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Comedian/Writer Christian Finnegan and Author and former Obama Speechwriter David Litt

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

Stand Up is a daily podcast. I book,host,edit, post and promote new episodes with brilliant guests every day. I have one sponsor which is an awesome nonprofit GiveWell.org/StandUp for more but Please subscribe now for as little as 5$ and gain access to a community of over 800 awesome, curious, kind, funny, brilliant, generous souls. David Litt entered the White House as a speechwriter in 2011, and left in 2016 as a senior presidential speechwriter and special assistant to the president. In addition to writing remarks for President Barack Obama on a wide range of domestic policy issues, David served as the lead joke writer for several White House Correspondents’ Dinner monologues. Since leaving government, David's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Boston Globe, among others. From 2016-2018 he was the head writer and producer for Funny Or Die D.C., and he has developed TV pilots for Comedy Central and ABC.  David's New York Times bestselling memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, was published in 2017. His second book, Democracy in One Book Or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, was published in June 2020. Pete Dominick on Twitter Pete On Instagram Pete Personal FB page Stand Up with Pete FB page Please consider a paid subscription to this daily podcast. Everyday I will interview 2 or more expert guests on a wide range of issues. I will continue to be transparent about my life, issues and vulnerabilities in hopes we can relate, connect and grow together. If you want to add something to the show email me StandUpwithPete@gmail.com Join the Stand Up Community

1hr 5mins

12 Mar 2021

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221 Political Scientist Dr Christina Greer and Writer David Litt

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

Christina Greer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University - Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Prof. Greer's book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity matter and also affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups. Professor Greer is currently writing her second manuscript and conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the U.S. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore. She is the host and producer of The Aftermath with Christina Greer on Ozy.com http://www.ozy.com/topic/the-aftermath. Prof. Greer received her BA from Tufts University and her MA, MPhil, and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. David Litt entered the White House as a speechwriter in 2011, and left in 2016 as a senior presidential speechwriter and special assistant to the president. In addition to writing remarks for President Barack Obama on a wide range of domestic policy issues, David served as the lead joke writer for several White House Correspondents’ Dinner monologues. Since leaving government, David has written speeches, op-eds, and jokes for Fortune 100 CEOs, professional athletes, leading philanthropists, and prominent political figures. His New York Times bestselling memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, was published in 2017. His second book Democracy in One Book Or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, was published in June 2020. He is currently developing a sitcom for ABC based on his life in DC. Please consider a paid subscription to this daily podcast. Everyday I will interview 2 or more expert guests on a wide range of issues. I will continue to be transparent about my life, issues and vulnerabilities in hopes we can relate, connect and grow together. If you want to add something to the show email me StandUpwithPete@gmail.com Join the Stand Up Community sign up for a paid subscription How To Vote In The 2020 Election In Every State. Everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting in every state in the age of COVID-19, including the first day you can cast your ballot in the 2020 election. (FiveThirtyEight / NBC News / Wall Street Journal)* *Aggregated by What The Fuck Just Happened Today? Pete on Twitter Pete on YouTube Pete On Instagram Pete Personal FB page Stand Up with Pete FB page PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A PAID SUBSCRIPTION 

1hr 46mins

30 Oct 2020

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Ep 198 David Litt fmr Obama speechwriter(Democracy In One Book Or Less) on the 2020 election & more.

Pop Culture Confidential

David Litt, former speechwriter to President Obama, is our guest this week. The author of the book ‘Democracy in One Book or Less’ talks to us about the 2020 election, Trumps messaging these last 20 days, the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, threats to the democracy, voter suppression and more. In 2011, at age 24, ,David Litt was hired as a White House speechwriter and for almost 5 years, he wrote speeches for President Obama. In 2017 he wrote  the book "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years",  which became a New York Times bestseller. And now he is out with his excellent , new book ‘Democracy in One Book or Less’Twitter @davidlitt

36mins

15 Oct 2020

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David Litt on Reforming American Democracy (in one book or less)

The Politics Guys

Mike talks with David Litt who, from 2011 to 2016, was a speechwriter for President Obama. Mr. Litt is also the New York Times bestselling author of the book Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years. His latest book is Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, which they discuss on this episode.Topics Mike & David cover include:If Mitch McConnell’s “blatantly transactional” politics make him a good Majority LeaderThe legally disenfranchised -former felons and non-citizen immigrantsThe “unofficially disenfranchised”Discouraged votersGerrymanderingThe (not so) Great CompromiseElectoral College reformWhy Democrats are so much more intent on changing the rules than RepublicansFollow David Litt on Twitter Be part of the discussion on the Politics Guys ‘BipartisanPolitics’ community on Reddit.Join the conversation on The Politics Guys Facebook page.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-politics-guys/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 1min

