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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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May 19, 2016

Every Voice Speaks goes on the road and visits Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) at his office on Capitol Hill. Adam and Rep. Sarbanes break down the basics of the Government By the People Act, why it is needed, and how it would change the incentives to transform business as usual in government. And the number one thing that you can do: don't give up! This episode originally aired Sept. 17, 2015. 

May 12, 2016

This ain't your grandfather's working class. This week, we speak with Tamara Draut, who explores the power and makeup of today's working class in her new book "The Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America." Composed largely of service sector jobs, and made up of more women and people of color than ever before, today's working class is exerting its power in a number of ways, including the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter, and immigrants rights. And they are demanding a new kind of politics where they can claim their power, rather than wealthy donors. 

Links from this episode: 

http://www.sleepinggiantthebook.org/

http://www.demos.org/

 

May 5, 2016

Last week, we talked about the setbacks that voting rights have faced since the Supreme Court's Shelby County case. This week, we invited Karundi Williams of the SEIU on to talk about their proactive strategies and victories to expand voting rights, making voter registration automatic, enfranchising ex-felons, and pushing back on voter ID laws. 

Links from this episode: 

http://www.seiu.org/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/this-man-is-on-parole-on-thursday-he-registered-to-vote/2016/03/10/0cc50ad4-e6d6-11e5-bc08-3e03a5b41910_story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/23/us/governor-terry-mcauliffe-virginia-voting-rights-convicted-felons.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vermont-automatic-registration_us_572227bee4b0b49df6aa5b1a

 

Apr 28, 2016

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. 

Apr 21, 2016

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. 

Links from this episode:

http://www.democracyspring.org/

http://democracyawakening.org/

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/democracy-awakens

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1055534364492365.1073741829.408595662519575&type=3

Apr 14, 2016

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).

Links from this week: 

http://www.enlaceintl.org/

http://www.vox.com/2016/3/29/11320386/turbotax-boycott-lobbying

 

Apr 7, 2016

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! 

Mar 31, 2016

This week we talk all about transparency with Libby Watson, a staff writer at the Sunlight Foundation. We answer all the important questions, like why transparency is important in a democracy, what an LLC is and how it can hide contributions, and what sticky toffee pudding is. 

Links from this episode:

http://sunlightfoundation.com/

http://hallofjustice.sunlightfoundation.com/

http://influenceexplorer.com/

http://politicalpartytime.org/

http://politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com/

 

 

Mar 24, 2016

We're replaying one of our favorite podcasts this week -- the one where we were still a little sleep deprived from getting out the vote and winning big last november. 

Links from this episode: 

http://honestelectionsseattle.org/

http://www.accountableelections.org/

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/maine-part-i

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/maine-part-ii

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/maine-part-iii

Mar 17, 2016

In August, Every Voice Chief of Staff Rahna Epting came on the show to talk about the newly released Fight Big Money agenda for the presidential race. A lot has happened since August, so we invited her back to check in on what the candidates are doing and saying about money in politics, and what we can expect from candidates going forward into the general. Plus -- Rahna's weird pregnancy cravings. 

Links from this episode:

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/fight-big-money

http://fightbigmoney.com/scorecard/

http://everyvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/March2016OhioFocusGroups.pdf

 

Mar 10, 2016

The new season of House of Cards dropped last week, and we brought on expert and super fan Ben Donnelly-Fine to talk about what happened this season, how money comes into play in the House of Cards-verse and our own, and whether the popularity of House of Cards makes people more or less cynical about politics. SPOILERS AHEAD!

Mar 3, 2016

Our democracy needs a serious wake up call. Luckily, our two guests, Rio Tazewell of People for the American Way and Courtney Fuller of Public Citizen, are organizing a giant alarm clock. They talk to us about the Democracy Awakening, a three-day event of protests, marches, direct action, teach ins, art, inspiration, and more, all to get Congress and state houses across the country to expand voting rights, fight big money, and make sure government works for all of us. Get on a bus and we'll see you in April!

Links from this episode:

http://democracyawakening.org/

http://www.democracyspring.org/

 

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/

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

 

Dec 10, 2015

Why would an organization concerned with the environment care about money in politics? That's the question we ask Courtney Hight of the Sierra Club this week. She explains how big money distorts the legislative process, why and how she got arrested, and how people can triumph over dollars. 

Links from this episode:

http://sierraclub.org/

http://www.democracyforus.org/

 

Dec 3, 2015

Kurt Walters of Rootstrikers joins us this week to talk about the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency tasked with regulating Wall Street. It doesn't seem to be doing a very good job of that! Kurt talks about the agency's problems, especially with its leadership, and some steps that you can take right now to demand it enforce disclosure of secret money and hold its chair, Mary Jo White, accountable. 

Links from this episode:

http://www.rootstrikers.org/

http://presidentobamaslegacy.org/?source=everyvoice

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/where_is_mary_jo_white/

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/shining-a-light-on-secret-money

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/democracy-matters

http://everyvoice.org/podcast/hedge-clippers

 

Nov 26, 2015

Adam and Francoise coach you on how best to steer the inevitable political arguments around the Thanksgiving table to a hopeful and happy discussion about money in politics. They also tell you how much money the foods on your dinner table have spent on lobbying and political campaigns (spoiler: your turkey leans Republican). All this plus an update on the status of Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program since last week. Oh, and puns. So. Many. Puns.

Links from this episode:

http://everyvoice.org/posts/thanksgiving-money-politics-cheat-sheet

Nov 19, 2015

We've talked a good bit about the recent wins in Maine and Seattle, but did you know that Connecticut has had one of the best and most successful statewide system for public funding for candidates for 10 years? And that now that program is under attack? We talk to Nick Nyhart about how the Citizens' Election Program works, why it came about, who uses it, and how you can get involved in ensuring that it remains functioning and strong.

Links from this episode:

http://www.demos.org/publication/fresh-start-impact-public-campaign-financing-connecticut

http://everyvoice.org/connecticut

 

Nov 12, 2015

Earlier this week, a coalition of 57 organizations delivered 850,000 signatures to the White House, calling on Obama to sign an executive order that would require all corporate federal contractors to disclose their political donations. We spoke to Jonah Minkoff-Zern of Public Citizen about the origins of the campaign for this executive order, what the order would do and the impact it would have, and the many ways that people can get involved in the effort. Plus -- Jonah surprises even himself with his favorite kind of Thanksgiving pie. 

Links from this episode:

http://citizen.org/citizensunitednoaction/

http://www.democracyisforpeople.org/

And Jonah's Twitter account really is @jonahmz

 

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