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Louisiana Lefty, hosted by veteran campaign organizer and Democratic strategist Lynda Woolard, is a podcast about politics and community in Louisiana, where we make the case that the health of the state requires a strong progressive movement, fueled by the critical work of organizing on the ground. Our goal is to democratize information, demystify party politics and empower you to join the mission. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack for creating our Super ...
 
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Sam and Emma host Matthew Cortland, Senior Fellow at Data for Progress, to discuss Supplemental Security Income restorative/legislative efforts, and right to repair activist Louis Rossmann to discuss the change in right to repair laws after Biden's competition executive order was signed into law. Sam, Emma, and Matthew cover the structural differen…
 
Sam and Emma host journalist Ross Barkan, writer of the Political Currents by Ross Barkan newsletter on Substack, to discuss his recent book The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York, which covers the rollercoaster of Governor Andrew Cuomo's legacy since the start of the pandemic. They start with a mention of the recent report…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard shares some highlights from the first season, and sets up the next steps for the podcast. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform. Thanks to all our wonderful guests and contributors, with special acknowledgments to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jen…
 
Sam and Emma host David Dayen, Executive Editor at The American Prospect, to discuss the White House and Congress's inability to keep the federal eviction moratorium from lapsing, leaving thousands of renters' livelihoods in the balance. Beginning with Trump’s initial implementation of the moratorium, Dayen walks through the extensions leading up t…
 
Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene (@pareene), staff writer at The New Republic and co-host of the podcast The Politics of Everything, to wrap up this week's events before Matthew Film Guy (@langdonboom) drops by afterwards! Alex, Emma, and Sam explore the lingering effects of Donald Trump, starting with the developments on the Jan. 6 commission and to…
 
Emma hosts Martin Sherwin, University Professor of History at George Mason University, to discuss his recent book Gambling With Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette From Hiroshima To The Cuban Missile Crisis, on how war on the international stage changed when we entered the nuclear age. They begin with the moments in the climax of the Cuban Missile Crisis,…
 
Sam and Emma host Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project and author of the Substack newsletter Big, to discuss the state of antitrust reform in the U.S., as well as the Biden administration's recent antitrust-heavy appointments to the DOJ and FTC. They begin with the state of Biden’s presidency and how he has …
 
Sam and Emma host Rosa Brooks, law professor at Georgetown University, to discuss her recent book Tangled Up In Blue: Policing in the American City, and her experiences as a part-time volunteer reserve police officer in Washington, D.C. Professor Brooks discusses how she came to the topic; following her work on “How Everything Became War and The Mi…
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, Lamar White, publisher of the Bayou Brief, joins host Lynda Woolard to discuss the Organizer of the Month Awards. View our previous awardees and nominate your favorite organizer for future recognition at the links below. Bayou Brief: Louisian…
 
Emma hosts Tom Zoellner, Professor at Chapman University and political editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, to discuss his recent book “Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire,” on the Jamaican rebellion of 1831 and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Professor Zoellner situates us between the Haitian r…
 
Sam and Emma host Ari Rabin-Havt, the former Legislative Director and Chief Policy Advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders, to discuss the prospects of the Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill, as well as the budget reconciliation bill that's supposed to follow it. Then, David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins the show in the fun half! Emma, Sam, and Ari …
 
Emma hosts Van Gosse, Professor and Associate Chair of History at Franklin & Marshall University, to discuss his recent book “The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War,” on the political role of Black folks before their constitutional emancipation, and how their pre-Civil War work has been erased over …
 
Sam hosts Heidi Boghosian, the executive director of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, to discuss her recent book, “I Have Nothing To Hide: And 20 Other Myths About Surveillance and Privacy.” They explore the importance of taking action as individuals, fighting for the autonomy to reveal information to who we want to, and how the government keeps …
 
The Chief Product Officer (CPO) role is still a fairly new role. I get asked quite often where product management should sit within an organization. Historically, it has typically reported up through either marketing or technology, but more and more, organizations are realizing the value of having a product leader at the executive level, having a s…
 
