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31 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Ben Berwick on the Threats to American Democracy
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella reflects on Congress extending the debt limit to early December and continued negotiations on the Build Back Better Act. She also connects with Ben Berwick, counsel at Protect Democracy, for an engaging discussion on the challenges facing American democracy. They talk about explore Congress’s investigation of the January 6th insurrection, the perpetuation of the "Big Lie," and the risks posed by officials trying to subvert future elections.
28 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Rosa Mendoza on Latino Voters in the U.S.
On this week’s episode of “The Tent,” Daniella discusses ongoing negotiations over the debt ceiling. She also talks with Rosa Mendoza, director of research at the Global Strategy Group, about the Latino electorate as Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close. They dig into 2020 voting trends, how Latinos view President Biden's Build Back Better agenda, and the issues the community cares about heading into the next year's midterms.
20 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Director Julie Cohen on the New Documentary My Name Is Pauli Murray
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella speaks with filmmaker Julie Cohen, the director of the new documentary feature My Name Is Pauli Murray. The two discuss Murray’s legacy as a trailblazing civil rights figure, the influence of their pioneering legal theories that centered LGBTQ and women’s rights, and the task filmmakers have in including new and underappreciated faces into our historical narrative.
24 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Congressman Don Beyer on the Build Back Better Act
In the latest episode of "The Tent," Daniella reflects on the appalling images out of Del Rio, Texas, and the hardships Haitian refugees have faced as they seek asylum in the United States. She also speaks with Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, who represents Virginia’s 8th congressional district, about Congress’s effort to pass landmark legislation critical to President Biden's economic agenda and growing questions about whether the debt ceiling should remain in place.
23 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Dr. Leana Wen on the Never-Ending COVID-19 Pandemic
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella is joined by Dr. Leana S. Wen for a conversation about the state of the pandemic and President Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandates. The two also discuss misinformation in public health and the timeline for younger kids to get vaccinated.
39 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Ret. Capt. Dan Berschinski on the Legacy of 9/11
Daniella and Jesse return to “The Tent” this week with an episode focused on America’s tumultuous August, which saw the Biden administration bring the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan to a close, worsening wildfires in the West, and catastrophic storms and floods in the East. Dan Berschinski, a retired Army combat veteran, joins for a guest interview and shares his thoughts on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and American foreign policy over the past two decades.
28 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Akua Amaning on Equitable Cannabis Legalization
CAP Action’s Akua Amaning joins Daniella and Jesse for a discussion about the inconsistent marijuana-related policies across the various levels of government and proposed federal legislation to combat this. In light of Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension from the Olympics for cannabis use, Amaning explains how organizational policies have or have not changed following decriminalization and how this could create issues for Americans. Plus, Daniella and Jesse prepare for the Summer Olympics and recap the latest in the battles for DACA and voting rights. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Akua Amaning on Twitter and stay up to date on her work with CAP & CAP Action here. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “The Facts on Marijuana Equity and Decriminalization” via Center for American Progress “A federal judge declared DACA unlawful. Here’s what that means.” via Vox "Democrats Take Stalled Voting Rights Push to Georgia” via The New York Times
39 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Democracy on the Edge; and HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly on the January Insurrection
On “The Tent” this week, Daniella and Jesse debrief on the dire state of American democracy and the President’s speech on voting rights in Philadelphia. They also dive deeper into the sprawling January 6 investigations with Ryan Reilly, senior justice reporter at HuffPost, whose reporting this year has focused on the growing number of charges that have been filed against participants in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the unique nature of the investigations. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Ryan Reilly on Twitter and stay up to date on his work with HuffPost here. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “January 6 Clearinghouse: Congressional Hearings, Government Documents, Court Cases, Academic Research” via Just Security “‘Sedition Hunters’: Meet The Online Sleuths Aiding The FBI’s Capitol Manhunt” via HuffPost “This Is What a Real Filibuster Looks Like” via Mother Jones
42 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Just Security’s Ryan Goodman on Investigating the January 6 Insurrection
Tuesday July 6th marked six months since the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. was attacked by a violent mob seeking to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 general election. Ryan Goodman, co-editor in chief of the online forum Just Security, joins Daniella and Jesse to update us on where the many investigations into the attack have led Congress and law enforcement agencies. Plus, our hosts discuss plans by Republicans in Congress to obstruct the president’s agenda. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Ryan Goodman on Twitter and stay up to date on his work with Just Security here. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “January 6 Clearinghouse: Congressional Hearings, Government Documents, Court Cases, Academic Research” via Just Security “Biden Insists He Can Do More With Less on the Economy” via The New York Times “EXPLAINER: How could the indictment hurt Trump's company?” via The Associated Press “How Mitch McConnell has unified Republicans as a red wall against Biden’s agenda” via The Guardian
43 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Why You Should Take More Vacations, with Scott Keyes
This week’s episode of The Tent features a special recording of a live event with Daniella and Jesse in conversation with CAP alumnus and the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, Scott Keyes. Since 2013, Scott has been using his platform to connect travelers with the best deals they can find to reach new and exciting destinations. His new book, Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World, comes at the world tires to reopen and reconnect after a year of isolation.
