Nerd Farmer Podcast
By Nate Bowling
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A podcast about education, civics, economics, life, and shade in the South Sound. Hosted by Nate Bowling, 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year.
||CleanEp. 39: A World Cup Wrap-up and the State of US Soccer--at least the Women are Good, right?||A reminder our #NerdFarmReads Fall Book is "We Gon’ Be Alright" by Jeff Chang. Buy it, read it, tweet about it using #NerdFarmReads. We’ll record in the fall. The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Every four years billions of people worldwide tune in to watch their national teams (adopted or otherwise) compete for the most important title in sports. The month-long tournament just wrapped up. On this episode, Nate sat down with Steven Ketelsen and Kevin Zamira, two of the hosts of the Flounders B Team. Flounders B Team is a South Sound soccer podcast on the Channel 253 Podcast Network. We discussed the cultural divisions within US soccer: “suburban & mainly white (cargo shorts)” versus “urban & mainly Latinx and African immigrant” and how it harms the growth and development of the sport in our county. We also discussed the US failure to qualify for this World Cup. Coaching is the number one reason, but there are problems at the core. Future pod guest Matt Pentz’s Own Goal is required reading for this conversation. We then discussed problems with player development and what Nate dubbed “the Lost Generation of USMNT Players.” We wrapped up a discussion of about the final. Extra Credit & For Reference Panama Announcers at World Cup -- just watch the pride American Fiasco by Roger Bennett -- a podcast series about the 1998 World Cup mentioned by Steve Matt Pentz’s Own Goal on the Ringer -- Why we didn’t qualify in 2018 America’s Youth Development Gap The Socials Steve on the socials Kevin on the socials The Flounders B Team on the socials *Note: During the 5 Nate didn’t have the heart to tell Steve on-air that @SoccerByIves is Jersey-based, but follow him for good Peruvian food recs anyway The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma CampusPlease consider supporting the podcast by joining Channel 253 as a member||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 38: Wait. Is Kent Really Asking Students and Families to Send Toilet Paper to School???||Housekeeping: Buy the fall #NerdFarmReads Book, We Gon Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang Kent is a school district located south of Seattle that serves 26,000 students and employs 3,400 people. Layoffs were announced this spring and teachers are fleeing in droves. It may be summertime, but we decided to get to the bottom of the sitch in Kent. Guests: KNKX Youth and Education Reporter, Ashley Gross and 2018 Puget Sound Regional Teacher of the Year and 15-year teaching veteran, 6th Grade Teacher, Denisha Saucedo 5:00 Nate kicks off the show with an anecdote he’s heard about the laying-off of Kent’s entire I.T. department 10:00 What is the McCleary Decision? What is a Title I School? And what do they have to do with all of this? 19:00 Kent’s finances are especially messy. Ashley Gross explained, how unusual is it to borrow from the Capital budget and/or the Rainy Day fund? 23:00 Denisha discusses the impact of the budget situation on her students, especially her level of access to technology. 28:00 Denisha and Ashley bat around their perspectives on the level of culpability of the School Board versus the Superintendent 32:00 **Nate conflict of interest disclaimer** re: The Broad Foundation 34:00 What’s the “Geographic Footprint of Kent Schools”? 38:00 What are some solutions (spoiler: there aren’t many)? 41:00 Who should the audience follow if they want to know more about what’s happening in Kent? The 2: Denisha: Where is that necklace from? Ashley: Favorite Pho Joint? (Mekong Bar, 4th & Vine) Denisha's Necklace The Socials Ashley Gross Twitter Denisha Saucedo Twitter Going Further Channel 253 Memberships Broad Foundation Paige Cornwell, Seattle Times The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Please consider supporting the podcast by joining Channel 253 as a member.||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 37: "Tell Nate to..." Summer Recs for Music, Movies, and Memoirs with Dave Jones, Katy Evans, and Kenny Coble||This week’s guests are local experts on books, films, and music. We hear from Katy Evans who works for The Grand Cinema (the local arthouse theater.) We get music recs from hip hop head, local podcaster, realtor, and ex-educator Dave Jones. And we learn what we should be reading from our only four-time-show-guest Kenny "I have a lot of opinions" Coble of King’s Books. We started the show with a reminder about the fall #NerdFarmReads Book Club: We Gon' Be All Right by Jeff Chang: buy it, read it, tweet about it using #nerdfarmreads Katy on Flicks 9:30 The Rider from Chloé Zhao 21:00 Sorry To Bother You 33:00 God's Own Country 35:00 The Handmaiden 43:00 Atomic Blonde Dave Jones on Music 15:00 Phonte, If you like Jay-Z 4:44 26:00 Khruangbin 31:00 Black Panther Hot Take 38:00 Stimulator Jones Kenny Coble on Good Reads 18:00 Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett 18:00 So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 28:00 Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor 39:00 There, There by Tommy Orange 46:00 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee The Hot Take 5: What’s the first thing you read in the morning? (Dave Jones) Found Adult Read? (Kenny Coble) Best Brunch in the city? (Katy Evans) Are you messing with Kanye's new album? (Dave Jones) Favorite Action Flick? (Kenny Coble) Going Further What did Kanye do? Ralph Marston Daily Motivator Alma Mater Black Panther IMDB Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Socials: Katy Nicoud Twitter iDaveJones Twitter Tha Deacon Twitter Kenny Coble Twitter Tha Deacon IG The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Please consider supporting the podcast by joining Channel 253 as a member.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 36: Helping Students of Color Navigate College Campuses -- Dr. Chassity Holliman-Douglas, Evergreen State College||Dr. Holliman Douglas is a Washington transplant by way of Tennessee to Kentucky. She holds degrees from Western Kentucky and Murray State University as well as a doctorate in Ed Leadership and Policy Studies from Eastern Kentucky University. She is the first person to hold this position at the college because the students wanted it, needed it, and asked for it. She completely believes in a liberal arts education and wholeheartedly believes her (currently unborn) child will attend one, when the time comes. 12:00 What is happening in K-12 that isn’t happening in college? A discussion surrounding equity gaps, female students, historically marginalized students teach them about their future and possibilities. How should K-12 and Secondary Ed have a conversation? 16:00 Given what’s happening with demographics, how should university prepare for the new generation of students? 21:00 Why is it so difficult for universities to create spaces? 22:00 What should the university role in helping shape our political future moving forward? 28:00 A deep dive into student retention at the college level and the factors that impact it. 33:00 What is service learning and where is it shown in Evergreen and Washington, as a state? 38:00 A conversation surrounding the ratio of faculty of color to students of color. The 5.1 Solid Book Recommendation? Favorite Restaurant in town? If you had absolute freedom, what crazy, kooky program would you put together? Netflix Recommendation of the moment? Give me a TV you enjoy? How did you fall in love with New Edition? Books The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management Don't Touch My Hair! The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Please consider supporting the podcast by joining Channel 253 as a member.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 35: Man, You Can't Out Wonk Denny -- Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10)||Congressman Denny Heck is a Greener, author, film-buff, and the representative of the 10th Congressional District. His top priorities are growing jobs, growing economy, and feeding the American Dream. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and has strong thoughts about housing policy. 5:00 What are the primary concerns of your constituents? 