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46 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
WTF is going on with Afghanistan?
Hillari Lombard breaks down the situation in Afghanistan. What happened, how we got here, what it means for the US, Afghanistan, and the world. She also responds to listener questions and answers the questions you want to know, but might be afraid to ask! Episode Links are available below
26 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Let's talk about Infrastructure.
Hillari Lombard returns from hiatus to talk about the new bipartisan infrastructure bill. What’s in it, what it means, and what could keep it from passing.
31 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
It's your flag too.
Hillari Lombard talks about Patriotism and American Exceptionalism in a rant that includes Demi Lovato, Gandhi, and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
68 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Rank Choice Voting Goes Mainstream
Rank Choice Voting has been a long-time favorite of policy nerds and democracy activists but hasn’t been implemented on a large scale. But that’s all about to change. Millions of voters in New York City used a rank choice ballot to vote for their next mayor. The results? The more moderate candidate won the Democratic primary in one of America’s most liberal cities. Hillari Lombard sits down with Erica Schauer and Wes Dodge, from Rank the Vote Nebraska, to learn more about Rank Choice Voting, what it means for moderates and the impact that it has on Polarization Check out Erica and Wes’ podcast The Good Life, If You Can Keep It anywhere you listen to podcasts. Rank the Vote Nebraska Voting Reforms – Represent Women To learn more about Erica, Wes, or the resources referenced in this episode head over to moderatepartypodcast.com
43 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
America Talks with Pearce Godwin
Political Polarization is tearing America apart. Division and Extremism are on the rise. We know this. We talk about it pretty often. But, this weekend, we have an opportunity to do something about it. Hillari sits down with Pearce Goodwin, the CEO & Founder of #ListenFirst, to talk about Polarization, Common Ground, and America Talks. America Talks is a powerful conversation event that invites Americans to connect one-on-one, face-to-face on video across our political divides. By doing so, we remind ourselves that the “other” is – just like us – a person with family, friends, hopes, fears, values, beliefs, and intrinsic worth. Register for America Talks Today!
55 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
How much does a politician cost? with Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
How much does a politician cost and what does it take to raise that kind of money? Are our expectations fair? What are the consequences of letting money influence politics? Hillari Lombard sits down with Campaign Finance expert Ciara Torres-Spelliscy to take a deep dive into money in politics, campaign finance reform, the For the People Act, public campaign financing, and the filibuster!
9 minutes | May 31, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Hillari checks in with Modpod listeners on Memorial Day, talks about the origins of memorial day, and examines what this Memorial Day means to her.
40 minutes | May 19, 2021
Liz Cheney and the Fight for the Republican Party
What does it mean to love your country more? More than your party, more than your politics, more than one man. These are the questions Hillari Lombard explores on this week’s episode of Moderate Party. Along the way, she recaps the removal of Liz Cheney from Republican Leadership and the implications this could have on the party moving forward, finds someone more spineless than Mitch McConnell, and discusses the role Moderates must play in the fight for the Republican Party.
37 minutes | May 4, 2021
100 days of Joe Biden.
In this episode of Moderate Party, Hillari Lombard reflects on Joe Biden’s first join address to congress, the success of the Biden Administration so far, and what this says about the future of America. Along the way, she answers listener questions, references Justin Bieber, and gives a brief shoutout to one of America’s greatest treasures – John Cena. It’s a wild one, guys. We love to hear from you – send your thoughts on this episode to email@example.com! // Subscribe to our email list and we’ll send you free ModPod Swag //
63 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
We Need to Talk About Guns (with Dr. Cass Crifasi)
On March 16th, 8 people were shot and killed in Atlanta. Since then, there have been 49 other mass shootings. Combine that with the number of people we lose every year to suicide and when thing becomes painfully clear — we need to talk about guns. On this weeks episode, Hillari sits down with Dr. Cass Crifasi from the John Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy to discuss why we need to include gun owners in the gun policy conversation, what actually helps reduce gun violence, and what reforms we should be pursuing. We love to hear from you – send your thoughts on this episode to firstname.lastname@example.org! // Subscribe to our email list and we’ll send you free ModPod Swag //
51 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
The Reddening of Rural America with Ross Benes
On this week’s episode of Moderate Party, Hillari sits down with Ross Benes to talk about Rural America: why they responded to Trump, their perception of Government, which party is serving them well, and how both parties can serve Rural America better. Along the way, they discuss the magic of Nebraska’s independent spirit and Hillari shouts about how many President’s it’s going to take to get Rural America some freakin’ broadband internet! // Subscribe to our email list and we’ll send you free ModPod Swag //
54 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
For the People: Do you have the right to vote?
Do you have the right to vote? Who decides? Why is it easier for some people to vote than others? And why is it so much harder to vote in America than other countries? In today’s episode, Hillari Lombard digs into voting rights in America. She looks at the historical case for voting rights, barriers we put in place to keep people from voting, and what we can do about it. This episode is part one of a three part series titled “For the People”. This series examines the issues and ideas surround the For the People Act. // Subscribe to our email list and we’ll send you free ModPod Swag //
45 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
WTF is going on: The Border, Minimum Wage, Putin, and the Violence Against Women Act.
