Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Katie Herzog praise the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people last week. Though congressional inaction and right-wing stonewallers have trained liberals to be cynical about the possibility of passing common sense gun control laws in the United States, these high school kids are stepping up, organizing protests, and changing the conversation about guns in this country—all while being very good at Twitter.
After that, we graduate from high school and head to college. Centrist columnists claim that college activists are transforming the world into a giant zone of insufferability, but reporters (and leftist columnists) say they’re blowing this “campus craziness” thing out of proportion, and they also note that the alt-right has tripled their efforts to spread propaganda on campuses in 2017. So maybe activists are shouting people down for a reason? Dan, Katie, and Rich discuss.
Finally: Wakanda forever. Director Ryan Coogler and an incredible cast of actors have given us Black Panther, which boasts the second-highest grossing opening weekend. The Stranger’s film critic, Charles Mudede, and Stranger critic-at-large, Sean Nelson, join Rich Smith in a conversation about the cultural impact of the film on African and African-American audiences.
Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo!