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Every Voice Speaks

Every Voice Speaks is a podcast that discusses political news and issues of the day -- especially the different effects of money on politics. Adam Smith, communications director at Every Voice, interviews experts on a variety of money-in-politics subjects. This is a production of Every Voice, an organization working to ensure that every voice is heard in our democracy. Learn more at www.everyvoice.org.
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Now displaying: October, 2015
Oct 29, 2015

When Joan Mandle's son signed a lucrative contract with the NBA, they sat down as a family to decide how he wanted to use that money for good. And thus: Democracy Matters was born. Adam speaks to Joan (who also happens to chair the Every Voice board) about how she works to engage and excite young people about the issue of money in politics, and how the Democracy Matters interns learn to organize and create real social change on the issues they care about most. If you are a college student, or know a college student, this one is for you. 

Links from this episode: 

http://www.democracymatters.org/

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/new-hampshire-rebellion

 

Oct 22, 2015

When Stephen Lerner was working for labor and education groups in New York, he kept finding that the opposition's money was coming from the same handful of hedge fund billionaires. And so Hedge Clippers was formed -- an organization that calls attention to the hedge funders buying politics, and aims to make their support a liability against the politicians who take their money. Stephen and Adam break down how hedge funders perpetuate their wealth by supporting politicians who in turn support tax breaks and other legislation that helps the hedge funders.

Links from this episode:

http://hedgeclippers.org/

http://easthamptonstar.com/Villages/7/250-Protest-Inequality-Cuomo-Fund-Raiser-East-Hampton-Village

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzON9ky27GM

 

Oct 15, 2015

This week, Adam welcomes Justin Miller, a reporter from the American Prospect, to the podcast. After a little Democratic debate debrief, they dive into Justin's newest article, which looks at the ways that states and cities are tackling big money politics themselves, without waiting for national politicians to catch up. They talk about the people who have run and won in Arizona and Connecticut, and how those people are shaking up politics as usual. Then they take a look at the campaigns in Maine and Seattle, and what those campaigns mean for national reform efforts in 2016 and beyond. All this, plus Justin's favorite fair food. 

Links from this episode: http://prospect.org/article/can-campaign-finance-be-reformed-bottom

Oct 8, 2015

October has already been a terrible month for gun violence, and more and more people are wondering why their elected officials aren't doing anything about it. We invited Mark Glaze in discuss how guns, money, lobbying, and politics are connected. As the former executive director of Every Town for Gun Safety and the current executive director of the Voter Participation Center, Mark explains where the National Rifle Association gets its money, how it spends it to achieve the policies it wants, and how you can get involved to make sure your representatives listen to the majority of their constituents when it comes to gun safety laws.

Links from this episode:

http://everytown.org/

http://www.voterparticipation.org/

 

Oct 1, 2015

Citizens United gets a lot of attention, but things weren't great before that Supreme Court ruling. This week, Adam delves into the history with Nick Nyhart, the president of Every Voice Center. They discuss the Supreme Court ruling in the 1976 case of Buckley v Valeo: what the case was about, how the court ruled, and how we're still seeing the effects in politics today. 

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