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Majority 54

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Jason Kander is an army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri and the first millennial elected to statewide office in the United States. He's traveling the country to help the 54% of us who didn't vote for Donald Trump talk to those of us who did about the most divisive issues in our country. 

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Jason Kander is an army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri and the first millennial elected to statewide office in the United States. He's traveling the country to help the 54% of us who didn't vote for Donald Trump talk to those of us who did about the most divisive issues in our country. 

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One of best by crooked media

By Tolkeinfan48 - Sep 26 2018
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Love this podcast! Definitely a Jason fan! Love this podcast

Great podcast

By Safi Lakhani - Aug 10 2018
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Important issues and interesting insights. Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

4593 Ratings
Average Ratings
4129
222
62
49
131

One of best by crooked media

By Tolkeinfan48 - Sep 26 2018
Read more
Love this podcast! Definitely a Jason fan! Love this podcast

Great podcast

By Safi Lakhani - Aug 10 2018
Read more
Important issues and interesting insights. Thank you!
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Majority 54

Updated 12 days ago

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Jason Kander is an army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri and the first millennial elected to statewide office in the United States. He's traveling the country to help the 54% of us who didn't vote for Donald Trump talk to those of us who did about the most divisive issues in our country. 

Rank #1: Race and Policing

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Bruce Franks (https://twitter.com/brucefranksjr) joins the show to discuss Ferguson, Black Lives Matter and the relationship between the African American community and the police. 
You’ll find out about the importance of making people uncomfortable, Bruce’s take on American History, and surprisingly, that I am a battle rapper.
Important links:

Bruce: @brucefranksjr

Jason: @jasonkander 

Cathy’s Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/CathysKitchenrestaurant/
Nov 17 2017
51 mins
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Rank #2: Trump vs. The Intelligence Community

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Today I’m introducing you to former CIA officer A.J. Twombly for insight on the Trump Administration’s campaign against the American intelligence community. The President does a lot of talking about them and they don’t get to answer back. As a former Army intelligence officer myself, I know how I feel about his rhetoric, and I thought it was important to talk to a non-military individual in intelligence to see how they view the current environment. 
Common talking points we'll answer:

- Whether the intelligence community has a political agenda

- Whether we should just move on from all the Russia stuff
Important links:

AJ Twombly: @ajftwombly

Jason: @jasonkander

Kemet Coleman: @kemetthephantom

​Comments and Questions: ​ @Majority54

O'Hara's Restaurant & Pub: http://www.oharaspubnyc.com/
Nov 24 2017
48 mins
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Rank #3: What We Can Do About Hate Crime

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In 2014, there was a shooting outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas - a suburb of Kansas City. The gunman was a white supremacist and the former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. He picked this location because he was sure he would find Jewish children preparing for a talent show.

The gunman killed three people, none of whom were actually Jewish.

Of the three people killed, two of them were related to Mindy Corporon. One was her 14 year-old son, Reit. The other was her father, a practicing physician, who took his grandson to the audition. Mindy was supposed to meet them there. When she arrived at the scene, her life changed forever.

Since then, Mindy has been working to spread a message of peace and kindness that spans every religious background, but she’s also become more familiar with the rise of white supremacists. She’s trying to understand why people are doing this and to prevent others from following in their footsteps.

For the season finale of Majority 54, here is my conversation with Mindy Corporon about turning the tide of White Nationalism.
Important links:

@MindyCorporon

@GiveSevenDays

@Majority54

@JasonKander

hellomajority54@gmail.com

Produced by Brock Wilbur

@brockwilbur
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Aug 17 2018
44 mins
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Rank #4: Gun Sense in America

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I have an F rating from the NRA. They’ve spent millions against me. The leaders of the NRA hate me, but they loathe Shannon Watts. And I have a feeling you’re gonna love her. 

We closed 2017 by talking to a life-long activist and imploring you to deepen your involvement, so it makes sense to open 2018 talking to someone who grabbed an oar a few years ago and hasn’t stopped rowing since.

Shannon founded Moms Demand Action, one of the most effective groups working to reduce gun violence, the day after the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Today, Moms Demand Action has a chapter in every state and is effecting change at the local, state and national level. As you’ll learn, the work they do is inspiring, and so is a conversation with Shannon.
Important Links

https://momsdemandaction.org/ https://www.risetorun.org/

@shannonrwatts

@Majority54

@JasonKander

hellomajority54@gmail.com
Jan 05 2018
55 mins
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Rank #5: Connecting Through Comedy / The Liberal Redneck

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His name is Trae Crowder but you might know him under a different name: The Liberal Redneck. From his porch, Trae films videos on his phone where he goes on rants about social issues. You instantly feel he’s about to venture into very upsetting territory, and some of that comes from his mix of anger and a heavy southern accent. And then, when he hits his stride, The Liberal Redneck shifts into a position of openness, and general woke-ness, that turns your expectations on their head. Now, him and his co-comedians WellRED Comedy are touring the country, engaging with audiences of all types, and headed for an inevitable network TV show of their own.

