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2016 changed us. We woke up, and now we’re fighting back. In 2018 we took back the House in a massive blue wave and in 2020 we took back the White House, but that was just the beginning. We’re looking ahead to how we’ll build a just and equitable America for us all. Every week you’ll hear inspiring frontline stories from activist leaders, politicians, celebrities, and political insiders. And hosts Steve Pierson and Mariah Craven will give you the tools you need to make an immediate impact on our most critical races.

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2016 changed us. We woke up, and now we’re fighting back. In 2018 we took back the House in a massive blue wave and in 2020 we took back the White House, but that was just the beginning. We’re looking ahead to how we’ll build a just and equitable America for us all. Every week you’ll hear inspiring frontline stories from activist leaders, politicians, celebrities, and political insiders. And hosts Steve Pierson and Mariah Craven will give you the tools you need to make an immediate impact on our most critical races.

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188 Ratings
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Great Pod at such an important time

By Cre8drama - Nov 06 2019
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This podcast is so informative and most importantly, so hopeful! Thank you Swing Left!

Informative and straightforward

By Howling at the Sun - Nov 02 2019
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Great podcast for level-headed, rational voters who seek to learn more.

iTunes Ratings

188 Ratings
Average Ratings
176
6
2
1
3

Great Pod at such an important time

By Cre8drama - Nov 06 2019
Read more
This podcast is so informative and most importantly, so hopeful! Thank you Swing Left!

Informative and straightforward

By Howling at the Sun - Nov 02 2019
Read more
Great podcast for level-headed, rational voters who seek to learn more.
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Swing Left - How We Win

Latest release on Nov 25, 2020

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2016 changed us. We woke up, and now we’re fighting back. In 2018 we took back the House in a massive blue wave and in 2020 we took back the White House, but that was just the beginning. We’re looking ahead to how we’ll build a just and equitable America for us all. Every week you’ll hear inspiring frontline stories from activist leaders, politicians, celebrities, and political insiders. And hosts Steve Pierson and Mariah Craven will give you the tools you need to make an immediate impact on our most critical races.

Rank #1: Dolores Huerta - ¡Si Se Puede!

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Today we have the honor of speaking with legendary labor leader and civil rights icon, Dolores Huerta. We talk about how she organized farm workers in the sixties, how those lessons are applied today, and the work she’s continuing to do now, at the age of 90!

May 13 2020

52mins

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Rank #2: Un-Trumping America with Dan Pfeiffer

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Today we have a very special post-Super Tuesday pod and are joined by Former Senior Advisor to President Obama, Co-host of Pod Save America, and Author of the great new book, “Un-Trumping America”, Dan Pfeiffer! Dan’s gonna help us break down what we learned from Super Tuesday, and how you can help with his plan to win in 2020, and Un-Trump America!

Mar 05 2020

48mins

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Rank #3: Get 2020 Ready! With Communications Expert Anat Shenker-Osorio

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We are kicking off 2020 with communications expert, Anat Shenker-Osorio. She talks about how well our Presidential candidates are communicating, how she advised the Senate Dems to talk about impeachment, how to be effective when we talk to voters, and more. This episode will make you a better volunteer, a better organizer, and get you 2020 ready!

Jan 08 2020

56mins

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Rank #4: California Fever-Dreamin’ with CA Dem Chair Rusty Hicks

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Today we are California Fever-Dreamin’ with the Chair of the CA Democratic Party, Rusty Hicks. We talk about the lessons learned from the labor movement, how to build coalitions between the party and grassroots groups, and how we are leveraging digital tools to win in November. We also have an important election next week in California’s 25th district where Assemblymember Christy Smith is running to fill the seat vacated by Katie Hill. We will tell you how you can help hold a House seat in this tight race.

May 06 2020

38mins

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Rank #5: The Big Send with Scott Forman and Steve Phillips

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What’s the most effective way to reach voters while you are staying home? Writing letters! Specifically GOTV letters from Vote Forward! We are excited to announce “The Big Send” and to tell us more about it, we are joined by the founder of Vote Forward, Scott Forman! Then we will hear from political strategist and host of the Democracy in Color podcast, Steve Phillips. Steve talks about the “New American Majority”, gives us his VP pick, and of course what gives him hope for November.

Apr 30 2020

52mins

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Rank #6: How We Use Our Influence with Billy Eichner

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On today’s episode one of our favorite actors, comedians and man on the street, Billy Eichner! He’s not just one of our favorites because of his great work on Parks and Rec, The Lion King, and Billy on the Street, but also because he is a passionate activist who has some exciting news to share!

