Political despair getting you down? Join host Samia Mounts, a liberal Hillary Clinton voter, as she travels the country having compassionate, respectful political conversations with female Trump voters. Political bigotry is tearing our nation apart, causing rifts between family members and breaking up friendships. It's counterproductive to everyone's agenda to alienate each other. Let's try to relate instead. Detailed fact-checks in the Show Notes for each episode at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
Message from Samia - AMERICA, VOTE!
It's been two years since I wrapped production on Make America Relate Again, and polarization has only gotten worse in that time. What we need to do now to heal the country is make sure we VOTE, and vote EARLY.
Also, if you're interested in hearing from some of the podcast guests about how they're feeling about politics now, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If enough people show interest, I'll put together some catch-up interviews for you.
S2EP12 - Ellen, Sarah, & Anne - Catching Up With the Women of Season 1
For the final episode of MARA, I'm catching up with some of the women from Season 1. You'll hear short update conversations with Ellen from S1EP1, Anne from S1EP7, and Sarah from S1EP8. If you haven't heard the original conversations, I recommend checking them out before listening to this episode. The significance of releasing a finale for a show that attempts to unite Americans on 9/11 is not lost on me. Things have gotten rough, and it's time for us to start coming together, and not because of some common foreign enemy. Thank you for listening and supporting the show. It's been an honor to bring it to you. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
S2EP11 - Dolly Chugh - The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias
In this special episode, I'm interviewing Dolly Chugh, an award-winning social psychologist and tenured professor at NYU who just released an incredible book about implicit bias. The Person You Mean To Be: How Good People Fight Bias is for anyone who wants to strive to always do better in the fight toward true equality between races, sexes, and sexual and gender orientations, and it shows us the many ways we can miss our own blind spots - and how we can do better. In today's political sphere, this kind of self-reflection and gathering of diverse perspectives is more important than ever. More at makeamericarelatepodast.com
S2EP10 - Tiffani & Maleena - The Trump Administration
This week on MARA, I'm bringing you two women of color - finally! - and I apologize that it took this long to make this happen. Tiffani Jones is an aspiring politician who was advised to change her party from Democrat to Republican to increase her chances at making a real difference. Maleena Lawrence is a progressive activist and community organizer who shares my tendency to put ideas like "collective consciousness" and "spiritual awakening" into the realm of politics. In this episode, they talk about the Trump administration and polarization. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
S2EP9 - Ricky & Bradley - Liberal Messaging
Ricky and Bradley are cousins who grew up in coal country - southern West Virginia. Ricky is a left-leaning libertarian who has a real problem with liberal messaging. He says it alienates conservatives and undecided voters, and can't understand why, when polls show that most of the country agrees with liberal policies, liberals can't seem to win elections. Bradley is a hardcore liberal who thinks the liberal message is mostly just doing the right thing. More at makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
S2EP8 - Jacob & Maurice - Kneeling During the Anthem
Jacob is what he likes to call a disillusioned conservative and a military veteran, who feels strongly that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality is offensive to our military community and to the flag. Maurice is a black man and former football player who thinks players should have a right to use their platform to effect positive social change. Yet these two still found way to relate to each other find common ground. More at www.makeamericarelatepodcast.com.
Heal the divide
Things have gotten out of control in the best country in the world. But I beleive we can heal the divide and so does Samia. Please support her effort to get the conversation going between Red and Blue. We are all Americans! We are all human animals! We have more in common than what makes us different. Listen to these episodes, rate them, and talk to those who don't always agree with you. We can do this!
I'm only a few episodes in, and this podcast has already made me understand and appreciate 'the other side' so much better than before. If you're looking for an antidote to today's toxic political climate, have a listen to this podcast.
Good guests, bad host
I want to listen to the guests and topics but cannot get past the vulgar language and self-focused style of the show’s host. She seems to decide when she want sit be polite and respectful: those virtues are not predictable in her conversations.