Blabbermouth: Episode six of our Stranger week-in-review podcast.
Blabbermouth: Episode seven of our Stranger week-in-review podcast. (Now available on iTunes!) BrAt82/Shutterstock

Well, the big protests against Shell Oil happened. They were successful in getting attention around the world, but they didn't cause the global oil company to scrap its Arctic drilling plans and yank its Polar Pioneer drilling rig out of Seattle's port. So what does a company like Shell pay attention to?

I put the question to McKenzie Funk, who has been following Shell closely for a long time and wrote "The Wreck of the Kulluk," a gripping New York Times Magazine exploration of what went wrong the last time Shell used Seattle as a homeport for its Arctic drilling pursuits. (Funk also wrote this more recent piece on Shell's visions for our planet's future.)

Ijeoma Oluo is on the show as well this week, and talks about the latest on the Somali remittance crisis (including Mayor Ed Murray's recent conversation about the crisis with John Kerry). And Charles Mudede and Sean Nelson are back to tell us what we should see at SIFF this weekend—and through the rest of the festival. Oh, and Charles has a heartwarming lesson / film recommendation to share in honor of Memorial Day. Really.

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Plus the music of Jenn Ghetto and her project S, which plays at the Sasquatch music festival this weekend!


Blabbermouth May 15, 2015

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