The Other Washington
By Civic Skunk Works
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The podcast for everyone who knows conventional wisdom stinks. The Other Washington is a Seattle-based podcast that takes a deep dive into a single policy issue each episode. Listen to venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and his team of political troublemakers explain and explore how policies work, how they don’t, and how conventional politics often gets in the way of implementing effective policies.
||Clean3:6 Three Progressive, Badass, Female Politicians: LIVE!||American national politics is screwed, but in the other Washington, we're electing badass, progressive women with fresh ideas. In our first ever live taping of The Other Washington podcast—and Season 3 Finale!—we interviewed newly sworn-in Seattle..||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3:5 Seattle's Affordable Housing Crisis||In the Seattle region, we're grappling with too much growth and not enough housing—and we're not alone. Across the US, cities are trying to deal with this complex problem—with mixed results. Everyone agrees that something must be done about...||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3:4 Universal Basic Income & Federally Guaranteed Jobs||The Democratic Party suffered catastrophic losses in 2016, in part, because they failed to offer real economic solutions for average Americans. As progressives move forward, they're examining some bold new policies, including a universal basic income...||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3:3 Police Shootings: What Can Be Done?||We rarely include police shootings in the ongoing discussion about America's gun violence epidemic. Power dynamics and racial biases often create false choices that further isolate police shootings from the broader conversation. Stephanie and Dujie...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3:2 How Elites Influence What You Think About Economics||We all know that big money matters in politics, but do you realize that moneyed interests have also shaped the way we perceive the economy? Cass and Dujie talk with historians and journalists to discover the various strategies elites have employed to...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3:1 How Will Climate Change Alter the PNW?||Climate change is scary—really scary. But this episode will make you rethink just how catastrophic it may be for the Pacific Northwest||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 3 Coming Soon||Season 3 of The Other Washington applies Seattle's outside-the-Beltway sensibility toward the huge political questions facing our nation, and our communities, today. From climate change to police violence to affordable housing and more, our...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:13 Interview with Rep. Pramila Jayapal||With Trumpcare dead (for now), we sit down with Rep. Pramila Jayapal to talk about the state of politics in Washington DC. We ask her about what it's like to be in the belly of the beast and how progressives are combatting the current administration...||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:12 Addressing Homelessness in Seattle||Homelessness is the worst, most extreme side effect of the historic economic inequality we face today. It’s a local and regional problem nearly everywhere, and it’s totally preventable. In this episode, we look at homelessness through the eyes of...||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:11 Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage, Revisited||It’s been three years since Seattle started down the road to an “insane” $15 minimum wage. So The Other Washington decided to check-in on how this labor regulation is affecting the larger economy. Two new studies, one from Berkeley and one from...||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:10 All Politics Is Local||The Senate race for Washington State's 45th district is a big deal over here in the other Washington. If Democratic candidate Manka Dhingra wins, Democrats will regain control of the WA state legislature, laying the groundwork for...||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:9 The Young and the (politically) Restless||Ever since America lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, Democrats have struggled to bring young people to the ballot box. When more young folks vote, progressive causes and candidates win. So how do we encourage them to be full participants in...||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:8 Gun Responsibility Revisited||Given this week's tragic shooting, we are re-airing last season's episode on gun responsibility. Unfortunately, much of what we talked about a year ago is still relevant today. So join us for a deep dive into the forefront of the gun responsibility...||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:7 The Median Is the Message with Tom Perez||The 2016 election made it clear that Democrats still lack a coherent economic message. Why can’t progressives offer a better explanation for how an economy works? To get some answers, Goldy interviewed the new DNC Chair, Tom Perez, while he was...||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:6 Trickle Down Trump||Donald Trump has unveiled his budget, and boy are we livid (particularly Goldy.) Tax cuts for the rich, increased military spending, and a weakened social safety...it's a trickle-down monstrosity through and through. In today's show, we talk with...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:5 Everything is an Economic Issue, Really||Can we really separate social issues, like health care, reproductive rights, mass incarceration, and crime from economic issues, like poverty and wages? In today's show, we talk to Dr. Marieka M. Klawitter, of the UW Evans School, about the need to...||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:4 Why Do We Still Wait in Line to Vote?||In the age of on-demand everything and apps so easy that both toddlers and Goldy can make them work, why do we still force people to take time off work, figure out a ride, and wait in line to vote? The simple answer: Because a lot of people...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:3 Bob Ferguson Knows What "Sanctuary City" Means||A whole lot of folks have opinions about "sanctuary cities"—what they are, what policies should be enforced, and what the role of immigrants may be in this much-touted melting pot. But what does it actually mean? We talk to Dujie, our colleague...||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2:2 Washington's Dirty Little Secret||Taxes||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2:1 Thomas Frank||Where Liberals Went Wrong||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:8 How the Economy Really Works||In the third presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made a great case for growing the economy from the middle out. But does economic theory back up her claims? Our founder Nick Hanauer and Eric Beinhocker of the Institute for New Economic Thinking...||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:7 Everything You Know About Economics Is Wrong.||In this episode, we take a big-picture look at economics and question the unquestionable. What if we told you that Econ 101 was a bunch of BS? What if economics doesn’t reflect the complex reality of human behavior? Could it be that...||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:6.5 Paid Sick Leave||Paid Sick Leave||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:6 Raise Wages, Kill Jobs?||Raise wages, kill jobs? The team at Civic Skunk W…||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:5 Secure Scheduling||Scheduling practices today are appalling. Employe…||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:4 Gig Economy||With more and more Americans moving from traditio…||2/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:3 Robots & Automation||In this episode, we explore what the future holds…||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:2 Gun Responsibility||Join us for a deep dive into the forefront of the…||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1:1 Minimum Wage||When Nick Hanauer first brought up the idea of ra…||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Nick Hanauer is no economist.
Of all the armchair economists in the media that speak on vital economic issues, Nick Hanauer is probably the most annoying and naive. He claims his wealth gives him the credibility to act like he’s some kind of macroeconomic expert, but in reality his knowledge of markets is no better than a college freshman pulling a C- in Economics 101. The myths he spouts on things from minimum wage to price controls have been debunked for decades at this point. The fact that he constantly uses the phrase “trickle-down economics” proves that he isn’t even familiar with supply side theory and does nothing but attack straw men. Hanauer is simply reciting Bernie Sanders talking points while lacking even the most basic knowledge of anything to do with a market economy. I would give this podcast a hard pass and recommend instead listening to a credible economist like the late Milton Friedman or the great Thomas Sowell.
Great analysis and explanations of many current issues
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