10:00 What message do the national Democratic Party have for places like Elkhart, IN and Shelton, WA? 13:00 When we vote for a Republican we get a tax-hating, abortion restricting, deregulating, gun-loving conservative. What do we get when we vote Democrat? 16:00 A realistic view of what could or might happen after midterm elections... 17:00 How housing affordability and experiencing homelessness are influencing the country and economic turns. 23:00 Do you think there’s hope for an actual bipartisan infrastructure plan soon or in the long-term? 26:00 What does tribal sovereignty look like in 2018 and the future? 29:00 Regarding recent moves by the Trump Administration: is it odd to pull out of a negotiated deal with Iran on the eve of an impending negotiation with North Korea? 32:00 What do Republicans say to you (when no one else is listening) about say about the current state-of-affairs? 34:00 Opinions on reducing the role of Gerrymandering. Listener Questions 35:00 What should happen between now and November to prevent foreign intervention in our elections? 38:00 Why is the disposition with the house? What’s up with David Nunez? 43:00 What’s the worst case scenario/long term trajectory with respect to the tax bill and the wealthy? 48:00 Where are we nationally on the issue of marijuana? 51:00 What’s your philosophy on engaging with constituents? 53:00 Thoughts on Net Neutrality? How do you think the FCC and the courts will handle it? The 5 (ish) Greatest Movie Ever Made? If you weren’t a member of congress, what would you be doing? How do you pass the time on flights? What was your first book about? Is there a teacher out there you’d like to thank from your childhood? Do you have a favorite summer break memory? Going Further Denny Heck Online Find Your Representative The Socials Twitter Email Denny Heck The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Please consider supporting the podcast by joining Channel 253 as a member.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 34: We R Tacoma: Tacoma Rainiers and Sounders FC2 -- Aaron Artman, President and Casey Catherwood, Ringmaster||Aaron Artman: President of Rainers and Sounders FC2 Casey Catherwood: Creative Director (Ringmaster) Rainers and Sounders FC2 Aaron is a tech and marketing dude who loves sports and has found a home in Tacoma. Casey is a musical journalist turned event planner, now Executive in Charge of Chicanery, Nonsense, and Tomfoolery for Sounders FC 2 and the Tacoma Rainiers. 2:00: How in the world did y'all end up here? 12:00: Cheney Stadium, sunsets, forming community, switching to the R logo, and working with great partners in Tacoma. 15:00: The science behind when people will go to soccer versus when they will go to baseball. Ownership? Contracts? How does all this work? How much does it cost to transform the stadium? 23:00: Where are we getting new players? Are these kids really 15-20 years old? 28:00: The purpose of minor league team is to develop talent. The people that watch and come to wins would like to see wins. How do you navigate these two interests? 33:00: S2's move to Tacoma happened faster than anyone expected. One of the reasons is that NASL (RIP) was involved in a lawsuit (it's complicated). Cheney provides a higher capacity than Starfire. What are the opportunities you're excited about exploring? 35:00 What is your favorite ‘What the hell is Casey Doing?!” moment? and what’s up with the pineapples? 41:00 What is the proposed stadium location? There’s a rebrand coming! What should we do? [Warning: this is some deep South Sound soccer nerdery]. The 5 What’s the best or your favorite live sporting event? Is there a soccer stadium you’re looking to for inspiration? Best athlete you ever saw in person? If you had to listen to one song on repeat, what would it be? What’s the best concession value that which people don’t take advantage? Going Further Nate's Top World Stadiums ~5000 capacity Tacoma Kraken Video of Epic Sax Gorilla Twitter Casey Catherwood Sounders FC 2 Tacoma Rainers Websites Sounders FC 2 Tacoma Rainers The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and theEvergreen State College Tacoma Campus||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 33: Life and Death in the Seattle/Tacoma Media Market -- Neal Morton, Seattle Times and Sean Robinson, the News Tribune||Neal Morton: Seattle Times K-12 Reporter, School Finance, and Ed Lab Baller, Nevada Native and PNW Explorer Sean Robinson: Pierce County Council, Government, Crime, Justice, Investigative Super-Sleuth Gumshoe Reporter Sinclair Broadcasting is the number one owner of media and is shaping our perceptions. We are in a period of transition. The Internet is ascendant. Radio is full of awful conglomerates. Newspapers are struggling. Our story begins here. 5:00 Sean discusses reporting on crime. More lasting than other kinds of stories 6:00 Current State of Affairs in Media? How does it compare with other parts of the country? 8:30 Discussing the Mike Rosenberg Tweet: The Times cut 24 jobs. KOMO cut 10 jobs. NBC shut Seattle based breaking news. Seattle PI is down to 6 people. 12:00 How are reporters evaluated? How is your effectiveness as a journalist measured? 16:00 What is it about the Times that you do community engagement events all the time? Readers have a relationship with the paper. 24:00 A discussion of consolidation within US and local media. Questions: 37:00 Who are some talented up and coming newsroom persons of color? 40:00 What does the future look like for journalism students? 44:00 Comparing Teacher salaries versus Journalist Salaries. 49:00 How can we support local papers? 51:00 How do we get quality, credible news online without a paywall? The Five: Whose byline excites you?Give a letter grade to the national media.(Two part question)What is a story you wish you could cover (given infinite time and resources?)What is one book every listener should read? Videos Sinclair Media John Oliver Sinclair Media Subscribe Seattle Times Tacoma News Tribune Going Further Seattle Times: Newsroom is Shrinking Mike Rosenberg Tweet The Making of an American Nazi by Luke O'Brien Bylines Ryan Clark Dahlia Bazzaz Corinne Chin Erica L Green, NY Times Luke O'Brien, The Atlantic Books We Discussed In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power by Andrew Nagorski Richard II by William Shakespeare Next #NerdFarmReads Selection We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang Contact: Neal Morton Twitter Neal Morton Email Sean Robinson Twitter Sean Robinson Email The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and theEvergreen State College Tacoma Campus||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn "Evicted": Pop-the-Trunk-Addendum -- Rep. Laurie Jinkins & Matt Driscoll||In the days following our #nerdfarmreads discussion of “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond, two of our most popular guests, News Tribune columnist Matt Driscoll and Rep. Laurie Jinkins, reached out separately about continuing the conversation. Matt wanted to talk about the impact of systemic-racism on housing and its role in the disproportionately high number evictions of black women. Laurie had similar thoughts and also wanted to discuss policy solutions. We set a date to have a conversation in my classroom the evening of Mayor Woodard's State of the City Address. This was an experiment, the first ever pop-the-trunk-addendum-episode of the podcast. If you haven't done so already, cop a copy of evicted by Matthew Desmond. Heads up: our fall #nerdfarmreads selection will be “We Gon’ Be Alright” by Jeff Chang. It's available at your local bookseller; if you're in Tacoma hit up King's Books. The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and theEvergreen State College Tacoma Campus||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 31: Difficult Storytelling from the Classroom from Teachers, Advocates, and Students with Dahlia Bazzaz -- Seattle Times Engagement Editor||Dahlia is a graduate from the University of Oregon (booo!). She works as an engagement editor and occasional reporter for the Seattle Times’ Education Lab. She and her family have always been interested in foreign affairs; this led Dahlia down the path of journalism. Her commitment to promoting the voices of students, teachers, and educators is inspiring. Education Lab is a team in the Seattle Times newsroom that looks for education solutions in the Puget Sound. 