Clarke, Ryan and Courtney conduct a thorough, thoughtful review of The Last Jedi and how it's narrative... NEVERMIND. We hated it. This podcast lists all the reasons we hated it. HATED IT! Dan hasn't seen it yet, so he's not allowed to listen to this podcast until he watches it.
We get the gang back together and reminisce about 2017! There were lots of low points... but the highs were high! Also, we discuss our hope for 2018! Also, pop quizzes are involved.
We also tease our very NSFW Christmas album! Merry Christmas, ya'll!
Teena Porter Horlacher is the Davis County GOP Chair. She shares her thoughts on the state of the Republican party and why she believes the caucus/convention system is indispensable to Utah politics.
On our panel, Teena, Ryan, and June Hiatt with the Salt Lake County Democrats Women's Caucus react live to Doug Jones' surprise victory in the Alabama Senate race. Maybe things aren't as horrible as we feared?
We also discuss the myth of Donald Trump's populist message in the wake of the GOP tax bill. Plus: Orrin Hatch. Will he stay or will he go?
Join us for all this and more! Happy Christmaholidays!
Carol Surveyor is a Native American and a member of the Navajo Nation. She walks us through her reaction to life in the Trump era, including his move today to drastically scale back National Monuments protecting her homeland. She also tells us why she decided to run for Chris Stewart's Congressional seat.
Chase Thomas, Policy and Advocacy Counsel for the Progressive watchdog group Alliance for a Better Utah tells us about his organization's success in pushing to balance Utah politics and hold our elected officials accountable to the people, and about what it's like to come out as gay while a law student at BYU (not as bad as you'd probably think!).
In our panel discussion, we consider whether Orrin Hatch can really care about "the poor people" and still support the GOP tax plan, as he claims. We also discuss the progress and potential pitfalls of the #metoo movement.
Plus: Donald Trump is coming to Salt Lake City. Wendover's calling!
"Choosing the Right" is a new book exploring the seemingly unbreakable bond between the Mormon church and Republican politics. How did we get here? Are conservative politics really so compatible with Mormon doctrine? How has the political polarization of the church affected both politics and religion in Utah? Where do we go from here?
Larry Alan Brown takes us through all of these questions, with an expert's grasp of both history and church doctrine.
Plus, Ryan wonders if we've finally reached "Peak Pride Cycle" in 2017. Join us!
For Democrats, it's the first good day in over a year. For Republicans, it's a warning that they may not have it so easy in 2018. What does this election mean for the nation? What does it mean for Utah? An all-star panel of local political activists and experts walk us through the results.
But first, newly elected Sandy City Councilman Zach Robinson tells us how it feels to actually win an election. Spoiler: it doesn't suck.
Spencer J Cox - our conservative bae, bipartisan crush (who just happens to be our lieutenant governor) - ventures into the Blacksite! We talk about television, growing up rural, and the state of the Republican party.
Chris Wharton is running for SLC City Council, Ben McAdams enters the race for Utah CD4, A Farewell to SLC's Twilight Concert Series, and Sandy City Councilman Steve Smith is straight racist, y’all!
Also, does John McCain stop by? Tune in to find out!
Chris and Jeremy Voros tell us about U Work 4 Utah's creative methods to influence Utah's representatives to moderate their views. We discuss political gerrymandering. Steve Bannon wants to unseat Orrin Hatch and a bunch of other “establishment” Republicans. Ben McAdams seriously considers running for UTCD4.
Also featuring Nic Dunn of Utah Young Republicans!
Tinesha Zandamela is a biracial BYU student running for Provo City Council. She tells us about what motivated her to run at such a young age.
In our panel discussion, we consider why nothing ever seems to change after these mass shootings and what we can possibly do to break this cycle.
Also: Utah has the highest upward mobility rate in the nation. What are we doing right?
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Dillon Clarke, leader of the University of Utah student group Young Americans for Freedom, joins us to discuss his decision to invite controversial Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro to campus, sparking a firestorm of protests.
Our panel compares the Shapiro controversy to this week's NFL debate to uncover what they both tell us about what free speech means in 2017.
Did you burn your Steelers' jersey this week? If so, you might want to skip this one!
Bret Hutchings is running for City Council in Bountiful! All politics are local and hear about Bret's story and vision for Bountiful.We feel our age when Nick Coleman of the University of Utah College Republicans joins the panel. We talk extreme Healthcare plans. Bernie's Medicare for all and the Graham-Cassidy bill. We get local by talking about Salt Lake City council's proposal about ADU's - Accessory Dwelling Units.
