Hacks & Wonks
Hacks & Wonks breaks down what you need to know about politics and policy in South Seattle. In every episode, local political consultant Crystal Fincher and a guest dive into not only what is happening now, but how we got here.
info_outline Week in Review: April 9, 2021 04/10/2021
Week in Review: April 9, 2021 Erica C. Barnett joins Crystal on the show to discuss the ironic language of the Compassion Seattle Initiative, the cancellation of a needle exchange program in Federal Way, and calls for the King County sheriff to resign in light of a recently publicized email articulating her support for a cop who unjustly murdered a civilian.
info_outline Brianna Thomas, City Council Candidate 04/09/2021
Brianna Thomas, City Council Candidate Today we have Brianna Thomas, candidate for Seattle City Council, Position 9 (Citywide). With Crystal, she dives into her vision for how Seattle could work. They touch on the causes of and solutions to homelessness, where public safety goes from here, and how one takes community demands and crafts them into policy.
info_outline Week in Review: April 2, 2021 04/03/2021
Week in Review: April 2, 2021 This week Crystal and Marcus Harrison Green, publisher of the South Seattle Emerald and columnist with The Seattle Times, go over the Kshama Sawant recall petition, a pro-encampment sweep charter amendment, and Marcus’ recent column that asks: “Why does society shrug when Black men are killed in Seattle’s South End?”
info_outline Andrew Grant Houston's Mayoral Bid 03/31/2021
Andrew Grant Houston's Mayoral Bid This week Seattle mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston chats with Crystal about his plans if he becomes mayor, including: rapid housing in tiny homes for our unhoused population, restoring transit up to pre-covid levels, and public safety efforts becoming less than 50% police focused.
info_outline Week in Review: March 26, 2021 03/27/2021
Week in Review: March 26, 2021 This history of police reform in Seattle is long and winding, and today Crystal is joined by former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn to get in to how we got to our present point. Additionally, they cover what may come next in Seattle policing, and how this will affect this year’s mayor’s race.
info_outline Conversation with Lorena González: City Council President & Mayoral Candidate 03/25/2021
Conversation with Lorena González: City Council President & Mayoral Candidate This week Crystal dives into discussion of the mayoral race with candidate and City Council President Lorena González. Topics include what Council President González would require in the Seattle Police Officers Guild contract, how she would work with the city council once she becomes mayor, and what she would do in the face of our city’s looming eviction crisis.
info_outline Week in Review: March 19, 2021 03/20/2021
Week in Review: March 19, 2021 Today on the show co-host Michael Charles of Upper Left Strategies joins Crystal to go over news of the week, including the need to confront hate and bigotry against our Asian neighbors experienceing racist violence, a white journalist not bothering to learn about candidates of color, and the marginalization of consultants of color.
info_outline Homeless Encampments and Police Accountability with Councilmember Andrew Lewis 03/18/2021
Homeless Encampments and Police Accountability with Councilmember Andrew Lewis Crystal is joined by Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis from District 7 (from Pioneer Square to Magnolia). They get in to Mayor Durkan’s passed up FEMA funding, the removal of the Denny Park encampment, how the city council is trying to address our homelessness crisis, and Seattle Police Officers Guild contract negotiations.
info_outline Week in Review: March 12, 2021 03/13/2021
Week in Review: March 12, 2021 This week Crystal and co-host Heather Weiner, local political consultant, dissect Washington State Senate’s passage of a capital gains tax, Mayor Durkan refusing FEMA funding for housing homeless folks, Kroger fighting hazard pay, and the record number of women of color running for office.
info_outline Week in Review: March 5, 2021 03/06/2021
Week in Review: March 5, 2021 Today Crystal and co-host Erica C. Barnett of Publicola give us an in-depth update on homelessness, and what is being done (or not being done) to address the underlying conditions that cause it. And they ask the question: can homelessness be an issue that is solved through a reginal commission?
info_outline Policing, Taxes, and Redistricting: Legislative Session with Melissa Santos 03/04/2021
Policing, Taxes, and Redistricting: Legislative Session with Melissa Santos Melissa Santos joins Crystal this week to get in to policing legislation and its potential outcomes, whether or not we’ll see a wealth tax come to fruition in Washington this year, and the appointment of accused rapist Joe Fain to the redistricting commission.
info_outline Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley's: Champion of the 37th District 02/25/2021
Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley's: Champion of the 37th District Today we are joined by a Hacks & Wonks fave, Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley! She hit the ground running as a legislator for the 37th District, and joins us to talk about what we might see coming through in the remainder of this 2021 legislative session, and how you can help advocate for policies you want to see passed.
info_outline Week in Review: February 19, 2021 02/20/2021
Week in Review: February 19, 2021 This week we are again joined by the fabulous Ashley Archibald, local Seattle reporter. Ashley and Crystal look at the unequal enforcement of Seattle’s bike helmet laws, and why those with Latinx sounding names are four times more likely to have their votes challenged. Also, Crystal re-emphasizes how important it is to stay involved in the current legislative session!
