Politics. Policy. Progress. All under one big tent.
Produced by The Center for American Progress Action Fund, The Tent is a weekly news and politics podcast hosted by Daniella Gibbs Léger. Listen in on each Thursday for new episodes diving in to the world that progressives are focused on.
Reissue: Former D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone on January 6 Accountability
This week, “The Tent” revisits a conversation between Daniella and former D.C. Police Officer and CNN contributor Michael Fanone. He shares the harrowing story of his experience defending the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, talks about the need for accountability for those involved in the insurrection, and expresses his concerns for the future of our democracy. Lead producer Erin Phillips also discusses MAGA Republican governors shuttling migrants to blue states and cities, and the devastation Hurricane Fiona has caused in Puerto Rico.
Everyday Americans on How the Inflation Reduction Act Is Changing Lives
This special episode features audio from a Center for American Progress event on the Inflation Reduction Act. In it, four everyday Americans share moving stories with Daniella of how the Inflation Reduction Act is already improving their lives by reducing the costs of prescription drugs such as insulin, helping small businesses compete with major corporations, creating clean energy jobs, and putting workers first. Daniella also shares thoughts on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Becky Pringle on Supporting Students and Educators This School Year
It’s back-to-school week for many American households, and National Education Association President Becky Pringle joins Daniella to discuss solutions to the nation’s teacher shortage, the causes behind recent declines in student performance, and ways to make schools safer and more equitable. Daniella also shares updates on new COVID-19 booster shots and Donald Trump's request for a special master to review the materials seized from his Mar-a-Lago home.
Liz Shuler on Labor Day, Workers’ Rights, and the State of Unions
In honor of Labor Day, Daniella talks with AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler about what the holiday means; recent wins for the labor movement, including the Inflation Reduction Act; and the key issues workers and unions are continuing to fight for. Daniella also breaks down student debt cancellation with CAP’s Jared Bass, and recent news on the FBI’s investigation of former President Donald Trump.
Kate Sosin on This Long, Challenging Year in the Fight for LGBTQI+ Rights
Kate Sosin, LGBTQ+ reporter for The 19th, joins Daniella to discuss recent legislative and judicial attacks on LGBTQI+ people, the importance of responsible reporting on these issues, and what all of it might mean heading into November. Daniella also breaks down the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness announcement and abortion news from across the country.
Transcript available here: https://bit.ly/3BEsmZI
Patrick Gaspard on Why the Inflation Reduction Act Is a BFD
This week, Daniella is joined by Patrick Gaspard, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and CEO of the CAP Action Fund. They discuss the significance of the Inflation Reduction Act and what it means for the Democratic Party and President Joe Biden’s legacy. Daniella also breaks down the legal troubles Donald Trump and his allies are facing and how Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) primary loss proves the Republican Party has gone full MAGA.
Transcript available here: https://bit.ly/3U9J4Yg
Great political insights and interviews
Usually starts with a quick round up of a few top stories with solid political analysis from folks at an influential org in Democratic politics. Hits the sweet spot of covering topics and people but not to the point it drags.
Then you get an interesting conversation with a person I’m usually not family with, on a timely/intriguing topic.
Trenchant yet cozy
A safe space in the best sense, also hilarious, in which clever, discreetly well-qualified people fill you in on what’s been happening, analyze it, share your pain, and cheer you up a bit.