The Round Table: A Next Generation Politics Podcast

The Round Table: A Next Generation Politics Podcast
The Round Table provides a platform for conversation and engagement of civically-minded young people from different parts of the country. We strive to model civil dialogue across various divides—socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, political, and regional. We aim to challenge norms and represent all kinds of diversity—especially of perspective and ideas—enabling listeners to “hear” our thinking. The Round Table is 100% created and edited by young people committed to building a more just and joyous world.

Media companies need to stop being so polarized and focus on what’s really happening
Oct 22 • 0 min
Madeline and Inica excoriate the media for hiding the truth from the public and therefore influencing the way voters across America view the upcoming election in such a crucial time. —- Send in a voice message:
We need to get information from debates that we are not getting
Oct 22 • 0 min
Isaiah addressed the the social and political impact that the media has as a result of biased coverage and how it can restrict voters throughout the nation from gaining greater information on the actual platforms and campaigns of each individual…
Likability is something that DOES matter to voters
Oct 22 • 0 min
Madeline Mayes shared with fellow podcasters that whether we like it or not, how a prospective candidate comes across and how we resonate with them matters a lot, which has been on her mind during the debates —- Send in a voice message:…
Burlington Beyond Bernie
Oct 22 • 24 min
At this week’s Round Table, Eliza, Inica, Isaiah, Madeline, and Olivia spoke with MaryAnn Makosiej. MaryAnn was a Founding Fellow in our Next Generation Politics’ Civic Forums way back in 2017-18. Now, she’s a third-year Biology major at the University of…
It’s A Shame Nothing’s Happening In The News…
Oct 15 • 35 min
At this week’s Round Table, Eliza (our correspondent from Real Talk), Inica, Isaiah, and Madeline spoke with…each other. That’s right, no guests this week—by design! Much as we love having amazing guests join us each week, we realized we don’t have enough…
There’s a happy medium btw the Court being too loud or too quiet
Oct 13 • 0 min
Anna Salvatore is HS SCOTUS makes clear that there’s a balance btw the court being too loud—aka in the spotlight taking up every hour of our lives-and being too quiet—aka out of public view such that of people don’t understand what’s going on. Information…
Young people don’t often think about SCOTUS-what can we do?
Oct 11 • 0 min
Anna Salvatore, founder of HS SCOTUS, explains why young people generally fail to regard the SCOTUS on the same level as other government branches but more importantly, she dives into what we can do as young people to improve on this matter. —-Send in a…
Teenagers should grow their understanding of the law
Oct 11 • 0 min
Anna Salvatore, the founder of HS SCOTUS, shares why it’s crucial for teenagers and young people as a whole to grasp a greater understanding of the law and our court system as she details how it directly impacts our everyday lives on a significant level.…
My initial interest in the law was pretty random
Oct 11 • 0 min
Anna Salvatore, founder of HS SCOTUS, shared the “founding story” of her blog. It WASN’T because she came from a long line of lawyers or wanted to be a lawyer—she actually thought law was very boring, but she WAS interested in politics. One morning in…
RBG is Gone. Now What?
Oct 8 • 23 min
At this week’s Round Table, Divya Ganesan, our correspondent from Real Talk, Isaiah Taylor, Madeline Mayes, and Olivia Becker speak with Anna Salvatore, the 18 year old founder of HS SCOTUS, a blog she founded in early 2018 with the goal of analyzing…
We have to be willing to reward people who aren’t pure
Oct 8 • 0 min
Peter Loge reminds us that If you’re a candidate, you’re going to behave in a way that’s going to help you get elected.You’re going to seek to pass legislation, raise money, be on TV to raise your profile. So if we want change, it entails changing the…
A lot of politics comes down to incentives
Oct 8 • 0 min
From Peter Loge’s perspective—not as an academic or as a professor—but as someone who has had to pay the bills by advising candidates and electeds on issues, is that a lot of it comes down to incentives. Nobody gets into politics because they like yelling…
Everyone in Washington is very smart and very important—just ask them!
Oct 8 • 0 min
Professor Peter Loge, who heads the Project on Ethics in Political Communication at George Washington University, makes clear that we don’t reason by facts, even though we often THINK we do. —- Send in a voice message:…
Journalists Should Avoid Bias
Oct 8 • 0 min
In honor of our One Year Anniversary, we’re revisiting our archives and sharing some clips from our early episodes last year. Here, Professor Howard Schneider, founder of the Center for News Literacy, shares his thoughts about how journalists should avoid…
It’s not about you as the journalist, it’s about the readers
Oct 8 • 0 min
Gabe Fleisher shared that he’s always thinking about what he can write or what details he can add to make the readers really understand what’s going on and make them feel like they know what happened at momentous events and momentous places. You’re trying…
My goal is to help readers feel like they’re here with me
Oct 7 • 0 min
Gabe talked about his excitement to bring original reporting to the newsletter now that he’s at college in DC rather than St Louis. In his few weeks in DC, he’s interviewed Senators in the Capitol, covered the vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court on…
I don’t think age is a determinant or skill or quality
Oct 6 • 0 min
Gave Fleisher notes that he thinks How hard you are willing to work, or how much you are willing to learn, are much greater determinants. His age DOES provide a different perspective in his writing. He’s deeply committed to making politics as accessible…
You come at it with the knowledge that you can’t cover everything
Oct 4 • 0 min
Gabe Fleisher talked to us about the challenges of figuring out what to cover and what NOT to cover in his daily newsletter. He tries to stay focused on several specific areas—The White House, Congress, The Courts, and Elections—and DOESN’T cover things…
As a journalist today, you can’t say anything without expecting some kind of attack
Oct 4 • 0 min
Gabe Fleisher recognizes that criticism is inevitable. Some people think that’s sad but Gabe thinks journalists should ALWAYS be open to to receiving critical feedback. He notes that he loves hearing from readers—and doesn’t let it dictate his writing.…
Politics reaches into every aspect of our everyday lives
Oct 1 • 0 min
We were so fortunate to speak with Gabe Fleisher, the 18 year old founder of the Wake Up To Politics daily newsletter, this week. Gabe talked about how all encompassing the impact of politics is, for young people even more than older ones, given that…
Time To Wake Up To Politics
Oct 1 • 26 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Isaiah, Madeline, Olivia, and our new correspondent from Real Talk, Eliza Goler, spoke with Gabe Fleisher, the 18 year old founder of the Wake Up to Politics newsletter. Every morning, 50,000 readers wake up to Gabe’s…
It’s a powerful tool for leveraging the fact that you exist
Oct 1 • 0 min
Pat Joseph underscored that the Census is the civil rights fight of our lifetime. We don’t have freedom of privacy. Journalists are potentially being restricted in acting in the American Way that we know—to be informers. When he sees people being exiled…
We represented a lot of the historically underrepresented groups
Oct 1 • 0 min
Pat Joseph emphasized that getting community groups involved was key to marketing the Census in a way that never could have happened at the city level. They represented a lot of those historically underrepresented community groups and reached out to them…
The Census was the most diverse workplace I’ve ever been part of
Sep 30 • 0 min
Olivia noted that she wouldn’t necessarily associate Pat Joseph—as a young man of color—with the Census, bc the Census conjures images of an old white man with a pencil for her. She asked him how he and his team worked to “rebrand” the Census. Pat noted…
I don’t think I’m different from someone who emigrated here
Sep 29 • 0 min
Pat Joseph approaches things from a humanist standpoint, noting that he doesn’t think he’s any different than someone who emigrated here, like his parents did, particularly given that most people in the U.S. originally came from somewhere else if you go…
I feel more empowered by the Census than I do by voting
Sep 28 • 0 min
Pat Joseph notes that he didn’t have a lot at stake in the 2016 election btw Trump and Clinton, because he felt that both candidates were going to do things that he would find absolutely appalling when they came to power. Neither one of them was…
The key question is how do we get people to be excited to fill out the Census?
