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Hear the Bern hosted by Bernie 2020


53 - The Future of Our Economy (w/ Stephanie Kelton, Jeffrey Sachs, Robert Reich, and Sara Nelson)
Apr 16
Bernie sits down with three leading economists and a top trade union leader to discuss how the government should respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Stephanie Kelton is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University. She is a…
52 - Warren Warriors for Bernie (w/ Ryan Knight & Blair Imani)
Apr 7
Since the start of the Democratic primary more than a year ago, we have seen the field dwindle from 20-some candidates to just two. On the one-year anniversary of our first episode, former Warren supporters make the case for progressives to rally around…
51 - The Deficit Myth (w/ Stephanie Kelton)
Mar 31
Economist Stephanie Kelton gives Briahna a crash course in monetary policy and why the United States would actually benefit from increased deficit spending - so long as it flows toward working people, not stock buybacks. Stephanie makes the case that, in…
50 - Shelter & Grace (w/ Natalie Wynn)
Mar 24
Recording from home, Briahna speaks with YouTuber Natalie Wynn about how COVID-19 underscores the need for Bernie’s policies and talking to the political other. Under her YouTube alias ContraPoints, Natalie tackles topics like incels, cancel culture, and…
49 - In This Together (w/ Jeffrey Sachs & George Gardner III)
Mar 16
As COVID-19 reshapes American life in unprecedented ways, Briahna examines how Bernie’s health care and housing proposals would help protect American workers during a global pandemic. In two interviews recorded late last week, Briahna talks to professor…
48 - Say It Ain’t So, Joe (w/ Matt Bruenig)
Mar 9
With the race down to Bernie versus Joe, Briahna digs into the specifics (or lack thereof) of Biden’s health care plan with Matt Bruenig of the People’s Policy Project. The People’s Policy Project: https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/ The Bruenigs…
47 - Which Side Are You On? (Live w/ The Dig, Michael Brooks, & Natalie Shure)
Mar 3
Airplane delays kept Briahna from a joint live show in Boston with Daniel Denvir’s The Dig podcast and the Michael Brooks Show last weekend, but we’re including a portion of that show featuring Natalie Shure here. Listen to the full show:…
46 - Can’t Stop Us Now (w/ Dr. Victoria Dooley)
Feb 24
Fresh from his massive win in Nevada, which confirmed his status as front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Bernie has come under attack for being “divisive.” Strange, then, that Bernie’s support is the most diverse of any campaign in the race, and he…
45 - Bloomberg vs. Democracy (w/ Tim Black & Justin Jackson)
Feb 18
Briahna on why we cannot allow Michael Bloomberg to buy the Democratic primary, Tim Black on the role of independent media in the growing left movement, and Justin Jackson on posting as praxis. Tim on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimsTakeLive…
44 - Big Tents & Iowa (w/ Victoria Rodriguez-Roldán, Dr. Steven Thrasher, & Christine Hallquist)
Feb 11
Briahna explains why Bernie won Iowa despite efforts to discount predominantly minority and working-class voters. Victoria Rodriguez-Roldán, a transgender and disability activist, argues that the concerns of her communities cannot be separated from…
43 - Yours in Struggle (w/ Barbara Smith)
Feb 3
Is there any term more vilified on the right than “identity politics”? Supposedly, “IDpol” is all about creating hierarchies of oppression, and the lower down the ranks you fall, the less value your voice has. On this episode, Briahna talks to Barbara…
42 - Right Now (w/ Jeffrey Sachs & Ari Rabin-Havt)
Jan 27
With less than a week until Iowa caucuses, Briahna sits down with economist Jeffrey Sachs to talk about the decades-long project to ward off popular, commonsense policies like Medicare for All. Then, deputy campaign manager Ari Rabin-Havt offers a glimpse…
41 - Bernie and the Troops (w/ Kyle Bibby & Hector Barajas)
Jan 20
Pundits were left scratching their heads last fall when Foreign Policy reported that Bernie is the top recipient of donations from the military. But to supporters, it was no surprise: Bernie has a long record of fighting for the rights of US troops to…
40 - Joe Biden’s Record (w/ Krystal Ball & Josh Fox)
Jan 14
Briahna sits down with the Hill’s Krystal Ball and filmmaker Josh Fox to dissect Joe Biden’s record on criminal justice, climate change, foreign policy, trade, and more. Rising at the Hill: https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising Josh’s show The Truth Has…
39 - To Heal the World: Bernie’s Jewish Roots (w/ Joel Rubin & Katie Halper)
Jan 6
Briahna explores how Bernie’s Jewish roots shaped his politics with Joel Rubin, the campaign’s new director of Jewish outreach, and reporter, podcaster, and comedian Katie Halper. Briahna and Katie also dig into some of the anti-Semitic attacks that…
Redux: Democratic Socialism (w/ Greg Carr)
Dec 30, 2019
On the eve of 2020, we’re re-upping one of our favorite early episodes (number 11, “Bogeyman: Democratic Socialism”), which features a conversation between Bernie staffer Bianca Marquez and her father, Jaime, on whether we should embrace the term…
38 - Bern After Yeeting (w/ US Youth Climate Strike & the Gravel Teens)
Dec 24, 2019
A recent national poll found 52 percent of 18 to 34-year-old voters support Bernie in the Democratic primary, compared to just 2 percent for Pete Buttigieg, a millennial himself. Why do young people overwhelmingly support a 78-year-old Senator for…
37 - People Over Profits (w/ Nathan J. Robinson)
Dec 16, 2019
Current Affairs editor Nathan J. Robinson stopped by the DC office for a conversation with Briahna about socialism and putting people back at the heart of politics. Nathan’s book, Why You Should Be a Socialist: us.macmillan.com/books/9781250200877
36 - Keep on the Sunnyside (w/ Kal Penn)
Dec 10, 2019
Belén Sisa, Latino Press Secretary for the campaign, talks to actor Kal Penn about his time in the White House, that time she got arrested in Chuck Schumer’s office, and making the US immigration system funny on Kal’s latest show, Sunnyside. Then, Briahna…
35 - Office Race (w/ Grace Blakeley)
Dec 3, 2019
Briahna talks to author Grace Blakeley about our era of hyper-capitalism, characterized by the growing dominance of the financial sector and weakened labor. Then, Hear the Bern producer Ben Dalton interviews an anonymous Amazon worker, who describes the…
34 - Turkey Talk: Making the Case for Bernie’s Electability (w/ Bernie Sanders & Peter Daou)
Nov 26, 2019
As millions of us head home for the holidays, Briahna sits down with Bernie and former sparring partner Peter Daou for lessons on talking across our rancorous political divides. Peter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterdaou
33 - Best of Bernie: DACA Fight | On the Trail with AOC | Elegy for Oligarchs
Nov 18, 2019
Briahna talks to protesters outside the Supreme Court on the day that the justices hear arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Bernie hits the campaign trail with AOC and stops by Desus & Mero to guess (badly) how much…
32 - Bernie Gets It Done (w/ Warren Gunnels)
Nov 11, 2019
Next time someone asks you what Bernie has accomplished in his career, send them this podcast and tell them that we had to leave the better part on the cutting room floor just to get it under an hour. Featuring veteran policy advisor to the Senator,…
31 - Live at Politicon (w/ Kyle Kulinski, James Adomian, and Anthony Atamanuik)
Nov 4, 2019
Briahna stopped by Politicon for a live show of Hear the Bern featuring Kyle Kulinski, James Adomian, and Anthony Atamanuik. The four talked the current state of the 2020 race, celebrity impressions, and, of course, why Bernie beats Trump. Kyle Kulinski…
30 - It’s Not Your Fault (w/ Michael Moore & Meagan Day)
Oct 28, 2019
Life under unfettered capitalism is tough, and in a thousand ways, big and small, mainstream figures tell us that our failures are our own, alone. Briahna talks to acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore and Jacobin writer Meagan Day about why so many of our…
29 - Bernie’s Back, Baby!
Oct 21, 2019
In one of the most exciting weeks of the campaign yet, Briahna heads to New York for Bernie’s massive rally in Queens with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who along with Rep. Ilhan Omar endorsed Bernie for president last week. Then, Briahna sits…
28 - Buddy, Essentialize This! (w/ Tom Sexton & Analilia Mejia)
Oct 14, 2019
What does it feel like to have the full, diverse spectrum of your political concerns reduced to a single issue? Briahna takes on the media and political establishment’s habit of essentializing voters from two different angles. First, she talks to the…
27 - Best of Bernie: Rising Up | Racial Justice | Whose Economy Is It, Anyway?
