Majority 54

Majority 54

A weekly primer for progressives interested in knowing where the party is headed and persuading others to join our majority. Co-hosts Jason Kander and Ravi Gupta draw on their experience winning progressive campaigns in red states to understand the other side and how to flip them from red to blue.

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August 11, 2022 50 min

The FBI raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago home and broke into a safe! Jason and Ravi discuss what could be inside and their own experiences with highly classified documents. Then, they reflect on the impressive inflation reduction act and what this victory means for the Dems. Plus, they're joined by trial attorney Kyle Farrar to talk trash about Alex Jones.

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Jason and Ravi talk trash about Trump's vague, cowardly 'double endorsement.' They also discuss the inflation reduction act. Why is it so good? Could this signify a turning point in the Biden presidency? At the end of the episode they're joined by Wes Moore, the Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland. They talk about his historic campaign, his book, what he's learned, and the ideas he hopes to bring to the ...

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July 28, 2022 47 min

This week, the economist Claudia Sahm joins the pod to explain inflation - what causes it, how the Fed is working to combat it, and what Congress can do to help. Plus, Jason and Ravi talk trash about Josh Hawley fleeing the Capitol on Jan 6 and Tucker Carlson's misguided advice to young men. They also discuss the new revelations that the Jan. 6 committee is asking witnesses about Trump - and what that means for the future of th...

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July 21, 2022 49 min

On this week's show, Jason, Ravi, and Grace dive into the Twitter war between Dr. Oz and John Fetterman in the Pennsylvania Senate race before grappling with the GOP's party-wide denial of our post-Roe reality. Plus, how Democrats should discuss the economy and why Sen. Joe Manchin doesn't understand conflicts of interest. 

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July 14, 2022 51 min

This week, Jason and Ravi dive into the latest news - first, they talk trash about Elon Musk pulling out of the Twitter deal and review Trump's criticisms of Musk. Then, they dive into the latest January 6 revelations - and discuss the newly leaked audio of Steve Bannon describing Trump's strategy to claim the election was stolen. Finally, the boys put their law degrees to the test - and break down three Supreme Court rulin...

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July 7, 2022 40 min

On this special episode of Majority 54, Grace and Ravi interview Jason about his new book, "Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD". They discuss Diana's prominent contributions, revealing moments from the campaign trail and therapy sessions and what the future holds for our favorite podcast host. 

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Well, here we are. We're on the other side of what we've been talking about for years. Roe v. Wade has been struck down, and for the first time in our lifetime, abortion is no longer protected.

In our first episode, Kate and Jamia talk to folks who've been living, and working, and surviving, in a state where abortion access has been under fire for years, even before Roe fell -- Kentucky. 

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June 30, 2022 50 min

Jason and Ravi are joined by lawyer and reproductive rights advocate Kate Kelly. They talk the latest on the Jan 6 hearings--what do these shocking new revelations mean, and how can we ensure they have an impact? And, in light of SCOTUS tearing down the right to abortion, they answer listener questions to break down where we go from here. Kate shares tons of resources and facts for those who are eager to take some action.

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June 25, 2022 33 sec

Next week, we’re going to have Kate Kelly, host of the podcast Ordinary Equality, back on the show to answer your questions about our post-Roe future. Please leave us a voicemail at 508-687-2589, or email us at M54@wondermedianetwork.com and we’ll have Kate answer those your questions on the show. 

Voicemail: 508-687-2589

Email: M54@wondermedianetwork.com

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June 23, 2022 48 min

On today's show, Jason and Grace reflect on the latest testimonies from the January 6th committee hearings and how to frame the conversation going forward. Later on, Charles Booker, Kentucky's Democratic candidate for Senate, joins the show to share his vision for bridging the rural-urban divide. Plus, Senator Ron Johnson misuses his phone and has never heard of his chief of staff. 

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June 16, 2022 48 min

Ravi and Jason review listener responses from last week's challenge: What term should the Left use in response to the Right's weaponization of the word "woke"? They just might have struck gold with their pick. Plus, they reflect on the January 6 hearings so far. What role do they really serve, and how brave is Liz Cheney, really? The second half of the episode features an interview with the unique Democratic governo...

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Introducing Wonder Media Network’s first true crime show, I Was Never There. Thirty-four years ago, Marsha “Mudd” Ferber vanished without a trace from Morgantown, WV. Mother-daughter duo Karen and Jamie Zelermyer are going back to the land to figure out what the hell happened. Named a 2022 Tribeca Film Festival official selection for audio storytelling, I Was Never There is as much true crime show as it is an ode to Appalachian cou...

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June 9, 2022 53 min

The January 6 hearings start tonight - and this week, Jason and Ravi talk about what to expect, and how to think about these hearings within a larger political context. Plus, they continue their conversation about gun policy, and offer advice on how to respond to the most-repeated conservative talking points. 

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June 2, 2022 59 min

Today's episode is all about the debate surrounding gun violence and the path ahead for gun safety legislation. Jason, Ravi and Grace reflect on the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas and the gross negligence of the police response. They assess where Democrats falter on this issue, the revisionist history given to the Second Amendment and the unnerving future of states' rights on this issue. Later on, Peter Ambler, executive director...

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May 26, 2022 43 min

This week on the pod, Jason and Ravi discuss Trump's latest tweets on Truth Social and the Republican Party's increasing fascination with illiberal democracy. Then, they answer some voicemails - featuring one listener who keeps getting mistaken for a Republican, another who thinks their Republican dad might actually be a democrat, and a progressive Evangelical looking to bring more people from his faith into the fold. (Note...

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May 19, 2022 44 min

For the Talking Trash segment this week, Jason and Ravi examine the tweet that got right-wing pop culture psychologist Jordan Peterson bullied off Twitter. They break down the ideology that motivated the mass shooting in Buffalo -- and three other mass shootings in recent years. Plus, they discuss the political response to the baby formula shortage and review the results of the primaries in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. 

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May 12, 2022 48 min

Kim Morrison, a Missouri high school teacher, was let go for allegedly teaching Critical Race Theory in her class. Ravi and Grace sat down with Kim to hear her side of the story and how what happened in her rural school district is a microcosm of the education debate raging across the country. Plus, protests over the leaked Supreme Court decision have the crew looking back at other court precedent and asking whether this vote in th...

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May 5, 2022 55 min

This week, Jason and Ravi are joined by two guests! First,  they talk to Josh McLaurin - J.D. Vance's former law school roommate who shared Vance's cynical texts about Trump - about Vance's win in the Ohio primary and his outlook on the Republican party. Then, Katie Paris from the organization Red Wine and Blue joins the boys to talk through the ramifications of the Supreme Court's draft opinion overturning Roe v. W...

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May 3, 2022 45 min

In light of the leaked Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, we're re-releasing our conversation with lawyer and abortion rights activist, Kate Kelly.  Kate breaks down the Mississippi law currently in front of the Supreme Court and how we should prepare for a post-Roe world. 

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April 28, 2022 44 min

Jason and Ravi debate who had a worse week, Madison Cawthorn or Kevin McCarthy. Producer Edie Allard decides the winner, to contentious results. Plus, Jason and Ravi discuss Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter. How might it change the platform? Will Trump jump back on the Twitter train? Finally, our hosts cover how Trump is influencing Republican primaries, and respond to the latest listener emails.

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