Rank #1: Politics with Amy Walter: the Upcoming 2020 Elections in the Battleground State
This week, Politics with Amy Walter is coming to you from Detroit.
The city has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the week as it hosted the latest round of democratic debates. But why Detroit? Because — Michigan.
President Donald Trump won Michigan by just over 10,000 votes in 2016. But Democrats are hoping to put the state firmly back in their column. After a strong showing in the 2018 midterms, Democrats are feeling hopeful. Republicans say there's still a lot of support for President Trump — even in the counties, the Democrats were able to flip.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D), representing Michigan's 12th District
Lavora Barnes, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party
Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D), representing Michigan's 11th District
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a progressive activist who ran against Whitmer in the primary
Congressman Paul Mitchell (R), representing Michigan's 10th District
Jamie Roe, a Michigan-based Republican strategist
Rank #2: The Juggle Is Real: Navigating Life In Your 40s
If you're in your 40s and more tired than you've ever been because you are juggling life, money, aging parents, aging yourself, not wanting to play games any more etc. raise your hand. 🖐🏼 How are you coping?
— Tanzina Vega (@tanzinavega) May 9, 2019
After a tweet from host Tanzina Vega about coping with life in your 40s went viral, we kicked off a series exploring the challenges and opportunities of life in your 40s. We've brought all those conversations together in this special podcast episode called "The Juggle Is Real: Navigating Life in Your Forties."
Rank #3: Trump's Investigatory Troubles Extend Far Beyond Robert Mueller
The Southern District of New York is pursuing criminal charges against the President's inaugural committee.
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon joins the show to discuss his proposed bill to make this more difficult.
The Takeaway sits down with screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney and actor André Holland, to discuss their new movie, “High Flying Bird,” which was shot on an iPhone in just 13 days.
Rank #4: Podcast: Tragedy Strikes in El Paso and Dayton 2019-08-05
Over the weekend, two mass shootings marked a week full of domestic terrorism in the country.
There is a historical precedent to the shooting in El Paso and people living in the border.
At the same time, the Trump administration is trying to weaken the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
As esports becomes more popular, the gender divide amongst its competitors is becoming more apparent.
Today marks the first week of a new era for Puerto Rico without Ricardo Roselló as its leader, following his resignation on Friday.
Rank #5: Podcast: 2019-05-14 Hospitals in Rural America are Closing, Leading to Devastating Consequences
Patients are having to travel long distances to access the care they need.
China announced retaliatory tariffs on Monday, promising to "never surrender" in the trade war with the US.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled a planned trip to Moscow and instead met With E.U. diplomats, with hopes of finding common ground over Iran.
Students in Warwick, RI who owed money for past meals were to be served cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches until a national backlash caused the district to scrap its plan.
Rank #6: Politics with Amy Walter: The Mueller Report is Not the End, It's Just the Beginning
It’s been a long (almost) two years but the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible coordination between the Trump Campaign and Russia, and obstruction of justice has reached its final culmination. The redacted report was released on Thursday. The end.
Or is it just the beginning?
Well, like a lot of things...it’s both.
Katie Benner, a Justice Department reporter at The New York Times, discusses the new and revealing pieces of the redacted Mueller report and if Robert Mueller did anything that sets precedent for the next special counsel. Nicholas Fandos, who covers Congress for the New York Times, brings us up to speed on the investigations that are being conducted by several congressional committees.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is the Democratic representative from Illinois’s 8th congressional district. He also serves on two key congressional committees with their own investigations into President Donald Trump: The Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. We talk to him about how those investigations will or won’t change now that we have the redacted Mueller report.
For a conservative take on the redacted Mueller report, we speak to Noah Rothman, a political commentator, and editor at Commentary.
Finally, what impact could the release of the redacted Mueller report have on Donald Trump and his presidency? We talk to Carrie Dann, a politics editor at NBC, who has been analyzing what impact the Mueller investigation has had on public opinion.
Rank #7: Politics with Amy Walter: "The World's Most Exclusive Club"
In his 1957 book, Citadel, journalist William White refers to the Senate as “the world’s most exclusive club.” But for many high-profile Democrats, it's a club that seems to have gone out of style. In April, Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who narrowly lost the race for governor of Georgia in 2018, announced that she is not running for Senate. Joaquin Castro in Texas, Ambassador Susan Rice in Maine, Congresswoman Cindy Axne and former Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa have all made the same decision. Then, there's the Democrats who have decided to run for president instead: John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, and Beto O’Rourke who rose to prominence in 2018 when he challenged Texas Senator Ted Cruz. What's going on here?
Jennifer Duffy, a political analyst covering US Senate and Governor's races for the Cook Political Report, explains why for some Democrats the Senate seems to have lost its allure.
