The Midpod: The Midterms Podcast

The Midpod: The Midterms Podcast
The Midterms Podcast 2018

Ep. 81 The Midpod Finale
Dec 21, 2018 • 48 min
Eunice and Heather wrap up the Midpod and share conversations with one of their favorite listeners, Krishan Patel in California and one of their favorite candidates, newly elected Congresswoman elect, Haley Stevens from Michigan’s 11th Congressional…
Ep. 80 In Memoriam: Giles Perkins
Dec 18, 2018 • 18 min
Last November we traveled to Alabama to cover the race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. We were fortunate to spend time in Birmingham with the architect of the Jones campaign: Giles Perkins, who passed away in early December. A civic…
Ep. 79 Sen. Maggie Hassan: the SUPPORT Act
Dec 11, 2018 • 19 min
There wasn’t much coverage, but this Fall Congress actually stepped up and passed a $6 billion, bipartisan bill to help communities fight the opiod epidemic. Senator Hassan (D-NH) tells us about new law and how it came together.
Ep. 78 David King: We won! Now what?!
Dec 4, 2018 • 27 min
Newly elected members of congress have been attending King’s orientation program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for over two decades. King tells us what new members need to learn to hit the ground running, and provides some sharp insights…
Ep. 77 Seth Moulton & Emily Cherniack: Servant Leaders & Power Politics
Nov 27, 2018 • 26 min
Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Emily Cherniack have been recruiting service veterans to run for office, and Moulton is seeking to oust Democratic leadership to make way for younger lawmakers.
Ep. 76 Amanda Hunter: The Year of the Woman!
Nov 20, 2018 • 26 min
Hunter describes how decades of research and activism contributed to historic gains at the ballot box for women this year.
Ep. 75 G. Elliott Morris, the Economist Midterms Results Round-up
Nov 13, 2018 • 34 min
Morris’ model for the house was spot on. We get his takeaways, and discuss a winning strategy for taking voter turnout to the next level. Hint: grab an apron & a long fork.
Ep. 74 Rachel Bitecofer: Election Night Preview
Nov 5, 2018 • 44 min
This Virginia-based political scientist has a model for the House based on ‘negative partisanship,’ and she sees a blue wave.
Ep. 73 North Dakota, land of Hotdish and Heidi Heitkamp
Nov 2, 2018 • 48 min
Farmers here know the trade war with China first hand. Tribes know the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women first hand. We speak to both, and have a long overdue conversation on abortion.
Ep. 72 Glenn Nye: Congress and the Future of Compromise.
Oct 30, 2018 • 30 min
A “recovering politician” and former member of Congress, Nye heads the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He thinks elected officials will perform better if we fix the system in which they operate
Ep. 71 Harley Rouda, CA 48
Oct 27, 2018 • 28 min
This businessman and first-time candidate is taking on controversial, 30-year incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. Rouda talks through the challenges of running one of the most competitive and expensive races in the country.
Ep. 70 Rick Wilson
Oct 23, 2018 • 21 min
When we were in Austin in late September, we had the chance to catch up with the face of the Never Trump movement and the king of the one-liner, Rick Wilson.
Ep. 69 Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Senator of North Dakota
Oct 19, 2018 • 15 min
Heidi Heitkamp voted “no” on Brett Kavanaugh because she had voted yes so many times in support of victims, victims of sexual violence and sex trafficking, missing and murdered Indigenous women. In our trip to North Dakota, the Senator describes…
EP. 68 Betomania
Oct 16, 2018 • 29 min
Nicie and Heather return to Austin, Texas for breakfast tacos, Tex Mex (more about that on our blog), MJ Hegar, and for the Beto/Willie rally! Willie Nelson has a new anthem, “If you don’t like who’s in there vote ‘em out!”
Ep. 67 The Great Battlefield x the MidPod
Oct 12, 2018 • 48 min
Nicie shares the story of the MidPod with Nathaniel Pearlman and gets his insights into political technology and Progressive entrepreneurship.
Ep. 66 Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, JOLT
Oct 9, 2018 • 20 min
Tzintzun Ramirez fought to build power for undocumented workers in Texas. Now she wants to empower young Latinos to become voters and leaders for Texas and America.