Here is my conversation with Trae Crowder about how we can use a few good jokes to offset the darkness.

Also, check out our new line of t-shirts from the Crooked Media Store at https://store.crooked.com/collections/majority-54
Important links:  

@‏traecrowder

www.wellredcomedy.com

@Majority54  

@JasonKander  

hellomajority54@gmail.com  

Produced by Brock Wilbur  
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Jul 06 2018
41 mins
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Rank #6: Public Education

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This week I spoke to my friend Steve Droske, an elementary school principal, about the way public education gets treated by politicians. This episode is pure fire! We covered everything including: Betsy Devos, teacher pay, school choice and much more!

Be sure to listen to the very end for a behind the scenes conversation where Steve talks about the fear of using his platform.
Important links:

@droskes

@Majority54

@JasonKander

hellomajority54@gmail.com
Dec 08 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #7: Season One Finale: Taxes and Healthcare

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Today we’re talking health care, taxes, and activism with Ady Barkan. 

Like me, you probably first became aware of Ady when a video of him confronting Jeff Flake went viral. 

But that wasn’t Ady’s first stab at activism – far from it in fact. A graduate of Columbia and of Yale Law, he could have done anything he wanted. He could have made a whole bunch of money right out of school, but instead, he started representing low-wage workers in New York City in pursuit of everything from paid sick days to the unionization of the car wash industry. 

Today, Ady is a Director at the Center for Popular Democracy, where he runs Local Progress and the Fed Up campaign. 

Eighteen months ago, at the age of 33, Ady and his wife Rachel welcomed a son, Carl, and shortly thereafter, Ady was diagnosed with ALS – a terminal illness that paralyzes its victims over time. In a very short period of time, he’s gone from being an active runner and hiker to being in a wheelchair, unable to pick up his son.

It’s a cruel and inexplicably random affliction, and after talking to Ady, I found myself in awe of his resilience and thankful for the way he’s continued to dedicate his life to fighting for what’s right. 
Important Links:

@AdyBarkan

http://populardemocracy.org/

@Majority54

@JasonKander

hellomajority54@gmail.com
Jan 26 2018
37 mins
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Rank #8: Lin-Manuel Miranda - #MoreOfUs

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If you’re new to Majority 54, I’m Jason Kander, the president of Let America Vote: an organization dedicated to making sure that every American gets to vote by creating political consequences for anyone who wants to diminish the most basic American right. And we're talking to the 54% of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump about where we go from here.

In the first episode of this second season, we talk to someone who has an incredible platform about how he uses it to do good. That man is someone that a couple of you may know: Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda. The creator of In The Heights and Hamilton discusses making politics entertaining and engaging, as well as how to choose fundraising campaigns to maximum effect. Then, we ask when he's going to run for Secretary of Treasury, since he has more experience than the current Secretary of Treasury.

This is just a killer interview and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.

There are only a few days left to support the campaign Lin-Manuel is running, which benefits Let America Vote among other worthwhile organizations. The links for that campaign is prizeo.com/hamilton-dc
Important links:

@Lin_Manuel

prizeo.com/hamilton-dc

@Majority54

 @JasonKander

hellomajority54@gmail.com

Produced by Brock Wilbur.
May 25 2018
43 mins
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Rank #9: Why Redistricting is the Key to Saving our Democracy

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Gerrymandering is the process of redrawing the districts and reviewing the power structure of voting in America, but often for less than bi-partisan means. Every ten years, the party in power works with recent census data to determine the "best" way for voters to be represented. The process is becoming a bitter power play, and the people who are fighting against it are finding incredible backing from other voters who are tired of watching their voice in our government get muted more with each passing election.

Katie Fahey refused to accept this status quo, and so with a single Facebook post she wound up launching one of the biggest social forces fighting gerrymander-- all from her home in Michigan.

While you're here, check out our new line of t-shirts from the Crooked Media Store at https://store.crooked.com/collections/majority-54
Important links:  

@NotPoliticians

@Majority54  

@JasonKander  

hellomajority54@gmail.com  

Produced by Brock Wilbur  
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Jul 27 2018
50 mins
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Rank #10: Islamophobia

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I sat down with my friend Salam, an Afghan man from Kansas City, who I first met in Afghanistan in 2006 when he was assigned as my main translator. I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s hard to argue issues like national security, terrorism, or foreign policy anymore without the other side pulling you into a debate about Islam itself, so given that, it makes sense to dedicate a whole episode to Islamophobia. 
That's why I also address the following Republican arguments:

1. Islam is an inherently violent religion.

2. “Moderate” American Muslims need to take responsibility and do more to condemn violence in the name of Islam.
Important links: 

 @Majority54

 @JasonKander

hellomajority54@gmail.com
Dec 01 2017
46 mins
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