Interview at 21:24

Nov 20 2019

52mins

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Rank #7: The Pelosi Way and Christine Pelosi

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On today’s episode… Christine Pelosi! She’s got a new book out about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. And she shares some great anecdotes about how her mom operates in leadership, what she doesn’t discuss with family, and that viral moment when she walked out of the White House in her orange coat and sunglasses.

Interview at 17:22

Dec 11 2019

50mins

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Rank #8: How We Save the People with DeRay

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Civil rights activist, DeRay Mckesson is a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement, author of “On the Other Side of Freedom - A Case for Hope”, and the host of “Pod Save the People”. We talk about the stories that the media isn’t covering right now, and hear DeRay’s advice on what we need to be doing in the run up to election day.

Nov 25 2019

27mins

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Rank #9: How We Persevere with Sandra Fluke

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Today we hear from Sandra Fluke! She’s the activist and attorney that Rush Limbaugh went after a few years back -- the same skeevy Rush Limbaugh who was recently given a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump. She’s got a lot to say about that and she has been doing incredible things as an activist since.

Feb 12 2020

52mins

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Rank #10: How We Pay Attention with Alonzo Bodden and Jess Rocketto

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From “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and Last Comic Standing, we talk about our favorite and least favorite news of the week with Comedian Alonzo Bodden. Then we have an inspiring conversation with one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, Jess Morales Rocketto.

Dec 04 2019

36mins

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Rank #11: Inside the DNC with Co-Chair Michael Blake

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Today we go inside the Democratic National Committee with DNC Co-Chair and Assemblymember from the Bronx, Michael Blake. We talk about the DNC’s strategy to win in 2020, where and who we need to engage with, and we will hear about the viral moment when Michael Blake asked the question we all want to know the answer to… Why the HELL does Tucker Carlson still have a job at Fox???

Interview at 15:59

Dec 18 2019

50mins

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Rank #12: How We Protect Our Voting Rights with Ari Berman

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Protecting our Democracy is at the top of our minds as we prepare for the most important election of our lives, during the most unprecedented time in our lives. So today we hear from voting rights expert and journalist Ari Berman. We talk about the incredible outcome of the Wisconsin election, voting during a pandemic, and what we’ve got to keep an eye out for in November.

Apr 15 2020

43mins

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Rank #13: Art, Activism, and Impeachment with Barbara and Nicole Boxer

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Today’s episode is about the intersection between the arts and activism. First we are joined by actors Jonathan Del Arco and Tara Karsian. We talk about the Hollywood-DC connection and tease the Oscars by giving our favorite documentary picks. Then we interview former Senator Barbara Boxer and her daughter, documentary filmmaker, Nicole Boxer. They talk about what it was like to sit through the Clinton impeachment, how this is different, and the role of the arts in cutting through the political noise.

Feb 05 2020

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Rank #14: Obama's Improbable Campaign with Chris Liddell-Westefeld

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Today we are joined by Obama alum and author, Chris Liddell-Westefeld. After joining the campaign in 2007, Chris spent 5 years on the Obama White House staff. In 2014, Chris began documenting the story of the 1st Obama campaign through oral history interviews. That work culminated in his great new book, “They Said This Day Would Never Come - Chasing the Dream on Obama’s Improbable Campaign.” We hear about how Obama’s campaign was organized, the important role that volunteers played, and how we can apply those lessons now.

Feb 19 2020

52mins

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Rank #15: Stay at Home Activism with Dr. Karen North and Marisa Kanof

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As we are all dealing with new challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, we are going to talk about what organizing and communicating look like as we stay home to flatten the curve. We are joined by Dr. Karen North, an expert in social media and psychology and a Clinical Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. Then we’ll hear from Swing Left’s National Field Director, Marisa Kanof, about how we are continuing to organize and stay connected with volunteers and voters.

Mar 18 2020

45mins

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Rank #16: It’s Iowa with Congresswoman Cindy Axne

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On today’s episode we discuss the Iowa caucuses with Iowa Representative Cindy Axne. She gives us a look at how the caucuses work, how they help other important races, and why Iowans are ready for the Presidential candidates to get out of town!

Jan 29 2020

42mins

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Rank #17: Pantsuit Civics with Ben Sheehan and Pantsuit Politics

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Today we are looking inside the Constitution with the author of the new book, “OMG WTF Does The Constitution Actually Say?", Ben Sheehan. But before we do that, our show is infused with a grace filled conversation with Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, the hosts of the Pantsuit Politics Podcast.

Apr 22 2020

57mins

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Rank #18: Virtual Organizing with Ben Wikler

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Joining us today is Ben Wikler -- head of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. They have a big fight on their hands next week, and their election is still on! Ben breaks down what’s going on and how volunteers are helping by phone and by social media to turn out vote-by-mail voters for a race that’s going to have national implications. But first, Steve and Mariah give you important ways to help out, while you stay home.

