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Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick will launch a new podcast series on what it means be American in 2020 and beyond. In the weeks before the Election, where not just the character of the candidates or the parties but of the country itself is on the ballot, Patrick will step back from politics to explore today’s national character in conversation with a diverse set of artists, actors, political activists, thought leaders and everyday strivers.”In these are discordant and divisive times, a lot of us feel like we don’t recognize America anymore,” Patrick says. “We come from every place on earth and every station in life, and yet we openly demean each other if we live or think differently. It isn’t clear what unites us, what makes us American.”Patrick continues: “‘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.”

Being American with Deval Patrick Deval Patrick

    • Politics
    • 4.9 • 32 Ratings

Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick will launch a new podcast series on what it means be American in 2020 and beyond. In the weeks before the Election, where not just the character of the candidates or the parties but of the country itself is on the ballot, Patrick will step back from politics to explore today’s national character in conversation with a diverse set of artists, actors, political activists, thought leaders and everyday strivers.”In these are discordant and divisive times, a lot of us feel like we don’t recognize America anymore,” Patrick says. “We come from every place on earth and every station in life, and yet we openly demean each other if we live or think differently. It isn’t clear what unites us, what makes us American.”Patrick continues: “‘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.”

    A Conversation with Lee Pelton on Being American

    A Conversation with Lee Pelton on Being American

    A Conversation with Lee Pelton on Being American

    • 57 min
    A conversation with Mehrsa Baradaran, writer and law professor specializing in banking law, financial inclusion and the racial wealth gap on Being American with Deval Patrick

    A conversation with Mehrsa Baradaran, writer and law professor specializing in banking law, financial inclusion and the racial wealth gap on Being American with Deval Patrick

    A conversation with Mehrsa Baradaran, writer and law professor specializing in banking law, financial inclusion and the racial wealth gap on Being American with Deval Patrick

    • 55 min
    A special two conversation episode with legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and marathon winner Meb Keflezighi on Being American

    A special two conversation episode with legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and marathon winner Meb Keflezighi on Being American

    A special two conversation episode with legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and marathon winner Meb Keflezighi on Being American

    • 1 hr 10 min
    W. Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project on this episode of Being American with Deval Patrick

    W. Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project on this episode of Being American with Deval Patrick

    Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project on this episode of Being American with Deval Patrick

    • 56 min
    Deval Patrick talks with LaTosha Brown, founder of Black Voters Matter on this Episode of Being American

    Deval Patrick talks with LaTosha Brown, founder of Black Voters Matter on this Episode of Being American

    Deval Patrick talks with LaTosha Brown, founder of Black Voters Matter on this Episode of Being American

    • 59 min
    Misty Copeland, first Black woman principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on this episode of Being American

    Misty Copeland, first Black woman principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on this episode of Being American

    Deval sat down with Misty Copeland, the first Black woman principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, to talk about her journey, her art, and her perspective on being American as we head into 2021. One of the most accomplished artists of her generation, she shares her perspectives on community, representation, and strength in an honest, open conversation with Deval Patrick.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 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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