A one-hour weekly political conversation hosted by Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld highlighting on-the-ground leaders of the progressive movement.
Joe Trippi thinks Democrats have a chance in 2022, and we brought him on The Brief to talk about it
You might remember Joe Trippi from high-profile campaigns like Jerry Brown’s in California, Howard Dean’s for President, and Doug Jones’ for Senate. These days, he’s got a great podcast, where he’s been sharing his long-earned political wisdom. A couple of weeks ago, he argued that despite historical headwinds and Joe Biden’s low approval ratings, Democrats actually have several reasons to be optimistic this November. So, that seemed as good an excuse to have him back on The Brief, our weekly show about politics.
Kos and Kerry are back with The Brief podcast, talking insurrectionists and the 2022 outlook
Today’s guest is Daily Kos writer Dave Neiwart, the nation’s premier expert on right-wing militants and extremists. We’ll be talking about the state of the extremism movement in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, and the wave of prosecutions that have taken place in its wake.
Youth voters saved Democrats and America in 2020
Today we’re looking at the youth vote—how important it was in 2020, and how critical it will be in 2022 to have any chance of retaining control of both chambers of Congress. Our guest is Ben Wessel, the former executive director of NextGen America, an organization focused on youth voter turnout. His advice on how to keep young people engaged can’t be missed.
Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/daily-kos-the-brief/id1549983077?i=1000526586496
The show originally ran June 23, 2021.
The fight for rural America is alive and well. Can progressives win the rural vote?
This episode original aired July 21, 2021.
Democrats have long considered the rural vote as completely unchangeable. Are we wrong about that? Are rural values aligned with those of the Democratic Party? How can we change our messaging to appeal to rural voters without losing our progressive ideals? J.D. Scholten and John Ray join us in conversation on how the fight for rural America is far from over.
You can survive conservative family members this holiday season with this great advice
This episode originally aired December 8, 2021. Happy Holidays!
As we all prepare for the holidays, today, we’re going to talk to Monica Guzman, journalist and author of the upcoming book I Never Thought of it That Way, now available for pre-order. There are clear challenges reconciling our partisanship with Guzman's desire to “be curious” when talking to our political foes, but the advice is wise and applies far beyond politics to business and our personal relationships. This podcast could very well save your holiday gatherings if you must deal with … difficult relatives.
Judicial reforms, ending the filibuster, and DC statehood
When we first checked in with Demand Justice executive director Brian Fallon, back in March, he it made clear that “[i]f we go to the trouble of getting rid of the filibuster to pass H.R. 1 … but then we forget to do anything about the structural problem of the judiciary that has been utterly ‘Trumpified’ over the years, then these judges will just overturn all these proposals and gut the new Voting Rights Act the way they gutted the original Voting Rights Act.” In other words, if we didn’t do something about the court system, all the legislation in the world would simply die at the hands of those Trumpy judges. Well here we are and not much has been done. But Brian explains it is not all doom and gloom, there is some hope, and there have been some positive changes in how once conservative court watchers feel about expanding the court.
1/18/22OMG what wonderful, logical, inspiring words in contrast to so much down talk & how we may not keep our democracy! Thank you, Maryl Dye, Austin Tx 5129230955c/t
By far the best progressive podcast yet
As a political junkie and activist (admittedly with 2003 roots in the early years of Daily Kos), this is by far the best progressive podcast I’ve found (and there are many). It brings the incisive, progressive analysis and discussion that quells my anxiety and transforms it to reality-based motivation toward action amidst the nonstop rollercoaster that is our movement in the existential fight to save our democracy. Reading kos’s or Kerry’s posts were always insightful, and inspiring. But with the further depth of conversational podcast form, featuring heavy hitter progressive champion guests like Jeff Merkeley, Ted Lieu, and SO many others, discussing crucially pertinent topics like filibuster reform, court reform, bail reform, etc., it is truly next-level. Absolutely amazing and brilliant, I highly recommend!
I can’t decide whether this podcast was incredibly lame or just incredibly disappointing
I’m sure the fact that I am almost twice the age of a millennial as part of the reason that’s discussion illustrated how clueless well intentioned liberals can be.
The podcast was so much like a bunch of sports prognosticators who never played anything.
Instead of getting into the minutia of what place is a better chance to elect Democrats why not have a discussion about what a progressive agenda would do for the people who haven’t been voting for Democrats let alone progressive Democrats; and what the message needs to be to gain their attention and vote.
A bunch of these voters are rural, white and poor. What is it that helps urban black and poor that won’t help the rural, white and poor? Nothing!
I think you need to get out of the city into the country and meet some real people that actually understand what it’s like to be rural white and poor.