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Now more than ever, the need to be an engaged citizen is critical. Future Hindsight presents interviews that explore how each of us has the power to shape our society and fulfill our shared civic responsibility.


Building Authoritarian Power: Nathan Stoltzfus
Oct 15 • 33 min
Nathan Stoltzfus is the Dorothy and Jonathan Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies at Florida State University and author of Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany. We discuss how Hitler used popularity, legitimacy, and ideology to…
Building Power Online: Alice Marwick
Oct 8 • 29 min
Alice Marwick is Associate Professor of Communication and a Principal Researcher at the Center for Information Technology and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We discuss whether social media can build and sustain political…
Digital Labor Organizing: Jess Kutch
Oct 1 • 33 min
Jess Kutch is co-founder of Coworker.org, a platform that deploys digital tools, data, and strategies to help workers experiment with power-building and win meaningful change in the 21st century economy. We discuss the importance of worker voice,…
Civics Club: Adam Cohen
Sep 25 • 6 min
Supreme Inequality
Supreme Inequality: Adam Cohen
Sep 24 • 32 min
Adam Cohen, senior writer for Time magazine and prior member of The New York Times editorial board, is the author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America. We discuss the immense power of the Supreme Court,…
Decolonizing America: Nick Tilsen
Sep 17 • 31 min
Nick Tilsen is the President and CEO of NDN Collective, an organization led by Indigenous People that builds Indigenous power and restores Indigenous self-determination. We discuss decolonization, revitalizing Indigenous cultures and languages, and…
Building Civic Power: K. Sabeel Rahman
Sep 10 • 27 min
K. Sabeel Rahman is an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and co-author of Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis. We discuss the concept of civic power, putting policy-making decisions in the hands of affected…
State Capture: Alex Hertel-Fernandez
Sep 3 • 35 min
Alex Hertel-Fernandez is Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and the author of State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States – and the…
Organized Power: Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo
Aug 27 • 33 min
Theda Skocpol is Professor of Government at Harvard University, where Caroline Tervo is a Research Editor. They edited Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump…
Energizing Local Politics: Drew Kromer
Aug 20 • 31 min
Drew Kromer built a Democratic party precinct in Davidson, NC, recently served as the Vice Chair of the National Council of College Democrats, and is currently a PLEO delegate for Vice President Biden. We discuss the importance of local politics, building…
Politics is for Power: Eitan D. Hersh
Aug 13 • 31 min
Eitan D. Hersh is associate professor at Tufts University and author of Politics is for Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change. We discuss how politics is the way we solve our society’s problems and why building…
Introducing the Future Hindsight Civics Club
Aug 7 • 1 min
Introducing the Civics Club! Signup at today! By supporting Future Hindsight, you’re helping this independent podcast deliver the information you need every week to stay civically engaged. You’ll also get bonus content, transcripts, early access to…
Sexual Citizens: Jennifer S. Hirsch & Shamus Khan
Jul 23 • 35 min
Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan are Columbia University professors and co-authors of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus. We discuss the concept of sexual citizenship, the need for comprehensive sex education, and the…
Surveillance Capitalism: Shoshana Zuboff
Jul 16 • 42 min
Shoshana Zuboff is a Harvard Professor emerita and the author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. We discuss the creation of a human futures market by surveillance capitalists and the pursuit…
Canvassing with Love: David Fleischer
Jul 9 • 30 min
David Fleischer is the Director of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Leadership Lab. Through their work in talking to thousands of voters, the Center created “deep canvassing,” a method of exchanging narratives to find common ground and decrease prejudice. We…
