The Tent Podcast

Politics. Policy. Progress. All under one big tent. Produced by CAP Action, “The Tent” is a news and politics podcast hosted by Daniella Gibbs Léger. Listen each Thursday for episodes exploring topics that progressives are focused on.

In this series

Liz Shuler on Labor Day, Workers’ Rights, and the State of Unions
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Liz Shuler on Labor Day, Workers’ Rights, and the State of Unions

In honor of Labor Day, Daniella talks with AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler about what the holiday means; recent wins for the labor movement, including the Inflation Reduction Act; and the key issues workers and unions are continuing to fight for.

Kate Sosin on This Long, Challenging Year in the Fight for LGBTQI+ Rights
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Kate Sosin on This Long, Challenging Year in the Fight for LGBTQI+ Rights

Kate Sosin, LGBTQ+ reporter for The 19th, joins Daniella to discuss recent legislative and judicial attacks on LGBTQI+ people, the importance of responsible reporting on these issues, and what all of it might mean heading into November.

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Their New Film ‘Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down’
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Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Their New Film ‘Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down’

This week, Daniella speaks with directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen about their new film "Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down" and with CAP's Tobias Harris about the recent assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Earth Day Special: Christy Goldfuss on the Climate and Clean Energy
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Earth Day Special: Christy Goldfuss on the Climate and Clean Energy

This week on "The Tent," Daniella and Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president of Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress, discuss recent climate research, the state of climate legislation, and what Democrats can do to prepare for the midterm elections.

Mother Jones’ Ari Berman and the Struggle To Protect Voting Rights
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Mother Jones’ Ari Berman and the Struggle To Protect Voting Rights

This week on "The Tent," Daniella and Jesse discuss the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine and Republican opposition to a commission on the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. They also speak with Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, about ongoing voter suppression efforts in the states.

Dr. Peter Hotez on J&J Vaccinations and the State of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Dr. Peter Hotez on J&J Vaccinations and the State of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This week, Daniella and Jesse reflect on the recent police violence in Minnesota and Virginia, discuss the Biden administration's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and chat with Dr. Peter Hotez about the COVID-19 pandemic and the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Mother Jones’ David Corn on the First Trump-Biden Debate and a Peak Inside the President’s Taxes
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Mother Jones’ David Corn on the First Trump-Biden Debate and a Peak Inside the President’s Taxes

This week on "The Tent," Ed and Jesse sit down with Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn to discuss the first presidential debate and the recent reporting on President Donald Trump's finances.

Remembering Justice Ginsburg, and Former Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt on the Future of Health Care
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Remembering Justice Ginsburg, and Former Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt on the Future of Health Care

This week on "The Tent," Jesse and Ed discuss Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's tragic passing and speak with former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acting administrator Andy Slavitt about the precarious state of the Affordable Care Act and the federal government's lackluster response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad: The West Coast Is on Fire
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Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad: The West Coast Is on Fire

Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad joins the pod from Seattle to discuss the devastation wrought by wildfires on the West Coast, how climate change is intensifying wildfire season, and how activists are successfully mainstreaming the issue to make it a top concern for lawmakers and voters alike.

2020’s Next Phase, Plus the Future of Policing With Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
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2020’s Next Phase, Plus the Future of Policing With Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

This week on "The Tent," Ed and Jesse discuss the next phase of the 2020 general election and are joined by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington to talk about policing in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Supermajority’s Juanita Tolliver on Engaging the Black Electorate
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Supermajority’s Juanita Tolliver on Engaging the Black Electorate

This week on "The Tent," Daniella and Jesse discuss the 2020 Republican National Convention and ongoing protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. They are also joined by Juanita Tolliver of Supermajority to talk about the stakes of the 2020 election.

The Legacy of John Lewis, and Amber Torres on How Indian Country Is Responding to the Pandemic
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The Legacy of John Lewis, and Amber Torres on How Indian Country Is Responding to the Pandemic

This week on "The Tent," Daniella, Ed, and Jesse discuss the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis and chat with Amber Torres, chairwoman for the Walker River Paiute Tribe in Nevada, about how the pandemic has affected life in Indian Country.

New School Professor Maya Wiley on the Struggle for Equal Justice in America
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New School Professor Maya Wiley on the Struggle for Equal Justice in America

This week on "The Tent," Ed and Jesse discuss the Trump administration's efforts to undermine public health officials as coronavirus cases rise across the country, and New School professor Maya Wiley talks about the declining state of justice in America and the influence of Black Lives Matter.

Director Dawn Porter on Her New Documentary ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ and the Need for Activism in the Modern Age
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Director Dawn Porter on Her New Documentary ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ and the Need for Activism in the Modern Age

This week on "The Tent," Dawn Porter, director of the new documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble," discusses the important role of activism in U.S. society, and Ed, Daniella, and Jesse chat about President Trump's latest Russia scandal and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump’s Ongoing Culture of Corruption and How To Effectively Contact Trace, With CAP Action’s Adam Conner
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Donald Trump’s Ongoing Culture of Corruption and How To Effectively Contact Trace, With CAP Action’s Adam Conner

This week on “The Tent,” Daniella and Jesse interview CAP Action's Adam Conner on how contact tracing could be used in the fight against COVID-19, as well as debrief listeners on President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the culture of corruption at the U.S. Department of Justice; and the latest action Congress has taken on police reform.

A Landmark Win for the LGBTQ Community, With Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David
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A Landmark Win for the LGBTQ Community, With Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David

This week, Daniella and Ed are joined by Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision ruling that LGBTQ workers cannot be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

A New Age in Police Reform With Roy Austin, Former Deputy Assistant to President Obama
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A New Age in Police Reform With Roy Austin, Former Deputy Assistant to President Obama

Roy Austin, the former deputy assistant to President Obama for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, joins Ed and Daniella on the podcast to talk about how the conversation around police reform has changed and what policies lawmakers at the federal and local levels of government have proposed to meet this moment.

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