From voter ID laws to polling places closing, it's becoming harder for people to vote rather than easier. Will Roberts comes on to talk about how the Voting Rights Act is broken, how it could be fixed, and why a money in politics podcast cares about voting rights at all.
It's been a busy and intense couple of weeks at Every Voice. The Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening culminated with teach-ins, rallies, marches, citizen lobbying, and 8 days of civil disobedience resulting in 1400+ arrests on the steps of the Capitol. This week, Adam speaks to five Every Voice staff members, three of whom were arrested, about their impressions and stories from these events. This week's podcast features Chris Tallent, research analyst; Francoise Stovall, digital director; Crystal Handfield Wade, major gifts and outreach associate; Meghan Faulkner, digital manager; and Nick Nyhart, president of Every Voice Center.
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Are you scrambling to finish your taxes by April 18? Or did you do them weeks ago and you're smugly looking at the rest of us? Either way, Adam Smith and Tam Doan talk all about taxes this week. Why is doing your taxes so hard? (Hint: because a couple of companies lobby to keep them that way) Why do private prisons pay an incredibly small percentage of their income to taxes? (Hint: because a couple companies lobby to keep them that way).
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Do you love Scandal? So do we! This week, Francoise Stovall and Will Roberts step away from real life to talk all about money, politics, and the current election plot on ABC's hit show Scandal. How does money influence politics on the show? Is it a realistic portrayal of the same problems we face in our real politics? Who would we vote for in this world where party politics are all over the map? And also...we need to talk about Hollis. Spoilers ahead!