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2020: Solomon Rajput, Congressional Candidate in Michigan’s 12th District, on Offering Up Big Solutions to Big Problems

Democrat Solomon Rajput talks with Corey Hill about his race to become the next Congressman from Michigan’s 12th District. Solomon talks to Corey about running against a Democratic political dynasty, ending police brutality, Medicare for All, and how Donald Trump is uniquely awful. Solomon talks specifically about how “radical ideas” aren’t really radical and have been the norm for decades in so many other countries, including universal healthcare in the country just up the road from him, Canada.

2020: U.S. Senate Candidate Merav Ben-David on Standing Against Racism, What Wyoming Democrats and Republicans Have in Common, and Howling with Her Dogs

Wyoming U.S. Senate Candidate Merav Ben-David joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about her experience as a college professor and the similarities between connecting with students in a classroom versus on the campaign trail. Merav also discusses recent events regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and participating in events in Wyoming and what she says to those who still don’t get BLM movement. Finally, Merav talks about her unique brand of outdoorsy campaign events.

2020: U.S. Senate Candidate Robin Kimbrough Hayes on Ending Systemic Racism, Giving People Hope, and Friending Her on Facebook

Robin Kimbrough Hayes, U.S. Senate Candidate from Tennessee, joins the Just In News Podcast. Robin talks about why Tennessee and the entire country needs a person like her in the Senate who would inspire hope, push for universal healthcare, and help put an end to systemic racism. Robin also offers to marry Justin and talks about how she personally answers questions that come through over her website chat and Facebook messages. Robin also talks about her background fighting for people of all backgrounds. Oh, and she talks about singing karaoke to Tina Turner.

2020: Iowa U.S. Senate Candidate Admiral Mike Franken on Defeating Joni Ernst and One of His Favorite Ted Kennedy Stories

Admiral Mike Franken joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about his U.S. Senate campaign in Iowa. Admiral Franken talks about why he’s the best person to defeat Joni Ernst, his favorite corporation that donates to her campaign, and what it was like to be the lonely voice in the room opposing the Iraq War. Admiral Franken also talks about how his military, science, and political experience make him an ideal candidate to serve in Congress. He also shares what his go-to karaoke song is.

2020: Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidates Alisha Shelton and Andy Stock Talk About Their Respective Plans to Defeat Ben Sasse

Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidates Alisha Shelton and Andy Stock talk with Justin just days before the 2020 Democratic Primary. Alisha and Andy discuss their respective agendas to replace Ben Sasse, how they’re using social media to spread their messages, and even offer up tips on where to hang out in Omaha and Lincoln.

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Talks About How Karl Rove and the DOJ Put Him in Prison for 5 Years (Part 1)

Justin Cross talks with former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. In this three part weekly series, the last Democratic Governor of Alabama joins the Just In News Podcast to discuss how the Republican establishment identified him as a rising star and a potential presidential nominee, and as a result, used the Department of Justice as a tool to put him behind bars. In the words of Siegelman in the interview and in his new book, Stealing Our Democracy: How the Political Assassination of a Governor Threatens Our Nation, his story has “more twists and turns than a John Grisham novel, except it’s real.”

“You’re only as sick as your secrets.” Author Brent Walker Talks About the Honest and Dark Stories in His Book, “The Hidden South”

Author Brent Walker joins the Just In News podcast to talk about his book, “The Hidden South.” Brent talks about how he was able to get complete strangers to open up about their traumatic past, why the Southern experience is so unique, the need for more human connections, a woman who prayed for him, and fanboying over New Orleans’ musician Big Freedia.

Game: “Tweets from Deadbeats” – High School Reunion Edition

The Just In News podcast team plays another rousing game of “Tweets from Deadbeats” where we exam the Twitter feed of Donald Trump and his fellow goons. We also talk about the demise of Justin’s TV-watching career, why everyone should attend their high school reunion, and Minna and Biscuit (Justin’s dogs) make cameo appearances. Finally, will Mike Stocksdale get off the schneid and get a question right? Listen to find out, and in the process, take your mind off life for a few minutes.

Puppets and Hope in the Time of Pandemic: Actor, Director, and Puppeteer Dan Garza on the Role Art Plays in Getting Through COVID-19

Just In News’ Corey Hill chats with Dan Garza, puppeteer from Showtime’s hit TV show, “Kidding.” Dan shares his thoughts on just how critical a talking dinosaur can be to people struggling with isolation and fear. Corey also talks with Dan about the Great Man theory of history, family members getting tired of your jokes, and the importance of keeping enough puppetry supplies on hand.

Game: “Tweets from Deadbeats” – Haters and Losers Edition

The Just In News Podcast team gets together (over the phone, of course) to play the first-ever edition of “Tweets from Deadbeats.” The JIN team brings their favorite Trump tweets including a few about “haters and losers,” and Justin quizzes them on recent tweets from Donald Trump and the terrible people around him, including Don Jr., shadow chief-of-staff Sean Hannity, ex-bow tie model Tucker Carlson, and a few other TV hacks and garbage humans. We had a lot of fun making this one and encourage you to play along at home!

Getting Written Up for Wearing More Than One Mask: An ER Nurse Talks About Preparing to Treat Patients for Coronavirus

ER Nurse Janna Yates talks about preparing to treat patients with the coronavirus. The Fairbanks, Alaska nurse talks to Justin about lack of resources, stories she’s heard from fellow nurses, how the coronavirus is highlighting glaring holes in our health system, and how she’s finding hope and optimism as she prepares to go on the frontline of a global pandemic.

