Episode 19: End of year nerd alert

This week, editorial page editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen, cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and editorial writer Luis Carrasco do a quick recap of some of the year’s top stories and talk way too much about Star Wars and Doctor Who. Merry (war on) Christmas!

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1:20 – Fitz on the 2016 election.

2:00 – The year of Trump.

2:49 – Is the media at fault?

4:20 – Social media landscape.

6:35 – Ally Miller was proud to be white in 2017.

7:50 – The year of no new taxes for Tucson.

9:00 – Sen. John McCain.

12:15 – Sen. Jeff Flake.

12:50 – Local candidates lining up for 2018.

17:30 – Joe Arpaio’s pardon.

17:55 – (Short) thoughts on the Legislature.

18:30 – Fitz’s cartoon of the week.

19:15 – Letters and Republican tax bill.

27:50 – We love our letter writers.

29:40 – No spoiler talk on “The Last Jedi.”

35:09 – Groovy recommendations:

Fitz catches up on “Better Call Saul.”

Luis wants to see “The Shape of Water,” “Downsizing” and “Phantom Thread.”

Sarah waits for the new Doctor.

39:10 – We love our listeners.

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Episode 18: Reform means making it better

This week: the Democrats’ victory in Alabama, the still awful Republican tax bill and the war on Christmas heats up.

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0:45 – Republican Roy Moore loses to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama.

6:30 – Trump insults New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and USA Today is having none of it.

8:24 – Did Gillibrand go too far calling for Sen. Al Franken’s resignation?

12:35 – The Republican tax plan and will Sarah donate her tax savings.

19:42 – The tax bill process vs. the Obamacare process.

21:25 – Fitz’s cartoon of the week.

22:03 – Thousands of people wrote letters to the editor in 2017.

24:34 – Sarah got some feedback on her “war on Christmas” column.

27:45 – Sunday’s editorial is about TUSD’s plans on what to do with University High School.

29:10 – What are we doing this weekend? As if you have to ask.

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Episode 17: Little Pink Houses

This week, editorial page editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen, cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and editorial writer Luis Carrasco talk about Vail’s tiny homes for teachers, sexual harassment in politics, Fitz’s fans and bringing Christmas back.

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1:20 – The Vail school district is considering providing tiny houses for their teachers, which shouldn’t be necessary but are.

9:00 – Republicans and Democrats are taking a different approach to accusations of sexual misconduct.

16:40 – What about Bill Clinton?

18:54 – Fitz’s favorite cartoon of the week.

19:25 – Reader responses, as dramatized by Fitz.

21:05 – What’s going on the letters page this week?

22:54 – A letter about the “war” on Christmas, poorly dramatized by Luis.

23:54 – Christmas and other holidays.

27:06 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Luis is playing the board game “Secret Hitler.”

Fitz is taking part in the celebration of the Presidio’s Living History Luminaria Night.

Sarah is grading final exams… yay(?)

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Episode 16: Desperate Living

This week it’s all about the Republican tax plan, letters from readers and Frank Antenori makes the Washington Post.

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1:12 – The Republican tax bill makes its way through Congress. The editorial board does not approve.

6:15 – Are we surprised Sen. John McCain is voting for the tax bill?

13:40 – Letter writer Gladys Lujan talks about her controversial letter.

18:50 – On feeling a connection to frequent letter writers, with shout outs to readers Rosalie Wright and Clyde Steele.

20:00 – Fitz gets recognized all the time…

22:00 – Reader letters to Fitz.

23:50 – Frank Antenori is in the Washington Post.

28:00 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Fitz is catching up with Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Luis spends too much time listening to the James Bonding podcast, which covers all things James Bond.

Sarah (and Luis) will be enjoying the comedy of filmmaker and “the people’s pervert” John Waters at the Rialto Saturday.

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