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Trump may be gone but American politics is still in crisis. The Lincoln Project has sparked a nationwide movement to restore our democracy. This podcast is hosted by co-founder Reed Galen and he is regularly joined by our political experts and guests that helped defeat Trump and continue the mission to stamp out Trumpism and the seditionists who backed him. The podcast discusses today’s political challenges, our vision for the future and how all Americans can be part of our pro-democracy movement.

Episode Date
Encore Presentation: Trump's Next Coup Has Already Begun with Barton Gellman
37:29

This episode was originally released on January 4, 2022. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by Author and Staff Writer at The Atlantic, Barton Gellman and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to further explore the ideas laid out by Gellman in his article for The Atlantic, “Trump’s Next Coup has Already Begun: January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.” They discuss January 6th and its aftermath, the mind of a “stop the steal” believer, the twisting of state election laws by Republicans, and a look ahead to where we as a nation go from here. If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 30, 2022
This Election Will Be Far From Normal
40:45

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to discuss the growing dangers of political violence being normalized, why economic inequality leads to political apathy, and how the 2022 midterms are going to be anything but normal. Plus, well wishes of safety for those impacted by Hurricane Ian and a thank you to everyone that will be helping with relief/recovery efforts in the coming weeks and months. For the Barton Gellman article referenced in this episode, here is the LINK. Also, for the CBS News article on political violence referenced in this episode, here is that LINK. If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 29, 2022
The American Experiment is in Peril
28:30

Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the Ron DeSantis/Martha’s Vineyard stunt, Lindsey Graham’s head-scratching national abortion ban, the 2022 midterm elections, and what to expect from the January 6th Committee between now and election day. Plus, how does the pro-democracy coalition combat Steve Bannon’s latest Lenin-inspired election strategy? If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 26, 2022
The Threat Still Looms at the Door with Michael Steele
42:42

Host Reed Galen is joined by Former Lt. Governor of Maryland and Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. They discuss how the current day GOP has devolved into leaving behind so many Americans, the dangers that come from not being able to accurately predict Trumpism/ultra-MAGA in polls, and how Trumpism (under the guise of patriotism) strips away the tenements of what it means to be an American. Plus, a look at what to expect in the 2022 midterms now that election day is about a month and a half away. If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 23, 2022
We Are Proud Boys with Andy Campbell
40:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by Andy Campbell, Senior Editor at HuffPost and an expert on American extremism. They discuss how the Proud Boys, which started as a blundering fraternity-like club, grew into the far-right extremist organization that played a significant role in the January 6th attack. Plus, how does bothsidesism in the media continue to fuel the growth of the Proud Boys as an organization…even though so many of its leaders and members are facing significant time behind bars? For more on this be sure to pick up Andy's new book, We Are Proud Boys, available wherever fine books are sold. If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 20, 2022
The 2022 Midterm Elections: Democracy Is On the Ballot - Part 2
32:25

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi for the conclusion to their conversation of how the political landscape is unfolding less than 2 months out from election day. The panel discusses how it’s in the nation’s best interest for Democrats to value pro-democracy coalition over ideological purity, the need for a media outlet with a pro-democracy bias, and the GOP’s desire for pure power instead of policy positions that benefit the American people. If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 15, 2022
The 2022 Midterm Elections: Democracy Is On the Ballot - Part 1
34:18

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi for a two-part conversation of how the political landscape is unfolding less than 2 months out from election day. In “Part 1”, the panel discusses why the GOP/MAGA “crazies” have been the Democrats best weapon of late, how the GOP cannot be allowed to backtrack on their bad bet against President Joe Biden, and why Democrats need to continue to hit the ground and do the work (no matter how tempting it may be to pick out curtains for the office). Stay tuned for “Part 2”. If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 14, 2022
Thank You for Your Servitude with Mark Leibovich
34:46

Host Reed Galen is joined by Mark Leibovich, author and Staff writer for The Atlantic, to discuss how Trump’s Washington was a result of inaction from those who “knew better”, why the media continues to hire people to toe the Trump line, and what will happen on election day if the GOP continues to take political losses. If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 09, 2022
The Soul of the Nation with Wajahat Ali
45:39

Host Reed Galen is joined by Author and Daily Beast Columnist Wajahat Ali to discuss the importance of President Joe Biden’s recent primetime speech in Philadelphia, why so many media outlets have been critical of the speech for all the wrong reasons, and the incestuous nature of the Washington media/political establishment. Plus, how does the nature of the modern day GOP inform the biblical story of Moses? If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 07, 2022
Silicon Valley Goes to Washington with Regis McKenna
44:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by Legendary Silicon Valley Marketer to discuss how Silicon Valley came to be the tech epicenter that it is, what led Silicon Valley to go to Washington, and the importance of history and how it can inform our future. Plus, what are the responsibilities of the tech sector to our nation as a whole?

 

If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Sep 02, 2022
Unpatriotic and Traitorous with Anne Applebaum
35:29

Host Reed Galen is joined by Anne Applebaum (Staff Writer for The Atlantic and Pulitzer-prize winning historian) to discuss the latest in Ukraine now that it’s been six months since the Russian invasion began, the development of the authoritarian movement in the United States, and why Trump’s supporters continue to support him throughout the documents investigation. Plus, how does one govern against a majority?

 

If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Aug 30, 2022
You Can Always Count on Trump to F*** Things Up
49:21

Host Reed Galen is joined by Maya May (Comedian and Host of LPTV’s “We're Speaking” and “The Game We’re In”) to answer questions asked by YOU, the members of the Lincoln Project community. Listeners ask about the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, the upcoming fall hearings from the House Select Committee on January 6th, the political futures of Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, and why Ron DeSantis is such a sinister threat to our nation’s democracy. Plus, what on earth is going on at CNN? As mentioned in the episode, here is the link to Ron DeSantis’ disturbingly bizarre “Top Gov” ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epwnsVTM-YA

 

If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Aug 26, 2022
Encore Presentation: Lincoln and the Fight For Peace with John Avlon
41:30

This episode was originally released on March 4, 2022. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by John Avlon (Author and Senior Political Analyst/Anchor at CNN) to discuss how Abraham Lincoln’s character informed his commitment to an unconditional surrender from the Confederacy, how even though Lincoln was surrounded by reactionaries and radicals…he maintained the notion that there was more that united Americans than divides them, and how peace needs to be waged with the same intensity as war. Plus, how the wisdom of Lincoln and the founding fathers can be applied to the present moment for which our nation finds itself. Be sure to pick up John’s latest book Lincoln and the Fight for Peace at your favorite book retailer.

If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Aug 23, 2022
The Storm of QAnon is Upon Us with Mike Rothschild
53:58

Host Reed Galen is joined by author, journalist, and QAnon expert Mike Rothschild to discuss how the QAnon conspiracy theory grew to be in the forefront of American political discourse, why it resonated so fervently with such a large percentage of the population, and how it continues to infect our nation’s culture today. Plus, is there a prescription to get the QAnon devout to “snap out of it” and denounce the conspiracy? For more on this, be sure to pick up Mike Rothschild’s latest book, The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything, now available in paperback.

 

If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Aug 19, 2022
Uncommon Wrath with Josiah Osgood
42:54

Host Reed Galen is joined by Josiah Osgood (Professor of Classics at Georgetown University) to delve into how the political rivalry between Julius Caesar and Marcus Cato devolved into a toxic polarity which precipitated the end of the Roman Republic. They discuss how each actor came to power, what positions they ultimately stood for, their downfall, and what parallels we can make to our nation’s current political landscape. For more on this, be sure to pre-order, Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato's Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic.

 

If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to podcast@lincolnproject.us.

Aug 17, 2022
The Insurrectionists’ Clubhouse with Maggie Severns
32:43

Host Reed Galen is joined by Maggie Severns, an investigative and domestic policy reporter with Grid. They discuss how the Conservative Partnership Institute rose to become one of the most powerful messaging voices in the MAGA-verse, how institutional support for Trumpism continues to grow, and how seemingly unserious players like Patrick Byrne, Mike Lindell, and Cleta Mitchell can actually do a fair amount of damage. Plus, how do you get to the Marshall Islands?

Aug 12, 2022
The Raid on Mar-a-Lago with Garrett Graff
45:37

Host Reed Galen is joined by Journalist and Historian Garrett Graff to discuss this week’s raid on Donald Trump’s Florida home. They discuss how Trump's documents investigation came to be in the sights of DOJ, the similarities (and differences) between the raid and the Watergate scandal, and the notion that (as of yet) we have never seen Trump backed into a corner. They also offer their thoughts as to whether we are in the beginning, the middle, or the end of “The Trump Era”.

Aug 11, 2022
The 65 Project with Michael Teter
33:53

Host Reed Galen is joined by Michael Teter, the Managing Director of The 65 Project, a bipartisan organization whose mission is to protect U.S. democracy through holding the lawyers accountable who raise fraudulent court claims with the goal of overturning legitimate elections results (named for Donald Trump’s 65 failed lawsuits aimed at overturning the 2020 presidential election). They discuss just how the 65 Project is holding lawyers like Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Ted Cruz, and the like accountable, why it’s so important to do so (even without past precedent), and how this work can disincentivize future disinformation campaigns in the same vein as “the Big Lie”.

Aug 09, 2022
The 2022 Midterm Elections: 100 Days Away - Part 2
42:58

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Trygve Olson and Jeff Timmer for the conclusion to their in-depth conversation about the 2022 midterm elections. The panel breaks down the November general election races they’ll be targeting in key states including Nevada, Missouri, Florida, Texas, and Utah. Plus, are Democrats taking the completely wrong approach when it comes to talking with non-white voters?