Deconstructing the Alt-Right: Alexandra Minna Stern
Jul 2 • 31 min
Alexandra Minna Stern is a professor at the University of Michigan and author of Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Warped the American Imagination. We discuss the meta-political work of the Alt-Right in mainstreaming white supremacy…
The Roots of Conservative Media: Nicole Hemmer
Jun 25 • 32 min
Nicole Hemmer is a political historian and the author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics. We discuss the birth of conservative media activism, the different way conservatives understand truth, and…
Political Communication Ethics: Peter Loge
Jun 18 • 29 min
Peter Loge is the founding director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication and an Associate Professor at The George Washington University. We discuss making American civil religion the moral backbone of our body politic through ethical…
Fact-Checking for Truth: Jon Z. Greenberg
Jun 11 • 29 min
Jon Z. Greenberg is a Senior Correspondent at PolitiFact, a not-for-profit news organization that seeks to present the true facts, unaffected by agenda or biases. We discuss who gets fact-checked, how it works, and why speaking truth to power is one of…
The New Conspiracism: Nancy Rosenblum
Jun 4 • 30 min
Nancy Rosenblum is Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government at Harvard University and the co-author of A Lot of People are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy. We discuss why this kind of conspiracism is deeply destructive to…
The Risks of Fake News: Travis I. Trammell & Elisabeth Paté-Cornell
May 28 • 28 min
Lt. Col. Travis I. Trammell worked with Stanford Professor Elisabeth Paté-Cornell to analyze the risks of fake news and create a management decision model to combat disinformation. We discuss the national security risks posed by fake news from other…
The Truth Sandwich: George Lakoff
May 21 • 25 min
George Lakoff is an emeritus professor of cognitive science and linguistics at UC Berkeley whose research include the language of politics in which we reside. We discuss the importance of framing the truth first, his famous “truth sandwich,” and why the…
Post-Truth: Lee C. McIntyre
May 14 • 29 min
Lee C. McIntyre is the author of Post-Truth and a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. We discuss what post-truth means and where it started, what the function of fake news is, and how propaganda plays…
Authoritarianism Under COVID-19: Thomas O. Melia
May 7 • 24 min
Thomas O. Melia is the Washington Director of PEN America, a non-profit organization that champions free speech and defends the liberties that make it possible. We talk about authoritarians worldwide consolidating power under cover of COVID, the…
Civic Engagement, Social Distancing, and Democracy Reform
May 4 • 37 min
Democracy is very much a collective activity. Inside, we come together to debate, discuss, do the work of government, and make laws. Outside, we protest and hold rallies. But much of this is not possible. Social distancing presents a tremendous challenge.…
ExxonMobil’s Dirty Secret: Geoffrey Supran
Apr 30 • 29 min
Geoffrey Supran is a Research Associate at Harvard University, and co-author of Assessing ExxonMobil’s Climate Change Communications (1977–2014). We discuss what ExxonMobil knew about climate change, its relentless campaign to deny the reality of climate…
Ending the Nuclear Era: Fred Pearce
Apr 23 • 29 min
Fred Pearce is the author of Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age, and has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from 88 countries over the past thirty years. We discuss the legacy of secrecy surrounding nuclear…
Our Radioactive Ocean: Ken Buesseler
Apr 16 • 30 min
Ken Buesseler is a marine radiochemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who studies the fate and distribution of radioactive elements in the ocean. We discuss the safety of the Pacific Ocean, the natural occurrence of radioactivity in our…
A Renewable Future: Mark Z. Jacobson
Apr 9 • 27 min
Mark Z. Jacobson is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. We discuss the various practical problems that make nuclear energy not a viable solution for decarbonization,…
COVID-19 Special Edition
Apr 8 • 29 min
Bonus episode! We share four perspectives about the impact the global pandemic is having on America’s poor. We discuss healthcare, housing, cash transfers, homelessness, and bail.
