Searching for Bernie (Sanders)
By Alan Mairson
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I’m not much of a Lefty or a progressive. I’ve never considered myself to be a democratic socialist. I tend to be suspicious of large groups of people who assemble under any banner to do virtually anything. Yet I’m excited about Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. And while I plan to vote for Bernie in the Maryland primary, this podcast is NOT intended to evangelize for him. Rather, I’ll be exploring exactly why voters and volunteers are so excited about Bernie’s candidacy — and how his campaign will evolve to meet the huge challenges ahead. Because, in the end, the excitement about Bernie Sanders is about far more than just Bernie Sanders.
||Explicit#29: A Primary Whuppin’ in Maryland||Caleb & I (finally) head to the polls for our Democratic primary.||4/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28: Former DNC Chair Endorses... Bernie?!?||Paul Kirk and the return of the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#27: Noam Chomsky||Exclusive interview with Noam Chomsky||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26: No More Cookies & Kool-Aid||Wendell Gilliard, an African American member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, has little patience for the establishment's "cookies & Kool Aid" politics. He tells us why he endorsed Bernie, and how political power is wielded in his home st||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25: Erika Andiola & The Politics of Immigration||Erika Andiola, the Latino outreach strategist for Bernie's campaign, describes the maze of identity politics, and how she is reaching beyond it.||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24: The Big Choice||Robert Reich distills what's really at stake for Democrats who are struggling to choose: Hillary or Bernie?||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23: The Superdelegate||Chad Nodland, a Democratic superdelegate from North Dakota, talks about the 2016 campaign, Bernie, and the success of socialism in a very red state.||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22: Inequality for All||Jacob Kornbluth, director of "Inequality for All," explains how his documentary came to be, and why it is the movie of this political moment.||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21: One Night in Iowa||Three Democrats who attended the Iowa caucuses describe what happened to them, why the caucus process matters... and what's wrong wth the process, too.||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20: Governor Michael Dukakis: Our Interview||Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis joins us for an extended interview about Bernie, Hillary, and the 2016 campaign.||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19: Will Bunch & “The Bern Identity”||Bernie Sanders doesn't like to tell his own story, so Will Bunch does.||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18: The Many Faces of Hillary Clinton||Elizabeth Warren on Hillary Clinton and the political power of Big Money||1/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17: The Women’s Vote (part 2)||Anna Kelly, a Bernie supporter, takes on her mother, a Hillary loyalist. PLUS: A 91-year-old pundit you've never heard from... until now.||1/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: The Women’s Vote (part 1)||Jenni Siri, one of the co-founders of Women for Bernie Sanders, explains why lots of women have decided to support Bernie rather than Hillary.||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: The Party Decides||Is the Democratic National Committee in the tank for Hillary Clinton?||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: Cult of the Entrepreneur (part 2)||John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur on Fire, gets grilled on the limits of radical individualism.||12/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13: Cult of the Entrepreneur (part 1)||John Lee Dumas and why Big Government should get out of his way||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Bobby Jindal Bashes Immigrants, Then Bows Out||Immigrant bashing & the end of the Jindal campaign||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11: What Do Economists Really Think of Bernie?||Professor Richard Adelstein evaluates Bernie's economic ideas.||11/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Should Bernie Get In Touch With His Feelings?||A professional communications coach evaluates Bernie on the stump||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Why Bernie Won’t Run Negative Ads (or will he?)||The strategic value of refusing to run attack ads.||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Teenage Talking Head||The world of political punditry needs "new leadership" — and I know just the guy for the job.||10/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Cutting Off Debate||Why has the DNC scheduled only six Democratic debates this election cycle?||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Audio Extras, Vol. 1||An audio variety pack. Sort of a Best of Bernie from the web.||10/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Meet Lil’ Bernie||Emily Engel gives the backstory to Lil' Bernie — and shares some insight on why Bernie is connecting so well with millennials.||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Bernie Begins||Sue Prent, a journalist for the Green Mountain Daily, gives some backstory about Bernie's political career in Vermont.||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Road Trip (Rally in Manassas)||In which we #feelthebern in the Virginia countryside.||9/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Name Calling||Socialist! Marxist! Communist! What do those words really mean?||9/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Selling Blue in a Very Red State||How do you campaign for Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, in Wyoming, the most Republican state in the nation?||8/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Zero: Welcome||How and why this podcast came to be.||8/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
interesting & insightful approach
I was looking for something about Bernie that wasn’t too dogmatic. You know, Bernie is the best! Vote for Bernie! I mean, I think those sorts of podcasts are good too. But this one is sort of a softer sell. Mairson obviously likes Bernie, but he’s not all over the top about it. Good info. Fun to listen to.
Searching for Bernie
Maison takes the listener on a lively and engaging journey into the 'Bernie for President' phenomenon. The excitement and sense of possibility among his supporters is palpable.
My favorite episode (so far!), “Name Calling," contains a remarkable interview with David Coates, who parses the ways in which ‘socialist’ does and does not apply to the Sanders message and why it resonates so unexpectedly wellin the wake of Citizens United. Beautifully edited and produced; this is one podcast series I will share widely.
Learning About Bernie
This is a great podcast to learn more info about Bernie Sanders. It's nice to hear personal views from a supporter and to listen to the guests he has on the show. As a female millennial, I really enjoy hearing about the younger generations getting involved. I like that he includes his son in a few episodes since I have a younger brother around that age. Great work!