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America the Voiceless
30 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
12: Ep. 12 - Election Night
In the final episode, hosts Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez will talk about the election results and circle back to the people/organizations that they interviewed to get their perspective on how the election went down.
20 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
11: Ep. 11 - The Struggles Citizens Face Getting to The Polls
Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas discuss how difficult it is for some individuals to get to the polls on election day, and what organizations are doing to help get them there so they can express their right to vote.
19 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
10: Ep. 10 - The Barriers People with Disabilities Face in the Voting Process
Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the laws preventing Americans with mental and physical disabilities from getting to the polls.
24 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
9: Ep. 9 - The Lack of Voting Rights in Puerto Rico and Other U.S. Territories
Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas unpack why Americans living in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, only have the right to vote during the primary elections.
24 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
8: Ep. 8 - The Tools of Modern-Day Voter Suppression
Hosts Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the laws and tactics being used to suppress voters’ rights as Americans prepare to elect their next president.
20 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
7: Ep. 7 - Native Americans: Their Fight For Voting Rights and Citizenship
Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas delve into the history of Native Americans, who went from owning the land to being forced to fight for citizenship in the U.S. The hosts also discuss how voter ID laws particularly affect tribal nations.
19 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
6: Ep. 6 - How COVID-19 Stalled Legal Immigrants’ Dreams to Vote in November
In the second part of a two-episode look at how the voting process excludes immigrants, Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez discuss how the coronavirus pandemic halted naturalization ceremonies, stopping legal immigrants from being able to vote in the general election.
19 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
5: Ep. 5 - How the Undocumented Are Overlooked In the Voting Process
In the first part of a two-episode look at how the voting process excludes immigrants, Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas take a look at how undocumented immigrants can’t vote for the lawmakers responsible for their fate in this country.
21 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
4: Ep. 4 - Can Americans Who Are Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Vote?
Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez dig into the roadblocks faced by Americans who navigate through the criminal justice system. Americans who have been incarcerated or are currently incarcerated often lose the right to vote and have difficulties regaining that right. We hear from Nicole Porter from The Sentencing Project, Dr. Jane Gubser from Cook County Jail and artist Natti from CunninLynguists.
26 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
3: Ep. 3 - A Look at the History of Black Voter Suppression
Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas speak to Black historian and author Dr. Carol Anderson about the turbulent history of Black voter suppression and how those racist systems are still at play today.
20 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
2: Ep. 2 - Republicans: The Party of Voter Suppression?
In the second part of a two-episode look at the nation’s two main political parties, Maria Elena Perez and Nikki Rojas discuss instances where the Republican Party has blatantly suppressed voters. We hear from New Georgia Project executive director Nse Ufot and Harvard Kennedy professor Thomas Patterson
20 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
1: Ep. 1 - Are Democrats Really Trying to Maximize Voter Participation?
In the first part of a two-episode look at the nation’s two main political parties, Nikki Rojas and Maria Elena Perez speak to state Democrats and voting organization leaders about how well the Democratic Party is living up to its mission to “maximize voter participation for all Americans.” We hear from Colorado state Rep. Leslie Herod, Massachusetts state Sen. Becca Rausch, New Georgia Project executive director Nse Ufot and Center for Election Innovation & Research executive director David Becker.
8 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
America the Voiceless Preview Episode
Fun, short conversation with both hosts talking a bit about their first time voting experiences and how that inspired them to come up with this podcast. Preview AV’s first episode on the Democratic Party.
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