Since we don’t have one in the White House, what would it be like to have a representative in Congress who truly understood the nuances of international diplomacy? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with Evelyn Farkas. She was a Defense Department official under the Obama Administration, is an expert on Russia and the Ukraine, and she’s currently a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 17th district. We discuss what it’s like to campaign virtually for office during the coronavirus shutdown, what a Democratic Congress can do to hold the current administration accountable for its panoply of misdeeds, and how environmental protections are dropping by the wayside during this health crisis. Then, we revisit part of our 2019 conversation with Dan Austin, the founder of 88 Bikes, a nonprofit that gets bikes to those who cannot afford them.
This week on Sea Change Radio, we are talking with civil rights lawyer Steve Phillips, the author of Brown is the New White and the host of the Democracy In Color podcast. He lends his expertise as we discuss what it will take for Democrats to regain control of the Senate, analyze races in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine and Arizona, and tear apart the Democratic establishment’s long-held belief that in order to win, the party must focus persuasion efforts on white, moderate Democrats.
Did you know that in last week’s election, only half of eligible voters turned out? And that turnout was surprisingly robust as election prognosticators expected it to be more in the 35 to 40 percent range. Well, smart political strategists are trying to change the political landscape by engaging the significant piece of the pie that is eligible non-voters. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to John Stoehr, an opinion columnist at the New Haven Register and publisher of The Editorial Board, to get his thoughts on the recent midterm elections. We try to make sense of the results of last Tuesday’s election, examine voter suppression tactics in places like Georgia and Florida, and talk about the impact of door-to-door canvassing.
It’s election season. To say that the political atmosphere is polarized understates the wormhole into which the US has fallen. We have a president who tells easily disprovable lies without compunction, and a party of elected officials who line up behind him, drafting off his autocratic slipstream. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio is Greg Sargent, longtime opinion writer for the Washington Post and author of the popular blog, The Plumline. His new book is “An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy In An Age Of Trumpian Disinformation And Thunderdome Politics.” We discuss the mess that is the state of this country’s politics, try to understand one party’s justification for voter suppression tactics, and examine the role of the media in shaping our opinions. Then, we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives to hear from political advisers Becky Bond and Zack Exley who remind us of the many things we can all do to pitch in as the election nears.