Sep 28 • 0 min
Pat Joseph describes how he and his team treated getting people to fill out the Census like a multi-faceted social justice campaign. One of his colleagues referred to the Census as “the great civil rights battle of our time.” Because when you think about…
It only makes sense to be counted so we can get $$ to invest in our communities
Sep 27 • 0 min
Pat Joseph notes that when people think of the census, they think about being counted—of someone knocking on the door and asking how many people are in your home. Some people, erroneously, think of it as being about citizenship, which it’s not—ALL people…
The big learn there was it isn’t just classroom or school-based issues causing inequities.
Sep 25 • 0 min
Much though Pat loved his work for the Manhattan Borough President, he saw there was quite a lot of harm being done around him. His big learn was there was that it isn’t just a classroom or school based issue causing inequities; there are quite a lot of…
I see education policy as a route to correct some of the evils I’ve experienced.
Sep 25 • 0 min
Pat Joseph comes at things from an educational perspective. He taught HS special ed for 4 years and experienced educational inequity first hand, teaching in predominantly white schools on the Upper West Side and in schools serving predominantly students…
Making Sense of the Census
Sep 24 • 25 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Isaiah, Madeline, and Olivia spoke with Patrick Joseph, PhD student at Teachers College and Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Educational Equity, where he works on civic diversity. Patrick’s commitment to…
I use social media but it is a very, very scary place
Sep 24 • 0 min
Podcaster Madeline shared her concerns about social media being a wormhole that she doesn’t want to get sucked into. Simultaneously, she feels a need to stay updated about what’s going on amongst GenZers, so she forces herself to go on a bit. She also…
The top media shared on Facebook tends to be conservative
Sep 24 • 0 min
Olivia asked about whether one group or party would be more negatively affected than others by media policy decisions. Robyn noted that the implications are much more equal than people tend to think. If you look at the top media that’s shared on FB, it…
Are you American enough?
Sep 24 • 0 min
Media analyst Robyn Caplan talked about how politicians are engaging in debate as to whether platforms will follow rules and norms of the US or elsewhere, given that they operate globally. There’s concerns about whether this could lead to tech companies…
Facebook has a tendency to create policies without thinking them through
Sep 23 • 0 min
Robyn Caplan notes that she has every belief that Facebook will change its political ad policy before the election. She agreed that it could definitely backfire. There are Concerns that essential voter information won’t be able to get out in a timely…
There’s a meaningful distinction between moderation and mediation
Sep 23 • 0 min
Robyn Caplan discussed the distinction btw mediation and moderation as strategies used by platforms to increase trustworthiness of information online. Users tend to engage in moderation but a lot of platforms use a system of mediation to determine what is…
It’s important to protect the right of people to criticize those in power
Sep 23 • 0 min
Robyn Caplan underscored the importance of policies that prioritize a protected class. She explained the distinction between freedom from speech and freedom of speech. In the U.S., they are collapsed and freedom TO speak is prioritized over freedom from…
What constitutes hate speech depends on what country you’re living in
Sep 22 • 0 min
Robyn Caplan contextualized that the U.S., unlike many other countries, doesn’t have the notion of protected class. As such, a lot of platforms have policies against hate speech that don’t take power relationships into account and instead paint with a…
Most platforms are concerned with building trust and improving their reputations
Sep 22 • 0 min
Robyn Caplan shared that since 2016, tech companies that had once been heralded as models of innovation and where the American economy needed to be headed, have been much more critiqued, both as monopolies and for the impact of their dominance on that…
Every part of your experience affects your work
Sep 21 • 0 min
Media analyst Robyn Caplan shared how fundamentally her psych degree informs how she makes sense of social media (as it should for all of us…) —- Send in a voice message:
I sort of fell into writing about media
Sep 20 • 0 min
Robyn Caplan started off pursuing psychology but sort of “fell into” writing about the business of media because she was seeing a lot of fascinating things behind the scenes. Early in her career she looked at things like how l metrics influence the things…
Will Facebook really do it?
Sep 17 • 35 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Isaiah, Madeline, and Olivia spoke with Robyn Kaplan about Facebook’s recent decision to ban political ads in the week leading up to the election. As a technology researcher at Data & Society and a doctoral student in…
Don’t let the structures silence you
Sep 17 • 0 min
Karin most wants students to know that although NYC Schools is putting health and safety first, they still want to keep student voice at the center. She urges students to not let the challenges of school structures silence you, bc you know better than…
There’s actually time to do a lot of cool stuff in school if you get rid of the annoying stuff
Sep 17 • 0 min
What does Karin hope the lasting legacy of Covid will be, good bad or ugly? Given that Covid has laid bare all of the existing inequities that were already there, one legacy Karin hopes will be sustained is the willingness of people to have really tough…
One of the things we learned is that zero structure doesn’t work
Sep 17 • 0 min
Nor does 6 hours and 20 min on a Zoom call with the same adult. Karin Goldmark talked about finding the right balance between structure and flexibility. What does seem to work is a mix of interactive sessions AND time when you do all see each other AND…
You can’t have 2600 answers to the question of what time does school start
Sep 16 • 0 min
It’s hard to make decisions that will work well for the many different kinds of school buildings and contexts in NYC and the disparate conditions and constraints they face. Like many things, these struggles predate the pandemic but the pandemic…
You can’t punish your way into compliance at the level that is needed
Sep 15 • 0 min
Karin Goldmark notes that mask mandates can be adhered to without violating one’s democratic right to protest or to exercise or to go about one’s life. People have found ways to adapt without bringing the case count up. Public health officials are clear…
It’s important to teach people about the science if you want them to follow it
Sep 14 • 0 min
Karin Goldmark underscores the importance of teaching people about the science—why its important to wear a mask, why it’s important to wash our hands frequently, why it’s important to maintain six feet of distance. People are much more willing to respect…
We’ve had so many difficult conversations…
Sep 12 • 0 min
Karin Goldmark, Deputy Chancellor of the country’s biggest, most diverse school system, shared her concerns, both as a school leader and as a parent, that safety and health precautions would not only be complicated and hard to do, they would make school…
To Open or Not to Open? That’s the 130,930 Question
Sep 10 • 23 min
At this week’s The Round Table, we welcome in two new podcasters—Madeline Mayes and Isaiah Taylor—as Julianna, Riya, and Sara have headed to college. Inica, Isaiah, Madeline, and Olivia interviewed Karin Goldmark, Deputy Chancellor for School Planning &…
Malcolm is our Imam and w/o him, Islam in the U.S. would be very different
Sep 10 • 0 min
Cyrus talks about parallels and differences btw strategies for social justice undertaken by Muslim vs Black Lives Matter activists. He notes that there’s tremendous overlap btw black and Muslim communities since over half of Muslims in America are blacks…
We need a human rights framework focused on the dignity of all human beings.
