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Trump may be gone but American politics is still in crisis. The Lincoln Project has sparked a nationwide movement to restore our democracy. This podcast is hosted by co-founder Reed Galen and he is regularly joined by our political experts and guests that helped defeat Trump and continue the mission to stamp out Trumpism and the seditionists who backed him. The podcast discusses today’s political challenges, our vision for the future and how all Americans can be part of our pro-democracy movement.
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Barbara McQuade (Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and Former U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan) to discuss the nefarious intent of disinformation campaigns, how its use has been exponentially increasing over the past decade, and why it poses such a threat to our nation’s  democracy. Plus, why education can be one of the most powerful tools to combat disinformation. For more on this, be sure to check out Barbara McQuade’s latest book, Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Author, Filmmaker and Activist, Bill Carter where they discuss the soon-to-be released documentary, Kiss the Future. The film explores the perils of nationalism and art’s role as a weapon of resistance and activism through the lens of the 1990s Siege of Sarajevo and how American aid worker Bill Carter forged an unlikely relationship with the band U2 to raise global awareness to the conflict. Plus, the parallels between the climate surrounding the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s and the climate of nationalism the world is experiencing today. Kiss the Future will soon be streaming on Paramount Plus…for more details on the film and Bill Carter’s book that inspired the film (“Fools Rush In”), check out BillCarter.cc. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Imran Ahmed, the Founder and CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). They discuss CCDH’s latest legal victory against Elon Musk and Twitter, why our democracy’s stability is threatened by unregulated social media platforms and accompanying disinformation, and why balancing innovation with safety and prosperity is crucial for the future of technology and society. For more on this, be sure to check out the work of Imran Ahmed and CCDH…especially their Parent’s Guide and recent PSA discussed in this episode. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Daniel Barkhuff, Former Navy SEAL and Founder of Veterans for Responsible Leadership to discuss the continual disrespect Donald Trump shows our nation’s military, why a notable percentage of veterans have fallen prey to the disinformation of Trumpism, and why the far-right’s warped views on masculinity so easily result in the spread of extremism. For more on these topics be sure to check out the Against All Enemies documentary and follow Daniel Barkhuff’s work with Veterans for Responsible Leadership. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Ken Harbaugh, former Navy pilot and executive producer of the new documentary, Against All Enemies. They discuss the rise of violent extremism in the military and its connection to political movements, the appeal of extremist organizations to veterans and the responsibility of society to provide alternate pathways for veterans transitioning to civilian life, and the influence of political figures like Donald Trump on the growth of extremist movements. For more from Ken Harbaugh, check out the podcasts, Burn the Boats and Warriors In Their Own Words. To learn more about and find the best way to view the Against All Enemies documentary, visit AgainstAllEnemiesFilm.com. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by author, journalist, and political analyst, David Masciotra. They discuss the rise of exurbia as a haven for those seeking to escape progressive culture and diversity along with as a breeding ground for the radical right-wing insurgency. Plus how the collapse of community and local media prevalent in exurban areas goes hand-in-hand with the erosion of our nation’s democracy. For more on these topics, be sure to pick up David Masciotra’s new book, Exurbia Now: The Battleground of American Democracy, available wherever fine books are sold. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Authors/Journalists Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman, Co-Authors of, White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy. They discuss the anger and disconnect felt by white Americans in rural areas, the political tragedy of rural America, and why a comprehensive rural movement is needed to bring political competition and accountability back to rural America. Plus, our nation’s fascination with pickup trucks. Be sure to pick up White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy wherever fine books are sold. For more from Paul Waldman, check out The Cross Section and Boundary Issues. For more from Tom Schaller, follow him on social media. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Assistant Professor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. They discuss the use of the term 'fascism' in the current political climate and the historical comparisons often cited, what sort of fascism has occurred in America, and whether or not Donald Trump should be considered a fascist? Plus, why democracy is so fragile and requires regular maintenance to prevent the rise of authoritarianism. If you’d like to hear more from Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, be sure to check out, Did It Happen Here? Perspectives on Fascism and America, available wherever fine books are sold. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Author Arthur Goldwag to discuss the persistence of paranoia in American history and its influence on politics and society (both past and present). Plus, they examine the current political climate and the need to reach out to Trump supporters (especially through the lens of community). For more from Arthur Goldwag, be sure to pick up his latest book The Politics of Fear: The Peculiar Persistence of American Paranoia wherever fine books are sold and find his other work at ArthurGoldwag.com. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Author/Journalist, Podcaster, and Tech Industry Expert Kara Swisher. They discuss the philosophy and impact of the tech industry, the tech industry’s messianic tendencies and the cult-like followings they often attract, tech’s lack of accountability, and the parallels between the tech industry and the Far-Right/Trump. Plus, what to expect in the area of artificial intelligence. For more from Kara Swisher be sure to pick up her latest book, Burn Book: A Tech Love Story and listen to her podcasts, On with Kara Swisher and Pivot. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Journalist, Author, and Senior Advisor at the Brennan Center for Justice, Barton Gellman. They discuss Barton’s recent pivot from journalism to joining the fight for our democracy, the dangerous threat our nation’s institutions face if an authoritarian wins the presidency, and why a significant segment of Americans feel such a strong sense of dissatisfaction even though their quality of life has generally stayed the same. If you’d like to keep up with Barton Gellman, check out BartonGellman.com. To follow the work of the Brenna Center for Justice, visit BrennanCenter.org. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen discusses Donald Trump's latest mockery of Biden's strong State of the Union address and how his bullying behavior demonstrates a complete lack of decency and leadership. This latest display from Trump crystalizes the fact that the 2024 presidential election will at its very core be about values. For more from Reed Galen, subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Ron Insana (Senior Analyst and Commentator at CNBC) to discuss the current state of the American economy, how technology and cultural advancement will influence our nation’s future economy/workforce, and the importance of historical memory. Plus, are we entering a new historical epoch? For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Trygve Olson to discuss nuances of what Nikki Haley's role in 2024 should mean for the pro-democracy movement, why the media is in many way guilty of playing the game they know (rather than the game they are in), and the global implications that arise when American democracy is questioned. Plus, a call to action for all Americans who value democracy. Here is Former Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on Donald Trump as discussed in this episode. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by journalist and author Jacob Heilbrunn to discuss why the right is so enthralled with authoritarianism and foreign dictators, the evolution of our nation’s culture war (including the role of history and the media), and what the future could look like if Donald Trump’s vision for America comes to fruition.  If you’d like to hear more from Jacob Heilbrunn, be sure to pick up his latest book, America Last: The Right's Century-Long Romance with Foreign Dictators. For more from Reed Galen, subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to give their reactions to the South Carolina GOP primary, discuss why the Trump campaign is moving in the wrong direction, and lay out why the RNC is now completely infested with MAGA. Plus...a lesson in history. To hear more from Rick Wilson, be sure to check out his Substack, listen to The Enemies List, and check out his books, Running Against the Devil & Everything Trump Touches Dies. For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Reed Galen is joined by Devon Murphy-Anderson and Alex Berrios, the Co-Founders of Mi Vecino, the first year-round, boots-on-the-ground voting rights organization in Florida that’s on a mission to register, educate, and empower Hispanic, multicultural, and first-time voters who’ve been historically and systemically marginalized, silenced, or ignored. They discuss Mi Vecino's recent pivot to working on the Reproductive Freedom Ballot Initiative in Florida, the importance of year-round organizing and engaging voters (especially Latino voters) through face-to-face conversations, and why it's so important to frame the abortion issue as a matter of freedom. Plus, Ron DeSantis is terrible for Florida. If you'd like to learn more about the work of Mi Vecino, be sure to check out MiVecinoFlorida.com. For more from Reed Galen, subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the fourth and final episode of “The Threat of White Christian Nationalism”, host Reed Galen is joined by investigative journalist and author Sarah Posner. They discuss the historical roots of the Christian right (including the opposition to desegregation and the rise of the prosperity gospel), what MAGA learns from Christian nationalism’s spiritual warfare and charismatic worship practices, and what a possible Trump victory (or loss) would mean for the movement of white Christian nationalism. If you’d like to hear more from Sarah Posner, be sure to pick up her latest book, Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump. For more from Reed Galen, subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the third episode of “The Threat of White Christian Nationalism”, host Reed Galen is joined by investigative journalist and author Katherine Stewart. They discuss how the white Christian nationalist movement is driven by a cohort of leaders and organizations that form a deep organizational network, how the attack on public education is part of a larger project to destroy democratic institutions, and what members of the pro-democracy movement can do to fight against the advancement of white Christian nationalism. If you’d like to hear more from Katherine Stewart, be sure to pick up her latest book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, and find the documentary, God & Country, at a theater near you. For more from Reed Galen, subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the second episode of “The Threat of White Christian Nationalism”, host Reed Galen is joined by journalist and bestselling author Tim Alberta. They discuss the societal perceptions of American evangelicals and the flaws/fallacies within their movement, why bad history plus bad theology equals the perfect formula for christian nationalism, and why Trumpism resonates so strongly with Americans who want theology to fit their politics…rather than the other way around. If you’d like to hear more from Tim Alberta, be sure to check out his work for The Atlantic and pick up his latest book, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism. For more from Reed Galen, subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Pele Googled

