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The Progressive Happy Hour
30 minutes | May 31, 2019
Holistic Gun Violence Prevention
Most of the time, we hear about gun violence in the context of mass shootings. But gun violence is about more than mass shootings – and too often, those stories can get sidelined by the media. In the May 31 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Diallo Brooks and guest host Derrick Crowe talk to Markus Batchelor, communications and program coordinator for PFAWF’s YEO Network and local school board representative, about how we can think about gun violence prevention more holistically.
21 minutes | May 24, 2019
The Impact of the Right’s Judicial Takeover
Extreme abortion bans are spreading like wildfire, more and more of Trump’s judicial nominees refuse to affirm Brown v. Board of Education, making the federal courts – one of our favorite topics on the podcast –particularly salient these days. In the April 26 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Cici Battle and Diallo Brooks talk about the impact that federal judges and Supreme Court justices have on our rights, and how their decisions affect Black communities and people of color.
7 minutes | May 10, 2019
Checking In with Cici and Diallo
It’s been a busy few weeks since we bid farewell to Drew, but worry not: the podcast will live on! In the May 10 mini-episode, cohosts Cici Battle and Diallo Brooks share a quick update and offer our listeners a chance to share your suggestions for the Progressive Happy Hour.
26 minutes | Apr 26, 2019
Since we launched the “The Progressive Happy Hour” podcast in October 2017, cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle have covered political and pop culture issues ranging from the right-wing judicial takeover to intersectional organizing to Game of Thrones. We’ve gotten to know our cohosts a little more with every new episode, making this week’s farewell to Drew a bittersweet one.
18 minutes | Apr 19, 2019
Trump’s Attacks on Science
Trump’s attacks don’t just devalue science’s role in learning, problem-solving and developing new technologies – they also shape our health, public lands and democracy. In the April 19 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney and guest host Diallo Brooks talk to Jacob Carter, a research scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, about Trump’s attacks on science and what it means for our democracy.
19 minutes | Apr 12, 2019
LGBTQ Rights in 2019
Today, Trump’s trans military ban passed. This is a dark moment for the trans community and activists and allies, but the newly-introduced Equality Act offers a glimmer of hope for the LGBTQ+ community. In the April 12 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle talk to Jen Herrick, PFAW’s senior policy analyst, about the Equality Act, and what progressives can do to advance equality for the LGBTQ+ community.
30 minutes | Apr 5, 2019
Structural Racism and Police Violence
In addition to racial bias, systemic racism – the kind of racism that is manifested in our country’s institutions, laws and policies – our country’s laws and policies also plays a key factor. In the April 5 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle talk to Diallo Brooks, PFAW’s senior director of outreach and public engagement, about racial disparities in police violence and what will take to create positive systemic change.
26 minutes | Mar 29, 2019
What We Don’t Know About the Mueller Report
William Barr’s letter cherry-picked information from Mueller’s Russia report. Many media outlets took Barr’s letter at face value and reported that Mueller found no proof of collusion, but no one knows the facts. No one outside DOJ has actually seen the report. In the March 29 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle talk to PFAW Executive VP Marge Baker about what we still don’t know about the Mueller report and the questions still unanswered.
24 minutes | Mar 22, 2019
Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears
Over the past two years, Donald Trump has made good on his promise to transform the federal judiciary by appointing far-right judges for lifetime seats. The Supreme Court and lower federal courts have a direct impact on our rights and liberties, but the president is stacking the bench with narrow-minded elitists who serve the interests of corporations and the rich at the expense of all of us. In the March 20 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle talk to PFAW Senior Fellow Elliot Mincberg about the damage done by Trump-appointed judges and what progressives can do to fight Trump’s judicial takeover.
30 minutes | Mar 15, 2019
Disability Rights are Human Rights
One especially shameful detail of the college admissions scandal is that many students faked learning disabilities to game the admissions system. In the March 15 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney and guest host Diallo Brooks talk to Dara Baldwin, director of national policy for the Center for Disability Rights, about the forms of discrimination that people with disabilities experience and what progressives can do to support disability rights.
