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How do we keep conservatives from taking away core freedoms like reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality? How should gear up for one of the most important elections in American history? Why do we need to keep changing our passwords? Which city has the best pizza?

There are a lot of hard questions out there, and not nearly enough good answers. We’re trying to change that. Welcome to The Ask, a new podcast dedicated to finding solutions to the biggest and most important challenges facing our country.

Hosts Elliot Williams and Jasmine Burton dig deeper into the news to focus on the story behind the story – and to find ways of winning the fights that matter most.

New episodes of The Ask, powered by the Raben Group, post every other Tuesday. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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How do we keep conservatives from taking away core freedoms like reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality? How should gear up for one of the most important elections in American history? Why do we need to keep changing our passwords? Which city has the best pizza?

There are a lot of hard questions out there, and not nearly enough good answers. We’re trying to change that. Welcome to The Ask, a new podcast dedicated to finding solutions to the biggest and most important challenges facing our country.

Hosts Elliot Williams and Jasmine Burton dig deeper into the news to focus on the story behind the story – and to find ways of winning the fights that matter most.

New episodes of The Ask, powered by the Raben Group, post every other Tuesday. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

    How American Voters Can Reclaim Power: A Conversation with Tiffany Muller on the Legacy of Citizens United

    How American Voters Can Reclaim Power: A Conversation with Tiffany Muller on the Legacy of Citizens United

    The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United changed the political landscape by solidifying a campaign system that requires candidates to fundraise tens of millions of dollars from major donors to survive an election season. Though money is one of the most powerful resources in a campaign, people ultimately hold the power. Tiffany Muller, founder and president of End Citizens United, talks with host Jeremy Paris about the American voters and their ability to create and leverage power during one of the most pivotal moments in the history of our democracy.

    • 26 min
    City Guardians: The Unseen Power of Mayors

    City Guardians: The Unseen Power of Mayors

    Whatever your preconceived ideas are of a mayor, they usually all lead back to that person being the “guardian of the city.” Rarely do we think of mayors having access to a national network designed to work together to solve issues that occur in everyone’s cities - but in fact, they’re the ones on the frontlines doing that important work. On our newest episode, Jeremy and Jasmine sit down with Nan Whaley, former mayor of Dayton, Ohio, and current director of membership for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to discuss the power of the mayors and the essential role they play in local and national politics.

    • 24 min
    Evolution of Journalism in the Digital Age

    Evolution of Journalism in the Digital Age

    The internet has changed every aspect of our lives - from how we shop, to how we work, and even how we get our news. With more people turning to social media for information, independent journalism has opened up a new avenue for anyone and everyone to become a news source.  On our newest episode, Jasmine and Elliot sit down with Judd Legum, founder of “Popular Information” and “ThinkProgress,” to discuss how traditional news has changed, the implications of this on our democracy, and how traditional and non-traditional journalism can step into the line of defense.

    • 30 min
    The State Of Abortion

    The State Of Abortion

    Every time abortion has been on a state referendum anywhere, it's won. And for the upcoming 2024 election, Democrats have made it clear that they are running on abortion again. The question is – is abortion still a winner this fall or is it losing its political force? On this episode, Jasmine Burton sits down with Katie Paris, the founder of Red, Wine, and Blue, to discuss the state of abortion, its impact on the upcoming election, and how to get people to successfully organize around issues they care about.

    • 27 min
    Activism and The NBA

    Activism and The NBA

    From starting the latest fashion trends to becoming the newest memes, it is undeniable that NBA players have an insurmountable impact on today's culture. This influence extends far beyond the court because in addition to being influencers, NBA players are also advocates. On this episode, Jasmine Burton and Jeremy Paris chat with James Cadogan, the executive director of the NBA Social Justice Coalition, to discuss the power of athletes, their influence on social justice reform, and how leagues, coaches, and players can work together to make large-scale change.

    • 28 min
    Orange is the new black; is TikTok the new news?

    Orange is the new black; is TikTok the new news?

    Welcome to our new podcast, The Ask, where we focus on turning questions into action. On our first episode, Jasmine and Yochi sit down with TikTok superstar V Spehar, a former caterer whose news-focused posts reach nearly 3 million people, about why huge numbers of young Americans are turning to TikTok for their news, why conservatives trust a self-described "purple haired lesbian" more than the mainstream media, and why progressives should do everything they can to prevent the government from banning TikTok.

    • 42 min

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