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25 minutes | a month ago
Episode 28 - Author/Journalist Ross Benes
Ross Benes grew up in small town Nebraska, surrounded by Republicans. Now he lives in Brooklyn. His book "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold" details Nebraska's move rightward but is also a personal story about understanding both rural and urban cultures, and how to bridge that divide. Ross and Roger discuss the misconceptions about rural voters and how Democrats can be competitive in Nebraska again.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 27 - Author/Journalist Alec MacGillis
Journalist Alec MacGillis often writes about inequality in the U.S., including a New York Times article that led to the launch of this very Clusterfucked podcast. His new book, Fulfillment: Winning & Losing in One-Click America, looks at winners and losers in different regions through the lens of Amazon. Roger and Alec discuss the book, how the pandemic has affected liberal clustering and more.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 26 - Ben Wikler, Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party
Wisconsin Democratic Chair Ben Wikler joins Roger to discuss Wisconsin politics: how Biden beat Trump in the state, the 2022 campaign to defeat Republican Senator Ron Johnson, how candidates can win regularly in Wisconsin, and more.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 25 - Senator Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) and Alabama Minority House Leader, Anthony Daniels
Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) and first ever African-American Alabama Minority House Leader Anthony Daniels join Roger for a lively discussion on what Democrats need to do to reach out to rural voters, particularly in deep red states.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 24 - Ashley York, Director of the documentary film, Hillbilly
A California filmmaker goes back to where she grew up in small-town Kentucky to find out why her relatives support Trump and to explore the cultural stereotyping of the people of Appalachia. Roger and Director Ashley York discuss her film Hillbilly, the conditions that led to the politics of the region and the surprising progressive community in Kentucky and surrounding red states.
47 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 23 - David Shor, Former Data Analyst for Obama For America/Obama's 2012 re-election campaign
At 20 years old, David Shor was hired by Obama for America and was a key data analyst & forecaster for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. David and Roger discuss the polling problems with the 2020 election, who non-voters really are, myths about which issues are actually popular with voters, and more.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 22 - Bill Kristol, Editor of The Bulwark and Founding Director, Republican Voters Against Trump
Bill Kristol had long been one of the most well-known Conservatives in the country - until Trump. Bill & Roger discuss what the election results tell us about the Republican party, whether the GOP will ever quit Trump and how Democrats can keep voters like him and the rest of the Never Trump movement.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
Special Episode - 2020 Election Preview
Host Roger King gives his quick overview of what to expect on election night, including key swing states to watch and the differences in the polls between 2020 and 2016.
30 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 20 - Hassan Martini, Executive Director, No Democrat Left Behind
No Democrat Left Behind is a one-of-a-kind grassroots movement dedicated to getting Democrats running in deep red districts into Congress. Hassan and Roger discuss the coalition of candidates they are running in November and the strategies for Democrats being competitive in these red districts.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 19 - LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter
Black Voters Matter works to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. LaTosha and Roger discuss the impact of the race protests in the wake of the George Floyd murder, the untapped potential to motivate rural black voters in Southern red states, Voter ID laws and more.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 18 - Joe Trippi, CNN Commentator and Strategist for Senator Doug Jones
Joe Trippi is a well-known Democratic strategist who has worked with/for Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Jerry Brown and Alabama Senator Doug Jones, among many others. Joe and Roger discuss Joe's legendary career, the Jones re-election campaign, money in politics and how Democrats can win across the country in November.
23 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 17 - Sherrie Matula & Diana Patino from Sisters United Alliance
Sisters United Alliance (SUA) specifically targets Texas women who have registered in the past but did not vote. Roger talks with Sherrie & Diana from SUA about how they target these women, their success in getting them out for the 2018 midterms and whether Texas can turn blue in November.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 16 - Aaron Kleinman, Director of Research, Future Now
Future Now gets progressive candidates elected at the state level but they are also an advocacy organization that helps those elected candidates enact their agenda once in office. Aaron and Roger discuss the key states for the 2020 election, the issues that will help Dems win at the state level, and more.
30 minutes | a year ago
Episode 15 - Sarah Longwell, Strategic Director, Republican Voters Against Trump
Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT) collects video testimonials from Republicans across the country who do not support Trump. Sarah Longwell co-founded the group. She and Roger discuss why Trump is losing support from Republicans; the $10 million RVAT anti-Trump ad campaign in swing states; why Biden is winning these voters, and more.
27 minutes | a year ago
Episode 14 - Amanda Litman, Executive Director of Run For Something
Amanda Litman is the Executive Director of Run For Something, which recruits and supports young progressives running for office at all levels across the U.S. Roger and Amanda discuss how she went from being Hillary Clinton's email Director (not those emails!) to launching Run For Something the day after Trump's inauguration; how the organization finds candidates and decides which ones to endorse; successful candidates they have backed in red states, and more.
29 minutes | a year ago
Episode 13 - David Weissman, former die-hard Trump supporter turned Democrat
David Weissman was a right wing Republican and die-hard Trump supporter. A self-described troll, he was part of the MAGA army on social media and built up a Twitter following of over 100,000. A chance Twitter encounter with comedian Sarah Silverman got him rethinking his beliefs and eventually led to him regretting his support for Trump. David and Roger discuss his journey from the MAGA cult (as he calls it) to becoming a Democrat.
40 minutes | a year ago
Episode 12 - Rick Wilson, Former Republican Strategist and well-known Never Trump Conservative
Rick Wilson is one of the most well-known Never Trump Conservatives in the country, through his many TV appearances and NY Times best-selling book, "Everything Trump Touches Dies". Rick and Roger discuss his new book "Running Against The Devil", which gives advice to Democrats on how to beat Trump. Rick gives his take on the Dems chances in key red states, evaluates the pluses and minuses of the remaining Democratic Presidential candidates, and more.
25 minutes | a year ago
Episode 10 - Jonathan Rodden, Author of "Why Cities Lose" and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University.
Why Cities Lose traces the deep roots of the Urban-Rural divide in the U.S. and shows that geography is the main reason the left loses many key elections. Roger and Jonathan discuss how Democrats are making inroads with suburban voters and which states that is happening in the most; the changing nature of college educated voters; how housing costs in major urban places may be unintentionally helping Democrats, and more.
36 minutes | a year ago
Episode 11 - Rachel Bitecofer, Asst. Dir. of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University
Rachel Bitecofer predicted the exact number of House seats the Democrats would win in the 2018 midterms before any other political analyst and she is already on the record as saying Trump will lose in 2020. Rachel and Roger discuss why Trump won in 2016 and why he likely won't in 2020; why the Democrats won in 2018 (it's not the reason many Democrats think); the truth about independent voters, and more.
34 minutes | a year ago
Episode 9 - Sacha Haworth, Political Director of American Bridge Super PAC
American Bridge is the largest research, video tracking and rapid response organization in Democratic politics. They find what Republicans are hiding and make sure voters hear about it. Sacha and Roger discuss how American Bridge tracks Republicans and what they do with the video or info when they find something; how, according to their polling, Trump is vulnerable with his own voters; their $50 million campaign to flip Trump voters in key swing states, and more.
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