6:00 Dahlia discusses her path to journalism, her family life, and how she got to Seattle Times. 9:00 Dahlia re-caps a few of her favorite and/or more notable stories. 13:00 The state-of-affairs in education in Washington state is? 16:30: Dahlia and Nate discuss Ignite Seattle, 5 minute talks from persons in the education system, which (let’s face it) everyone has either been in the system or is currently a part of it. 23:00 Black Hair Matters 32:00 I Called a Student An Idiot 45:45 How Plants Saved My Life 53:00 What is Ignite Seattle looking for in submissions? How can you participate? 56:00 Try To Be Normal. Fix Yourself. The Five Who do you read first thing in the morning? What’s your favorite non Nerd Farmer podcast? What is the last book you read? Is there a book every person should? What qualities would look for in a new Seattle Schools Superintendent? When you think about the work you do, how do you know you’ve made it? The Socials: Seattle Times Byline Twitter Books: We Were 8 Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Where can I watch footage of Ignite Seattle? Here! (Hint: This is also an article she's written!) The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and theEvergreen State College Tacoma Campus||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 30: #Nerdfarmreads Bookclub "Evicted" -- Matt Driscoll, Candice Ruud, and Halley Knigge||Matt Driscoll: Columnist for The News Tribune, Decent Dude: “What I gathered from Evicted are the Stories.” Candice Ruud: Government Beat Writer of News Tribune, Former New Yorker: “We all come from different places and we could all end up experiencing homelessness.” Halley Knigge: Professional Communicator, Astute Reader, Cancer-Beating Bad Ass, Raconteur : “This book is perspective changing.” Evicted is a book of our times, the tales of vulnerable families, living on the brink, and sometimes going over the edge into poverty. 4:30: As the relationship between tenant and landlord becomes more transactional, It makes people living in rentals more vulnerable. Sharina, the landlord in Evicted, is such a landlord. The book gives perspective on both the harsh reality and necessity of the character, her job, and her lifestyle. 11:30: Halley shares her personal struggle with cancer and how this book both impacted her and brought to light all the “what-ifs” and “maybes” that could have broken her and her family with recent developments in her life. 16:30: Is there an eviction epidemic in Tacoma? If so, how are we handling it, if at all? We do have a waitlist for Section 8 housing that is not much more than a lottery. 21:00: The panel discusses not their favorite, but most resonant passages of the text. 30:00: Once you have an eviction, the difficulty increases. An eviction severely limits one’s ability to get good housing, as well as the location of the housing. Some persons would like to argue that is is our choices to lead us to the lives we live. But what are the choices? 34:00 How can we make connections from Evicted to Tacoma Current State of Affairs? How do we define affordable housing and what is it? 38:00: Why is there so little political energy guided toward this problem? 43:00: Where are the points of light and hope in the book? 48:00: Advice from the panelists about why listeners should read this book? “This book is about you and it’s about your neighbors.”Twitter Halley Knigge Matt Driscoll Candace Ruud Author Matthew Desmond Books! Evicted by Matthew Desmond We Gon' Be Alright by Jeff Chang The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 29: Talking Congressional Gridlock, Jobs, and Star Wars -- Congressman Derek Kilmer, WA-6||Derek Kilmer is the democratic representative of Washington’s 6th district as well as a father, nature lover, and Star Wars Fan. Hailing from from Port Angeles, WA, the self-proclaimed nerd was elected into office on November, 6 2012. Kilmer holds a B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton as well as an M.A. and a PhD in Comparative Social Policy and Intervention from University of Oxford. 5:30 This week Nate begins the conversation with Congressman Kilmer asking “What are the biggest differences between his past work in Olympia and his current work in in Washington DC?” 9:45 Derek talks about The Bipartisan Working Group that meets for breakfast every week, in which they hash out over hashbrowns. The group does three things: a) make pitches, brainstorm; b) tell the group what each of them is working on and; c) they discuss the big issues facing our country. 12:45 How the division in politics, particularly the Hastert Rule is causing stagnation and preventing policy change in the country. 16:45 Congressman Kilmer discusses most effective ways to engage with Congress, as well as the least effective methods. Derek gives great insight on qualitative versus quantitative tactics of citizen involvement. Hint: Be impactful. Begin where you are. 22:00 There are 537 elected federal officials. What is the role of the federal government’s as it pertains to gun violence, school shooting, and the opioid crisis? What can we do? Hint: Don’t Agonize. Organize. “I am not willing to sit back and say ‘well this is just a fact of life in America today.’”25:00 Kilmer explains the bipartisan bill he’s sponsoring with Parkland representative, Ted Deutch called The Stop School Violence Act. He has several ideas for responsible gun ownership, bills, and acts. 31:00 Washington is the most trade dependent state in the US. What are the implications of Trump's tariff and trade war on our state? 33:00 Congressman Kilmer discusses House leadership and the next generation of leaders in the House Democratic Caucus. 37:00 How do we ensure that the chief export of our community isn’t our young people? 40:00 Immigration, Dreamers and the Northwest Detention Center. 46:00 A discussion of universal healthcare and a proposed Medicare Bill (HB 676) The 5 What is the most underrated restaurant in Washington DC? Who is the funniest person in any caucus? Have you seen Black Panther? What are your Top 4 Star Wars movies? Is the fight scene with the Praetorian Guards in “The Last Jedi” the best or the best EVER? Contact Derek Kilmer Contact Information Twitter Going Further The Stop School Violence Act Find Your Representative Here The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 28: Working in Latinx Media, Advocacy, and Navigating Uncomfortable Spaces with José Moreno||Ep. 28 guest José Moreno with Seahawks Hall of Famer Walter Jones, this weekend at the Sounders opener, sadly we lost 0-1. **Note** This is your last chance! Read Evicted by Matthew Desmond and share your thoughts for #NerdFarmReads. We record 3/11. 6:00 José discusses being a journalist crossing lines between English, Spanish, and navigating Spanish-speaking networks and athletes. 10:00 The good, the bad, and the blocking on social media. How do we deal with the negativity and stupidity as well as the propagate to the positivity and light? 18:00 What is the measure of success for our young people? 27:00 Nate asks José how he feels about navigating primarily white spaces in his professional career. Spoiler: the answer may cause introspection. 30:00 How is the housing market is serving the communities? How are we affected by systemic racism? 34:00 Discussing rhetoric of our public servants, how they’re serving us, and how we’re serving them. 38:00 Building bridges and how we have conversations to fill in the gaps. The 5 Is there a teacher you’d like to thank? Your thoughts on the name for the (hopefully) upcoming NHL franchise? Journalist either locally or nationally that you respect the most? (Nate strongly disagrees here) What are the Mariners off-season needs? Favorite athlete of all time? The Socials Twitter: prwithjam Instagram: morenojosepr What to Read Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community Nate's Blog: Our National Immigration Amnesia The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 27: Civil Liberties and Attacks on Undocumented Students in Schools -- Vanessa Hernandez, ACLU||Vanessa Hernandez is a former teacher turned ACLU Youth Policy director. Vanessa began her 7 year ACLU career as a litigator. 6:00: Nate and Vanessa dive into immigration policy and public schools, Vanessa speaks to things which are problematic, what has panicked her in the past, and ”othering” humans. 