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Season 1

Dec. 27, 2019

Ask Me Anything! The Christmas Mailbag Edition

This week, Karin answers your questions - tackling some challenging issues like, who would make a good VP pick for each of the top candidates? What comes next if we lose in 2020? Are Democrats smart to hold back the …

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Nov. 15, 2019

The Perfect Candidate!

This week, Karin is joined by comedian Erich McElroy, who helps her run through all the candidates currently in the race to pick the best attributes of each and assemble the theoretically best candidate available. In the News...

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Nov. 8, 2019

Crystal Ball! One Year To Go...

One year out from election day in 2020, Karin catches up with Nicky Woolf, Editor of the New Statesman America to catch up on all the primary news, including: * This Tuesday's state and local elections, with big victories fo...

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Nov. 1, 2019

The Facebook Fight! The Twitter Troll!

This week, Karin interviews digital and social media expert Mat Muir about the raging debate over Facebook's political ads policy. This week, a group of Facebook employees published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg calling o...

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Oct. 28, 2019

It's All About Turnout!

This week, Karin speaks to Alex Morgan, Executive Director of the Progressive Turnout Project, and gets some organiser training directly from Regional Field Director Alicia Stott. We get a sneak peek at how left leaning PACs ...

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Oct. 16, 2019

Debate Watch 4!

This week, Emma and Karin take a wine-filled tour through the 4th Democratic primary debate, exploring Warren’s new status as the joint front runner, whether Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer deserve their newfound slots on stage,...

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Oct. 11, 2019

Trump is the Worst

This week, Karin is joined by author, Sarah Churchwell in an attempt to pin down exactly why Donald Trump is unfit for office. Also this week, we play the Gut Check Game, checking in on our visceral reaction to some …

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Oct. 4, 2019

Corps Strength

This week, Karin speaks to Rachel Haltam-Irwin, about the DNC's grassroots recruitment initiative. Organizing Corps works to recruit and trin on the ground organizers across the country in advance of the 2020 election. Also, ...

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Oct. 2, 2019

BONUS: Inside Trump's Facebook Campaign

In this special bonus episode, Karin talks to journalist Judd Legum about his research into the wierd world of pro-trump activity on Facebook. He has discovers that a huge Facebook group with over a million followers recently...

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Sept. 27, 2019


This week, Karin does an epic news roundup with Emma Burnell, discussing impeachment, the role of the Biden family in Ukraine, Elizabeth Warren't steady rise in the polls, COry Booker's fundraising gambit, Bill De Blasio's de...

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Sept. 19, 2019

Climate Strike!

For the global climate strike on Friday September 20th, organizers have been calling on workers to take 30 minutes off work to support the climate. To support the climate strike, therefore, the first 30 minutes of this podcas...

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Sept. 14, 2019

Debate Watch: Third Debate!

This week, Karin recaps the third Democratic Primary debate with lawyer and friend of the pod Asha Subas and journalist, Pod Delusion podcaster and Trumps Alerts bot creator James O'Malley. --- Send in a voice message: ht...

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Sept. 6, 2019

Why can't we all just get along?

This week, Karin talks to Ali Goldsworthy, founder of the Depolarization Project, about why our politics has become so polarized and what we can do about it. Why can't we seem to talk to people from "the other side" anymore? …

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Aug. 30, 2019

Report from the DNC...

This week, Karin speaks to Democrats Abroad Global Chair Julia Bryan about the DNC meeting in San Francisco last week. She also does a news roundup, covering the serveral candidates that have recently withdrawn from the race ...

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Aug. 17, 2019

Report from the Farm

Karin checks in from her vacation in Oregon to do a news roundup on Hickenlooper’s exit, the weakening economy and Trump’s apparent desire to buy Greenland (?). She also gives folks a bit of a pep talk on what is …

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Aug. 8, 2019

Vote for Your Lives!