Immigration lawyer Dan Black joins the pod to talk DACA and Dreamers. Mitt Romney is the anointed heir to Orrin Hatch's senate seat. The debate about wedding cakes and religious freedom. Also, a philosophical discussion about what divides 'Merica.
Blacksite Podcast is six months old. The original co-founders of the show come back together to take stock of where we've been and lay out a vision for where we're going.
We then move into a panel discussion on DACA and whether Congress will save the dreamers. In local news, we review Democrat Kathie Allen's latest campaign commercial, which you've probably seen if you have a tv.
We had this great idea to bring in the President of the Young Democrats of Utah, Lorcan Murphy, and then have him square off against our recent guest Nic Dunn, chair of the Utah Young Republicans. We were expecting a knife fight, but what we got was a respectful, reasoned, and occasionally funny discussion on how to build bridges with the other side while still pushing for things you believe in. That's not gonna sell any podcasts!
We also discuss Provo's Love Loud festival and the horrifying prospect of Sheriff Joe Arpaio becoming a US Senator. ::Shudder::
What's this? A new party built around pragmatic, solution-oriented governing? In 2017?! BYU Political Science Professor and United Utah party founder Richard Davis picked a hell of a time to try to be a reasonable voice in American politics. In our interview, he tells us why he thinks it can work.
We also learn about Jim Bennett, son of longtime Utah Senator Bob Bennett and United Utah's candidate for the upcoming CD3 election.
Well, it's come to this. There are Nazis in America and we have to talk about them. We're sorry. Luckily, we get some help from a decent guy on the other side of the aisle: Nic Dunn, chair of the Utah Young Republicans. The only way out of this thing is reasoned discussions from decent people in both parties. So here's our shot at that.
We also touch on Utah's primary in CD3 (congrats John Curtis) and the LDS Church's response to white nationalists within its membership.
Don't miss our trailer for the biggest new movie of the fall season. You'll know it when you hear it.
Dan interviews Sharlee Glenn and Melissa Dalton-Bradford, founders of "Mormon Women for Ethical Government."
Robotics engineer and candidate for Utah CD4 Tom Taylor enters the Blacksite. We get his views on what it means to be Mormon and Democrat. He then joins our panel as we discuss the senate Healthcare Bill getting Maverick'ed, Trump tweeting a ban on transgender people from the military, and Scaramucci - we hardly knew ye. All that and more on this week's Blacksite Podcast! Remember to leave a review on iTunes and like our Facebook page!
Dr. Raymond Ward visits the show to talk opioids, healthcare, and jamborees! However, Ryan's state of health is not up for discussion - HIPPA! We discuss the new democratic slogan and why it makes us hungry for Papa Johns! Also, Trump has a great Yacht story he'd love to share with your boy scout.
Special Guest Ben Frank talks about his campaign experience running for Utah CD3. We thank Mike Lee for help in killing the GOP Healthcare bill. Trump is so sick of winning that he he needed to be historically unpopular too. Dan rants about revolutionary rhetoric on the Left. What happened to just being Democrats?
We interview the frontrunner for Utah's 3rd Congressional District, John Curtis, and ask him why Provo was only named the 2nd best managed city in the U.S. Ryan is giddy with the news that Donald Trump Jr. openly colluded with Russia - and we got the receipts! But... does anything mean anything anymore at this point? Trump and the awkwardness that was the G20 summit. Finally, fireworks are super fun AND dangerous! Talk of banning fireworks in Utah because some yahoos almost burned down the state. Finally, Dan rants about town halls that take place in neither a town nor a hall.
Gerda Saunders was a University of Utah professor when she realized she was experiencing symptoms of early-onset dementia. As her mind slowly deteriorated, she began documenting her condition. These "field notes" became the book "Memory's Last Breath," which has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR, and readers everywhere.
Gerda joins the Blacksite to tell us about her experience with dementia, as well as her struggle to live and plan for death within the regulations of the American health care system.
If you're anything like us, you'll be moved by Gerda's story. Don't miss this one.
In this special 4th of July episode, we bring back two of our most popular guests, conservative Yossof Sharifi and liberal Kim Bowman, to help us make sense of whatever the hell is going on with Trump's twitter feed. We also debate the philosophical underpinnings of health policy (more fun than it sounds) and the dangers of the LDS Church dipping its toe into the seedy underworld of pigmented clothing.
Plus, find out how we ended up having to publicly apologize to Lt. Governor Spencer Cox! (It's Dan's fault.)