This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Vigil Hopelessness, the Queen Protester, and Endorsements!


Episode 58 looks at the fallout from a week of death, protest, and national anguish. Also discussed: primary election endorsements and things to do this weekend!


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This goddamn week,” as Stranger writer Larry Mizell has described it—we’re gonna talk about it.

First, at 1:13, Marcus Harrison Green, the founder of the South Seattle Emerald, will talk about the painful swirl of emotions he felt at a July 7 vigil held at Westlake Plaza in response to the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Green ended up leaving the vigil feeling hopeless. He talks about where he went after, and where he looks now to renew his hope.

Then, at 16:16, Stranger visual art critic Jen Graves discusses the woman she calls The Queen Protester, Iesha Evans, whose image was part of a viral Reuters photograph you probably saw this week—Iesha standing regally at a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, nice dress billowing slightly, while panicky cops in full body armor move toward her, or maybe fall away from her.

After that, at 26:59, we turn to some things we can maybe fix locally, with our votes, as we celebrate the arrival of The Stranger’s endorsements for the August 2 primary! In their honor, Rich Smith is back with another oral reading. (Your ballot should be in your mailbox right now. Go check!)

Finally, at 30:44, the critics of The Stranger tell you what to do this weekend.

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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