Want to know where things get done in politics these days? Look at the states. In this new podcast with Maryland Delegate Vaughn Stewart (D-19), we start with the role of a state delegate in the functioning of government, and continue to how he's able to implement a seemingly national progressive agenda at the state level. We end off on what Stewart thinks the Democrats are doing wrong and how it can be fixed, and what two bouts with cancer taught him. This makes for a really good episode!
Vaughn Stewart is one of three state Delegates from Maryland's 19th district. He was formally an associate at the law firm WilmerHale, Policy Director for Rep. Jamie Raskin's 2016 congressional campaign, and a graduate of NYU Law School.
Favorite Podcast: "S-Town"
Most Insightful person to follow on Social Media: Prof. Mark Paul -- @MarkVinPaul
Book(s) that have most shaped his thinking: "The Grapes of Wrath"--John Steinbeck & "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate"--Naomi Klein
What is it like being thrust into the national spotlight at 17? What is the state of the gun control debate? How can progress be made on this issue?
I ask all these highly relevant questions to Cameron Kasky, one of the founding members of March for Our Lives. What makes this interview special and different from some of the others, is Kasky's teenage authenticity when talking about the challenges that he felt leading March for Our Lives (MFOL), and simply what being a teenager thrown in the national spotlight while in shock is like. At the same time, Kasky talks about becoming far more interested in starting conversations that could heal the American social fabric, not on his fellow activist's pithy slogans (he eventually split from MFOL). The conversation is one that is both fascinating and fun.
Cameron Kasky is a co-founder of March for Our Lives, a teen-led gun violence prevention organization, and currently a mental health advocate and activist for other movements (Kasky has split from MFOL). He is a member of the Columbia University class of 2023.
Favorite Podcast: "The Joe Rogan Experience"
Most insightful people to follow on social media: The Krassenstein Brothers
Books that have most shaped your thinking: "The Toy Collector" - James Gunn and "Devil in the White City" - Erik Larson
70 plus years in, Israel remains in conflict with the majority of its Arab neighbors. Why? In the long term, can Arabs -- whether they be Palestinians, Saudis, or Emirates -- make a long-term peace with Israel that accepts Israel back into its original neighborhood, as the original Zionist thinkers wanted? How does Bibi Netanyahu's worldview shape Israel's future with the Palestinians, American Jews, and even Asia?
In this week's episode, Dr. Einat Wilf and I discuss delve into this question and many more, including the future of the US-Israel relationship, and what serving in the Knesset is like.
Dr. Einat Wilf was a member of the Israeli Knesset from 2010 to 2013, first in the Labor Party and then the (now-defunct) Independence Party, and served on the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Before that, she was the Foreign Policy advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, where Wilf assisted in the 2007-08 negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Wilf is the author of "Winning the War of Words, and is co-author of the forthcoming "The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace."
Most insightful person to follow on Social Media: Shimrit Meir
Book that has most shaped their thinking: Aba Eban's books
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