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.

Thanks for listening!

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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 10: Set phasers to gun control

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Oct. 6

The Star editorial team — editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen, cartoonist David Fizsimmons and editorial writer Luis Carrasco — talk about the latest on the Las Vegas shooting, sensible gun control efforts, politely interacting with readers and Sarah weighs in on the great Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

1:00 – What happened in Las Vegas and our call for gun control.

10:00 – Discussion of the guest columns by Ken Reineer against gun control and Suzi Hileman calling for an end to gun violence.

17:27 – Fitz does a dramatic interpretation of an exchange he had with a reader and the team talks about how they deal with critical responses.

23:45 – What’s are letter writers talking about this week? Guns. But there seems to be an interesting shift in the conversation.

28:00 – Sunday editorial page preview.

30:40 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

Fitz is doing a car show this weekend in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Luis wants you to see “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and listen to “Assassins” (which leads to more about guns and naming shooters).

Sarah wants listeners to watch “Star Trek: Discovery” even though she’s a Star Wars fan all the way.

Thanks for listening!

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.

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: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.