A Nuclear Future: Joshua Goldstein
Apr 2 • 29 min
Joshua Goldstein is a political scientist, nuclear advocate, and co-author of Bright Future, How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow. We discuss why we should be thinking of nuclear as a clean alternative to coal, and how…
Criminalizing Ecocide: Jojo Mehta
Mar 26 • 30 min
Jojo Mehta is the co-founder and director of Ecological Defense Integrity, a non-profit organization working to establish ecocide as a core international crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. We discuss the power of…
Climate Policy Failures: Leah Stokes
Mar 19 • 32 min
Leah Stokes is a professor at UCSB and the author of Short Circuiting Policy. She works on energy, climate and environmental politics. We talk about the successes and failures of clean energy policy in the US, and how energy companies are fighting back…
Climate Justice: Julian Brave NoiseCat
Mar 13 • 28 min
Julian Brave NoiseCat is Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Data for Progress, Narrative Change Director of The Natural History Museum, author, and a First Nations member. We discuss the need for climate justice, what we can learn from our…
Writing Climate Policy: Jerry Taylor
Mar 5 • 30 min
Jerry Taylor is the President and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, a non-partisan think tank that works to promote an open society. We talk about his conversion from climate denier to climate advocate, working behind the scenes to persuade Republican…
The Actual Cost of Fast Fashion: Jussara Lee
Feb 27 • 27 min
Jussara Lee is a renowned fashion designer living in New York City. She promotes ‘slow fashion’, hand-made garments, as well as reusing and recycling clothing. We talk about the high cost of fast fashion, our purchasing power as consumers, and the future…
The Future of Food: Lenore Newman
Feb 20 • 31 min
Lenore Newman holds the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley. Her latest book is Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. We discuss achieving food security through better management…
A Call to Arms: Bill McKibben
Feb 13 • 30 min
Bill McKibben is an author, educator, and legendary environmentalist. He is the Founder of 350.org, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. We talk about his new book Falter,…
Towards a Sustainable Future: Katherine Richardson
Feb 6 • 29 min
Katherine Richardson is the Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre at the University of Copenhagen and a Professor of Biological Oceanography. We discuss the needs of billions of people for food and energy, finding solutions within our finite…
The End of Welfare: Kathryn Edin (Rebroadcast)
Jan 30 • 27 min
Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, who works in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, and life, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. We discuss the evisceration of welfare,…
Democracy and Freedom: Season Round Up
Jan 24 • 28 min
Revisit some of the highlights from Future Hindsight’s season on the forces that support democracy and a free society with Civics 101 Podcast hosts Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel, TurboVote founder Seth Flaxman, and…
Ending Urban Violence: Thomas Abt
Jan 17 • 31 min
Thomas Abt is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, and author of Bleeding Out, The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence—and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets. We talk about why violence must be tackled first, how it is the…
The Meritocracy Trap: Daniel Markovits
Jan 10 • 39 min
Daniel Markovits is the author of The Meritocracy Trap as well as Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His book places meritocracy at the center of rising economic inequality and social political dysfunction. We talk about how the myth of…
Bipartisan Civil Discourse: Michael Baranowski
Jan 3 • 31 min
Michael Baranowski is the founder and one of the hosts of the popular podcast The Politics Guys. The podcast is a place for bipartisan, rational, and civil debate on American politics and policy. We discuss why civil dialogue is critical in a democracy,…
Protecting Free Speech: Suzanne Nossel
Dec 27, 2019 • 32 min
Suzanne Nossel is the CEO of PEN America, the world’s foremost human rights and free expression non-profit organization. We discuss the importance of the First Amendment for American democracy, Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the press, and the state of…
Practical Equality: Robert L. Tsai
Dec 20, 2019 • 28 min
Robert L. Tsai is a law professor at American University and an expert in constitutional law. His latest book, Practical Equality, is a call to arms for equality and social progress. We discuss why equality is essential for citizens in a democracy and how…
Deliberative Democracy: Jane Suiter and David Farrell of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly
Dec 13, 2019 • 30 min
Jane Suiter and David Farrell helped co-found the Irish Citizens’ Assembly, a deliberative forum that puts citizens at the heart of the considerations for constitutional and political reforms. We discuss how regular citizens can be trusted to weigh the…
