up with “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Fitz is having a family Thanksgiving.

13:00 – Star senior editor Debbie Kornmiller tells us what she’s grateful for.

15:04 – Star president and publisher John D’Orlando shares his thoughts.

Thanks for listening!

15:37 – Bonus: the bus video! 

Episode 14: The Franken-Moore Scale

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Nov. 17

The Star’s editorial team (sans Fitz this week) talks about what to do now that Prop. 204 is dead, harassers and creeps, letters to the editor and the UA refusing to share information.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

0:54 – Last Sunday’s editorial and what to do now that Prop. 204 has been defeated by the voters.

2:25 – A wide ranging conversation on alleged sexual harassers and run-of-the-mill creeps. Including Don ShooterRoy MooreAl Franken and Matthew Weiner.

19:20 – A letter writer chimes in with an interesting take on Lincoln, Trump and Russia.

21:56 – Letter writer Pat Moran is grateful to have her son back from Afghanistan.

24:15 – This Sunday’s editorial concerns the University of Arizona being unwilling to share with the Star what it’s doing to train student athletes in sexual violence prevention.

28:35 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Luis was raised by television so it’s no wonder he likes the Raised by TV podcast hosted by Lauren Lapkus and Jon Gabrus.

Sarah is listening to Vice President Joe Biden read his book “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”

Thanks for listening!

Episode 13: The Madden curse

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Nov. 10

John D’Orlando, new Daily Star president and publisher, joins us this week to talk about his experience so far in Tucson. We also talk about election results and gun control.

Listen and check out the show notes below.


1:00 – Meet John D’Orlando, the Star’s new president and publisher.

25:30 – How did the Star’s endorsements stack up with the will of the voters?

25:53 – Prop. 204, Strong Start Tucson. It was a flawed proposition but it doesn’t mean its goal should be abandoned.

29:27 – Props. 202 and 203. Funding for Reid Park Zoo.

31:27 – Steve Kozachik wins Ward 6.

32:00 – Democrat Paul Durham beat Independent candidate Gary Watson. How hard is it for someone who’s not a Democrat to win in Tucson?

34:50 – Fitz’s cartoon of the week and reader response.

37:42 – Sarah reminisces about the quirks of Oro Valley politics.

39:00 – What readers are talking about in the letters to the editor, including the propositions and the gun violence in Texas.

41:30 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

David shamelessly plugs his new calendar for 2018 — now with all 12 months!

A story about the death penalty prompts Luis to recommend the 1994 film “Amateur.”

Thanks for listening!

Episode 12: No room for Flake

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Nov. 3

After a week off the gang is back together and ready to tackle Sen. Jeff Flake’s announcement he will not be running for re-election, the case against President Trump and a recap of the editorial board’s endorsements for the Nov. 7 election.

Listen and check out the show notes below.


0:50 – Sunday’s editorial on Trump voters considering the case against the president and Sen. Jeff Flake leaving the Senate.

5:23 – David listens to talk radio and it doesn’t care much for Sen. Flake.

7:55 – Was Flake’s move about principle or the fact he couldn’t win?

12:20 – Sarah remembers Sen. Flake’s position after the Gabby Giffords shooting.

15:45 – Endorsement recap:

17:05 – Gary Watson, Independent, for Ward 3.

23:30 – Props. 202 and 203, funding for the Reid Park Zoo.

24:22 – An inspirational letter to David Fitzsimmons.

26:00 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Luis is going to go see “Thor:Ragnarock.”

Sarah has news from this year’s Journalism and Women Symposium conference.

Thanks for listening!