In this best of Bernie roundup, the Senator makes the case for his Green New Deal on CNN's landmark climate change town hall, chats with Killer Mike about healthcare, speaks out on behalf of the citizens of Xinjiang and Kashmir, and explains to Seth Meyers that a majority of Americans would save money under Medicare for All.
With the global biosphere teetering on the edge of disaster, Bernie's Green New Deal plan would fundamentally restructure the US economy away from fossil fuels and toward sustainability, development, and justice. Briahna talks to David Wallace-Wells, New York magazine editor and author of The Uninhabitable Earth, about just how bad the climate crisis is. Then, Intercept journalist Kate Aronoff explains what sets Bernie's climate plan apart from the competition. In short, its ambition matches the scale of the problem.
David's book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586541/the-uninhabitable-earth-by-david-wallace-wells/9780525576709/
And his 2017 article: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html
Kate's article on Bernie's Green New Deal: https://theintercept.com/2019/08/22/bernie-sanders-climate-policy/
From California to Florida, Bernie is crisscrossing the country, learning about the myriad problems Americans face, and laying out his vision for a better future.
On this episode, we catch up with some of his greatest hits of recent weeks, as well as hear from everyday Americans for whom climate change, affordable housing, good-paying jobs, criminal justice, and so many other issues are not "an intellectual exercise," as Bernie puts it.
In our last full episode of season one, Briahna talks with Dr. Sanjeev Sriram, aka “Doctor America,” about why the US has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, why the mortality rate for groups like African American mothers, however well-off and educated, is so particularly high, and what can be done to begin to close that gap. We end with a letter and song from one of our listeners.
Professor and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor joins Briahna for a conversation about solidarity, intersectionality, and how both concepts are important parts of building a political coalition.
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective on Haymarket Books: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1108-how-we-get-free (https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1108-how-we-get-free)
"Solidarity Forever" by Hollow Sidewalks licensed under CC BY 3.0.
Briahna dives into mainstream media's anti-Bernie habit with the help of Katie Halper of the Katie Halper Show and Sam Seder of the Majority Report.
The Katie Halper Show on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-katie-halper-show/id1020563127
The Majority Report with Sam Seder: https://majorityreportradio.com
Briahna looks at the imprisonment of former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, whose conviction on corruption charges cleared the way for the victory last year of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. In June, Bernie called for Lula's release after the Intercept reported that the head judge in Lula's case - now Minister of Justice in Bolsonaro's government - had collaborated with prosecutors.
Michael Brooks of The Michael Brooks Show explains why Lula was such a transformational and popular leader. Leandro Demori, one of the Intercept reporters who broke the story in June, gives us an inside view of events that are still convulsing Brazilian politics. Finally, we zoom out to see why Bernie's approach to foreign policy is uniquely equipped to combat a wave of right-wing authoritarianism around the world.
Michael Brooks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_michaelbrooks
The Michael Brooks Show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh2UY1hxlMr4_7Az_iQ82HQ
Leandro Demori on Twitter: https://twitter.com/demori
And at the Intercept: https://theintercept.com/staff/leandrodemori
The Bernie campaign headed to Philadelphia to support protests against the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, a city fixture that primarily serves lower-income and POC Americans. Private equity tycoon Joel Freedman is closing the hospital after just 18 months of ownership, by all appearances to sell its land to real estate developers. In this episode from the road, Briahna talks to protesters about what the hospital closure will mean for Philly. Plus, speeches from Bernie and Senator Nina Turner remind us that, in the words of Frederick Douglass, "power concedes nothing without a demand."
As the right dominates many online spaces, Briahna asks two prominent creators how more progressive voices can reach audiences on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. Jim Sterling is an independent video game journalist and commentator whose YouTube channel skewers the "AAA" gaming industry for its exploitation of both workers and customers. Hasan Piker, a journalist with The Young Turks, also livestreams on Twitch as HasanAbi, where he pushes back against right-wing arguments while chatting with thousands of followers.
Jim's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JimSterling
Hasan's Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/hasanabi
Excerpt from Zeynep Tufekci's TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/zeynep_tufekci_we_re_building_a_dystopia_just_to_make_people_click_on_ads
Last week, Bernie announced that he would cancel all $1.6 trillion of student debt. All of it, for everyone. Briahna's conversations in this week's episode prove just how revolutionary Bernie's plan would be for the millions of Americans - young and old - delaying major life plans because of student loan payments. Plus, we talk with Jordan Long, a former Morehouse College student who argues that the charity of billionaires will never solve the student debt crisis.
We dive back into Bernie's speech on democratic socialism with the help of Bhaskar Sunkara, founder and editor-in-chief of Jacobin magazine. Bhaskar explains why it makes sense for Bernie to call himself a democratic socialist and traces the long history of democratic socialism in America. Plus, we hear from a few more parents what democratic socialism means to them.
Bhaskar's book, The Socialist Manifesto: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2939-the-socialist-manifesto
For this episode, we try something many of you have done yourselves: talk democratic socialism with our parents. We tune into to Bernie's big speech on democratic socialism from last week. And Briahna talks with Howard University's Dr. Greg Carr about the ways that democratic socialism and African American history are deeply intertwined.
Why do American workers face some of the weakest labor protections - and consequently some of the highest inequality - in the developed world? To find out, Briahna turns to Dr. Lane Windham, a Georgetown professor and author of Knocking on Labor’s Door, and Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at the Intercept and author of the new book We’ve Got People. Dr. Windham tells a story of workers, including women and people of color, fighting for access to union rights on the eve of the country’s turn toward neoliberalism. On the political side, Ryan describes the Democratic Party’s fateful pivot away from labor power and toward big money politics in the early 1980s.