Frances Lee, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, tells us how we got a Senate in the first place.
Osita Nwanevu, a staff writer at the New Yorker covering politics and policy in Washington, D.C., and Logan Dobson, a Republican strategist and the former director of Data and Analytics for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, debate equal state representation in the U.S Senate.
Alan Frumin, the Senate Parliamentarian from 1987 to 1995 and again from 2001 to 2012, answers questions from our listeners about Senate rules and procedures.
Amy's Final Take:
The debate about how the Senate works - or doesn’t - is part of a bigger debate and a bigger issue that I’ve talked about a lot on this show; the breakdown of trust and faith in institutions. The whole deal in politics is that winners treat the losers fairly because they know that someday they will be on the losing side and want to be treated with respect and fairness. But, that’s not where we are now. Americans are more distrustful of the other party than ever before. But, changing the underlying structures of the system creates all kinds of unintended consequences that may only exacerbate the problems they are trying to fix. Blowing up or reconstructing institutions like the Senate may solve a short-term problem, but in the long term our bigger problem that needs fixing is to find faith and trust in one another.
Rank #8: Politics with Amy Walter: Democratic Socialism is Having a Moment; Will Voters be Receptive to its Message?
Throughout most of the 20th century and beyond, the term "socialism" has carried a lot of baggage in U.S. political history. Socialism itself has deep historical roots in the U.S. But the ideology became a toxic brand thanks in part to the Cold War, as Soviet republics and their imitators around the world saw authoritarians seize power under the guise of socialism.
But almost 30 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, socialism is once again having a moment in mainstream U.S. politics. As politicians like Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pitch their Democratic Socialism to a generation not familiar with Cold War rhetoric, skeptics remain unconvinced about the promise of sweeping social reform.
Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont, Democratic presidential candidate
Peter Beinart, contributing editor for The Atlantic and professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Congressional Correspondent for The New York Times
Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University
Rank #9: Politics with Amy Walter: Unpacking the Democratic Debates from the Aspen Ideas Festival
At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, Amy hosted back-to-back post-debate discussions with a panel of influential writers. We'll hear excerpts from the conversation, in an effort to provide analysis of the first Democratic debates of the 2020 presidential campaign.
We also talk with two academics to discuss how their policy work could be used in tandem with politics to bring about change in areas of technology and inequality.
Finally, Amy reflects on the LGBTQ movement, on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of Echelon Insights and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (and How Republicans Can Keep Up)
Rich Lowry, editor-in-chief of National Review
Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post and a member of its editorial board; he also hosts the “Cape Up” podcast
Raj Chetty, professor of economics at Harvard University, and the director of Opportunity Insights
Ramesh Srinivasan, professor and director of the Digital Cultures Lab at UCLA
Ilene Chaiken, co-creator of The L Word and executive producer of Empire
Rank #10: Podcast: Coal Miners, Protesting Unpaid Wages, Block Train Tracks 2019-08-01
On July 1st, the mining company BlackJewel LLC, the 6th largest coal producer in the country, filed for bankruptcy, and the fate of its 1,700 employees remains unclear.
Black communities faced unprecedented violence during the Red Summer of 1919, and responded with activism that laid the groundwork for modern protest movements.
Hannah Gadsby sits down with The Takeaway to talk about managing audience expectations, discussing her recent autism diagnosis on stage, and channeling anger through her work.
After weeks of demonstrations, tension is escalating.
CNN held the second of two Democratic presidential debates in Detroit Wednesday night.
Rank #11: Politics with Amy Walter: Digital Ads and the Wild West of Political Campaigning
As U.S. voters increasingly spend more of their lives online, political campaigns and other outside groups are trying to figure out how best to meet them on these digital spaces.
But in the rush to perfect the effectiveness of digital ads, regulators have been slow to catch up. Will the lessons of 2016, and what can happen when nefarious actors hijack those platforms to spread disinformation, prove an effective warning for 2020 and beyond? And will Democrats be able to catch up to the Trump campaign's robust online operation?
Also, continuing with our "Candidate Talk" series, Amy talks with Senator Michael Bennet about trying to break out in a crowded Democratic field.
Patrick Ruffini, Republican digital strategist, partner and co-founder of Echelon Insights, a polling and data analytics firm
Guy Cecil, Chairman of Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC
Kevin Roose, tech columnist for Business Day at The New York Times
Young Mie Kim, professor at the school of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ellen Weintraub, Chair of the Federal Election Commission
Michael Bennet, United States Senator from Colorado, Democratic Presidential candidate
Rank #12: Polar Vortex Has Midwest Temperatures Plunging to Near Record Lows
Cold snaps like this were more common in generations past, but climate change is making these events rarer.