info_outline The Particularities of Policing 02/18/2021
The Particularities of Policing Today’s show dives into the details of policing, with guest David Kroman from Crosscut joining Crystal to go over alternatives to armed police response, what other cities have tried, and what metrics we use to measure policing. Additionally, they cover what the mayor and city council can actually do in the face of Seattle Police Officer’s Guild power.
info_outline Week in Review: February 12, 2021 02/12/2021
Week in Review: February 12, 2021 Today on the show co-host (and new dad!) Michael Charles of Upper Left Strategies joins Crystal to discuss the appointment of accused sexual assailant Joe Fain to the redistricting commission, what may happen as we jump into mayoral and county council election season, and the kind of leadership Seattle and King County need right now.
info_outline Our Current Legislative Session with Sen. Joe Nguyen 02/11/2021
Our Current Legislative Session with Sen. Joe Nguyen Senator Joe Nguyen is on the show today to brief us on what’s going on this legislative session. Crystal and Sen. Nguyen get in to the 2.2 billion dollar relief package making in the legislature, how the historic diversity of the legislature is shaping policy, police accountability, and approaching drug policy through a public health lens.
info_outline Economic Survivial in the Pandemic 02/04/2021
Economic Survivial in the Pandemic Today Crystal talks with returning guest Marcy Bowers from the Statewide Poverty Action Network. Mary gives an update on the continued struggle for low income families as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and how the Washington State legislature is seeking to address this. A huge takeaway from this episode: Get involved and give the legislature your input!
info_outline Week in Review: January 29, 2021 01/30/2021
Week in Review: January 29, 2021 This week on the show Crystal is joined by co-host Erica Barnett, editor of Publicola. They get in to Mayor Durkan’s floundering attempts to address homelessness, developments of the convention center bailout, and grocery store workers being granted a $4.00 and hour hazard pay increase.
info_outline Week in Review: January 22, 2021 01/23/2021
Week in Review: January 22, 2021 Today Crystal is joined by a new co-host for our weekly show, the inimitable Marcus Green! They get in to the inauguration, how we need to continue to be involved in policy post election, the SPD's response to officers who attended the Capitol Hill insurrection, and the refusal of some police officers to wear masks.
info_outline Week in Review: January 15, 2021 01/16/2021
Week in Review: January 15, 2021 Today Crystal and Ashley Archibald, local reporter and friend of the show, get in to what is going on with Covid-19 vaccine distribution, the local ramifications of the white supremacist insurrection in Washington, D.C., and the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild president cosigning their actions.
info_outline Policing and the 2021 Legislative Session 12/26/2020
Policing and the 2021 Legislative Session In this episode, Crystal brings on her colleague Shannon Cheng, ACLU People Power activist and all around wonderful person, to talk about what’s next for policing in 2021, what action on policing we can we can expect from the upcoming legislative session, and follow Shannon’s path into activism.
info_outline Representation and the Law: Interview with Justice Helen Whitener 12/23/2020
Representation and the Law: Interview with Justice Helen Whitener In this re-broadcast, Crystal talks with Washington State Supreme Court Justice G. Helen Whitener about her path to the state supreme court, what the job of a supreme court justice actually looks like, and why representation matters in our court system.
info_outline Investing in Community: Interview with Girmay Zahilay 12/16/2020
Investing in Community: Interview with Girmay Zahilay On today’s rebroadcast, Crystal’s interviews King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, and they discuss police accountability and what it really means to invest in community. They discuss the King County Charter Amendments that were on the November ballot, and Councilmember Zahilay discusses the important work he's doing to increase investment in Skyway without displacing the people who already call it home.
info_outline Week In Review: December 11, 2020 12/11/2020
Week In Review: December 11, 2020 Today journalist Erica Barnett joins Crystal to dissect Mayor Durkan’s decision not to run for re-election, Renton’s continued attempt oust homeless folks, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s challenge to the JumpStart payroll tax, and the SPD being held in contempt.
info_outline Student Inequality in Seattle 12/10/2020
Student Inequality in Seattle 2020 has changed education forever - and has exacerbated inequalities already present in our education system. In this re-broadcast of an interview with Seattle Times education reporter Dahlia Bazzaz, Crystal and Dahlia delve into how inequality in Seattle Public Schools impacts students, and provide context for our current education landscape.
info_outline Week In Review: December 4, 2020 12/04/2020
Week In Review: December 4, 2020 Host Crystal Fincher and journalist Ashley Archibald dive into King County Executive Dow Constantine’s plan for a $100 million bailout of the Convention Center, and why that doesn’t make sense in a Covid-19 economy. Also, Renton is seeking to oust over 200 folks experiencing homelessness in the middle of a winter spike in the pandemic. Crystal and Ashley discuss why this is bad idea.
info_outline Our Imminent Housing Crisis 11/20/2020
Our Imminent Housing Crisis Last summer, Crystal interviewed Rachel Myers, executive director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. At the time, the Covid-19 pandemic had only been going on for a few months, and already people were wondering how they were going to stay in their own homes. For many, this question has still not been resolved.
info_outline Week in Review: November 13, 2020 11/14/2020
Week in Review: November 13, 2020 This week Crystal and recurring co-host Michael Charles of Upper Left Strategies go over election results, both nationally and in our state, and talk about why election results rarely come out on election day.