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Jim Schutze stops by to discuss his column from this week, which basically covers all the important things in Dallas: How we're going to get middle-class parents to send their kids to DISD schools (or if we even should want to do that); how that affect the ability of young couples to stay in the city, as they increasingly want to do; and how the Trinity River toll road (and the thinking behind it) makes all of this harder than it has to be. Also, I play a song on my phone. Because Tim convinced me to. The lesson: Never listen to Tim. 

Direct download: SAGApod_9_16_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:43 PM

We talk to Jim Schutze about the biggest news story in Dallas in 2014: the indictment of County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Jim, who has covered JWP for three decades, talks about how JWP went from being a “ray of sunshine,” and “a very brave guy” -- someone who “taught courage” to southern Dallas  — to someone under indictment. Jim tells great stories from covering Price in the ‘80s (the one about how Price would intentionally sweat on editors at the Dallas Times Herald is gold). He discusses about how the money for votes has always traveled form North to South, and how Price wanted his cut from the minster networks. He tells about the time Price told Jim the reason "Our Man Downtown" always aligned with downtown interests vs. progressive, East Dallas interests. (“Becuase you’re a bunch of hippies.”)

We also talk DISD and I scream the eff word, because Jim wound me up and I’m easily enraged. We look at just how stupid the effort to fire Mike Miles was, and look with hope toward the reform efforts targeted for this year. As always, thanks for downloading, and listen with your ears.

Direct download: SAGApod_7_31_14.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 5:53 PM

It's another edition of the SAGA Pod, Learning-Curve-syle (ish!). Jim Schutze from the Dallas Observer is back, ready to talk DISD board and car washes. For the first half half of the show, we talk about the naming of the 15-member home rule commission, analyzing just how long it will take for Shirley Ison-Newsome to make the teachers on the board rethink their life choices. We talk about the donkey punch Bernadette Nutall delivered to the rest of the board, and how she may still be standing behind the DISD horseshoe with two middle fingers in the air. Then we talk about Jim's car wash -- not Jim Schutze's car wash, btw -- and why the city and the Dallas Morning News have decided that this place needs to be shut down. Jim says it's a legitimate business, unfairly targeted, and that the city is ignoring real drug houses nearby because they don't understand the cultural importance of car washes in poor black communities. We do all this while drinking beer. Well, I do, anyway. As always, please listen with your ears.

Direct download: SAGApod_6-23-14.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 3:17 PM

DISD trustee Miguel Solis stops by the SAGA Pod's Design District studios to talk about why he became a teacher, how his father's death gave him a renewed sense of purpose, why he's forgainst the home-rule initiative, how he thinks the board should govern, and why he's picking kale at noon on a weekday. As always, listen with your ears. 

Direct download: SAGApod_6-19-14.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 12:28 PM

It's the return of the SAGA Pod -- Learning Curve edition. Jim Schutze (Dallas Observer) and Eric Celeste (D Magazine/Learning Curve) talk about DISD's new merit-pay system for teachers; look at the controversial home-rule efforts; discuss racial politics and how that plays out in board decisions; examine Joyce Foreman vs Bertha Whatley in the Place 6 race; and explain what DISD can learn from the Dallas Housing Authority. Also, lots of nudity, violence, Buzzfeed-style quizzes -- just an amazing amount of sexy content. As always, listen with your ears.

Direct download: SAGApod_5-5-14.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:44 PM

Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston joins this week to talk about the most important decision the Council will make this year: which candidate to hire as City Manager. He talks about what he hopes comes out of today's closed-door City Council meeting, why he wasn't allowed to ask a question during the first round of questions (seriously!), and why he's not sure my logic is tight when I say Mayor Rawlings will run again in the next election. 

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Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 6:49 PM

This week on the SAGA Pod, Jim Schutze helps me figure out what I'm going to write in my column about how Dallas has been racist and evil in its low-income housing policy downtown. Jim explains why I (and you) should care, why this means taxpayers are going to be upset, and why Mary Suhm once again gets away without any blame. Also: we debut a new, exciting guest on the show, my good friend Zach Ballenger. He has so much to say! Finally, we discuss the best naked celebrities in Dallas, and where you can go to see them.

Direct download: SAGApod_12-4-13_SCHUTZEandZACH.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 6:00 AM

Season 1, Episode 5 of the SAGA Pod features all things "50th." We discuss the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination with the Dallas Observer's Jim Schutze, who says he's trying to get behind the city's ceremony planned for Friday, even though he admits there is something odd about it. Afterwards, we call Dallas Morning News columnist Gordon Keith, who has no problems with the ceremony but is still confouned by the conspiracy theorists.

Direct download: SAGApod_11-19-13_SCHUTZEandGORDO.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 2:38 PM

Episdoe 4, Season 1 of the SAGA Pod. First we talk to Jim Schutze, city columnist for the Dallas Observer, about DISD teachers angry over the possibility of merit pay, of school board race intrigue, and whether Brett Shipp hates me. Then we talk to Mark Lamster, architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News, about tearing out highways downtown, crazy commenters, whether city hall is upside down, and what he love-hates about Dallas.

Direct download: SAGApod_11-05-13_SCHUTZEandLAMSTER.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 10:31 PM

Episode 3, Season 1 -- This week, we talk to Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston, who minces no words in calling out how upset he was when Mayor Mike Rawlings wasn't up front with him about the Uber debacle; why he thinks the city manager's office is too often "sneaky"; and what the city needs in its next city manager. Also, D Magazine's Tim Rogers interviews me about why the hell I'm doing a podcast.

Direct download: SAGApod_10-22-13_KINGSTONandROGERS.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 6:22 PM