Aug 04, 2022
The 2022 Midterm Elections: 100 Days Away - Part 1
49:46

Host Reed Galen welcomes back Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Trygve Olson and Jeff Timmer for an update as to where our nation stands 100 days out from the 2022 midterm elections.  In “Part 1” of a two-part conversation, the panel discusses the latest in the “existential threat” races in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, what to look for in the upcoming primaries, and why it's so dangerous to underestimate the cavalcade of cartoonish, ultra-maga GOP candidates. Stay tuned for “Part 2”.

Aug 01, 2022
The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order with Gary Gerstle
50:31

Host Reed Galen is joined by Gary Gerstle, the Professor Emeritus and Director of Research in American History at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge. They discuss how the New Deal and its subsequent political order influenced American government throughout the Cold War, how the fall of communism gave way to mostly unfettered capitalism and the subsequent neoliberal order, and how this neoliberal order and the political and economic decisions made along the way led us to our present-day circumstance of political polarity and chaos. To hear more from Gary Gerstle, be sure to pick up his latest book, The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era, available wherever fine books are sold.

Jul 29, 2022
The American Experiment is in Limbo Until the Battle is Won
48:18

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Trygve Olson to discuss the revelations of the eighth hearing from the House Select Committee on January 6th, how the committee serves as an example to all aspiring members of the pro-democracy coalition when it comes to setting aside ideological differences for a common belief, and how Donald Trump must never be allowed to set foot inside the Oval Office ever again. Plus, why the stakes for the 2022 midterms have never been higher.

Jul 26, 2022
Day Eight - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Thursday, July 21, 2022)
02:28:15

In the eighth hearing, the last of its planned summertime hearings, the committee focuses on the more than 3 hours in between Trump’s January 6th speech where he encouraged rioters to march on the Capitol to when he tweeted for those rioters to go home. This hearing originally aired on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Jul 22, 2022
Don’t Lose Sight of the Fight Ahead
27:06

Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the absolutely riveting public January 6th Committee hearings, the always-growing-closer 2022 midterm elections, possible scenarios for the 2024 presidential election, and so much more! Plus, why Texas should do themselves a favor and keep Greg Abbott out of the governor’s mansion.

Jul 21, 2022
The Republican Road to Hell with Tim Miller
52:56

Host Reed Galen is joined by The Bulwark’s Tim Miller to discuss the psychological reasoning as to why so many Republicans supported Trump and his administration for as long as they did, how the culture of Washington can so easily warp the reality of those who work inside the beltway, and how all the Ron DeSantis hype is just a result of running Trumpism through the carwash and a dramatic shift in the Overton window. Plus how will the ultra-maga movement influence Donald Trump when he inevitably announces a 2024 presidential run. For more on this be sure to pick up Tim’s brand new New York Times Bestseller, Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell

Jul 19, 2022
The Blinders Are Coming Off
34:47

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to recap the seventh public hearing from the House Select Committee on January 6th and give their reactions to the testimony heard…both taped and in-person. Plus, voting for the 2022 midterms begins in about six weeks…how are the hearings shifting election dynamics for the pro-democracy coalition?

Jul 15, 2022
Day Seven - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Tuesday, July 12, 2022)
02:28:51

In the seventh hearing, the committee focuses on the role right-wing extremist groups played in the violence that took place on January 6th which interrupted the counting of electoral votes for the 2020 election. Plus, testimony from a former Oath Keepers "propagandist." This hearing originally aired on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Jul 13, 2022
It’s All Connected with Hugo Lowell
42:48

Host Reed Galen is joined by Hugo Lowell, Congressional Reporter for The Guardian covering the January 6th Committee. In anticipation of this week’s Committee hearing, they recap the arc that’s been presented over the course of the last 5 weeks and preview what can be expected in the upcoming July 12th hearing. Plus, given the testimony and evidence presented by the committee…what will Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice ultimately do when it comes to Donald Trump?

Jul 11, 2022
The Dangers of Russian Disinformation with Dietmar Pichler
30:43

Host Reed Galen is joined by political advisor and media-literacy expert Dietmar Pichler (Co-Founder of Vienna Goes Europe & Programmatic Director for the Center for Digital Media Literacy). They discuss the current state of the European region as a whole, especially in regards to the war in Ukraine and why media literacy is such a crucial tool in defending against disinformation…both Russian and otherwise. Plus, why is it so easy to spread disinformation…yet so difficult to debunk it?

Jul 08, 2022
The Mascot, the Emotional Center, and the Blueprint with Nick Carmody
34:46

Host Reed Galen is joined by Nick Carmody (psychotherapist, lawyer, and Executive Board Member for the World Mental Health Coalition) to discuss from a psychological perspective, the evolution of the GOP and how its transforming from a cult of personality into a cult of tribe. If Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, and Steve Bannon are the three pillars of the Republican party, how will they interact with each other in the near-future, and who will inevitably be the last man standing? Plus, the exponentially increasing political violence in our nation and a look back on key moments in the January 6th hearings. To read more from Nick Carmody, you can follow him on Twitter, @Nick_Carmody and visit patreon.com/NickCarmody.

Jul 06, 2022
The Emergency Hearing
43:25

Host Reed Galen is joined by Maya May (Comedian and Co-Host of LPTV’s, “We’re Speaking” & “The Game We’re In”) to break down and react to the bombshell sixth hearing from the January 6th Committee, in which surprise witness Cassidy Hutchinson (Former White House Aide to Mark Meadows) gave testimony that included accounts of Donald Trump’s disregard for weapons and safety of anyone but himself and of Donald Trump attacking his own secret service personnel when he was told he couldn’t go to the Capitol on January 6th. Plus, Reed and Maya answer questions from the Lincoln Project audience.

Jun 30, 2022
Day Six - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Tuesday, June 28, 2022)
01:37:13

In the sixth hearing (also known as, “the emergency hearing”), the committee hears testimony from surprise witness Cassidy Hutchinson, Former White House Aide to Mark Meadows.  Her testimony includes an account of Donald Trump attacking his own security personnel, Trump’s lunchtime temper tantrum, and how far he went encouraging violence against his own Vice President. This hearing originally aired on Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Jun 29, 2022
There’s a Hole in the Titanic
32:15

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to discuss how Fox News has suddenly changed their tune on covering the hearings from the House Select Committee on January 6th, the SCOTUS overturning of Roe & Miranda and the the overall ultra-maga attack on the individual rights of all Americans, and what to make of the latest polling in key 2022 races. Plus, why “right now” is the best time to join “The Union”.

Jun 28, 2022
Day Five - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Thursday, June 23, 2022)
02:14:00

In the fifth hearing, the committee focuses on former President Trump's pressure campaign on DOJ officials to coerce them into helping with his plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election. This hearing originally aired on Thursday, June 23, 2022

Jun 25, 2022
Day Four - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Tuesday, June 21, 2022)
02:19:05

In the fourth hearing, the committee focuses on the pressure former President Trump exerted on state legislators and state/local election officials to toss out the 2020 presidential election results. This hearing originally aired on Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Jun 25, 2022
Day Three - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Thursday, June 16, 2022)
02:26:33

In the third hearing, the committee focuses on the pressure campaign carried out on then-Vice President Mike Pence. This hearing originally aired on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Jun 25, 2022
Day Two - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Monday, June 13, 2022)
01:48:42

In the second hearing, the committee focuses on “The Big Lie” and how Trump (along with his minions) kept it alive. This hearing originally aired on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Jun 25, 2022
Day One - The January 6th Hearings (Originally Aired on Thursday, June 9, 2022)
01:41:29

There have been more than 1,000 interviews and over 140,000 documents. The bipartisan January 6th Committee makes its case to the public in this opening primetime hearing. This hearing originally aired on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Jun 25, 2022
How Civil Wars Start with Barbara F. Walter
39:39

Host Reed Galen is joined by Barbara F. Walter, one of the world's leading experts on civil wars, political violence, and terrorism who is an Author and Professor of International Affairs at UC San Diego. They discuss what sorts of societal/political factors contribute to the dangerous likelihood of civil war, whether or not we’re seeing any of those factors in the United States, and what must be done to restore our democracy which is currently headed in the wrong direction. For more on this, be sure to pick up Barbara’s latest book, How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them at your local bookseller.

Jun 23, 2022
The DOJ is Watching with David H. Laufman
32:21

Host Reed Galen is joined by David H. Laufman, Partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP and former Federal Prosecutor with the Department of Justice to discuss the latest with the House Select Committee on January 6th public hearings, what exactly the DOJ is looking for as they watch these hearings, and the different prosecution scenarios that could play out after the hearings. Plus, is political violence coming to a head in our nation?

Jun 21, 2022
The Last Guardrails of Democracy with George Conway
32:35

Host Reed Galen is joined by George Conway, Attorney and Contributing Columnist for The Washington Post. They discuss the legal implications of January 6th, the prosecutions that could ultimately come as a result of the case being built by the House Select Committee on January 6th, and what would Donald Trump’s motivations be to seek the Oval Office once again.

Jun 16, 2022
The Second Hearing: The Rats are Leaving the Ship
38:06

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Trygve Olson to discuss the revelations of the first two public hearings from the House Select Committee on January 6, what those revelations mean and will continue to mean for the Republican candidates who have hitched their wagon to “the big lie”, and what does the ever growing divide between Trump and MAGA mean for the future of the GOP. Plus, what do the public J6 hearings mean for the pro-democracy coalition in regards to the 2022 midterm elections?

Jun 15, 2022
The House Select Committee on January 6th…in Primetime!
26:13

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss what they are expecting in the first primetime public hearing from the House Select Committee on January 6th. Plus, why is Fox News going against the grain of every other major network and electing to not broadcast the hearing in favor of “counter-programming”...and what can we expect from the right wing apparatus as a whole throughout the course of the public J6 hearings? For more on this…be sure to check out Reed’s latest article: lincolnproject.us/fox-news-isnt-covering-jan-6th-its-not-about-you/

Jun 09, 2022
The Rhetoric of Trump and Tucker with Dr. Jennifer Mercieca
28:46

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, a historian of American political rhetoric…and a Communications Professor at Texas A&M University. They analyze the intentional rhetoric used by both Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson, predict how that rhetoric will be used in response to this week’s public hearings from the House Select Committee on January 6th, and why the media and American people continue to let Trump and Tucker get away with their dangerous words.

