Month: January 2020

2020: Interview with Former Iowa Congressional Candidate Austin Frerick on what will go down at the Iowa Caucus

Justin talks with former Iowa congressional candidate Austin Frerick. Austin gives his prediction as to what will happen at the Iowa Caucus, how the whole thing works, whether food fights happen in the gym where these events are held, and his current work as Deputy Director of the Thurmond Arnold Project at Yale University. We also discuss Austin’s love for gas station pizza and the likelihood he’ll run for office again (he should).

2020: Interview with Texas Congressional Candidates Kim Olson and Donna Imam

Justin talks with Texas congressional candidates Donna Imam and Kim Olson about their campaigns, barbecue, beer, and what it will take to turn Texas blue. In the first half of this episode, Justin talks with Donna about her background as an engineer and how that informs how she takes on issues like healthcare and gerrymandering in Texas’ 31st congressional district encompassing part of Austin and the surrounding area. In the second half, Justin talks with Kim about her background as a fighter pilot in Iraq, what it was like to film a viral commercial requiring her to walk and talk to a camera for two minutes straight, and why authenticity rules when connecting with voters. Kim also discusses the issues on the minds of voters in Texas’ 24th congressional district which encompasses the burbs of Dallas.

2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff

Justin talks with U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia, Jon Ossoff. Jon talks about exposing corruption as an investigative journalist, as well as what it was like to be mean-tweeted by President Trump during his run for the U.S House in 2017. Jon also discusses the issues he’s fight for in Georgia and how his potential Republican opponent is selling access, including $35,000 photo ops. Finally, Jon opens up about his hair product, his love for the 90’s TV show, “Doug”, and how he likes to belt out a certain Mariah Carey song during karaoke.

Musician Mike Stocksdale on writing political songs and his musical man crushes

Justin talks to musician Mike Stocksdale about his political side project, $idequest. Mike also talks about his upcoming show at the Troubadour in LA, his love for lowly open mics, why he doesn’t have a tattoo and who his musical man crushes are.

Musician Ben Folds on politics, his new book, and George Carlin

Justin talks with musician Ben Folds about the intersection of politics and art. Ben talks about his new podcast and interviewing presidential candidates, what it was like to write “A Dream about Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons”, and the brilliance of George Carlin.

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