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What the hell is blockchain? – with Sam Cassat, Chief Strategy Officer of Consensys

How blockchain could transform the world... As revolutions in technology continue to change the way we interact with the world, perhaps no one tool promises to change the way we move assets around the world other than Blockchain. The mystique of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies continue to be investigated by skeptics by are being leveraged by believers to change everything from the way we bank, to the way we vote, to the way we build governments. Sam Cassat, the Chief Strategy...


Keeping the American Promise – with Todd Schulte of FWD.US

Has our broken immigration and criminal justice systems locked too many people out from the American dream? Todd Schulte, President of, a bipartisan political organization that believes America’s families, communities, and economy thrive when more individuals are able to achieve their full potential, joins Vikrum Aiyer at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. In this episode: The Trump administration's political rhetoric vs. policy The objective of drastically fewer...


Does the Gain of a Supreme Court Justice Mean A Loss for the Court?

Brett Kavanaugh is now Associate Justice Kavanaugh. What does this controversial addition to the Supreme Court of the United States mean for the identity of the court, the country, and consent? Host Vikrum Aiyer offers some perspective, and heads to the streets and subways of the San Francisco Bay Area for public reaction.


Why build prisons when you can build people? – With Stanley Richards of The Fortune Society

How do we train and upscale workers for the 21st Century? And how can an entire pipeline of 7 million formerly incarcerated workers, seeking to be productive in society, "skill-up". contribute, and fill roles competitively in the labor market, connect with willing and welcoming company? Stanley Richards, Executive Vice President at The Fortune Society, a non-profit organization based in New York City, NY with a mission to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to...


How 300 Americans Changed the Course of World War II

What MAGA Fans Can Learn from the Flying Tigers of World War II... Author & Historian, Samuel Kleiner, details the untold history of 300 brave mercenaries that shaped the course of WW2 before America even entered the war. His new book, "The Flying Tigers" details the early days of the war, and draws valuable insights about how American alliances just a few decades back can inform our identity on the world stage, today. BIO: Samuel Kleiner is a lawyer based in New York City. He was raised in...


Does America Care About Science? – with Kumar Garg

Kumar Garg on whether America can maintain its leading edge in scientific discovery if it routinely bucks the very investments & truths that have been core to American discovery... For nineteen months, The White House has not appointed a science advisor, has dismissed third party research outlining shifts in our climate, and has even entered into nuclear arms negotiations with North Korea without a physicists in the room. Former White House science advisor Kumar Garg joins the podcast to...


Run for Something – with Congressional Candidate Lauren Baer

Mom, Wife, and former foreign policy advisor to the Secretary of State jumps into a race for Congress... Lauren Baer joins the pod to reflect on what it means to be a candidate for office at a time where political divisions are at an all time high, and trust for Congress is at a new low. Lauren Baer was raised in Florida’s 18th Congressional District and calls Palm Beach Gardens home. An attorney and foreign policy expert, Lauren served as an official in the Obama Administration from...


Stopping Sexual Misconduct in Silicon Valley – with the co-founders of #MOVINGFORWARD

A year of momentum for movements like #MovingForward... If 2017 was the year of revelations that roiled the entertainment, news, and tech industry by way of sexual misconduct & workplace harassment coming to light, 2018 has been a year of momentum for movements like #MovingForward. But the technology community, especially with its inherent power imbalance between startup founders and wealthy financiers, has faced a set of unique problems that plague how young innovative companies get off the...


Why Isn’t America Standing Up for Breastfeeding?

For as long as there have been babies, there have been debates over how to feed them... Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Trump administration opposed an international resolution to encourage breastfeeding, stunning maternal health advocates and drawing swift criticism… including from Lucy Sullivan, the Executive Director of 1,000 Days, a non profit focused on maternal health advocacy across the globe. Lucy joins the pod to discuss how corporate interests are reshaping America's...


Democrats running as Republicans – with Jonathan Trichter

When Americans vote, many positions on the ballot don’t even make sense to us. A superintendent? A comptroller? However vague they may sound, these “down-ballot” posts can sway everything from the lunch your kids eat at school to the way the subway system runs. New York State candidate for Comptroller Jonathan Trichter joins "American Enough" to tell us what the hell a comptroller is and why he suited up as a Republican to change the game. BIO: Jonathan Trichter is an investment banker and...