This week, in the wake of two devastating mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Karin talks to former Congressional Candidate, DNC member and gun violence survivor Khary Penebaker about why and how Democrats can get serious a...

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Aug. 3, 2019

Debate Watch: Round 2, Night 2

Emma and Karin watch the second night of Presidential debates. We discuss everything from Tulsi Gabbard's strange background in the anti-gay marriage movement to Cory Booker's potential as a TV talk show host to Joe Biden's t...

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Aug. 2, 2019

Debate Watch! Round Two: Day One

In the first of 2 episodes recapping the 2nd round of Democratic debates, Karin is joined by friend of the pod and frequent guest Emma Burnell. We discuss everything from Pete Buttigieg's military service to Bernie's finger w...

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July 26, 2019

A New Statesman in America?

This week, Karin talks to Nicky Woolf, the Editor of the New Statesman America for a general round up on the state of the race covering everything from what it's like to explain American politics to British people to why …

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July 19, 2019

Allies of the People?

This week, Karin explores the changing nature of the media landscape the Democratic candidates will be competing in. She speaks with Amy Bree Becker of the Department of Communications at Loyala University in Maryland about p...

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July 12, 2019

Will Trump Win Reelection?

This week, Karin talks to the political forecaster Rachel Bitecofer, of the Wason Center for Public Policy in Virginia. Dr Bitecofer has developed a predictive model for US politics that was exceptionally accurate in the 2018...

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July 5, 2019

Independence Day for Immigrants?

This week, Karin is joined by Friend of the Pod Asha Subas to take a look at the politics and policy of immigration. Why does Trump think this is a winning issue for him when polls show Americans are mostly …

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June 29, 2019

Debate Watch!

This week we're watching and recapping the key takeaways from the first round of Democratic debates. Joining Karin on the panel is political journalist Emma Burnell and lawyer and immigration expert Asha Subas. Who broke out?...

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June 28, 2019

Power to the People!

This week, we discuss the rise of populism - its different meanings, its origins and causes, whether Trump is a populist himself, and how the critique of global capitalism and concern about inequality fits into the populist c...

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June 14, 2019

This is What Democracy Looks Like!

Karin chats with the political scientist and Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas about the threat that Donald Trump and wider Republican voter rigging, voter suppression and election fraud presents to the future of America ...

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June 7, 2019

Swing Left!

This week Karin talks to Marisa Kanof, National Field Director for Swing Left about Democratic prospects for retaking the Senate and holding the House in the 2020 elections. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/...

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May 31, 2019

Mid Atlantic!

This week's episode is a joint production between Primarily: 2020 and the Mid Atlantic podcast in which Karin chats with Mid Atlantic host Roifield Brown about the similarilities and difference between the politics of the US ...

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May 24, 2019


This week, Emma and Karin have a free ranging conversation covering everything from the resignation of UK PM Theresa May to whether Democrats should be appearing on Fox News. But mostly, we were talking about this whole conce...

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May 17, 2019

It's Not Just Alabama...

This week, Karin is joined by Mandu Reid, leader of the Women's Equality Party in the UK to talk about the worrying developments in Alabama and other states around the country where the a 40+ year effort by the right …

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May 10, 2019

Knock Out Week!

This week, Karin is joined by the American comedian and host of the podcast Pod to Be an American, Erich McElroy. Together, Karin and Erich play a knock out game to explore how they might cut the overcrowded field down …

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May 3, 2019

There Is No Planet B!

This week, Karin talks to Abby Smith, an engineer and renewable energy analyst about the urgency of climate change, the Green New Deal, and what we should expect from Democratic presidential candidates. We dig into the econom...

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April 26, 2019

Kirsten! Joe!

This week, Karin interviews Margo Miller, a friend and supporter of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, about the New York Senator's campaign. She also responds to Joe Biden's entry into the 2020 race, and of course we play the Gut C...

