Public Interest Podcast consists of interviews with those who seek to improve the state of the world. The podcast seeks to ennoble public service, create a platform for positive civil discourse, and to facilitate dialogue with difference. This show is the antidote for those who are tired of hearing about what’s going wrong with the world. We showcase people just like you who are working to leave the world better than they found it. And that’s good news.
Money's Veil Over the American Dream, Tim Roemer, former Ambassador, Congressman, & 9/11 Commission Member
Tim Roemer, former Ambassador to India, former Congressman from Indiana, and a former member of the 9/11 Commission, speaks about the insidious influence of money in politics, about free trade, security, and respect through civic discourse. Ambassador Tim Roemer discusses his vision of the American dream on Public Interest Podcast #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes:
Saving the Children, Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network
Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network, former Maryland state delegate, and biographical author, speaks the importance of early childhood education and development, of his work providing a voice to those without a seat at the political table, and of his ethos of daily gratitude for all that has been given to him. Mark Shriver shares a message of humility, spurning legacy to favor taking in God's gifts to all of us each day. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes:
Weaning America Off of Oil, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club
Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, speaks on his efforts to curb climate change by investing in renewable energy and by reducing our dependence upon fossil fuels. Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes:
Sanctuary Cities, Homeless Shelters, & a Growing Tax Base, Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, speaks about his work caring for the vulnerable in their search for affordable housing, healthcare, and financial security has led to increased economic security for the citizens of Portland. Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes:
Balancing N. Korea, Iran, Baltimore, and Annapolis, Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin [D-MD] speaks to his time advancing the public interest through elected office both within terms of actual policies that he has enacted and in terms of the anecdotal impact that he has had on citizens' lives. He demonstrates his thoughtful approach to governance as he elaborates upon his struggles with moral issues, ethics, and balances between security and liberty. Senator Ben Cardin reveals his strategy for ameliorating the North Korean nuclear threat through the use of a "Diplomatic Surge" #theta360 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
The Noblest Profession, Peter Franchot, Comptroller of the State of Maryland
This is the one hundred and fifty-first episode of Public Interest Podcast with Peter Franchot, Democratic Comptroller of the State of Maryland, member of the Board of Public Works, former Delegate representing District 20 in Montgomery County, former Capitol Hill staffer, attorney, former Democratic nominee for Congress, former delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008, 2012, 2016, and U.S. Army veteran. Franchot, a self-styled fiscal watchdog and warrior for the public interest, speaks about elected office as a noble profession in which empathy, compromise, and independence are virtues that he hopes will reverberate across society, generating a future generation of public servants. Subscribe by Email PETER FRANCHOT is the Comptroller of the State of Maryland. Peter is also a member of the Board of Public Works. He's a former Democratic delegate representing District 20 in Montgomery County, Maryland, is a former Capitol Hill staffer, an attorney, and a veteran of the United States Army. He's a former delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2003, 2012, and again in 2016, and is also a former Democratic nominee for the United States Congress. Franchot: I have been a warrior for public interest issues all my life. I think my mother taught me always to stand up the police and in school and I always felt much better when I was sticking up for some of the kids that were not good athletes, so that is the genesis of my altruism that I've carried forward in my public career. Now that I'm Comptroller I find that every day I am working in the public interest primarily by helping individuals who are in financial situations that are difficult and complicated but also in being available as a state elected official. Cooper: After college you enlisted in the United States Army, which is associated with more politically conservative individuals, yet you made a career out of serving as a liberal elected official. How did you end up in the Army with such liberal views? Franchot: Well I actually didn't finish college. I was at Amherst College and halfway through my sophomore year I dropped out to go to New Hampshire to work on the “Clean with Gene” campaign with Gene McCarthy who was running in the 1968 Democratic Primary on an anti-Vietnam War platform. Ironically, while organizing college campuses against the war for Gene McCarthy, I got a draft notice saying: “Dear Sir, You no longer are protected by your college involvement and you are to report for the draft law,” which was a shock to me. Cooper: You left college to join a political campaign because of the anti-Vietnam war platform of those campaigns. And by virtue of your civic activism you actually ended up getting embroiled in the war. Franchot: My parents actually said I was pretty clueless that I didn't realize I was giving up my student deferment but such as it is it actually in retrospect proved to be a tremendous experience. I was drafted for two years. I spent 21 months not 24 months because I was allowed to get out early to return to college. But the Army was a great experience for me not in the sense that I enjoyed it but I was put on a troop train in New York City and sent down to Fort Jackson, South Carolina with the other draftees, who were a different group of people than those with whom I was previously associated in my life. Cooper: Despite your experience in the Army, you’ve never seemed to use your experience and your status as a veteran to your political advantage as have others, most notably former Lt. Governor Anthony Brown in his 2014 bid for Governor. Why? Franchot:I didn't have the kind of long-term career that Lt. Governor Anthony Brown had; I was just a very ordinary cog in a very big machine. But I will say that the machine the military proved to be enormously beneficial to me as an individual and I would recommend the military
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Novel social lens
I like the episodes that highlight guests who are invested in making social change. These episodes often go beyond the typical narrative of the traditional press and provide an entirely new storyline through which society can be interpreted.
These podcasts are informative and give access to people's thoughts, recommendations and objectives; information you would not generally come across by searching online news platforms. The other big advantage to these podcasts is that they are positive and uplifiting, a welcomed alternative source of information to all the negative posts and false new feeds.
What a great way to serve the public interest!
Intelligent, informative and relatable. These interviews bring us closer to our surrounding communities, as we are able to gain valuable insight and connect with the life stories of people that we may not necessarily encounter on a day-to-day basis. I would recommend this podcast to anyone with enthusiasm!