Apr 01 2020

43mins

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Rank #19: "Mrs. America" and the ERA with Kate Kelly and Dahvi Waller

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This week, while we are staying home and staying safe, we want to make sure you are informed AND have some great TV to watch. So for today’s episode we focus on the Equal Rights Amendment. We’ll hear from ERA expert and host of the “Ordinary Equality” podcast Kate Kelly about the history of the ERA and where we are now. And, we are joined by Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Dahvi Waller, the creator of the upcoming Hulu series, “Mrs. America”!

Apr 08 2020

49mins

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Rank #20: Flattening The Curve with Markos Moulitsas and Nathan Rubin

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Joining us to discuss the news of the day and help us with this week’s “to do list”, is the founder of Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas. We talk about the importance of staying home, what we should be doing from our living rooms, and a little free advice for Republicans. We also hear from Nathan Rubin, founder of Millennial Politics. It’s a great conversation about how younger voters are engaging, and the hope it brings us for November.

Mar 25 2020

47mins

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Words To Win By with Anat Shenker-Osorio

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Joining us for our Thanksgiving episode is messaging expert, host of the "Words to Win By" Podcast, and our very first repeat guest, Anat Shenker-Osorio. We had an amazing conversation with her back in January and today's is even more impactful. We talk about what messages worked over the last year, and how we should talk about the results of the election.

Nov 25 2020

49mins

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Flipping Georgia with Regina Lewis-Ward

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Today we have a conversation with member-elect of the Georgia House of Representatives, Regina Lewis-Ward. She just flipped that seat from red to blue and we talk about how we can keep building democratic power in Georgia, to flip two vital Senate seats on Jan. 5th.

Nov 18 2020

29mins

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How We Won! with Secretary of State Alex Padilla

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to the White House! We’ve won some battles but we still have more to do. If this election has shown us anything, it’s that the work of being a citizen doesn’t stop. Joining us to talk about why he’s confident in our election results, even as Trump pulls out all the tricks to try to hold on to power, is California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla. He talks facts, truth and real voting numbers -- how’s that for a change?!

Nov 11 2020

37mins

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Count Every Vote with Baratunde Thurston

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We knew that we weren’t likely to get results on election night, and despite that, it’s really hard to be patient and to watch another election that is much closer than we would like. To help us process what we know about the results and what that means for our Country moving forward, we are joined by activist, comedian, writer of “How to be Black” and host of “How to Citizen” podcast, Baratunde Thurston.

Nov 05 2020

37mins

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Mini-Pod! - Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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This special Mini-Pod features a conversation with the 3rd in line for the Presidency, and everyone’s favorite thorn in Trump’s side, Speaker of The House, Nancy Pelosi. She doesn’t mince words when it comes to what it’s like to walk the halls of congress with these republicans, and offers encouragement and perspective as we head into the final days of the election.

Oct 31 2020

14mins

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The LAST Last Weekend with Neisha Blandin

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Today, in our last episode before the most important election of our lives, we are keeping it in the family with Neisha Blandin, Swing Left’s Head of Political Strategy. We talk about the state of the race, what we can (and should) still do to win, and how we can support efforts to protect the integrity of the election.

Oct 28 2020

34mins

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American Idiot with Michael Moore and Michael Mayer

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Today's show features documentary filmmaker, and author, Michael Moore. We talk about how he got his start as an activist, and what is different about how people are engaging in this election. We are also joined by Tony award winning director and the creator of Broadway’s “American Idiot”, Michael Mayer. Both Michaels joined Swing Left earlier this week for an American Idiot Letter Writing event, and this full conversation is not to be missed!

Oct 21 2020

48mins

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Run For Something with Ross Morales Rocketto

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Joining us for our interview is the Co-Founder of “Run For Something”, Ross Morales Rocketto. He talks about going from working on one campaign at a time, to helping over 60,000 new candidates stepping up to run for office in their communities. And of course we are going to get you busy reaching out to voters because time is running out and fence sitting is NOT an option!

Oct 14 2020

37mins

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Mini-Pod! Vote Tripling with Robert Reynolds

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Today’s special mini-pod is a conversation with the Executive Director and Founder of “Vote Tripling”, Robert Reynolds. Robert tells us how his start as a behavioral scientist looking for answers after 2016, led him to create a new voter engagement tactic that starts with you, reminding three friends to vote!

Oct 10 2020

17mins

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We Are Indivisible with Leah Greenberg

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Joining us for a really timely interview today, is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, Leah Greenberg. We cover a lot of important ground including actions around the Supreme Court, what Trump’s coronavirus infection means for the election, and of course, the importance of voting early.

