Meet Evan McMullin. Former CIA spy, former Goldman Sachs employee, former policy director for the GOP House Conference, former Mormon missionary and, as of today, candidate for the presidency. McMullin has never held public office before, but he’s probably hoping conservative distaste for pumpkin king Donald Trump will make up for his lack of experience. And it’s true, according to his website, McMullin’s stated policies do check off a lot of conservative boxes. Unfortunately, his stated policies say nothing about America’s current racial tensions. He doesn’t even have any people of color on his website.
Not that there aren’t opportunities! McMullin’s “Issues” page is full of red-blooded stock photo art, with (white) veterans, (white) children and (white) engineers. He promises to never “compromise” on the Second Amendment, “expand domestic energy production across the board,” “dismantle” Obamacare and “secure our borders.” This is pretty standard Republican fare, which is more than Trump can say for what passes for his own proposed policies. But if McMullin is looking to meaningfully distance himself from Trump’s nativism and racism, he is off to a shaky start.
To be fair, McMullin has stood up for Muslims meaningfully on social media, and his time spent working in refugee resettlement programs in Jordan would suggest a compassionate spirit towards the sort of people Trump (and, let’s be honest, Hillary Clinton) have historically wanted to either wall out of America or just bomb to death.
To be doubly fair, McMullin’s campaign is almost certainly not intended to be a winning one. By giving principled conservatives a conscience-soothing option on the ticket, Trump’s near-certain defeat just grows that much more devastating and puts some red states back in play (that’s assuming McMullin can still get on the ticket — the filing deadline has passed in 26 states). As Chicago Tribute writer Rex Huppke puts it. “the goal here by #NeverTrump folks is not to win. It’s to make sure Trump is not just beaten, but mercilessly beaten.”
That’s a solid goal. Just seems like it wouldn’t have killed him to acknowledge that America has more than just white people on his website.
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.