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A podcast about politics in Olympia, WA

    #96: María Flores, Talauna Reed and the Olympia School Board

    #96: María Flores, Talauna Reed and the Olympia School Board

    The Olympia School Board filled a vacancy in November by choosing Talauna Reed, a vocal activist and candidate for mayor last year city council last year. In this episode, we chat with just recently former school board President Maria Flores and recently appointed Reed. We talk about the school district's response coming out of the COVID pandemic, the pivot towards equity and the appointment process. We last spoke with Maria in 2019 in Episode #49.







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    #95 Olympia Strong and building an economically resilient city

    #95 Olympia Strong and building an economically resilient city

    As a community, we have been through a lot in the last three years economically. What path the city's economic future will take will depend a lot on a new plan being developed by the city, Olympia Strong. We're welcoming back Mike Reid and Amy Buckler, two verified friends of the podcast, to discuss the start up of Olympia Strong. You can refer back to two past episodes on the city's economy with Mike (58 and 82). Amy previously appeared on an episode about Downtown.







    You can lend your voice to Olympia Strong now by filling out the city's survey here.







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    #93 OlyWA Days of Change

    #93 OlyWA Days of Change

    Between 1960 and 1980, Olympia and Thurston County went through a massive change. From a sleepy timber town with a state capitol building, Olympia grew (and continues) to grow by leaps and bounds. Compared to neighboring counties, Olympia has evolved into something new. And, the elements of what that newness came from is discussed by Don Martin and Anna Schlecht. They talk about OlyWA days of Change, an online community and book project about the history of Olympia between 1960 and 1980.







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    #93: Inspire (the) Olympia (Standard)

    #93: Inspire (the) Olympia (Standard)

    We have a small election coming up, so here is your small-ish episode about what people in Olympia will have to vote on. We talk to one of the people behind the Inspire Olympia campaign, Mayor Cheryl Selby (a certified "friend of the podcast) about the goals behind the proposition to raise more funding for arts in Olympia.







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    More information at Inspire Olympia.







    I also want to apologize for the quality of the audio on this episode. It by no means the fault of our producer, Jemmy Joe. Emmett depends on dumb internet tools and had some real trouble with connecting for this episode.

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    #92: Update on right wing protests

    #92: Update on right wing protests

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    With a large right wing protest planned for the Capitol Campus this weekend (Saturday, March 5), it is a good time to check in with David Neiwert. David is the expert on far right militants in the Pacific Northwest. We talked to him in 2020, and this episode takes off where that one left off. He gives us an update on what has been going on with right wing militants and protest groups and what we can expect this weekend.







    Episode 66: Who are the people with guns







    David Neiwert at Daily Kos







    David is an author of several books, but my favorite remains "Death on the Fourth of July."

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    #91: Facing Racism at Capital High School

    #91: Facing Racism at Capital High School

    Just over a month ago, a racial slur shouted at a River Ridge High School basketball player spread over social media, and then into the mainstream. This incident laid bare a series of similar incidents at Capital High School. We sat down with the organizers of a recent walk out to protest the official reaction to this and other incidents.







    You can learn more by watching their 20-minute documentary on the aftermath of the racist abuse, or follow their Instagram for updates.







    The student journalists at KOUGTV have also been doing a great job covering this story. Check out their archives for multiple interviews from students and administration.







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