Sep 10 • 0 min
Cyrus McGoldrick’s worldview is very influenced by his being half Iranian and half Irish. He looks to the Irish freedom struggle —part of Ireland (Northern Ireland) is still partially occupied by England through their two estate solution. The Irish still…
I felt very limited by a civil rights framework
Sep 10 • 0 min
Cyrus McGoldrick shared how disheartened he was seeing young people going into prison and losing every appeal , fighting cases that were clearly political. When every court in the land declares someone guilty, within a civil work framework, organizations…
I am very much a student of Malcolm X
Sep 8 • 0 min
Cyrus McGoldrick talks about his hero, Malcolm X. Malcolm was a product of, and one of the great producers of, a black internationalism and a radical black politics that lives on and is very much alive anywhere people are protesting the state. Malcolm…
What makes a successful campaign?
Sep 6 • 0 min
Cyrus McGoldrick talks about the importance of knowing who you are and who your community is in building a successful campaign. The word community is too often used cavalierly as an ideal or an imagined backdrop to the work we are doing. We talk about…
For years I lacked understanding of how politics and power worked in practice
Sep 4 • 0 min
Cyrus McGoldrick, doctoral student currently living in Turkey, shared his evolution as a human rights activist. He tried to plug into the anti war and anti Bush efforts, but notes that he and his peers didn’t have a practical idea of how politics and…
Movement Building for Human Rights
Sep 3 • 28 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica and Olivia—along with Julianna, Sara, and Riya in their last episode before heading to college!—spoke with Cyrus McGoldrick, a lyrical artist of Iranian and Irish descent and an American Muslim activist who has worked for…
Even champions of women don’t hire women in the numbers we’d like
Sep 2 • 0 min
Mark Hanis remembers when Hillary Clinton was running for president, a lot of people talked about the need for their to be more women in government. This made him curious about how many women worked for Clinton when she was Secretary of State. He found…
What it will take to have a truly representative government
Sep 2 • 0 min
Mark Hanis notes that too often when we focus on diversity and inclusion, we just focus on one aspect like gender or race. It’s important to be conscious and vigilant about who’s not in the room. Intersectionality plays an important role in this—asking…
Government tends to be ageist
Sep 2 • 0 min
Mark Hanis shares his concerns that people who are younger tend not to be taken as seriously in government. At Inclusive America, when they look at categories of diversity in order to ensure a more level playing field , age is one of them along with…
Too often we focus on the individual instead of the team or movement
Sep 2 • 0 min
Mark Hanis talks about how much he enjoyed his time working for the Office of Vice President Joe Biden. He notes that too often we focus on the individual and not enough on the team or on movements, yet rarely is any social change possible without large…
We’ve never had a female Vice President in U.S. History—and it’s time to
Aug 31 • 0 min
Given this, Mark Hanis shares his feelings that when Biden says he’s going to only select from a very qualified pool of women candidates, you could argue that it’s tokenism or affirmative action or you could say it’s almost impossible for a woman to make…
How do you identify diverse candidates w/o being tokenistic?
Aug 30 • 0 min
Mark Hanis notes that Inclusive America looks at the feeders for positions and notice there are strong “tracks” to getting jobs in government. A really troubling thing about the 5000 appointments the Executive Branch makes is that they violate all hiring…
Our demographic makeup shouldn’t dictate if people get to be an ambassador
Aug 29 • 0 min
Mark Hanis shared troubling trends about demographic makeup in the Executive Branch. We’ve never had a woman ambassador in the US for many countries like Germany, Israel, Spain, Russia, China, and Turkey although there have always been very talented women…
Who is trying to make our government representative of the people?
Aug 28 • 0 min
As a White House Fellow working for the National Security Council as part of Vice President Biden’s team, Mark Hanis couldn’t help but notice that most of the people around him were white men. He inquired about who was trying to make government…
How inclusive IS America?
Aug 27 • 22 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane, Madeline Mayes, and Olivia Becker spoke with Mark Hanis, serial social entrepreneur and most recently co-founder of Inclusive America AND Progressive Shopper. Did you know that the Executive Branch is the…
We’re not the first population to deal with a pandemic or economic hardship
Aug 27 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz underscores how much wisdom there is to be mined in our religious traditions, especially about dealing with hard times. So she wanted to write a book that both covered the basics of Judaism and unearthed Judaism’s deepest, most…
Is a paper you labored over less authentic than something you dashed off?
Aug 27 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz shared how the Obamas riffed and wrote for weeks in advance of giving a speech out of respect to the audience, so that by the time they were in front of an audience it was well structured and presented coherently. There’s a myth that the…
As a child, I thought Judaism was a man in the sky who punished people.
