House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Speaker Paul Ryan on their way to a briefing about the shootings at the Congressional baseball practice. MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES

Rich Smith, Amber Cortes, and Eli Sanders sat down to record this week’s episode just a few hours after news broke of a shooting at a baseball practice for Congressional Republicans in Washington, DC. The entire Blabbermouth crew hoped for strong recoveries for all the people wounded in this tragedy.

They also dove right into some issues that are connected, at least politically speaking, to what is now the 153rd mass shooting in America this year: gun control, Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, and the question of what incites political violence. On that last question, Rich, Amber, and Eli looked directly at conservative criticisms of a New York City production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar that features a staged assassination of a Trump-like figure. Did the production go too far, or are critics missing the play’s point?

Finally, The Stranger’s Heidi Groover stops by to talk about why Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted and Facebooked a blog post of hers. Spoiler: Groover’s post highlighted an important, outrageous, and demoralizing truth about how unaffordable life in America has become for low-wage earners.

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.