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Building the Dream
What will it take to build an America where everybody can thrive?
Jun 9, 2021
The Senate passed something with Samuel Hammond
Listen now (50 min) | Our famously divided Senate actually passed a bill. We aren't talking about a bill to rename a post office but a bill that aims to help the US compete with China for world domination. We had the chance to sit down with Samuel Hammond of the Niskanen Center to discuss what exactly is in "The Endless Frontiers Act". We talk about where it hits the mark and where it misses. Spoiler alert, it mostly misses the mark.
May 7, 2021
Kim Stanley Robinson
Listen now (61 min) | After a little break we are back with a fun interview with author, Kim Stanley Robinson. We talk about his newish book The Ministry for the Future.
Mar 25, 2021
Oops... Thomas Friedman gets it partly right
Listen now | Oops
Mar 23, 2021
Crossover episode PSA meets BTD
Listen now (57 min) | We sit down with Pod Save America co-host Tommy Vietor. We chop it up about how to sell the stimi, the future of the party, and how to rebuild from here.
Mar 12, 2021
Braggin on Biden
Listen now | Saikat and Corbin lay on the praise giving credit where credit credit is due. They talk about the wins in the Covid relief bill and what the Democrats are doing right. There is a critique or two about the way the Democrats are communicating the package and their hesitancy to do the hard sale to the American people.
Mar 11, 2021
Can a Reality Show Save America?
Listen now (41 min) | We discuss, among other things, an idea for a reality show. It's kinda like AGT meets Nathan for You but instead of looking for entertainers we are looking for Senate candidates. Corbin is excited. Others (Saikat) are skeptical. Zack is just cynical. Good ep. Enjoy?
Feb 26, 2021
Listen now (69 min) | How long must Missouri tolerate its oat milk latte-drinking, yoga pants-wearing, Ivy League elitist Senator, Josh Hawley? An announcement is made. Stories are told. Good episode.
Feb 23, 2021
Biden's Missing His Big Moment
Listen now (56 min) | We did an episode talking a bit about how Biden can lead right now. Today, Corbin and Zack delve a bit deeper and talk about how, exactly, Biden could be leading and why it's so incredibly important. Plus, we discuss a few ideas for what we can do to get the message across better.
Feb 18, 2021
Emergency episode: Save the Biden White House and America
Listen now (39 min) | We had to speak up. This is an emergency episode. We could no longer sit and watch the train wreck that is a near continuous stream of wasted messaging opportunities. From the rapidly declining covid cases and radically ramped up vaccinations numbers to the crisis in Texas Biden keeps missing moments for leadership. Moments to show the American people that electing Democrats is a good thing. We get into the weeds about how they could do things a little differently and heap praise in the things they are doing great at. We also hock some cashew butter and rope sandals.
Feb 15, 2021
Is Biden gonna blow it?
Listen now (69 min) | Zack and I talked about where we are now. How likely is it that Biden will make the most of hist first week post-impeachment? Will he take credit for Democrat’s early successes in fighting Covid? Will he offer a plan to move our economy forward? Zack and I talk about how Biden could capture this moment and lead the country away from Trumpism.
Feb 11, 2021
Covid continues to impact the housing and food of millions of Americans.
Listen now (38 min) | I spoke to award winning journalist Idrees Kahloon about how Covid has impacted the communities he covers. We talk housing, food, and jobs and how Americans are handling the crisis. Idrees is the US policy correspondent at The Economist covering domestic politics and policy. Prior to that, he worked on The Economist‘s data journalism team.
Feb 3, 2021
Promises, pressure, and primaries
Listen now (31 min) | This week, we launched a campaign to primary Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema in 2024. In this episode we: discuss the new kind of politics we're dreaming of that can win in states like AZ and WV, the kind of leader that could win in those states, listen to some buttery-smooth ads that WV neighbor Corbin Trent has recorded, and talk about Joe Manchin’s chances of winning in 2024 if he is the Democrat running.
Jan 11, 2021
Listen now (40 min) | We are launching a new show y'all. It's called "Building the Dream: No Excuses." This past week, we learned just how important it’s going to be for Democrats to be strong. The hard truth is this: our country is in decline and our democracy is in peril. To fight this, Democrats must two things:
Dec 24, 2020
Nate Mook on Feeding Everyone
Listen now (50 min) | Nate Mook is the CEO of World Central Kitchen. World Central Kitchen is is an organization founded by chef José Andrés that has been providing meals to people in the wake of natural disasters since 2010. WCK fed Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria, Texans after Hurricane Harvey, federal workers after the government shut down in 2019, the Grand Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off the coast of San Francisco due to a COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, and many others. In 2020, they have focused their efforts on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by using and staffing local restaurants to provide the meals, thereby creating jobs for unemployed restaurant workers while also feeding millions of people at risk of going hungry. To date, they have provided over 33 million meals in over 400 cities.
Dec 19, 2020
Anand Giridharadas on How Democrats Should Fight
Listen now (53 min) | Anand Giridharadas is the bestselling author of Winners Take All, MSNBC contributor, and author of The Ink. We chatted with him about how Democrats should be fighting now and next year to solve the current poverty and hunger crisis, and what the consequences of failure are if Biden doesn't manage to get the job done.
Dec 11, 2020
Jonathan Alter on FDR's Leadership
Listen now (67 min) | Jonathan Alter is journalist, Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker, and best-selling author who has interviewed and written biographies of multiple American Presidents. His latest biography is about Jimmy Carter -- you can buy His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life from Indiebound here
Dec 7, 2020
Alexandra Rojas on How Dems Should Run
Listen now (43 min) | Alexandra Rojas is the executive director of Justice Democrats. In this past election cycle, Justice Democrats racked up enough wins that there are now 10 Justice Democrats in Congress. We talked with Alexandra Rojas today about what those 10 members can do, the plan for 2022, and the new memo Justice Democrats put out painting a clear strategy Democrats could take to win in 2022 and 2024.
Dec 3, 2020
COVID and Hunger
Listen now (46 min) | Corbin and Saikat talk about Corbin's experience getting tested for COVID-19 and the poverty and hunger crisis in America.