Aug 27 • 0 min
Revisiting Judaism as an adult, Sarah Hurwitz found that it had thousands of years of wisdom for millions of humans on what it means to be human: what it means to be a good person, what it means to lead a truly worthy life, and how to find spiritual…
What’s important to understand about Trump is that he comes across as an authentic politician
Aug 27 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz shared the degree to which authenticity resonates with audiences, from Michelle Obama to Donald Trump. With Trump, people feel that nothing about him is hidden, which appeals to many people, even those who don’t like him. Sarah thinks it’s a…
There’ve been a lot of great lines written in history that you’ve never about
Aug 27 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz underscores how much context matters in remembering a great line—and the degree to which there’s an element of randomness. Michelle Obama had used the line “when they go low, you go high” in previous speeches but it was in the context of the…
If the moment’s not amazing, no one’s ever going to hear the soundbite
Aug 26 • 0 min
Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz unpacks when and why a line like “When they go low, we go high” (which Michelle Obama wrote herself) is so powerful. —- Send in a voice message:
The final great truth of effective speechwriting is show don’t tell
Aug 25 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz underscores that what people remember is stories and images, not adjectives. Think about how Michelle Obama started her 2016 Convention speech. She didn’t say, “on my daughters’ first day of school at the White House, I was anxious and…
Barack Obama shared who he was and people were electrified by it
Aug 24 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz shared that tbe second great truth of effective speechwriting is say something true. Often people will try to think what will make me sound smart or funny or powerful or what does the audience want to hear but your first question should be…
There are a few keys to really good speechwriting
Aug 24 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz shared the key truths of really good writing The first is writing that sounds like a human being would actually say it. You have NEVER turned to a friend and said, “hey, do you want to leverage our platform to catalyze a zoom call tonight?”…
I always wanted wanted her voice in my head
Aug 24 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz shared that people often ask her how she nailed Michelle Obama’s voice in speeches she’d write for her. Sarah notes that what she thinks people are REALLY asking is how did you, a white Jewish woman “get” the voice of a black woman when you…
Michelle’s stories, ideas, and language were always the beating heart of any speech
Aug 22 • 0 min
So HOW do you write a speech for someone else—esp someone famous and iconic? Sarah Hurwitz shared that the key is to know them and their voice really well and to listen very carefully. —- Send in a voice message:
Michelle constantly asks what is the deepest, most important truth I can tell right now
Aug 21 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz LOVED working w Michelle Obama. Michelle stayed true to herself rather than saying or doing things for political expediency. She never wanted to give some boring, weedy, wonky speech—she wanted to tell people stories, and touch their hearts,…
2 failed jobs, 3 losing campaigns—and then I was hired by the Obama Campaign
Aug 20 • 0 min
Sarah Hurwitz shared her journey to becoming an (ace) speechwriter. After a bumpy start—and a number of campaign losses—she was hired by then-Senator Barack Obama’s campaign. She ended up being “loaned” to Mrs Obama to write her convention speech in ‘08.…
The Making of a Great Speech—and a Great Speechwriter
Aug 20 • 35 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, graduating podcaster Julianna, incoming podcaster Madeline, and Olivia spoke with Sarah Hurwitz, author of “Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life — In Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look…
Nothing is wrong with “anyone but Trump” as a unifying call
Aug 19 • 0 min
Riya Mehta shared her views that there isn’t l anything wrong with having “anyone but Trump” be the Democratic Party’s unifying call right now. She noted that ultimately, the focus of America is the middle class, the working class, and that’s what Trump…
With moderate solutions, it feels like two steps back, one step forward
Aug 19 • 0 min
Inica shares her concern that defeating Trump is the only thing the Democratic Party is worrying about and standing for right now. She expresses concerns about Biden staying silent and not talking about the issues he plans on focusing on when in office.…
Democratic nominees are going to be attacked as radical leftists whatever their politics are
Aug 15 • 0 min
One of the biggest things the primary was focused on was electability. Calvin Cullen shares his strong beliefs that the establishment part of the Democratic Party was wrong to feel the party couldn’t nominate a Bernie Sanders or an Andrew Yang because…
I think the election is going to be a whole lot closer than people think
Aug 13 • 0 min
Calvin Cullen, creator of the podcast CC’s World based in Birmingham Alabama, notes that when it comes to electoral strategy, he feels Biden boxed himself into a corner when he committed to picking a woman. He feels Biden should have focused on policies…
Sounds Like Comma-la
Aug 13 • 25 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Olivia, Riya, and Sara spoke with Calvin Cullen, college student, Birmingham Coordinator for Take Back Our Republic, and creator of CC’s Word, a weekly opinion podcast about current events and the politics of the day. We…
We have expertise in knowing your students and that’s the most valuable thing
Aug 12 • 0 min
Divya and Eliza of Real Talk note that where they as students come in is in helping teachers know what exactly students are going to be most receptive to in civil discourse. They underscore that they don’t have all the expertise—they’re still students…
REAL TALK is an acronym for our core principles
Aug 11 • 0 min
Divya and Eliza use REAL TALK as an acronym to explain their core principles for productive discussions, like E for Embrace Discomfort and K for Know Yourself. This is coupled with a core curriculum of seven lessons that cover core skills that connect…
In a debate there’s usually two sides, but life can rarely be reduced to two perspectives
Aug 10 • 0 min
Real Talk cofounders Divya and Eliza find that there are elements of debate that are really effective—and some that are less so. One really valuable aspect is the ability to take on perspectives that you don’t necessarily agree with and go through logical…
The culture of conversation in classrooms isn’t as productive as it could be
Aug 8 • 0 min
Real Talk cofounders Divya and Eliza found that living in a liberal area, people were focusing on one side of the debate and were scared of bringing up other perspectives, even ones they didn’t believe in. Although the point of the discussion was to learn…
When bipartisanship happens, it often doesn’t connect with peoole
Aug 6 • 0 min
Frances Lee noted that conflict leads, conflict is the story, conflict is exciting. so the issues that generate conflict get attention. When legislation gets worked out in a bipartisan way, it gets little attention. Do most Americans know much about the…
You’ve got to be ready for disappointment as an activist in US politics
Aug 6 • 0 min
Frances Lee of Princeton shared with us that in her class on Political Ambition, she teaches about how politics takes patience and perseverance and you have to be armed against the failure of your fondest hopes. So you push and push and yet you achieve…
Real Talk—with the cofounders of it
Aug 6 • 25 min
At this week’s Round Table, Julianna, Olivia, and Riya spoke with Divya Ganesan and Eliza Goler, co-founders of Real Talk. Divya and Eliza, now rising high school seniors, first began thinking about “Real Talk” as middle school debate partners because…
Government is a set of handcuffs for those who desire bold change w/o broad support
Aug 1 • 0 min
Frances Lee underscored that even under circumstances where a party has its best opportunity to legislate a partisan agenda, it struggles and most of the time it’s not even possible. So despite polarization and the difficulties acquiring bipartisan…
We look at how legislation gets enacted in American politics
Jul 31 • 0 min
Frances Lee, Professor of Politics at Princeton U and a top scholar of partisanship, spike with us about how legislation gets enacted in American politics, which has not changed despite the rise in polarization. Bipartisanship is still necessary.…
We don’t think Millennials all think the same way but we do think we have shared values
Jul 30 • 0 min
Blanca and Rachel is OneFiveTen share that they don’t think all millennials and GenZ all think the same way but they do think we tend to support specific policies and specific ideas about society and what kind of country we want to live in. That has…
Limitless Parties: Lawmaking in a Polarized Era
Jul 30 • 18 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Olivia, and Sara spoke with Frances Lee, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and one of our country’s most instrumental scholars of partisan politics. Professor Lee has a new book coming out…
The word “donor” feels scary to a millennial
Jul 27 • 0 min
Rachel Kastner of OneFiveTen notes that the word “donor” feels scary to a millennial on a limited budget and juggling college loans. She noted that if someone like her who is politically aware and engaged isn’t giving, it’s hard to imagine how many…
The basis of OneFiveTen is generational collective action
Jul 24 • 0 min
Blanca Andrew and Rachel Kastner of OneFiveTen talk about the degree to which young people are left out of political power—despite comprising 138 million people. If we can each chip in small amounts, we can make the same impact as large donors. Further,…
That compromise around coronavirus is the exception not the rule tells us a lot about politics today
Jul 23 • 0 min
Michael Thorning discusses how divided Congress has become. Fortunately, I a crisis, people are more likely to put aside political differences because they’re comparing the consequences of not acting with potential electoral consequences. We have to be…
Follow the Money: Creating Generational Wealth
Jul 23 • 27 min
At this week’s Round Table, Riya and Sara spoke with Blanca Andrei and Rachel Kastner, co-founders of OneFiveTen. OneFiveTen is committed to making Millennials and Gen-Zers the political powerhouse they can be by empowering the generation with information…
In Congress, we’re supposed to have debate & people are supposed to negotiate
Jul 22 • 0 min
Michael Thorning underscores that our elections are the foundation of how we decide who is going to represent us. Unfortunately the parties increasingly believe that the other side is stacking the deck and changing the rules to work against them. This…
No doubt we are going against the grain of where the country is moving right now
Jul 20 • 0 min
Michael Thorning broke down the challenges of our time: People are more and more attracted to extreme views in politics—extreme views have become how people distinguish themselves from one another—AND we have been living through a period of extreme…
My work focuses on how to make Congress more responsive and more representative
Jul 18 • 0 min
Michael Thorning from the Bipartisan Policy Center shares some of the fascinating programs he works on like BPC’s American Congressional Exchange, a first of its kind program in which bipartisan pairs of congress members visit each other in their home…
Looking at the nuts and bolts of our democracy
Jul 16 • 22 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Olivia, and Riya spoke with Michael Thorning, Associate Director for Governance at the Bipartisan Policy Center which, as the name implies, actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to…
Whether objectivity exists is a debate historians have been having for a long time
Jul 15 • 0 min
In response to a question from Inica about whether there is value in establishing facts and enabling people to figure out their own opinions, Julian Zelizer notes that this is a debate historians have been having for a loooong time. His shared his belief…
I use students’ energy to animate the classroom
Jul 9 • 0 min
Professor Zelizer debunks the idea of college campuses being environments where professors are scared to speak and everything is fraught. He underscores that he’s found students engaged in the issues and wanting to debate them, and that he uses that…
The creation of “smashmouth partisanship”
Jul 9 • 0 min
Professor Julian Zelizer’s tells us about his newest book, which focuses on Newt Gingrich who helped bring down the Speaker of the House for the first time in history as he rose to power, introducing a new kind of partisanship called “smashmouth…
Why Is the House Burning?
Jul 9 • 28 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotosthane and Riya Mehta interviewed Julian E. Zelizer, a professor at Princeton University and author of 19 books on American History and politics and over nine hundred op-eds, including a weekly column on CNN.Com. He’s…
I wanted to be able to guide the research questions I answered
Jul 3 • 0 min
Johanna Lacoe of the California Policy Lab shared how in studying important issues related to education, school discipline and school safety, housing and foreclosures, neighborhood crime and criminal justice, she became increasingly aware of how linked…
There is an age old American conflict btw federalism and anti-federalism
Jul 2 • 0 min
Michael Jackson talks about the age-old tensions between uniformity at the top and local power. He underscores that a lot of the discourse around policing is because there is no uniform Use of Force law in America, there is no uniform training of cops in…
What’s Criminal About the Criminal Justice System
Jul 2 • 24 min
At this week’s Round Table, Julianna, Riya, and Sara spoke with Johanna Lacoe of the California Policy Lab. Dr Lacoe is a policy scholar with expertise in criminal and juvenile justice, education, employment, and housing. Her work includes evaluations of…
There’s been a huge improvement in discourse around police brutality
Jun 28 • 0 min
Michael Jackson talks about how policing has become so militaristic that it’s bled outside poor black urban communities and become ingrained in the culture of policing, affecting people it didn’t use to affect. Once a culture of authoritarianism and…
There’s a huge difference btw the moment we’re in now and the moment we’ve been in before
Jun 26 • 0 min
While police brutality and anti-black institutional racism have been with us for a long long time, Michael Jackson reflects on differences of the current moment, noting the very different composition of the current protests and the degree to which media…
What we have to understand is how we got here
Jun 25 • 0 min
Michael Jackson of the Center for Community reflected with us this week about the Black Lives Matter movement and this particular moment. He underscored that issues we’re dealing with are not new. Today we’re STILL dealing with police brutality, power,…
This Moment—and What We Can Learn from Movements
Jun 25 • 37 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Julianna, Olivia, Riya, and Sara spoke with Michael Jackson, political analyst and researcher with the Center for Community Change. Four months ago, we spoke to him about why the Black Lives Matter movement matters. This…
The 2 things that help women make change are education and the ability to make a livelihood
Jun 19 • 0 min
Karen Sherman, president of Akilah Institute, talks about the importance of giving women voice and choice through economic empowerment and education —the two things that help women around the world to make change in their lives, families, and communities.…
Building Hope, Brick by Brick
Jun 18 • 19 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Julianna, Olivia, and Riya spoke with Karen Sherman, President of Akilah Institute, Rwanda’s only women’s college, and author of the new book Brick by Brick — Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere.…
Don’t let preconceived ideas about journalists prevent you from contributing.
Jun 12 • 0 min
Author and CNN contributor Michael D’Antonio noted that people can be reticent to speak with reporters because of distrust, which hinders communication and understanding. He shared an anecdote about a journalist approaching an angry protester, asking her…
I am fortunate to stand on the shoulders of women who fought battles for us
Jun 11 • 0 min
Barbara McQuade discusses the rampant sexism women from the 1970s endured in the work place and how they paved the way for women like her, creating opportunities those women didn’t have. She underscores that this doesn’t mean sexism, sexual assault, or…
What do Donald Trump, Mike Pence & Barack Obama have in common?
Jun 11 • 19 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Olivia, and Riya spoke with Michael D’Antonio, a regular contributor for CNN and author of more than a dozen books, including Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, The Shadow President: The Truth About…
Where do you draw the line btw political strategizing & deliberate misinformation?
Jun 8 • 0 min
Legal analyst and law Professor Barbara McQuade responds fo Riya’s question about the line between political strategizing and intentionally spreading misinformation; what is the check for that; and how can the public use the legal sphere to counter…
Since we’d been appointed by President Obama, he wanted to get us out of the way as soon as possible
Jun 5 • 0 min
Barbara McQuade, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan until being abruptly fired among many by the Trump administration in 2017, talks about the drivers of the decision, and the implications of it —- Send in a voice message:…
A Woman of Conviction
Jun 4 • 24 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Julianna, Olivia, and Riya speak with Barbara McQuade, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. McQuade previously served as the United States Attorney for…
The only way people can stay home is if lots of other people aren’t
May 29 • 0 min
Graham Brownstein shares his feelings about well off white people telling people to stay home given dependence on other people’s labor, often people who are non wealthy and nonwhite. He feels it’s racism wrapped up in do your service, civic duty,…
Our response to the pandemic is grounded in fear, is racist, is narrow, and is ineffective.
