• Building Authoritarian Power: Nathan Stoltzfus

    "Hitler was concerned with making people happy with National Socialism."

    Nathan Stoltzfus is the Dorothy and Jonathan Rintels Professor of Holocaust Studies at Florida State University and author of Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany. We discuss how Hitler used popularity, legitimacy, and ideology to build power for himself and the Nazi Party.

  • Building Power Online: Alice Marwick

    “Social media has opened up ways for us to participate in politics.”

    Alice Marwick is Associate Professor of Communication and a Principal Researcher at the Center for Information Technology and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We discuss whether social media can build and sustain political movements, help politicians win elections, and how it has changed the way we interact with politics.

  • Digital Labor Organizing: Jess Kutch

    “We need to reimagine what it means for workers to hold power in our economy.”

    Jess Kutch is co-founder of Coworker.org, a platform that deploys digital tools, data, and strategies to help workers experiment with power-building and win meaningful change in the 21st century economy. We discuss the importance of worker voice, organizing in the digital age, and practicing democracy in the workplace.

  • Supreme Inequality: Adam Cohen

    “A court that really is on the side of the people in power.”

    Adam Cohen, senior writer for Time magazine and prior member of The New York Times editorial board, is the author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America. We discuss the power of the Supreme Court, the far-reaching consequences of the court’s decisions, and the decades-long consistency of rulings against America’s poor.

  • Decolonizing America: Nick Tilsen

    “We can dismantle things like colonization and systems of white supremacy and systematic racism.”

    Nick Tilsen is the President and CEO of NDN Collective, an organization led by Indigenous People that builds Indigenous power and restores Indigenous self-determination. We discuss decolonization, revitalizing Indigenous cultures and languages, and creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.

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    This week, we talk with Adam Cohen about the conservative tilt of the Supreme Court and the harm it has caused Americans. It’s a fascinating conversation, but we’re focusing on a different angle in today’s blog: the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a bulwark of liberal ideals, and her passing marks an immeasurable...

  • What is the #Landback Movement?

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    A real democracy finds bureaucrats and grassroots activists working together to advocate for impacted communities and make sure legislative priorities match the needs of everyday Americans. According to our guest this week, K. Sabeel Rahman, the intersection of bureaucratic federal agencies and constituencies is one of the pillars of a functioning democracy. This symbiotic relationship...

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    This week, Mila recorded a stellar interview with Columbia associate professor and author Alexander Hertel-Fernandez. Alex recently wrote an illuminating book called State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States — and the Nation. In it, he describes the troika of conservative organizations working to forward pro-business goals, and...

  • What is the Fraternal Order of Police?

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  • How the Delegate Process Works

    This week Mila talked with Drew Kromer, a Democratic activist and current Biden delegate from North Carolina. Drew organized the Democratic precinct in his college town of Davidson, NC, before becoming Vice Chair of the National Council of the College Democrats. Thanks to his years of local political work, Drew now has the privilege of...

  • Moving Beyond Political Hobbyism

    We’re back with a new full season – all about political power building! What better way to kick things off than with a conversation with the author of a book titled Politics is for Power? We’re so grateful to Professor Eitan Hersh for sitting down with us. Listen to Mila’s talk with Eitan here! Future...

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