October 19, 2020

Bringing Democracy to the People: Amanda Litman and Kat Calvin

This episode features two amazing women doing hugely important things for our democracy. Our first guest is Amanda Litman. Amanda is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, an organization supporting young candidates running in state and local elections. Later in the program, we hear from Kat Calvin, founder and executive director of Spread the Vote, a non-profit dedicated to clearing obstacles that keep poor people from getting the IDs needed to vote.

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Sources for audio clips

US Midterms: Record numbers of women are running for office - France24 English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K_Rcgvkxag
Wave Of Young Candidates To Run For Salinas City Council - KSBW Action News 8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZFKhOxm8zA
US midterms: AFPTV meets first-time candidates - AFP News Agency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX2wOBsnc4k
US midterms: AFPTV meets first-time candidates - AFP News Agency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX2wOBsnc4k
Critics say N.C.'s voter ID law will make it hard for them to vote - CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKRCXQGF_tk
Spread the Vote's Kat Calvin on Voter ID and the Georgia 6th - Nation of Change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4CuI7J4rHc
Amanda Litman Interstitials
Starting Small
Amanda Litman Explains Why She Encourages Anyone Who Wants To Run For Political Office - Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8oHY8VZWcI
Running for Local Office
You should run for political office | Elise Partin | TEDxColumbiaSC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkNsRjtO32s
Anna Eskamani FL
Represenatives Eskamani & Smith Send Letter to Govenor Ron DeSantis Asking for Student Relief - WESH 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFiSX4sxQT4
Young People Underrepresented in Government
A lack of youth representation in our government | Cronkite News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc6bnY5yubo
Motivating Young People to Vote
What can be done to motivate young voters? Students answer -PBS NewsHour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQeF8oFgTvQ
Running for Office is Hard
What It's Like To Run For Office: Flyers, Door Knocking, Missed Milestones - Vice Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srAA5LMMDvs
Kat Calvin Interstitials
SCOTUS Guts Voting Rights Act
High court guts Voting Rights Act - CNN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuvefGaSIA0
Racism in voter suppression laws
How restrictive voting requirements target minorities - PBS NewsHour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO5uTxeY7xc
Gerrymandering explained
Gerrymandering, explained - Washington Post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGLRJ12uqmk
Draw for VA Houseof Delegates
Va. GOP Wins State House Seat After Bowl Drawing - AP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV1l3hy7UZY
Number of people without Voter ID
Voting: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHFOwlMCdto
Criminalizing Poverty
The Criminalization of Poverty: Woman Describes Fines & Arrests After $1.07 Check Bounces - Democracy Now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTm4jzEa1cw&t=8s
KTLA News: "Martin Luther King, Jr. urges people to vote" (1964) - UCLAFilmTVArchive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tRhyqhC_7o

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle