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2016 changed us. We woke up, and now we’re fighting back. In 2018 we took back the House in a massive blue wave and in 2020 we took back the White House, but that was just the beginning. We’re looking ahead to how we’ll build a just and equitable America for us all. Every week you’ll hear inspiring frontline stories from activist leaders, politicians, celebrities, and political insiders. And hosts Steve Pierson and Mariah Craven will give you the tools you need to make an immediate impact on our most critical races.

2016 changed us. We woke up, and now we’re fighting back. In 2018 we took back the House in a massive blue wave and in 2020 we took back the White House, but that was just the beginning. We’re looking ahead to how we’ll build a just and equitable America for us all. Every week you’ll hear inspiring frontline stories from activist leaders, politicians, celebrities, and political insiders. And hosts Steve Pierson and Mariah Craven will give you the tools you need to make an immediate impact on our most critical races.

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United States

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2016 changed us. We woke up, and now we’re fighting back. In 2018 we took back the House in a massive blue wave and in 2020 we took back the White House, but that was just the beginning. We’re looking ahead to how we’ll build a just and equitable America for us all. Every week you’ll hear inspiring frontline stories from activist leaders, politicians, celebrities, and political insiders. And hosts Steve Pierson and Mariah Craven will give you the tools you need to make an immediate impact on our most critical races.

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English


Episodes

Paying Attention with Alonzo Bodden and VA Delegate Wendy Gooditis

10/13/2021
Helping us break down the week and share our reasons for hope is comedian, regular panel member on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and host of the Who’s Paying Attention? podcast, Alonzo Bodden! And because we are still just weeks away from the Virginia election, we’ve got Virginia Delegate Wendy Gooditis joining us to share her inspiring story and get you fired up to help her hold the trifecta! TW: SI Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:22

Countdown to Virginia with Katie Sponsler

10/6/2021
Today we talk, Build Back Better, unions, whistleblowers and Virginia! And joining us to help us talk about Virginia is Air Force veteran and candidate for Virginia House of Delegates, Katie Sponsler. All of that plus our Reasons for Hope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:17

Writing All the Letters! with Vote Forward

10/1/2021
Today we have a special mini-pod to share some exciting news about letter writing! Scott Forman and Emily Wasserman from Vote Forward join us to share their findings from the 2020 election. Spoiler alert… the results are good! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:02

The Sum of Us with Heather McGhee

9/29/2021
Today we are watching as Congress is on the verge of passing historic investments in our country all while trying to avoid a government shutdown. Joining us for our interview is progressive advocate and Color of Change Chair of the Board, Heather McGhee. We talk about her amazing book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together and she talks about why some people in this country insist on voting against their best interests. And then JoAnne Smith from Women’s...

Duration:01:12:32

Saving America with Jon Favreau

9/22/2021
On today’s show, Democrats begin work on legislation to curb Presidential power abuses, the first lawsuit emerges over the Texas abortion ban, and the FDA is on track to approve vaccinations for ages 5 and up by October. Then, joining us for our interview is Crooked Media Founder and Pod Save America host Jon Favreau! We talk about the state of alternative media, the filibuster conundrum, and our Swing Left and Crooked Media, “No Off Years” fund to defend our trifecta in Virginia! All of...

Duration:00:53:40

Building Community with David Berrios

9/15/2021
A busy month on the Hill kicks off and today, we break down the senate’s new Freedom to Vote Act. We also keep our eyes peeled on the “pro-insurrectionist” rally at the Capitol on Saturday, and get you into action in Virginia. Joining us for our interview is the man who is leading the Organizing charge, Swing Left’s Head of Community David Berrios. All that, plus our reasons for hope! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:43

100 Reasons for Hope with VA State Senator Jennifer McClellan

9/8/2021
It’s our 100th episode! Mariah and Steve talk about what they've learned from 100 interviews and 100 reasons for hope. We also talk Statehouses, with Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan. She talks about what it was like (trying to) legislate under republican control, what it’s been like since we gained the Democratic trifecta, and why it is so important to hold on to the majority there this November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:26

World Letter Writing Day with Keiko Agena and Scott Forman

9/1/2021
Today our show is graced by the lovely and talented actor Keiko Agena! You probably know her work on Gilmore Girls, Prodigal Son (and lots more) but you may not know that she is a super-volunteer and activist who can’t stop, won’t stop using her voice to help us protect our democracy! And we are also graced by the equally lovely Scott Forman, the founder and force behind Vote Forward! Scott checks in with us to let us know why we all need to write letters to Virginia voters on World Letter...

