March 24, 2020
Recording from home, Briahna speaks with YouTuber Natalie Wynn about how COVID-19 underscores the need for Bernie's policies and talking to the political other. Under her YouTube alias ContraPoints, Natalie tackles topics like incels, cancel culture, and classism in stylish video essays. ContraPoints on YouTube: ContraPoints on Patreon:
March 17, 2020
As COVID-19 reshapes American life in unprecedented ways, Briahna examines how Bernie's health care and housing proposals would help protect American workers during a global pandemic. In two interviews recorded late last week, Briahna talks to professor Jeffrey Sachs about how Medicare for All would do much to prepare the U.S. for outbreaks like COVID-19 and to George Gardner III, supervising attorney at the Housing Rights Unit of Legal Services NYC, about Bernie's call for a moratorium on housing evictions. Jeffrey Sachs on Twitter: ( George on Twitter: (
March 10, 2020
With the race down to Bernie versus Joe, Briahna digs into the specifics (or lack thereof) of Biden's health care plan with Matt Bruenig of the People's Policy Project. The People's Policy Project: The Bruenigs Podcast: Matt on Twitter:
March 3, 2020
Airplane delays kept Briahna from a joint live show in Boston with Daniel Denvir's The Dig podcast and the Michael Brooks Show last weekend, but we're including a portion of that show featuring Natalie Shure here. Listen to the full show: ( Then, a short clip of Briahna's conversation with Karen Hunter from the Karen Hunter Show in which they discuss billionaires, poverty, and talking to those with whom you disagree. Watch the full interview: ( The Michael Brooks Show: ( The Dig: ( Natalie Shure on Twitter: ( "Which Side Are You On" by RevolutionarySongCircle is licensed under a Creative Commons BY license: (
February 25, 2020
Fresh from his massive win in Nevada, which confirmed his status as front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Bernie has come under attack for being "divisive." Strange, then, that Bernie's support is the most diverse of any campaign in the race, and he routinely wins head-to-head match-ups against both Donald Trump and the other Democratic candidates. Briahna explains why efforts by the establishment to tear down this multiracial, working-class coalition will fail. Then, in our final episode of Black History Month, Briahna chats with a panel of Black Bernie staffers about why they support "the old white guy" and with Dr. Victoria Dooley about the lives Medicare for All would save in her diverse medical practice. The panel guests: * Sam Adaramola, Media Producer * Terrel Champion, Policy Advisor * Erica England, Operations Manager * Christopher Moore, Associate Studio Producer * Samaria Phillips, Media Producer Dr. Victoria Dooley on Twitter: (
February 25, 2020
Fresh from his massive win in Nevada, which confirmed his status as front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Bernie has come under attack for being "divisive." Strange, then, that Bernie's support is the most diverse of any campaign in the race, and he routinely wins head-to-head match-ups against both Donald Trump and the other Democratic candidates. Briahna explains why efforts by the establishment to tear down this multiracial, working-class coalition will fail. Then, in our final episode of Black History Month, Briahna chats with a panel of Black Bernie staffers about why they support "the old white guy" and with Dr. Victoria Dooley about the lives Medicare for All would save in her diverse medical practice. The panel guests: * Sam Adaramola, Media Producer, ( * Terrel Champion, Policy Advisor, ( * Erica England, Operations Manager, ( * Christopher Moore, Associate Studio Producer, ( * Samaria Phillips, Media Producer Dr. Victoria Dooley on Twitter: (
February 18, 2020
Briahna on why we cannot allow Michael Bloomberg to buy the Democratic primary, Tim Black on the role of independent media in the growing left movement, and Justin Jackson on posting as praxis. Tim on YouTube: ( And Twitter: ( Justin on Twitter: (
February 11, 2020
Briahna explains why Bernie won Iowa despite efforts to discount predominantly minority and working-class voters. Victoria Rodriguez-Roldán, a transgender and disability activist, argues that the concerns of her communities cannot be separated from universal programs like Medicare for All. Journalist and professor Dr. Steven Thrasher explains why LGBTQIA+ communities are often the first and worst affected by scourges like HIV/AIDS. Christine Hallquist, an entrepreneur and the first openly transgender major party nominee for governor in the United States, talks building a coalition with those "on the other side" without compromising your values. Victoria on Twitter: ( Dr. Thrasher on Twitter: ( Christine on Twitter: (
February 3, 2020