Welcome Back! In the first episode after a brief hiatus Hillari Lombard talks through updates on Moderate Party, answers listener questions on Joe Manchin, Jeep Cherokee, and talking to your parents about politics. After that, she breaks down the news in a segment titled: WTF is going on – a conversation about the news. Stories covered in this episode include: The Crisis at the Border, Biden vs. Putin, Mitch McConnell, and the Violence Against Women Act. //Want to hear your question answered on the air? Send it in!// Did your representative vote against the violence against women act? Check out the list in the episode links.
35 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Political Courage v United States Senate
In this week’s episode, Hillari Lombard breaks down the impeachment trial and the partisan maneuvering the resulted in Trump’s acquittal. Hillari talks through the Democrat’s fumble on witnesses, the GOP’s refusal to take the impeachment process seriously, the arguments for and against Trump’s impeachment, and what this means for the state of the US Senate. // Subscribe to our email list and we’ll send you free ModPod Swag // Transcript & Sources Email the show at email@example.com
72 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
The Ambitious Plan to Save Democracy with Carolyn Lukensmeyer
Our democracy isn’t going to save itself — if we want things to get better we have to roll up our sleeves and make them better. On this week’s episode of ModPod, Hillari sits down with Carolyn Lukensmeyer to talk through the ambitious plan to save our democracy and what each one of us has to do to make it happen. This conversation centers around a report published by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission of the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. The report, titled “Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century”, outlines six strategies for democratic reform and repair. This episode covers a wide array of topics including Voter Reform, Expanding the House of Representatives, the January 6th Attack, Unity, and The Story of America.
31 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
The Enemy of Extremism.
In this week’s episode of Moderate Party, Hillari Lombard reflects on the riots at the US Capitol, what it means for democracy in the United States, and what role moderate must play in what happens next. Political moderates and centrists are the natural enemies of extremists. As such, they have a duty to step up and defend our democracy from the poison of polarization and extremism. The time for Moderates is now. We must fight, not with force, but with work, for American democracy. Thoughts on today's episode? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you think! // Subscribe to our email list and get free stickers from ModPod // // Check out the episode notes for sources, links, and more! //
53 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
A Future for Conservatism with Pete Peterson
Can rethinking conservatism help us combat loneliness and reclaim the American Project? What impact does loneliness have on our Nation? What impact does it have on us? On today’s episode of Moderate Party, Hillari Lombard sits down with Pete Peterson, Dean of the Graduate School for Public Policy at Pepperdine University, to talk about the effect loneliness has on politics, viewpoint diversity, the importance of shared purpose in society, and The American Project. The American Project is a project centered around the idea of rethinking conservatism through a communitarian lens. Pete has a lot of great ideas on solving challenges at a local level and he paints a picture of the future of conservatism that most people can get behind. If you have thoughts on this episode, email us at email@example.com and tell us what you think! // Sign up for email updates and get free stickers from Modpod // Learn more about Pete and the American Project: The American Project at SPP www.americanproject.org https://www.facebook.com/PepAmericanProject/ https://twitter.com/AmericanProj
25 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
What's going on with COVID Relief?
When COVID started spreading last spring, conversations about the role of government were generally centered around one question — should we prioritize the economy or public health? Yet, here we are in December, and it seems we’ve lost control of both. On today’s episode of Modpod, we’re going to figure out how this happened and where we go from here. If you have thoughts on this episode, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you think! // Sign up for email updates and get free stickers from Modpod // Resource Links: We’ve worked hard to achieve a covid-19 compromise package. We can’t afford inaction – Op-Ed written by Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Susan Collins, Washington Post Expiring Eviction Moratoriums and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality Inadequate COVID-19 Response Likely Resulted in 130,000 – 210,000 Avoidable Deaths (Summary) – State of the Planet, Columbia University 130,000 – 210,000 Avoidable COVID-19 Deaths and Counting in the US (Full Report) – National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University
41 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
A New Kind of Moderate with Lanae Erickson
Hillari examines the fight between the Moderate and Progressive wings of the Democratic Party and what it could mean moving forward. Later, she is joined by Lanae Erickson to discuss the Funhouse Mirror Effect in Politics, what voters really want, moderate policy, rank choice voting, and pushing social progress from the middle instead of the far left. She points out that being a Moderate doesn’t mean you have to be meh and introduces us to other Moderate Leaders we should be watching. // Subscribe to our email list and we'll send you cool stickers! // Lanae Erickson is a badass by any metric. She is the Senior Vice President of Social Policy & Politics at Thirdway, a center-left think tank, and her commentary has been featured in a variety of news outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Politico, The New Yorker, PBS News Hour, CNN, NPR, and Fox News.
50 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
America's Divided Mind - Interview with Tim Phillips
Tim Phillips is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict; he joins Hillari Lombard to talk polarization, democracy, and his report America’s Divided Mind. These days the United States of America are anything but united. Polarization is out of control and things are devolving very quickly. But, our country is not beyond repair. More than anything, Tim will give you hope. Hope that we can heal this divide. Hope that we can come together. Hope that things can get better. //Subscribe to our email list and we'll mail you cool stickers //
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