October 13, 2019
Rob Anderson is a Democrat in the Deep South. Rob ran as a (D) for Congress in Louisiana, and he currently has an exploratory committee open in anticipation of running again in 2020. On this podcast we discuss his background as a working-class driller, small-business owner, and now, independent-minded politician. For those who have traveled around the South (or lived there), having a (D) next to your name can be toxic. Not to Rob, though. He explains how he meets his constituents where they are, and doesn't try to "sell them" on anything. Rob is known for his sharp-tongue on Twitter, but on this podcast we explore his stances on key issues, the current state of politics, and his background. Take a listen!
October 3, 2019
In United States presidential elections, a faithless elector is a member of the United States Electoral College who does not vote for the presidential or vice presidential candidate for whom they had pledged to vote. Chris Suprun was perhaps the most notable faithless elector in the 2016 election cycle, penning an Op-Ed in the New York Times explaining why he wouldn't vote for Donald Trump, the rightful winner of Texas' electoral college votes. After declaring he would not cast his vote for Donald Trump despite being a Republican delegate in the Electoral College, Chris and his family were subject to death threats and targeted harassment. Instead of moving away from the public eye, he has decided to step even further into it by running for Congress. Take a listen to our interview with Chris and let us know your thoughts!
August 25, 2019
Roger Misso is a veteran, father, Harvard graduate, and candidate for the Democratic Nomination in NY-24th Congressional District. NY-24 is one of two districts remaining where Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but the Congressional Seat is in Republican hands. If Roger Misso has anything to say about it, that will all change in 2020. This episode is also sponsored by Election Ride Home podcast, learn more here:
August 19, 2019
Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Josh Mahony joined Nathan on the podcast to discuss the urgency around winning another senate seat in a "red state" like Arkansas. If Mahony were to win the Democratic Nomination, he would be taking on U.S. Senator (R) Tom Cotton in the 2020 general election. Mahony lauched his campaign with a digital ad against Cotton titled, "Terrible Tom Cotton" and the attack splices together video and audio clips from his Senate colleagues, the news media, and intermixes editorial audio from Josh himself. On the podcast, Nathan and Josh cover his potential path to victory, what inspired him to run, hot topics like immigration, campaign finance reform, and climate change, and why he believes Arkansas is primed to go blue in 2020. While the majority of the United States is currently focused on the Presidential election, it's important to remember that unless Democrats take back the Senate and hold the House of Representatives, even if we win the White House in 2020, we won't be able to pass the much-needed legislation to accomplish our policy goals.
July 23, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, Nathan sits down with State Senator Gustavo Rivera (NY-33), who is the Chairman of the Committee on Health. If there's going to be any type of healthcare reform in New York State, Senator Rivera is going to be one of the elected officials leading the charge. In this wide-ranging (and fast-moving) interview, Senator Rivera covers his favorite topics: universal healthcare, the myths behind the criticisms of single-payer healthcare, and his background as a political operative. This episode was recorded several weeks ago at Senator Rivera's office so some items may have changed by the time you listen. Additionally, at times, the audio volume might vary based on who's speaking. Thank you for understanding, and enjoy the episode!
July 1, 2019
Congressman Eliot Engel sat down with Nathan on the podcast to discuss his role as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, his investigations into the Trump Administration, the escalating crisis between the United States and Iran, and the domestic priorities which will be a focus for his own personal race for re-election in 2020. Take a listen as this interview with a high-powered member of Congress is one you won't want to miss.
June 25, 2019
Nick Guthman, co-founder and Executive Director of Blue Future, joins Nathan to talk about youth organizing and political participation as a whole. He speaks about the work that his organization has done in the past and what their plans are for the future, including targeting the state elections in VA in 2019 and the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries. Nick also discusses general organizing, including how Blue Future runs canvasses, phone banks, and brings together youth organizers in states all across the country. In this pod, Nick gives advice for how to recruit volunteers and arrange successful political mobilization in this day and age. Always fun to catch-up with, Nick offers keen insights into today's political climate.
