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The 2081 Project
60 minutes | May 5, 2021
Representative Rosenthal: S02 E03
Texas State Representative Jon Rosenthal (D-135) is here in the Zoom studio, ready to dish out some queer answers to Vince's queer questions. Representative Rosenthal's district includes much of the Jersey Village area of Houston.
59 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Equity in Elections: S02 E02
Welcome Isabel Longoria to the [Zoom] studio! Isabel is the Harris County (Texas) Elections Administrator and she's here to talk elections - who can we (and how HAVE we) made elections more equitable in the Houston area?
52 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Season Premiere: S02 E01
Let's catch up: Inaugurations and coups and freezes - oh my! We jump into season two with a game of catch-up. Where have we been, what have we seen, and what have we weathered? Listen now!
89 minutes | Nov 28, 2020
Season Finale: Episode 38
2020 has been wild, y'all. The year is finally nearing the end and with it, the end of season one.For this episode, Vince and Barrett recount the top 10 (or more? Who was counting?) moments in season one. Can you believe we started episode one thinking it would be a fun politics commentary podcast - then the U.S. assassinated an Iranian general and it's been more wild by the day ever since!Thank you for listening. We'll be back for season two in 2021!
44 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
2020 Election Recap: Episode 37
We talk about Election Day 2020. What happened, why it took so long to find out who won, and where things shifted. Where did the blue wave go? Did republicans finally break with Trump? What are our brains fried? We discuss all of it this week.
47 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
We've Arrived at Election Day: Episode 36
[high-pitched Super Mario voice] "Here we go!"This episode goes live on Election Day in the United States. There's so much for us to consider: How do we take care of ourselves? Can Texas turn blue? Is there a path to victory for Biden? How sure are we that we'll know anything on Election Day, or could it take longer? Tune in to hear our thoughts.
61 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Election Day Pre-Game: Episode 35
Welcome back to The 2081 Project! We get down to it discussing where and how to vote, gerrymandering in Texas, and breaking down how Texas is NOT a "Red State," but is in fact a "Non-voting State" - and how that is no accident. Early voting in Texas ends on October 30; Election Day is November 3!Do you live elsewhere? Look up your locality's voting days, times, and locations and get to the polls - and vote down-ballot!Reference Links:Polling place locator (nationwide)"Be Someone" sign changed to "Vote or Die" Harris Votes: Info on voting in Harris County (Houston)Keep in touch!Find The 2081 Project on social media (@2081Project). Our hosts can be found online at @ibvpryor, @ebearw, and @danibenoitmedia.
61 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Asking Shady Questions: Episode 34
COVID-19, race relations, and the 2020 election... you know, just some light topics! Who leads the party, and who's only in it for political gain? What's up with straight-ticket voting? And how do we feel about Gay Pence jokes?We're back on Zoom without a guest, but we're getting into it all the same.
74 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Who Does the Criminal Justice System Work For?: Episode 33
We're back after a brief hiatus! And boy, is there a lot to talk about. Louisville police skirted justice in the Breonna Taylor case. Justice RBG has passed away. Rehabilitation in the justice system. And Vince wants to know: Why are White people so scared of Black folks? Let's get to it.
52 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Hey, Mr. President: Episode 32
This week, we start with a cold open! Vince and Barrett speak with the President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, the oldest continuously active civil rights organization in the South. Newly elected to the position in August 2020, President Jovon Tyler is no stranger to doing The Work. He has big plans for The Caucus; hear about them here.
39 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
Cannon and the Post Office: Episode 31
In this episode, it's just Vince, Barrett, and Dani. We take a more somber tone this week as we break down what happened to Cannon Hinnant - and why Black Lives Still Matter. We also dive into the issue of the USPS and the dichotomy of the Republicans working to wreck it.
25 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
Walk the Walk: Episode 30
Thirty episodes, baybeee! Thanks for listening, everyone. Here, we speak with Odus Evbagharu, who currently serves as Texas State Representative Jon Rosenthal's Chief of Staff. When he's not in the capitol building, Evbagharu is an active member of the Texas Freedom Network Board of Directors.We want to know: What is Rosenthal doing to create equitable change? What is Evbagharu himself doing?
44 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Latinx vs. Latine: Episode 29
In today's episode we speak with former Hispanic Caucus State Committeeman of the Texas Democratic Party, James Lee, about differences between the terms Latinx and Latine.James Identifies as Latine and clarifies that Latinx is mostly unique to the United States. The term was created as an inclusive identifier to represent the broader Latin community and to remove the gendered associations of the -o and -a suffixes that appears throughout the Spanish language.The term has instead become divisive and is now beginning to have the opposite effect of what was intended. Issues associated with labels such as these are complex, which is why we need to have further conversations about them.Tune in to learn more.
41 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Creating Magic: Episode 28
We talk to Shekira Dennis about the wave of Black women elected to office in Houston in 2018, and what we need to do to continue this trend. “That magic took a lot of work,” she said and we agree. Shekira is a political strategist, civic leader, and consultant to several successful political campaigns. She is also the founder of Next Wave Strategic Consulting Group, a political consulting group that provides the experience and outreach needed to create a winning campaign.
49 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Art as a Device: Episode 27
MoNique LeRoux has done it all: Military, firefighter, cop - even dental assistant. So how did this artist get to where she is today? Moreover, how have these myriad experiences informed and directed her artistic style and worldview in a world that has become uniquely "2020"?
52 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
A View From the Front Lines: Episode 26
We speak with Deondre Moore - future President of the U.S., probably - about his brand of activism and what it was that he saw on the front lines in Minneapolis during the protests that followed George Floyd's murder.
43 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
How We Got Here: Episode 25
We take it back to the roots in this episode: How did we get here, and where are we now? Police brutality runs deep - and Brandon Mack is here to discuss how it all shakes out.
37 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Defund the Police: Episode 24
We discuss what "defund the police" means and why it could be important to cities across America. We've been hearing the call to action "Defund the police!" for weeks now. But what does that actually mean? Spoiler: It isn't a bad thing, and it sure isn't scary.
52 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Say Their Names. Black Lives Matter.: Episode 23
In the days following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, co-host Vince Pryor discusses navigating life in America as a Black man, growing up in San Antonio and living in Chicago, before moving to Houston. For white allies: What should you be doing? Who should you be reading? How are you going to leverage privilege to amplify Black voices and narratives?As facts in a case are ever-changing, it is necessary to note that this conversation was recorded on May 26, 2020.
46 minutes | May 26, 2020
Covering Queer Culture in the South: Episode 22
Covering Queer Culture in the South: Episode 22 Description: Megan Smith is an intersectional mover-and-shaker, shaking up the face of queer journalism in the South. She and co-founder Kelsey Gledhill founded Spectrum South in 2017 and they see the lifestyle and culture magazine as an 'addition to,' not competition to other queer media outlets. The more the merrier! What spurred this dynamic duo to bring Spectrum South to life?
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