Jun 08, 2022
The I-Word with Ron Insana
47:05

Host Reed Galen is joined by Ron Insana (Senior Analyst and Commentator at CNBC) to discuss that current state of inflation and how it got this way, what is on the horizon for the American economy, and what are the potential consequences for corporations who waffle on key issues tied to our nation’s democracy. Plus, why is there an abundance of shock and awe when history inevitably repeats itself?

Jun 03, 2022
The Fight Against Voter Suppression with Bob Brandon
31:36

Host Reed Galen is joined by Bob Brandon, the President & CEO of the Fair Elections Center, a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform organization whose mission is to use litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting. They discuss their outlook on the 2022 midterm elections, how various voter suppression tactics can be combated, and the exponentially increasing threats that elections officials and poll workers face. To learn more about the work of the Fair Elections Center, visit FairElectionsCenter.org. Plus, visit WorkElections.org to do your part to “Power the Polls” and become a poll worker on election day.

May 31, 2022
Fascism and the American GOP with Brynn Tannehill
27:39

Host Reed Galen is joined by Senior Defense Analyst and Author Brynn Tannehill to discuss the characteristics of fascism exhibited in the modern GOP and the trajectory for how those characteristics came to be. Plus, why are Americans so apprehensive to acknowledge the GOP’s dangerous autocratic threats and has the opportunity already passed to save our nation’s democracy? To hear more from Brynn Tannehill, be sure to pick up her latest book, American Fascism: How the GOP Is Subverting Democracy which is available wherever fine books are sold.

May 26, 2022
This is Leadership
26:14

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to discuss the latest in the investigation on January 6th and why strong leadership is key in keeping the insurrection top-of-mind as the November midterms continue to draw near. Plus, what could happen as a result of the too-close-to-call Pennsylvania Republican primary for U.S. Senate and why is it so crucial to keep a close election focused on the local...rather than getting baited into focusing on the national?

May 24, 2022
Politics 101: What Democrats Must Do to Win in 2022
33:54

Class is now in session! Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to break down what the Democrats must do to win the midterm elections in 2022 - how to fight, what opportunities to seize, and why the perfect message is so important. Plus, why is Mitch McConnell feeling blue and experiencing 2010 déjà vu. As mentioned in the show, here is the “Flag of Treason” ad. Also, don’t forget to pick up one or both of Rick Wilson’s New York Times bestselling books, Running Against the Devil  and Everything Trump Touches Dies.

May 20, 2022
The Generation That Won’t Let Go with Clint Watts
36:18

Host Reed Galen is joined by Clint Watts (National Security Analyst and President & CEO of Miburo Solutions) to discuss Russia/Ukraine - including the strategies Russia is likely to deploy and how the Ukrainians can continue to successfully defend their nationhood, how the Russian people’s opinions are souring on the conflict as accurate reporting continues to trickle in, and how Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the model for a new generation of leadership on the international stage. Plus, what does the United States’ next generation of leadership look like and will this new generation of leaders arrive in time to win America’s fight for democracy?

May 17, 2022
We Will Not Let Hate Win with Sen. Mallory McMorrow
34:21

Host Reed Galen is joined by Senator Mallory McMorrow, a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate representing Michigan’s 13th District. They discuss the importance of Sen. McMorrow’s now viral speech in which she took to the Senate floor to defend herself against the absurd accusations from Republican State Senator Lana Theis who, in a fundraising email, had accused Sen. McMorrow of wanting to “groom and sexualize kindergarteners”.  Can Sen. McMorrow’s response to the attack be a prescription for how the pro-democracy coalition can and should be fighting back against the authoritarian right? Plus, perspective on the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and why Michigan is crucial in securing our nation’s democratic future.

May 13, 2022
A Political Howitzer with Tom Nichols
41:20

Host Reed Galen is joined by Author and Contributing Writer at The Atlantic Tom Nichols to discuss the implications of and the political landscape surrounding last week’s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on overturning Roe v. Wade. Plus, Tom gives his expert perspective on Russia/Ukraine and why does America seem to have a short term memory problem when it comes to considering it's history?

May 11, 2022
The 2022 Midterm Elections: The Stakes, the Strategies, and the States - Part 2
34:28

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Trygve Olson and Jeff Timmer for the conclusion to their in-depth conversation about the 2022 midterm elections. To start, the panel gives their criteria for how they score the upcoming 2022 elections and the unique decision to score them not on a scale of “Democrat to Republican” but rather on a scale of “Democracy to Autocracy”. Then, they do a deep dive into the races in the 4 most important states for the future of American democracy…also known as…the “WAMP” states (Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania). Plus, analysis into the upcoming races in Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, Alaska, and more.

May 06, 2022
The 2022 Midterm Elections: The Stakes, the Strategies, and the States - Part 1
43:40

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Trygve Olson and Jeff Timmer for an in-depth conversation about the 2022 midterm elections. In “Part 1” of a two-part conversation, the panel discusses “the game we know vs. the game we are forced to play” and how it relates to the present state of our nation’s democracy, the impacts of the 2022 political environment on 2024, and how we at the Lincoln Project uniquely view the different midterm races as interconnected and the strategies we plan to and are already deploying as a result. Stay tuned for “Part 2”.

May 04, 2022
The Russia/Ukraine Report Card with David Rothkopf
32:26

Host Reed Galen is joined by David Rothkopf (Contributing Columnist for The Daily Beast and Host of Deep State Radio) to discuss the grades each of the major world leaders should receive in regards to how they’ve responded to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Plus, the GOP is in complete disarray but you wouldn’t know it by how they’re portrayed in the media…and are there any correlations between the recent French elections and what is going on in the United States?

Apr 29, 2022
Don’t Cross “The Mouse” with Sarah Rumpf
41:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by Sarah Rumpf, communications strategist and contributing editor for Mediaite to discuss the latest in the ever-evolving Disney/DeSantis saga centered around the “Don’t Say Gay” bill now turned law. Plus, Toyota has resumed giving political contributions to members of the sedition caucus, and what drives Florida Governor Ron DeSantis…is it a passion to serve those who call Florida their home…or is it a passion to serve himself and his presidential run?

Apr 27, 2022
A Sickness has Overcome the GOP with Lauren Windsor
39:10

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lauren Windsor, the Executive Producer of The Undercurrent, to discuss how she’s continued to use her undercover journalism to fight against the ongoing threats against our nation’s democracy. She shares a recent infiltration with Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) and gives an update on the constantly-evolving saga of John Eastman. Plus, the importance of connecting with voters in exurban and rural areas, and is there an explanation to the recent influx of insanity in the GOP? To keep up with Lauren Windsor, be sure to follow @lawindsor on Twitter and check out TheUndercurrent.tv.

Apr 22, 2022
Complete and Utter Insanity with Elise Jordan
43:10

Host Reed Galen is joined by Elise Jordan a Political Analyst for MSNBC and NBC News to discuss the state of chaos that is the GOP, Rick Scott’s head-scratching new tax plan that he keeps doubling and tripling down on, and what to expect in the 2022 midterm elections especially with primary season just around the corner. Plus, what can be learned from the leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower…and how could that wisdom be used today?

Apr 20, 2022
Vladimir Putin’s Chaos Strategy with John Sipher
41:57

Host Reed Galen is joined by John Sipher, a foreign policy and intelligence expert who served 28 years in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. They discuss the history of Russian intelligence and how that history has led to where things currently stand regarding Russia and Ukraine. Plus, why did the American foreign policy establishment and intelligence community seemingly forget about Russia until now and how do we combat the inevitable Russian interference in the 2024 election?

Apr 14, 2022
Don’t Keep Chasing the Rabbit!
42:44

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to unpack where things stand regarding the 2022 midterm elections and give the Democrats a little bit of tough love about what they could be doing better. There is division in the House Select Committee on January 6th and Jared Kushner is cozying up to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman again…this time to the tune of $2 billion. Plus, is Ron DeSantis making a legitimate run at Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election?

Apr 13, 2022
Stop Buying Blockbusters in a Netflix World with Mi Vecino
38:09

Host Reed Galen is joined by Devon Murphy-Anderson and Alex Berrios, the Co-Founders of Mi Vecino, a voting rights organization in Florida (and proud member of “The Union”) that’s on a mission to register, educate, and empower Black, Brown, and first-time voters who’ve been historically and systemically marginalized, silenced, or ignored. They return to the podcast with an update on the pro-democracy work they’ve been doing now that they are in year two of their organization. Plus, they discuss the state of Florida politics, why year-round organizing and programming is a far superior model to the traditional approach, and the power of genuine and belief-driven messaging.

Apr 08, 2022
Finding Common Ground with Joe Walsh
37:38

Host Reed Galen is joined by former U.S. Congressman, Presidential Candidate, and Radio Host Joe Walsh. They discuss Joe’s journey from being a self described fire-breathing, Tea Party maniac, to challenging incumbent Donald Trump for the 2020 GOP presidential nomination, to hosting his current podcast, White Flag with Joe Walsh, where he has conversations with guests of different perspectives for the purpose of respectful discourse and to find common ground. Plus, what is the future of the GOP and what is on the horizon for the 2022 midterm elections?

Apr 06, 2022
Every Lie Told Owes a Debt to the Truth
32:50

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss the state of the national GOP and its continuing descent. Over the last month we’ve collectively seen the Republican Party weirdly flip-flop on Russia, make a fool of themselves during Ketanji Jackson Brown’s SCOTUS nomination hearings, override the veto of the Utah anti-trans sports ban, the list goes on. It begs the question…what is it that the GOP truly stands for…and what will the pro-democracy coalition’s message be to defeat them in the 2022 midterm elections.