Sam and Emma host Cristina Beltran, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at New York University, to discuss her recent book, Cruelty As Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy, on the project of whiteness that has built the United States, and why the backlash to a changing racial consciousness in the US has seen …
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard gives a quick overview of how to set up your own Letter To the Editor writing team, with best practices for getting your letters published. For more information on how to write letters and why they work, check out this ACLU LTE …
 
Sam and Emma host Dr. Michael Osterholm, the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, to discuss the state of COVID-19 as it stands here in the States and around the world. Dr. Osterholm walks through the dual pandemics facing the globe right now – the one we have at home in the U.S. being ta…
 
Sam and Emma host David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect, on his upcoming Infrastructure newsletter, “Infrastructure Summer,” and the recent developments with Biden’s legislative agenda. They begin with a discussion on the current state of the Infrastructure Package, its emphasis on “human” infrastructure over brick and mortar spend…
 
Emma hosts Jim Freeman, director of the Social Movement Support Lab, to discuss his new book, "Rich Thanks to Racism: How the Ultra-Wealthy Profit From Racial Injustice," to discuss the hidden strategies behind systemic racism in America. Freeman walks through his concept of strategic racism and how the U.S. Government refuses to properly address p…
 
Sam and Emma host Spencer Headworth, professor of Sociology at Purdue University to discuss his recent book, “Policing Welfare: Punitive Adversarialism in Public Assistance,” on how welfare law enforcement has crippled public assistance programs. Professor Headworth begins by walking through what the U.S. sees as welfare, focusing on public assista…
 
Sam and Emma host Ari Berman, writer at Mother Jones and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (2015), to discuss the restrictive voting bill making its way through the Texas State Legislature in a special session called by Governor Abbott, which has led Texas Democrats to leave the state to avoid meeting a …
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard gives advice on how to organize Twitter actions. Follow Louisiana Lefty on Twitter! Louisiana Political Hashtags: #lalege #lagov #lasen For more details, check out: How to Organize a Twitter Storm. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for…
 
Sam and Emma host author Elinor Cleghorn to discuss her new book, “Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World” on how healthcare and medical treatment have underserved women and their health needs. They start the conversation by discussing Elinor’s personal experiences that brought her to this topic, focused on years of dismissal and m…
 
Sam and Emma host Pascal Robert of the This is Revolution podcast to discuss the Moïse assassination in Haiti as a product of neoliberalism and colonialism, before they touch on the US’s foreign policy role in the Caribbean, and what Eric Adams’s Democratic primary victory means for progressive democrats moving forward. Emma, Sam, and Pascal start …
 
Emma hosts political reporter David Freedlander to discuss his new book, The AOC Generation: How Millennials Are Seizing Power and Rewriting the Rules of American Politics, on the young insurgent left in American politics and how grassroots political organization is bringing material change to communities across the country, before he and Emma give…
 
Sam and Emma host Slate's Justice and Courts writer Mark Joseph Stern to dive into last week's SCOTUS rulings on voting rights restrictions and then Brian Concannon from Project Bluelight, joins to discuss Haitian Prime Minister Jovenel Moïse's assassination. Emma, Sam, and Mark pick up their discussion from last week on the heels of two massive SC…
 
Sam and Emma are back from the July 4th holiday with Smithsonian curator Jon Grinspan, author of his latest book The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915 on the last time partisanship was the primary driver in American democracy. Grinspan, inspired by the precedence for our modern political era that he found in th…
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard offers some Twitter basics for you to use or share with your volunteers. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating ou…
 
Sam hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning Yale Historian David Blight to discuss his recent biography of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, and how the Reconstruction era lives on in our contemporary politics. Sam and Blight take a deep dive into Frederick Douglass the orator and the ways his politics and activism altered between ra…
 
