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The Olympia Standard

A calm and reasoned discussion about politics in the city of Olympia.

The Olympia Standard #21: Primary Results

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On this episode of The Olympia Standard, we recorded an analysis of this year's primary, what that means going into the general election, and what we will be doing to offer election season coverage for the next couple months. Also, The Olympia Standard started around this time last year with an episode on the primary election! Happy anniversary to us and all our listeners! 

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The Olympia Standard #20: Malika Lamont & The Opioid Epidemic

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On this episode of The Olympia Standard, we talk to Malika Lamont about the opioid crisis. Why are people becoming addicted and what impact does it have on their lives? What barriers exist for recovery? What is harm reduction? And how are local governments and service providers responding to the crisis? Tune in next week!

The Olympia Standard #20: Malika Lamont & The Opioid Epidemic

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The Olympia Standard #19: Independent Candidates

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On this episode of The Olympia Standard, we talk about the rise of independent candidates in local elections. Our guests are Olympia City Councilmember Renata Rollins and Thurston County Commissioner John Hutchings, who approach independence from the major political parties in different ways. The big question: what do we ask independent candidates (and really, all candidates) to get a better sense of their politics? 

The Olympia Standard #15: Olympia Schools

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The Olympia Standard interviewed Patrick Murphy, the new superintendent of the Olympia School District, and school board member Joellen Wilhelm. We discussed how McCleary has changed the way schools are funded across the state, and how that has put Olympia schools into a pinch. We also talked about population growth, social and emotional support for students, and how to teach children to engage in respectful discourse. Don't have kids in the school system? We also talked about why you should still care! 

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The Olympia Standard #11: Ron Thomas & Listener Feedback

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We interviewed Ron Thomas of Thomas Architecture Studios. His firm is involved with most of the new development projects downtown, as well as others in the region. We asked him: what are his thoughts on sea level rise? How is "market rate" determined? What is the process to build a building in downtown? And, perhaps the biggest mystery, is Walker John a real person?? Also listener feedback.

The Olympia Standard #10: Thurston Conservation District Dirt

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The Olympia Standard interview Joel Hansen, associate board member for the Thurston Conservation District. In this episode, we learn about the little known election that is currently underway, along with some serious drama within the TCD. Teaser: it's even worse than we thought!

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The Olympia Standard #6: Two Party Episode

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In the new episode of The Olympia Standard, we interview three officials from The Thurston County Democrats and talk about the last election, the state of the party and they drop some dirt. Okay, not really. Kinda? Also, we have on a listener of the podcast who organized a ballot party and we talked about it with him.

 Susan Herring, Danielle Westbrook and Eric Miller with The Olympia Standard's hosts Dani Madrone and Emmett O'Connell.

Susan Herring, Danielle Westbrook and Eric Miller with The Olympia Standard's hosts Dani Madrone and Emmett O'Connell.

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