28 minutes | Mar 8, 2019
The Fight for a Fair and Accurate Census
The importance of the census is far reaching and having accurate data is critical to protecting equity and civil rights. Only through accurate data can we accomplish equal representation for all Americans in our elections. In the March 6 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Drew Courtney and Cici Battle talk to Beth Lynk, the campaign director of Census Counts 2020 at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, about the ways that the census data could disproportionately harm communities of color, low-income people, and LGBTQ+ people.
28 minutes | Mar 1, 2019
The Rise of the Global Right
The rise of extremist ideology, leaders and government isn’t just gaining steam in the U.S. – it’s happening in Europe and around the world. In the March 1 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney and guest host Diallo Brooks talk to PFAW’s Right Wing Watch Research Director Addie Stan about what’s driving the transnational rise of the far Right and what it means for our democracy if these trends continue.
28 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
Building a Resilient Resistance
Resilience is critical in sustaining our work as progressive activists, but as bigotry thrives under the Trump administration, the trend to “cancel” even our comrades and allies for their mistakes is on the rise. In the February 22 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney talks to guest and cohost Cici Battle about what cancel culture reveals about today’s diverse group of activists, and how learning from our mistakes helps build resilience and diversify our vision of justice.
26 minutes | Feb 15, 2019
How the Religious Right is Informing Policy
Members of the Religious Right remain some of the president’s most ardent supporters, in part because of the access they now have to the White House. But that unprecedented access has grave implications for our policies. In the February 15 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney and guest host Diallo Brooks talk to PFAW Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery about Capitol Ministries, a right-wing evangelical organization, and the beliefs they’re trying to push into policy.
21 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
The Real Immigration Crisis
Between Trump’s government shutdown over border wall funding, ICE’s unprecedented levels of violence and terror, ongoing mass deportations and family separations, a surge of anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies continue to instill fear and cause damage to immigrants across the country. In the February 8 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Cici Battle and Drew Courtney talk to PFAW Political Director Lizet Ocampo about the immigration crisis and what we can do to support immigrants’ rights.
31 minutes | Feb 1, 2019
Fighting for Racial Justice in 2019
In Trump’s era of unabashed racism, racist attacks and rhetoric have escalated at a frightening pace. But a commitment to racial justice requires us to fight the economic, social and political systems that perpetuate racial oppression. In the February 1 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Cici Battle and Drew Courtney talk to PFAW Senior Director of Outreach and Public Engagement Diallo Brooks about what progressives can do to demonstrate their commitment to racial justice this year.
30 minutes | Jan 25, 2019
Film and Politics in the Trump Era
April Reign’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag shone a spotlight on the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and since then, the Academy and its nominees have become more diverse. Certainly, culture can influence film, but film also shapes our culture – and our politics. In the January 25 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney and guest host Diallo Brooks chat with progressive strategist Asher Huey about film, culture and politics and how movies have responded to the chaos of the Trump era.
19 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
Who is William Barr?
After forcing out Jeff Sessions last November, President Trump nominated William Barr to fill Sessions’ role as head the Justice Department. Barr’s confirmation hearings were held this week, and were scrutinized by politicians and progressive activists alike. In the January 18 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohosts Cici Battle and Drew Courtney talk to PFAW Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon about Barr’s troubling record and the damage he could cause if confirmed.
22 minutes | Jan 11, 2019
The Trump/Republican Shutdown
It’s been 20 days since Trump shut down the federal government, and the effects of this shutdown continue to pile up. In the January 11 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney and guest host Diallo Brooks talk to People For the American Way Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery to discuss the immediate and long-term impacts of the shutdown and why Trump and Republicans are to equally blame for the damage it’s caused.
19 minutes | Jan 4, 2019
Democracy Reform in 2019
House Democrats, emboldened by their new majority in the 116th Congress, are ready to fight for reforms that strengthen our democracy with H.R. 1, their first bill of the new session. In the January 4 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” cohost Drew Courtney and guest host Diallo Brooks talk to People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker about corporate money in politics and how H.R. 1 proposes to address the serious problems that unbridled campaign spending has created.
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