22 episodes

In 2020, former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick launched a new podcast series on what it means to be American in 2020 and beyond. Governor Patrick said, “'Being American’ is a series of conversations with people of uncommon wisdom, some you already know and some you don’t know yet, about what it means or ought to mean today to be American. People are dealing with serious challenges that need specific solutions, but I also sense we need a clearer understanding of who we are, a shared set of values and objectives, if we want those solutions to last. In many ways, I have been on this journey for years and I am discovering others are as well.” Season 2 of the podcast will feature interviews with political figures, elected officials, and on-the-ground grassroots organizations in several states that are organizing voters, not just in the days before each election, but 365 days a year. For more information on Governor Patrick and the Being American Podcast, visit www.BridgeTogether.org.

Being American with Deval Patrick Deval Patrick

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    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

In 2020, former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick launched a new podcast series on what it means to be American in 2020 and beyond. Governor Patrick said, “'Being American’ is a series of conversations with people of uncommon wisdom, some you already know and some you don’t know yet, about what it means or ought to mean today to be American. People are dealing with serious challenges that need specific solutions, but I also sense we need a clearer understanding of who we are, a shared set of values and objectives, if we want those solutions to last. In many ways, I have been on this journey for years and I am discovering others are as well.” Season 2 of the podcast will feature interviews with political figures, elected officials, and on-the-ground grassroots organizations in several states that are organizing voters, not just in the days before each election, but 365 days a year. For more information on Governor Patrick and the Being American Podcast, visit www.BridgeTogether.org.

    A Conversation with the ACLU of Mississippi on the Future of Roe v. Wade and Reproductive Rights

    A Conversation with the ACLU of Mississippi on the Future of Roe v. Wade and Reproductive Rights

    In this episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick talks with ACLU of Mississippi Policy Counsel Vara Lyons about Justice Samuel Alito's leaked decision in the Dobbs case  challenging Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, the Supreme Court of the United States' potential overruling of Roe v. Wade, and the implications of rolling back nearly 50 years of legal precedent that protects women's reproductive rights. 

    • 35 min
    A Conversation with Laura Kunis of VoteRiders on How State Voter ID Laws Impact Voting

    A Conversation with Laura Kunis of VoteRiders on How State Voter ID Laws Impact Voting

    In this episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick talks with VoteRiders CEO and Executive Director Laura Kunis about how state voter ID laws are impacting voters' ability to vote and how the organization is working to help ensure every vote counts.  Gov. Patrick also weighs in on the historic confirmation of Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    • 41 min
    A Conversation with Harvard Pollster/Author John Della Volpe and Unity in the Community Philadelphia Founder Anton Moore

    A Conversation with Harvard Pollster/Author John Della Volpe and Unity in the Community Philadelphia Founder Anton Moore

    In this episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick talks with John Della Volpe, the director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics about his new book, Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America and how younger voters are more engaged and passionate on issues that matter to them than most people give them credit.  Gov. Patrick also takes a look at grassroots efforts to engage voters in Philadelphia with BridgeTogether grantee Unity in the Community founder Anton Moore.  

    • 50 min
    Tackling Economic Insecurity and Voter Suppression in Georgia with GRO Fund and Fair Count

    Tackling Economic Insecurity and Voter Suppression in Georgia with GRO Fund and Fair Count

    In this episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick takes a closer look at grassroots efforts in Georgia to address economic insecurity and year-round voter engagement and registration.  He sits down with Hope Wollensack, Executive Director of the Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund (GRO Fund), and Fair Count Executive Director Rebecca DeHart.  The GRO Fund recently launched In Her Hands, a guaranteed income initiative focused on Black women across the state of Georgia, and Fair Count, founded by Stacey Abrams to build long-term power in communities that have been historically undercounted and underrepresented, recently createdVOTE-365 to educate voters, ensure everyone can vote in 2022 and that their vote is counted. 

    • 52 min
    A Conversation with Author David Pepper on the Fight to Preserve Democracy

    A Conversation with Author David Pepper on the Fight to Preserve Democracy

    In this episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick sits down with author David Pepper, whose new book, Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake up call from Behind the Lines, lays out a robust pro-democracy agenda outlining how everyone from elected officials to business leaders to everyday citizens can fight to preserve American democracy. Pepper is a lawyer, writer, political activist, former elected official, and adjunct professor, and served as the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party between 2015 and 2021.  He has written four novels that bridge real-world politics and fiction—including his forthcoming A Simple Choice and his first novel, The People’s House, which  earned praise for having “predicted the Russia scandal.” The Wall Street Journal named Pepper "one of the best political-thriller writers on the scene.”  

     

    • 50 min
    A Conversation with VetsForward.us Co-Founder Aaron Marquez

    A Conversation with VetsForward.us Co-Founder Aaron Marquez

    In this episode of the Being American Podcast, Gov. Patrick sits down with Aaron Marquez, an Army veteran and co-founder of VetsForward.us, a group of progressive military veterans in Arizona working to defend democratic values at home by winning the hearts and minds of American voters.  VetsForward is partnering with Bridge Together, led by Gov. Patrick, to engage voters ahead of the 2022 midterms and beyond.  Gov. Patrick also addresses the Senate's failure to pass federal voting rights legislation and the threat of state voter suppression laws on our democracy.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

David in Delaware ,

Terrific podcast

I consume a LOT of podcasts on news, politics and society. This is the one that really makes me excited when it pops into my feed. Deval is a wonderfully engaging interviewer and positive person. He and his amazing guests always leave me feeling buoyed by their optimism and activism, which is a sentiment that many of us is short on these days. The clear-eyed ideas and ideals that they all present infuse us as listeners with a vision of how things can be and how some people are already acting to make it so. Thank you so much for this weekly(ish) gift!

ResponsibleBohemian ,

Being American

Thoroughly enjoy the series and look forward to future episodes

MarquisOlison ,

Excellent Show. Excellent Host. Fantastic Guests

Govenor Patrick is one of the greatest individuals on our planet today. He is having thought provoking conversations with some of the greatest minds of the day. This podcast truly shows one of his great skills which is to listen and connect. We should all be this thoughtful about the future of our democracy.

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