Ep. 65: Jared Golden, ME-02
Oct 5, 2018 • 19 min
Maine State Representative Jared Golden describes himself as a “progressive heart with a pragmatic approach to delivery.” He’s running for U.S. House of Representatives in a vast rural district in a state without Medicaid…
Ep. 64 Iowa: The Dream Team in the Field of Dreams
Oct 2, 2018 • 50 min
At the State Fair and around the state, Iowans worry about the fate of their cherished traditions: farming, community, and decency.
Ep. 63 Gina Ortiz Jones, TX-23
Sep 28, 2018 • 24 min
This former Air Force Intelligence Officer and trade expert from San Antonio is running for congress in a majority-minority swing district where health care, immigration and education are key concerns.
Ep. 62 Michael Miller: The Impact of Money in Politics and Voter ID Laws
Sep 25, 2018 • 20 min
Professor Miller, who teaches at Barnard College, became a leading elections scholar after some serious time in the trenches of electoral politics.
Ep. 61 Chris Pappas, NH-01 & Lucas Meyer, NH Young Democrats.
Sep 21, 2018 • 23 min
Chris Pappas’ family has 100 years of history in New Hampshire, and he’s vying to become the state’s first LGBT member of Congress. Lucas Meyer has been recruiting a new generation of candidates to run for office and inspire a new generation of voters.
Ep. 60 Tom Steyer Need to Vote Town Hall
Sep 18, 2018 • 59 min
Nicie moderates a conversation about the future of our democracy with Tom Steyer and 200 active citizens in Manchester, NH.
Ep. 59 Mike Levin CA-49
Sep 14, 2018 • 27 min
Environmental lawyer Mike Levin is running to replace retiring congressman Daryl Issa in this swing district that stretches along the coast north of San Diego and into southern Orange County. He shared his aspirations for making an impact in Congress…
Ep. 58. Nathaniel Stinnett, Environmental Voter Project
Sep 11, 2018 • 32 min
Using data mining and modeling, Stinnett has discovered a millions of passionate environmentalists, who defy our stereotypes. Now he’s working to get them to the polls.
Ep. 57 Lauren Baer, FL-18
Sep 7, 2018 • 21 min
Lauren Bear is a foreign policy and human rights expert running against incumbent Brian Mast. If elected, she would be Florida’s first openly LGBTQ+ member of congress. She tells us about her family story in this district, and shares her insights into…
Ep 56 ME-02: “The old Democrat that’s coming back” in a working class district
Sep 4, 2018 • 50 min
Delivering healthcare in this vast, rural district has become almost impossible under a whittled away ACA, which the Republican incumbent voted to repeal. One doctor in the district says the 5th vital sign should be “suffering.” …
Ep. 55 Sean Casten, IL-06
Aug 31, 2018 • 32 min
This engineer and green energy entrepreneur is running in a toss-up seat near Chicago. The moms went into full geek mode with Casten on what Congress could and should be doing to help America and the world respond to climate change.
Ep. 54 Deidre DeJear
Aug 28, 2018 • 28 min
DeJear is bringing her family legacy of civic engagement to her pathbreaking bid for Secretary of State in Iowa. She’s got ideas about how to inspire the next generation of active citizens.
Ep. 53 Gil Cisneros, CA-39
Aug 24, 2018 • 21 min
This Navy veteran is running in a highly competitive open seat race south of Los Angeles. His passion is education.
Ep. 52 Michele Swers: The Gender Gap in Congress
Aug 21, 2018 • 43 min
Swers, a political scientist at Georgetown University, studies women in congress: the challenges they face in getting elected and the tensions they confront once in office. She’s charted the careers of Republican women in congress especially closely,…
Ep. 51 Haley Stevens, MI-11
Aug 16, 2018 • 22 min
Stevens grew up in this suburban district outside of Detroit. Now she wants to bring her auto industry expertise to Washington and she wants to help build a vibrant 21st century manufacturing ecosystem in America.
Ep. 50 Texas 23: Borderlands
Aug 14, 2018 • 49 min
Gina Ortiz Jones fights to win back this swing district and citizens protest as the Trump Administration tears refugee children from their parents and moves to build a wall on the Rio Grande.