aquarius 1an is aaq. ⁷ķķķ

Nov 28th
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Sam Hashemi

All you people at LP are super dumb and extremely nasty ! Shame on you for spreading fake news

May 14th
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JET MEERKAT

The Republican Party are all about a single-minded, intensely focused mission to "deliver the goods" for their supporters, irrespective of whatever has to be done & without any regard to rules or the constraints of a moral code. The Democratic Party are weak, spineless, flaccid & shackled to "acceptable norms" & "doing the right thing". The struggle for the future of the USA is a distressingly uneven battle!

Dec 29th
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Silvia Lang-Griffes

5 STARS + 🙏

Dec 24th
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Pam Corbishley

Thank you! Why hasn't anyone else been asking questions about the secret service!?

Oct 14th
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Michele Molina

It satisfies me so much to hear the CNN thing. It literally ran in our house for 8-10 hours a day and sometimes all night if my husband didn't turn off the TV. Now that I've banned it, they'll have to find multiple viewers to cover that time span. Good, because I'm sick of listening to Mick "the pocket-holder" Mulvaney justify being a traitor, and I'm pissed about Brian Stelter being fired. So, MSNBC and the BBC get our business now.

Aug 27th
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AH

Can we stop with the overuse of the word "unprecedented"?

Aug 12th
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AH

Great discussion.

Jun 22nd
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Anh Pham

can we please have more episodes like this?

Jun 4th
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Gerry Massey

great podcast.

Apr 17th
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Julie Grey

excellent! Thank you, I'm signed up!

Jan 15th
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Lindsey Helfrey Scott

Steve making me cry .. 'One of the depressing realizations that I've come to realize is maybe we shouldn't be surprised by cowardice. We should only be surprised by courage.'

Dec 19th
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Leslie Pascaud

Agree with so much of your analysis. But Rick, not on board with the POV that we should be gerrymandering in NY because Republicans are doing it everywhere else. Gerrymandering is anti democratic. There’s got to be another way!

Dec 12th
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Richard Thornton

Very Good! Bravo Sebastian Junger!

Sep 25th
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Silvia Lang-Griffes

Excellent. I'm sharing with my brother who voted for the other guy because he doesn't understand what's going on. I'm listening to this several times.

Sep 19th
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Alex Mercedes

Reed, shorter, more pointed questions, please.

Sep 12th
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Michele Molina

I'm a member of the super pissed majority. Not silent, but I haven't lost faith. The lunacy on the right must be stopped and I'll show up in every election to make that happen.. I love Lisa's reassurance. She is so correct.

Sep 10th
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Diane M

One of the best episodes. I really appreciated Lisa Senecal's framing about the quieter majority vs the screaming minority. Don't lose hope. Be vigilant.

Sep 10th
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Richard Thornton

Great show!

Aug 22nd
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Midnight Rambler

paedo podcast

Aug 12th
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