What does it mean to be “canceled?” Former Congresswoman Katie Hill joins Ron Steslow to discuss what is and isn’t “cancel culture,” how we should think about holding public figures accountable, why we have failed to find a mechanism for redemption, and her fight to close the legal loophole for “revenge porn.”
What are Democrats prepared to do to save democracy? Former Lincoln Project Political Director Zack Czajkowski, 2020 DNC President Liz Gilbert, and Ron Steslow break down the urgent threats to our elections, our Republic, and our rights—and the steps Democrats must take to hold the line.
“Are we in a democracy?” Dr. Catherine Sanderson and Susan Del Percio join Ron Steslow to break down the week’s most important stories. (01:46) The showdown in Congress over a January 6 commission, and the hateful defense from the QAnon Shaman’s attorney (17:26) New developments in the ongoing investigations into the Trump Organization (33:15) Confusion around the new CDC guidance, and our emergence from COVID rules and rituals
What kinds of calculations, pivots and sacrifices of personal integrity does it take to become a Trump Republican? In the first installment of Enemies of Democracy, Lucy Caldwell joins Ron Steslow to introduce listeners to the route Elise Stefanik took from moderate marvel to Trumpist capitulator, and how she forged a pernicious path to the upper echelon of Republican Party leadership.
Liz Cheney’s ouster and the Republican Party’s leadership vacuum, Arizona’s bogus election audit, and the special interests spending millions on spam comments —Jon Boughtin, Lucy Caldwell, Lanae Erickson, and Ron Steslow break down the week’s most important stories.
Across the country, Republican legislatures are pushing anti-trans bills to exclude trans women and girls from joining sports leagues and teams. ESPN’s Israel “Izzy” Gutierrez has a different message: Let them play. Israel and host Ron Steslow explain the inexorable links between political issues and the top narratives driving sports, and why the effort to exclude LGBT athletes is just the latest front of the culture wars driving a wedge through the country.
Biden raises hope, while the feds raze Rudy. In this week’s Weekly Roundup, political strategists Liz Gilbert and Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to break down the dynamics shaping the week’s top stories: Scoring Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, his infrastructure plan sales pitch, and the history made behind the President; The FBI’s raid of Rudy Giuliani’s apartment, what it means, and what it doesn’t; Trumpist co-conspirators returning to public life and even political office.
150 years after the Civil War—and four months after the Confederate Flag was paraded through the Capitol—white supremacists now want their own Congressional caucus. Politicology strategists Susan Del Percio and Lucy Caldwell join Ron Steslow to break down the most important stories of the week: Chauvin verdict, debunking the right wing response, and the will for reform Parler’s impending return and the First Amendment House Republicans’ White Supremacy Caucus
The Kremlin is aggressively mobilizing weapons and ground troops along the border with Eastern Ukraine, and fears of a new Russian invasion are rising. Molly McKew, a leading expert on Russian influence and warfare, joins Ron Steslow to bring listeners to the Russian border with Ukraine, and why the future of the West may hang in the balance between a resolute Biden administration, and an American electorate increasingly weary of foreign entanglements.
Politicology strategists Susan Del Percio and Mike Madrid join Ron Steslow to break down the most important stories of the week: Killing of Daunte Wright miles from Derek Chauvin’s trial; Matt Gaetz, Venmo, and viability of the Trump playbook; and Corporate heavies weigh in on voting rights.
Professor, author and journalist Marc Ambinder makes his Politicology debut alongside Weekly Roundup contributor Lucy Caldwell and host Ron Steslow to break down the most important stories of the week: Corporations vs. Republican voter suppression laws; The causes and costs of White Evangelicals’ hesitancy towards COVID-19 vaccinations; and the latest massive leak of personal information for over half a billion Facebook users and the implications for Big Tech
Tharon Johnson, a Democratic political strategist who has worked for Congressman John Lewis and President Barack Obama joins Ron Steslow to examine what’s in Georgia’s new anti-democracy law and understand the dastardly motives and false pretenses being used by Republicans across the country to push similar voter suppression legislation.
