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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: January, 2016
Jan 28, 2016

Before there was Citizens United, there was Buckley v. Valeo -- the "original sin" of campaign finance. Adam Lioz of Demos comes back to discuss Buckley's legacy, including a very narrow definition of corruption and the idea that political spending is a form of speech. He also talks about how we need new legal arguments to fight corruption and inject political equality at the heart of constitutional arguments. 

Links from this episode:

http://www.demos.org/

http://www.demos.org/publication/buckley-v-valeo-40

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/who-was-buckley

Jan 21, 2016

Adam sits down with Nick Nyhart of Every Voice Center to discuss the new report he collaborated on: "Democracy at a Crossroads." For the first time ever, this report catalogs the ways the same small group of wealthy special interests are dismantling campaign finance laws, voting rights, and the labor movement. The report also shows the way forward -- now that these large groups have a common interest, we can be much stronger together. 

Links from this episode: 

http://democracycrossroads.org/

http://www.democracyforus.org/

 

Jan 14, 2016

Adam speaks to Adam Lioz of Demos this week about the ways that money in politics contributes to growing inequality and distorts the policy outcomes for working people and people of color. They break down how a super-wealthy white minority wield so much more influence than the rest of us, and how money can be a sometimes insurmountable barrier for people of color when they're considering running for office. It's not all doom and gloom -- they talk about how to fix these problems, too! Plus, good biscuit tips if you're in North Carolina. 

Links from this episode:

http://www.demos.org/

http://www.demos.org/publication/stacked-deck-how-racial-bias-our-big-money-political-system-undermines-our-democracy-a-0

http://www.demos.org/stacked-deck-how-dominance-politics-affluent-business-undermines-economic-mobility-america

http://www.everyvoicecenter.org/color-of-money/

 

 

Jan 7, 2016

We are back from our holiday break and ready to talk to Derek Cressman about his new book, "When Money Talks: The High Price of 'Free' Speech and the Selling of Democracy." Adam and Derek discuss why having opposition is actually good for the cause, why a constitutional amendment might not be as hard to pass as some might think, and whether or not Derek would ever run for office again. 

Links from this episode:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/382633985/when-money-talks-how-to-overturn-citizens-united

http://www.derekcressman.com/

Buy the book: https://derekcressman.nationbuilder.com/buy

 

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