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Building the Dream
51 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Senate passed something with Samuel Hammond
Yesterday our famously divided Senate passed a bill. Not just a bill to rename a post office but a bill that aims to help the US compete with China for world domination. We had the chance to sit down with Samuel Hammond of the Niskanen Center to discuss what exactly is in "The Endless Frontiers Act". We talk about where it hits the mark and where it misses. Spoiler alert, it mostly misses the mark.
48 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
What's up with this inflation?
Saikat and I discuss recent inflation fears with New Consensus' Bob Hockett.
22 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Mask Factories are Dying
The US Mask industry is struggling and some manufacturers are on the verge of going out of business. We talk about how the the Biden admin could prevent this and why they should.
42 minutes | May 26, 2021
Booms, Busts, and the Human Dream
Zack and Corbin shoot the sh*t for a while.
48 minutes | May 12, 2021
Save the world and ourselves
With the Covid-19 outbreak slowing down here at home our instincts may be to slow down. But we aren't out of the woods yet. The virus rages on across much of the planet. On this episode we talk about what a slowdown in vaccine production would mean to the US and the rest of the world We talk about the costs in lives, quality of life, and economic output. We make the case for not slowing down and instead going bigger. Zack gets specific when talking about people on the Biden team that could make the difference and how we might be able to encourage them to do so. Hope the audio isn't too bad....
62 minutes | May 7, 2021
Kim Stanley Robinson
We are back from a little break with a great interview. We had the chance to interview author, Kim Stanley Robinson about his new book "The Ministry for the Future". Robinson, discuss his process, how sci-fi has changed impacted our society and how he sees his own role in using fiction to impact our future. I hope you enjoy the episode.
52 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
China v USA
Folks, this here is a fun and light hearted episode where I talk with Saikat and Zack about restarting America's economic engines and rebuilding our manufacturing capacity as a way to compete with China for global position. We also have a little fun looking deep into Thomas Friedman's soul vis-à-vis an editorial he recently published where he examines US/China relations. And as a bonus we also get a Friedman story from Zack (spoiler alert Friedman was mean). But wait there’s more, in the midst of it all we discuss ways that the Biden admin could use the upcoming infrastructure bill as a downpayment on a newAmerican century. Is a manufacturing renaissance a path to peace over the decades to come?
42 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Just the masks, ma'am
Should the Biden admin send masks to every American household? Are we getting ready for the next pandemic? We talk about this and more.
57 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Pod Save America Meets Building the Dream
On this episode we chatted with Tommy Vietor, co-host of Pod Save America and former spokesperson for President Obama and the US National Security Council. We talked about building a stronger Democratic Party, how to best message our successes, foreign policy, and other lessons we've learned along the way.
37 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Braggin on Biden
Corbin and Saikat give credit where credit is due. They talk about the wins in the Covid relief bill and what the Democrats are doing right. There is a critique or two about the way the Democrats are communicating the package and their hesitancy to do the hard sale to the American people.
42 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Could a New Reality Show Save America?
We discuss, among other things, an idea for a reality show. It's kinda like AGT meets Nathan for You but instead of looking for entertainers we are looking for Senate candidates. Corbin is excited. Others (Saikat) are skeptical. Zack is just cynical. Good ep. Enjoy?
69 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Running for the Senate
How long must Missouri tolerate its oat milk latte-drinking, yoga pants-wearing, Ivy League elitist Senator, Josh Hawley? An announcement is made. Stories are told. Good episode.
57 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Biden's Missing His Big Moment
We did an episode talking a bit about how Biden can lead right now. Today, Corbin and Zack delve a bit deeper and talk about how, exactly, Biden could be leading and why it's so incredibly important. Plus, we discuss a few ideas for what we can do to get the message across better. Subscribe to the newsletter at buildingthedream.substack.com.
40 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Emergency episode: Save the Biden White House and America.
We had to speak up. This is an emergency episode. We could no longer sit and watch the train wreck that is near continuous wasted messaging opportunities. From the rapidly declining covid cases and radically ramped up vaccinations numbers to the crisis in Texas Biden keeps missing moments for leadership. Moments to show the American people that electing Democrats is a good thing. We get into the weeds about how they could do things a little differently and heap praise in the things they are doing great at. We also hock some cashew butter and rope sandals. Enjoy!
69 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Is Biden going to blow it?
Zack and I talked about where we are now. How likely is it that Biden will make the most of hist first week post-impeachment?Will he take credit for Democrat’s early successes in fighting Covid? Will he offer a plan to move our economy forward? Zack and I talk about how Biden could capture this moment and lead the country away from Trumpism.
38 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Impacts of Covid on housing and food for the most vulnerable.
I spoke to award winning journalist Idrees Kahloon about how Covid has impacted the communities he covers. We talk housing, food, and jobs and how Americans are handling the crisis. Idrees is the US policy correspondent at The Economist covering domestic politics and policy. Prior to that, he worked on The Economist‘s data journalism team. Enjoy the show.
48 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
How to manufacture enough vaccines to save the world
Our friends over at New Consensus recently released an op-ed in CNN with some ideas for how Biden can fix the vaccine bottlenecks now and ramp up vaccine manufacturing to inoculate everyone in America--and even the world. We spoke with Isaac Larkin, Demond Drummer, Robert Hockett, Amy Ramirez and Zack Exley (this time speaking on behalf of New Consensus) about how we can speed up vaccination, and why it could mean the difference between COVID-19 being history a year from now, and COVID-19 being something we deal with every year forever.Subscribe to the newsletter at buildingthedream.substack.com.
32 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
We are once again looking candidates. This time in the Senate.
This week, we launched a campaign to primary Joe Manchin in 2024--and, believe it or not, it's not a totally stupid idea. In this episode we: discuss the new kind of politics we're dreaming of that can win a state like WV, listen to some buttery-smooth ads that WV neighbor Corbin Trent has recorded, and remind our critics that Joe Machin can't win in 2024 anyways and therefore probably won't run. (And do you want the DSCC picking his replacement?)Also, Saikat wants to know whether you think we should call our new brand of politics "neo-Americanism," while Corbin is rooting for "industrial populism" or something like that. You can vote on our Twitter feed: @buildingpod We hope you enjoy this episode and bear with us as we keep reinventing politics from the ground up.
44 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
It can cost more than 20k a year to be in prison!
Over the Christmas holiday one of my cousins was locked up for violating the terms of her probation. Due to the holiday's she is still there awaiting a bail hearing. Thought this time she hasn't been provided clean underwear or basic hygiene products. The way we treat people that are held in our "justice system" is terrible. In this episode I talk with Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Messenger about how much we exploit those we jail. We discuss the fees that land you in jail, the fees for being in jail, and the terrible conditions you face once you are in jail.
41 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
COVID-19 and Rural Poverty a conversation with Catherine Flowers
Catherine Flowers knows her shit and she has committed herself to making sure we know it too. For years now, Catherine has taken on the herculean task of exposing the impacts of extreme poverty on the people of the United States. I had recently had the opportunity to sit down with her for a conversation. This episode is that conversation. Enjoy?
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