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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 to pod 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 expert in...


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...


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 Khan is a New York City model known for his flashy and non–gender conforming style. He grew up in Jamaica, Queens in NYC and has worked behind the scenes in both the fashion and art world internationally....


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 be tween...


020 – Florida and the Identity of American Public Schools, Beyond Guns – with Alex Heeren

Why Florida teacher Alex Heeren is running for office, and sees hope in the modern student... How does the identity of a public school, its teachers, and it students change after a tragedy like Parkland? All too often it's easy to reduce the current assessment of our schools as political debates around whether teachers should be armed, whether gun control laws pass, or what the Secretary of Education did or didn't say. But for Alex Heeren, the future of the identity of public schools...


019 – America’s Trade Policy and National Security – with Nomi Goheer

The impact of tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum on America's foreign policy and identity on the world stage... Recently, President Trump enacted high tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum into the United States. Domestically, immigrants are being scoffed at for looking a certain way and not being "American" enough. Transgender individuals are being called for not being "fit enough" to serve in our military. Sexual assault & neo-nazi behavior is being condoned by the Oval Office....


018 – The American Identity – Live from SXSW

Who is American Enough under this Administration? The Deputy Director of the ACLU, the actor & co-producer of the Netflix-distributed documentary "Meet the Patels", and the nation's youngest & openly gay mayor to be shortlisted as a presidential contender, all join Vikrum Aiyer on the podcast stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, to examine the American identity. Guest bios: Ravi Vasant Patel is an American actor, who recently wrote & directed with his sister, an...


017 – The Rise of Women Does Not Need to Be at the Expense of Men – with Rachel Payne

When a successful entrepreneur steps into the political arena to reclaim American decency... What do Orange County, comedian Chelsea Handler, and Emily's List all have in common? They are tectonic forces that are powering Rachel Payne's campaign in California's 48th congressional district. Traditionally a Republican stronghold, Payne -- a former philanthropist and entrepreneur -- tells us why she is stepping out of private life and leaning into public life to reclaim American decency,...


016 – Public Service > Scandals

What happens to faith in career civil servants and institutions when scandals hit public service? It's easy to lose faith in public officials, political appointees, and inner aides to any President when you see a drip and drab of headlines, gossip, and resignations. On the heels of Trump's 34th senior departure (in Gary Cohn), host Vikrum Aiyer reflects on his own missteps as a political appointee, and describes how trust in public service and institutions should not be lost due to the...


015 – American Dream Feel Out of Reach? Lace Up & Run for Office. – with Sam Jammal (Congressional Candidate for California’s 39th District)

How do you represent your community in Washington, when it's been said that Washington stopped representing the people a long time ago? Sam Jammal, the son of Arab and Latino immigrants, and candidate for Congress in southern California's 39th congressional district, joins the pod to discuss why running for something can help restore our trust and values in the American Dream. Jammal is a lawyer and candidate for Orange County's 39th Congressional District. As the son of Latino and Arab...


014 – Challenging Identity and Progression of Women – with Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff

Why have so many of us failed to support opportunities for women and girls? Michelle Obama's chief of staff and long time civil rights attorney, Tina Tchen, highlights how everything from systemic work place policies, harassment, and backwards health care laws have challenged the identity and progression of American women, and the responsibility all of us (especially men) have in creating. Christina M. "Tina" Tchen is an American lawyer who most recently served as Assistant to the...


013 – The American Immigrant Experience – with Smithsonian Filmmaker Frank Chi

Bending the arc of social justice through story telling... When statements of American values and principles get boiled down to bumper stickers, sound bytes, or 140-character quips, the moral clarity of what we stand for can quickly get lost. For film maker & media strategist Frank Chi, video content still remains the preeminent way we can learn about one another, share stories, bring art & design to animate discussion around some of the most vexing challenges of our generation. With work...


012 – The Jihad on Fake News – with Reporters Timothy Burger and Daniel Lippman

Fake news: How do journalists do their work, when the very concept of a free press gets attacked for being fake, daily? POLITICO reporter and Playbook co-author, Daniel Lippman, and long time contributor to TIME, Bloomberg, VICE Media and the NYDaily news, Timothy Burger, join the podcast to discuss how the identity of America's free press is being shaped in an era where the truthiness of sourcing is challenged by the Oval Office Daniel Lippman is a reporter for POLITICO and a co-author of...