Oct 7, 2019
Briahna talks to Matt Orfalea, creator of the viral “Rising Up” video, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor delivers some fiery remarks on racial justice under a Sanders administration, and Bernie talks to Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House about what the point of an…
26 - Bernie vs. the Rest (w/ Naomi Klein & Xiuhtezcatl Martinez)
Sep 30, 2019
Briahna lays out why the notion that “everyone sounds like Bernie now” isn’t really true at all, and nowhere is that more evident than Bernie’s plan for combating climate change. Activist and musician Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shares Gen Z’s frustration at the…
25 - Best of Bernie: A Million Donors Strong | Housing for All | Climate Strike
Sep 23, 2019
Veterans share their stories of fighting for essential medical care at recent campaign town halls. Bernie unveils his housing-for-all plan, gets personal in an NPR interview, and explains how he would fight for a progressive agenda, whether or not he…
24 - Back to the Future (w/ Harvey Kaye & Cornel West)
Sep 16, 2019
Briahna dives into the legacy of FDR’s New Deal with the help of Harvey Kaye and Cornel West. Dr. Kaye, a professor of democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, explains how Bernie is adapting FDR’s populist vision for the 21st century. Dr.…
23 - Best of Bernie: Climate Threat | Crackdown in Kashmir | Killer Mike
Sep 9, 2019
In this best of Bernie roundup, the Senator makes the case for his Green New Deal on CNN’s landmark climate change town hall, chats with Killer Mike about healthcare, speaks out on behalf of the citizens of Xinjiang and Kashmir, and explains to Seth…
22 - Bern or Burn: The Green New Deal (w/ David Wallace-Wells & Kate Aronoff)
Sep 2, 2019
With the global biosphere teetering on the edge of disaster, Bernie’s Green New Deal plan would fundamentally restructure the US economy away from fossil fuels and toward sustainability, development, and justice. Briahna talks to David Wallace-Wells, New…
21 - Best of Bernie: Winning the Class War | Green New Deal | Justice for All
Aug 26, 2019
From California to Florida, Bernie is crisscrossing the country, learning about the myriad problems Americans face, and laying out his vision for a better future. On this episode, we catch up with some of his greatest hits of recent weeks, as well as hear…
20 - Birth and Death in America (w/ Sanjeev Sriram)
Aug 19, 2019
In our last full episode of season one, Briahna talks with Dr. Sanjeev Sriram, aka “Doctor America,” about why the US has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, why the mortality rate for groups like African American mothers, however…
19 - Building Coalitions (w/ Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)
Aug 12, 2019
Professor and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor joins Briahna for a conversation about solidarity, intersectionality, and how both concepts are important parts of building a political coalition. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River…
18 - Bridging the Center/Left Divide (w/ Jon Favreau)
Aug 5, 2019
Jon Favreau of Pod Save America/Crooked Media joins Briahna for a conversation about how the left and center-left can join forces to defeat Donald Trump. Crooked Media: https://crooked.com
17 - Beat the Press (w/ Katie Halper & Sam Seder)
Jul 29, 2019
Briahna dives into mainstream media’s anti-Bernie habit with the help of Katie Halper of the Katie Halper Show and Sam Seder of the Majority Report. The Katie Halper Show on Apple Podcasts:…
16 - Brazil, Bernie, and the Fight Against Fascism (w/ Michael Brooks & Leandro Demori)
Jul 23, 2019
Briahna looks at the imprisonment of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose conviction on corruption charges cleared the way for the victory last year of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. In June, Bernie called for Lula’s release…
15 - Big Money vs. the City of Brotherly Love
Jul 15, 2019
The Bernie campaign headed to Philadelphia to support protests against the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, a city fixture that primarily serves lower-income and POC Americans. Private equity tycoon Joel Freedman is closing the hospital after…
14 - Gamers Rise Up: Talking Politics on YouTube and Twitch (w/ Jim Sterling & Hasan Piker)
Jul 8, 2019
As the right dominates many online spaces, Briahna asks two prominent creators how more progressive voices can reach audiences on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. Jim Sterling is an independent video game journalist and commentator whose YouTube channel…
