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Make America Relate Again
9 minutes | 2 months ago
Message from Samia - AMERICA, VOTE!
It's been two years since I wrapped production on Make America Relate Again, and polarization has only gotten worse in that time. What we need to do now to heal the country is make sure we VOTE, and vote EARLY. Also, if you're interested in hearing from some of the podcast guests about how they're feeling about politics now, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If enough people show interest, I'll put together some catch-up interviews for you.
67 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP12 - Ellen, Sarah, & Anne - Catching Up With the Women of Season 1
For the final episode of MARA, I'm catching up with some of the women from Season 1. You'll hear short update conversations with Ellen from S1EP1, Anne from S1EP7, and Sarah from S1EP8. If you haven't heard the original conversations, I recommend checking them out before listening to this episode. The significance of releasing a finale for a show that attempts to unite Americans on 9/11 is not lost on me. Things have gotten rough, and it's time for us to start coming together, and not because of some common foreign enemy. Thank you for listening and supporting the show. It's been an honor to bring it to you. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP11 - Dolly Chugh - The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias
In this special episode, I'm interviewing Dolly Chugh, an award-winning social psychologist and tenured professor at NYU who just released an incredible book about implicit bias. The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias is for anyone who wants to strive to always do better in the fight toward true equality between races, sexes, and sexual and gender orientations, and it shows us the many ways we can miss our own blind spots - and how we can do better. In today's political sphere, this kind of self-reflection and gathering of diverse perspectives is more important than ever. More at makeamericarelatepodast.com
77 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP10 - Tiffani & Maleena - The Trump Administration
This week on MARA, I'm bringing you two women of color - finally! - and I apologize that it took this long to make this happen. Tiffani Jones is an aspiring politician who was advised to change her party from Democrat to Republican to increase her chances at making a real difference. Maleena Lawrence is a progressive activist and community organizer who shares my tendency to put ideas like "collective consciousness" and "spiritual awakening" into the realm of politics. In this episode, they talk about the Trump administration and polarization. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
51 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP9 - Ricky & Bradley - Liberal Messaging
Ricky and Bradley are cousins who grew up in coal country - southern West Virginia. Ricky is a left-leaning libertarian who has a real problem with liberal messaging. He says it alienates conservatives and undecided voters, and can't understand why, when polls show that most of the country agrees with liberal policies, liberals can't seem to win elections. Bradley is a hardcore liberal who thinks the liberal message is mostly just doing the right thing. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
88 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP8 - Jacob & Maurice - Kneeling During the Anthem
Jacob is what he likes to call a disillusioned conservative and a military veteran, who feels strongly that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality is offensive to our military community and to the flag. Maurice is a black man and former football player who thinks players should have a right to use their platform to effect positive social change. Yet these two still found way to relate to each other find common ground. More at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
63 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP7 - Randy & Keith - Morality & Immigration
Randy Lioz is a Better Angels workshop organizer and a liberal with some pretty strong opinions about morality as it pertains to immigration policy. Keith Holland is a conservative with an evangelical Christian background, for whom morality has been a major concern his whole life. The central question of this conversation is: do we, as the most prosperous country in the world, have a moral responsibility to maintain open borders? Or does morality demand we take care of our own first? More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
73 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP6 - Cindy & Diana - The Sister Show
Cindy and Diana Kyser are sisters who only a year ago found themselves screaming at each other over politics in front of their entire family. Cindy, a conservative, found the show through Better Angels, and she thought MARA would be a great place to work toward a better understanding of her liberal sister. This conversation is my favorite one I've ever recorded for the show. These two women found a way to take a breath and ask, "Why?" before jumping off the rails at a dissenting opinion - a lesson we could all benefit from. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
60 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP5 - John & Ciaran - The Supreme Court
John Wood Jr. is a young Republican who once ran against Maxine Waters for Congress -and came closer to beating her than anyone else ever. He's now the Director of Media Development for Better Angels, and the man responsible for bringing MARA into their media family. Ciaran is a Democrat who serves as Better Angels' Director of Communications. I brought these two together to talk about what's going down with the Supreme Court, and the respect and humility both men showed in this conversation is exactly what Better Angels and MARA are all about. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
53 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP4 - Karlie & Andrew - Abortion
Karlie & Andrew are both scientists working in the field of neuroscience, and they came together to discuss one of the most polarizing issues in politics today: abortion. Karlie isn't religious and believes strongly that the decision whether to obtain an abortion should be left up to women, and that abortions should be free and legal. Andrew feels like the life of an unborn fetus is too valuable to allow a woman to end it - that it's akin to murdering another human being. How do two scientists who disagree so passionately find a way to relate to each other? Listen to find out. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP3 - Kim & Nick - Capitalism vs. Welfare