30 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on LGBTQ Pride and the Senate’s Very Busy June
On “The Tent” this week, Daniella is joined by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for a conversation on Pride Month and how political life for LGBTQ Americans has changed since the Biden administration assumed office and her own groundbreaking career in public service. They also discuss voting rights, the recent vote on the For the People Act, and ongoing negotiations over how Congress can make climate-minded investments in infrastructure. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Senator Tammy Baldwin on Twitter @SenatorBaldwin. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “Danica Roem's message to LGBTQ youth: 'You have to care' about politics” via CNN “States across the country are dropping barriers to voting, widening a stark geographic divide in ballot access” via The Washington Post “Democrats think now is their last, best chance to pass a big climate bill” via Vox
31 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Fight for Voting Rights in Texas, With State Reps. Martinez Fischer and Hinojosa
This week on “The Tent,” Texas state Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer (D) and Gina Hinojosa (D) join the pod to talk about the struggle for voting rights in Texas, their trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Democrats in the U.S. Senate and Vice President Kamala Harris, and how they hope to see democracy protected in America. Plus, Jesse and Daniella reflect on President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe and the ongoing infrastructure negotiations. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Rep. Martinez Fisher and Rep. Hinojosa on Twitter. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “Vice President Kamala Harris says Texas is key example of why a new federal elections law is needed” via The Texas Tribune “'Hoping to light a fire,' Texas Democrats seek to build momentum from walkout” via the Austin American-Statesman “Texas Democrats Are Pressing Their Congressional Counterparts To Expand Voting Rights” via KUT 90.5 “4 takeaways from the Biden-Putin summit” via The Washington Post
26 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern on the Supreme Court and Judicial Reforms
On “The Tent” this week, Daniella and Jesse connect with Slate legal writer Mark Joseph Stern for a conversation on the underdiscussed but still very important federal judiciary, focusing in the influence of the new 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. They also dig into the Biden administration’s judicial strategy. Plus, Daniella reflects on the collapse of bipartisan infrastructure talks between the White House and Senate Republicans and where the legislation goes from here. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Mark Joseph Stern on Twitter and stay up to date on his work with Slate here. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “Sotomayor Calls Out Kavanaugh for Breaking His Promise to Death Row Inmates” via Slate “Senate Confirms First Biden Judges, Beginning Push to Rebalance Courts” via The New York Times "Opinion: Advancing democracy abroad requires defending it at home" via The Washington Post
24 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Investing in Infrastructure and Bipartisanship
This week on “The Tent”, Daniella and Jesse connect with Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois for an insightful conversation on how the new Democratic majority in the Senate has worked to pass ambitious legislation to bolster the economy and help pull Americans out of the pandemic. She also discusses where bipartisanship has worked – like with the passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act – and where working across the aisle still poses a challenge, i.e. with the American Jobs Plan. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Twitter @SenDuckworth and stay up to date on her work here. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Duckworth’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill To Rebuild Our Nation’s Water Systems” “Biden’s infrastructure plan would create many jobs, but labor shortages may mean few workers will take them” via USA Today “With voting rights role, Harris takes on weightiest challenge yet as vice president” via The Washington Post
35 minutes | May 27, 2021
Civil Rights Corps’ Thea Sebastian on Pushing the Boundaries of Police Reform
In the year since the murder of George Floyd, Americans have sought to rethink their relationship with policing and the justice system. Thea Sebastian, Director of Policy at the Civil Rights Corps in Washington, D.C., joins Daniella and Jesse on “The Tent” this week to discuss how some of these reform efforts have been actualized in states and cities and what role federal legislation like the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act can do to restore the public’s confidence in the justice system. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Thea Sebastian and Civil Rights Corps on Twitter. Learn more about Civil Rights Corps and their work here. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “The major police reforms enacted since George Floyd's death” via Axios “The Supreme Court created qualified immunity. Why is it so tough for Congress to get rid of it?” via Los Angeles Times “L.A. cut millions from the LAPD after George Floyd. Here’s where that money is going” via Los Angeles Times “Reforms are emptying Louisiana’s prisons. This group makes sure no one goes back.” via The Washington Post