Ep. 49 Lauren Underwood, IL-14
Aug 10, 2018 • 22 min
Lauren Underwood has had a passion for health care since childhood for very personal reasons. She channeled that passion into a career in health policy and now into her bid for congress.
Ep. 48 Rogelio Saenz: Latinx Demography and Politics in Texas
Aug 7, 2018 • 33 min
One in ten school-aged children in America lives in Texas. Saenz charts the evolution of the Latinx communities in Texas, and the profound challenges they face in achieving political representation.
Ep. 47 Jessica Morse CA-04
Aug 3, 2018 • 15 min
Jessica Morse describes her deep roots in this rural district, and her calling to public service to Baghdad and now back home to the mountains of Yosemite . She’s giving incumbent Tom McClintock a serious challenge.
Ep. 46 Eric Foner: The Imagined Community
Jul 31, 2018 • 39 min
Historian Eric Foner shares key insights into the historical struggle for freedom and the crucial role of principled dissent. We find lessons for active citizens today.
Ep. 45 NH-01: Who will stand up?
Jul 24, 2018 • 46 min
We interview 7 candidates and tell 1 stunning story of citizen activism. We also ask what it means to stand for something, because saving this country may soon mean that we all learn.
Ep. 44 Talley Sergent, WV-02
Jul 20, 2018 • 17 min
A sixth-generation West Virginian, Tally Sergent is challenging Republican incumbent, Alex Mooney, who moved to the district from Maryland to run for Congress. She talks about her mentors, her family’s struggles, and her passion for a region that…
Ep. 43 Jacob Hacker: American Amnesia
Jul 17, 2018 • 37 min
Hacker describes how our kids are suffering from the polarization of the GOP that has undermined the constructive role that government used to play in partnering with business and fostering prosperity.
EP. 42 Katie Hill, CA-25
Jul 13, 2018 • 24 min
Katie Hill jumped the candidate line, ran in the primary, and won the Democratic nomination in this key swing district. She grew up here; she comes from a law enforcement family. At 30, Hill’s spent the last 8 years as Executive Director…
EP. 41 Daniel Barkhuff, President of Veterans for Responsible Leadership
Jul 10, 2018 • 31 min
Barkhuff is a 2001 Naval Academy graduate and a former Navy Seal. He believes moral courage is what is missing in Washington, D.C., but it’s alive and well in the U.S. military. What started as a Facebook page just after the 2016…
Ep. 40 Joseph Kopser, TX-21
Jul 6, 2018 • 23 min
Kopser shares what he learned about the Zero Tolerance policy from a recent visit to the border, and reflects on his life’s journey and describes his aspirations to work across the aisle and make a difference in congress.
Ep. 39: The Underground Railroad
Jul 3, 2018 • 16 min
Family separations, civil disobedience, sanctuaries. How should a people behave when a government makes immoral laws? It’s time to look at this time in history again.
Ep. 38 Andrew Janz, CA-22
Jun 29, 2018 • 20 min
Spend some time with the young prosecutor fighting to unseat Devin Nunes, one of the President’s key allies in Congress.
Ep. 37 IL-14: Lauren Underwood’s extraordinary primary and plans for victory
Jun 26, 2018 • 38 min
West of Chicago citizens worry about health care, tariffs and democracy and Democrats celebrate a rising star.
Ep. 36 Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11
Jun 22, 2018 • 13 min
Get to know this former Navy pilot and prosecutor running in an open seat district near New York City.
Ep. 35 MidPod x Housetalk
Jun 19, 2018 • 51 min
We journey to DC to talk with the hosts of the House Talk podcast, Ali Lapp, Democratic strategist at House Majority PAC, and Liesl Hickey, GOP strategist at Ascent Media.
Ep. 34 Jacob Heilbrunn: the Rise of Autocracy and the Demise of the Western Alliance?
Jun 15, 2018 • 25 min
Heilbrunn, Editor of the National Interest, reviews recent actions by President Trump and has one word of advice for citizens: “Panic.”
Ep. 33 Elliott Morris: Primary Season Round-up
Jun 12, 2018 • 29 min
We check in with Elliott Morris, Data Journalist at the Economist for his analysis of the June 5th primary results and his outlook for the midterms.
Ep. 32 Christie Todd Whitman
Jun 5, 2018 • 24 min
The Former GOP Governor of NJ talks about leading the National Task Force for the Rule of Law and Democracy and reflects on a lifetime of public service.
