Blabbermouth: Episode five of our Stranger week-in-review podcast.
Blabbermouth: Episode five of our Stranger week-in-review podcast. Now with an easy way to download and subscribe! BrAt82/Shutterstock

Mayor Ed Murray is on Blabbermouth this week! (And the podcast now has an easy way for you to download and subscribe—just scroll down and you'll see the links.)

The mayor has a lot to say about the scolding he got from the Seattle Times editorial board over a wrench the Murray administration has thrown into plans to host Shell's Arctic drilling fleet here in Seattle. The Mayor doesn't agree with the Times' criticism of his actions, and says the paper's editorial board engaged in some "unconscionable reasoning."

Murray also has a lot to say about the many styles of May Day activism. He shares his own philosophy of social change, and says he believes the Seattle Police Department has received unfair criticism for the way it handled May Day protesters—particularly from Seattle City Council members.

In addition, the mayor offers a theory for the starkly different tenor of the largely white and male May Day evening protest as compared to the protests earlier in the day, which were led by and focused on communities of color. Oh, and: the mayor compares some of the Black Bloc protesters to ISIS. Which I'm gonna go out on a limb and say will be the most tweeted about snippet of this show. But listen to the whole discussion. It's about more than just that.

Charles Mudede and Sean Nelson are on the podcast as well, talking about all the Seattle International Film Festival movies they've been screening for our SIFF calendar, and about the way the festival has been changing as Seattle changes. PLUS, the music of Katie Kate, the Stranger Genius nominee who's playing May 8 at LoFi with fellow Stranger Genius nominee Erik Blood and Aeon Fux. Show below!

Blabbermouth 5.8.15

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