June 11, 2019
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer joined Nathan on this episode of the podcast to discuss his landmark childcare plan, "NYC Under 3." If enacted, it would be the largest local investment in childcare in United States history. Comptroller Stringer also speaks about how he got his start in politics, the recent string of attacks on reproductive rights, and how he thinks NYC can fight back. For more, visit our Patreon where we have an exclusive Behind The Scenes interview with Scott below.
June 6, 2019
On today's episode, Nathan sits down with Tiffany Caban, candidate for Queens District Attorney. They discuss Tiffany's unique background as a public defender, her desire to radically change the way criminal justice is enacted in New York City, her desire to serve as a model for the rest of the country, and the anti-establishment nature of her candidacy catching the attention of politicians like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Jessica Ramos, Cynthia Nixon, and more. Take a listen!
May 14, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, Nathan sits down with Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson. Over the course of their ~25 minute chat, they cover local issues like New York City subways, affordable housing, homelessness, LGBTQ youth, climate resiliency, and the first-of-its-kind historic legislation mandating a Green New Deal-like reform at the New York City level. In addition to local issues, Nathan and Speaker Johnson dig deep into his personal journey from small town Massachusetts to becoming the only openly HIV+ elected official in New York. PATRONS-ONLY: Nathan also recorded an exclusive "behind-the-scenes" interview with Corey, and it can be found on the Millennial Politics Patreon below.
May 7, 2019
NY State Senator Jamaal Bailey joined Nathan on the podcast to discuss the immediate impact of a Democratic trifecta in New York, the 2019-2020 New York State budget, discovery, rent, and campaign finance reform, what it means to raise a family in the same community he was brought up in, and his one-time dream of playing professional sports for the New York Knicks or the New York Mets. PATRONS-ONLY: Get exclusive access to our "behind-the-scenes" part two interview with Senator Bailey on our Patreon below:
April 28, 2019
Nathan Rubin is joined by Annafi Wahed, co-founder of The Flip Side, a daily digest email bringing you short summaries of the best Op-Eds from the Right and the Left in a 5 minute read (or less) each and every day. Over their 30 minute conversation they cover her journey to launching The Flip Side, her work in Democratic politics, how to break out of our echo chambers, and where she fits in in an era of political labels. Learn more and sign up at or follow them on social media @KnowTheFlipSide.
April 25, 2019
In this episode of our joint podcast series with Brand New Congress on Venezuela, Millennial Politics Politics Editor Jordan Valerie Allen speaks with Miguel Tinker Salas, Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies at Pomona College and author of “Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know and The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela.”
April 4, 2019
Akinyele Umoja, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University and founding member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the New Afrikan People's Organization, joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela to discuss the history of Blackness in Venezuela, Afro-Venezuelan support for the Bolivarian Revolution, the racialization of Hugo Chávez, and more.
April 1, 2019
36-year-old activist Lorena Garcia is running against Republican Cory Gardner in Colorado and could become the first openly queer woman of color ever elected to the U.S. Senate.
March 31, 2019
In this episode of our joint podcast series with Brand New Congress on Venezuela, Jordan Valerie Allen speaks with Daniel Kovalik, human rights and labor lawyer, former Senior Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO, author of The Plot to Control the World: How the U.S. Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World, and observer of the 2013 and 2018 Venezuelan presidential elections to discuss oil, the Venezuelan electoral process, the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, and more.
March 30, 2019
Data for Progress Housing Fellow Henry Kraemer joins us on the podcast to make the case for housing as a human right and analyze the housing policy of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
March 28, 2019
Dr. Tim Gill, author of "The State and Civil Society in Socialist Venezuela," joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics joint podcast series on Venezuela.
March 24, 2019
Professor Alexander Aviña joins us for the Brand New Congress-Millennial Politics podcast series on Venezuela to discuss the history of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.
March 22, 2019
Ryan Watts, Democratic candidate for North Carolina's 6th Congressional District, joins Nathan Rubin to breakdown his decision to run, the day-to-day of running for Congress, and what life is like after election day.