Responsible Statecraft: Stephen Wertheim
Dec 6, 2019 • 27 min
Stephen Wertheim is the Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute, an organization that promotes responsible statecraft. We discuss the history of our foreign policy, and why it is in the public interest of all Americans to move away…
Keeping Government Accountable: David Greising
Nov 29, 2019 • 26 min
David Greising is the President and CEO of the Better Government Association, Illinois’ only non-partisan full-service watchdog organization. Through investigative reporting and policy advocacy, BGA works towards transparency, efficiency, and…
Powering American Democracy: Seth Flaxman
Nov 22, 2019 • 27 min
Seth Flaxman is the co-founder of Democracy Works, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that aims to make voting simple and seamless. They provide tools for voters, such as TurboVote, as well as critical data infrastructure for elections. We talk…
Protecting our Elections: Marcia Johnson-Blanco
Nov 15, 2019 • 27 min
Marcia Johnson-Blanco is the Co-Director of the Voting Rights Project, an initiative of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The program works to ensure voters have an equal opportunity to vote, to have that vote count, and to keep elections…
Podcasting for Democracy: Civics 101
Nov 8, 2019 • 28 min
Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice host Civics 101, the podcast refresher course about the basics of how American democracy works. We discuss the importance of empowering citizens and understanding the rules of our complex system, as well as the lasting…
Reimagining Civic Learning: Louise Dubé
Nov 1, 2019 • 28 min
Louise Dubé is the Executive Director of iCivics, an organization whose mission is to cultivate a new generation of students for thoughtful and active citizenship. We discuss the critical importance of high-quality civics education, the role of gaming for…
Of the People, By the People: Mila Atmos
Oct 25, 2019 • 10 min
Mila Atmos is the Founder and Host of Future Hindsight, this very podcast whose mission is to spark civic engagement. In this mini episode with Associate Producer Myriam Zumbühl, we discuss how we are all part of the government through the taxes we pay,…
The Sustaining Power of Passion: Mila Atmos
Oct 18, 2019 • 5 min
Mila Atmos is the Founder and Host of Future Hindsight, this very podcast whose mission is to spark civic engagement. In this mini episode with Associate Producer Myriam Zumbühl, we talk about the ongoing nature of civic engagement, the need to be…
The Three Dimensions of Freedom: Billy Bragg
Oct 11, 2019 • 43 min
Billy Bragg is an acclaimed songwriter, activist, and author. We recently sat down in front of a live audience at Columbia University’s Holder Initiative to discuss his latest book, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, the current state of Western Democracy,…
The Power of Civic Engagement: Mila Atmos
Oct 4, 2019 • 6 min
Mila Atmos is the Founder and Host of Future Hindsight, this very podcast whose mission is to spark civic engagement. In this mini episode with Associate Producer Myriam Zumbühl, we discuss what the term civic engagement means, and why we can only be…
The Time for Civic Engagement is Now: Mila Atmos
Sep 27, 2019 • 6 min
Mila Atmos is the Founder and Host of Future Hindsight, this very podcast whose mission is to spark civic engagement. In this mini episode with Associate Producer Myriam Zumbühl, we discuss how the podcast came to be and why we all need to participate in…
The Blueprint for American Democracy: Ezra Levin
Sep 13, 2019 • 32 min
Ezra Levin is the Co-Executive Director of Indivisible, whose mission is to cultivate a progressive grassroots movement. We discuss the urgency of democracy reform, structural issues that relate to our nation’s history, and how we can achieve a democracy…
The Ethics of Big Data: Matthew L. Jones
Sep 6, 2019 • 38 min
Matthew Jones is a historian of science and technology at Columbia University. We examine the moral and ethical elements of big data, the big business of the surveillance of our personal information online, and how we can demand solutions that reflect our…
Achieving Tolerable Climate: Jonathan Lamontagne
Aug 30, 2019 • 25 min
Jonathan Lamontagne is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Tufts University School of Engineering. In his recent study, he finds that immediate global action is required for robust climate abatement. We discuss the narrow window that…
The Crisis in Higher Education: Liz Willen
Aug 23, 2019 • 24 min
Liz Willen is the Editor in Chief of the Hechinger Report, an independent, nonprofit, and award-winning newsroom that covers inequality and innovation in education. We discuss who is attending and completing college, who is not, and why higher education…
The Economics of Health: James Knickman
Aug 16, 2019 • 27 min
James Knickman is a health economist and the Director of the Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab, a joint initiative on health policy and population health at NYU. We discuss the necessary components that contribute to better health outcomes in…