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April 19, 2019


This week, Karin checks in from her vacation to update on the release of the Mueller report and to debate the value of policy announcements versus storytelling at this point in the primary. Also, a quick news roundup. --- ...

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April 12, 2019

Mayor Pete!

This week we check in with Denise Baron, an organiser for Pete Buttigieg. Denice is coming to us direct from South Bend Indiana, where she's helping to prepare for Mayor Pete's big campaign launch event this Sunday. We talk a...

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April 5, 2019

Gut Check!

This week, Karin and Emma do an episode length version of the Gut Check game, testing how we feel about every single candidate who's in the race so far - all 19 of them. Phew. We also discuss the state …

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March 29, 2019

Davos Man

This week, we take a look at rising inequality and its effect on our politics and our society. Karin talks to Adrian, Monck, a Managing Director and Head of Public Engagement at the World Economic Forum about why America, lik...

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March 22, 2019

Common Ground?

This week, we explore the question of whether there exists any genuine common ground between Trump resisting Republicans and Independents and Democratic voters hungry for change. Are we doomed to eternal disagreement and fail...

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March 15, 2019

Get Organized!

This week, Karin reports back from the 2 very different types of organizing meetings she attended this week and thinks through the difference between the work of a political organization trying to operate effectively and a ca...

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March 8, 2019

Build that Brand!

This week, Karin talks to strategic marketing consultant Rob Blackie about how to build an effective political brand, we talk about some of the more clever and innovative ads of the 2018 midterms and we reflect on how the 202...

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March 1, 2019

Trauma Therapy!

This week, Karin talks to Betty Teng, co-host of the Mind of State podcast about the psychological aspects of running for office. Can you be mentally healthy and run for President? What does a toxic political environment such...

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Feb. 22, 2019

That Berning Feeling

This week, Karin is joined again by political journalist Emma Burnell as they unpack their complicated feelings about a Bernie Sanders candidacy. Also, a news roundup including vote fraud in North Carolina, William Weld enter...

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Feb. 15, 2019

Theories of Change...

This week, Karin talks to Women's Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer about how we create change within the political system, the structural inequalities embedded in the US political system, and how to use the available...

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Feb. 8, 2019

Embarrassment of Riches!

This week, Karin talks to the political journalist Emma Burnell to look at the race so far, which candidates have already stepped forward and who is yet to come. Karin and Emma played a new version of the Gut Check …

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Feb. 1, 2019

Vote for Women!

This week, Karin speaks with lawyer David Schleicher about his argument that in 2020 the Democrats should aim to nominate a female candidate. We dig into the role of misogyny in voter choice, the changing role of women in the...

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Jan. 25, 2019

Popularity Contest!

This week, Karin talks to pollster and strategist James Morris about how candidates should be using polls, what public polls actually mean at this point in the race, and how a candidate can put across their best case to voter...

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Jan. 18, 2019

Halfway There!

This week we mark the 2 year anniversary of Trump's inauguration and of the Women's March by talking to Lan Wu, former Democrats Abroad UK Women's Caucus Co-Chair, about the lasting impact of the March and the growing role of...

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Jan. 13, 2019

Shutdowns and Startups

This week, Karin covers the ongoing government shut down and its severe implications for federal workers. She addresses her profound concerns about the President's flirtation with wanting to declare a state of emergency in or...

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Jan. 4, 2019

Can Capitalism Be Saved?

This week, Karin shares her 5 podcast promises for 2019, talks at length about Elizabeth Warren's core belief that American capitalism is currently failing to deliver shared prosperity to Americans, makes some predictions for...

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Dec. 28, 2018

One Nation Under God?

In this special Christmas themed episode, we speak to Rachel Burgin of Christians on the Left about the tradition of left leaning Christianity and the role for faith in a secular political movement such as the Democratic Part...

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Dec. 21, 2018

Team Dream!

This week, we speak with the brilliant Sarah Churchwell, Professor of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Studies in London about the meaning of the American Dream, and the white nationalist origi...

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