March 21, 2019
Decrim NY is a coalition fighting to decriminalize sex work in New York through "policy building, community organizing, and advocacy work."
March 18, 2019
Professor Margaret Power, author of "Right-Wing Women in Chile," contextualizes what's happening in Venezuela by examining the 1973 U.S.-sponsored right-wing coup in Chile.
March 17, 2019
Means Media, the socialist team behind Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's viral 2018 campaign ad, is now launching Means TV, a post-capitalist streaming platform.
March 16, 2019
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Keith Pottratz is challenging Republican incumbent Cory Gardner with a campaign focused on disability and housing rights.
March 14, 2019
Jorge Martin, International Secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign, joins us for the Millennial Politics-Brand New Congress podcast series on Venezuela why the U.S. is trying to dismantle the Bolivarian Revolution.
March 11, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is shaking up the Democratic primary by bringing universal basic income (UBI) into the conversation.
March 9, 2019
Virginia Democrat Steve Descano is hoping to bring progressive change to the criminal justice system as Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney.
March 7, 2019
Progressive Mike Siegel just barely lost a gerrymandered R+9 district where the GOP incumbent won by 19 points in 2016. Here's why he's giving it another shot in 2020.
March 4, 2019
Foglight Strategies is transforming the criminal justice system by supporting progressive prosecutorial candidates and reform organizations.
March 3, 2019
Gabriel Hetland, Assistant Professor of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies at the University of Albany and author of "The Crooked Line: From Populist Mobilization to Participatory Democracy in Chávez-era Venezuela," outlines three principles with which to approach Venezuela: non-interventionism, self-determination, and solidarity with the oppressed.
March 2, 2019
At 27 years of age, San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner Gabriela López is her city's youngest elected official.
February 28, 2019
Charlie Hardy, author of "Cowboy in Caracas: A North American's Memoir of Venezuela's Democratic Revolution," joins us on the podcast to discuss Venezuela.
February 25, 2019
New York City Councilman Rory Lancman is running to become Queen's next District Attorney on a platform of radical progressive change.
February 24, 2019
37-year-old South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is running for president. If elected, he would be both the first millennial and first openly gay president in U.S. history.
February 23, 2019
Alejandro Velasco and George Ciccariello-Maher join us on the podcast to discuss the truth about what's happening in Venezuela right now.
February 16, 2019
Chesa Boudin is the son of radical leftists who were imprisoned in the 1980's. Now, he's running for San Francisco District Attorney on a platform of radical progressive change.
February 14, 2019
Vermont Representative Emilie Kornheiser is prepared to fight for progressive Democratic values, even with a Republican Governor in office.
February 11, 2019
Juan Carlos González, Oregon Metro's youngest and first Latino Councilor, joins us on the podcast to discuss his vision for a greener, more equitable Portland.
February 10, 2019
Contrary to Donald Trump, Our Revolution Political Director David Duhalde says that a democratic socialist United States of America is not only possible but pragmatic.
February 9, 2019
Lizzie Ulmer and Farah Melendez of the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) join us to discuss how Democratic Attorney Generals are leading the resistance to Donald Trump's agenda.
February 7, 2019
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins is already bringing progressive change to her office and radically reforming the criminal justice system.
February 4, 2019
Democratic Congressman Tom O'Halleran voted with Donald Trump 54.2% of the time in the 115th Congress. Fortunately, Eva Putzova is primarying him from the left.
January 31, 2019
With Democrats securing a trifecta in New York, progressive Assemblymember Harvey Epstein is ready to see a plethora of progressive legislation become law.
January 29, 2019
Common Justice Executive Director Danielle Sered joined us on the podcast to discuss the prison abolitionist's perspective on how to respond to violence.
January 28, 2019
As the 2020 presidential primary heats up, National Nurses United (NNU) is leading the fight for Medicare for All both on the state and national level.
January 27, 2019
32-year-old State Representative Matt Blumenthal is ready for Democrats to utilize their trifecta for progressive change in Connecticut.
