Model Majority Podcast
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A podcast about politics, culture, and life through the eyes of two Asian-American grassroots organizers, Tony Nagatani and Kevin Xu--former blue-collar workers of presidential campaigns (aka Field Organizers), former inside-the-beltway staffers, news junkies, writers, editors, entrepreneurs.
||Explicit035: Know the Law||Nancy Leong, law professor at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, does a deep dive on hot topics like Affirmative Action, First Amendment, DACA, and gender separation in sports! Tony and Kevin also do a quick update and call to action on stoppin..||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMidweek #Hottakes 002: “AAPI Population Growth, Medicare For All, Daniel Dae Kim in Hellboy”||Tony and Kevin share hotier and takier Midweek #hottakes on AAPIs’ rapid population growth, Medicare for all, and Daniel Dae Kim’s new role in the upcoming movie “Hellboy.” Subscribe: Apple Podcast | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn Editori||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit034: Fact-Checking North Korean Poetry||Michelle Lee, Fact Checker Extraordinaire at the Washington Post joins the pod to talk about how to fact check Donald Trump, her experience reporting in Maricopa County on Sheriff Joe Arpaio, online bullying of an female Asian-American reporter,||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMidweek #Hottakes 001: “Schulosi, Hurricanes, DACA, DPRK Nukes”||Tony and Kevin launch the Model Majority Midweek Hottakes to give their POVs on Schumer-Pelosi deal with Trump, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump/Sessions rescinding DACA, and Kim Jung-Un’s latest nuclear weapon test.||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit033: 700,000 Bosses||Andy Kim, candidate for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district and former Director of Iraq Policy at the National Security Council, joins the podcast to talk about his career in public service, campaign for Congress,||9/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit032: The Taco Accords||Vikrum Aiyer former Chief of Staff at the US Patent & Trademark Office, and current Head of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at Postmates joins the pod to talk about his new podcast “American Enough.” We also talk automation,||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit031: Bannon Schadenfreude Orgasm||Vicki Tung, Director of Public Affairs at Texas Instrument, 40 under 40s by Silicon Valley Business Journal, and former Associate Director of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs at Department of Commerce,||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit030: “Asians are the loneliest Americans”||Dr. Meena Seshamani, former director of the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, shares her knowledge on the current state of healthcare and what policymakers should do to make things better.||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit029: Don’t Forget Vincent Chin||Frank Wu, Distinguished Professor at UC Hastings, author of “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White,” and prolific writer and blogger on civil rights and Asian-American-related issues, talk to us about the importance of the Vincent Chin case,||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit028: Credit Where Credit is Due||Alissa Ko, former Senior Associate Director at the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Office of Public Affairs, joins the podcast to share her amazing career story in public service (as well as her love for sushi and soup dumplings).||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit027: Catching Up On Life||Tony and Kevin do a catch up episode on the news and going-ons of life. It’s been too long! Subscribe: Apple Podcast | Stitcher | Google Play Episode Links: Fake News pitch to Rachel Maddow Ajito–one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Bay Ar||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit026: Zig, When Others Zag||Richard Lui, news anchor of NBC News and MSNBC, shares his amazing life story, career, and thoughts on journalism and the fourth estate. Subscribe: Apple Podcast | Stitcher | Google Play Episode Links: One of 50 Sexy People in TV — Richard Lui Edi||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit025: Greatest Hits v.1||Re-introducing some of our favorite interview segments from the past 24 episodes, this episode is a mash-up of our “greatest hits” from five amazing guests: Jennifer 8 Lee, Punya Krishnappa, Ronnie Cho, Kiran Ahuja, and Chris Lu. Enjoy!||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit024: Voter Fraud (ahem Suppression) Panel||Kathy Ko Chin, the President and CEO of Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, joins the podcast to talk about the current healthcare debate, especially as it pertains to the Asian-American & Pacific Islanders community.||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit023: A Bittersweet Victory||Simon Tam of The Slants joins the podcast to talk about life story, music, and of course their victory at the Supreme Court that allows them to trademark their band’s name. We also talk about the highlights (really lowlights) of the latest healthcare r.||6/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit022: “It’s not a hand-out, it’s a hand-up!”||Leah Cowan, Director of Mobilization for Common Sense Kids Action and a field campaign veteran, joins the podcast this week to talk about her incredible rise in the world of campaign politics and share her passion fighting for better parental leaves fo...||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit021: Lordy, I hope there are tapes||Chris Lu, former Deputy Secretary of Labor and Cabinet Secretary in the Obama White House, joins the podcast to talk about important issues of disparity within the Asian-American and Pacific Islanders community (and how the Trump administration policie..||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit020: Make Our Planet Great Again||Taking a break from guest interviews this week to talk about Paris, Hillary at Recode, CA34 special election, Asian cooking, and of course…covfefe! Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play Episode Links: Leaving Paris Accord will not bring back coal||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit019: “We gotta be actively engaged!”||Gary Locke, former Governor of Washington, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and U.S. Ambassador to China, joins the podcast to cap off our final episode of Asian-American & Pacific Islanders Heritage Month and shares stories from his incredible journey in p...||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit018: It’s Mueller Time||Parita Shah, former Chief of Staff of the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the Obama administration and former VP at APCO Worldwide, a global public relations consulting firm, joins the podcast for our 3rd episode to celebrate Asian-American Heritag...