13 - Bills, Bills, (Student) Bills (w/ Malaika Jabali & Jordan Long)
Jul 1, 2019
Last week, Bernie announced that he would cancel all $1.6 trillion of student debt. All of it, for everyone. Briahna’s conversations in this week’s episode prove just how revolutionary Bernie’s plan would be for the millions of Americans - young and old -…
12 - Bhaskar on Bernie: Talking Democratic Socialism with Jacobin Editor Bhaskar Sunkara
Jun 24, 2019
We dive back into Bernie’s speech on democratic socialism with the help of Bhaskar Sunkara, founder and editor-in-chief of Jacobin magazine. Bhaskar explains why it makes sense for Bernie to call himself a democratic socialist and traces the long history…
11 - Bogeyman: Democratic Socialism (w/ Greg Carr)
Jun 17, 2019
For this episode, we try something many of you have done yourselves: talk democratic socialism with our parents. We tune into to Bernie’s big speech on democratic socialism from last week. And Briahna talks with Howard University’s Dr. Greg Carr about the…
10 - But the Union Makes Us Strong (w/ Lane Windham & Ryan Grim)
Jun 10, 2019
Why do American workers face some of the weakest labor protections - and consequently some of the highest inequality - in the developed world? To find out, Briahna turns to Dr. Lane Windham, a Georgetown professor and author of Knocking on Labor’s Door,…
9 - Borders & Boxes: The Fight for Immigration Justice (w/ Viridiana Martinez & Brianna Rennix)
Jun 3, 2019
Bernie staffers and DACA recipients Belén Sisa and Luis Alcauter talk about the power of coming out as undocumented. Activist Viridiana Martinez recounts her successful infiltration of an ICE facility, dramatized in the documentary The Infiltrators.…
8 - We Built This Country, Too: Asian American Voters Speak Out (w/ Christine Chen & Arjun Sethi)
May 27, 2019
Briahna talks to Christine Chen of APIAVote about the rising (and neglected) power of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. Arjun Sethi, author of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, discusses the spike in hate crimes under the Trump administration.…
7 - Bail, Bills, and Criminal Injustice (w/ Lara Bazelon and Akeem Browder)
May 20, 2019
On this episode, Briahna explores how, as AOC recently put it, “justice is purchased.” Thanks to cash bail, thousands of low-income Americans sit behind bars without any kind of trial, conviction, or sentencing — all because they cannot afford to buy…
6 - But Can He Win? (w/ Malaika Jabali and Ben Tulchin)
May 13, 2019
What does it mean to be “electable”? Do voters really gravitate toward “safe” (read: white, male, and centrist) candidates? How much do policies matter to voters? And can Bernie beat Trump? To answer these questions and debunk some persistent polling…
5 - Bernie Back in the Day (w/ David Sirota, Jeff Weaver, and Chuck Rocha)
May 7, 2019
Longtime Bernie staffers share what makes the Senator tick. Jeff Weaver explains where Bernie falls on the Batman vs. Superman debate and tells stories of their youthful road trips around Vermont in the ’80s. Chuck Rocha dishes on Bernie’s IHOP habits.…
4 - Bernie on the Road
Apr 30, 2019
Briahna travels with Bernie to the Lone Star State, where she speaks to campaign volunteers and staffers, rally attendees, local politicians, and a certain ice cream magnate about what it’s like to support Bernie on the road. We hear excerpts from a South…
3 - Black Bernie Bros Speak Out
Apr 22, 2019
Bernie 2020 Co-chair Sen. Nina Turner, activist Shaun King, podcaster Leslie Lee III, and South Carolina Rep. Krystle Simmons share their reasons for supporting Bernie Sanders and, along the way, blow up the “Bernie Bro” narrative. Briahna also talks to…
2 - Busting Trump’s Healthcare Myths
Apr 16, 2019
Following the rollout of Bernie’s new Medicare for All bill, Briahna takes on the many myths that critics use to attack universal healthcare. Campaign staffers share their own healthcare ordeals. And Dr. Heather Gautney, a senior policy advisor with the…
1 - Bernie Gets Personal
Apr 8, 2019
Briahna talks to Bernie about why he’s running and what distinguishes him in a crowded Democratic field. Claire Sandberg, the campaign’s National Organizing Director, drops by to tell us about the huge volunteer kickoff happening later this month.
Coming Soon: Hear the Bern
Apr 3, 2019
Announcing a new podcast from Bernie 2020 that explores the people, stories, and ideas that are driving this political revolution.