Ep. 31 Swinglandia: California Women Running for Office
May 29, 2018 • 25 min
With the June 5th primary around the corner, we summarize the contests for GOP-held House seats in Southern California and introduce you to four women candidates: Julia Peacock, Jess Morse, Katie Porter and Delaine Eastin.
Ep 30. CA-48: A Blue Wave in Surf City?
May 22, 2018 • 27 min
A crowded field vies to unseat 30-year incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, and the moms hold an upbeat, down ballot potluck.
Ep. 29 Nancy Cohen: Yes SHE can!
May 15, 2018 • 32 min
Historian Nancy Cohen shares her insights into the impact of the women’s movement on American politics and what works for women who are running for office.
Ep. 28 Gustavo Arellano: the Lowdown on the O.C.
May 8, 2018 • 28 min
Over breakfast bowls and chilaquiles, we talk with this LA Times Columnist and book author, also known as The Mexican With Glasses, about Orange County history and the hero of the homelessness impasse.
Ep. 27 CA-25: Are you on my side?
May 1, 2018 • 39 min
Kids march for safe schools, and three strong candidates take on Steve Knight, one of the most vulnerable GOP members of congress and a friend of the gun lobby.
Ep. 26. Tony the Democrat: The Power of the Postcard
Apr 24, 2018 • 31 min
Tony McMullin shares the story or Postcards to Voters. With a powerful digital platform, he’s enabled thousands of dedicated craftivists to reach out in the most analog, fridge-friendly way to get out the vote in elections up and down the ballot.
Ep. 25 The Power of the Potluck
Apr 17, 2018 • 33 min
There’s a new social platform and it’s called the dinner table
Ep. 24 Mary Wilson: Candidate in TX-21
Apr 10, 2018 • 32 min
The biggest surprise of the Texas primary was Mary Wilson’s win in the 21st. Now heading for a runoff on May 22nd against Joseph Kopser, Wilson, a baptist pastor, tells her story and shares her vision for a more caring and just America.
Ep. 23 MidPod Roundup with Kitsy McNulty & Elliott Morris
Apr 3, 2018 • 26 min
This week the Two Moms review recent developments (Conor Lamb! Woo-hoo!), exhort listeners to sponsor the pod on and interview Kitsy McNulty of FairDistricts PA and G. Elliott Morris, editor of .
Ep. 22 CA-22: Devin Nunes Gets His First Real Challenge
Mar 27, 2018 • 47 min
In the heart of California’s fertile Central Valley, a growing number of voters are questioning whether Notorious Memo Author, Devin Nunes, has their interests at the top of his priority list. Heather & Nicie meet up with farmers and citizens who…
Ep. 21 John Lawrence, Part 2. The Class of 74 and the Roots of Partisanship
Mar 20, 2018 • 33 min
We see a wave of reform-minded candidates running for congress in 2018. There are real parallels with the group of Democrats elected to congress after Watergate in 1974. John Lawrence tells their stories and describes their political legacy.
Ep. 20 Heather Hargreaves: Firing up the Youth Vote
Mar 13, 2018 • 27 min
At a time of powerful youth activism, Heather Hargreaves of Nextgen America is on a mission to inspire young people to vote.
Ep.19 Raphe Sonenshein: The New Golden State Warriors
Mar 6, 2018 • 32 min
Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Sonenshein gives us the skinny on this epic year in California politics.
Ep.18 PA-18: A Special Election, co-starring the Opioid Epidemic.
Feb 27, 2018 • 53 min
This is Trump country, but the Democrat in the race has strong numbers. Opioids are devastating this district, but we learn an even darker side to the national opioid story. In this Special Election March 13th, working class America will tell us what…
Ep.17 John Lawrence, Part 1: An Insider’s View of Congress
Feb 20, 2018 • 30 min
John Lawrence worked on Capitol Hill for 38 years, most recently as Chief of Staff for Rep. Nancy Pelosi. He offers thoughts on Congress as a whole, on Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, and he’s got advice for candidates and voters.
