Episode 28: Everyone’s for gun safety

This week, the student walkout for gun control, Rex Tillerson looks for a new job, and things are quiet on the letters to the editor front.

0:45 – Students walk out to demand gun safety.

8:40 – The Rexit: Rex Tillerson gets fired via tweet.

13:48 – Trump’s wall: Carpet sample edition.

16:00 – Letter writers are quiet, too quiet, this week.

18:50 – Fitz’s letter of the week.

21:00 – Headless Women.

23:15 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

David has two. 1) His new book is out. 2) The 2018 Wa:k Pow Wow.

Sarah is all about The Trouble with Shannon Cason podcast and the Ear Hustle podcast.

Luis loves the second season of the Andy Daily Podcast Pilot Project.

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.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

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 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!

Episode 11: All about endorsements

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Oct. 20

Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons is on vacation this week, so editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen and editorial writer Luis Carrasco talk about the Star’s endorsements for the November ballot, including Prop. 204, Strong Start Tucson.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

1:15 – Proposition 204, Strong Start Tucson, gets a reluctant ‘no’ from the Star’s editorial board.

7:37 – The Koch brothers and Prop. 204.

8:44 – Our hopes for Strong Start Tucson.

10:30 – ‘Yes’ on Prop. 203 and 203, money for the Reid Park Zoo.

12:42 – Tucson’s screwy way of electing people to city council.

14:15 – Who makes up the editorial board and how decisions are made.

15:50 – Gary Watson, Independent, for Ward 3.

20:40 – Steve Kozachik, Democrat, for Ward 6.

20:42 – Prop. 204 comes back for more.

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.

Listen and check out the show notes below.


: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.