9:00: Startling conversation on DHS guidance in schools and ICE involvement. Currently, schools are a ‘sensitive location’ (as are places like churches) but since there is no actual law, this is subject to change at any time. 24:00: Discussion surrounding school disciplinary actions and security officers in schools. Are there too many? What are their actual duties? Are we (as a society) to harsh? 30:00: Speaking of SROs, Philadelphia has created more structured system with intentional use for SROs in schools. 32:00: A discussion on how schools become a pipeline to prisons via suspension and expulsion. “There’s no educational value to suspension or expulsion. There’s nothing they learn expect ‘these people don’t want me around.’”36:00: How we are and how we should be handling suspension. Are students learning from and suspension and while they are on suspension? 46:00: Law Enforcement Kills 1100 Americans per year with (basically) no repercussions. What is ACLU pushing for to help. Initiative 940. Washington state has to prove that the officer acted with malice. Washington has the highest standard in the nation to prove malice. Listener Questions: 51:00 How does the ACLU decide where to put it’s resources? Where is the ACLU on Second Amendment Issues? What is one civil liberty issue that no one is talking bout that we SHOULD be talking about? How can we help students protect their privacy online? The 5: What are you reading? Your Favorite Supreme Court Justice (besides RBG)? What is the 9th Amendment? Your favorite Non-Nerdfarmer Podcast? Is there a teacher you’d like to thank? What to read: Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues on How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele Warcross by Marie Lu Big Little Lies but Liane Moriarty Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Going Further: 9th Amendment ACLU Hastert Rule The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26: Democrats Finally Have a Majority in Olympia, What the Hell are they Gonna Do With It? -- Sen. Jeannie Darneille||In this week’s episode Nate dug into the current 60 day legislative session with Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27, Tacoma). 4:00 We begin with a discussion of Western State Hospital and the state of mental health treatment in Washington. This lead to a discussion around arresting and incarcerating people with mental illness (8:00) and the struggles with staffing mental health nurses across the state (11:30). 14:00 Speaking of health care, Jeannie addressed the state’s investment in its children. How can we treat them, give them preventative care, and help via government health programs? 20:00 In Washington, some of our students with the highest needs are in our 36 juvenile detention centers. Jeannie addressed the Alternatives Initiative, reducing census, and “status offense.” 23:00 This lead to a discussion about banning suspensions for all students from kindergarten through second grade, racial disproportionality (25:00), preschool, and language acquisition. (27:00). 39:00 How are we dealing with statewide issues, such as de-escalation in law enforcement and deadly force. 44:00 Washington State has the most regressive tax system in the nation. So Nate pushed Jeannie to talk about tax policy and possible tax reforms, especially in the aftermath of the $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress. 53:00 Given the Democratic Majority in the both Houses of the State Legislature, Nate asked Jeannie for a quickfire take of the likelihood of several progressive policy priorities: Sanctuary state status Automatic voter registration Vote by mail and same day registration Capital gains tax Hot Take 5 What are you reading right now? Who do you listen to for counsel in Olympia? What’s one thing your constituents understood about the complexity about the work you’re trying to do now? Ferguson or Constantine for governor? When you finish with legislature, what do you want your legacy to be? Who would you like to replace you? Going Further The Truly Awful Kentucky Medicaid Bill NY Times Kentucky Medicaid Article Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves Status Offense The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 25: An Educational State of the Union for Washington State||Sharonne Navas, Equity in Education Coalition Michaela Miller, Washington State Deputy Superintendent of Schools Claudia Rowe, Education Reporter, Seattle Times This week’s conversation centers around the state of education in Washington State. The panel consists of an education reporter, the deputy state superintendent, and an advocate for ed equity. The panel takes a few minutes to discuss some of the highlights around the state (3:00) as well as the areas we have for growth. 14:00: Michaela begins the discussion on assessment. We continue this conversation at and again 23:00. “What’s the best education for each and every child as opposed to ‘all children’?”27:00: We move from testing to de-linking testing for graduation begins, along with a discussion on credit requirement across states. 42:00: Nate asks for the tea on on why the Seattle Superintendent job is a revolving door and insights on charter school enrollment. The group attempts to address what the students aren’t getting in the public school system. 55:00 the panel has a discourse on how we mentor new teachers, incoming teachers, and student teachers. Should we let them teach longer? Should we have mentor teachers in schools after graduation? Are we setting teachers up for failure because they are young adults who go into the world without training to do their job and do it well. Exit Questions Who was your favorite teacher and why? Netflix Recommendations *Nate and the entire panel condemn alleged actions of Aziz Ansari; it'll make more sense after you listen. Going Further McCleary Decision Graduation Standards for All 50 States The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24: Twenty Years from Now, Y’all Will All Claim You Loved Colin Kaepernick and Other Musings -- Steve Zakuani, Color Analyst, Seattle Sounders||*We begin with a quick annotation of the origin of the title “Nerd Farmer.” 2:00: Steve summarizes the backstory of his youth that begins in the Congo (then Zaire) and life in English Council Estates (projects) in Tottenham. American soccer saved his life. Steve found that, in America, one could play soccer and go to a university. He was on this way to the University of Akron (where Lebron is from and we find out more about that at 45:00.) 14:45: Steve and Nate discuss the MLS Cup in Toronto and the roster fallout including what to expect from Clint Dempsey and Osvaldo (Ozzie) Alonzo’s future with the team. Never stop. Keep progressing.33:00 Steve gives his take on the career of Sounders Legend Brad Evans and his future with the Sounders. This is followed by a discussion of the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League and Steve’s work and future as an analyst. When it’s good, I’ll be the biggest cheerleader, when it’s bad, I’ll be the biggest critic42:00: The conversation switches to politics. Steve talks about how he uses his platform to address issues of justice. Steve recalls a story that his principal told him about a teacher being stabbed on his first day of school and his love of the book Malcolm X while growing up in London. He also discussed the London Riots that began in Tottenham when as a young man he had some questions about the murder of an innocent man named Mark Duggan. 