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Game: “Tweets From Deadbeats” – Washed-Up Actor Edition

Justin is joined by Sound Engineer Mike Stocksdale and Producer Kristen Friis to play another rousing edition of “Tweets From Deadbeats.” Mike and Kristen go head-to-head while downing mixed drinks and taking educated guesses as to who are the absolute worst people in the world tweeting the absolute worst things in the world. In this edition, a certain washed-up celebrity plays a starring role and Mike explains what a Grey Russian is since that was the drink he pounded prior to even starting the podcast. Kristen also talks about her experience protesting while clarifying to a certain deadbeat that she was actually out protesting racism and not supporting Marxism.

Former White House Speechwriter David Litt on Writing President Obama’s Jokes and His New Book about Shattering Mitch McConnell’s Dreams

Justin talks with former speechwriter for President Obama, David Litt. David talks to Justin about his new book, “Democracy in One Book or Less,” and how we can repair our democracy in 6 months with some key fundamental changes to our political system. David also talks about the coolest part about working inside the White House, his favorite White House Correspondents Dinner (he was the head speechwriter for 4 of them), and the form of public speaking that scares him.

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: Mike Espy on His ‘Moneyball’ Approach to Flipping the Senate Blue in Mississippi, His Grandfather’s Legacy, and ‘Game of Thrones’

Mike Espy, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Mississippi, joined the Just In News Podcast and talked about the role data analytics is playing in his campaign to defeat Cindy Hyde-Smith. Mike also talks about the extraordinary role his grandfather played in setting an example for him as a public servant. He also talks about his passion for sports and if the football season will happen in the fall. As usual, Justin also gets some local recommendations for restaurants since he now lives in Gulfport, Mississippi and occasionally likes to go out for a nice meal when he’s not playing golf by the local sewage treatment plant. True story.

2020: South Carolina U.S. Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison on How to Beat Lindsey Graham, Toni Braxton, and Barbecue Sauce Nuance

Jaime Harrison joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about his candidacy for U.S. Senate in South Carolina. Jaime talks about his incredible story of growing up poor and being raised by his grandparents, the nuances of mustard spice in barbecue sauce, and how the hell he’s going to beat Lindsey Graham. Jaime also talks about his incredible story growing up poor and being raised by his grandparents. Finally, Justin and Jaime bond over some 1990’s Toni Braxton.

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.

Game: “Tweets From Deadbeats” – Sandal Bottle Openers and Vice Presidential Picks

The Just In News podcast team plays “Tweets from Deadbeats,” where they try to figure out which conservative GOP Senator decided to stand up for gay rights and the arts. The team also predicts who will be Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick and where coronavirus actually originated from, the sole of some Floridian’s sandal.

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.”

The Appeal’s Jay Willis on Mass Incarceration, COVID-19 and Prisons, and yes, Peter from ‘The Bachelor’

The Appeal’s Jay Willis joins the Just In News Podcast to discuss the vulnerability of prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic, the general fucked-upness of our prison system, and how average people can do their part to fix it. Jay also dishes on Peter from ‘The Bachelor’.

“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.

Super Tuesday Wrap-Up: Concerns about Joementum

Justin wraps up Super Tuesday by talking about Joe Biden’s big wins, concerns about Biden being the nominee and what the fuck Tulsi Gabbard is doing. Justin also talks with Just In News Executive Producer Corey Hill about Mike Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren dropping out and what their endorsements may mean for both Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Comedian Kate Willett on Being a Bernie Bro and Doing Stand-Up at a Sex Convention

Comedian Kate Willett joins the Just In News podcast to talk about her support for Bernie Sanders, why Mike Bloomberg sucks and doing comedy at a BDSM convention. Kate also talks about what democratic socialism actually means and her admiration for fellow comedian Maria Bamford.

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).

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.

HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein on Registering Voters in 2020 and Phish Concerts

Justin talks with HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein about the intersection of music and politics. He asks Andy what it’s like getting people to vote at concerts and festivals as opposed to Target parking lots. Andy also talks about Headcount’s efforts to get popular Republican musicians involved and what was his favorite Phish concert to document. Justin also opens the episode with 3 his major takeaways from the past two week’s of impeachment hearings (pre-Fiona Hill and David Holmes).

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.

2020: Democratic Debate Wrap-Up … Winners, Losers, and Phone Calls to New Zealand

Justin wraps up the first Democratic debates. Like any good podcast pundit, he picks winners, losers, a candidate he’d most like to smoke pot with, and a profound reverence for Cory Booker’s chiseled jawline. He also plugs his previous interview while taking more than partial credit for John Delaney’s notable performance in the first debate. #KeepItHumble

State of the Stat: Elizabeth Warren’s Two Cents

Justin talks with writer and activist, Corey Hill, in a new segment called “State of the Stat”. In the 20-ish minute podcast, Corey talks about Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax which would tax the top 75,000 families two cents on every dollar to help cover healthcare, student loans, and some other really important things. Singer/songwriter Meredith Brooks also gets referenced a couple times.

2020: Presidential Candidate John Delaney on Bipartisanship and Kicking Trump’s Ass

Justin talks with 2020 Presidential Candidate and former Maryland Congressman, John Delaney. John talks about why he’s running as a moderate, healthcare, and his signature initiative, the Heartland Fair Deal (and whether he took any cues from the Green New Deal and/or Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal”). Justin also tries to leverage the interview to receive free merch from the JohnDelaney.com store, and John makes the claim he’s the best candidate to “kick Trump’s ass”.

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.

Jesse Colvin Interview – Democratic Nominee in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District

Justin talks with Jesse Colvin, the Democratic nominee in Maryland’s 1st congressional district. Jesse is a former Army Ranger in Afghanistan who graduated from both Duke University and Columbia University. Jesse talks about the leaderships skills he developed in the military, the economic impact of oysters, and the Republican support he’s gained from Bush Administration officials (as well as his wife). Finally, Justin urges Jesse to take out the damn trash.

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.

Mike Levin Interview – Democratic Nominee in California’s 49th Congressional District

Mike Levin joins Justin to talk about his run for California’s hotly contested 49th district in which Darrell Issa is deciding to retire from (perhaps to go make more car alarm money). Mike talks about gun control, potential impeachment of Donald Trump and, most importantly, his favorite U2 song.

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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