A podcast about politics in Olympia, WA
#86: Black History in Thurston County
Dr. Thelma Jackson has been living in Thurston County for over 50 years, arriving here from the deep south where she lived through Jim Crow. She shared with us how she came to live in Thurston County, her experience of being a long time Black activist in the area, and her current project to capture the Black history of the region before it disappears.Download this episode
#85: Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland
Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland is our new representative in Congress, along with the rest of the 10th district; from Shelton to Puyallup, and Tenino to part of Tacoma. We chatted with her about her transition to federal government during a time of crisis and turmoil, the rise of white supremacy, pandemic relief, housing and homelessness, and Puget Sound recovery. Download this episode
#84: Give the State Heck
Denny Heck is no longer serving us as our representative in Congress, but he is serving every person in Washington as our Lieutenant Governor. We chatted with Denny about his transition in politics, threats to democracy, his new role in the Legislature, and the relationship between the state and the city.Download this episode(Note: this photo was taken prior to Covid. But we never get to see Jemmy Joe that much, so here he is!)
#83: A new member on the Olympia City Council
With one of the members of the Olympia City Council moving up to the Legislature, a new person was recently appointed to represent us. In this interview, Yến Huỳnh introduces herself to our listeners. She speaks about her interests in city government, what she brings to the team, and her interests in the community. Download this episode
#82: Economic Crisis and Recovery
Right before the pandemic shut down our community, we spoke with Mike Reid, the Economic Development Director of Olympia, about how our local economy was faring (episode #58). Two weeks later, we were hurled into economic crisis. This episode is an update from Mike on how his job has changed, how local government has responded, and other ways the pandemic has impacted our economy.Download this episode
#81: Our 2021 Agenda
What will 2021 bring on The Olympia Standard? This episode is what we hope to talk about the in the year to come. We'll continue to bring racial justice conversations onto this podcast, but will also incorporate equity in how we talk about transportation policy, ongoing challenges with the pandemic, and other issues of local interest. We're also gearing up for broader election coverage, and will be keeping tabs on not just Olympia, but also Lacey and Tumwater, as each city gears of up an interesting campaign season.Download this episodeTo support the local journalists working to unionize at McClatchy here:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McClatchyCo/Via twitter: @KLR_Editor @mcclatchy @tonywhunter
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I’m such a nerd for politics and policy and yet these people go into such a deep dive sometimes that I can only comprehend about 90% of what they’re talking about. I love that because I know I’m learning lots. EVERY local should be listening to this. Local government is where we have the most influence and we should be leveraging that as much as we can!
For two years these two have kept up the pace on this podcast! Who knew there was so much to talk about in regards to politics in a city with fewer than $50,000 people. But they do it!