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Joe Biden Courts LGBTQ Vote

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Human Rights Campaign dinner at Ohio State University, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Columbus.
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Human Rights Campaign dinner at Ohio State University, Saturday, June 1, 2019, in Columbus.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Joe Biden's campaign stop in Columbus and his appeal with young progressive voters. Nick Evans, WOSU reporter, joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
Biden On The Trail

Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidiate Joe Biden was in town last week to speak at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Columbus Dinner. He told the crowd that the "Equality Act" would be his top legislative priority if elected president. The measure would extend protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to the LGBTQ community.

Biden is leading in the polls over the other 23 Democrats running for president, but polls also show younger and more liberal Democrats lack enthusiasm for him.

To Drag Or Not To Drag

Two libraries in Central Ohio planned events this month on the art of drag performance. The Delaware library resisted calls to cancel their "Drag 101" event, but organizers moved it after they say they received threats.

When Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder heard of the events, he wrote a full page letter to the Ohio Library Council, calling the events a "bizarre" breach of the public trust. After Householder shared that letter on social media, the Licking County Library cancelled its event.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Protestors in London got creative in voicing their opinion of President Trump during his recent visit with the Royal Family.

Send your questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.