2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Trish Zornio

Justin talks with U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, Trish Zornio. If she wins, Trish would be the first scientist and first female ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Colorado. Trish is running to unseat Republican and part-time Trump masseur, Cory Gardner. She talks about the 5-year plan that got her to this point, visiting all 64 Colorado counties twice, dealing with Republican trolls, and her love for music and Sara Bareilles.

  • 0-7 minutes: Why Trish decided to run and bring her science background to politics
  • 7-11 minutes: Trish talks about the power of special interests and why deregulation has caused so many problems
  • 11-20 minutes: Her 5-year-plan to run for U.S. Senate
  • 20-25 minutes: The hardcore trolling from the GOP
  • 25-30 minutes: The complicated Caucus/Primary process
  • 35 minutes-end: Trish sings! And talks about the value of arts education in her life, along with some of other stuff

2020: Interview with Mayor Andrew Gillum on the Democratic Primary, Registering Voters, and Advice for 1998 Andrew Gillum

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum returns to the the Just In News Podcast for the first time since his historic run for Florida governor in 2018. Mayor Gillum talks with Justin about what it will take to flip Florida blue in November and his efforts with Forward Florida Action to register and engage 1 million voters throughout the state. In a wide-ranging discussion, Mayor Gillum also talks about the unhealthiness of the campaign trail, how to get people to care about politics who never have, what advice he’d give to 1998 Andrew Gillum, his go-to karaoke song, the purpose of Black History Month, who will claim victory in the Iowa Caucus, his prediction of a possible floor fight at the Democratic convention in July, and more. Here are some of the show highlights:

  • Around 0 – 5 mins: Opening, shout-outs, shameless self-promotion
  • Around 5 – 11 mins: Mayor Gillum on Chris Cuomo’s workout routine and the unhealthiness of running for office
  • Around 11 – 24 mins: Why Republicans don’t want to get out the vote, how get people to care about politics who never have, and what Forward Florida is doing to flip Florida blue in November
  • Around 24 – 28 mins: Mayor Gillum on Black History Month. What does it mean today, and what does Mayor Gillum say to those who acknowledge our shameful history of slavery, segregation and discrimination but want to simply move on from it.
  • Around 28 -37 mins (the end): Justin’s super lazy questions he wrote in 5 minutes: What advice 2020 Andrew Gillum would give 1998 Andrew Gillum? Who will win the Super Bowl, San Francisco or Kansas City? Who will win the Iowa Caucus? How will the Democratic Primary unfold? What is Mayor Gillum’s go-to karaoke song?

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 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 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.

State of the Stat: 185 Republicans Vote to Censure Congressman Adam Schiff for Doing His Job

State of the Stat Correspondent Corey Hill talks with Justin about why 185 Republicans decided to censure Democrat Adam Schiff for doing his job. Corey also talks about his recent article in The Independent where he lays out why Donald Trump could very well lose the 2020 election but refuse to step down.

2020: Interview with Congressional Candidate Donna Imam

Justin talks with congressional candidate Donna Imam from Texas’ 31st district. Donna talks to Justin about her ambitious plans to provide healthcare and education for all, how she’ll combat gun violence, the best barbecue spots in Austin, being a college DJ and her beloved Toyota Tercel. Justin also makes his case for why an impeachment investigation is necessary based solely on the most simple Google search. Finally, Minna makes a water-chugging cameo.

2019 Political Predictions with Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum

Justin talks 2019 political predictions with Democratic Strategist, Bob Shrum. Shrum has served for Joe Biden, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and many other really important people. Bob predicts what will happen with the Trump-Russia investigation, which Democrats will run for president in 2020, what will happen with the economy, and of course, who will win the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Justin rants about Donald Trump’s national TV address and Jake presents new 2019 fake sponsors.

Tabitha Isner Interview – Democratic Nominee for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District

Justin talks with Tabitha Isner. She’s a Democrat running for office in Alabama’s 2nd congressional district. Tabitha talks about her background as an ordained minister. She also discusses why young people from Alabama leave the state after college and her chances of winning a district which went for Roy Moore. Oh, and why the Yellowhammer State loves its little angry Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

Roll Call Interview – Simone Pathe and Bridget Bowman

Roll Call Senior Politics Reporters, Simone Pathe and Bridget Bowman, talk with Justin about what it was like to watch Roy Moore ride up on a horse on election day, how they think the 2018 midterms will break, and who gives the juiciest interviews in on Capitol Hill. Plus, Justin quizzes Simone and Bridget on the history of congress (according to Wikipedia), and the Just In News crack squad investigative team breaks a story about who will fill the White House Communications Director role now that Hope Hicks is retiring at age 29.

Austin Frerick Interview – Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District

Former Obama Treasury Department official, Austin Frerick, joins Justin to talk about his run for congress in the Iowa’s 3rd District. Austin talks about why he’s dressing up as the Monopoly man, his love of the Olive Garden, gun control, and his klan of Donald Trump voters support him. We also talk craft beer, and Austin takes the Presidents’ Day quiz. Find out if you’re smarter than a potential congressman.

Jess Phoenix Podcast Interview – California’s 25th Congressional District

Scientist and congressional candidate, Jess Phoenix, sits down with Justin to talk about Trump’s gassiness, the economy, the environment, net neutrality, growing up a ginger, and of course, her superhero-like name. Jess’ popularity has quickly grown over the past several months (being featured on CNN, CBS, Wired, and now, Just In News) as has her chances of overtaking her Democratic challengers and Republican Steve Knight in California’s 25th congressional district.

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