Apr 01, 2022
The Strongman is Losing Control
35:00

Host Reed Galen is joined by Comedian and Host of LPTV’s “We're Speaking”, Maya May to answer questions asked by YOU, the members of the Lincoln Project community. Listeners ask about the state of the Republican party and the ongoing culture war they are waging, the recent performance of GOP Senators during Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson and what will come of them, and the latest with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Mar 30, 2022
Tell a Friend and Join the Union with Megan Matson
30:53

Host Reed Galen is joined by Megan Matson, a renowned grassroots organizer/strategist and Board Member of the Lincoln Project. They continue the exciting conversation about the Lincoln Project’s brand new initiative, The Union, with special attention to its grassroots aspects and why it is so important for the pro-democracy coalition to get involved and build passion at the local level. If you have not yet joined The Union, sign up today at JoinTheUnion.us.

Mar 25, 2022
JoinTheUnion.us - Join the Fight to Save Democracy
30:40

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to discuss the rollout of the Lincoln Project’s latest initiative, The Union. The Union is a pro-democracy coalition of grassroots supporters and organizations dedicated to defending our democracy from the Trumpist authoritarian movement. We’re tired of waiting for someone else to act: it’s on us to save our democracy. We’re comprised of people from all walks of life and all political views — it’s time to put past differences aside and work together for our common goal: saving our democracy. Visit JoinTheUnion.us to learn more.

Mar 22, 2022
Vladimir Putin: Isolated, Unhinged, and Cornered
33:02

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Trygve Olson to discuss Vladimir’s Putin recent chilling, fascistic speech that served as a warning to pro-west Russians, the pro-Russia rhetoric we continue to hear from Tucker Carleson and his fellow American travelers, and who exactly the audience is of Russian state media when what’s being broadcast is so obviously false. Plus, how does all this influence the 2022 midterm elections, now just less than 8 months away.

Mar 19, 2022
The Premonition with Michael Lewis & Dr. Charity Dean
33:48

Host Reed Galen is joined by New York Times bestselling author Michael Lewis and the Co-Founder and CEO of Public Health Company Dr. Charity Dean to discuss where our nation is with COVID-19 two years after the first lockdown and about one year after Lewis wrote his latest book, The Premonition. They also examine how systems break down, in health systems and otherwise, and ask the question as to why the pandemic hasn’t been enough to unite our country and how our country hasn’t been truly united by a common cause in quite some time. Be sure to pick up The Premonition at your favorite book retailer.

Mar 17, 2022
The Beginning of the End for Putin with LTC Alexander Vindman
35:50

Host Reed Galen is joined by retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman who was the former Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council. They discuss how “the perfect phone call” set into motion the events we’re now experiencing today with the Russia-Ukraine war. Plus, why was the Russian army not immediately victorious like so many predicted, what more can NATO and the United States be doing to continue to aid Ukraine, and does this all end in a whimper…or in a mushroom cloud?

Mar 11, 2022
A Commander in Chief Moment
29:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to discuss the latest with the Russia-Ukraine war and the downward spiraling of Vladimir Putin, the effect fracturing democracy at home has on the rest of the world, and the multi-faceted importance of President Joe Biden’s commander in chief moment.

Mar 10, 2022
Lincoln and the Fight for Peace with John Avlon
41:41

Host Reed Galen is joined by John Avlon (Author and Senior Political Analyst/Anchor at CNN) to discuss how Abraham Lincoln’s character informed his commitment to an unconditional surrender from the Confederacy, how even though Lincoln was surrounded by reactionaries and radicals…he maintained the notion that there was more that united American than divides them, and how peace needs to be waged with the same intensity as war. Plus, how the wisdom of Lincoln and the founding fathers can be applied to the present moment for which our nation finds itself. Be sure to pick up John’s latest book Lincoln and the Fight for Peace at your favorite book retailer.

Mar 04, 2022
The Democratic World Must Confront the Aggressive Authoritarian
39:40

Host Reed Galen is joined by Comedian and Host of LPTV’s “We're Speaking”, Maya May to answer questions asked by YOU, the members of the Lincoln Project community. Listeners ask about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the future of the GOP, how everyday Americans can join the fight for democracy, and so much more. Plus, what is the deal with Donald Trump’s brand new “Truth Social”. As mentioned during the episode, be sure to check out Joe Trippi’s “Five Reasons for Optimism in 2022”: https://lincolnproject.us/five-reasons-for-optimism-in-2022/

Mar 02, 2022
Reclaiming Patriotism with Steven Smith
27:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by Steven Smith, Author and Professor of Political Science at Yale University, who’s latest book is Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes. They discuss how patriotism, which was once a value that united Americans, has now become so politicized by both the right and the left, that it's threatening to rip apart our nation's social fabric. Plus, what does the short-term future look like for Americans? Be sure to pick up Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes at your favorite book retailer.

Feb 25, 2022
How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Wanted with Jeremy Peters
37:13

Host Reed Galen is joined by Jeremy Peters, National Politics Reporter at The New York Times and author of, Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Ever Wanted. They discuss the GOP’s multi-decade narrative of devolution, how Fox News and the right wing media machine has used identify politics and populism to their advantage, and can Trumpism survive without Trump. To hear more from Jeremy, be sure to pick up your copy of Insurgency here: penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586398/insurgency-by-jeremy-w-peters/

Feb 23, 2022
Encore Presentation: This is How They Tell Me the World Ends with Nicole Perlroth
53:18

This episode was originally released on July 9, 2021. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by New York Times Cybersecurity Reporter and Author of This is How They Tell Me the World Ends, Nicole Perlroth. They discuss the current state of our nation’s cybersecurity, the evolution and use of “zero-days”, and the disinformation-free truth about election security.

Feb 17, 2022
The Beer Hall Project with Fred Wellman and Cyrus Shick
27:13

Host Reed Galen is joined by Fred Wellman and Cyrus Shick, the Co-Founders of The Beer Hall Project an organization inspired by the infamous Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 and its aftermath…who’s singular focus is to fight on the front lines against the far-right’s campaign to erase & revise the events of January 6th, 2021. They discuss the parallels between the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch of almost a hundred years ago and the events of today, how to turn voters from apathetic to activated with regards to keeping January 6th at top of mind, and the importance of fighting head-on in the battle against January 6th erasure. To learn more about the Beer Hall Project, visit BeerHallProject.com.

Feb 16, 2022
The GOP’s Russian Love Affair with Julia Davis
29:48

Host Reed Galen is joined by Daily Beast columnist and Russian Media Expert Julia Davis. They discuss why Vladimir Putin is acting the way he is in regards to the escalating Russia/Ukraine tensions and what he hopes to gain from the situation, how Trump, Tucker Carlson, and the rest of the GOP came to love Russia, and why Russia is actively angling for Trump to make his return to the Oval Office in 2024.

Feb 11, 2022
Gen Z: America’s Savior with John Della Volpe
38:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by John Della Volpe (Author and Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics) to discuss who Gen Z is, the historical events that have shaped them, and how they are…despite older Americans' efforts to label them as overly sensitive, lazy, and entitled…rising to the unprecedented challenges of their time to take control of their country and our future. Be sure to pick up John’s new book, Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America, at your favorite book retailer.

Feb 08, 2022
Democracy is the Foundation of Individual Freedom
29:26

Host Reed Galen is joined by Comedian and Host of LPTV’s “We're Speaking”, Maya May to answer questions asked by YOU, the members of the Lincoln Project community. Listeners ask about how to frame the importance of defending democracy to those who’ve lost interest in the issue, what to make of Mitch McConnell’s recent troubling comments regarding race, will Dan Bongino’s banning from YouTube make a difference, how do we politically activate Gen Z, and so much more. Plus, is the solution to gerrymandering…“sleeper-agent voters”?

Feb 03, 2022
Join the Union
32:19

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to upack his latest memo, The Five Reasons for Optimism in 2022. They discuss the impact of redistricting, the loons that are the Republicans’ class of nominees, the externalities that provide opportunities for Democrats, and the continued urgency to secure a pro-democracy coalition. For more information on how you can join the fight to help save our democracy, visit: JoinTheUnion.us. In the words of Jason Isbell, “there can’t be more of them than us”.

Feb 01, 2022
There Was No One Left to Speak For Me with Anna Scheumann
38:29

Host Reed Galen is joined by Anna Scheumann, who sits on the board for both 3GNY, a non-profit founded by the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and the New Cracow Friendship Society, a non-profit international organization established by survivors of the Holocaust from Krakow, Poland and carried on by their descendants. In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, they discuss the history of the Holocaust through the lens of Anna’s grandfather’s experience, who was a Holocaust survivor, and examine the current state of anti-semitism that continues to plague our nation and threaten our democracy.

Jan 28, 2022
A Fourth Step Approach with Dr. Charity Dean
50:13

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Charity Dean (CEO & Co-Founder of Public Health Company) to discuss the current state of our nation during the Omicron chapter of the pandemic, the historical event that served as catalyst for the systems failure that has now become the public health institutions of the United States, and how much longer COVID-19 will continue to be a part of our lives. To learn more about Dr. Charity Dean, visit phc.health or read about her story in Michael Lewis’ new book, The Premonition.

Jan 24, 2022
The Dialect of Extremism 
39:45

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Trygve Olson to discuss why so much political power has found its way into the hands of non-office holders, the latest from the political organization “No Labels” and why they so widely miss the mark, and what can be expected in the political landscape over the next 10 months.

Jan 21, 2022
The Inmates are Taking Over the Asylum with Arieh Kovler
33:13

Host Reed Galen is joined by Writer and Political Analyst Arieh Kovler to discuss his unique perspective on the U.S. political landscape from his home country of Israel, if a coalition government could be a path forward for our country, and unique political strategies to consider for the upcoming midterm elections. Plus, reflections on January 6th and what contributed to Arieh’s now-viral pre-insurrection prediction. To learn more from Arieh, be sure to subscribe to his digital newsletter, “The Hat Tip” at arieh.substack.com.

