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“Who Is?,” an original podcast from NowThis, explores the biographies of influential people in the United States and beyond. Now in a second season, “Who Is?” presents deep dives into the stories of political power players, the donor class, and more. The podcast is hosted by NowThis correspondent Sean Morrow.

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“Who Is?,” an original podcast from NowThis, explores the biographies of influential people in the United States and beyond. Now in a second season, “Who Is?” presents deep dives into the stories of political power players, the donor class, and more. The podcast is hosted by NowThis correspondent Sean Morrow.

    Who Is A Conversation with Rev. Dr. William Barber II

    Who Is A Conversation with Rev. Dr. William Barber II

    “Nobody would be fighting this hard to suppress the vote—the lie about voter fraud—if the vote was not powerful.” - Reverend Doctor William Barber II

    Bonus episode!

    If you listened to “Who Is Electoral College,” you heard from Reverend Doctor William Barber II. Reverend Doctor Barber is a major civil rights leader, organizer, and also a certified genius: he got the MacArthur grant in 2018, which is unofficially called the 'Genius Grant.' Rev. Barber is the founder of Repairers of the Breach, and runs the revitalized modern version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign. For a special bonus episode of "Who Is?" we’re sharing our unedited interview with Rev. Barber, as he shares his thoughts on democracy, power, and the importance of voting.

    Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign

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    • 35 min
    Who Is Electoral College?

    Who Is Electoral College?

    In 2000 and 2016, the candidate who lost the popular vote was elected president. Somehow, that’s democracy at work, and it’s thanks to a baroque institution called the Electoral College. Born out of the same contentious negotiations in 1787 that gave America the Three-fifths Compromise and the structure of the Senate, which bestows equal representation on Wyoming (the least populated state) and California (the most), the Electoral College remains with us today despite numerous attempts to abolish it. That’s because the Constitution is almost impossible to change, and because the Electoral College ultimately values some votes more than others. But America is changing, and as the composition of the electorate shifts as America grows more diverse, is the Electoral College a symbol of the insurmountable structural problems embedded in our democracy or a distraction from the power we exercise when we all vote?


    Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign

    Alexander Keyssar, the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. professor of history and social policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

    Sanford Levinson, the W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School

    Mark Hugo Lopez, director of global migration and demography research at the Pew Research Center

    Representative Emilia Sykes, who represents Ohio’s District 34 in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she is Democratic Minority Leader


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    • 46 min
    Who Is Kamala Harris?

    Who Is Kamala Harris?

    After a lifetime of firsts--from San Francisco District Attorney to California Attorney General to the Senate--Kamala Harris could become the first woman to serve as Vice President. Born in Oakland, California, and raised in Berkeley, Harris’s groundbreaking career in law enforcement has opened up space for women like Chicago’s Kimberly M. Foxx and Baltimore’s Marilyn Mosby. But it has also on occasion put her at odds with the communities she is first to represent in office, and at times obscured her record on consumer protection, the environment, privacy, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. Nevertheless, Harris represents, in many ways, the future of the Democratic Party, and in just a few weeks, could be on her way to the White House. 

    Senator Barbara Boxer, who represented California in the Senate for nearly 25 years

    Tanya Christian, a New York City-based journalist covering news and politics

    Marisa Lagos, political correspondent at KQED in San Francisco. Lagos is co-host of the podcast Political Breakdown  


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    • 56 min
    Who Is Leonard Leo?

    Who Is Leonard Leo?

    What do John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh have in common? They made it onto the Supreme Court of the United States in part as a result of the activity of Leonard Leo, the de facto head of the conservative legal movement. Leo, who until recently led the Federalist Society, is a masterful conductor of a network of nonprofits and advocacy groups that have largely succeeded in transforming the third branch of American government, the Judicial. If Amy Coney Barrett, a Leo favorite, is confirmed by the Senate, the conservative transformation of the courts may be the most significant and lasting accomplishment of the Trump Administration.

    Caroline Fredrickson, a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and distinguished visitor at Georgetown Law

    Robert O’Harrow Jr., an investigative reporter at the Washington Post

    Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union


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    • 1 hr
    Who Is Andrew Wheeler?

    Who Is Andrew Wheeler?

    Andrew Wheeler, the current Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is the most important member of the Trump Administration that you’ve never heard of. Extremely effective, Wheeler has systematically rolled back landmark federal regulation designed to address the climate crisis, and meticulously dismantled longstanding rules that protect our air, water, and environment. On this episode of "Who Is?," Sean Morrow dives deep into Wheeler’s roots in West Virginia, a state which makes plain the complicated realities of environmental regulation, and which presents a challenge only a strong federal bureaucracy can meet: charting a path toward a carbon neutral future that includes those who have already intimately experienced the consequences of heavy industry.   

    Coral Davenport, a reporter who covers energy and environmental policy, with a focus on climate change, at the New York Times 

    Gina McCarthy, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. McCarthy previously served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, from 2013-2017

    Ken Ward Jr., a reporter who covers West Virginia for ProPublica. Ward is a co-founder of Mountain State Spotlight, a new nonprofit news organization that focuses on West Virginia


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    • 49 min
    Who Is QAnon?

    Who Is QAnon?

    It’s one thing to believe that a powerful elite exerts an outsize influence on American democracy. But it’s another thing to believe that this elite is involved in an organized conspiracy of Satanic worship and pedophilia, and further, that the only person who can save the children--and America--is President Donald J. Trump. This is the general thesis of QAnon, a bizarre and baseless ideology that has been embraced by as many as several million Americans, who organize primarily on social media. Although QAnon isn’t real, the rapid spread of extremist belief at the far right fringe--and the domestic security threat this represents--is real, and indicates that a small but not insignificant subset of Americans no longer inhabits the same reality as the rest of us. That’s a problem for democracy, and the democratic institutions on which society depends. On this episode of Who Is?, join Sean Morrow for a trip down the rabbit hole. 

    Amarnath Amarasingam, a professor at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, where he studies radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology of religion

    Nancy Rosenblum, the Harvard University Senator Joseph Clark professor of ethics in politics and government emerita. Her most recent book is “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy”

    Brandy Zadrozny, a reporter at NBC News, where she covers disinformation, extremism, and the internet 


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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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621 Ratings

621 Ratings

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This podcast is great! Some may say it’s biased, but to them I say to listen to the Nikki Haley episode. Very interesting!

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Good podcast, but lacks objectivity

Extremely informative and really interesting content. Would enjoy this podcast substantially more if they tried harder to be objective. Episodes often tend too hard toward opinion rather than fact, with guests editorializing using the greatest hits of their respective political agendas. This is a good podcast, objectivity would elevate it to a great podcast.

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Not a fan of Mike Pence as out governor of Indiana but I need to correct some thing for you he was not the governor of Indiana in 2010 when he was making that speech. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

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