52:00: Steve opens up about how he feels about kneeling and the Anthem at sporting events. As an outsider, Steve can’t understand how “you’re so patriotic that you're ignoring the fact that the country you love is murdering its’ citizens.” Hot Take 5 Your thoughts on the Sigi Experiment in LA. Your thoughts on Darlignton Nagbe moving to Atlanta. What’s up with Caleb Porter? In reference to the US Men’s National Team: if I make you technical director of US Soccer, what do you do? Who are the soccer writers who you read first, who do you trust? Who is doing good work? Going Further London Riots Colin Kaepernick Steve’s Website The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23: She was Eight Years in Power -- Mayor Marilyn Strickland an Exit Interview||For this episode Nate sat down with the outgoing, two-term mayor of the City of Tacoma, Marilyn Strickland. Mayor Strickland came to power in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression and guided the city through tough times and into an era of uneven, but undeniable prosperity (sound familiar?). The interview is a retrospective over her two-terms in office. Mayor Strickland discussed her successes/shortcomings, issues around homelessness, what's next for her politically, and her thoughts about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones (warning: episode contains GoT Season 7 spoilers -- she has a great take about all the women being in power). She also answered questions from listeners: What’s the deal with China? Best tacos in Tacoma? Best Korean BBQ in Tacoma? What will/won’t she miss most about the job? Also recommended: this piece from News Tribune reporter and friend of the pod, Candice Ruud. The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22: "Holy Crap 2017 Was a Mess, A Year End Reporters' Roundtable"||Featuring: Will James, 88.5 KNKX FM, Kate Martin: The News Tribune, Elisa Hahn: KING 5 TV Nate sat down with three local journalist to discuss the national and local stories of the year, newsmaker of the year (hint: it’s not all Trump), and stories to watch in 2018. Nate gave his opinion and tried (as much as possible) to avoid talk of the President. Hot Take 5: Who or what do you read? What is your favorite podcast? (The answers WILL surprise you.) What’s your take on the new mayors in Tacoma and Seattle, respectively? What is the best thing you’ve read in 2017? As Santa, give a local politician a gift. What is it? Featured News: "Me, Too" Article in New York Times Matt Driscoll Criminalization of Homelessness Heather Heyer NY Times Article Tavis Smiley Allegations What Happened in Charlottesville? Burien Election Heated Robert Mueller Investigation Bob Ferguson's Lawsuits Against Trump What to Read: Seattle Times The News Tribune Washington Post: Chris Mooney Podcast: Chris Hardwick: The Nerdist The Daily Best Thing Read in 2017: The Making of an American Nazi: Andrew Anglin Salma Hayek NY Times Article Seveneves by Neal Stephenson For More Information: Me, Too Movement The Socials Will James Twitter Elisa Hahn Twitter Kate Martin Twitter The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||12/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21: "Building a Better School System in Washington State (Hopefully)" with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal||Chris Reykdal is the Superintendent of Schools in Washington State. He’s a former Democratic lawmaker from Olympia who resides in Tumwater and lives to help the students in Washington. He and Nate spent time talking about improving education, wishlists in a changing world, and the Rightful Secretary of Education Tony Evers of Wisconson. Chris has great ideas on getting parents involved, working with children in homes with foster parents, and standardized testing. Find out what Washington schools would be like if Chris were “King of Education,” what it means to “design school backwards” and what Mr. Reykdal thinks of Betsy Devos. “Speaking Multiple Languages is a beautiful thing.” To Better Educate in a Perfect World: Longer K-8 School years Infuse 2nd language learning beginning in kindergarten Give more time for student learning Middle school begins career exploration Move standardized testing to 10th grade Find multiple ways to demonstrate proficiency By 11th and 12th grades, let them go touch the world: (i.e. high school credit for employment, dual college credit, while working) Hot Take 5 How are you feeling about Cougar football? Best place in Olympia to get lunch? What are your thoughts on the Washington Governor democratic primary? Best book you’ve read in the last year? What would you put under the tree for every student in Washington? The Socials: State Superintendent Chris Reykdal Twitter The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: #NerdFarmReads Audio Bookclub "The Hate U Give"||Kenny Coble: Literature Aficionado, Bookseller, Observer of the Human Spirit Jamika Scott: Tacoma Action Collective, Activist, Mimosa Lover Hope Teague-Bowling: English Teacher, Interchangeable White Lady, Pod Spouse This week during the book club, Nate and company discuss the good, the encouraging, and the controversial nature of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. The novel follows protagonist, Starr, on her journey after a childhood friend is murdered by a police officer. Starr wrestles with herself, the system, the police, and her relationships. According to Kenny, this book has a unique way of "meeting you where you are." Whether you’ve been paying attention or you’re new to these issues, you have an opportunity to glance inside this painful, confusing world. Wherever you are in your Woke Journey, this book is a great first or next step. Starr’s voice is maintained throughout the novel, and yet her speech changes with different characters. Angie Thomas does an impeccable job of using code-switching throughout Starr’s different relationships. The crew find their favorite characters and characters that remind them of people in their lives. From Uncle Carlos to her parents “kitchen dancing” after a fight to White non-ally Hailey, this book contains a lot of people we all know personally. Near the break Jamika told us about her organization Tacoma Action Collective: First, it was a march with a national call to action, 4 mile march, based on the number of hours Mike Brown was laying out in the sun after he was killed, the 4 minutes Tamir Rice went without medical attention after being shot. I learned about Mike Brown via Tumblr. “Black Brunch” took us into “White Spaces.” We took a little time, 3-4 minutes, to speak about people being murdered and uplifting the names with our voices. After a while, a journalist wrote a story about us. It was dangerous. We made the group to almost disguise ourselves. [It] began with 3 black women. The activism that TAC does changes with what is happening in our lives. Why should you read the book? Jamika: It meets you where you’re at. If you’ve been focused on the movement in the past or if you’ve never seen it from this point of view, or even if you feel like ‘all lives matter.’ It’s going to touch you. There will be something meaningful. Hope: I think it’s important for white people to read this book. If you think you’re woke, if you think you know things, it’s just another perspective that may open your eyes. Hot Takes Jamika: What is the best brunch in Tacoma? (She's wrong by the way) Kenny: If someone enjoyed this book as Woke Literature, where should they go next? Hope, Unofficial Mayor of White America: What should White Allies start or stop doing? The Socials Tacoma Action Collective TwitterTacoma Action Collective FacebookJamika Scott TwitterKenny Coble TwitterKings Books TwitterKings Books FacebookHope Teague-Bowling TwitterInterchangeable White Lady Twitter Going Further Code Switching Turning Black Men Into Method Actors Black Brunch article Stop Being Awful to Parents of Color Over Charters Kenny’s Book Recs Dear Martin The New Jim Crow Don't Call Us Dead Next Book Club! Evicted by Matthew Desmond The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Machael David, Colorado Rapids -- A Dream of Soccer and Purpose||Photo from MLS On this episode, Machael David tells the his compelling story of how he made his way from Nigeria to Italy to New York to Tacoma. The story begins with a four year boy and a soccer ball. Machael began by comparing his home to Compton and the necessity to ‘get out.’ Machael began playing for club teams when he was very young. Soccer was a way to get off the streets and have a purpose. As time moved forward, he went to Italy to play. When his documents ran out and he no longer had a team, he had a choice to make: go home a ‘failure’ or find a different way. Machael found a "different" way. He came to America: first New York, then the shock of the PNW. “Soccer is My Love Language” Machael began playing soccer for GHHS and Washington Premier. He was amazing. Pros wanted him. Colleges wanted him. He was coveted. Machael, again, had a choice to make. If he went pro, college would never be an option. If he went to school, he’d have to wait to go pro. His academics weren’t good enough for University of Washington. They backed out, as did many others. A fateful game had Machael playing in California when a scout saw him play. The scout fell in love and urged Machael to work hard. Ending high school in 2 1/2 years with a 4.0, he received a full scholarship to UCSB. Junior year, Machael broke his leg. He had to heal. Senior year, he was back. Again, Machael broke his leg. His injuries scared off many teams. He was drafted to Colorado Rapids. Shortly afterward, Machael’s nose began to bleed. He learned he had a medical condition that wouldn’t allow him to live in that elevation. Another obstacle, another challenge. A Community Doesn’t Define Who You Are, the People Define the Community Machael explains the name of his book, Every Mother’s Nightmare, the inspirational story of growing up in Nigeria and the roadmap to surviving adversity playing soccer on his own terms. He and Nate also discussed the US' recent failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The US hasn't missed qualifying since in 1986. How can we make the future of US Soccer brighter? Machael has thoughts: Get rid of Pay-To-Play Go find players. Develop them--it's that simple. The Five: Why does everyone else hate Crossfire ? Best Player you ever play with or against? Why should we root for Nigeria in World Cup? Best Place for Nigerian Food in Washington? What advice do you have for the next US Coach? Buy the Book: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble or directly from Machael on Facebook Socials: Twitter Facebook Going Further MLS Stats Machael's Blog The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Matt Driscoll, Columnist, The News Tribune -- On Print Journalism, Homelessness, Civics, and Athlete Protests||Driscoll with beard, as he should be, photo courtesy TNT Matt Driscoll is a columnist for the News Tribune. His column resonates with folks in the South Sound because he’s open, honest, and speaks his truth. He investigates, he reports, he shares his opinion. In this episode, Matt shares what drives him to rise & write. He delves into some of his more well-known columns like the one about Klara Bowman, a Tacoma teacher who was removed from her employment in a kindergarten classroom for making a very large mistake and the media circus leading to her death by suicide. Matt’s sermon on “Homelessness is Tacoma” is absolute worth the listen of this show. He brings up some valid questions and concerns about the City Council, a firsthand account of Tacoma Tent Stability Site, and criminalizing persons experiencing homelessness. Nate and Matt get into a heavy conversation about the NFL, concussions, protests, and what it’s like to stop supporting that particular corporation (spoiler: it feels okay). Matt also gives an inside look at his and his colleague John McGrath’s columns regarding the NFL protests. Nate ends the podcast soliciting some hottakes from Matt in his new feature, The Five: Last Spring at Evergreen, Weinstein is really, really problematic I-5 Construction Jim Merritt Victoria Woodards 2020 Presidential Campaign of Jay Inslee Socials: Twitter Things and Folks to Read: Will James Candice Ruud Sean Robinson Referenced Articles and Good Reads: Klara Bowman Story Mayoral Race Discourse Persons Experiencing Homelessness Article Brain Injuries, Blacklisting, Greed: It's Difficult to Justify Loving the NFL Regarding John McGrath: John McGrath: Michael Bennet John McGrath: Seahawks Moving Forward After Protest Deadspin: The Clapback The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode: 17 Colleen O'Brien, KIRO 97.3 FM -- Dear Men, Stop Being Awful to Women Online||Morning Radio Host 97.3 KIRO FM, Feminist, a Real Sno-Homie Nate's chat with Colleen began with a discussion of her work on the Seattle morning news. Her priority is to approach the news on a personal level. Her goal, with every show, is to share information, facts, perspective and content to help the listener understand the news. Colleen believes wholeheartedly that local media is essential. The station encourages Colleen to tell a good story. Colleen reflects on some of her more in-depth stories that she has had both the privilege and the courage to attack. In particular, she vocalizes the tragedy of the murder of Mike Compton in Orting and her 3 part series about the struggle. Some of the other stories she speaks to during the podcast are the human trafficking in Snohomish County and the Opioid epidemic. Why are men on the internet so awful to women? One of the most difficult aspects but also most rewarding aspects of Colleen’s show is the feedback. Listeners have the opportunity (and are encouraged) to tweet, email, and even live-text the show with questions and comments. Colleen’s passion and respect for her listeners keep her checking out the texts. Occasionally, and almost predictably, Colleen can tell when a story will evoke feelings in particular listeners that can cause discomfort. She is often inundated with harsh, hateful text messages from persons that feel the need to share their divisive feelings. Colleen combats the negativity with a segment she calls “Daily Dose of Kindness.” After her news segment, she spends 60 seconds with a bit of joy. Be sure to check out Colleen and Dave from 6am-9am on 97.3 KIRO FM The Socials Twitter firstname.lastname@example.org KIRO Radio Facebook Going Further Colleen's Show Page KIRO Radio Webpage Murder in Orting Part 1 Murder in Orting Part 2 Murder in Orting Part 3 The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Fighting for Protections for Immigrants in Seattle's Shadow with Colectiva Legal del Pueblo||Sandy Restrepo: Co-Founder of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, Attorney, Activist, Dominator & Hugo Garcia: Activist, Podcast Host, Soccer Fan, Taco Enthusiast In a recent article in The Stranger, Seattle was said to be the 12th least stressful city in the world in a study by The Blaze and Zipjet, not to mention the least racist. Attorney, Sandy Restrepo alongside Hugo Garcia debate this and other facts on this week’s podcast. In Burien, WA, Sandy and Hugo are fighting for racial equality for both documented and undocumented immigrant persons. Hugo first heard the beckoning of the call to arms the day he saw an RV a few blocks from his home with a racist tag about the Mexican population of this city only 10 miles west of downtown Seattle. Before he came across this obvious hate crime sitting in a driveway, he donated and voted. Sandy is an attorney that co-founded an organization called Colectiva Legal del Pueblo for and by undocumented immigrants. Sandy is a significant resource for anyone in the area seeking legal advice and counsel for things like hate crimes, DACA, and ‘demystifying the legal process.’ Sandy mentions a young lady who was wronged and afraid to go to the police because she was afraid the police would question her status. Respect Washington, bought signatures to stop Burien from being a sanctuary city. After 2 votes, it finally passed. Short of getting more signatures and having a special election in February, Burien will remain a sanctuary city. The work is not done in Burien, Washington. The racism, hare, and anti-undocumented immigrant rhetoric still thrives. Sandy’s current project is DACA renewal for everyone eligible since President Trump rescinded the executive order put in place by President Obama. Notable for Voters in Burien: Nancy Tosta Jimmy Matta Krystal Marx Pedro Olguin Going Further: The Stranger Article Colectiva Legal del Pueblo Follow up on RV Hate Crime The Socials: Burien Represent Twitter Burien Represent Facebook Hugo Garcia Twitter Colectiva Legal del Pueblo Twitter The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Back to School Special with the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Washington State Teachers of the Year||Teachers of the Year: Camille Jones 2017, Lyon Terry 2015, and Katie Brown 2014, Nate Bowling 2016 Katie Brown, 2014 Teacher of the Year, holds a BA in anthropology and taught 7th grade English before moving into ELL (English Language Learners). Not only is Katie an amazing educator, she won a silver medal in World Championship Shuai Chiao (Chinese Wrestling.) Lyon Terry, 2015 Teacher of the Year, 4th grade educator and lover of children believes that the way to strengthen learning is through human connections. Lyon structured Seattle’s “walking school bus program.” In 2014, he sat on a committee to regulate Common Core for reading and writing. Camille Jones, 2017 Teacher of the Year, teaches K-3 in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) class. Camille is a self-proclaimed Millennial that teaches in the rural town from which she grew up. She believes that every student has the opportunity to grow and learn, given the chance. On this episode, Washington’s Teacher of the Year