Jan 19, 2022
Check My Ads with Claire Atkin
27:56

Host Reed Galen is joined by Claire Atkin, Co-Founder of the Check My Ads Institute, an independent watchdog non-profit that's reshaping the digital ad-tech industry by cutting disinformation off from its lifeline…which is advertisements and money. They discuss the work being done at the institute, especially in regards to combatting disinformation, and also lay out CMA’s top targets and how they are engaging them. To learn more about Claire Atkin and the Check My Ads Institute visit checkmyads.org.

Jan 14, 2022
Considerable Crisis and Turmoil with Peter Strzok
32:23

Host Reed Galen is joined by Peter Strzok, former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI and author of the book, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump. They reflect on January 6, 2021 and compare those reflections to where we are as a country now and also consider the current state of our nation’s national security institutions. Be sure to be on the lookout over the next couple weeks for the new paperback edition of Compromised which will be available at your favorite book retailer.

Jan 12, 2022
January 6th: One Year Has Passed…Have Things Gotten Better with Norman J. Ornstein
51:00

Host Reed Galen is joined by Norman J. Ornstein, a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute to discuss the long term transformation of the conservative movement, personal accounts of January 6th and the year-long aftermath that our nation has witnessed, and why can’t the institution that is Washington D.C. seem to wake up?!

Jan 06, 2022
Trump’s Next Coup has Already Begun with Barton Gellman
37:25

Host Reed Galen is joined by Author and Staff Writer at The Atlantic, Barton Gellman and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to further explore the ideas laid out by Gellman in his latest article for The Atlantic, “Trump’s Next Coup has Already Begun: January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.” They discuss January 6th and its aftermath, the mind of a “stop the steal” believer, the twisting of state election laws by Republicans, and a look ahead to where we as a nation go from here.

Jan 05, 2022
Encore Presentation: Freedom with Sebastian Junger
38:55

This episode was originally released on September 24, 2021. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by Sebastian Junger (Author, Journalist, and Filmmaker) to discuss his new book, Freedom. Junger recounts how he and three friends (a combat-photographer and two Afghan War vets) walked over 400-miles along railroad lines from Washington DC to Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to examine the intricacies for which personal autonomy and interdependence coexist. Plus, what happens to freedom when political violence and contemptuous rhetoric is introduced?

Dec 30, 2021
Encore Presentation: Our Own Worst Enemy with Tom Nichols
51:53

This episode was originally released on August 19, 2021. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by Author and Contributing Writer at The Atlantic Tom Nichols to discuss the lead-up and aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the mass disbelief in the medical community, and the state of our nation’s democracy through the lens of Tom’s new book, Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy.

Dec 28, 2021
We’re Sick of Being Right
28:56

Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the latest in Texas Politics, the fate of Build Back Better, what drives Senator Joe Manchin, COVID-19, and so much more. Plus, why are we STILL waiting for voting rights legislation to be brought to the Senate floor? Happy Holidays from everyone at the Lincoln Project!

Dec 23, 2021
The Last Line of Defense with Matt Bennett
42:06

Host Reed Galen is joined by Matt Bennett, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Third Way, as well as Co-Founder of Shield PAC. They discuss their views on the 2022 election, the types of candidates Shield PAC supports/defends, and the foreseeable concerns for the pro-democracy coalition in the next year. Plus, how can the Biden Administration better execute their infrastructure rollout?

Dec 22, 2021
Two Years Ago We Began The Lincoln Project
34:00

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss where the world was when the Lincoln Project was first launched back in 2019, where the world is now as we close the book on 2021, what we’ve learned along the way, and how the fight continues as we approach 2022 and beyond.

Dec 17, 2021
The Personalities, the Egos, and the Stories with Abigail Tracy
39:39

Host Reed Galen is joined by Abigail Tracy, National Political Reporter at Vanity Fair to discuss what’s really happening in the headlines surrounding Vice President Kamala Harris, how exponentially inflating political egos have eroded both decency and accountability, and why the ones who are stepping away from public office are the ones we most need to stay. Plus, when journalism focuses on personalities rather than procedures.

Dec 14, 2021
The Party of Chaos, Sickness, and Death with Bill Burton
29:08

Host Reed Galen is joined by Bill Burton (Former White House Deputy Press Secretary & Founder/President of Bryson Gillette) to discuss how the White House isn’t using Vice President Kamala Harris correctly, the right-wing rage machine and how social media has completely transformed the political landscape, and how the Democrats need to message in order to be successful in 2022. Plus, a lunchtime proposal from Lauren Boebert.

Dec 09, 2021
Roadmap 2022
45:39

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to discuss the Lincoln Project’s roadmap for 2022 including where the organization stands both politically and organizationally in our path forward to midterms, what we foresee as our biggest concerns and hurdles along that path, which races we’ll be targeting in 2022 and how we’ll pursue them, and how YOU the Lincoln Project community can get involved.

Dec 08, 2021
The Republicans' New Standard of Immaturity with Sarah Burris
33:50

Host Reed Galen is joined by Political Reporter for RawStory.com, Sarah Burris. They discuss the recent chaotic infighting in the House Republican Conference (featuring Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Nancy Mace, and Kevin McCarthy), how the Democrats and mainstream media don’t respond properly to the right-wing rage machine, and Mark Meadows’ recent revelation about Trump’s positive COVID-19 test just three days before his first debate with Joe Biden. As mentioned in the episode here is Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy’s speech from the Senate floor: https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1465853033523425280.

Dec 03, 2021
A Strategy of Projection with Ruth Ben-Ghiat
32:42

Host Reed Galen is joined by Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Author and Professor of Italian and History at New York University. They discuss how Ruth came to find herself at the center of the conversation around democracy and the fight against authoritarianism, how the GOP uses projection as a strategy, and why it seems so hard for those in politics/government to acknowledge the realities of the world that we are truly living in today. Be sure to pick up Ruth’s latest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present at your favorite book retailer.

Dec 01, 2021
The Most Endangered Species on Capitol Hill
28:34

Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the latest with Steve Bannon, Kevin McCarthy’s eight-and-a-half hour speech, the pace of the House Select Committee on January 6th, and so much more. Plus, Beto O’Rourke vs. Greg Abbott in the Texas race for governor.

Nov 24, 2021
Encore Presentation: Stand Up with Beto O’ Rourke
38:41

This episode was originally released on July 22, 2021. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by Beto O’Rourke, former United States Congressman, Founder of Powered By People, and as of this past Monday…Texas gubernatorial candidate. They discuss the political landscape that is Texas, the Texas Legislature's voter-suppression bill and the 50+ Texas Democrats who traveled to Washington, and Speaker Pelosi’s decision to reject the additions of Jim Jordan and Jim Banks to the January 6th House Select Committee. Plus, Beto O’Rourke spotlights the work of his PAC, Powered By People.

 

 

Nov 18, 2021
Please Scream Inside Your Heart with Dave Pell
44:22

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dave Pell, the self described “Managing Editor of the internet”, Writer and Publisher of the NextDraft newsletter, and author of the new book, Please Scream Inside Your Heart: Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the Year that Wouldn't End. They discuss social media and how it seems to be anything but social, the snowballing failures of messaging that have gotten our nation to where it is at this moment in time, and what it takes to set seemingly everything aside for the sake of the pro-democracy coalition. You can subscribe to Dave’s newsletter at NextDraft.com and find his new book, Please Scream Inside Your Heart, at PleaseScream.com.

Nov 17, 2021
Finally...Infrastructure Week!
31:51

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to discuss the aftermath of the 2021 elections (in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere), all things infrastructure, and the Republican in-fighting that has erupted after the passage of the bipartisan bill. Plus, Rick Wilson makes a surprising (and strategic) endorsement!

Nov 12, 2021
The American Experiment Hangs by a Thread
32:58

Host Reed Galen is joined by Jeff Timmer (Lincoln Project Senior Advisor) and David Daley (Author of Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy and Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy) to discuss all things redistricting, gerrymandering, and the political extremism that comes with it. Plus, what strategies and solutions can be used in fighting the battle ahead as 2022 approaches? Be sure to pick up Ratf**ked and Unrigged at your favorite book retailer.

Nov 09, 2021
Laboratories of Autocracy with David Pepper
41:37

Host Reed Galen is joined by David Pepper, the former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and author of the new book, Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines. They discuss how the greatest threat to American democracy isn’t the antics of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, or Jim Jordan…and it’s not even Donald Trump’s “Big Lie”…it’s the anonymous, often corrupt politicians in statehouses across the country (and the levers of power which they abuse) that pose the greatest dangers to our democracy. Be sure to pick up Laboratories of Autocracy at your favorite book retailer.

Nov 04, 2021
The 12-Month Countdown Begins
34:52

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi to discuss the answer to a rather “small” question. How do we get our friends and allies of democracy (the Democrats, the media, and corporate America) to understand the fight we’re facing regarding the threat to democracy that faces our nation? The fight we face between now and a year from today is unlike anything this country has seen for at least the past 100 years.

Nov 02, 2021
There Must be Accountability with Attorney General Dana Nessel
43:16

Host Reed Galen is joined by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to discuss the upcoming testimony she’ll be presenting at the Sidney Powell disciplinary hearing before the Texas Bar Association, the uncomfortably large number of GOP attorneys general who signed off on bogus claims regarding the 2020 election, and the letter written to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this month questioning the legitimacy of legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. 

Nov 01, 2021
The Saviors of Democracy with Sec. Jocelyn Benson
34:58

Host Reed Galen is joined by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to discuss the importance of preserving democracy at all levels of government, the issue of voting rights and the barrage of threats against those rights in the state of Michigan and the country as a whole, and what to expect in the political landscape as we approach the 2022 and 2024 elections.