Oct 07 2020

37mins

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Making Calls Count with Jordyne Blaise

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Today we are talking about talking on the phone with voters in our key states! Phone banking is now the only safe way we have to connect one on one with voters. We’re going to give you the tips and tricks to have effective, meaningful conversations. We also hear from diversity, inclusion, and equity expert, Jordyne Blaise. She talks about how to have culturally competent conversations with voters in communities outside of our own, and how to go deeper with our conversations around race and equity.

Sep 30 2020

51mins

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Mini-Pod! - Reaching Young Voters

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Today’s special mini-pod is a conversation with the Youth Coordinator and Digital Organizer for the Grassroots Democrats HQ in Los Angeles, Eve Levenson. Eve has been organizing her peers from a very early age and is now tirelessly focused on getting younger voters to the polls. We talk about how young organizers like her are helping make that happen!

Sep 26 2020

13mins

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Healing Politics with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and Scott Dworkin

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Joining us today we have epidemiologist, former candidate for Michigan Governor and current host of Crooked Media’s “America Dissected: Coronavirus” podcast, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. We talk about his new book, “Healing Politics” and how policies based in empathy are the right prescription for our country. And to help us break down the week, we are joined by the host of the Dworkin Report, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Democratic Coalition, Scott Dworkin. We talk about the tragic passing of another American icon, the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and what the abhorrent GOP response has done to fuel Democratic senate campaigns.

Sep 23 2020

42mins

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Down Ballot with Rita Bosworth

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Joining us today is the Executive Director and Founder of Sister District, Rita Bosworth. We have a fantastic conversation about how important volunteer engagement is, and why “Down ballot races are where it’s at!” And joining as this week's guest co-host is Swing Left’s social media manager, Ellen Wernecke. She's helps us break down the week and talk about what it’s like to be on Twitter, every waking moment!

Sep 16 2020

45mins

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Mini-Pod! - Healthy Voting

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Today’s special mini-pod is an important conversation with the Senior Advisor to “We Can Vote”, Jessica Barba Brown. “We Can Vote” along with their website, Healthyvoting.org, provides information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Sep 12 2020

13mins

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The Last Weekends with Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon

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We are so excited to welcome Hollywood power couple, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick to our show! Kevin and Kyra are committed activists and generous supporters of Swing Left and today they are helping us kick off our “Last Weekends” campaign! We talk about what this election means for them and why it’s not enough to vote, we need you to volunteer!

Sep 09 2020

31mins

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Dissing the Disinformation with Molly Jong-Fast

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Joining us today is Daily Beast Editor at Large and co-host of the podcast, “The New Abnormal”, Molly Jong-Fast. She helps us run down the week, talk about the misinformation on social media, and how we can fight back against Trump’s lies. And then, we have another installment of “The Ryan Report”. Swing Left Political Director Ryan Quinn talks about the state of the Presidential race and what affect the conventions had… if any.

Sep 02 2020

34mins

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Mini Pod! - Civic Sundays

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Today we speak with Elizabeth Vitanza and John Ballon, who started the activist group, Civic Sundays. It was a simple idea born in the wake of Trump’s election to “build community one Sunday at a time.” They’ve been doing just that since early 2017, and have become a force raising money and lending volunteer hours to campaigns in California and beyond.

Aug 29 2020

14mins

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Reclaiming Our Time with Representative Maxine Waters

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Today, we are so excited to welcome the unwavering, and unrelenting Congresswoman from California, Maxine Waters. You do not want to miss this powerful conversation and hear her advice about how we overcome blatant voter suppression and win in November. But first, Brian Tyler Cohen, the host of the podcast, “No Lie” and the face of every debunking video you have ever seen, helps break down the last week including the highlights from the DNC and the lowlights from the RNC.

Aug 26 2020

51mins

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Mini Pod! - The Navajo-Hopi Campaign

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Today we are so excited to introduce you to a powerhouse organizer who is making a huge difference in Arizona as Director of the Navajo-Hopi Campaign with the Navajo County Democratic Party. Jaynie Parish is a digital organizing and social media expert who has brought her skills back home to register, organize, and turn out Navajo and Hopi voters.

Aug 22 2020

12mins

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iTunes Ratings

188 Ratings
Average Ratings
176
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2
1
3

Great Pod at such an important time

By Cre8drama - Nov 06 2019
Read more
This podcast is so informative and most importantly, so hopeful! Thank you Swing Left!

Informative and straightforward

By Howling at the Sun - Nov 02 2019
Read more
Great podcast for level-headed, rational voters who seek to learn more.