Is there any term more vilified on the right than "identity politics"? Supposedly, "IDpol" is all about creating hierarchies of oppression, and the lower down the ranks you fall, the less value your voice has. On this episode, Briahna talks to Barbara Smith, who as part of the Combahee River Collective - a radical, black, feminist organization based in Boston - coined the term in the late 1970s. Barbara explains that, far from excluding people, her group meant to include everyone in a common struggle for liberation by recognizing the unique challenges that different groups face. "If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression," the group wrote. Smith recently endorsed Bernie for president, saying that our campaign and movement carries on the structural, intersectional politics for which she has fought all her life. Barbara Smith is an author, activist, independent scholar, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She lives in Albany. Barbara Smith on Twitter: (
January 28, 2020
With less than a week until Iowa caucuses, Briahna sits down with economist Jeffrey Sachs to talk about the decades-long project to ward off popular, commonsense policies like Medicare for All. Then, deputy campaign manager Ari Rabin-Havt offers a glimpse behind the scenes of a Bernie rally. Jeffrey Sachs on Twitter: ( Ari's Instagram: (
January 21, 2020
Pundits were left scratching their heads last fall when Foreign Policy reported that Bernie is the top recipient of donations from the military. But to supporters, it was no surprise: Bernie has a long record of fighting for the rights of US troops to health care, housing, and education - as well as keeping them out of endless, counterproductive wars in the first place. In this week's episode, Briahna sits down with Kyle Bibby, co-founder of the Black Veterans Project and an organizer with progressive vets group Common Defense, to talk about how time spent in military service can bring someone to the left. Then, she talks to Hector Barajas, a veteran who was deported despite his years of service and who founded the Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, Mexico. Common Defense: Black Veterans Project: Deported Veterans Support House:
January 14, 2020
Briahna sits down with the Hill's Krystal Ball and filmmaker Josh Fox to dissect Joe Biden's record on criminal justice, climate change, foreign policy, trade, and more. Rising at the Hill: Josh's show The Truth Has Changed:
January 7, 2020
Briahna explores how Bernie's Jewish roots shaped his politics with Joel Rubin, the campaign's new director of Jewish outreach, and reporter, podcaster, and comedian Katie Halper. Briahna and Katie also dig into some of the anti-Semitic attacks that unscrupulous media types throw at Bernie. Joel on Twitter: Katie on Twitter:
December 30, 2019
On the eve of 2020, we're re-upping one of our favorite early episodes (number 11, "Bogeyman: Democratic Socialism"), which features a conversation between Bernie staffer Bianca Marquez and her father, Jaime, on whether we should embrace the term "democratic socialism" to describe Bernie's brand of people-first, progressive politics. We'll be back with fresh episodes next week!
December 24, 2019
A recent national poll found 52 percent of 18 to 34-year-old voters support Bernie in the Democratic primary, compared to just 2 percent for Pete Buttigieg, a millennial himself. Why do young people overwhelmingly support a 78-year-old Senator for president? To find out, Briahna spoke to some of the most politically engaged young people around, including the leadership of US Youth Climate Strike, the teenage masterminds of Mike Gravel's progressive presidential campaign, and Bernie 2020's own interns. Then, the campaign’s Relational Organizing Director, Emily Isaac, gives us a rundown of BERN 2.0, the campaign’s secret weapon for organizing the people in your life. US Youth Climate Strike on Twitter:
December 17, 2019
Current Affairs editor Nathan J. Robinson stopped by the DC office for a conversation with Briahna about socialism and putting people back at the heart of politics. Nathan's book, Why You Should Be a Socialist:
December 10, 2019
Belén Sisa, Latino Press Secretary for the campaign, talks to actor Kal Penn about his time in the White House, that time she got arrested in Chuck Schumer's office, and making the US immigration system funny on Kal's latest show, Sunnyside. Then, Briahna sits down with the teenage leadership of US Youth Climate Strike for a quick conversation spanning TikTok, ASMR, and hot pickles. Kal on Twitter: Sunnyside on NBC:
December 3, 2019
Briahna talks to author Grace Blakeley about our era of hyper-capitalism, characterized by the growing dominance of the financial sector and weakened labor. Then, Hear the Bern producer Ben Dalton interviews an anonymous Amazon worker, who describes the company's union busting, mandatory overtime, and relentless monitoring of workers. Grace's book, Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation:
November 26, 2019
As millions of us head home for the holidays, Briahna sits down with Bernie and former sparring partner Peter Daou for lessons on talking across our rancorous political divides. Peter on Twitter:
November 19, 2019
Briahna talks to protesters outside the Supreme Court on the day that the justices hear arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Bernie hits the campaign trail with AOC and stops by Desus & Mero to guess (badly) how much sneakers cost.
November 12, 2019
Next time someone asks you what Bernie has accomplished in his career, send them this podcast and tell them that we had to leave the better part on the cutting room floor just to get it under an hour. Featuring veteran policy advisor to the Senator, Warren Gunnels.