January 24, 2019
The Rhode Island Democratic Party is one of the most conservative in the nation. Fortunately, progressive State Senator Sam Bell is here to fight back.
January 21, 2019
Illinois State House Representative Anne Stava-Murray is part of a movement of young progressive women primarying incumbent Democratic men from the left.
January 19, 2019
Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is still fighting for progressive policies in Michigan through his PAC, Southpaw Michigan.
January 17, 2019
After witnessing the corrupting influence of money in politics in the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor's race, Aryanna Berringer founded FightThePower, a PAC dedicated to electing true progressives who oppose corrupting corporate campaign cash.
January 14, 2019
Some want to eliminate the position of New York City Public Advocate. Fortunately, 34-year-old Ben Yee has some big ideas for how to utilize the office for innovation.
January 13, 2019
22-year-old Will Haskell flipped Connecticut's 26th State Senate District blue for the first time since 1970 by beating a popular GOP incumbent who was in office almost as long as he's been alive.
January 12, 2019
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Board of Directors Member Eric Williams joined us on the podcast to discuss clean energy and environmental policy.
January 10, 2019
Steuart Pittman unseated his Republican incumbent and is ready to fight for social justice as Anne Arundel County Executive.
January 7, 2019
National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) Communications Director Patrick Rodenbush joined us on the podcast to discuss the importance of fair districting.
January 6, 2019
36-year-old Rob Sand, sometimes referred to as "young Robert Mueller" by his supporters, is Iowa's first Democratic Auditor since 1966.
January 5, 2019
30-year-old democratic socialist Vaughn Stewart is ready for radical change in Maryland, even with Republican Larry Hogan holding the governorship.
January 3, 2019
Hayward City Councilwoman Aisha Wahab is, along with New Hampshire's Safiya Wazir, the first Afghan-American woman elected to public office in U.S. history.
December 31, 2018
32-year-old Michigan State Senator-elect Mallory McMorrow is one of the many awesome Democratic women who swept Michigan on November 6.
December 30, 2018
Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joins us on the podcast to discuss how Democrats will utilize their new House Majority in the upcoming legislative session.
December 29, 2018
Progressive Party Vermont Senator Christopher Pearson joined us on the podcast to discuss single-payer healthcare, democratic socialism, equitable taxation, and more.
December 27, 2018
David Zuckerman, the only Progressive Party Lieutenant Governor in the United States, joined us on the podcast to discuss healthcare, education, and more.
December 24, 2018
Green New Deal architect and Data for Progress advisor Greg Carlock joined us on the podcast to discuss environmental activism and policy.
December 23, 2018
"Raised by a Democratic mother and socialistic father," Rachel Ventura is ready to advocate for democratic socialism in Will County, Illinois.
December 22, 2018
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat and the nation's longest-serving state attorney general, joined us to discuss his nine-term tenure.
December 20, 2018
37-year-old Sarah Godlewski is the first Democrat to win election to the office of Wisconsin Treasurer since 2006, and she's ready to bring progressive change.
December 17, 2018
Connecticut Representative and Progressive Caucus Co-Chair James Albis is ready to see Democrats utilize their trifecta to bring real progressive change.
December 13, 2018
Chicago Votes Deputy Director of Policy, Culture & Operations Jen Dean joined us on the podcast to discuss voting rights, the results of the 2018 election, and more.
December 10, 2018
Democratic socialist Franklin Bynum is ready to bring radical change to the judicial system as a Harris County Criminal Court Judge.
December 9, 2018
22-year-old progressive Rigel Robinson won election to Berkely City Council in the nation's first student-supermajority district.
December 6, 2018
Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon are New Hampshire's first openly transgender state legislators and two of the only openly transgender state legislators in the country.
November 15, 2018
Julia Salazar ran an insurgent primary campaign against a corporate incumbent and will soon be inaugurated as New York's only democratic socialist state senator.
November 6, 2018
Lee Castillo is running for Congress in Utah's 1st. If elected, he'll make history as Utah's first openly gay congressional representative.