Eradicating Cash Bail: Robin Steinberg
Aug 9, 2019 • 28 min
Robin Steinberg is the founder and CEO of The Bail Project, an unprecedented national effort to combat mass incarceration by transforming the pretrial system in the U.S. We discuss how cash bail has been used to incarcerate millions of innocent people,…
The Human Rights of Women: Lynn Paltrow
Aug 2, 2019 • 33 min
Lynn Paltrow is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women. We take a deep dive into the consequences of recognizing fetal personhood for the human rights of women and how reproductive health is at the center of the fight…
Gender Parity: Melissa Mark-Viverito
Jul 26, 2019 • 25 min
Melissa Mark-Viverito is the former Speaker of the New York City Council and co-founder of the 21 in ’21 Initiative. She argues that electing women into government is critical for our society and democracy because their perspectives and experiences need…
Trailer: Probable Futures
Jul 19, 2019 • 4 min
In this upcoming season, we examine what our probable future is going to look like and interviewed guests with expertise in a variety of fields. We discuss the economics of healthcare, the probabilities of tolerable climate futures, the enormous…
Census 2020: Ashley Allison (Rebroadcast)
Jul 12, 2019 • 21 min
This interview with Ashley Allison of The Leadership Conference about the important role of the census for our democracy was originally released on October 5, 2018. She speaks eloquently about why we should all participate and be counted. We are reposting…
Micah White
Jun 28, 2019 • 25 min
Micah White is the lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street and the author of The End of Protest. He is also co-founder of Activist Graduate School, which is taught by, and for, experienced activists. We discuss the limitations of contemporary…
Dave Archambault II
Jun 21, 2019 • 28 min
Dave Archambault II is a global leader for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the former Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, where he led the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We discuss his advocacy for indigenous rights,…
Bearing Witness
Jun 15, 2019 • 3 min
In our interview with Jackie Zammuto of WITNESS, she provided a clear and comprehensive explanation of what to do when recording video. Listen to this how-to guide on the best way to conduct yourself if you ever have a chance to take a video of human…
Jackie Zammuto
Jun 14, 2019 • 23 min
Jackie Zammuto leads the programmatic work in the United States of WITNESS, an organization that makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. We discuss how to use video more strategically and…
Alan Yarborough and Bill Steverson
Jun 7, 2019 • 25 min
Alan Yarborough is the communications coordinator in the Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church in Washington. Bill Steverson is a parishioner of the church in Tennessee. We discuss the power of civil discourse to engage despite…
María Urbina
May 31, 2019 • 23 min
Marí Urbina is the National Political Director of Indivisible, an organization that cultivates a grassroots movement of thousands of local Indivisible groups to elect progressive leaders, realize bold progressive policies. We discuss the power of…
Bradford Fitch
May 24, 2019 • 23 min
Brad Fitch is the President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organization that educates constituents on how Congress works, giving them a stronger voice in policy outcomes. We discuss the power of in-person…
Julianne Hoffenberg
May 17, 2019 • 23 min
Julianne Hoffenberg is the Director of Operations of the Gathering For Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005. We discuss the holistic, multi-pronged approach for effective advocacy, the practice of Kingian non-violence,…
L.A. Kauffman
May 10, 2019 • 25 min
L.A. Kauffman is a movement journalist and a grassroots organizer for more than thirty-five years. We discuss her book, How to Read a Protest, The Art of Organizing and Resistance, the history of mass protests in America, the role of women organizing…
Trailer: The Power of Protest?
May 3, 2019 • 1 min
Our new season examines the power of protest and other civic action. Guests include activists who protest and advocates who don’t, from Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation and Jackie Zammuto of WITNESS to Micah White, co-founder of…
Democracy Works: David Frum
Apr 27, 2019 • 43 min
This is a bonus episode from the Democracy Works podcast, which examines what it means to live in a democracy. Host Jenna Spinelle interviews David Frum, the author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic. He discusses how we can use the…
Beto O’Rourke (Rebroadcast)
Apr 19, 2019 • 27 min
This interview with former Congressman Beto O’Rourke was originally released on May 5, 2018. We are reposting this episode because he is now a candidate for the highest office of the land. He is again running a people-powered campaign, visiting as many…
Season Round Up: Poverty
Apr 12, 2019 • 8 min
Revisit some of the highlights of this season that gave us so much insight into poverty in America, added to our discourse, and helped us revise our thinking.
