Episode 33: The end is the beginning

This week, the Red For Ed movement, teacher raises and budget woes.

Opening: Gov. Doug Ducey signs the teacher raises into the budget.

1:15 – All about the teacher walkout and Ducey’s plan.

7:15 – Initiative to raise taxes on the wealthy to help pay for education.

10:50 – TUSD homeowners get the short end of the stick in the budget.

15:20 – Snowflake Luis found letters against the teachers upsetting.

21:45 – Get to know a teacher.

24:38 – Fitz’s letter(s) of the week.

28:00 – Groovy recommendations.

Fitz will be enjoying “Keep the Change” at The Loft.

Luis suggests you check out Bill Hader in “Barry” on HBO.

Sarah is taking some time off to go on a genealogy adventure.

Thank you for listening!

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Episode 23: Education brodown

Sarah’s out this week so it’s up to Fitz and Luis to talk Arizona education, No More Deaths clashing with Border Patrol, and the government shutdown.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

0:30 – Where in the world is Sarah Garrecht Gassen?

1:46 – Diane Douglas wants $400 million for teachers.

4:15 – The Quality Counts reports gives Arizona education a D+

5:30 – The Arizona Education Project is spending money to tell people education in the state is not bad.

10:20 – Gov. Doug Ducey spending more on PR.

12:20 – Fitz talks about his Border Patrol cartoon.

13:30 – Border Patrol agents accused of vandalizing water stations in the desert.

16:05 – No More Deaths clashes with the Border Patrol.

22:24 – The government shutdown and Trump’s immigration policy.

28:00 – Fitz’s letter of the week.

30:00 – What we’re doing this weekend.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 21: The jerk files

This week: Joe Arpaio’s Senate run, DACA complications, Medicaid work requirements and Rich Rodriguez.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

1:00 – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants to be a Senator. This puts him on a collision course with Kelli Ward and Martha McSally.

6:50 – Sarah reads a snippet of the editorial board’s repudiation of Arpaio as a candidate.

10:00 – The latest on DACA and McSally’s co-sponsored immigration bill, the Securing America’s Future Act.

16:40 – The Trump administration will allow states to impose a work requirement for Medicaid and Arizona is ready to go.

22:40 – Fitz’s letter of the week.

25:23 – Sports editor Ryan Finley will address questions about the Sports section and its coverage of Rich Rodriguez in a Sunday column.

27:00 – On being a coach and being a jerk.

28:27 – Did you know the devil wears Prada?

29:54 – A preview of Sunday’s editorial pages.

32:40 – Our groovy recommendations:

Fitz is looking forward to “The Post” and “I, Tonya.”

Luis wants to check out “Follies” at The Loft.

Sarah loves Elaine Stritch and the documentary on the Broadway leagend “Elaine Stricth: Shoot Me.

Fitz (again) urges everyone to check out the Tucson Jazz Festival.

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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!