May 28 • 0 min
Graham Brownstein shares his serious concerns about the response to COVID19, noting that “you can’t re-engineer the human animal on the fly.” He warns us that if you hear anyone in a position of power proposing a solution to a problem that is literally…
Maybe we SHOULDN’T be sheltering-in-place
May 28 • 34 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Julianna, Riya, and Sara speak with Graham Brownstein, Chief Strategy Officer for Global Water Farms. Graham is a strong proponent that the country has gone too far for too long with shelter- in- place orders in relation…
Getting people to create relationships across differences is key
May 25 • 0 min
Avi Green of SSN talks about how insular academics can be and how important it is to get beyond campuses into their broader communities to meet new people and try to create compromises and shared projects. But ultimately, he thinks we need to change the…
Change does happen
May 23 • 0 min
Avi Green of Scholars Strategy Network talks about how in order to create political change, we need to create situations in which about 60% of people agree on the changes we need and then win power and use it. There are powerful historical examples of…
The founders did a good job of some things—and they did plenty of things wrong
May 22 • 0 min
Avi Green of SSN talks about the gifts and the burdens left to us by our country’s founders. He underscored that to fix these things, we need a really good diagnosis of what they are. Some things are easy to diagnose: slavery Other things are harder:…
There used to be a lot more bipartisanship in the U.S.
May 22 • 0 min
Avi Green of Scholars Strategy Network talks about how bipartisanship was a larger force in the U.S. when there was a heavy external threat. After the Cold War, we went back to the “normal” way of two parties fighting each other like crazy. We need to…
Bridging Divides, Building Knowledge
May 21 • 20 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Julianna, Olivia, and Riya spoke with Avi Green, Executive Director of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), which helps researchers use relationship-building and communications skills to increase the impact of research…
We have to avoid tyranny of the minority
May 17 • 0 min
Sam Abrams shared his views on the importance of open dialogue on all topics from all perspectives in the classroom which, while controversial to some, are broadly embraced by many college students. He warns that just because there’s a loud voice doesn’t…
I want to be in a room with as much diversity as possible
May 15 • 0 min
Scholar Sam Abrams talks about the limitations of echo chambers and how it’s too pervasive at many colleges today. He characterizes the strength of NYC as being that the city is so diverse, with such a mix of cultures, and that people push, are critical,…
Gen Z is totally different than millennials & the media often misses that
May 15 • 0 min
Scholar Sam Abrams underscores how Gen Z are open, thoughtful, and more centrist in the service of understanding and making the world better and not being concerned with labels and dogmatism. He characterizes Gen Z as the biggest hope we have for the…
Unleashing the Gen Z Youthquake
May 14 • 21 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Julianna, Olivia, and Riya spoke with Sam Abrams, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on questions of related civic and political culture and American ideologies; a professor of…
The Round Table: Our Aims and Aspirations
May 11 • 0 min
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The more intersectional you are, the more able you are to serve everyone
May 9 • 0 min
Global Girlhood’s Pranjal Jain contextualizes the organization’s emphasis on intersectionality—what it is and how they achieve it—as well as the sources of her “raging feminism” —- Send in a voice message:
At its crux, Global Girlhood is exploring authentic, nonhierarchical global citizenship
May 8 • 0 min
Pranjal Jain, founder of Global Girlhood, discusses the organization’s goals to ensure every woman is portrayed in the most authentic ways possible and to encourage a new vision of what global citizenship is —- Send in a voice message:…
Girlhood Gone Global
May 8 • 26 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Olivia, Riya, and Sara speak with Radhika Kalani and Pranjal Jain, Founders of Global Girlhood, a UN-affiliated organization that is revolutionizing the way women interact with each other across the globe. Too often, we…
My mother used to always say, “let your work speak for you.”
May 3 • 0 min
Mayor Spicer talks about the racism and sexism she experiences —and how she transcends it. —- Send in a voice message:
If you haven’t struggled, you don’t know the pleasure of reward
May 1 • 0 min
Mayor Spicer discusses how her experiences have shaped her, the benefits of overcoming challenges, and the limitations of labels. —- Send in a voice message:
“I know that whatever solution I choose has a consequence”
May 1 • 0 min
Mayor Yvonne Spicer describes the problem solving approach she brings to civic issues as a result of her training as a scientist, and the ways she draws upon diversity and divergent thinking on her team to come up with the best solutions. —- Send in a…
The People’s Mayor
Apr 30 • 30 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane, Jade Tyra, Julianna Davis, Olivia Becker, Riya Mehta, and Sara Chough speak with Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham, Massachusetts, AKA the People’s Mayor. This conversation happened in collaboration…
“I knew by the way they walked through the door that this was the org we wanted to work with”
Apr 24 • 0 min
Chrystina Russell of SNHU’s GEM talks about metrics and how she knows partner organizations are doing right by their learners” —- Send in a voice message:
There are over 70 million displaced people & only 3% have access to higher ed
Apr 24 • 0 min
Christina Russell, Exec Director of the Global Education Movement, shares the context of refugee education and why providing a scalable high quality option is so important —- Send in a voice message:
Global Refugee Education—in a Pandemic
Apr 23 • 31 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica, Julianna, and Olivia discuss global refugee education with Chrystina Russell, Executive Director of the visionary Global Education Movement (GEM) at Southern New Hampshire University. Even BEFORE the COVID-19 pandemic,…
The upcoming election: an example of govt moving too slow for the moment that we’re in
Apr 17 • 0 min
Legislative director Elizabeth Adams talks about the vital importance of protecting and maximizing the vote in upcoming elections—safely and civically. —- Send in a voice message:
“Shelter in place is a luxury many don’t have”
Apr 17 • 0 min
Legislative director Elizabeth Adams talks about the creativity City Council needs to demonstrate in responding to this pandemic and how they are responding to housing challenges. —- Send in a voice message:
The Inside Scoop on NYC City Council
Apr 16 • 25 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane, Julianna Davis, Olivia Becker, Riya Mehta, and Sara Chough converse with Elizabeth Adams, Legislative Director for City Council District 33 in Brooklyn. We had a wide-ranging, really interesting conversation…
Coronavirus has been a huge lesson in privilege
Apr 10 • 0 min
Julianna and Riya reflect on the equality vs equity and how this is playing out in the pandemic, the valuable work being done by folks on the front lines, and the carelessness and exploitation by some big companies on the most vulnerable. —- Send in a…
The Civics of COVID-19
Apr 9 • 40 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane, Julianna Davis, and Riya Mehta discuss—surprise!—COVID19. But it’s a more expansive conversation than many are, discussing the impact it’s having on young people and exploring the far-ranging civic…
Most people don’t think about the courts but they influence everything
Apr 6 • 0 min
Janna Adelstein of the Brennan Center for Justice underscores how crucial the decisions made by courts are to every aspect of society and our lives, and notes that despite the attention given to the Supreme Court and federal courts, state courts make 95%…
#JudiciarySoWhite: Towards A Fair and Just Judicial System
Apr 5 • 24 min
At this week’s Round Table, Sara Chough, Julianna Davis, Inica Kotasthane, and Riya Mehta speak with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Alicia Bannon, Managing Director for the Democracy Program and leader of the Fair Courts team, and Janna Adelstein,…
India does not have a very robust health system in place
Mar 29 • 0 min
Amrutha explains the vulnerabilities of the India health care system, which is far less robust than China’s, and how much trouble the country will be in if covid-19 spreads in India as it has elsewhere —- Send in a voice message:…
Corona virus is the only thing the news is talking about in India
Mar 26 • 0 min
India journalist Amrutha Pagad provides context about how the pandemic is playing out in India —- Send in a voice message:
All About India—and Covid-19
Mar 26 • 46 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane, Riya Mehta, and Sara Chough spoke with Amrutha Pagad— journalist, blogger, and podcaster from Bengaluru, India who hosts the podcast “India Off the Record: A Reporter’s Diary,” covering REAL life in India.…
Stand up if you know what the president does?
