100 episodes

Exploring a human activity we love to hate. A podcast about politics close to home, from our schools, streets, businesses, and local governments. Hosted by Sunil Dasgupta.

I Hate Politics Podcast Sunil Dasgupta

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    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Exploring a human activity we love to hate. A podcast about politics close to home, from our schools, streets, businesses, and local governments. Hosted by Sunil Dasgupta.

    How Working From Home is Reshaping the Economy

    How Working From Home is Reshaping the Economy

    The successful demonstration of work from home during the pandemic has led urban cores losing population and transit ridership plummet. In this episode, Sunil Dasgupta talks with Nicholas Ramfos of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Transportation Planning Board about their “2022 State of the Commute” survey, and to Jordan Rappaport of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City about his paper predicting a housing boom in the exurbs. Guests’ views are their’s alone, not their employer’s. Music for this episode comes from Rockville singer-songwriter Gabrielle Zwi. Check them out: https://www.gabriellezwi.com/music.  Rappaport paper: https://bit.ly/3HxhCOm State of the Commute: https://bit.ly/3jyhiad

    • 56 min
    A Low-Salt Diet for Our Roads

    A Low-Salt Diet for Our Roads

    The arrival of winter snow and ice is met with millions of tons of road salt across the county, which corrodes infrastructure and automobiles goes into waterways, raising salinity levels even in drinking water and destroying plants and animals. Sunil Dasgupta walks with Abby Hileman of Izaak Walton League’s Salt Watch Program and Karl Van Neste, a local salt advocate, about the problem and what to do about it. If you feel the crunch underfoot, that’s too much salt. Music for this episode comes from Rockville singer-songwriter Gabrielle Zwi. Check them out: https://www.gabriellezwi.com/music. Montgomery County Salt Petition: https://forms.gle/mhNdVcJzBH15Jpys6

    • 45 min
    Disruptive Politics

    Disruptive Politics

    Last October, the climate group Declare Emergency blocked traffic on the Capital Beltway in an effort to force President Biden to announce a climate emergency. Sunil Dasgupta talks with Will Regan and Nora Swisher, who were arrested and jailed for that action, and Paul Severance, the group’s spokesperson to find out about their theory of victory. The episode includes a second interview Maryland state senator Ben Kramer about his claim to disruptive politics in proposing big changes to the agency responsible for land-use planning in Montgomery County. Music from Takoma Park bluesman Reggie Right-Eye and the Missing Pieces Band.

    • 59 min
    Bringing the Band Back Together

    Bringing the Band Back Together

    Twenty-five years after releasing their first album, Finster, a band originally formed in 1990s in State College, PA, release their second album, Crosswinds, on this episode. Listen to their music, how they came back together during the pandemic, and about the tough economics of local music. Kate Johnson on vocals and guitar, Doogie Whittaker on guitars, Howard Rabach on bass, and Matt Zelenz on drums. Streaming at https://finster96.bandcamp.com/ and your favorite music platform. Local news on bike lanes and Washington DC’s plan to bring back residents after the pandemic. 

    • 46 min
    Overcoming Polarization in Frederick, MD

    Overcoming Polarization in Frederick, MD

    In the 100th episode of the show, Sunil Dasgupta talks with narrowly-elected Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater about her campaign, her coalition, and how she intends to govern, offering a case study in managing political polarization. Frederick is living through contestation between newcomers interested in mainline pocketbook politics preferred by Democrats and Trump-inspired right-wing politics pushed by, among others, former Republican nominee for governor Dan Cox, who organized buses to take rebels to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Music from Takoma Park bluesman Reggie Right-Eye and his Missing Pieces Band.

    • 48 min
    Previewing the 2023 Maryland State Legislative Agenda

    Previewing the 2023 Maryland State Legislative Agenda

    With the 2023 Maryland General Assembly session starting in less than two weeks, the new governor and the new assembly not only will have to figure out which issues to focus on but also how to balance between them, all the while developing new marijuana legislation. Sunil Dasgupta talks with UMBC political science professor Roy Meyers and Maryland Association of Counties (MaCo) Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally to find out how they see the Assembly’s priorities shaping up. Music from Takoma Park bluesman Reggie Right-Eye and his Missing Pieces Band. Happy New Year and for the last couple of days for 2022 giving:
    Woman to Woman Mentoring
    The Civic Circle
    Project Linus Montgomery County Chapter
    Action Committee for Transit
    Urban Adventure Squad
    The Senior Connection of Montgomery County
    Miriam’s Kitchen
    UpCounty Prevention Network
    Washington Independent Review of Books
    VisArts Art Lab
    Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
    Poolesville Green
    MoCoPAAN
    Sustainable Earth Eating
    Repair the World
    Montgomery County Special Olympics

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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More than Maryland

While focused on all things Maryland politics, this podcast also does a good job of overall civic lessons during the recap of the conversation. Professor Dasgupta definitely has honed the skill of the Socratic method. Note to guests: prepare well for this interview.

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