43 minutes | May 20, 2021
Mother Jones’s Ari Berman and the Struggle to Protect Voting Rights
Four and half months after the January 6th insurrection, Republicans in Congress find themselves unwilling to commit to a bipartisan commission looking into the tragic and deadly events. Daniella and Jesse discuss the deadlocked negotiations this week on “The Tent” as well as the efforts to de-escalate violence in Israel and Gaza. Plus, they connect with Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman to discuss his reporting on voter suppression efforts being pursued in the states. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Ari Berman on Twitter @AriBerman and read more of his work with Mother Jones here. He is the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: “Five Ways a Dark Money Group Is Trying to Rig Our Elections” by Ari Berman “Lawmakers are targeting the courts that could shoot down voter suppression laws” via The Washington Post “Opinion: McCarthy, McConnell and the illusion of bipartisanship” via The Washington Post “Beer, doughnuts and a $1 million lottery – how vaccine incentives and other behavioral tools can help the US reach herd immunity” via The Conversation
46 minutes | May 13, 2021
AFL-CIO Chief Economist Bill Spriggs on the Economy and Infrastructure for All
Congress returns to Washington this week, with party leaders resuming their negotiations with President Joe Biden over his ambitious infrastructure and jobs package. Daniella and Jesse dissect the status of the negotiations as well as continued Republican infighting in the House of Representatives. Plus, Bill Spriggs, chief economist at the A.F.L.-C.I.O, joins the podcast to explore the state of the economy and how Biden’s jobs plans can help growth—and address decades of racial injustice. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow William Spriggs on Twitter @WSpriggs and read more about his work at the A.F.L-C.I.O here. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: The Employment Situation -- April 2021 via the Bureau of Labor Statistics “It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America.” via The Washington Post “What the April Jobs Report Tells Us About the Economy” via The Takeaway
32 minutes | May 6, 2021
May 6th News Roundup and Revisiting D.C. Statehood
This week on The Tent, Daniella and Jesse explore infighting amongst congressional Republicans as Trump loyalists in Congress seek to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position in the House G.O.P. Caucus for speaking out against the Big Lie. Our hosts also discuss the slowdown in demand for vaccinations and what that means for the pandemic. Plus, we revisit an interview from March with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser about D.C. statehood.
36 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones on the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration
This week, President Joe Biden laid out an ambitious plan to invest in American infrastructure, workers, and families in his first joint address to Congress, continuing his effort to lift the United States out of the pandemic. On this episode of “The Tent,” former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), a distinguished fellow at CAP, joins Daniella and Jesse to reflect on the first 100 days of the Biden administration and consider how the president is setting up Congress to deliver on his agenda. *** Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. Former U.S. Senator Doug Jones (@DougJones) joined the American Progress community as a distinguished senior fellow. Here are some helpful links for this week’s episode: President Biden’s Remarks Addressing Joint Session of Congress via the White House "For 100 Days, Congressional Republicans Have Undermined the Country and Demonstrated Their Unfitness To Govern" via Center for American Progress Action Fund “The threat to US democracy goes beyond voter suppression” via CNN
40 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Dr. Rashawn Ray on the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict and Police Reform in the U.S.
This week on The Tent, Daniella and Jesse react to the conclusion of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who murdered George Floyd last May. Brookings Institution fellow Rashawn Ray joins the pod to dig into what the jury’s guilty verdict means and where police reform in the United States goes from here. Our hosts also reflect on Earth Day and the White House’s effort to lead the world on addressing climate change with an international summit. Follow us on Twitter @TheTentPod & @CAPAction. You can also follow Dr. Rashawn Ray on Twitter @SociologistRay and read more about his work at the Brookings Institution. “Will the Derek Chauvin Conviction for Murdering George Floyd Change Policing?” by Dr. Rashawn Ray CAP Statement on Chauvin verdict: https://www.americanprogress.org/press/statement/2021/04/20/498531/statement-verdict-first-step-toward-tackling-systemic-ongoing-problem-police-violence-caps-mara-rudman-says/ For more information about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/here-s-what-george-floyd-justice-policing-act-would-do-n1264825
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