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Swing State

Tom Ashbrook and Heidi Legg

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Swing State

Swing State

Tom Ashbrook and Heidi Legg

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8
Plays
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Heidi Legg and Tom Ashbrook take on the state of the nation in crisis. From Covid-19 to Trump to the culture and economy, America is in a dizzying Swing State. Anything seems possible in 2020. Swing State brings the voices looking into a wildly uncertain American future at an extraordinary moment in time.

Latest Episodes

Heidi Legg and Tom Ashbrook Pivot to Bring You Voices Who May Help at This Extraordinary Moment in Time

4 minMAR 24
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Heidi Legg and Tom Ashbrook Pivot to Bring You Voices Who May Help at This Extraordinary Moment in Time

Swing State Has a Whole New Meaning

Tom Ashbrook and Heidi Legg team up to bring you a new podcast with voices across America in a sudden Swing State of mind. Life and death, a crashing economy, and the way we live has been upended. Our first interview with historian Heather Cox Richardsonwhose dailyLetters From An Americanhas over 500,000 readers each morning, helps us to understand this moment in time and offers us a deep sweeping historical context.Professor of History at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West, and the Plains Indians, Richardson has authored five booksthat each chronicle amajor movement like the one we are living. We hope you will follow us on Twitter @PodStateandon iTunesas we bring you relevant voices that will help us all grasp this new era.

73 minMAR 30
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Swing State Has a Whole New Meaning

We Are Under Siege In America and the Generals Are Our Doctors

We turn to doctors on the frontline in two of our nation’s top medical cities, San Francisco and Boston. Dr. Anita Demas gives it to us straight on how to deal with it when you are sick and Dr. Anna Cervantes-Arslanian, one of five critical care directors running Covid-19 response for the Boston Medical's ICU team, asks us all to stay in for the sake of the health care workers. These doctors took an oath to save lives and by doing so today risking their own. We hear it in their voices as mothers, doctors, generals on the frontline.

47 minAPR 2
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We Are Under Siege In America and the Generals Are Our Doctors

How Will This Change Us? Is There Room for Optimism?

Heidi and Tom head into a freewheeling conversation with MIT Futurist and optimist AndyMcAfee. As co-founder and co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Andy studies how digital technologies are changing the world. Even Andy, sees the gravity of this moment. Heidipushes hard on the big tech companies responsibility to step up, give back, and help lead in this crisis. Tom thinksit’s going to have to be government – reborn, revitalized, and very differently led than right now if we want asuccessful recovery. We dive in on how this moment is reshaping us as a society and economy. It’s all for thevoters todecide, next.

61 minAPR 6
Comments
How Will This Change Us? Is There Room for Optimism?

The Bottleneck to Cash and Test and Trace: How We Restart The Economy with The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson

Where’s the relief money? Derek Thompson of The Atlantic has been writing brilliantly on how Denmark is moving radically at light speed to save its economy - and America is not. He brings ideas on a better way. Plus we dive into his latest reporting on coronavirus "test and trace" solutions from authoritarian China to less invasive versions in Singapore and Germany. But will skeptical Americans buy in? Derek Thompson says we have to mount a real collective effort from states to business to the federal government and launch fast. If we build a Covid-19 surveillance machine, can we dissolve it once we have a vaccine? Listen in.

55 minAPR 9
Comments
The Bottleneck to Cash and Test and Trace: How We Restart The Economy with The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson

How Will We Cope? We Bring In the Therapist

How are we all doing four-weeks in? Tom and Heidi take to the couch with Cambridge psychotherapist Jill Forney to unpack isolation, virtual living, massive uncertainty, job and financial stress and this new normal. How long can this go on? What will tomorrow look like? It’s a mental and physical game of survival and Jill Forney shrinks us through it!

38 minAPR 13
Comments
How Will We Cope? We Bring In the Therapist

November: Will You Get To Vote This November? How? Are We Ready?

Voting rights in America have long been fraught but this 2020 Presidential election risks dramatic turns if people cannot vote. We sit down with journalist Ari Berman who is knee-deep in reporting on voting rights and ballot casting and we arrive at some pretty dramatic and plausible scenarios: Half of voters wanting to vote by mail in states where they need a witness, a printer, a legitimate reason where COVID may not count, a mosh pit of states contesting their elections with the Supreme Court? How nuts could it get? Berman lays out the case for why states must get ready NOW.

51 minAPR 15
Comments
November: Will You Get To Vote This November? How? Are We Ready?

A Massive Game of Stratego - The Spectator’s Dominic Green on the Eurozone, Boris’ Britain, and America and China as Economic Engines

Rich countries, poor counties, China or America: who funds whom, who allies with whom? Are we heading to a Cold War with China or a new multi-polar world? Will the Eurozone survive and with whom will post-Brexit Britain choose to align? Is Europe’s stability vulnerable as Italy and Spain fall under economic stress? Historian and journalist Dominic Green dives deep with us on what happens when it is every nation for themselves.

53 minAPR 17
Comments
A Massive Game of Stratego - The Spectator’s Dominic Green on the Eurozone, Boris’ Britain, and America and China as Economic Engines

The Great Bill McKibben On How We Use This Wild Moment As a Dramatic Reset To Save The Planet

In 1989, at the age of 29, Bill McKibben wroteThe End of Nature,serialized inThe New Yorker. Hit with plague, not to mention draught, floods and swinging temperatures, Bill is with us to look at how we seize this moment to restart how we live and mitigate the next tragedy before it is too late.

45 minAPR 21
Comments
The Great Bill McKibben On How We Use This Wild Moment As a Dramatic Reset To Save The Planet

Are Universities Screwed? Will We Reinvent Higher Ed and The American Dream in Coronavirus Time?

When, how and will college students get back on campus? University of California Professor Christopher Newfield wrote The Great Mistakein 2016 on how we wrecked public universitiesand failed the middle class. Now COVID-19 has knocked schools flat. He callsfor refunding and rebuilding public higher ed at the end of neoliberalism.Talkaboutprescient. We are also joined by Kent Syverud, Chancellor of private Syracuse University. Both say we need a Marshall Plan - and fast - to help American higher ed rise again. With pandemic, dramatic unemployment and a stone cold economy, how do we revive the American university? Time to get creative!

50 minAPR 27
Comments
Are Universities Screwed? Will We Reinvent Higher Ed and The American Dream in Coronavirus Time?

Latest Episodes

Heidi Legg and Tom Ashbrook Pivot to Bring You Voices Who May Help at This Extraordinary Moment in Time

4 minMAR 24
Comments
Heidi Legg and Tom Ashbrook Pivot to Bring You Voices Who May Help at This Extraordinary Moment in Time

Swing State Has a Whole New Meaning

Tom Ashbrook and Heidi Legg team up to bring you a new podcast with voices across America in a sudden Swing State of mind. Life and death, a crashing economy, and the way we live has been upended. Our first interview with historian Heather Cox Richardsonwhose dailyLetters From An Americanhas over 500,000 readers each morning, helps us to understand this moment in time and offers us a deep sweeping historical context.Professor of History at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West, and the Plains Indians, Richardson has authored five booksthat each chronicle amajor movement like the one we are living. We hope you will follow us on Twitter @PodStateandon iTunesas we bring you relevant voices that will help us all grasp this new era.

73 minMAR 30
Comments
Swing State Has a Whole New Meaning

We Are Under Siege In America and the Generals Are Our Doctors

We turn to doctors on the frontline in two of our nation’s top medical cities, San Francisco and Boston. Dr. Anita Demas gives it to us straight on how to deal with it when you are sick and Dr. Anna Cervantes-Arslanian, one of five critical care directors running Covid-19 response for the Boston Medical's ICU team, asks us all to stay in for the sake of the health care workers. These doctors took an oath to save lives and by doing so today risking their own. We hear it in their voices as mothers, doctors, generals on the frontline.

47 minAPR 2
Comments
We Are Under Siege In America and the Generals Are Our Doctors

How Will This Change Us? Is There Room for Optimism?

Heidi and Tom head into a freewheeling conversation with MIT Futurist and optimist AndyMcAfee. As co-founder and co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Andy studies how digital technologies are changing the world. Even Andy, sees the gravity of this moment. Heidipushes hard on the big tech companies responsibility to step up, give back, and help lead in this crisis. Tom thinksit’s going to have to be government – reborn, revitalized, and very differently led than right now if we want asuccessful recovery. We dive in on how this moment is reshaping us as a society and economy. It’s all for thevoters todecide, next.

61 minAPR 6
Comments
How Will This Change Us? Is There Room for Optimism?

The Bottleneck to Cash and Test and Trace: How We Restart The Economy with The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson

Where’s the relief money? Derek Thompson of The Atlantic has been writing brilliantly on how Denmark is moving radically at light speed to save its economy - and America is not. He brings ideas on a better way. Plus we dive into his latest reporting on coronavirus "test and trace" solutions from authoritarian China to less invasive versions in Singapore and Germany. But will skeptical Americans buy in? Derek Thompson says we have to mount a real collective effort from states to business to the federal government and launch fast. If we build a Covid-19 surveillance machine, can we dissolve it once we have a vaccine? Listen in.

55 minAPR 9
Comments
The Bottleneck to Cash and Test and Trace: How We Restart The Economy with The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson

How Will We Cope? We Bring In the Therapist

How are we all doing four-weeks in? Tom and Heidi take to the couch with Cambridge psychotherapist Jill Forney to unpack isolation, virtual living, massive uncertainty, job and financial stress and this new normal. How long can this go on? What will tomorrow look like? It’s a mental and physical game of survival and Jill Forney shrinks us through it!

38 minAPR 13
Comments
How Will We Cope? We Bring In the Therapist

November: Will You Get To Vote This November? How? Are We Ready?

Voting rights in America have long been fraught but this 2020 Presidential election risks dramatic turns if people cannot vote. We sit down with journalist Ari Berman who is knee-deep in reporting on voting rights and ballot casting and we arrive at some pretty dramatic and plausible scenarios: Half of voters wanting to vote by mail in states where they need a witness, a printer, a legitimate reason where COVID may not count, a mosh pit of states contesting their elections with the Supreme Court? How nuts could it get? Berman lays out the case for why states must get ready NOW.

51 minAPR 15
Comments
November: Will You Get To Vote This November? How? Are We Ready?

A Massive Game of Stratego - The Spectator’s Dominic Green on the Eurozone, Boris’ Britain, and America and China as Economic Engines

Rich countries, poor counties, China or America: who funds whom, who allies with whom? Are we heading to a Cold War with China or a new multi-polar world? Will the Eurozone survive and with whom will post-Brexit Britain choose to align? Is Europe’s stability vulnerable as Italy and Spain fall under economic stress? Historian and journalist Dominic Green dives deep with us on what happens when it is every nation for themselves.

53 minAPR 17
Comments
A Massive Game of Stratego - The Spectator’s Dominic Green on the Eurozone, Boris’ Britain, and America and China as Economic Engines

The Great Bill McKibben On How We Use This Wild Moment As a Dramatic Reset To Save The Planet

In 1989, at the age of 29, Bill McKibben wroteThe End of Nature,serialized inThe New Yorker. Hit with plague, not to mention draught, floods and swinging temperatures, Bill is with us to look at how we seize this moment to restart how we live and mitigate the next tragedy before it is too late.

45 minAPR 21
Comments
The Great Bill McKibben On How We Use This Wild Moment As a Dramatic Reset To Save The Planet

Are Universities Screwed? Will We Reinvent Higher Ed and The American Dream in Coronavirus Time?

When, how and will college students get back on campus? University of California Professor Christopher Newfield wrote The Great Mistakein 2016 on how we wrecked public universitiesand failed the middle class. Now COVID-19 has knocked schools flat. He callsfor refunding and rebuilding public higher ed at the end of neoliberalism.Talkaboutprescient. We are also joined by Kent Syverud, Chancellor of private Syracuse University. Both say we need a Marshall Plan - and fast - to help American higher ed rise again. With pandemic, dramatic unemployment and a stone cold economy, how do we revive the American university? Time to get creative!

50 minAPR 27
Comments
Are Universities Screwed? Will We Reinvent Higher Ed and The American Dream in Coronavirus Time?
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