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Join the newsletter at buildingthedream.substack.com! In 2016, we attempted a political revolution. It didn't work, but we managed to recruit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, beat the third most powerful Democrat, and introduce the Green New Deal. So now what do we do to build an America where everyone thrives?
 
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Yesterday our famously divided Senate passed a bill. Not just a bill to rename a post office but a bill that aims to help the US compete with China for world domination. We had the chance to sit down with Samuel Hammond of the Niskanen Center to discuss what exactly is in "The Endless Frontiers Act". We talk about where it hits the mark and where i…
 
With the Covid-19 outbreak slowing down here at home our instincts may be to slow down. But we aren't out of the woods yet. The virus rages on across much of the planet. On this episode we talk about what a slowdown in vaccine production would mean to the US and the rest of the world We talk about the costs in lives, quality of life, and economic o…
 
We did an episode talking a bit about how Biden can lead right now. Today, Corbin and Zack delve a bit deeper and talk about how, exactly, Biden could be leading and why it's so incredibly important. Plus, we discuss a few ideas for what we can do to get the message across better. Subscribe to the newsletter at buildingthedream.substack.com.…
 
We had to speak up. This is an emergency episode. We could no longer sit and watch the train wreck that is near continuous wasted messaging opportunities. From the rapidly declining covid cases and radically ramped up vaccinations numbers to the crisis in Texas Biden keeps missing moments for leadership. Moments to show the American people that ele…
 
Zack and I talked about where we are now. How likely is it that Biden will make the most of hist first week post-impeachment? Will he take credit for Democrat’s early successes in fighting Covid? Will he offer a plan to move our economy forward? Zack and I talk about how Biden could capture this moment and lead the country away from Trumpism.…
 
I spoke to award winning journalist Idrees Kahloon about how Covid has impacted the communities he covers. We talk housing, food, and jobs and how Americans are handling the crisis. Idrees is the US policy correspondent at The Economist covering domestic politics and policy. Prior to that, he worked on The Economist‘s data journalism team. Enjoy th…
 
Our friends over at New Consensus recently released an op-ed in CNN with some ideas for how Biden can fix the vaccine bottlenecks now and ramp up vaccine manufacturing to inoculate everyone in America--and even the world. We spoke with Isaac Larkin, Demond Drummer, Robert Hockett, Amy Ramirez and Zack Exley (this time speaking on behalf of New Cons…
 
This week, we launched a campaign to primary Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema in 2024. In this episode we: discuss the new kind of politics we're dreaming of that can win in states like AZ and WV, the kind of leader that could win in those states, listen to some buttery-smooth ads that WV neighbor Corbin Trent has recorded, and talk about Joe Manchin…
 
Over the Christmas holiday one of my cousins was locked up for violating the terms of her probation. Due to the holiday's she is still there awaiting a bail hearing. Thought this time she hasn't been provided clean underwear or basic hygiene products. The way we treat people that are held in our "justice system" is terrible. In this episode I talk …
 
Catherine Flowers knows her shit and she has committed herself to making sure we know it too. For years now, Catherine has taken on the herculean task of exposing the impacts of extreme poverty on the people of the United States. I had recently had the opportunity to sit down with her for a conversation. This episode is that conversation. Enjoy?…
 
I know there is a lot going on. This episode has nothin to do with any of it. It's about being a hillbilly and media depictions of hillbillies and a shitty book/movie. Dan Riffle and I watched and read this terrible piece of shit book/movie called "Hillbilly Elegy" so you can take it off of your to-do list. Dan and I have conversation about that an…
 
We are launching a new show y'all. It's called "Building the Dream: No Excuses." Now that the Democrats control the House, Senate and Presidency, they should have no excuses for inaction. Our country has some big problems to solve, and Joe Biden campaigned on big promises to solve them. But we fear that Democrats might try to find ways to get out o…
 
Nate Mook is the CEO of World Central Kitchen. World Central Kitchen is is an organization founded by chef José Andrés that has been providing meals to people in the wake of natural disasters since 2010. WCK fed Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria, Texans after Hurricane Harvey, federal workers after the government shut down in 2019, the Grand Prin…
 
Anand Giridharadas is the bestselling author of Winners Take All, MSNBC contributor, and author of The Ink. We chatted with him about how Democrats should be fighting now and next year to solve the current poverty and hunger crisis, and what the consequences of failure are if Biden doesn't manage to get the job done. Subscribe to the newsletter at …
 
Jonathan Alter is journalist, Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker, and best-selling author who has interviewed and written biographies of multiple American Presidents. His latest biography is about Jimmy Carter -- you can buy His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life from Indiebound here. But in this interview, we talked with Jonathan Alter about a …
 
Alexandra Rojas is the executive director of Justice Democrats. In this past election cycle, Justice Democrats racked up enough wins that there are now 10 Justice Democrats in Congress. We talked with Alexandra Rojas today about what those 10 members can do, the plan for 2022, and the new memo Justice Democrats put out painting a clear strategy Dem…
 
Happy Thanksgiving! We took short a hiatus from the podcast to spend more time at our day jobs at New Consensus. We developed and pushed out a memo to the Biden transition team that details how he could lead a multi-trillion dollar economic rebuilding project even if Democrats don't win the Senate races in Georgia. In this episode, we delve into th…
 