Sam hosts Heather "Digby" Parton to discuss the week's top stories, including the infrastructure negotiations, SCOTUS decisions to gut voter rights, and more. Then, WGA East Executive Director Lowell Peterson joins to discuss the unionization efforts at MSNBC Digital. Digby and Sam start off the show by looking back to the start of their careers in…
 
Sam hosts Mark Joseph Stern, staff writer at Slate covering law and the courts, joins Sam to discuss the biggest cases of the recent Supreme Court term, and the implications of the rulings on cases like TransUnion v. Ramirez and Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid. They start with a discussion on SCOTUS’ ruling against Union Organizing on California Farm…
 
Host Lynda Woolard is joined by Davante Lewis, Director of Public Affairs and Outreach at the Louisiana Budget Project, for a conversation on the intersection of policy and organizing. Connect with Davante on Twitter. Check out the Louisiana Budget Project's work at labudget.org, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More ways to connect …
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Stephen Handwerk, consultant, strategist, and former executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, for the first in a series of episodes on how the Democratic party operates. This week, we go through what candidates need to know about getting an endorsement from the party. Find Stephen Handwerk on Twitter. Read the DNC b…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Gaby Goldstein, co-founder and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Sister District, to discuss the importance of state legislatures in advancing progressive policies and protecting democracy. The conversation includes a deep dive into the work Sister District is doing across the country to share data, support organ…
 
There is a lot of discussion about whether co-location / in-person work is best for product management and innovation or if remote work can be just as effective. Maybe there is no one right answer there, and certainly there are pros and cons to both. This episode is a conversation about being successful in product management with remote teams.…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Peyton Rose Michelle, activist with Louisiana Trans Advocates and elected member to the Democratic State Central Committee, for a discussion on anti-trans legislation, organizing at the state Capitol, and getting pronouns right. Follow Peyton on Twitter and Facebook. Connect to Louisiana Trans Advocates: latransadvocates.org Fin…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Brooks Fordham, student at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA, and outgoing Vice President of College Democrats of Louisiana, for the podcast’s continuing series of conversations with young Democratic leaders on the best ways to engage voters in their peer group. Connect with Louisiana Lefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Thanks…
 
There are few things that can make a bigger impact on the ultimate success of a product than a true, deep understanding of customer needs. Without this understanding of customers, their problems, situations, environments, needs, it is really just a matter of luck if we end up with a successful product. This episode features Keerthi Hoback, Senior D…
 
Tamara Agins, Executive Director for Emerge Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for a discussion on the crucial role their organization’s work to recruit and train Democratic women candidates plays in our state. Also, check out Women in Politics, the Bayou Brief’s very first podcast, which was recorded at the November 2017 launch of Emerge Louisian…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Cameron English, outgoing Chair of College Democrats of Louisiana, and plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee challenging Louisiana’s congressional district map. Following release of the 2020 census data, petitioners asked the Court to declare Louisiana’s current congressional district …
 
For those of us who build products for a living, how do we ensure that our products are equitable, inclusive, and are leaving a positive impact on customers and the world around us? This episode discusses how can organizations - and product people - can build equitable products.
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Jean-Paul “J.P.” Morrell, self-described “former legislator, current lawyer, comic nerd and dad,” for a discussion on his role in ending the discriminatory practice of non-unanimous juries in Louisiana. J.P. walks us through the legislative efforts and messaging discipline that were required to get Constitutional Amendment 2 on …
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Frederick Bell, founder of Louisiana High School Democrats, organizer for multiple campaigns, and current campaign associate for the Democracy program at the Hub Project. You can connect to Frederick’s work, past and present, at the following links: Louisiana High School Democrats Bayou Brief Interview with James Carville Louisi…
 
Product-Market Fit essentially means having the right product to meet a market demand. Here’s the deal… if you don’t first understand what customers need and will buy AND the dynamics and attractiveness of the market in which your customers live and/or work, then it’s really quite difficult to build something that will achieve product-market fit.…
 
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