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Diana Weymar, Tiny Pricks and the Art of Protest

This week’s podcast features a conversation with artist Diana Weymar of Tiny Pricks Project. Diana is a textile artist who one day in 2018 had the impulse to embroider the words “I am a stable genius” onto an old piece of her grandmother’s needlework, and Tiny Pricks was born. Now Tiny Pricks is a public textile-based protest project with hundreds of participants around the world and 56,000 followers on instagram. Nancy and Diana talk about the importance of preserving Trump’s language and transforming it into something beautiful in protest, the therapeutic benefits of doing this work, learning to stay present…
Nancy
July 7, 2020
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Creative Activism

July 14th 2020 I’m a firm believer in silver linings, even in these days filled with dark clouds, and one of these is the flourishing of creative activism taking place right now. If you’ve been following my podcast and the videos on my website, you might have noticed that I’ve got a real soft spot for this kind of thing. I was an art history major who then went on to law school, so this sits squarely at the intersection of my interests in art and policy. Political art can serve as a mirror that we hold up to society.…
Nancy
July 1, 2020
Podcast

The View from Across the Pond with Mark Bergman

This week Nancy speaks with Mark Bergman, a lawyer and Democrat based in London, who since 2017 has been keeping his fellow Democrats abroad engaged in the political process here at home through conference calls with candidates, elected officials and democracy groups. Mark’s calls have featured sitting senators, state attorneys general, candidates for the House and Senate, and other prominent American political figures like James Comey and James Carville. With an audience maxing out in the double digits, the calls provide an intimate opportunity for listeners to hear from and ask questions of these Americans who have stepped up to…
Nancy
July 1, 2020
Podcast

Stacy Kramer on Fundraising Democratically

This episode features Hollywood writer and producer Stacy Kramer, who since 2016 has become a tireless fundraiser for Democratic candidates and grassroots groups. Stacy talks about how to make Democratic fundraisers more democratic, how her creative skills as a writer and her "noodgy" skills as a producer have worked to her advantage, and why making people feel included and engaged in the process is just as important as raising money. Listen for Stacy’s tips on how to host successful fundraisers and creative ways to make them fun on Zoom.
Nancy
June 17, 2020
Podcast

Susan Rogan: Librarian, Grandmother, Activist

This episode of the podcast features a conversation with Susan Rogan, founder of the political action newsletter Rogan’s List. A self-proclaimed “retired grandmother in a recliner,” Susan is also an activist icon thanks to her newsletter that has been dropping into inboxes since two days after the 2016 election. Having spent her career as an academic librarian, Susan talks about how she puts her organizational and research skills to use in a new way with the newsletter. Susan also talks about new opportunities in activism created by the pandemic, the joy she gets from helping people take action, and the…
Nancy
June 10, 2020
Podcast

Alex Posen and the Power of Design

This podcast features a conversation with Alex Posen, co-founder of Resistance by Design, a company that designs accessories and products that allow you to tastefully and professionally express your political opinions. Alex knows beautiful design, having been creative director of her brother Zac Posen’s fashion line. Alex and Nancy talk about the power of wearing your politics on your sleeve, the therapeutic benefits of being a creative activist, motherhood and activism, and how having more women in government will save the world.
Nancy
June 3, 2020
Podcast

Samra Brouk: The Future of Leadership

On this episode of the podcast, Nancy has a conversation with Samra Brouk, who is running for state senate in upstate New York. Up until now, Samra’s career has been in public service, seeing the impact of government policies on people’s lives up close, and now she wants to use that insight as a lawmaker helping to craft those policies. Samra talks about finding common ground among the voters in her diverse district, the importance of nurturing political talent in state legislatures and the effect of Covid-19 on the issues people are facing today. Samra also gives her advice to…
Nancy
May 27, 2020
New Faces

Jason Berlin and Field Team 6

When Jason Berlin starts talking, it’s pretty clear he’s going to make you laugh. What you don’t expect is that it will be about things that usually make you cry -- like the 2016 election, Republicans or the fact that the world actually does need saving. That’s because Jason used to write comedy and reality show tv and now uses those skills at Field Team 6 to register Democrats to vote. So if you think activism means angry people in Birkenstocks, take a look at this video and let Jason and his infectious good humor prove you wrong. (more…)
Nancy
March 4, 2020