Former Democratic Senator from Alabama Doug Jones and Susan Del Percio join Ron Steslow to look at: -Former Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd, the burden of proof prosecutors must reach for conviction, and the prospects for police and criminal justice reform -Joe Biden’s ambitious infrastructure plan, who it will help the most, and the possibility for bipartisan support -The delegitimization and politicization of agencies and institutions during the Trump administration
David Becker, the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, CBS News contributor and election law expert joins host Ron Steslow for part two of Politicology’s Drawing Democracy, to dive deep into the Voting Rights Act and several landmark Supreme Court cases to understand: -Exactly how Republicans have used civil rights legislation to manufacture political power -The differences between racial and political gerrymandering, and the role of courts in this process -How the gutting of “preclearance” will enable the suppression and disenfranchisement of minority voters -How to get involved and make your voice heard through this process
David Becker, the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, CBS News contributor and election law expert, and Roundup analysts Lucy Caldwell and Mike Madrid join host Ron Steslow to review: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s defense of his state’s election integrity ”Kraken” leader Sidney Powell’s defense in the Dominion defamatory lawsuit The fundraising windfall tied to the “Big Lie” Revelations that militia groups coordinated well in advance of January 6 Our cyclical gun debate and the search for bipartisan compromise
John Sipher, a member of the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service who lead Russia Operations and Molly McKew, a leading writer and researcher of Russian influence and information warfare join host Ron Steslow to dissect the U.S. intelligence community’s report on Russian interference in the 2020 election, analyze the U.S. response to Russia’s attacks and disinformation campaigns, and to break down how the Russian intelligence service uses Americans—willing and otherwise—as proxies and disseminators of Russian propaganda.
Fmr. Federal Prosecutor Michael Zeldin and Weekly Roundup regulars Susan Del Percio and Lucy Caldwell join Ron Steslow to examine: New developments in the prosecution of the Capitol insurrectionists, and the racism and revisionism Republicans are using to white-wash the attack The escalating humanitarian crisis at our Southern border and the challenges it presents for Biden The latest updates on the prosecution against Trump and his associates’ alleged financial and election-related crimes Here’s where you can find this week’s panel: Ron Steslow: @RonSteslow Michael Zeldin: @MichaelZeldin Susan Del Percio: @DelPercioS Lucy Caldwell: @lucymcaldwell
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, assistant dean at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo joins host Ron Steslow to look at the disproportionately high unemployment rates for women of color through the pandemic, what this shows us about the underlying issues facing women in the workforce and working families, how supporting working families in our communities will generate a strong ROI, and how this all impacts our entire economy.
Mike Madrid and Susan Del Percio join host Ron Steslow to discuss the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery bill, the latest on the distribution of vaccines, as well Republicans’ legislative priorities, the mechanics of making it harder for some people to vote, and former President Trump’s power play against the GOP’s official campaign committees.
Dr. Catherine Sanderson, Poler Family Professor, Chair of Psychology at Amherst College and the author of Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels joins host Ron Steslow to analyze why Trump was able to exert control on the Republican party, how to recognize leaders who will stand up for what’s right—and what we can do to become moral rebels.
Fmr. CIA Officer Marc Polymeropoulos and Weekly Roundup regulars Mike Madrid and Lucy Caldwell join host Ron Steslow to discuss the recent confirmation of the Saudi Crown Prince’s involvement in Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination, H.R. 1, aka the “For the People Act” and the continued fight to preserve democracy, and the ongoing domestic terror threats in the Capitol.
Journalist, Public Speaker and Author Celeste Headlee joins host Ron Steslow to reveal the science and history behind human communication, share keys to unlock deeper conversations, and explain how critical empathy is for our ability to listen and connect.
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