Presentations

A warning for America (with Dr. Fiona Hill) - Cafe - Stay Tuned with Preet

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Oct 28, 2021

Preet interviews Dr. Fiona Hill about her new book, There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century. A foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, Hill served as the Trump administration’s top Russia advisor from 2017 to 2019. She gained national attention for her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in Trump’s first impeachment.

The Bulwark Podcast

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Charles Sykes and Tim Miller, two Never-Trumper Republicans, part of the "pro-democracy coalition." Rational and important for Democrats to hear if aspiring to win America's moderate vote.

Tom Nichols on Cat Ladies, Fascists, and Cori Bush - The Bulwark

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Aug 5, 2021

One of the best "Republican" podcasts. Interview with Tom Nichols (Atlantic writer and former Republican.) Especially notable is the section about Cori Bush and "Defund the police."

The U.S. Is Just Different — So Let’s Stop Pretending We’re Not - Freakonomics Radio

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July 14, 2021

We often look to other countries for smart policies on education, healthcare, infrastructure, etc. But can a smart policy be simply transplanted into a country as culturally unusual (and as supremely WEIRD) as America?

Interview with Jim Clyburn - 70 over 70 - Pineapple Studio

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July 12, 2021

A very sweet interview with Jim Clyburn, full of wisdom. He touches on one of our recent topics: "Defund the Police," and the importance of messaging.

How to Save a Planet - Gimlet - all episodes

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May 24, 2021

Does climate change freak you out? Want to know what we, collectively, can do about it? Us too. How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? Join us, journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, as we scour the Earth for solutions, talk to people who are making a difference, ask hard questions, crack dumb jokes and — episode by episode — figure out how to build the future we want.

How To Avoid High Conflict - The Good Fight

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May 22, 2021

Investigative journalist Amanda Ripley believes good conflict can help solve deep political divides. But when it escalates beyond the point of no return, it becomes “high conflict”: a fight less about the issue at hand and more about owning the other side. In her new book, she chronicles how dangerous high conflict is to individuals and societies — and offers suggestions for how to dig yourself out of it.

In this week’s conversation, Yascha Mounk and Amanda Ripley discuss the ways in which high conflict deepens political polarization, how to create a better education system, and how to overcome seemingly intractable conflicts.

SB Support Letter for Committee on Appropriations

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May 03, 2021

TWW/I-LG supports SB 300, the Sentencing Reform Act of 2021, which will increase fairness in the justice system by reforming California's unjust "felony murder special circumstance" law.

Newsletter

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Apr 12, 2021

Go Zero Waste!

The Great Suppression With Tharon Johnson - Politicology

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Apr 07, 2021

Tharon Johnson, a Democratic political strategist who has worked for Congressman John Lewis and President Barack Obama joins Ron Steslow to examine what’s in Georgia’s new anti-democracy law and understand the dastardly motives and false pretenses being used by Republicans across the country to push similar voter suppression legislation.

SB 2 Support Letter

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Mar 31, 2021

TWW/I-LG supports SB2, the Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act of 2021, which would increase accountability for law enforcement officers that commit serious misconduct and violate a person't civil rights.

Cult-like Behavior in Extreme Trump Followers With Steven Hassan and Patrick O'Reilly - Commonwealth Club

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Mar 30, 2021

In a recent article on The Daily Beast, Dr. Steven Hassan refers to the cult leaders’ “playbook” and lists some of the mind-control strategies employed by former President Donald Trump: These include his grandiose claims, his practice of sowing confusion, his demand for absolute loyalty, his tendency to lie and create alternative "facts" and realities, his shunning and belittling of critics and ex-believers, and his cultivating an "us versus them" mindset. Of all these tactics, the "us versus them" mindset is probably one of the most effective. He says that from the moment you are recruited into a cult, you are made to feel special, part of an "inside" group in opposition to unenlightened, unbelieving, dangerous "outsiders."