In November 2020, all roads really did lead to and through Pennsylvania. Besides for providing its crucial 20 electoral votes, suburban counties like Delaware and Chester highlighted exactly how Biden-Harris won–while more rural counties like Fayette and Lawrence, which Trump-Pence improved in, show the epitome of the Democratic problem. This podcast looks at the shifting tides in every corner of the Commonwealth, but it does so through an untraditional lens. We won’t just be interviewing elected officials and experts (don’t worry we’ll have plenty of those too). Instead, we also talk to campaign operatives, party officials, community organizers, and everyday citizens whose stories are an integral thread to the nuanced web of our complex Commonwealth.
Season 2 Kickoff w/ Max Conway
Welcome back for Season 2 where you'll meet unique candidates on the ballot this November with important messages for statewide candidates next year. Max Conway from Dunmore, Lackawanna, County, has only been eligible to vote for about a decade. Yet, he is poised to be Mayor in January. He discusses his impressive grassroots social media-driven campaign and a heated public policy debate in Lackawanna County.
Political Polling in Pennsylvania: A Conversation with Chris Borick
On this inaugural episode of Pennsylvania Kitchen Table Politics our host, Ari Mittleman, sits down with top Pennsylvania pollster Professor Chris Borick. The Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion that he runs is the Commonwealth’s most respected non-partisan polling outfit. Prof. Borick will help us understand how the polls were so wrong in November. In addition, we’ll dive into what this means for the upcoming races in 2022 and the future of political polling.
Eliza Griswold Takes Us Beneath the Surface of PA's Fracking Debate
On episode two, Pulitzer Prize winning author and New Yorker contributing writer Eliza Griswold discusses her unique trajectory as a journalist from war zones to Washington County, PA. An expert on reporting from rural America and the development of the Marcellus Shale, Griswold breaks down the role the debate over fracking and PA’s growing rural-urban divide.
Reporting Live From PA: A Conversation with the Inquirer's Jonathan Tamari
On episode three, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tamari sheds light on the 2020 election and where he thinks the Commonwealth is headed in 2022. Tamari interviewed over 100 different Pennsylvanians across diverse counties for his piece fittingly titled “The Divided States of Pennsylvania.” In today’s episode, he shares what made this the most intense year of his career and how the growing ideological tension across the Commonwealth contributes to Pennsylvania’s notoriously purple electoral map.
Winning the Lehigh Valley: A Conversation with Katie Gladstone
On episode four, we're chatting with Katie Gladstone, the campaign manager for Congresswoman Susan Wild's successful 2020 campaign. She'll break down the political divides of the Lehigh Valley and explain what it was like to recruit, train and manage a team during the pandemic in a D+1 district.
The most Purple County in PA: Chatting with Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure
On our last Lehigh Valley episode, we're chatting with the Northampton County Executive. We discuss the political landscape of the county and do a geographic and demographic deep dive into this perpetually purple region as we try to figure out why it flipped from Obama to Trump to Biden--and what lies in store for this crucial county.
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A great listen!
Very insightful look at local politics and how they translate nationally.
Diversity of guests providing unique perspective broken down region by region is spot on