recipients of the previous four years sit and discuss their teaching philosophies, how they view their students, and educating in the very rural contrasting with the highly urban. The diverse background of these professionals lends to some interesting conversation regarding books, policy, white supremacy, and accountability. They have a hard discussion surrounding the profession and get real on how they feel about the vocation they love so much. From the different backgrounds the teachers discuss the teacher shortage and how to perpetuate growth in that opportunity. Solution? highlight the joy of teaching, produce readers, create voters. For the next Teacher of the Year and, in our opinion, everyone: Be who you are. Say what you believe. Speak the truth and ground it in love. Think about who is the person you want to project? Ensure that you’re projecting your values. Hopes for the year: Be a better teacher Build relationships, carry a level of urgency and intensity. Develop better relationships around the community. It takes a village. To be a more effective advocate for my students. The Socials: Camille Jones Katie Brown Lyon Terry Further Reading: What Does it Mean to Be White? by Robin DiAngelo It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching by Tom Rademacher Book Club: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Nerd Farmer Podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play and is brought to you by Alaska Airlines and the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Rep. Laurie Jinkins -- On Charlottesville, Fighting Extremism, and the McCleary Compromise||Washington State Representative, LGBTQ Activist, Doer of Awesome Things, Mother of Dragons||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Live at Aspen Ideas Fest -- Policy Views from the Classroom from Two State Teachers of the Year||Back to School Special -- Earlier this summer Nate traveled to Aspen, Colorado to speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. This episode features Nate's panel with Leticia Ingram, the 2016 Colorado State Teacher of the Year. The panel focused on topics familiar to listeners to this podcast: ed policy and how it's impacted by issues like immigration, healthcare, and fiscal policy. If you listen close you'll recognize a proto version of the Nate's Anti-Millennial Shaming article. The Socials Follow Leticia Follow the Ross the Moderator Follow Aspen Ideas The Nerd Farmer Podcast is sponsored by The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus and MoveToTacoma.com. The Nerd Farmer Podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Will James, Reporter @ KNKX 88.5 FM -- On Covering the #CharleenaLyles Shooting & Refugee Resettlement||After being a stringer for the Wall Street Journal, freelancing for NPR affiliates, and working at Newsday, Will ended up as South Sound Bureau Chief at KNKX 88.5 FM. We talked about his recent reporting and the culture shock from moving from the New York to Cascadia.. Nate focused on two of Will's recent stories: Charleena Lyles Shooting: Will recalls his first time reporting on a person of color being shot by an officer. His account of the family’s emotional response just two days after the incident expresses the reaction of watching the family internally process their feelings in a crowd of her friends and neighbors in the courtyard of her apartment building. Nate notes, the vast majority of law enforcement are good people with good intentions. However, according to Killed By Police, 1100 people a year are killed by law enforcement. Eleven. Hundred. Nate and Will discuss the questions with no answers: If she were white, would she be alive? How do police officers with mental illness? How do we de-escalate? Refugees Resettlement in Western Washington: The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia has joined a lawsuit by the ACLU against the Trump Administration’s travel ban citing their religious freedom being threatened. The group deems it an obligation of their faith, “we welcome the stranger.” Washington is the 4th largest state for refugees in the country, specifically 74% are in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The humans that come get some help, enough to begin a new life and head out on a path to sustain it. In a matter of weeks, the resettlement refugees must learn enough English to function, find housing, and establish employment that can pay the increasingly high rent. The Future Will discusses the dream projects he has, beginning with The Northwest Detention center, what makes Tacoma desirable, and how Tacomans view themselves. The Socials Will James' Twitter KNKX Instagram KNKX Facebook KNKX Twitter Going Further Will James Charleena Lyles Article The Muslim Ban and its Impact on Refugees Northwest Detention Center Webpage Church joins ACLU Fight How to Help Episcopal Diocese of Seattle Refugee Fund Support KNKX The Nerd Farmer Podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Evelyn Lopez, Candidate for Mayor of Tacoma||On episode 4 of the podcast, with guests Zach Powers, Korbett Mosesly, we discussed the mayoral race here in Tacoma. In that episode all three of us expressed a preference for Victoria Woodards over Jim Merritt, but also expressed a desire for a third candidate in the race. Not long after the episode was released, Evelyn Lopez announced that she was entering the race. I met her at a recent City Club event and found her both passionate and insightful about civic matters and the local political scene. At the end of our conversation, she asked about coming on the show. Evelyn was born in New Zealand and is a transplant to Tacoma. She previously worked in the State AG’s office and was executive director of the State Public Disclosure Commission, both of which she discussed in the interview. I decided to follow up on some questions that I had based on Evelyn's @CitizenTacoma interview. If you haven't heard that interview, you should probably go listen to it first. Evelyn pulls no punches and if you listen to the end you'll hear which of her opponents she would support if she doesn't advance in the primary.||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Victoria Woodards, Candidate for Mayor of Tacoma||On episode 4 of the podcast, with guests Zach Powers and Korbett Mosesly, we discussed the mayoral race here in Tacoma. In that episode all three of us expressed a preference for Victoria Woodards over Jim Merritt. In early June, Victoria came to the Lincoln High School Senior Awards Night. There her and I talked about the campaign and she requested to come on the show. Victoria is a graduate of Lincoln, a veteran of the US Military, and a two-term city council member here in Tacoma. As you’ll hear in the interview, one of my favorite things about Victoria is the fact that she shows up in the community. In this episode, I followed up on some remaining questions that I had from her @CitizenTacoma interview. If you haven't heard that interview you should probably go listen to it first. Victoria lives on the South End of Tacoma (a rarity for someone running city-wide) and shared insights in this interview about the proposed liquefied natural gas plant, housing affordability (yes, density), and issues involving law enforcement. Toward the end of the interview we discussed how it feels as an African American woman to be painted as the establishment candidate by an architect from the North End.||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Jenna Hanchard, KING 5 News -- Covering Tacoma, TV News, and Ferguson||This week Nate sits down with reporter, Jenna Hanchard, and listens as she speaks of her experiences as a woman of color in White Journalism. In Jenna’s youth, she wanted to be a poet. As she grew and studied at both Rutgers and Syracuse, she found her way into broadcast media. In a world in which the public is turning away from the television and turning to their computers, Jenna and her team are learning to engage people in both mediums to most effectively share the happenings and inform the public of the daily news. Jenna reveals, to Nate’s surprise, her experience reporting from Ferguson, MO for 2 weeks. As the Tacoma Bureau Chief, Jenna reports from as far north as the Canadian border and as far south as Centralia. She discusses finding a balance in protecting Tacoma stories and finding central themes to cover a more broad audience. Journalism is a constant competitive struggle. Jenna navigates though by knowing that ‘competition is great for journalism.’ She wanted to work in a land in which she could see herself in others. Jenna’s rich history and unique perspective offer a myriad of emotions in this podcast. Who are you listening to: Matt Driscoll, Tacoma News TribuneThe Washington PostDear White People on NetflixWYNC Podcasts2 Dope QueensThe Socials: TwitterInstagramFacebookGoing Further: Lincoln Teacher Helps Student Process Election DisappointmentSelma March||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: #NerdFarmReads Book Club: Citizen by Claudia Rankine||A #NerdFarmReads Audio Book Club on Citizen from Greywolf Press||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Justin Camarata and Linda Isenson -- #JimJensen, the Trouble With Bubbles & Prescriptions for Popping Them||Graphic created by Vanessa Otero, @vlotero #JimJensen, the Trouble With Bubbles & Prescriptions for Popping Them with Linda Isenson and Justin CamarataJustin (local citizen activist), Linda (former chair of Pierce County Democrats), and Nate (Nerdfarmer) had a conversation about their respective ideological bubbles. Whether these bubbles be conservative, liberal, Antifa, or Libertarian -- we live in hubs created of our own predilections. How do we leave our bubbles and move forward in conversations and create a space for peace? This episode explores two examples of bubbles in the news: The Situation at Evergreen State College, the trio dug into Day of Absence and the firestorm created by a professor who decided to go on cable news, rather than talk within his learning community. Protesting should cause discomfort, but not death threats and disaster. An event meant to cause awareness went badly awry. In doing so the story jumped from lefty campus bubble into a violent right-wing one. Jim The Man Jensen is a keyboard warrior, turned aspiring politician with strong negative feelings and hot takes about women, people of color, and low-income families. Before his campaign for Port Commissioner, he used his platform for distasteful, inappropriate tweets that subsequently led to Jim ending his campaign. Life lesson folks, tweets can be deleted, but screenshots are forever, Man. Bursting Bubbles, we all want the same things. How do we get there? How do we come together? We can all stand at our opposing ends and meet halfway. We, as humans, all strive for love, security, and belonging. There are no humans to demonize, only humans with whom to compromise. Prescriptions for Bubble Popping: Be aware of and acknowledge your bubblesPromote tolerance within your bubbles.Pop the bubbles by diversifying your media consumption.Have real life relationships OUTSIDE of your bubbles.Go talk to your conservative uncleRemember, we have more in common than we don’t. Who Should We Be Following: Ana Navarro (Conservative pundit) Packsoldier (#StillNeverTrump Tweeter) Evan McMullin (Ex-CIA Operative; Independent Candidate for POTUS) Chris Vance (2016 Washington State Republican Senate Candidate) Follow Our Guests on the Socials: Justin Camarata Linda Isenson The Nerd Farmer Podcast is also available on iTunes and Stitcher.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Cinthia Vazquez, Washington Dream Coalition - Families in Chaos: Undocumented Students, Uncertainty, and Liberal Indifference||Cinthia Vazquez, Washington Dream Coalition - Families in Chaos: Undocumented Students, Uncertainty, and Liberal Indifference||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Prof Amy Young, Pacific Lutheran University - On Ignoring Calls for Civility, Reading Henry David Thoreau, and Cocktail Parties||On Ignoring Calls for Civility, Reading Henry David Thoreau, and Cocktail Parties||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Mayoral Race, Food Deserts, and Spanky Burger with Korbett Mosesly & Zach Powers||Mayoral Race, Food Deserts, and Spanky Burger with Korbett Mosesly & Zach Powers||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Claudia Rowe, Seattle Times - A Frank Talk About K-12 Ed and Serial Killers, No Really||Claudia Rowe, Investigative Reporter, Seattle Times Author, The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder This week Nate sits down with Claudia and discusses how she went from being a stringer at the New York Times to an investigative education reporter for the Seattle Times. Claudia is an Ed Lab reporter who has written award winning stories about race, discipline, school segregation, and most recently disparities in access to gifted education. Claudia tackles education as an investigative reporter. Nate and Claudia discussed (and Claudia went hard) on the cultural gaps in school, the danger of mediocrity in Washington State, the dysfunction of the ed bureaucracy, and who is benefiting from the status quo in K-12 education. She also discussed the biggest yet to be reported stories: addressing education in juvenile lockup, youth homelessness, and how profoundly we fail children in foster care. Claudia’s Book: she discussed how she came to write her novel, The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder, Claudia shared the inside information about how she became interested in the story, the relationship that grew over 4 years with the murderer, and her attempt to demystifying the cause of his violence. Who does Claudia read: Jennifer Gonnerman, Criminal Justice, The New Yorker Rachel Aviv Youth Issues, New Yorker Evicted by Matthew Desmond Further Reading and Guest Info: Book: The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder Email: email@example.com Website: http://claudiarowejournalist.com Follow Claudia on Twitter. The Nerd Farmer Podcast is also available on iTunes and Stitcher.||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Derek Young, Pierce County Council - Stop Worrying About Trump and Get Active Locally||On this episode Derek and Nate discussed Derek’s 18 year career in politics that began when he ran for city council at 20 years old and won by 2 votes. Derek discussed the struggles and assets of Tacoma and Gig Harbor, the growing pains around infrastructure, dealing with politics on a regional level, and the importance of getting involved to promote change. Derek also explained how local government impacts our day-to-day lives more than than folks realize. County government is responsible for criminal justice, public health, human services, and many other public departments. Major issues plaguing Tacoma are mental and public health. Derek has some advice for “young” people on how to get involved. “One of the biggest issues we have is housing. Our housing prices are getting out of control… [Get involved in the housing situation] if you have any hope of saving a few bucks or paying off your student loans when you’re done.” In 2018, Derek Young is up for re-election. He doesn’t plan on pausing his job to run his campaign. Things to Note: We have 7 members on the County Council: 4 Republicans and 3 Democrats. This will likely be the only episode of the show where Nate doesn't say something salty about Derek's colleague Pam Roach. Who does Derek listen to?: Ryan Mello, Tacoma City CouncilpersonLyle Quasim, Community LeaderLaurie Jinkins, State Representative, 27th District, TacomaWhat’s it like working with Bruce Dammeier (R), Pierce County Executive: He hasn’t put a bad foot forward. He’s listening to the right people, he hired a well known democrat as the COO, discovered Pierce county has positive cash, he’s making investments in public safety. Further reading & Guest Contact Info Find Derek Young on Twitter and Facebook Shoreline Management Act The Nerd Farmer Podcast is also available on iTunes and Stitcher.||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Anika Anand - On Founding the Evergrey and Being a Journalist of Color||Anika Ananda||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic new podcast!
I love reading and sharing Nate Bowling's blog posts. I often think I'd love to go back to high school just to take his AP Government Class. This podcast is even better. Now we can all listen to Nate's interviews with friends, politicians, journalists, educators, and more.
The world is bigger than this community, but Nate helps us see how our day to day is connected to the bigger picture.
High quality stuff
"A universal conversation through a local lens"
Nate Bowling and his guests do a great job using Tacoma as lens to talk about race and equity, American politics, and culture. Super smart and still accessible.