Ep.16 Terry Madonna: Pennsylvania is in Play
Feb 13, 2018 • 31 min
Terry Madonna is the Professor of Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College and a veteran pollster and observer of politics in the Keystone State. He shares his insights on this crucial midterms battleground where a special election is coming…
Ep.15 FL 18 Two Strong Women and the Fight for the Treasure Coast
Feb 6, 2018 • 39 min
Meet Pam Keith and Lauren Baer, both running for U.S. House. We have some meaningful citizen stories in this episode, and we learn about toxic blue green algae. Listen, and join the “River-lution!”
Ep.14 Brenda Stevenson: Slavery and Resistance in the Black Experience
Jan 30, 2018 • 29 min
Stevenson, a Professor of History at UCLA, has written extensively on the slave experience and the black family, as well as the events that led to the LA rebellion of 1992. She shares her insights into the legacy of slavery in our society and…
Ep.13 TX 21: Welcome to the New Texas
Jan 23, 2018 • 40 min
We get lost in the Texas Hill Country and find a new generation of leaders.
Ep.12 J. Heilbrunn: What Role Should Congress Play in National Defense?
Jan 16, 2018 • 25 min
Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor of “The National Interest” magazine and website shares the history behind Congress’ shrinking role in national security. He makes the case that we should be asking tough and specific questions of our representatives and…
Ep.11 David Chipman: It’s Patriotic to Fight for Gun Safety
Jan 9, 2018 • 36 min
David Chipman, Senior Policy Advisor at Giffords and a retired 25-year ATF special agent believes we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and better protect law enforcement from the threats of gun violence.
Ep.10 W. Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, looking for its champion
Jan 2, 2018 • 38 min
We headed to West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District to meet two young Democrats running for Congress, Talley Sergent and Aaron Scheinberg, to meet citizens, to understand the district.
Ep.9 Holiday MidPod
Dec 27, 2017 • 23 min
The Two Moms take stock and look ahead to 2018. With gratitude, hope, and a dish for the holiday table.
Ep.8 Leah Greenberg & Indivisible: Growing the grassroots
Dec 19, 2017 • 27 min
It started as a google doc. Just a year later Indivisible has 6,000 groups around the country and hundreds of thousands of members resisting President Trump’s agenda. Now they are pivoting to the 2018 midterms with the goal to make congress more…
Ep.7 Jane Mansbridge: Why are we so polarized?
Dec 11, 2017 • 24 min
Jane Mansbridge has been studying democracy for decades. She has some surprising insights into what’s causing our deep divisions, and thoughts about how citizens can support positive change.
Ep.6 Breaking the Silence
Dec 7, 2017 • 25 min
What is it like to report a sexual assault? Why aren’t victims believed? How do survivors heal? We visit The Crisis Center in Birmingham, AL to listen and learn.
Ep.5 Alabama Senate: Who is the Good Shepherd?
Dec 5, 2017 • 40 min
On the eve of a crucial special election, Heather & Nicie listen and learn from Alabama citizens as they struggle with questions of belonging and division, belief and disbelief. These are not new questions in Alabama, or in America.
Ep.4 Michigan 11, built by Detroit Auto; what happens next?
Nov 28, 2017 • 39 min
The two moms fire up a Ford Focus to explore these Motor City suburbs, and the candidates stepping up to replace the retiring “Foreclosure King”.
Ep.3 Nick Penniman: Is Money in Politics a Bipartisan Issue?
Nov 21, 2017 • 14 min
Nick Penniman and his team at Issue One are fighting money in politics and they are finding allies in places that might surprise you.
Ep.2 Emily Cherniack: The “New Politics” of Servant Leaders
Nov 14, 2017 • 18 min
Emily believes the men and women who have served this country in the most selfless ways could be the next generation of statesmen; sometimes they just need a little convincing.
Ep.1 New Jersey 11: Where America Survived
Nov 6, 2017 • 36 min
The two moms travel to New Jersey, where they visit George Washington’s winter headquarters, meet the candidates who are challenging a powerful incumbent, and the citizen activists who are changing the conversation about politics.
Ep.0 Setting The Table
Nov 2, 2017 • 11 min
Nicie & Heather introduce themselves, describe the genesis of the MidPod and share their personal motivations for dropping everything to help fix Congress.
Intro to The MidPod
Oct 28, 2017 • 1 min
On The MidPod we are going to be visiting congressional districts all around the country, especially ones with close races.