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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

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


Season 2: Ep 0

4/20/2017
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WE’RE BACK (next week)! The Other Washington will be back next week for a second season. This time, we’ll be weekly, we’ll be chatty, and we’ll have a couple of new friends on the show. Season Two kicks off next week with an interview with Thomas Frank (!!), author of Listen Liberal and Pity the Billionaire. In the meantime, please like us on Facebook, rate us on iTunes, and tell your friends. You can also catch up with last season. Here are our sources this week: Thomas Frank: ...

Duration: 00:02:02


Episode 8: How the Economy Really Works

10/28/2016
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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 explain a new way of understanding how an economy works, and the Civic Skunk Works crew speaks with political experts Felicia Wong and Zach Silk about the policy and electoral implications of middle-out economics.

Duration: 00:34:29


Episode 7: Everything You Know About Economics Is Wrong.

9/15/2016
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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 economics isn’t a science at all? We investigate these questions with economic thinkers Nick Hanauer, Eric Beinhocker of Institute for New Economic Thinking, Heather Boushey of Washington Center for Equitable Growth, former Reagan economic advisor Bruce...

Duration: 00:53:19


Episode 6.5: Paid Sick Leave

8/22/2016
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The economic and social benefits of paid sick leave are widespread. In this episode, we look at this policy and what the Other Washington is doing to ensure that all Washingtonians have access to this basic labor right. Guests include WA State Rep. Jessyn Farrell and renowned food safety lawyer, Bill Marler.