Episode 22: Salty racism

This week: Guest Jo-Ann Marks joins us to talk about President Trump, Jeff Flake’s Senate speech and s-hole countries.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

0:45 – Reader Jo-Ann Marks talks about herself, her love of Tucson and divisiveness in politics.

11: 40 – Sen. Flake’s speech on the free press.

15:30 – Marks, a native New Yorker, talks Trump.

18:53 – What’s Trump’s appeal to his supporters?

20:56 – Fitz’s letter of the week.

22:20 – Sarah has a voicemail she wants to share.

23:42 – Trump’s crude remarks on Haiti and Africa (Warning: McSally-brand salty language ahead).

29:20 – DACA and the government shutdown threat.

32:40 – Readers have a love/(mostly) hate relationship with Bill Walton and Sarah attempts a defense.

35:30 – Sunday’s editorial page preview.

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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 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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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!