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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.

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.
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Seattle, WA

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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.

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English

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206-679-8143


Episodes

3:6 Three Progressive, Badass, Female Politicians: LIVE!

12/27/2017
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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 Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, and State Senator Manka Dhingra. All are women and first-time candidates and politicians. Listen as the whole Civic Ventures crew asks them about their experiences on the campaign...

Duration:01:26:22

3:5 Seattle's Affordable Housing Crisis

12/18/2017
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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 affordable housing, but the disagreements begin when we propose solutions. Is the market our saving grace? Or should the government simply create more public housing? Stephanie and Goldy explore this issue by speaking with a range of experts. Our...

Duration:01:05:49

3:4 Universal Basic Income & Federally Guaranteed Jobs

12/8/2017
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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 and a federally guaranteed jobs plan. Both policies provide more agency and offer more choice to the American worker—but they're implemented in drastically different ways. Oftentimes, these two policy ideas are portrayed as mutually...

Duration:00:50:06

3:3 Police Shootings: What Can Be Done?

11/30/2017
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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 discuss the divide between community and police in interviews with Seattle Police Department Lieutenant Adrian Diaz, former King County Sheriff and current principal of Washington's Police Academy Sue Rahr, criminal justice reform activist...

Duration:01:01:07

3:2 How Elites Influence What You Think About Economics

11/15/2017
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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 justify their disproportionate levels of wealth. Two self-identified elites, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and author/activist Eric Liu, explain why citizens shouldn’t feel helpless in this moment of inequality. And they discuss the irony...

Duration:00:52:06

How Will Climate Change Alter the PNW?

11/7/2017
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Climate change is a huge problem on a global scale, which makes it difficult to imagine the personal consequences. That's why the team at Civic Action narrowed their focus to Washington state, in order to really understand what climate change means for our own backyard. Annie and Cass talk to farmers, professors, and a member of the Swinomish tribe to learn the negative (and, yes, some positive) effects of climate change on the region. This episode of The Other Washington is brought to...

Duration:00:47:23

Season 3 Coming Soon

10/24/2017
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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 team of troublemakers explores the biggest, most complicated issues of our time in search of unorthodox solutions. To help us, we talk with venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, Seattle mayoral candidate Nikkitta Oliver, and a wide array of professors,...

Duration:00:01:46

2:13 Interview with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

7/19/2017
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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 with actual policy positions (or lack thereof).

Duration:00:36:17

2:12 Addressing Homelessness in Seattle

7/14/2017
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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 those experiencing it and those on the front line. Then we hear about solutions at city-, county- and state-level. Special thanks to Paul Lambros and the residents of Plymouth Housing for showing us around. Interviews: King County Executive Dow...

Duration:00:57:02

2:12 Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage, Revisited

7/7/2017
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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 the University of Washington, reached very different conclusions and so we compare and contrast their findings. Ultimately, the studies don’t change this simple fact: Seattle’s economy is booming and the minimum wage hasn’t stopped the city from...

Duration:00:48:50

2:10 All Politics Is Local

6/30/2017
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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 a progressive future. Goldy and company ask Dhingra about the campaign, what issues she's focusing on, and how she differs from her opponent.

Duration:00:28:29

TOW EP 9 EDIT 2

6/22/2017
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TOW EP 9 EDIT 2

Duration:00:24:40

2:8 Gun Responsibility Revisited

6/16/2017
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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 movement and explore how Washington became the first state to pass universal background checks by popular vote.

Duration:00:38:41

2:7 The Median Is the Message with Tom Perez

6/8/2017
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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 visiting Seattle last week. Nestled up in a hotel lobby, Perez provided a very compelling explanation for the party’s economic woes. With that conversation in mind, the Civic Ventures team discusses the Democratic Party’s many messaging...

Duration:00:33:34

2:6 Trickle Down Trump

6/1/2017
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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 Nick Hanauer (a really rich guy who would benefit from this budget) about the moral and economic depravity of this budget. And Cass tries in vain to find one good policy in it.

Duration:00:46:32

2:5 Everything is an Economic Issue, Really

5/25/2017
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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 link our societal woes directly to our economic policy. Links for today's show: Abortion is an Economic Issue https://medium.com/@mshannabrooks/abortion-is-an-economic-issue-732bf83c5762 Good Immigration Policy is good Economic...

Duration:00:32:25

2:4 Why Do We Still Wait in Line to Vote?

5/18/2017
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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 don't want poor folks to do it. Investigative journalist Greg Palast talks to us about the income-based suppression of voting and how it impacts the larger economy. Plus, we talk about how Washington and Oregon are doing it right (hint: VOTE. BY....

Duration:00:30:16

2:3 Bob Ferguson Knows What "Sanctuary City" Means

5/11/2017
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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 (who's currently in deportation hearings here in Welcoming Washington), and then Goldy makes Hanna jealous by interviewing AG BOB FERGUSON!

Duration:00:32:35

2:2 Washington's Dirty Little Secret

5/3/2017
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While Trump tries to figure out how to package trickle-down taxes in a new, fancy way, we in the Other Washington have been trying to undo our very own upside-down mess. Yeah, we're pretty sure Paul Ryan would be head-over-heels with our tax structure (if he weren't so busy assuming we're all a bunch of crooked lefties). Thanks to Misha Werschkul for joining us on the pod today! You can find out more about the work that she's doing with the Washington Budget and Policy Center...

Duration:00:22:25

2:1 Thomas Frank

4/27/2017
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We're back—for real this time! The team kicks off Season 2 with an interview with Thomas Frank, author of Listen Liberal and Pity the Billionaire. You've heard a million reasons why the left are losing and what can be done, but until you've heard Frank's, well, Frank criticism, you really haven't heard the whole story. Ok, listen, liberally!

Duration:00:26:45