"Hispanics should work harder at assimilation," said former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. But assimilate to what, exactly?
As the trial draws to a close, we recap various anecdotes from the trial.
Rank #13: Podcast: 2019-05-21 Insurance Companies Continue to Deny Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Despite Law Guaranteeing Coverage
When the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008, it supposed to guarantee insurance coverage of mental health and substance abuse disorders, it didn't.
Immigration judges throughout the country ultimately decide the fate of migrants.
The Takeaway is tackling life your 40s and what makes this decade so unique. Next up: work.
Over a year ago, the #MeToo movement caught up with casino mogul Steve Wynn. Today, the organization that cast him out in response to those allegations is continuing to accept his cash.
The Met announced they'd no longer be accepting money from the Sackler family, but the Sackler's aren't the only donors creating problems in the art world.
Rank #14: Politics with Amy Walter: There's a Generational Divide Upending U.S. Politics
After a bruising political week in which President Trump's feud with "The Squad" reached a fever pitch, Amy Walter reflects on how both Republicans and Democrats could be alienating crucial voters ahead of the 2020 elections.
Plus, we look at the yawning generation gap, as voters from different eras compete for political relevance.
With the U.S. electorate divided along generational lines, there are transformational demographic trends already having clear impacts on the way 2020 presidential candidates are trying to appeal to voters. But while the Baby Boomer bloc is increasingly eclipsed by the combined numbers of Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z, so far it's an open question whether or not the influence of younger voters will have the final say in determining the results of the Democratic primary, or the general election.
This week, we look at the different generations active in U.S. politics, and try to figure out the forces at play in deciding the country's future.
Dave Weigel, national political reporter for The Washington Post
Paul Taylor, author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown
Clare Malone, senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight
Manuel Pastor, professor of sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California
Rank #15: Making Reparations Work in America
2020 candidates are speaking up about reparations. But this debate goes far beyond being a political talking point.
Puerto Rico's government recently had to cut food stamp benefits, adding further insecurity to an already vulnerable population.
Mitch McConnell’s latest push to fill the courts with young conservative judges involves a rule change that would limit floor debate over nominations to two hours total.
On Tuesday, Chicago became the largest U.S. city to elect an African American woman as mayor. Now, all eyes are on how Lori Lightfoot will address issues from gun violence to policing.
The election of Fran Griffin means that the city council now has an even split between black and white representatives for a majority black city that’s rife with racial tension.
Rank #16: Politics with Amy Walter: Those Who Draw the Lines...Have the Power
On this week's Politics with Amy Walter: The fight over redistricting and who gets to wield the pen.
“Slay the Dragon,” chronicles the challenges to congressional maps in several states that have been accused of partisan gerrymandering including Michigan and Wisconsin. In Michigan, voters approved a ballot measure in 2018 to take map-drawing power out of the hands of the legislature and put it into the hands of an independent commission. The film also follows the legal team involved in Gill v. Whitford as that case from Wisconsin makes its way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Barak Goodman is the co-director of Slay the Dragon. The film will premiere later this month at The Tribeca Film Festival.
Scott Walker was the governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. During his tenure, Republican lawmakers created new congressional districts which he then signed into law. Walker is now the Finance Chairman of The National Republican Redistricting Trust, but he's also been accused by critics of partisan gerrymandering. Amy Walter speaks to Walker about why he decided to continue to focus on an issue that has embroiled him in so much controversy.
Eric Holder, the Attorney General under President Obama, recently wrote an editorial for The Washington Post in which he announced that he will not be running for president, and instead will focus his energies on the “fight to end gerrymandering.”
We talk to Holder about why he thinks this is a such an important issue for Democrats to combat right now.
On March 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in this term’s gerrymandering case. Amy Howe, the co-founder of SCOTUSblog, brings us up to speed on what happened and what to watch for.
Rank #17: Vote, But Your Civic Engagement Doesn't End There
Millions of Americans voted last Election Day. But millions of others participate in our democracy every day in small ways. While 7 in 10 Americans report feeling generally negative about what is going on in the country today, Americans are also more hopeful about solving problems locally. According to the 2018 Civic Engagement Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic, a majority of Americans say they are optimistic that people in their communities who hold different political views can come together to solve problems.
We explore that problem solving on this hour all about civic engagement. We begin by explaining exactly what civic engagement is, how it works, and where it happens. Priya Parker is a conflict resolution facilitator, author of "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters" and Hollie Russon Gilman is a lecturer at Columbia University and co-author of "Civic Power: Rebuilding American Democracy in an Era of Crisis."
