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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: February, 2016
Feb 25, 2016

Adam is back from the beach and sits down to talk about the news of the week with Laura Friedenbach. Up first: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's legacy on money in politics rulings, and what his sudden death means for the future of the court. Then, they turn to Jeb! dropping out of the presidential race. Does his failure as a candidate mean that money doesn't matter in politics? (No.) Plus Laura turns the tables on Adam with a cocktail-themed gut check. 

Links from this episode:

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2015/06/donor-demographics-old-white-guys-edition-part-iii/

http://everyvoice.org/featured/jebs-failure-doesnt-say-money-politics

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51152/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17126

 

Feb 18, 2016

Once again, the Oscars look pretty white. What does that have to do with American politics? We invited Every Voice's legislative director, Will Roberts, on to talk about how the same forces that result in an #OscarsSoWhite lead to an over-representation of white men in elected office. When a small group of very powerful white men are the gatekeepers to the nomination -- be it for an Oscar or the presidency -- well, they tend to support people who look like them or reinforce their worldview. We could not have done this episode without the thoughtful ideas and research from the Women's Donor Network, The Center for Responsive Politics, and the Citizen Engagement Laboratory's Culture Lab.

Links from this episode:

http://www.womendonors.org/who-runs-in-america/

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2015/06/donor-demographics-old-white-guys-edition-part-iii/

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/18/10788336/oscars-diversity-academy-president-statement-changes

 

 

Feb 11, 2016

Adam is on vacation this week, so Francoise sits down with Laura Friedenbach, Every Voice press secretary, who recently returned from a weekend in New Hampshire. In part due to the incredible efforts of the New Hampshire Rebellion, money in politics really took center stage on Tuesday night, and we analyze what that means for the candidates, the campaigns, and the American people. 

Links from this episode:

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

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/rep-sarbanes

http://www.nhrebellion.org/

http://everyvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_1727.jpg.jpeg

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/behind-the-curtain

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/01/25/the-existential-pleasures-of-the-lesser-known-candidates-presidential-debate/

 

Feb 4, 2016

How does big money affect the day-to-day work of a member of Congress? We got a peak behind the curtain this week when Adam spoke with Issue One ReFormer Caucus member, former Rep. Jim Leach (R-IA), about the ways money has changed the legislative process over the last 35 years. From why special interests donate to both sides of the aisle to the ways a well-funded opponent might keep a legislator from speaking out against a bill, Rep. Leach tells all. And since he's from Iowa, Adam and Rep. Leach discuss some of the ways money influenced the recent Iowa caucus. 

Links from this episode:

https://www.issueone.org/reformers/

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