On this season, I want to bring you a broad spectrum of relationships, so we can see how these conversations can work across the span of human interaction. So far, we've heard me and a dude I met in a bar - an acquaintance relationship - and a genuine pair of close friends. In this episode, I'm bringing you experts. Kim Iversen is a co-founder of the liberal news media organization, The Left, and Nick Hankoff is the Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Southern California. In this episode, they talk about capitalism versus welfare, and which system is truly more compassionate towards those in need. Transcript and more at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP2 - Greg & Kouhyar - How Red & Blue Became Best Friends
Greg & Kouhyar came to me through Better Angels (www.better-angels.org). They are the red and blue co-chairs of the Better Angels Southwest Ohio Alliance, and since meeting at a BA workshop last April, they've become the best of friends, in spite of their many, MANY differences. Greg is a conservative Christian, and Kouhyar is a liberal Muslim. How are these two dudes managing to not only be civil with each other, but to maintain a tight friendship? Listen to find out. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
72 minutes | 2 years ago
S2EP1 - Doug & Samia - Feminism & White Privilege
For the first episode of Season 2, I'm challenging myself to have one of these conversations with a conservative man, something I was afraid I'd be incapable of when I was producing Season 1. This is the only episode in this season that will feature me as the liberal in the conversation. My conversation partner, Doug, is a researcher working with US Forces Korea, but originally from Jacksonville, Florida. In this episode, we discuss feminism (which Doug thinks is no longer necessary and I think is absolutely vital for society to move forward) and white privilege (which Doug thinks doesn't exist and I feel very strongly that it does). The result? You'll have to listen to find out, but let's just say Doug and I discovered we had more in common than we thought. More at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
3 minutes | 3 years ago
MARA Season 2 Coming Soon
The second season of Make American Relate Again will premiere on June 26, 2018! Unlike Season 1, Season 2 will feature a different liberal and conservative having a conversation about a specific political issue each week, and I'm currently looking for guests across the US for the show. And it's not all women this time. This season is open to all Americans, men and women and everyone in between. If you or someone you know is interested in being on the show, please email me at email@example.com. I'll send you a short questionnaire to get you started, and if selected, I'll record you right in your home city or town. I'll provide coaching before your recorded conversation to help you keep your cool, and you'll get to contribute to the effort to depolarize America. I can't wait to hear from you!
82 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 11: Niky Shea Part 2 / Antifa, the alt-right, LGBTQ rights, Russia, climate change, and how emotions mean more than facts when crafting political opinions
In Part 2 of my conversation with Niky Shea, we talk Antifa protestors, how extremism is making it hard for the rest of us to communicate with each other, how Trump legitimized the alt-right, LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration, the Russia investigation, climate change, and how life experiences can deeply affect your political decisions. A smorgasbord of topics to wrap up Season 1. Fact checks and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
101 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 10: Niky Shea Part 1 / Why Trump is not like Hitler, Obamacare, late-term abortion, and whether or not conservatives are a persecuted group
Burlesque dancer and model Niky Shea describes herself as a moderate, and she wanted to come on the show to explain why comparisons between Trump and Hitler make no sense. We ended up talking for over three hours with no breaks about nearly every major issue surrounding the 2016 election and the Trump administration. This is the first half of that conversation. Fact checks and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
34 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 9b: Alley Mulrain Update / North Korea, the Paris Climate Agreement, and LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration
This mini-episode features my phone call update with Alley Mulrain, recorded on August 10, 2017. We talk about how Alley thinks President Trump is doing so far, the situation with North Korea, the Paris Climate Agreement, and LGBTQ rights under the Trump administration. Show notes and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
50 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 9: Alley Mulrain Part 2 / New Rochelle, NY / Climate change, terrorism, social safety-net programs, scapegoating minority groups, and why the GOP is against marriage equality
This episode features Part 2 of my conversation with the wonderful Alley Mulrain, who sensed my need to rant at length on all sorts of issues important to liberals. was willing to listen with an open mind, and somehow didn't strangle me. We talked climate change, terrorism, social programs, why liberals see Trump as scapegoating minority groups, and why the GOP is against marriage equality. Fact checks and transcript available at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 8b: Sarah Ito Update / Why one Trump voter has changed her mind
So much has happened in politics since Sarah and I last spoke in early March, so I gave her a call on July 30, 2017, to see if her opinions have evolved since then. I'm so glad I did - she had a lot to say. Find fact checks and a transcript of this mini-episode at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
75 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 8: Sarah Ito / Greenwich, CT / She's a radical lesbian feminist...and she voted for Trump
Sarah Ito is many things: an Army vet, a career Wall Streeter, a lesbian, a feminist, an actor, and a writer. She's worked alongside legendary feminist and gay rights icons like Jean O'Leary and Ginny Vida. She's the most unlikely Trump voter I could ever have imagined, but she sure knew her stuff and had really clear, well-formed opinions. Find a transcript of this episode and detailed fact checks at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
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