Whew. Early Democratic debates suggested that Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a sort of friendly rivalry, with Sanders even once famously coming to Clinton’s defense regarding her email scandal. Those days are behind them, as Thursday night’s Democratic debate in New York proved. The former secretary of state was clearly out to shut down her unexpectedly strong opponent, and Sanders is out to prove that his well-attended rallies are no fluke. They were both on the offensive, frequently needing to be corralled by moderators and inciting raucous cheers and jeers from a hyped crowd. The two clashed on huge variety of issues during the evening, including the minimum wage debate and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The two got particularly heated over the subject of big banks. Sanders pressed Clinton on her perceived coziness with Wall Street during the time of the stock market crash, but struggled to articulate concrete examples of Clinton’s policy that favored the banks. Clinton maintained that she had spoken out against the bank’s reckless decisions. Sanders chided her using empty words to condemn them while all the while “receiving huge sums” in speaking fees.
The two also clashed over gun control, an issue Sanders has been seen as soft on. Clinton, in the meantime, was pressed on her and her husband’s ’90s crime bill, which has been accused of contributing to the mass incarceration of black Americans.
In the end, it’s hard to escape the feeling that Clinton won this round. She was well-prepared and articulately drove home what has been her central critique of Sanders for months now: he’s got some good ideas, but can’t back them up. Sanders did good work with his main thesis as well (you know what that is), and portrayed Clinton as opportunistic and compromising to a fault. But he frequently resorted to a mocking, dismissive tone that was not a good look for him.
And both candidates painted in strokes far too broad, frequently resorting to yelling over each other. In an election season where the Democrats have tried to paint themselves as the adults compared to the squabbling GOP candidates, this debate was an overall step backward.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.