Ryan’s book We’ve Got People: https://strongarmpress.com/catalog/weve-got-people
Lane’s book Knocking on Labor’s Door: https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469632070/knocking-on-labors-door
“28 Ghosts IV” by Nine Inch Nails is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 License.
“Glueworm Evening Blues” by Lobo Loco is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 License.
Bernie staffers and DACA recipients Belén Sisa and Luis Alcauter talk about the power of coming out as undocumented. Activist Viridiana Martinez recounts her successful infiltration of an ICE facility, dramatized in the documentary The Infiltrators. Brianna Rennix, a lawyer and Current Affairs senior editor, fills us in on the difference between immigration and political asylum and shares her work on behalf of detained families, including children, in the Dilley Detention Center in South Texas.
The Infiltrators on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6885114
Brianna’s Current Affairs article: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/05/waiting-for-the-holy-infant-of-atocha
Briahna talks to Christine Chen of APIAVote about the rising (and neglected) power of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. Arjun Sethi, author of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, discusses the spike in hate crimes under the Trump administration. And a panel of campaign staffers share what AAPI month does (and doesn’t) mean to them, as well as how to talk to your parents about Bernie.
Arjun's book, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out: https://thenewpress.com/books/american-hate (https://thenewpress.com/books/american-hate)
APIAVote: http://www.apiavote.org/ (http://www.apiavote.org/)
On this episode, Briahna explores how, as AOC recently put it, "justice is purchased." Thanks to cash bail, thousands of low-income Americans sit behind bars without any kind of trial, conviction, or sentencing — all because they cannot afford to buy their freedom. Lara Bazelon, a law professor at the University of San Francisco, explains how cash bail criminalizes poverty. Akeem Browder talks about how his brother Kalief spent three years in Rikers Island starting at age 16 simply because he couldn’t afford bail, and how the psychological toll of that experience led him to take his own life.
Bernie and AOC announcing their Loan Shark Prevention Act legislation: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/976956259362039/
ACLU and Color of Change report on the companies behind bail bond agents: https://www.aclu.org/report/selling-our-freedom-how-insurance-corporations-have-taken-over-our-bail-system
WaPo article on the companies backing the anti-bail reform effort in California: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/10/29/petition-drive-backed-by-private-equity-company-pays-signature-overturn-californias-new-law-ending-cash-bail/
What does it mean to be "electable"? Do voters really gravitate toward "safe" (read: white, male, and centrist) candidates? How much do policies matter to voters? And can Bernie beat Trump?
To answer these questions and debunk some persistent polling myths, Briahna talks to Malaika Jabali, a public policy attorney and writer, and Ben Tulchin, president of Tulchin Research and the campaign’s pollster.
Malaika's Current Affairs article: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/10/the-color-of-economic-anxiety (https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/10/the-color-of-economic-anxiety)
Rural Organizing poll on rural voters: http://ruralorganizing.org/polling-brief-2018-national-rural-survey (http://ruralorganizing.org/polling-brief-2018-national-rural-survey)
Pew poll on non-voters: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/01/dislike-of-candidates-or-campaign-issues-was-most-common-reason-for-not-voting-in-2016/ (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/01/dislike-of-candidates-or-campaign-issues-was-most-common-reason-for-not-voting-in-2016/)
Longtime Bernie staffers share what makes the Senator tick. Jeff Weaver explains where Bernie falls on the Batman vs. Superman debate and tells stories of their youthful road trips around Vermont in the '80s. Chuck Rocha dishes on Bernie's IHOP habits. And David Sirota discusses his decision to leave journalism for the campaign and what it's like to work as Bernie's first speechwriter.
Briahna travels with Bernie to the Lone Star State, where she speaks to campaign volunteers and staffers, rally attendees, local politicians, and a certain ice cream magnate about what it’s like to support Bernie on the road. We hear excerpts from a South Carolina roundtable on poverty featuring Cornell West, Danny Glover, and Kerri Evelyn Harris. Finally, Briahna checks in with Bernie at a Texas BBQ joint.
Bernie 2020 Co-chair Sen. Nina Turner, activist Shaun King, podcaster Leslie Lee III, and South Carolina Rep. Krystle Simmons share their reasons for supporting Bernie Sanders and, along the way, blow up the "Bernie Bro" narrative. Briahna also talks to Jonnalyn Price, an undergraduate student and veteran, about hosting a volunteer kickoff event on April 27. We hear from voters in Detroit, where Bernie recently held a series of intimate forums to learn about voters' concerns from the source.
Check out berniesanders.com for episode transcripts, available shortly after publication.
Following the rollout of Bernie's new Medicare for All bill, Briahna takes on the many myths that critics use to attack universal healthcare. Campaign staffers share their own healthcare ordeals. And Dr. Heather Gautney, a senior policy advisor with the campaign, argues that, while Medicare for All might not be a “silver bullet” for every problem in the US healthcare system, it is an absolutely necessary first step.
Episode transcript available at berniesanders.com/podcast. (https://berniesanders.com/2019/04/16/ep-2-busting-trumps-health-care-myths/)
Briahna talks to Bernie about why he’s running and what distinguishes him in a crowded Democratic field. Claire Sandberg, the campaign’s National Organizing Director, drops by to tell us about the huge volunteer kickoff happening later this month.