Episodes

The Price We Pay: Gun Violence and the Secret Behind the N.R.A.'s Power

Two events, four decades apart: One is the murder of a 15 year old boy in 1930's Texas. The other is the attempted assassination of a U.S. President.

These two events collide in ways no one could have imagined, setting the stage for a war between common sense and one of the most powerful forces in American political history: The National Rifle Association.

The Politics of No: The Covid Relief Bill, Dr. Seuss, and The Republican Party's Gambit

With a strategy crafted by legislative politics mastermind Mitch McConnell, the GOP laid waste to House Democrats in 2010, picking up the Senate in 2014, and capturing the White House in 2016.

As President Joe Biden signs the latest COVID relief bill - the American Rescue Plan Act - the Republican Party is deploying that same strategy they used in 2010.

But does it work in 2021? Because the latest polling shows that if it fails, the cost for the party is much higher now: the death of the filibuster.

Slaying Trolls: How to Engage Your Political Opponents (And that one time Abraham Lincoln was in a duel)

Engaging our political opponents has become a seemingly impossible task. It often feels like we are screaming at a brick wall. Though we might put our best selves into convincing others - the articles, the words, the arguments, the passion - often our effort reveals itself to be a fruitless exercise in hearing the sound of our own voice.


How do we have better political conversations? Or talk politics constructively? We need a new approach to political conflict. But can we find one that allows us to be brutally honest while not sacrificing our relationships? An approach that allows to keep on with the cause without dehumanizing each other?


Join Ty as he offers tips that have worked well for him, both on social media and off, and explores what lessons we might learn from that one time Honest Abe found himself toe to toe with a political rival in a sword fight.

Bluster: The Filibuster and the Democratic Party's Gambit

Some believe the filibuster is an invention of the framers of the Constitution, a counter-device created to protect the minority party. But the filibuster isn’t that at all - it’s actually a mistake, leading to gridlock and stalemate in the Senate.

The Democratic Party may find itself in the position to end the filibuster once and for all, opening the lane for the President and his party to accomplish the Biden administration's agenda. It is a gambit, and the party risks finding themselves on the business end of a central rule in politics: there is no such thing as a permanent majority.

What is the filibuster? Does it have a useful purpose? And can Democrats find a way to end the gridlock without voluntarily handing their majority over?

No Heroes Here: The Capitol Attack and the Fundamental Truth of Democracy

On January 6th, MAGA-clad insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol, there to fulfill Donald Trump's call to "stop the count." But more than the building, they attacked what Ronald Reagan called "the bulwark of our Republic," the continuity of government; the peaceful transfer of power.


In that moment, Americans were exposed to the fundamental truth of democracy, a truth we often experience as a nightmare.


But when we courageously embrace that truth, we can then experience as something else entirely: a miracle.

The Myth of Donald Trump: 5 Reasons You Should Reject the Voter Fraud Talk

Threatening to upend the GOP’s chances in Georgia, Trump loyalist Sidney Powell has vowed to “unleash the Kraken,” the proof that voter fraud is the reason the President lost the election.

But just like Powell’s Kraken, Donald Trump is built on a myth, too.

How to Keep Hope in Politics

Politics has always been a long game, but on a political landscape reduced to circus and conspiracy, it can be defeating, overwhelming, and despairing.

How do you keep hope in politics? How can you stay engaged without drowning? Ty explores the concept of hope and how it might be directly applied to political engagement.

Does My Vote Count?

Questions about the legitimacy of this historic election are rising out of the chaos: a hindered postal service, claims of voter fraud, and a global pandemic. But another question is the legitimacy of our votes.

So let's talk about your ballot: What do all the different races mean? Which races are important? How do I pick a candidate? Can my vote actually affect change? How does change actually happen?

Cut the Mic: The First 2020 Presidential Debate

The first 2020 Presidential Debate was brutal. The media has gone as far as comparing it to a dumpster fire. But that's completely unfair to dumpster fires.

We've come a long way from Kennedy and Nixon, but what does show Donald Trump and Joe Biden gave us mean for the future of Presidential debates?

The Vulnerable Republicans Caucus: Susan Collins of Maine

Fighting to keep her decade-and-a-half Senate seat against Democrat Sara Gideon, Republican Senator Susan Collins is in the fight of her career. Collins won her last re-election by 37 points, but today, Gideon leads her by 5. Can she turn things around before it’s too late? Or will the Supreme Court fight about to erupt put an end to any hope she has?

In this episode, Ty looks at one of the Senate battleground races that could determine which party controls the Senate next year, and one of the G.O.P Senators that are in for a tough 6 weeks.

The Dissenter's Hope: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (And What Comes Next)

Giant of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last weekend. The Republican Party is pressing forward with filling her seat only weeks before the election, a reversal from the GOP's 2016 position on nominees during an election year. Between Mitch McConnell, SCOTUS, and the 2020 election, what does this historic moment mean for the future of the country?

A President Without A Country

The conventions have wrapped and election season is in full swing. But from newly released tapes by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward to revelations about the President's views of the military, Donald Trump had a rough week. And we still have 2 months to go.


If its any indication, we're in a for a wild ride toward the most consequential elections of our lifetime.

[Un]Convention Part 2: Panic! At the RNC

Sound the alarms and seal the exits; this is not a test. The 2020 Republican National Convention warns of a desolate wasteland if Democrats take the White House.


But does the message move the needle in this election?

[Un]Convention Part 1: Sleepy Joe is Awake

Democrats made history with the first nominating convention held virtually. What happened at the Democratic National Convention 2020? How well did it go for being a new format? Did Dems send the right message to the right voters? And what does it mean for the election?

Who Owns the Crisis?

As COVID-19 tears through the Sun Belt and the U.S. surpasses 150,000 deaths, the next few months look grim. How did we get here? What was the bet the White House was made on reopening? What can we learn from previous Presidents about what Donald Trump should do next?

And with drowning numbers and less than 100 days before the election, can the President save himself?

Helping Friends and Harming Enemies

An ousted prosecutor. A freed friend. A toothless Congress. Donald Trump has claimed that under Article II of the Constitution, "I can do whatever I want to." Last week, however, the Supreme Court put him on notice. But the expansive power of the Presidency goes back much further than Donald Trump. And the consequences, crucially, go far beyond him.

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