November 5, 2019
Briahna stopped by Politicon for a live show of Hear the Bern featuring Kyle Kulinski, James Adomian, and Anthony Atamanuik. The four talked the current state of the 2020 race, celebrity impressions, and, of course, why Bernie beats Trump. Kyle Kulinski is the host of the show Secular Talk and co-founder of Justice Democrats. James Adomian is a comedian, host of the podcast The Underculture, and the Bernie half of "Trump vs. Bernie." Anthony Atamanuik is a comedian, author of American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, and the Trump half of "Trump vs. Bernie." Kyle's Secular Talk Channel on YouTube: James's Underculture podcast: Anthony's book, American Tantrum: (
October 29, 2019
Life under unfettered capitalism is tough, and in a thousand ways, big and small, mainstream figures tell us that our failures are our own, alone. Briahna talks to acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore and Jacobin writer Meagan Day about why so many of our struggles result from the system in which we live - and how we can change it for the better. Michael's site: Meagan's writing at Jacobin:
October 22, 2019
In one of the most exciting weeks of the campaign yet, Briahna heads to New York for Bernie's massive rally in Queens with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who along with Rep. Ilhan Omar endorsed Bernie for president last week. Then, Briahna sits down with campaign research director Tyson Brody to react to some of Bernie's spiciest moments from the debate.
October 15, 2019
What does it feel like to have the full, diverse spectrum of your political concerns reduced to a single issue? Briahna takes on the media and political establishment's habit of essentializing voters from two different angles. First, she talks to the Analilia Mejia, the campaign's national political director, about why Bernie's agenda appeals to Latinx voters in part because of its holistic approach. Then, Tom Sexton of the Trillbilly Worker's Party podcast explains why the notion of "Trump country" doesn't even begin to explain the perspectives of Appalachian communities. Trillbilly Worker's Party on SoundCloud: ( Analilia on Twitter: (
October 8, 2019
Briahna talks to Matt Orfalea, creator of the viral "Rising Up" video, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor delivers some fiery remarks on racial justice under a Sanders administration, and Bernie talks to Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House about what the point of an economy even is. Matt's "Rising Up" video: ( Nathan J. Robinson's "Why Bernie Has to Win" article: ( Cosmopolitan interview: ( Interview with Virgil: ( Full video with Keeanga:
October 1, 2019
Briahna lays out why the notion that "everyone sounds like Bernie now" isn't really true at all, and nowhere is that more evident than Bernie's plan for combating climate change. Activist and musician Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shares Gen Z's frustration at the inaction of older generations in the face of an existential threat. Author Naomi Klein explains why small-bore, market-led solutions are too little, too late. Xiuhtezcatl's NOW platform: ( Naomi's book This Changes Everything: (
September 24, 2019
Veterans share their stories of fighting for essential medical care at recent campaign town halls. Bernie unveils his housing-for-all plan, gets personal in an NPR interview, and explains how he would fight for a progressive agenda, whether or not he faces a supportive Congress.
September 17, 2019
Briahna dives into the legacy of FDR's New Deal with the help of Harvey Kaye and Cornel West. Dr. Kaye, a professor of democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, explains how Bernie is adapting FDR's populist vision for the 21st century. Dr. West, who has taught at Harvard, Princeton, and the Union Theological Seminary, argues for reviving a multiracial, working class movement that addresses inequality along racial, gender, and class lines. Harvey Kaye on Twitter: Cornel West on Twitter:
September 10, 2019
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.
September 3, 2019
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: And his 2017 article: Kate's article on Bernie's Green New Deal:
August 27, 2019
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.
August 20, 2019
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.
August 13, 2019
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: ( "Solidarity Forever" by Hollow Sidewalks licensed under CC BY 3.0.
August 6, 2019
Jon Favreau of Pod Save America/Crooked Media joins Briahna for a conversation about how the left and center-left can join forces to defeat Donald Trump. Crooked Media:
July 30, 2019
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: The Majority Report with Sam Seder:
July 23, 2019
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: The Michael Brooks Show on YouTube: Leandro Demori on Twitter: And at the Intercept:
July 16, 2019
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."
July 9, 2019
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: Hasan's Twitch: Excerpt from Zeynep Tufekci's TED Talk:
July 2, 2019
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.
June 25, 2019
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:
June 18, 2019
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.
June 11, 2019
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: Lane’s book Knocking on Labor’s 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.
June 4, 2019
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: Brianna’s Current Affairs article:
May 28, 2019
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: ( APIAVote: (
May 21, 2019
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: ACLU and Color of Change report on the companies behind bail bond agents: WaPo article on the companies backing the anti-bail reform effort in California:
May 14, 2019
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: ( Rural Organizing poll on rural voters: ( Pew poll on non-voters: (
May 7, 2019
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.
April 30, 2019
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.
April 23, 2019
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 for episode transcripts, available shortly after publication.
April 16, 2019
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 (
April 8, 2019
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.
April 3, 2019
Announcing a new podcast from Bernie 2020 that explores the people, stories, and ideas that are driving this political revolution.
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