Mar 19 • 0 min
Lisa Solomon discusses the importance of unpacking the job to be done in order for prospective voters to weigh things like personality vs policies, and the characteristics and experiences that matter most to us as individuals —- Send in a voice message:…
Vote—By Design
Mar 19 • 24 min
At this week’s Round Table, Sara Chough, Inica Kotasthane, and Riya Mehta spoke with Lisa Kay Solomon— educator, best-selling author, Designer in Residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Design, and creator of Vote by Design, an innovative…
The Democratic Party itself is incredibly divided
Mar 12 • 0 min
Inica shares concerns about how divided the party is—candidates AND voters—and the degree to which this evokes 2016, and shared concerns about the Bernie (or Biden) or Bust mindset —- Send in a voice message:
To put it simply, the American people—we’re sort of stupid
Mar 12 • 0 min
Inica debunks the idea that voters vote based on ideology and references the dynamism of our times, compounded by social media, and how it makes it hard to know what’s true and what’s propaganda. —- Send in a voice message:…
Making Sense After Super Tuesday
Mar 12 • 29 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane, Sara Chough, and Jade Tyra discuss the aftermath of Super Tuesday and a week in which five presidential contenders dropped out, leaving two (white, male, over 75 year old) frontrunners on the ballot. We talk…
Can fire be racist?
Mar 6 • 0 min
Professor Fritz Umbach discusses the differences between racism and racial disparities —- Send in a voice message:
What’s the deal behind Stop (Question) and Frisk?
Mar 5 • 24 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane and Riya Mehta speak with Fritz Umbach, Associate Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Fritz studies the history of crime and policing and consults for a number of city agencies and…
Is the format we currently have for debates the best one?!?
Mar 3 • 0 min
Riya Mehta laments the current debate struck the, which lends itself to sound bite culture over substance. While there’s not a perfect way to do it, she notes that 1:1 debates would certainly help… —- Send in a voice message:…
Really the debate is show business
Mar 3 • 0 min
Inica underscores that when it comes to public speaking, being eloquent is an advantage Stuttering leads to losing interest and trust. At root, the debate is show business… —- Send in a voice message:
As a debater, I’ve been taught to avoid ad hominem attacks—but that’s not the case onstage
Mar 2 • 0 min
Inica Kotasthane shares her concerns as a high school debater about attacks on candidates’ character—while also recognizing that the election is about more than just policy issues—it IS about the character of the person we’ll be electing —- Send in a…
Debaters debating debate
Mar 1 • 25 min
At this week’s Round Table, Inica Kotasthane and Riya Mehta—ace high school debaters— discuss their views on the debates to date, the strengths and limitations of the form, and ideas for how the process could be improved to really illustrate what…
What can we in the U.S. learn from other countries in considering punishment vs rehabilitation?
Feb 21 • 0 min
Riya Mehta describes Portugal’s response to drugs—and the impact their policies have had —- Send in a voice message:
“There’s a stigma that people who do drugs deserve to die”
Feb 21 • 0 min
Nicholas Stefanidis talks about public health options that have been tried and what gets in the way of them being funded and sustained —- Send in a voice message:
The roots of the opioid crisis started 20 years ago…
Feb 20 • 0 min
Guest Nicholas Stefanidis explains HOW the crisis started—and how the political process (and lobbyists…) have gotten in the way of solving it —- Send in a voice message:
This Is Your Podcast on Drugs
Feb 20 • 24 min
At this week’s Round Table, Julianna, Riya, and Sara chat with friend of the pod Nicholas Stefanidis about drugs. Yes, drugs—pot legalization, opioid addiction, the real deal with vaping. We examine various dimensions—historic, physiological, economic,…
We need to support refugees the way we support our own people
Feb 13 • 0 min
Tujiza talks about the politics of refugees and the need for governments to look at refugees through the perspective of displacement and the need for homes —- Send in a voice message:
As a society we’ve turned a blind eye to refugees
Feb 13 • 0 min
Tujiza Uwituze discusses the lack of support for displaced populations —- Send in a voice message:
International Human Rights: refugees and refugee education
Feb 13 • 16 min
At this week’s Round Table, Sara Chough, Julianna Davis, and Riya Mehta speak with Tujiza Uwituze, East Africa Representative for the Global Education Movement (GEM) at Southern New Hampshire University, focusing on one of the foremost human…
Because we’re such a young country, we tend to be very ahistorical in everything
Feb 7 • 0 min
Michael Jackson underscores the importance of understanding structure and history—and race— while not feeling overwhelmed and disempowered. —- Send in a voice message:
What is the “proper way” for a black person to protest in the U.S.?
Feb 6 • 0 min
Michael Jackson of the Center for Community Change grounds the BLM movement in history and societal forces —- Send in a voice message:
Why does Black Lives Matter matter? with Michael Jackson
Feb 6 • 12 min
At this week’s Round Table, Riya Mehta speaks with Michael Jackson, political analyst and researcher with the Center for Community Change, about the Black Lives Matter movement— and other social movements like #MeToo— and their strengths and limitations…
Seeds definitely broke me, but it put me back together in a much better place than I was
Jan 31 • 1 min
Meirav Solomon talks about the challenges of building bridges through dialogue in the context of trauma, and the power of bonding with people with very different lived experience— through stories and developing a deep state of empathy—and exploring one’s…
Polarization and Cross Partisanship: Episode VI with Seeds of Peace
Jan 30 • 20 min
At this week’s Round Table, Olivia Becker, Leyla Jacoby, and Meirav Solomon talk about their experiences at Seeds of Peace, an international leadership development program that inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities…
Did you experience any polarization in the student body?