Duration:00:46:31

Making Sense of the Census with Ryan Quinn

8/25/2021
Today we are bringing back “The Ryan Report” with Swing Left’s campaign director, Ryan Quinn! We talk about the recent Census data, and what it all means for the rising American electorate, redistricting, and our work in the Midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:58

Spilling the Beans with Dr. Allison Gill

8/18/2021
Joining us today is the force behind the “Mueller She Wrote” and the “Daily Beans” podcasts, Dr. Allison Gill. AG is a veteran and a former employee at the Department of Veterans Affairs. We talk about what it was like launching her pod under the shadow of the Trump administration, get her thoughts on Afghanistan, and talk about staying engaged to win in 2022, 2024 and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:22

Countering Misinformation with Mentalist Ken Salaz

8/11/2021
Today’s guest is an expert in misinformation who knows how to manipulate people to believe and act on suggestions that he places in their minds. He’s not a republican operative, but he is a world renown mentalist, magician, pickpocket, and mind reader… so he acts like a republican operative, but strictly for entertainment purposes. It’s mentalist and magician, Ken Salaz! Ken joins us to talk about misinformation and mind control and what we can do to recognize and counter the GOP’s...

Duration:00:53:20

The Delta Conversation with Dr. Rhea Boyd

8/4/2021
As we are all grappling with another spike in COVID cases due to a very contagious Delta variant and a very large number of unvaccinated Americans, we have a conversation with public health advocate, Dr. Rhea Boyd. We talk about her work to bring credible information about COVID vaccines to Black, and Latinx communities, and what we should expect as our kids head back to school this fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:32

Statehouse Futures with Pete Davis

7/28/2021
Today we are joined by the co-founder of the Democracy Policy Network and author of "Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in An Age of Infinite Browsing", Pete Davis. We talk about how committing to civic advocacy, year round and especially in State houses, will build our power and just might save our Democracy. But first, Mariah and Steve talk about the surge in COVID cases, the Olympics, and the start of the Jan. 6th Commission. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:50

On The Front Lines with Texas Rep. Erin Zwiener

7/21/2021
For weeks we’ve been talking about how democratic Texas state legislators are making good and necessary trouble to protect voting rights, and today we’re going to hear from one! State Representative Erin Zwiener joins us from Washington DC, where she and other Democrats are staying to prevent quorum in the Texas state house. She talks to us about what’s next and what they hope to accomplish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:36

Virginia Avenger with Delegate Joshua Cole

7/14/2021
Let’s call him the Avenger of Virginia! Joining us today is Delegate Joshua Cole. After losing a race by just 73 votes in 2017, he organized and made a big comeback in 2019, helping turn Virginia Blue! As one of the youngest members of the Assembly, he’s making a heroic impact on his community, the Commonwealth of VA, and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:28

Defending Democracy with Marc Elias

7/7/2021
Today we are talking to the man who is on the front lines of election and voting rights litigation, fighting against the GOP’s efforts to suppress our votes, and fighting for our democracy. He is the founder of Democracy Docket, and is truly THE expert on election law. Of course, we are talking about Marc Elias. We talk about the work he’s doing on redistricting, the Supreme Court's anti-democracy decision on voting rights, and how we can all support his important work. Learn more about your...

Duration:00:49:47

Delivering Democracy with Jaime Harrison

6/30/2021
Joining us today is DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison! Many of us supported Jaime in his historic attempt to unseat Lindsay Graham and serve as US Senator from South Carolina. Now, he’s helming the DNC and working to build a new generation of Democratic electeds and activists. He shares his strategy to build our bench, win up and down the ballot, and deliver democracy for the people! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:27

Resistance to Persistence with Ethan Todras-Whitehill and Tori Taylor

6/25/2021
You’ve been asking about the plan... Today we’ll spill the beans on our strategy for the next 10 years! We’re joined by Swing Left Executive Director Tori Taylor and Founder Ethan Todras-Whitehill. They’re talking to us about our move from Resistance to Persistence, and most importantly, how you can jump in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:08

Holding Virginia with Diedrich Bader and Delegate Nancy Guy

6/16/2021
Joining us today to help get us fired up about this fall's election is Virginia Delegate Nancy Guy. She’s got an incredible story about running for office in the town she grew up in and how she made it through a squeaker of a race. But first we are joined by actor, history buff, and Virginia native son, Diedrich Bader. With an incredible story of his own about growing up in a political family, Diedrich helps us break down the week, and shares what gives him hope. See omnystudio.com/listener...

Duration:01:14:04

How We Protect Our Voting Rights Pt. 2 with Ari Berman

6/9/2021
Our voting rights are under attack. The For The People Act is in the Senate, but the filibuster stands in the way of it passing. How do we fight back against the biggest voter suppression campaign since the reconstruction? Mother Jones reporter and voting rights expert Ari Berman returns to our show to give us some historical context and help us figure out what we can do about it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:49:07