Hunter Walker is the White House Correspondent for Yahoo News, the largest news website in the world. But Hunter has also been in a unique position as a journalist for this moment. For whatever reason, Donald Trump has been calling him up for the last decade to pitch him stories. So for better or worse, he has followed Donald Trump as a journalist …
 
Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and the main host of ABC's Shark Tank. He's been open that he considered running for President as an Independent in 2020. Today, we talked with him about what the he feels are the biggest problems facing America and what a President Cuban would do about them. Get on the email list to get more content …
 
Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. In his new book, "Will He Go?: Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020," he goes into detail on all the possible scenarios in front of us if Trump loses the election but refuses to concede. In this episode, we drill down on a few…
 
Jeff Stein is the White House economics reporter for the Washington Post. Over the past several months, he's been the go-to source for information on what the government is doing to provide relief to millions of unemployed Americans and bankrupt businesses. Today, we chat with him about the state of the current relief bill being worked out between …
 
Today, we have a very special episode for you as we dive deep into the life of our very own Corbin Trent (whose first name actually IS Brian)! Zack, Saikat and Corbin met each other on the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential campaign when Corbin was organizing Tennessee for Bernie with nothing more than his car and willpower. From that, he went on to …
 
Daniel Marans is a political reporter at Huffington Post who most recently wrote about how Trump campaigned on a new kind of economic agenda, but has completely failed to enact it (Trump Promised A Break With GOP Trickle-Down Economics. He Delivered More Of The Same). On today's episode, we talked with Daniel about what Trump promised on the campai…
 
Ari Rabin-Havt has spent nearly two decades working in and around Congress. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Bernie Sanders before playing a pivotal role in Sen. Sanders' 2020 run for President as the Chief of Staff. He's the author of two books: Lies Incorporated and The Fox Effect, and was previously the host of Th…
 
The Federal Reserve was originally set up to be America's development bank. But somehow along the way, it lost its course. Join us as we chat with Professor Bob Hockett about his ideas on returning the Fed to its roots so we can go back to investing in all of America. --- Professor Hockett is the author of Financing the Green New Deal: A Plan of Ac…
 
We got a chance to sit down for an amazing conversation with “Rising’s” Krystal Ball. Krystal co-hosts “Rising” on HillTV is a best-selling author, a political writer, a former congressional candidate, and CPA. She has her finger on the pulse of the progressive movement.By Corbin Trent, Saikat Chakrabarti & Zack Exley
 
Leah Stokes is a political science professor and climate researcher who has spent decades working not just on the nitty gritty of climate policy, but also on the political forces that stop climate change legislation from becoming reality. We chatted with her about her take on the Biden climate plan, why utilities and fossil fuel companies aren't in…
 
We had the chance to sit down with incoming Congressman Jamaal Bowman. He recently shocked the political world when he beat powerful incumbent Eliot Engel. Never heard of Engel? Don’t feel bad. The voters in his district hadn’t either. We talk about the dumpster fire that is 2020, how the left can build power, and a whole lot more. Have a listen. G…
 
Rana Foroohar is a Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times and CNN’s global economic analyst. We sat down with her to talk about the importance of manufacturing, how to rebuild American industry, and why the free market hasn’t blazed into action to provide everyone with enough N95 masks to stay safe from COVID-19. G…
 
Listen now (60 min) | On today’s episode, we got a chance to sit down with the amazing Marianne Williamson. Marianne has done it all. She’s a bestselling author, political activist, former presidential candidate, and spiritual thought leader. We talked about the role of leadership, systemic failures, the DC bubble, and the Biden campaign. We also t…
 
This was our second attempt at doing a live call-in show. We were talking with folks about what Biden and Harris’s message is for voters. We asked callers what they think Biden and Harris are promising. We heard about inheritance taxes, legalizing pot, and self-actualization. Get on the email list at buildingthedream.substack.com…
 
Today Margaret Klein Salamon joins us to talk about saving the planet with a World War 2 scale economic mobilization. Margaret leads organizational strategy for The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. In this role, she has helped catalyze a burgeoning worldwide Climate Emergency Movement. Get on the email list at buildingthedream…
 
Ryan Grim is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for The Intercept and author of We’ve Got People. He’s well known for doing breaking investigative journalism of the kind that most mainstream media outlets don’t touch. Recently, he broke the cover on a plot by the Massachusetts Democratic Party to smear Congressional candidate Alex Morse. Previously,…
 
In this very special first interview, we talk with Alexandra Rojas, the Executive Director of Justice Democrats. A couple weeks ago, Justice Democrats pulled off a huge victory when their candidate, Jamaal Bowman, defeated one of the most powerful, pro-war Democrats in the House, Eliot Engel. Tomorrow, Justice Democrat Cori Bush faces off against a…
 
When COVID-19 hit America, the bottom fell out of our economy. As millions of Americans started losing their jobs, our government did the unthinkable: they actually come together to pass a real relief package. That bill was the CARES Act, and perhaps the most consequential part of that package was giving every unemployed American an extra $600 a we…
 
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