25 Sep 2020

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#52: Democracy (In One Podcast or Less) w/ David Litt

Freedom Writers Podcast

In today’s show, Erin is joined by author and former White House speechwriter, David Litt. David’s new book, Democracy in One Book for Less, was released earlier this summer, and humorously discusses the ways in which American democracy has changed since its founding and how we can work together to fix the problems in our democracy today. This vivacious discussion comedically covers many aspects of our democracy that David feels were glossed over in his history classes.Check out David’s new book, Democracy (In One Book or Less): https://amzn.to/2H0fYJJ

59mins

14 Sep 2020

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David Litt, Former Obama Speechwriter, Has A Plan To Fix Our Democracy

Millennial Politics Podcast

From entering the White House as a speechwriter at age 24 to writing most of President Obama's White House Correspondents Dinner jokes for four years, David Litt got into politics at a young age and quickly rose to the top of his profession. He joined the Millennial Politics Podcast this week to discuss his career in the White House, the current troubles facing our nation, and his new book, Democracy in One Book Or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think.Litt talks about his first book, a memoir recapping his time in the White House, and how his experience is different from others who have written similar books because of how young he was at the time. In discussing his newer research and writing, he diagnoses some major problems facing American democracy and how they are often extremely intertwined. With those connected issues, Litt says, also come connected solutions. He weaves in a fun story about the connection between Mitch McConnell and a fraternity house in Northern Kentucky.Litt also speaks about how Democrats should govern if they do win back the Senate and the Presidency, including whether they should look to abolish the filibuster and how they use their legislative power.I think that Democrats ought to be more comfortable using the tools available to them... in order to not just win elections but in order to make the playing field fairer.Lastly, the Litt discusses some of the speeches he wrote for President Obama and the type of work he did while working in the administration. He also gives us a look into what it was like working in the White House, including an embarrassing story regarding an experience he had on Air Force One.If you liked this episode, be sure to like and subscribe to our podcast, rate us five-stars, and leave a review. It's one of the best ways for new listeners to find us. Stay tuned for our next episode.If you'd like to continue the conversation, David Litt can be found on Twitter @DavidLitt, Nathan can be found @NathanHRubin, and Sam can be found at @JeskeSam.

29mins

9 Aug 2020

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SUPD 158 Jared Yates Sexton and David Litt

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick

Jared Yates Sexton is part political analyst , part historian and all thoughtful. I love talking to this dude and we had a great conversation. I highly recommend his book his twitter and now his podcast David Litt's @DavidLitt was one of President Obama's speechwriters. His New York Times bestselling memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, was published in 2017. His second book Democracy in One Book Or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, was published in June 2020. He is currently developing a sitcom for ABC based on his life in DC. I love speaking to him. Read his excellent piece at WashPO Republicans are right; election fraud is real. They are perpetrating it. and CNN Primary voting was a disaster. The general election doesn't have to be that way This podcast is booked , hosted , edited and produced by Pete Dominick. Please consider a paid subscription

1hr 27mins

4 Aug 2020

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Democracy in One Episode or Less with David Litt, Barack Obama's Funny Speechwriter

Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry

Today’s episode is a treat. We’ve invited David Litt, one of President Obama’s speechwriters, on to the show. He’s very funny, and we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a bittersweet interview remembering when we had a president who had a sense of humor and was able to complete a sentence. David’s got a new book out, Democracy in One Book or Less, and we think you’ll find our conversation inspiring. I know we sure did. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alyssa-milano-sorry-not-sorry/message

50mins

22 Jun 2020

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Frm. Obama Speechwriter David Litt Explains How the GOP Has Systematically Undermined Democracy.

The Al Franken Podcast

In his new book: Democracy: In One Book or Less fmr. Obama speechwriter and NY Times bestselling author brings fascinating and often startling detail to all the ways the GOP thwarts democracy. 

53mins

21 Jun 2020

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599 - Obama Speech writer gave the view of democracy, David Litt

The James Altucher Show

Is the U.S. really a democracy? How does voting actually work? And who came up with these rules? I want to know who the f*** the electoral college is, why do they exist, and what democracy really looks like. And how to get there. So I called up David Litt, former speechwriter for Obama, among others. He says, “We have an electoral college for a number of reasons. And they’re all bad.” So you’ll learn about that. You’ll learn why the U.S. government technically isn’t really a democracy. And here’s a longer list of lessons: Which parts of the country get overlooked in voting Why swing states have the most power How much say we “the people” really have in voting The difference between the popular vote and electoral college How much power the electoral college really has The math behind WHY the electoral college currently favors Trump How race plays a role in our current democracy  Why the number of swing states has decreases  The history of states becoming “red” or “blue” How to find out if your state “matters” in the election How property rights impact voting How slavery impacts voting today And more I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter FacebookSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 11mins

16 Jun 2020

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