The SAGA Pod


News (Dallas)





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Jim Schutze of the Dallas Observer (and his dogs) join Eric Celeste of D Magazine to discuss Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings' announcement that he will run for re-election. Do his opponents have a chance? What has the mayor accomplished? How can he help DISD reform? When will Eric pay Rudy Busy of the DMN the $20 he now owes him? Will the tollway be built? Why is DISD so important to this election? And why does everyone hate Eric so much? We answer-ish all these questions and more in the latest SAGA Pod. As always, listen with your ears.

Direct download: SAGApod_12_3_14.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

SAGApod/Learning Curve 10.17.14

I travel to Jim Schutze's evil lair so we can discuss how city leaders have reacted to the Ebola crisis in Dallas. Then we talk about the squabble between DISD's Mike Miles and trustee Bernadette Nutall.

Direct download: SAGApod_10_16_14.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

SAGA Pod / Learning Curve 9.16.14

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: 2:43pm EDT

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.

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Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

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: 11:17am EDT

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: 8:28am EDT

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: 1:44pm EDT

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. 

Direct download: SAGApod_1-8-14_KINGSTON.mp3
Category:News (Dallas) -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT