Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst, commentator, speaker, and writer.
How are people who've worked their hearts out in this election feeling as we head into the final hours? In this episode, Hillary finds out with her special co-host, actor and advocate America Ferrera. They ask seven guests how they’re spending the day, how they’re trying (and maybe failing) to keep calm, and most importantly, why they’re making sure to vote. They speak with 17-year-old poll worker and student activist Mallory Rogers, first-time voter Justin Blackman, actor Kal Penn, organizer Emily Ruiz, candidate Brandon Thomas, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, and bestselling author Glennon Doyle.  America Ferrera is a producer, director, award-winning actor, and political activist. She has long worked to increase Latinx voter turnout as a spokesperson for Voto Latino and launched She Se Puede with a coalition of Latina activists in September 2020. Mallory Rogers is a 17-year-old student activist and senior at Rome High School in Rome, Georgia. Mallory is serving as a poll worker this election. Justin Blackman is an 18-year-old based in North Carolina who is voting for the first time in a presidential election. When he was 16, he garnered national attention for tweeting a video of himself after realizing he was the only student at his school to participate in the 2018 national school walkout against gun violence. Kal Penn is an actor, comedian, and activist. He’s known for his roles in the cult-classic comedy trilogy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and on the TV show House. He’s also been involved in politics as President Obama’s former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Kal recently encouraged people to get out and vote through the Freeform show Kal Penn Approves This Message.   Emmy Ruiz is a community organizer and political consultant who first got involved in politics as a field organizer in Nevada for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. She is currently a partner at NEWCO Strategies, a strategic political consulting firm with offices in Austin, Texas, and Washington, DC.  Brandon Thomas is a candidate for the seat representing District 49 in the Tennessee State House of Representatives. If elected, he will be the first openly gay member of the Tennessee General Assembly and the first Black representative for his county. Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst, writer, TV host, and activist who served as the director of progressive media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She wrote The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide, and serves as the host of the new Peacock series, Zerlina, and the radio show, Signal Boost, for SiriusXM.  Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed, which has sold over one million copies. She is also the author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior. Glennon is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy. She lives in Florida with her wife, World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach, and three children. You can find a full transcript here.
After working on two presidential campaigns (for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton), MSNBC political analyst and SiriusXM host Zerlina Maxwell gained first-hand knowledge of everything liberals have been doing right over the past few elections–and everything they are still doing wrong. Ultimately, these errors worked in President Donald Trump’s favor in 2016; he effectively ran a campaign on white identity politics, successfully tapping into white male angst and resistance. In 2020, after the Democratic Party’s most historically diverse pool of presidential candidates finally dwindled down to Joe Biden, once again an older white man, Maxwell has posed the ultimate question: what now, liberals?Fueled by Maxwell’s trademark wit and candor, The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide (Hachette, 2020) dismantles the past and present problems of the Left, challenging everyone from scrappy, young “Bernie Bros” to seasoned power players in the “Billionaire Boys’ Club.” No topic is taboo; whether tackling the white privilege that enabled Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential run, the controversial #HashtagActivism of the Millennial generation, the massive individual donations that sway politicians toward maintaining the status quo of income inequality, or the lingering racism that debilitated some Democratic presidential contenders and cut their promising campaigns short, Maxwell pulls no punches in her fierce critique. However, underlying all of these individual issues, Maxwell argues that it’s the “liberal-minded” party’s struggle to engage women and communities of color–and its preoccupation with catering to the white, male working class–that threatens to be its most lethal shortfall.The times–and the demographics-are changing, and in order for progressive politics to prevail, we must acknowledge our shortcomings, take ownership of our flaws, and do everything in our power to level the playing field for all Americans. The End of White Politics shows exactly how and why progressives can lean into identity politics, empowering marginalized groups, and uniting under a common vision that will benefit us all.Dr. Christina Gessler’s background is in anthropology, women’s history, and literature. In seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary, Gessler writes the histories of largely unknown women, poems about small relatable moments, and takes many, many photos in nature. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On The Gist, Mike went to Politicon this past weekend and moderated the panel What Now Democrats, featuring James Carville, Joe Lockhart, Zerlina Maxwell, Kyle Kulinski and Jess McIntosh. They debate the future of the party, what kinds of issues will matter in 2020, and what they should stop fighting over. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Birthdate
Nov 16th, 1981
Location
New York, New York, United States of America
Episode Count
5
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
4 hours, 21 minutes
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