Oct 27, 2021
Going Extinct Like the Dodo
29:30

Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the upcoming election in Virginia, the Democratic party, AT&T’s continuing tailspin, Steve Bannon’s “shock troops”, and so much more. Plus, is the Republican party of old actually salvageable?

Oct 22, 2021
Package Deal with Judd Legum
31:48

Host Reed Galen is joined by Judd Legum, Founder and Author of Popular Information. They discuss the latest bombshell revelations regarding the connection of AT&T to One America News (also known as OAN), how AT&T financially supports the politicians who favor anti-abortion legislation (like SB 8 in Texas), and the latest on how AT&T continues to break its corporate pledge to not fund the Sedition Caucus. To learn more from Judd Legum, be sure to subscribe to Popular Information at popular.info.

Oct 20, 2021
A Practice Run with Peter Strzok
42:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by Peter Strzok, former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI and author of the book, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump. They discuss the past, present, and future of Donald Trump and also the continuing threats of the January 6th insurrection (both present and future threats). Be sure to pick up Compromised at your favorite book retailer.

Oct 15, 2021
Enforce the Subpoenas
37:01

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Trygve Olson to discuss the House Select Committee on January 6th’s imminent decision as to whether or not enforce the defiance of their subpoenas, the sudden awakening of the elite media/talkings heads, and the preparations needed as we head into 2022. As mentioned in the episode here is Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson's Twitter thread regarding the 1/6 commission: https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1446503202837442561

Oct 13, 2021
The Power of Us with Dominic Packer & Jay Van Bavel
28:34

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel, Professors of Psychology and Co-Authors of the new book, The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony. They discuss how the definition of identity fits into today’s society, how identity has shifted as political polarization has increased, and the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the identities of both individuals and groups. Be sure to pick up The Power of Us at your favorite book retailer.

Oct 08, 2021
Dipping a Toe into the Pool of Crazy
34:56

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Tara Setmayer to discuss the return of “The Breakdown” to the LPTV airwaves, the upcoming statewide election in Virginia, Steve Bannon’s “shock troops”, and Madison Cawthorn’s holy war. Plus, the troubling state of Facebook. LPTV’s "The Breakdown" streams live every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm ET on the Lincoln Project's YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Oct 06, 2021
Seats of Blue in ‘22
41:59

Host Reed Galen is joined by Comedian and Host of LPTV’s We're Speaking, Maya May. For this podcast, we’re once again shaking up the format and answering questions asked by YOU, the members of the Lincoln Project community. Listeners ask about the upcoming 2022 midterm elections and what individuals can do TODAY to ensure Democrats maintain control of Congress, “widening the tent” of the Democratic party, the upcoming statewide election in Virginia, and more! Plus, how can our nation heal from the plethora of political polarization? As mentioned in the show, be sure to check out the myriad of Lincoln Project Facebook groups: https://www.facebook.com/thelincolnproject.us/groups.

Oct 01, 2021
First Name Basis with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi
27:44

Host Reed Galen is joined by the U.S. Congressman representing the 8th District of Illinois, Raja Krishnamoorthi. They discuss the recent decision by Speaker Pelosi to set the vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill for this Thursday, the status of the debt ceiling, and Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s personal account of January 6th. Plus, how can we break the fever that is Americans who continue to view all things COVID through a political lens?

Sep 28, 2021
Freedom with Sebastian Junger
38:55

Host Reed Galen is joined by Sebastian Junger (Author, Journalist, and Filmmaker) to discuss his new book, Freedom. Junger recounts how he and three friends (a combat-photographer and two afghan war vets) walked over 400-miles along railroad lines from Washington DC to Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to examine the intricacies for which personal autonomy and interdependence coexist. Plus, what happens to freedom when political violence and contemptuous rhetoric is introduced?

Sep 24, 2021
Going Undercover with Lauren Windsor
32:44

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lauren Windsor, the Executive Producer of The Undercurrent, to discuss how she’s using her undercover journalism to fight against the ongoing threats against our nation’s democracy. She shares stories from some of her latest infiltration targets which include Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Mike Pence, and more. To keep up with Lauren Windsor, be sure to follow @lawindsor on Twitter and check out TheUndercurrent.tv.

Sep 22, 2021
The Pro-Democracy Coalition
34:48

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi to discuss the history of how the modern Republican party came to morph into an authoritarian movement, our nation’s failure of imagination, and why it is of the utmost importance to build and continue to grow a pro-democracy coalition as the 2022 and 2024 elections approach.

 

Sep 18, 2021
Facebook’s Battle for Domination with Sheera Frenkel
34:42

Host Reed Galen is joined by Sheera Frenkel, Cybersecurity Reporter for The New York Times and Co-Author of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination. They discuss all things Facebook including the motivations of Mark Zuckerberg, how Facebook has mishandled its users’ data, misinformation and disinformation, and how Facebook has amplified and continues to amplify dangerous & polarizing hate speech. Be sure to pick up An Ugly Truth at your favorite book retailer.

Sep 14, 2021
Cruel and Craven: The Texas GOP
34:17

Host Reed Galen is joined by the political consultant and friend of the Lincoln Project Matthew Dowd to discuss all things Texas and how the ugliness occurring in the Lone Star State could end up being an analog for the nation as a whole if the efforts of the Lincoln Project and its allies aren’t successful in 2022. To keep up with all things Matthew Dowd be sure to follow him on Twitter @MatthewJDowd and don’t forget to pre-order his upcoming book, Revelations on the River.

Sep 10, 2021
A Systems Failure
27:33

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lisa Senecal and Maya May, the Co-Hosts of Lincoln Project Television’s “We’re Speaking” to discuss the absolute insanity of what’s happening in the Lone Star State. They break down the brand new Texas abortion ban law that recently went into effect on September 1st and what it means for the integrity of democracy in both Texas and our nation as a whole.

Sep 09, 2021
“We Don’t Have the Luxury to Walk Away”
45:13

Host Reed Galen is joined by Devon Murphy-Anderson and Alex Berrios, the Co-Founders of Mi Vecino, a voting rights organization in Florida that’s on a mission to register, educate, and empower Black, Brown, and first-time voters who’ve been historically and systemically marginalized, silenced, or ignored. They discuss how their unique backgrounds led them to politics, the work of Mi Vecino, and the disaster that is Ron DeSantis. Plus, what are Democrats getting wrong when it comes to messaging, and what kinds of messaging approaches can prove to be more effective?

Sep 04, 2021
Encore Presentation: The Cult of Trump
38:29

This episode was originally released on June 1, 2021. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Steven Hassan, a cults & undue influence expert and mental health professional to discuss the cult of cults that surrounds Donald Trump, why the ideas and actions of Donald Trump are attractive to so many Americans and the Republican party, and what prescriptions can be used to dismantle the “Cult of Trump”. In 1974, at the age of 19, Dr. Hassan was recruited into the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon. After more than two years, his family successfully deprogrammed him from the cult. This experience led him to his work helping save others caught by the predatory influence of cult leaders. He is the founding director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center (freedomofmind.com) and has published an array of papers, articles, and books on the subject of cults & undue influence...including his most recent book, The Cult of Trump.

Aug 31, 2021
The Sunshine Show
36:21

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Publisher and Executive Editor of FloridaPolitics.com Peter Schorsch to discuss all things Florida, including the latest in the COVID spike, school mask mandates (or lack thereof), the state of the economy, and especially Governor Ron DeSantis. To hear more from Peter Schorsch, be sure to check out FloridaPolitics.com and follow him on Twitter @PeterSchorschFL.

Aug 27, 2021
The Zealot and the Emancipator with H.W. Brands
49:37

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. H.W. Brands (Professor of History and Bestselling Author) to discuss the vastly different approaches John Brown and Abraham Lincoln took to confront the issue of slavery in their time and what parallels we can draw to the political landscape of today. For more on this topic be sure to check out Dr. H.W. Brands' The Zealot and the Emancipator, and don’t forget to pre-order his upcoming book, Our First Civil War, available on November 9th.

Aug 25, 2021
Our Own Worst Enemy with Tom Nichols
51:53

Host Reed Galen is joined by Author and Contributing Writer at The Atlantic Tom Nichols to discuss the lead-up and aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the mass disbelief in the medical community, and the state of our nation’s democracy through the lens of Tom’s new book, Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy.

Aug 19, 2021
Republican Chaos Theory
45:49

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Trygve Olson to discuss the recent tragic events in Afghanistan (and President Biden’s recent address regarding those events), the letter from 46 Republican Senators threatening to block efforts to raise the national debt ceiling, and the complete failures of leadership that are Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott.

Aug 18, 2021
Q & A with Maya May
35:35

Host Reed Galen is joined by Comedian and Host of LPTV’s We're Speaking Maya May. For this podcast, we’re shaking up the format and answering questions asked by YOU, the members of the Lincoln Project community. Listeners ask about the impact evictions may have on voters who need to get a new address/voter ID, how the 2020 census data will be used for redistricting, can the Supreme Court be the answer to the latest wave of anti-voting rights legislation, and so much more! Plus, what does an “anti-Trump card” look like?

Aug 12, 2021
What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?
35:46

Host Reed Galen is joined by David H. Laufman, Partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP and former Federal Prosecutor with the Department of Justice to discuss the latest with the House Select Committee on January 6th, a unique perspective regarding the four police officers who testified before the select committee, and what the DOJ revelation means legally for the Trump White House. Plus, what did Donald Trump know and when did he know it?