||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit017: Priming the (Watergate) Pump||Kiran Ahuja, former Executive Director of the White House Asian-American & Pacific Islanders Initiative, joins the podcast for our second installment of AAPI Heritage month to share her inspiring story growing up in the Deep South to becoming one of th...||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit016: Asian-American Heritage Month Ruined by Trumpcare||Ro Khanna, Congressman of CA-17, joins the podcast to kick off this year’s May Asian-American & Pacific Islanders Heritage Month with his inspirational story in public service (and also shares some great restaurant recommendations in Fremont, CA).||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit015: Trump Cuts Taxes…for Trump||Omar Khan, former Obama administration official at the Office of U.S. Trade Representative and campaign manager for former Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, joins the podcast to discuss what it was like to manage a state-wide campaign in Florida as an Asi..||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit014: “Live” from Mar-a-Lago||Jason Tengco, former Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, former Director of AAPI Outreach for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign, and current Executive Director of the National Federation of Fil||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013: Almost a Twitter War||Frank Aum, former Special Advisor on North Korea at the Department of Defense under President Obama and current Visiting Scholar at the US-Korea Institute at School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University,||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit012: Just Show Up!||Ronnie Cho, candidate for NY City Council District 2, Head of Public Affairs at MTV, and long time Obama campaign and White House staffer joins the podcast to talk about his experience in politics. One simple advice from Ronnie to AAPIs who are on the ...||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit011: “Get Out” Comrade Putin!||Tony and Kevin take Trump to task on his continuous Twitter gaslighting to defend Comrade Putin, and remind people not to forget some big news items ahead: China, the border wall, and possible government shutdown. We also discuss “Get Out” the movie,||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit010: Trumpcare Dies (For Now)||What do Disney FastPass and budget reconciliation have in common, and why we should care in the aftermath of the Trumpcare debacle? Find out from this episode! Also, we highlight two congressional districts where the Asian-American vote can make a deci..||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit009: When North Carolina Turned Blue||Jesse Moore, former VP at Rock The Vote and speechwriter and associate director of public engagement in the Obama White House, joins us to talk about youth engagement. We also reminisce about our times together working on the 2008 Obama campaign in Cha...||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit008: Get Tiny Trumpcare Hands Off My Healthcare||Santiago Martinez, Senior Vice President of Data & Analytics at 270 Strategies, talks campaign data with Tony and Kevin, especially as it pertains to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders community, as we look ahead to the 2018 mid-term elections.||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit007: Don’t Insult Campaign Volunteers||Punya Krishnappa, Affordable Care Act Deputy Campaign Manager at Organizing for America, joins the podcast to talk about her journey in electoral politics as an Indian-American growing up in Illinois. We also take Trump White House Deputy Spokeswoman,||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006: “Man Date” on Oscar Sunday||Jennifer 8. Lee joins us for a “Man Date” over Skype to share her experience and insight on filmmaking on this Oscar Sunday. We also avoid Trump’s Twitter gaslighting of his war with the media, by shining a light on the DHS memos that outlined the n||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit005: 75th Anniversary of the Internment of Japanese Americans with Dr. Franklin Odo||Dr. Franklin Odo, John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College and the first Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, reflects on the 75th Anniversary of the Internment of ...||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit[BONUS] 004.5: Usher–Worst Early Vote Surrogate Ever!||In this bonus episode, Kevin calls out Usher for being the worst early vote surrogate ever during the 2008 campaign. We also share our first voting stories. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play Editorial Disclaimer: The content of this episode h||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit004: (Un)Happy Birthday Lincoln… What Would Jeff Sessions (Un)Do for Voting Rights; Campaign War Stories||We wish Lincoln a Happy Birthday, though we doubt he’d be happy with what’s going on in America right now. We discuss why Jeff Sessions’s confirmation as Attorney General would be, among many other things, bad for voting rights.||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit003: Leave the “Governator” Alone! Best & Worst Campaign Chinese Takeout Experience||Tony and Kevin psychoanalyze Trump as he continues to Twitter-troll Arnold Schwarzenegger about his Apprentice ratings. We also share some practical and effective grassroots activism tips to influence your representatives,||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit002: “Voter Fraud”…What?; Growing up “Asian” in America||We apply our previous field organizing experiences to deconstruct Trump’s alleged “voter fraud” investigation in “This Week’s Trump Tweets” #twtt. We also launch a mini-series called Growing up “Asian” in America,||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit001: AAPI Makes No Sense||In this official first episode, we introduce our weekly segment, “This Week’s Trump Tweets” #twtt. We also chat about why the AAPI racial category makes no sense, each ethnicities home country politics, and why you should care about these nuances,||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit000: What’s this Podcast?||In this inaugural episode of the Model Majority Podcast, we talk about the reasons why we started this podcast, the pillars and principles that underpin this project, and brief introductions of our own stories.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This is the funniest and most insightful podcast I have ever had a privilege to listen to. Whether you want to simply have fun or expand your world view, this is a must. Great work Tony and Kevin. Keep it up!
Straight shooters Great show!
This is a great podcast! These guys understand the current situations of the AAPI minorities well, but also understand the limitation of their understanding to the issues they are discussing. I really appreciate their candid and self-reflective approach to such discussion and their genuineness throughout the podcast!
Really impressed by these insights from Kevin and Tony. Listen if you're interested in gaining a deeper understanding of moderrn American culture and politics. Looking forward to the next episode!