Jan 24 • 0 min
Declan talks about how people engage with views radically different than their own at SEGL —- Send in a voice message:
SEGL in a nutshell
Jan 24 • 0 min
Declan Rexer shares an overview of what makes SEGL SEGL —- Send in a voice message:
Marrying Ethics and Global Leadership: Why You Need to Know about SEGL
Jan 23 • 18 min
At today’s Round Table, Julianna, Maggie, and Riya speak with Declan Rexer and Harjap Singh, recent alumni of the School for Ethics and Global Leadership, a semester program to provide intellectually motivated high school juniors who represent the…
If students don’t have foundational understanding, they’re kinda screwed
Jan 16 • 0 min
Olivia discusses the importance of historical context and cultural context in digesting news and the world around us, and Joel talks about how SHEG is equipping students for these challenges and opportunities —- Send in a voice message:…
Media Literacy and Media Bias Part V with Joel Breakstone
Jan 16 • 23 min
At this week’s Round Table, Olivia, Sara, and Jade speak with Joel Breakstone, Director of the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) about how to educate young people—and all people—to be critically literate, savvy consumers and media in order to be…
So I was sitting in the party meeting, and I was frustrated because nobody knew me or looked like me
Jan 11 • 0 min
Alexandra Madaras shares concerns about how young people are and aren’t being involved in local political parties —- Send in a voice message:
If you’ve ever heard the word gerrymandering, you’ve probably pulled up a picture of my district
Jan 10 • 0 min
High school senior Alexandra Madaras talks about her experiences as a young person working in politics in Ohio. —- Send in a voice message:
Is Voting Caring?: Youth Political Participation Today
Jan 9 • 29 min
At today’s Round Table, Olivia Becker, Julianna Davis, Riya Mehta, and Maggie Yu speak with Alexandra Madaras, editor in chief of the Next Generation Politics blog, about her recent article Not Voting is Not Caring and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves and…
Do you believe everyone, regardless of whether they are involved in the criminal justice system, should retain their right to vote?
Jan 6 • 0 min
Jarrell Daniels, from Columbia University’s Center for Justice, responds to this question posed by podcaster Sara Chough as part of our Putting More Justice in Criminal Justice episode. —- Send in a voice message:
Polarization and Cross Partisanship: Episode V with The Purple Project for Democracy
Jan 2 • 18 min
At this week’s Round Table, Ryan Arranz, Olivia Becker, Maggie Yu, and Jade Tyra interview three of the co-founders of the Purple Project for Democracy—Rebecca Winthrop, Roberto Orci, and Sterling Speirn— as part of our ongoing series on…
International Human Rights Part I: Conversation with Sam Moyn
Dec 26, 2019 • 26 min
At this week’s roundtable, Julianna, Olivia, Riya, and Sara launch a series exploring International Human Rights—what are they, why do they matter, and how are they playing out in the U.S. and around the world today. Today, they’re joined by Sam Moyn,…
Putting more justice in criminal justice
Dec 19, 2019 • 21 min
At today’s Round Table, Sara Chough and Maggie Yu Interview Jarrell Daniels, Program Manager of the Justice Ambassadors Youth Council at the Center For Justice at Columbia University, building off of our recent Civic Forum on Criminal Justice in NYC .…
What’s Happening in Hong Kong—and Why It Matters
Dec 12, 2019 • 16 min
At this week’s Round Table, Maggie Yu and Sara Chough chat with longtime educator Nicholas Stefanidis about the protests that have been going on since June in Hong Kong (six months now!), the role young people have been playing on the frontlines, the…
Polarization and Cross Partisanship: Episode IV with Casey and Marley of Project Divided
Dec 5, 2019 • 35 min
At this week’s Round Table, Julianna, Maggie, Olivia, and Riya speak with Casey Moore and Marley Duchovnay of Project Divided, a start-up, multimedia initiative working to bridge the divide between Americans of different political views. Casey and Marley…
Freedom of Expression: Rights and Wrongs
Nov 28, 2019 • 21 min
At today’s Round Table, Jade, Julianna, Maggie, and Olivia speak with Will Creeley, Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), exploring the parameters of free speech in our world…
Polarization and Cross-Partisanship: Episode III with David Greene of Better Angels
Nov 21, 2019 • 39 min
At today’s Round Table, Olivia and Riya speak with David Greene of Better Angels and explore connections and differences between Better Angels and Next Gen Politics’ approach to working across political differences and divides. —- Send in a voice message:…
Youth Climate Action: Beyond the Strike
Nov 19, 2019 • 35 min
At today’s Round Table, Jade Lozada—a leader of the Youth Climate Strike in NYC—and Jade Tyra—a leader of the Youth Climate Strike in Oklahoma—discuss the climate emergency, debrief September’s Strike and the activism leading up to and emanating out from…
Polarization and Cross-Partisanship: Episode II with Maodan Tohouri of Depolarize
Nov 14, 2019 • 29 min
At today’s Round Table, Olivia Becker and Riya Mehta interview Maodan Tohouri, the inspiring 16 year old founder of Depolarize about what it really takes to counter hyper-partisanship and why it matters. —- Send in a voice message:…
Impeachment: What Does It Mean and (Why) Does It Matter
Nov 7, 2019 • 23 min
At today’s Round Table, Olivia Becker, Julianna Davis, and Riya Mehta explore a topic much in the news—impeachment—through some fresh angles, helping equip YOU with what you need to know to make sense of our current moment. They are joined by guest…
Special Election Edition: Voting Today in the USA
Oct 31, 2019 • 18 min
At today’s Round Table, Civic Fellows Marc Spenser Bauzon, Clara Medina, and Frank Yang interview Brianna Cea, co-founder of Generation Vote and a Research and Program Associate in the Democracy program of the Brennan Center for Justice, following an…
Polarization and Cross-Partisanship: Episode I
Oct 25, 2019 • 22 min
At today’s Round Table, Julianna, Olivia, Riya, and Sara discuss how polarization is playing out in their schools and in our country and why, who benefits and who suffers from polarization, things they learned from interviews with Maodan Tohouri of…
Olivia on Media Literacy
Oct 24, 2019 • 0 min
Promo for our four part Media Literacy series —- Send in a voice message:
Media Literacy and Media Bias: Part IV Synthesis
Oct 17, 2019 • 16 min
At today’s Round Table, Olivia Becker and Riya Mehta close out our four part media analysis series, synthesizing reflections from across our three prior episodes and sharing actionable recommendations for how to navigate today’s media critically and…
Media Literacy and Media Bias: Part III with Peter Loge
Oct 10, 2019 • 43 min
At today’s Round Table, Riya Mehta, a high school senior from NJ, and Olivia Becker, a high school junior from NY, continue our exploration of the role of media in our lives and political landscape through a fascinating conversation with Peter Loge,…
Media Literacy and Media Bias: Part II with Howard Schneider
Oct 3, 2019 • 34 min
At today’s Round Table, Jade Lozada, a senior at the High School for American Studies in NY; Jade Tyra, a HS senior from Norman, Oklahoma; and Olivia Becker, a HS junior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, deepen our exploration of media literacy and…
Media Literacy and Media Bias: Part I
Oct 2, 2019 • 16 min
At today’s Round Table, Olivia Becker, a junior at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Jade Lozada, a senior at the High School for American Studies, discuss questions on their mind about media literacy, and lay out themes we’ll explore over the…