Aug 10, 2021
Here, Right Matters with LTC Alexander Vindman
33:15

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman who was the former Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council. Vindman came to national attention in October 2019 when he testified before the United States Congress regarding the Trump–Ukraine scandal. His testimony provided evidence that resulted in Donald Trump’s first impeachment charge. Vindman discusses with Reed and Rick what it was like to witness the Trump/Zelensky call, the fallout that occurred, and how he maintained his integrity in the face of adversity. To learn more about Vindman's story be sure to check out his newly released memoir, Here, Right Matters (https://www.amazon.com/Here-Right-Matters-American-Story/dp/0063079429/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=here%2C+right+matters&qid=1628170185&sr=8-1).

Aug 05, 2021
The Silent Killer with Cass R. Sunstein
33:44

Host Reed Galen is joined by author and legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein to discuss a couple of his new titles, This is Not Normal: The Politics of Everyday Expectations and Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement. They talk about changing norms in our nation, the fluidity of color, overcoming noise/variability, and more. Plus, is "lapidation" making a comeback?

Aug 03, 2021
The January 6th House Select Committee
32:53

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to discuss the House Select Committee on January 6th; how it came to be, the day-one-testimonies of 4 police officers who were on the front lines for the attack on the capitol, and what is expected to happen as the committee continues. Plus, is anyone surprised by Donald Trump’s latest episode of “twisting the knife”?

Jul 29, 2021
The True Fight with Judd Legum
38:28

Host Reed Galen is joined by Judd Legum, Founder and Author of Popular Information. They discuss the latest in corporate political donations, the inside/outside nature of companies after January 6th, and the true fight which the media and corporations seem not to grasp. To learn more from Judd Legum, be sure to subscribe to Popular Information at popular.info.

Jul 27, 2021
Stand Up with Beto O’Rourke
38:13

Host Reed Galen is joined by Beto O’Rourke, former United States Congressman and Founder of Powered By People. They discuss the political landscape that is Texas, the latest regarding the Texas Legislature's voter-suppression bill and the 50+ Texas Democrats currently in Washington, and Speaker Pelosi’s decision to reject the additions of Jim Jordan and Jim Banks to the January 6th House Select Committee. Plus, Beto O’Rourke spotlights the work of his PAC, Powered By People.

Jul 23, 2021
Representative Johnson Goes to Washington
39:29

Host Reed Galen is joined by Representative Julie Johnson, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representative representing the 115th district in Dallas County.  Rep. Johnson shares how she and her 50+ fellow Texas Democrats are continuing to fight for voting rights in Washington, D.C. after breaking quorum last week to deny the efforts of Texas Republicans to pass anti-voting legislation. Plus, a discussion about the state of Texas politics and a clarion call for political courage. If you’d like to support the 50+ Texas state legislators who are fighting for voting rights, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/protecttexasvote.

Jul 21, 2021
Getting Into “Good Trouble”
33:02

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi to discuss the Texas Democrats who exited their state to continue the fight for voting rights, the Lincoln Project’s recent victory over Toyota and how the winning strategy applies to future corporate targets, and Fox News telling people to not get vaccinated.

Jul 16, 2021
Encore Presentation: The Seven Pillars of Trumpism
36:46

This episode was originally released on February 26, 2021. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Tara Setmayer and Stuart Stevens to discuss Sen. Ron Johnson's peddling of conspiracy theories during the Senate's first Capitol security hearing, Sen. Mitch McConnell's resistance to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposal of a 9/11-style commission to study the January 6th insurrection, and CPAC 2021. But first, the panel breaks down "The Seven Pillars of Trumpism" and applies the pillars to the conversation that follows.

Jul 13, 2021
This is How They Tell Me the World Ends with Nicole Perlroth
53:01
Host Reed Galen is joined by New York Times Cybersecurity Reporter and Author of This is How They Tell Me the World Ends, Nicole Perlroth. They discuss the current state of our nation’s cybersecurity, the evolution and use of “zero-days”, and the disinformation-free truth about election security.
Jul 09, 2021
We Must Unite
37:28

Host Reed Galen is joined by Legendary Democratic Strategist and brand new Senior Advisor to the Lincoln Project, Joe Trippi. They discuss how Joe came to join the Lincoln Project, the importance of setting aside differences to form a pro-democracy coalition, the latest in corporate accountability, and Trump’s dangerous words at a weekend rally in Sarasota, Florida.

Jul 08, 2021
A Failure of Containment
38:42

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Charity Dean (CEO, Co-Founder, and Chairman of Public Health Company) to discuss how she was among the first to identify the true threat of COVID-19, the effect of the pandemic on American institutions, and how the leadership lessons of Winston Churchill can be used to effectively combat the novel pathogens of today. To learn more about Dr. Charity Dean, visit phc.health or read about her story in Michael Lewis’ new book, The Premonition.

Jul 02, 2021
Running Trumpism Through the Carwash
43:22

Host Reed Galen is joined by Ari Berman (Senior Reporter, Mother Jones & Author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America) to discuss Heritage Action’s role in state-level anti-voting legislation, Ron DeSantis’ “anti-riot” law in Florida, and the importance of working with those you may not always agree with when it comes to defending democracy.

Jun 30, 2021
Damn the Torpedoes!
56:16

Host Reed Galen is joined by Political Consultant Trygve Olson (President, Viking Strategies, LLC) to discuss the psychological pillars of political extremism, the dangerous tactics of autocrats, and the ten rules Olson has developed to beat those tactics. To hear more from Trygve Olson, follow him @TrygveOlson on Twitter.

Jun 25, 2021
Barstools and Brosephs
29:54

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Communications Director Ryan Wiggins to discuss voters who do not see voting rights/election reform as a top priority, what to expect politically as the summer heats up, and the idea of the Republican party being, "the Barstool party".

Jun 23, 2021
How Democracies Die with Dr. Steven Levitsky
31:49

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Steven Levitsky (Professor of Government at Harvard University) to discuss his book, How Democracies Die, the state of play of our nation’s democracy today, and how we extract ourselves from where our democracy is currently heading. Plus, the importance of maintaining a multi-party, pro-democracy, coalition.

Jun 17, 2021
Fighting Season: Summer 2021
49:22

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss where the Lincoln Project stands both politically and operationally as the summer of 2021 begins, the biggest hurdles in need of overcoming, and which targets the Lincoln Project will be pursuing. Plus, how can members of the Lincoln Project community join the fight and get involved?

Jun 15, 2021
Overlooking Partisanship with Bill Burton
35:51

Host Reed Galen is joined by Bill Burton (Former White House Deputy Press Secretary & Founder/President of Bryson Gillette) to discuss the role of polling in politics (especially at the local level in regards to local issues like homelessness, competence, and crime), the power of big tech/social media companies, and what Senator Joe Manchin could possibly be thinking. Plus, Bill shares the difficulties experienced by the Obama White House when it came to bipartisanship.

Jun 10, 2021
The Authoritarian Playbook
33:49

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founders Steve Schmidt & Rick Wilson, as well as Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss Donald Trump’s recent speech in North Carolina and Senator Joe Manchin’s declaration that he will not be supporting the “For the People Act”. Plus, a story straight from the British Virgin Islands.

Jun 08, 2021
Chutes and Ladders
30:39

Host Reed Galen is joined by award-winning television journalist and author, Jeff Greenfield to discuss if there’s a potential rift in the GOP (SPOILER ALERT...there’s not) and the current role of the national political media. Plus, how did Jeff catch the politics bug? You can follow Jeff Greenfield on Twitter @Greenfield64.

Jun 03, 2021
The Cult of Trump
38:26

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Steven Hassan, a cults & undue influence expert and mental health professional to discuss the cult of cults that surrounds Donald Trump, why the ideas and actions of Donald Trump are attractive to so many Americans and the Republican party, and what prescriptions can be used to dismantle the “Cult of Trump”. In 1974, at the age of 19, Dr. Hassan was recruited into the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon. After more than two years, his family successfully deprogrammed him from the cult. This experience led him to his work helping save others caught by the predatory influence of cult leaders. He is the founding director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center (freedomofmind.com) and has published an array of papers, articles, and books on the subject of cults & undue influence...including his most recent book, The Cult of Trump.

Jun 01, 2021
A Dollop of Rage
26:15

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lisa Senecal and Maya May, the Co-Hosts of Lincoln Project Television’s “We’re Speaking” as well as Tedra Cobb (President of Backroads PAC & former Democratic candidate for Congress in NY-21 challenging Elise Stafanik) to discuss the return of “We’re Speaking” to the LPTV airwaves, Sen. Mitch McConnell requesting a “personal favor” of Senate Republicans, and the rise and evolution of Rep. Elise Stefanik. LPTV’s "We’re Speaking" streams live every Wednesday at 8pm ET on the Lincoln Project's YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

May 28, 2021
“The Breakdown” Returns
34:07

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Tara Setmayer to discuss the return of “The Breakdown” to the LPTV airwaves, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comparison of House mask mandates to the holocaust, and the latest updates in American corporations continuing to break their pledge by making campaign donations to members of the sedition caucus.  LPTV’s "The Breakdown" streams live every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm ET on the Lincoln Project's YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

May 27, 2021
The Franklin Project
34:29

Host Reed Galen is joined by the Co-Executive Directors of the Franklin Project, Greg Jenkins and Erin Dobson. They discuss the newly launched Franklin Project’s mission to address the increasing imbalance of power between the government and the governed, the creation of “The Democracy Corps”, and the state of civics education in the United States. To learn more about and get involved with the Franklin Project, visit FranklinProject.us and follow @FranklinProjUS on Twitter.

May 20, 2021
Allegiance
45:41

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founders Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson to discuss the Lincoln Project’s latest ad, the true stakes of the 2022 election, and whether or not the GOP can/should be saved. Plus, don’t forget to register for the second “America First Rally” with Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene on May 21st...attendance highly discouraged! Here’s the registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/america-first-rally-with-congressman-gaetz-and-congresswoman-greene-tickets-154592128217

May 18, 2021
Ignoring the Lie Emboldens the Liar
38:19

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson, Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stevens, and Lincoln Project Executive Director Fred Wellman to discuss the ousting of Liz Cheney from House leadership, a group of 100 Republicans threatening to form a third party, and the recent open letter from 124 retired generals and admirals advancing Trump’s “Big Lie”.