November 6, 2018
If elected, Jamie McLeod-Skinner would become Oregon's first-ever openly LGBTQ congressmember and OR-02's first Democratic Representative since 1978.
November 5, 2018
Texas' 25th congressional district was always represented by a Democrat until 2013. Julie Oliver is ready to turn it blue again come November 6.
November 4, 2018
By sharing stories and putting faces to causes, The Love Vote hopes to quell the myth that one vote doesn't matter or won't make a difference.
November 3, 2018
Anita Malik joined us on the podcast to discuss her plan to flip Arizona's 6th Congressional District blue despite her district's R+9 lean.
October 29, 2018
As a physician, Josh Green feels well-equipped to treat a severely ill political system and ease the economic strain that leaves so many in Hawaii homeless.
October 27, 2018
Former Massachusetts Governor Willard Mitt Romney wants to return to politics as Utah's next United States Senator. But first, he'll have to get past Jenny Wilson.
October 25, 2018
Ethics reform advocate Constance Anastopoulo is challenging incumbent GOP Attorney General Alan Wilson, who was condemned by a grand jury for corruption.
October 23, 2018
Alabama elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in December 2017. David Baria believes he can recreate that success in Mississippi this November.
October 21, 2018
Minnesota's 6th hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. House since 2000. 28-year-old Ian Todd believes he can change that come November 6.
October 15, 2018
Sarah Swain's radical progressivism lost her the support of the Democratic Party. But she's still intent on unseating her Republican incumbent in November.
October 11, 2018
The Jewish Vote is a sister organization to Jews for Racial and Economic Justice that is working to translate those values into electoral politics and policy.
October 8, 2018
Progressive Sarah Smith is going up against her Democratic incumbent in the WA-09 general election, giving the left one last chance to pull off another House victory like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's in NY-14.
October 6, 2018
Bernie Sanders won all 55 counties in West Virginia in the 2016 primary. Kendra Fershee is hoping that same progressive energy will win her WV-01.
October 4, 2018
Wyoming hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1970. Gary Trauner believes he will change that come November 6.
October 1, 2018
Illinois' 6th congressional district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives since 1970. Sean Casten wants to change that in November.
September 27, 2018
Betsy Rader, a civil rights lawyer and the Democratic nominee for Congress in OH-14, joined us on the podcast to debunk stereotypes about Middle America.
September 24, 2018
Alabama dismantled the Voting Rights Act with the Shelby County v. Holder case. Heather Milam wants to reverse course as Alabama Secretary of State.
September 22, 2018
Col. Kim Olson, the Democratic Nominee for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, joined us on the podcast to discuss why agriculture is so important to the American economy and the American people.
September 20, 2018
Despite false reports of his death, race, and ballot status, Mandela Barnes won the Democratic nomination for Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor.
September 18, 2018
Data for Progress co-founder Sean McElwee and Washington Post political reporter Dave Weigel came onto the podcast to discuss the Democratic primaries.
September 13, 2018
Justin Kanew, best known for his two stints on The Amazing Race, is now running the race of his life to flip Tennessee's 7th blue for the first time since 1980.
September 10, 2018
With no general election opponents, MI-13 Democratic nominee Rashida Tlaib will be America's first Palestinian-American and Muslim-American Congresswoman.
September 6, 2018
No Democrat has been elected Attorney General of Michigan since 1998. That could all change in November with Dana Nessel.
September 3, 2018
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver joined us on the podcast to discuss election integrity and voting rights.
August 30, 2018
Kevin de León, who earned the California Democratic Party nomination, is challenging four-term Democratic incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein from the left.
August 27, 2018
Colin Allred is a civil rights lawyer running for Congress to continue his civil rights work. But first, he'll have to beat TX-32's 20-year incumbent Republican.
August 25, 2018
Colorado's 5th congressional district went to Donald Trump by 24 points and has never been represented by a Democrat before. But Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding is running an unapologetically progressive campaign to flip CO-05 blue for the first time ever.
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