Kathryn Edin
Apr 5, 2019 • 27 min
Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, who works in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, and life, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. We discuss the evisceration of welfare,…
Stephen Pimpare
Mar 29, 2019 • 26 min
Stephen Pimpare is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. Social policy, as well as a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. We discuss the history and deep indignities of…
Gail Joseph
Mar 22, 2019 • 24 min
Gail Joseph is the Founding Executive Director of Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington and the Bezos Family Foundation Distinguished Professor in Early Learning. We discuss the critical importance of high-quality programs, the costs to…
Dan Weissmann
Mar 15, 2019 • 25 min
Dan Weissmann is the host of a podcast on the cost of health care called An Arm and A Leg as well as a veteran reporter for outlets such as Marketplace and Planet Money. We discuss the complexities of picking a health insurance plan, the extreme vigilance…
Maria Foscarinis
Mar 8, 2019 • 24 min
Maria Foscarinis is the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and has advocated for solutions to homelessness at the national level since 1985. We discuss why housing is a human right, examine the leading…
Max Kenner
Mar 2, 2019 • 22 min
Max Kenner is the founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, a college that is spread across six interconnected prisons in New York State. We discuss the enduring value of the liberal arts, the immense power of an education on reducing…
Stephen Bright
Feb 22, 2019 • 23 min
Stephen Bright served as the director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, and is currently a lecturer at Yale Law School, as well as professor of practice at Georgia State College of Law. We discuss the death penalty in the United States…
Ross Morales Rocketto
Feb 15, 2019 • 24 min
Ross Morales Rocketto is co-founder of Run For Something, an organization that supports diverse, young progressives running for state and local office. We discuss which candidates win, why building a bench of local and state politicians is important, and…
Season 5 Trailer: Ross Morales Rocketto
Feb 6, 2019 • 1 min
“Telling these types of stories, showing people that it’s not just white dudes who are lawyers, who have a lot of money, that can do this type of work is one of the most effective ways for us to try to show folks they can do it too.” Ross Morales…
Ted Dintersmith
Nov 16, 2018 • 24 min
Ted Dintersmith is an avid education advocate and the author of What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America. We discuss why developing a child’s human potential as a fulfilled and self-supporting citizen should be the top…
Ben Theodore
Nov 9, 2018 • 23 min
Ben Theodore is an avid community activist in Brooklyn, as well as a program associate at the NYC Department of Education. His passion for civic engagement shows how it can transform our society. We discuss the power of local politics and grassroots…
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.
Nov 2, 2018 • 23 min
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., is the CEO of PRRI, a leading scholar, and the author of The End of White Christian America. PRRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public…
Max Feldman
Oct 27, 2018 • 24 min
Max Feldman serves as Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, a nonpartisan institute that works to improve our democracy and judicial system. We discuss the powers of voting, the need to modernize election systems and…
Cristóbal Alex
Oct 19, 2018 • 23 min
Cristóbal Alex is the President of Latino Victory, an organization that works to grow Latino political power by empowering voters, donors, and candidates. We discuss why it is essential to increase Latino representation in government, how to include this…
Phil Polakoff
Oct 12, 2018 • 22 min
Phil Polakoff is a physician with a distinguished career in public health and clinical medicine, the CEO of A Healthier We, and a consulting professor at Stanford University of Medicine. We discuss how an emphasis on prevention coupled with innovations in…
Ashley Allison
Oct 5, 2018 • 21 min
Ashley Allison is the Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Programs at The Leadership Conference, the nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition. We discuss how the census is a cornerstone of our democracy. The data it provides is vital for…
Esther de Rothschild and Aicha Cherif
Sep 28, 2018 • 24 min
Esther de Rothschild is the founder of The Love Vote, a platform where people who cannot vote, mobilize those who can. Together with Outreach Director Aicha Cherif, we discuss how love can be a strong motivator for voting. Eligible voters are moved to…
Brian Miller
Sep 21, 2018 • 23 min
Brian Miller is the Executive Director of Nonprofit VOTE, an organization that partners with other nonprofits to integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities. We discuss the importance of promoting voter registration to achieve full…