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Want to know more about how the 2020 election is shaking out from those in the foxhole? Hosted by Ravi Gupta, co-founder of Arena, this podcast will introduce you to emerging political leaders from around the country as they fight to save our republic.

Arena Talks Lee Pedinoff

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Want to know more about how the 2020 election is shaking out from those in the foxhole? Hosted by Ravi Gupta, co-founder of Arena, this podcast will introduce you to emerging political leaders from around the country as they fight to save our republic.

    Where do we go from here

    Where do we go from here

    In this episode, Arena’s co-founder and Managing Partner, Ravi Gupta gives his thoughts on recent events from around the country. He then interviews Stacey Shells, a long-time Arena community member and educator. Stacey shares her experiences facing down discrimination and her thoughts on where this protest movement should go.

    • 49 min
    Empowering communities with Majora Carter

    Empowering communities with Majora Carter

    Majora Carter is a visionary civic activist and entrepreneur from the South Bronx. She’s won recognition far and wide, including a MacArthur 'genius' Grant, a Peabody Award, and a Ted Talk with over 2.6 million views. In this episode, we talk about how to truly empower local communities to be self sufficient — and why the government and non-profits often get economic development wrong.

    • 30 min
    Two self-loathing meritocrats discuss inequality, with Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits

    Two self-loathing meritocrats discuss inequality, with Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits

    Yale Law School professor Daniel Markovits joins us to discuss The Meritocracy Trap, his book about an under-appreciated driver of inequality in this country -- and how the 1% includes more people than we commonly acknowledge.

    • 42 min
    COVID era campaigns with Hillary Clinton, Addisu Demissie, and Swati Mylavarapu

    COVID era campaigns with Hillary Clinton, Addisu Demissie, and Swati Mylavarapu

    In April, Arena hosted a conversation about how to campaign in the era of COVID-19. The conversation featured Hillary Clinton, Addisu Demissie (former campaign manager of Booker 2020 and Newsom for CA), and Swati Mylavarapu (Arena and Incite.org co-founder). We’ve shared the audio from this conversation.

    • 42 min
    The Future of NYC

    The Future of NYC

    In this podcast, we hear from two political leaders at the center of the fight against COVID-19 and who are both widely acknowledged to be two of the most likely successors to Bill de Blasio as Mayor. First up is Scott Stringer, who is NYC’s Comptroller -- which is an office that serves both as the chief financial officer of the city and the city’s chief auditor. We then hear from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who gives us an on-the-ground account of how COVID-19 is impacting Brooklyn. Eric served for 22 years as a NYC Transit and NYPD officer, and offers his perspective on how we can best support first responders and other essential employees.

    • 43 min
    The fight for Wisconsin is the fight for America

    The fight for Wisconsin is the fight for America

    Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, is one of the leading progressive voices in the country today. Fresh off an historic electoral victory (historic for the obstacles candidates and voters faced), he joins us to talk about what Wisconsin's election can teach us about what’s to come in November.

    • 28 min

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Roger Rau 1983 ,

Great politics pod!

Awesome guests

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Amazing podcast!

Great interviews with amazing political figures and candidates!

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Bright Future

I love the Arena Talks. More than ever, it is so important to listen to a variety of voices about the leaders of our future. The Arena features incredible thought leaders from the next generation. These are the folks that we need to be looking to for leadership as our country moves forward. The content is full of substance driven discussions that highlight specific issues from across the country. The best way to learn about the numerous issues our country faces is to talk to the people closest to those issues. This is exactly what The Arena Talks does. Great work!

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