The Takeaway is then joined by Mamaroneck High School government teacher Joseph Liberti, who started a new program to get his students civically engaged in their local community. One of his students, 15-year-old sophomore Simon Worth, also speaks about his experience with the hands-on program.
Then we turn and look at the Congressional Management Foundation. For decades, the CMF has researched citizen engagement with Congress. We talk to Bradford Fitch, the President, and CEO of CMF, about the huge increase in communications volume being reported by Congressional offices and in town hall meetings in the year after the election, and whether that enthusiasm and engagement persist today.
Librarians across the country strive to serve the needs of their communities, but from city to city, those needs don’t always look the same.
In Nashville, Tennessee, as the Black Lives Matter movement was growing across the country, librarians noticed a growing demand within their community to have honest conversations around issues of race. Since then, the library has facilitated discussions for a variety of different groups including local law enforcement, college students, and corporations.Two students from a local middle school sit at a replica lunch counter, similar to the ones where college students like Diane Nash and John Lewis would “sit in” to peacefully protest against segregation at downtown restaurants.
(Nashville Public Library )
Andrea Blackman is the director of the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library. She joins The Takeaway to explain how her library has started conversations on racial justice within the Nashville community.
Does this moment of vigorous civic engagement extend to giving and philanthropy, too? In 2017, Americans gave more than four hundred billion dollars to charity. But exactly who is giving that money, where they are donating, and why they choose to give -- that’s all been changing, in recent years. Stacy Palmer, the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, brings us through what we know about American charitable giving today.
In practice, all this civic engagement can become pretty difficult if people can’t find common ground. And who steps in when the government can’t bridge the gap? Sometimes -- it’s religion.
Alan Yarborough, the Communications Coordinator for the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, also created a 5-week curriculum on civil discourse for churches to use.
Bill Steverson, is a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee near Chattanooga.
Note: This segment originally aired on November 6, 2018.
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Rank #18: Politics with Amy Walter: Democrats Divided
The ongoing migrant crisis is getting worse, as the Department of Homeland Security is running out of room to house the increasing number of migrants detained at the border. And when evidence of the conditions dominated the news cycle earlier this month, the outrage prompted lawmakers to get involved. But how that involvement played out became the latest point of contention between factions within the Democratic Party.
The Senate passed a spending bill aimed at alleviating what the Trump administration said was a lack of funding to properly house detained migrants. But the Democratic-controlled House, wary of writing a blank check without strict limits on how that money would be spent, sent a revised bill back to the Senate. But when that bill died with Mitch McConnell, the conservative-leaning "Problem Solvers" caucus of the House Democrats signaled that they were willing to pass the Senate's no-strings-attached bill, with or without the support of Speaker Pelosi.
When Pelosi ultimately sided with the Problem Solvers, it set off a backlash among the party's progressive wing, most notably Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, known collectively as "The Squad." And the outrage breathed new life into a long-simmering division between The Squad and Party leadership.
This week, Amy examines how deep these divisions go, and whether or not party unity is possible heading into 2020.
Also, Representative Seth Moulton from Massachusetts, who's running for the Democratic presidential nomination, joins Amy for her Candidate Talk series.
Ryan Grim, the DC bureau chief at The Intercept, and the author of We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement
Seth Moulton, Represents Massachusetts's Sixth District in the House of Representatives, Democratic presidential candidate
Heidi Heitkamp, former Senator from North Dakota
Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, author of the book The Red and the Blue
Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, author of Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy
Rank #19: ICE Force-Feeding Immigrant Detainees, In Seemingly Unprecedented Move
Last week, ICE confirmed that their agency is force-feeding nine detainees in El Paso, as a result of a hunger strike to protest conditions and treatment inside the facility.
37-year-old Nayib Bukele the former mayor of San Salvador, the country’s capital city, won the election in a landslide.
Nima Elbagir recently spent 11 days in Yemen, and her reporting reveals how UAE and Saudi Arabia, both US allies, are enabling arms to wind up in the hands of Iranian backed militias.
The going rate is $0.10 a page but some experts estimate it costs only half of one ten-thousandth of a penny to send out a page.
Rank #20: Podcast: 2019-05-16 School Segregation is Getting Worse 65 Years After Brown v. Board of Education
The number of intensely segregated minority schools has tripled since 1988 with New York and California having some of the highest rates of school segregation.
Common realities of being in a military family, like having a parent deployed or moving around a lot, can be stressors for children.
KQED's podcast "Truth Be Told" is an advice show designed to give people of color a space to talk among themselves that’s not framed through whiteness.
Disney announced Tuesday that they will be taking Comcast's stake in Hulu, adding another property to what is quickly becoming the most powerful entertainment company in history.
The federal government can still use facial recognition technology in the jurisdiction.