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Hacks & Wonks

Jan 30, 2024

On this topical show, Crystal welcomes Andrew Villeneuve, founder of the Northwest Progressive Institute!

Crystal learns about the Northwest Progressive Institute’s (NPI) work to advance progressive policies through their focuses on research and advocacy, what’s covered in NPI’s long form blog The Cascadia...

Jan 26, 2024

On this week-in-review, Crystal is joined by Seattle Times politics and communities reporter, Daniel Beekman!

Crystal and Daniel discuss the unsurprising Seattle City Council vacancy appointment and what we might see from a business-backed, Harrell-picked legislative body as they navigate a hiring freeze, a large budget...

Jan 23, 2024

On this topical show, Crystal welcomes Renton City Councilmember Carmen Rivera and Raise the Wage Renton Steering Committee member Maria Abando to learn more about the upcoming citizen initiative on the February 13th special election ballot.

Modeled after the successful Raise the Wage Tukwila initiative that passed with...

Jan 19, 2024

On this week-in-review, Crystal is joined by Chair of Sierra Club Seattle, long time communications and political strategist, Robert Cruickshank!

Crystal and Robert dive into the open machinations of the big corporate donors to appoint their preferred candidate to a Seattle City Council vacancy and how the messy process...

Jan 16, 2024

Please enjoy this re-air of our listeners’ favorite topical show of 2023!

On this topical show re-air, Crystal chats with former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and his former Senior Communications Advisor Robert Cruickshank about the missed opportunity for generational impact through how decisions were made about...