Politics: Meet Me in the Middle

Politics: Meet Me in the Middle

In an age when saying the wrong thing in a Twitter post could leave you ghosted by onetime friends—or worse—we find our country torn apart at the political seams. But things don’t need to be this way. Constructive social discourse is not dead, it just needs a little resuscitation. From CurtCo Media. Consider Meet Me in the Middle your political rehab. Each week, Ed Larson (Pulitzer Prize winning historian, author, and world-wide lecturer) invites guests from across the ideological spectrum—including politicians, activists, and celebrities—to sit down, discuss the issues, and if not find consensus, at least find common ground. So bring an open mind and remember, we’re more alike than different.

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December 27, 2021 32 min

Join Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht as they speak with Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci about 2022 elections, Republican tactics, and some of the most divisive political topics in the United States. What if Trump decides to run again? How will The Mooch plan to stop him? They cover politics, voting rights, bit coin, abortion, Biden, and vaccines…all as we close out year two of the pandemic with the death...

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What will it take for Dems to connect with black & brown voters? How can Democrats keep Republicans from branding them, radicals? What can Democrats do better to keep the house? All this and more is discussed on the season finale of Politics: Meet Me in the Middle. Bill and Jane are joined by Lanae Erickson (Senior Vice President for the Social Policy Program at The Third Way) and Quentin James (founder and president of The Col...

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There are ways to improve the relationship between Russia and the United States, but it's going to be a long road. This week Timothy Frye continues his look at the possibilities of joint gains and the mutual benefits of better political relations between the two countries.

Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor in Political Science at Columbia University and Co-Director of a research laboratory at the Higher School o...

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Timothy Frye kicks off our series on US-Russia relations.

Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor in Political Science at Columbia University and Co-Director of a research laboratory at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He worked for the US Information Agency in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, advised the Russian Securities and Exchange Commission in the 1990s, and directed the Harriman Institute at Columbia f...

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Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht, and Ted Lieu continue their discussion with Congressman Ted Lieu about cybersecurity and the potential threats to America’s infrastructure. According to Lieu, the Trump Administration did not take cybersecurity as seriously as it should have, even eliminating government cybersecurity positions. The new administration seems to be taking the issue of cybersecurity with more gravity. He wants more people to...

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Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht, and Congressman Ted Lieu discuss computer hackers, cyber warfare, America's infrastructure, and how we can keep our country safe from these attacks. This is part one of our two-part series on cyber security with Representative Ted Lieu.

Congressman Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District. Serving his fourth term in Congress, Ted has already made a significant impact in Washing...

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Nowadays there's not much that enflames passions more than a conversation about gun safety, the NRA, and the "right to bear arms." In this episode, Constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh goes toe-to-toe with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ed Larson and host Bill Curtis as they argue what the framers meant when they crafted the second amendment on this encore edition of Politics: Meet Me in the Middle.

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Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht continue their discussion on cybersecurity with author and tech-wiz, David Holtzman. What’s a Zombie Bot? Has a Trojan attacked your computer? How can we protect ourselves from Hackers?

This episode will both scare and enlighten you to all matters of personal and business cybersecurity. David Holtzman is a world-class information technologist, currently working with global block chain companies, with d...

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Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht discuss cybersecurity with author and tech-wiz, David Holtzman. They dive deep into the Colonial Pipeline Hack, ransomware, and Solar Winds. You’ll learn about the capabilities of Russia, China, and other nations in the cyber-wars. Do you want to know what Zero Day means, who’s DarkSide, Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear?... which software is the safest, Apple or Microsoft? And how wars will be fought in the fu...

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May 17, 2021 37 min

This episode is going to be a little different. We're going to focus on trending topics in the news and social media, mostly political Twitter, and then ask our host, who'll be playing a guest this episode, about his thoughts, feelings and opinions on some of these topics. Plus, later, we'll do a get to know Bill a bit more with the producers Lightning Round.

Episode Timestamps:

1:13 Social Media Platform

2:19 The Recen...

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Bill and Jane sit down with economist, Stephanie Kelton for a comprehensive conversation about the federal budget, inflation, jobs, revamping the debt system, the power of the purse, and the US economy.

Stephanie is a leading authority on Modern Monetary Theory, a new approach to economics that is taking the world by storm. She is considered one of the most important voices influencing the policy debate today. Her New York Times be...

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It's the second half of Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht's conversation with Bill Kristol, and they cover just about everything under the political sun. Jane and Bill ask about the Republican's inability to think for themselves when it comes to outlandish conspiracy theories, getting rid of the filibuster, and dissecting Biden's infrastructure plan... all while the verdict comes down on the murder of George Floyd. Plus...

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Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht discuss the insurrection, Trump-ism, and the Biden infrastructure plan with political commentator, Bill Kristol. 

William Kristol is Editor-at-Large of The Bulwark. He was a founder of The Weekly Standard, and is a regular guest on leading political commentary shows. Prior to his work at The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, an organization that helped shape the strate...

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Michael Steele joins Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht to discuss what changes need to be made in the Republican (and Democratic) Party. Michael Steele the former RNC Chairman, former Lt. Gov. Maryland, political analyst for MSNBC,  and host of The Michael Steele Podcast.

When he was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland in 2003, Michael Steele made history as the first African American elected to statewide office; and again with his subseq...

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CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, Shane Murphy Goldsmith, joins Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht to talk about her story, dream job as an activist, reforming the police, social imbalance, what brought her to her current position in life, and how LHF is making LA a better place for all.

Episode Timestamps

2:05 Shane’s Origin Story

4:41 Community

5:36 Gang Life

6:00 The Police State

7:58 Reasons SMG joined the LAPD Commission

11:08 Making...

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Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht invite Congressman Ted Lieu to the show to discuss the aftermath of the insurrection, his personal feelings on January 6th, 2021, and breaking down the Biden Infrastructure Plan. 

Episode Timestamps:

1:57 Following up after the storming of the Capitol 

3:00 Details on the day of the insurrection

3:57 The fear Ted felt

4:41 How the insurrection changed Ted

5:46 Feelings about the impeachment process

7:3...

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Economist and Professor Ioana Elena Marinescu returns for part 2, with hosts Bill Curtis and International Trade Attorney Jane Albrecht, to discuss where the US currently stands economically, where it will stand in a post-COVID world, and the arguments for and against raising the minimum wage.

Episode Timestamps: 

- :30 Minimum Wage
- 1:54 Difference between a federal and state minimum wage
- 2:36 Why we need a federal minimum wage
-...

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What are the pros and cons for Universal Basic Income, the Andrew Yang Plan, and ending poverty in the United States once and for all? Ioana Elena Marinescu, assistant professor of public policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, joins Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht in Part 1 of 2 of an in-depth discussion on these topics and more.

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a periodic cash payment unconditi...

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Are we living through a "crisis of facts"? Poppy MacDonald, President of USA Facts.org, a non-profit, non-partisan civic initiative aimed at making verified government numbers more available, and understandable, joins Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht to discuss “Nothing but the facts!” and how data might be the one thing that brings our divisive country together. Poppy is leading an effort to help Americans ground their democr...

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Producer Joey Salvia tosses out subjects for our hosts, Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht, to tackle, and possibly solve, including poverty, divisiveness, and fake news. Topics discussed include the nursing home scandal in NYC, Ted Cruz, why the media needs Trump, taxes, the rich, the poor, and other hot news topics.

Episode Timestamps:

1:47 Governor Cuomo and NY Nursing Home Scandal. Managing a pandemic

9:11 Damn Lies and the people w...

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