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Building Democratic Capacity in Rural Pennsylvania (s3e32)

Jordi and Taylor welcome three Pennsylvania politico’s steeped in rural organizing in Pennsylvania. Most recently, Chris Benson worked as Communications Director for Amanda Waldman’s campaign for PA’s 84th District, Chuck Black served as Finance Director for Amanda Waldman’s and Lee Griffin’s campaigns, and Christian Chludzinski worked as Field Director for Lee Griffin and Jackie Baker who ran for PA Senate in...

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Jontel E Toland- The Kind of Candidate We Need PLUS- Headlines of the Future about Schooling, Food, Electric Cars. And, a Game! (s3e31)

Thanks to show sponsors Billy Kelly and Mondragon Book store in the Open Door Gallery at 430 Market St in Lewisburg.Please fill out our listener survey!  https://bit.ly/BarnstormingPAform  If you want to join us for the BLM biweekly Roundtable for NEPA and rural PA, email us at info@thehub4progress.org or look on Facebook. We are thrilled to...

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Welcome Nick Pressley, Role Model For Resiliency Over Crime and Incarceration. Also, Nursing Homes, and the Fetterman Ad. A Game about Petitions! (s3e30)

Jordi, Dwayne, and Nathan welcome Nick Pressley on the show! After some introduction banter and housekeeping, we get to hear a little bit more about Nick’s story. Then, each host gives their headlines for the week — Dwayne talks about COVID and vaccines, Jordi talks about systemic racism and the PADems judicial endorsements, and Nick...

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When It Comes to COVID You Need to Talk to This Actual Karen. (s3e29)

We are joined by Karen Wolf, PhD. Karen is a nurse practitioner, nurse educator and a political sociologist making her uniquely qualified to understand the complexities of health, community, and human systems. Bonus fun fact: she is also a UU making this episode 75% UUs (Sam, Jordi, and Karen). We review the Biden COVID plan,...

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End This Uncivil War (s3e28)

In this inauguration episode, Jordi, Dwayne and Nathan are joined by special guest, Cole Goodman! They discuss their headlines from the inauguration, play a game about inaugural speeches that Taylor devised, and dig a bit deeper about how they felt about the inauguration. Lastly, they talk about the Judicial races coming up in 2021 in...

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The 2021 Hub Winter Summit Was A Mini-Conference with Workshops (s3e27)

Long ago, before the mayhem of J6, we recorded an episode recapping the 2021 Hub For Progress Winter Summit. Jordi, Sam, Nathan, and Jess Britain talk about their takeaways from the event, they play a game about events, and talk about changes they would make with a ‘magic wand.’ Fill out the listener survey!

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Keystone Progress Preview! Special Episode

Sign up for the January 20 Keystone Progress summit 2021! Jenna Henry, of Free the Ballot and a Keystone Progress Education Fund board member, along with Lisa Longo, here the event co-ordinator for this event talk with Jordi about the upcoming summit. There is karaoke the 19th, comedy with Lauren LoGiudice on the 2oth, keynotes...

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The Storm Before The Calm (s3e26)

Taylor, Nathan, and Sam, were joined by Harvey Edwards this week to record the episode! They gave their headlines which mostly focused on J6 and the reconciliations and healing that need to happen in the wake of it and the Trump Administration in general. Next, they touch on the seating of Sen. Brewster and discuss...

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F%&! White Supremacy Emergency Pod (s3e25)

This episode was recorded on the Friday after the J6 insurrection at the Capitol. The full crew (Jordi, Taylor, Sam, Dwayne, Nathan, and Jess) talk about our thoughts in the immediate aftermath of the event, how we can effectively talk about what happened (including how to deal with all the “whataboutism”), and actions we can...

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America is a project, not a place. And, body fluids.(s3e24)

This pod is partly a preview of the Jan 3 2021 summit by The HUB for Progress- http://bit.ly/hub2021summit to register Please fill out our listener survey! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgdKT8Cv_E45I4XiLPfWdheb5HhAblxNDtlyZ1XqIWf9Ibrg/viewform We welcome returning champ Nathan Lund back and Taylor takes some deserved time off. Jordi, Sam, Dwayne and Nathan dig deeper into the 2020 results and what is...

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Stay Home For The Holidays (s3e23)

Fill out our listener survey here! Taylor, Jordi, and Dwayne welcome guest podcaster Nathan Alan Lund to the show. First we gave our headlines of the week. Dwayne’s headline was “Stay Home For The Holidays” emphasizing that our Healthcare Workers are doing their part and we need to do our this holiday season. Nathan’s headline...

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“I chose to assume you are not insulting me…” Nathan Alan Lund and Josh Brady (S3e2.5)

Jordi found this “lost” episode in his archives. Recorded 24 hours before the first COVID in a fine establishment in the “gaybeighorhood” of Philly, campaign consultants and partners Josh Brady and Nathan Alan Lund were gracious enough to let Jordi interview them even as he made some barbed comments about “campaign operatives.” Both are long-time...

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COVID: Worst Log Flume Ever (s3e22)

Jordi, Sam, Dwayne, and Taylor give their weekly headlines then have a lively conversation about the erosion of our Democracy at the hands of Republican politicians unable to stand up to Trump and the brownshirts rallying in DC and elsewhere. Next, we talk about how we can use better COVID messaging to reach people that...

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It’s Not A Disaster, It’s A Crime Scene or Innumeracy Reigns (s3e21)

Taylor, Sam, Dwayne, and Jordi chat about the situation with COVID-19 and how you can help by downloading PA’s COVID Alert App. Next, we talked entirely too much about a bad joke made by a local right-wing elected official. We analyzed the joke and briefly talked about how we can navigate degrading remarks about other...

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Doug Mastriano, the Rambo-Fantasizing, Science-Denying, Freeloader (s3e20)

The crew (Taylor, Jordi, Dwayne, and Sam) give their headlines of the week and then talk about Sen. Doug Mastriano, PA’s foremost COVID denier and his recent COVID positive-test. We brainstorm about what is motivating Mastriano’s behavior. We determine he is a Rambo-Fantastizing, Science-Denying, Freeloader and we break down each of these descriptors… Lewisburg Neighborhoods...

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Cranks-giving- You Can Blame Sam- Headlines, True or False, and Appreciations (s3e19)

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Corona Restrictions and Democratic Dissension(?) (s3e18)

Sam, Dwayne, and Taylor chat about the new COVID-19 restrictions in place and the numbers in PA. We also talk about complexifying the narrative of democratic dissension as outlined in the recent Daily piece that interviewed both AOC and Conor Lamb. Here’s the health forum that Sam talks about! Also, here’s the podcast episode Sam...

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Election Relief, COVID-19 Fears (s3e17)

The barnstorming crew (Taylor, Jordi, Sam, and Dwayne) gets together for the first time after the election! The start off by quickly chatting about the run-off. Next, we talk about what out takeaway headlines from the election. Dwayne looks into his crystal ball and brings up salient, depressing, and realistic problems that Democrats will have...

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Post-Election Hot Takes (s3e16)

Taylor, Jordi, Jacob Feuerstein, and Keith Pemrick talk about how they’re feeling the day after the 2020 election. They talk nationally and then more specifically about Pennsylvania.

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Amanda Waldman (s3e15)

Taylor talks with Amanda Waldman on her candidacy for State House and why it’s important to have a diverse group of legislators from wide variety of backgrounds. She’s running a people-first campaign on rural issues!

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Michele Knoll On Education and Healthcare (s3e14)

Taylor has a discussion with Michele Knoll who is running for State House in District #44. Their talk covers predominantly education and healthcare policy.

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Canvassing Chat (s3e13)

Jordi and Taylor come together for a quick about some bullshit and canvassing stories!

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Joanna Bryn Smith (s3e12)

Taylor chats with Joanna Bryn Smith who is running in Luzerne County’s 120th district. They chat about the diverse set of skills Joanna brings to the table and the types of change she would be interested in seeing in Harrisburg!

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Dispelling The Red Mirage (s3e11)

Sam, Dwayne, Jordi and Taylor team up for a chat about the right-wing infatuation with the Swedish corona response, the goings-on in Pennsylvania politics and presidential campaigns, and election security (with a focus on dispelling the red mirage). Some Links! PA blows past 9M voter registrations! Good memes to combat disinformation! Georgetown Law Resources Just...

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Rural Roundtable with Chris Benson, Chuck Black, and Christian Chludzinski (s3e10)

Taylor interviews Chris Benson who is currently Communications Director for Amanda Waldman’s campaign for PA’s 84th District, Chuck Black who is serving as Finance Director for Amanda Waldman’s and Lee Griffin’s campaigns, and Christian Chludzinski who is the Field Director for Lee Griffin and Jackie Baker who is running for PA Senate in District 23....

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Nancy Guenst: For A Compassionate Government That Serves All With Empathy (s3e9)

Taylor interviews Nancy Guenst and they chat about what the Pennsylvania General Assembly can do for Pennsylvania veterans. They talk about the state of LGBTQ rights in Pennsylvania and what a Democratic majority could accomplish. Throughout, they discuss Mayor Nancy’s journey through politics and why she is equipped to make a difference.

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Deep Dive Roundtable Into PA General Assembly Races with Jamie Perrapato, Stephen Caruso, and Ben Forstate (s3e8)

Jordi and Taylor are joined by Jamie Perrapato, Executive Director of Turn PA Blue, Steve Caruso of the Penn Capital-Star, Ben Forstate, map extraordinaire for a fun and energetic roundtable discussion of the upcoming elections in PA with a focus on the General Assembly. They discuss the effects of the rural BLM protests on PA...

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Ryan Grimm: On Tackling Brain-Drain and developing a Robust, Sustainable Rural Economy (s3e7)

Ryan Grimm and Taylor sat down and talked about how we can tackle brain-drain — he speaks on this both as someone running in a rural area, but also as someone that grew up in a rural area and came back. In addition, they chatted about how we can create a vibrant, rural, sustainable economy....

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Peter Buck: On The Climate Crisis and Rural Resilience

Taylor sits down (virtually) to chat with Ferguson Township Supervisor Peter Buck about his candidacy for State Rep. in the 171st District. They talk about solutions for the climate crisis, rural resilience, and running for office in a conservative area. Check out his website here for more info!

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Katie Evans: On Forging Compromise and Unity (s3e4)

This is a one-on-one with Katie Evans who is running for State Rep. in the 85th District. We talk about her path to victory, how her career prepares her to forge compromise and unity. You can check out her website here.

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