Trump Impersonating Trump

The #1 Donald Trump Impersonator in the World, John Di Domenico, on how comedy, satire, and late night TV is dividing, uniting, and trolling America... John Di Domenico is an American, Emmy Nominated, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Impersonator, he performs many different characters and is best known for his award-winning Donald Trump impersonation. Di Domenico has been performing Trump since 2004. When Donald Trump announced his presidential run in June of 2015, Di Domenico’s career took off,...


Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border

Fighting Family Separation at the Border... While The White House & Congress must act to rescind a policy of cruelty playing at on America's border with family separation, a number of legal aid services are seeking donations, volunteers, and language experts throughout the country. Find out who needs what and where with this special list of resources compiled by Slate. ______________________________________________ There’s a lot going on in America (and the world) and Vikrum Aiyer — Former...


Are Children Missing at the Border? – with Debbie Nathan of The Intercept

Bleeding America's spirit of inclusivity... Immigrants seeking asylum at the US border are being separated from their children en masse due to new enforcement policies by the Department of Justice. But exactly how many kids can't be accounted for is being inconsistently reported. The Intercept's Debbie Nathan joins "American Enough" to clarify what is resulting in a mass separation of families, and how this is bleeding America's spirit of inclusivity. Bio: Debbie Nathan is an investigative...


Do Fashion Models Need a Gender Identity?

Vogue Model, and Instagram celebrity, Richie Shazam Khan joins the pod for a reflection during PRIDE month on how gender non-conformity on the fashion runway has sparked a new brand of queer activism... Richie Shazam is an Artist, Curator and Model born in New York City and currently based between New York and Berlin. Recent and upcoming performances include “Love Me Installation” New Museum, NY NY (2017), “Blind Audition” at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2018), Zucca Project Space, Venice,...


Why it Matters: The White House Disinvited The Philadelphia Eagles

At 4pm on June 4th, 2018 -- a Monday -- the White House issued a statement from the President, and it said: “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem. Hand on heart in honor of the great men and women of our military and people of our country.” To say nothing of the fact that the White House just issued a statement by the...


SPECIAL ELECTION DAY COVERAGE: California’s Democratic Primary – with Eric Bauman

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman discusses how the state of California's primaries will shape the future of the nation and reclaim America's identity... Polls open @ 7AM (find out where to vote here: GUEST BIO: Eric C. Bauman was elected Chair of the California Democratic Party in May, 2017, having previously served as Vice Chair of the CDP (2009-2017). He previously served as Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the...


Are America’s Schools Still Segreg​ated? – with Dennis Parker of the ACLU

The ACLU's Director the Racial Justice Program, Dennis Parker, reflects with host Vikrum Aiyer, on the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the progress we've made in racial inclusion, and the setbacks we confront... Guest bio: Dennis Parker (@DennisDParker) is director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, leading its efforts in combating discrimination and addressing other issues with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Parker oversees work to combat the...


Kneeling with the NFL – with Michel Faulkner, NFL Alumni Association NY Chapter President

Head of the NFL Alumni Association's New York Chapter, and former NY Jets footballer, Michel Faulkner, debates the NFL's decision penalizing players who kneel during the national anthem to protest policy brutality and racial inequities... Staking a position that defends the ban, while supporting civic protest, Faulkner and host Vikrum Aiyer also debate the state of America's right to free expression in an era where everyone from the President to the ACLU and now even sports franchises are...


Data privacy, consumer rights, and governance in the wake of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Whistleblower Brittany Kaiser and information privacy legal expert Cameron Russell join MouthMedia Network CEO Rob Sanchez for a wide-ranging discussion on data privacy... Brittany Kaiser (international law, diplomacy and data-driven campaigning professional and Co-Founder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), as well as former Business Development Director for Cambridge Analytica) and Cameron Russell (Executive Director, Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP), and...


How Sports, Not Politics, Drive Divisions in America – with Zaid Jilani

What if the source of this polarization in our country had little to do with where people actually fall on the issues, or what people actually believe in? The Intercept's Zaid Jilani joins the pod to unpack a new study that identifies how a team-sports mentality in America is wedging more of us against each other, rather than a division on ideas or policies. Mapping the evolution and rise of tribal sports in politics, Jilani highlights how our politics exploit this distinction between team &...