Exploring a human activity we love to hate. A podcast about politics close to our home, schools, streets, businesses, and local government. Hosted by Sunil Dasgupta. More at ihppod.org.
MoCoShow Makes the News
In the general despair over the decline of local news, a homegrown, social media-driven, local news company, The MoCoShow, is not only commercially profitable but also turning on its head some central principles of journalism. Sunil Dasgupta talked to MoCoShowe founder Alex Tsironis about his vision and how he turned a snow reporting social media handle to over hundred thousand followers and millions of unique hits across his various platforms. Music from Oren Levine: https://ohljazz.com. Local area nonprofits tell their stories and pitch for your support:
MoCo Pride Prom
Montgomery County Special Olympics
Urban Adventure Squad
Life in the HOTTER Lane
As the Moore Administration in Maryland wrestles with its plan to toll highways in the Washington DC suburbs, Sunil Dasgupta talks with transportation planner Patrick Decorla-Souza about the history of congestion pricing and his new idea, HOTTER Lanes, which gives carpoolers cash rewards from the revenue generated by tolls. Local news re dedicated bus lanes, security camera program, MCPS hires a former councilmember, counties want a hand in shaping school budgets. Music from Oren Levine: https://ohljazz.com. HOTTER Lanes: https://t.ly/hj7rv. Bus Lanes: https://t.ly/CgsjR Camera Rebate: https://t.ly/DUAt_
The Doughnut Hole of Political Accountability
How we hold politicians accountable is an enduring challenge in democratic societies, but a new book, Accountability in State Legislatures, argues that voters are uniquely unable to punish state legislators. Sunil Dasgupta talks with author and political scientist Steven Rogers about the connections of his research to political polarization, one-party rule, gerrymandering, barriers to challenger entry, and the decline of local and state news coverage. Local news about Rockville and Gaithersburg city elections and the continuing local fallout of the War in Gaza: immigrant rights group CASA missteps and a rally in Rockville is met with nasty rhetoric. Music from Oren Levine: https://ohljazz.com Accountability in State Legislatures: https://a.co/d/87aZZM6
Uber Tears Through the Public Square
Washington DC was the sixth city where Uber began operations, but it is here that the Big Tech firm was best able to mold the regulatory environment to its needs. Sunil Dasgupta talks with Katie Wells and Kafui Attoh, two authors of the local fall book to read, Disrupting DC: The Rise of Uber and the Fall of the City. Local news: Rabbi Yosef Goldman of Shaare Torah on antisemitic vandalism, DC’s AG sues landlords and tech firm Real Page for price-fixing (https://t.ly/5sUvF); Gaithersburg council elections, amicus briefs in the LGBTQ books opt-out lawsuit (https://t.ly/kbun1; https://t.ly/GX2UK). Music from Oren Levine: https://ohljazz.com/ Disrupting DC: https://a.co/d/3sKbFzH
Candidate Interviews Rockville City Council
Double-header on Rockville City Mayor and Council election scheduled for November 7. This episode includes 5 City Council candidate interviews: Marissa Valeri (2:55), Adam Van Grack (18:47), Izola Shaw (35:46), Paul Scott (50:45), and Kate Fulton (1:08:30). See links on Twitter @ihppod. Accompanying episode (#142) features mayoral candidates. The 2023 Rockville City election ushers in a new era for the Rockville government. The Mayor and Council is expanding to 7 members. A minimum of 5 but as many as all 6 seats on the council may be filled by candidates who have never held elected office before. Music from Rockambo: rockambo.com, Pete Chauvette, Dara Blecher, and Collide: collideduo.com.
Candidate Interviews Mark Pierzchala and Monique Ashton for Rockville Mayor
Double-header on Rockville City Mayor and Council election scheduled for November 7. This episode features candidate interviews with the two mayoral candidates Mark Pierzchala (3:26) and Monique Ashton (24:50). Both currently serve on the Rockville City Council. See links on Twitter @ihppod. Accompanying episode (#143) features City Council candidates. The 2023 Rockville City election ushers in a new era for the Rockville government. The Mayor and Council is expanding to 7 members. A minimum of 5 but as many as all 6 seats on the council may be filled by candidates who have never held elected office before. Music from Adam Bobrow.
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.