May 13, 2021
“Never Enough” with Mike Hayes
27:12

Host Reed Galen is joined by Mike Hayes (Former Commander of SEAL Team TWO, U.S. Navy) to discuss how Mike came to be a Navy SEAL, the impact of the first few months of the Biden administration, and the importance of navigating the fine line between following leadership and trusting one’s personal morals. To hear more from Mike Hayes, be sure to check out his new book, Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning, available at Amazon or wherever fine books are sold.

May 11, 2021
The Crazy Train
33:12

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Tara Setmayer to discuss the latest in the McCarthy/Cheney saga, Josh Hawley’s recent livestream with the The Washington Post, and how the media chooses to cover Washington. Plus, Donald Trump has a new blog.

May 06, 2021
The Anthropologists of Trump
45:54

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss a new ad from the Lincoln Project, Trump’s latest statement regarding “The Big Lie”, and the recent bizarre proclamation by Ted Cruz to swear off corporate PAC donations. Plus, one year has passed since the Lincoln Project released the ad, “Mourning in America.”

May 04, 2021
The Narcissist in Chief
29:08

Host Reed Galen is joined by psychotherapist, Nick Carmody. They discuss the psychological profile of Donald Trump, the allure of why the GOP has embraced Trumpism, and the reasoning behind the rise of grievance politics & perpetual victimhood. In 2010, Nick experienced two life-changing Traumatic Brain Injuries (eight months apart). The resulting changes in brain functioning, personality, and emotional processing (along with other intense personal experiences) created an obsession-like need to understand and confirm these experiences, and served as motivation to go back to school and work in the psychology field. To read more from Nick Carmody, you can follow him on Twitter @Nick_Carmody and visit patreon.com/NickCarmody

Apr 30, 2021
The Disguise of Nomenclature
30:44

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founders Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson to discuss the euphemisms used to disguise the true intentions/agenda of the Republican Party, the very realistic threat of the GOP regaining control of the House, and the importance of planning for the 2022 midterm elections now rather than later.

Apr 26, 2021
The Boiling Frog
37:20

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens and Lincoln Project Executive Director Fred Wellman to discuss the ongoing McConnell/Trump showdown, the Texas Legislature’s attempted retribution against pro-democracy corporations, and the dangerous slippery slope that is “anti-riot” legislation.

Apr 23, 2021
Matthew Dowd: The Man Without a Party
29:57

Host Reed Galen is joined by Political Strategist and Bestselling Author Matthew Dowd. They discuss the role of Tucker Carlson and similar programming in the devolution of the Republican party, a new wave of “anti-riot” legislation, and how the GOP has twisted the results of the Derek Chauvin trial to fit their narrative. Plus, will a third party emerge in the future?

Apr 22, 2021
100 Days Later
39:09

It’s been 100 days since a mob of extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to block the certification of President Biden’s victory and overthrow our government at the urging of Donald Trump and his Big Lie. This week, host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founders Steve Schmidt & Rick Wilson, as well as Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss the aftermath of the insurrection and the importance of never forgetting the events of January 6, 2021. Plus, a look-ahead to the 2022 midterm elections.

Apr 16, 2021
The Original Sin of the Modern Republican Party
50:15

Host Reed Galen is joined by Michael Steele (Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee & Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland) and Stuart Stevens (Senior Advisor, The Lincoln Project) to discuss the GOP’s spring retreat this past weekend as well as the latest developments in corporate accountability. Plus, we reflect on “Trump’s Big Lie” and the storming of the U.S Capitol as we approach 100 days since January 6th. To hear more from Michael Steele, listen to “The Michael Steele Podcast” available on Apple Podcasts and be sure to check out michaelsteelenetwork.com

Apr 13, 2021
Inside "Captain Chaos" with Michael Cohen
33:55

Host Reed Galen is joined by Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to Donald Trump. Galen and Cohen discuss 45’s pending litigation, how ingrained the former president continues to be in the Republican party, and how Trump completely blundered the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, will Donald Trump run for president in 2024?

Apr 08, 2021
The Future of Community
29:30

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss the future of building community in our nation through the lens of a recent Gallup poll, which reports that house of worship membership in the United States has dropped below 50% for the first time since 1937 (when Gallup began following this trend). Plus, how can the Lincoln Project community best mobilize for the 2022 midterm elections.

Apr 05, 2021
America’s Most Dangerous Immigrant
34:41

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Executive Director Fred Wellman to discuss the backstory behind "Rupert", the Lincoln Project’s new ad, which identifies Rupert Murdoch (creator of Fox News) as the most dangerous man to ever cross the U.S. border. Plus, the panel discusses the aftermath of Georgia’s newly-inked Jim Crow legislation and the GOP’s hastened march towards fascism.

Mar 30, 2021
The Right Side of History
30:18

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss the latest regarding the Georgia General Assembly’s proposed voter suppression legislation and the responsibility of large corporations, like Coca Cola, to oppose it. The panel then opens up the discussion of corporate responsibility to the national level by continuing the conversation about how companies like AT&T, Cigna, and Intel, have broken their pledge to not financially support members of Congress who voted to decertify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Plus, a brief history of the GOP's relationship with absentee ballots and mail-in voting.

Mar 25, 2021
The Broken Pledge
32:41

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Tara Setmayer to discuss the rationale behind the delays in the formation of a Capitol riot commission and the growing number of corporations breaking their pledges to not financially support members of Congress who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Plus, the panel considers Donald Trump’s legal responsibility for the January 6th insurrection.

Mar 23, 2021
Truth is Golden
33:46

Host Reed Galen is joined by Ben, Brett, and Jordan Meiselas. These are the three brothers who co-founded MeidasTouch, a political action committee founded in March of 2020 with the purpose of stopping the re-election of Donald Trump. The brothers share the origin story of their PAC along with the work they continue to engage in today. Plus, the panel considers the importance of applying an “always on” approach to messaging. To learn more about MeidasTouch and their projects, visit MeidasTouch.com

Mar 20, 2021
Joe Trippi: The Man Who Reinvented Campaigning
44:00

Host Reed Galen is joined by the legendary Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. Joe has been at the forefront of movement politics for nearly 40 years and has been called “the man who reinvented campaigning.” Joe reminisces on his impressive campaign track record and shares how his management of the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign revolutionized modern politics. Plus, Trippi considers the current state of Democrats and Republicans especially in relation to the media and the growing culture of outrage. You can hear more from Joe Trippi on his podcast, “That Trippi Show” available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

Mar 17, 2021
One Year of COVID-19
35:54

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss President Biden’s speech on the one-year anniversary of the nationwide COVID-19 shutdown and Donald Trump’s latest efforts to undercut the GOP. Plus, the panel examines Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s latest string of “controversies” and looks back to remembers where they were a year ago when the nationwide COVID-19 shutdown began.

Mar 13, 2021
The New Jim Crow Continues
30:52

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Executive Director Fred Wellman and fellow Co-Founder Rick Wilson to discuss the continuing attacks on voting rights, most recently in Georgia and Iowa, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s decision to revert back to supporting the sedition caucus. Plus, we get to know Fred Wellman, the new Lincoln Project Executive Director.

Mar 10, 2021
A Vaccination Against Radicalization
32:36

Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Daniel Barkhuff (Founder and President of Veterans for Responsible Leadership) to discuss the state of COVID-19 in our nation, the recent testimonies before Congress regarding the District of Columbia National Guard during the January 6th insurrection, and how to combat the concerning growth of nationalism in the ranks of the U.S. military. To learn more about Veterans For Responsible Leadership, visit VFRL.org.

Mar 06, 2021
The Abandoned Marketplace of Ideas
37:16

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Tara Setmayer and Stuart Stevens to discuss the latest memo from the Congressional Leadership Fund, the Voting Rights Act case currently being argued before the Supreme Court, and Gov. Abbott’s decision to fully reopen Texas.

Mar 04, 2021
The Dear Leader Returns
33:30

The 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and all its weirdness has thankfully concluded. The conference's theme on paper was "America Uncanceled" however the overwhelming theme in the air was, and continues to be, that the Republican Party is firmly the party of Donald Trump. Host and Lincoln Project Co-Founder Reed Galen is joined by fellow Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to recap the events of CPAC 2021, with special attention to Donald Trump's closing speech.

Mar 02, 2021
The Seven Pillars of Trumpism
36:23

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Tara Setmayer and Stuart Stevens to discuss Sen. Ron Johnson's recent peddling of conspiracy theories during the Senate's first Capitol security hearing, Sen. Mitch McConnell's resistance to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposal of a 9/11-style commission to study the January 6th insurrection, and the latest from CPAC 2021. But first, the panel breaks down "The Seven Pillars of Trumpism" and applies the pillars to the conversation that follows.

Feb 26, 2021
A Plot to End the American Experiment
22:20

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to preview the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and predict what will be discussed along with what dangers this conference could pose to our nation’s democracy. This year’s CPAC will be the first time Donald Trump gives a public address since leaving the White House.

Feb 23, 2021
History Chooses Us
23:19

Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss the aftermath of the failed Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump and why continuing the fight against Trumpism is now more important than ever.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: At the beginning of this episode, Co-Founder, Reed Galen shares a prepared statement from The Lincoln Project.

Feb 17, 2021
"We're Speaking" with Lisa Senecal and Maya May
28:28

Host Reed Galen is joined by Lisa Senecal and Maya May, the co-hosts of Lincoln Project Television’s “We’re Speaking”. They share how the show launched on inauguration day and has been thoughtfully addressing issues important to women ever since.  Lisa and Maya also recount their reactions to the January 6th Capitol siege and share their takeaways from the first two days of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. "We're Speaking" streams live every Wednesday at 9pm ET on the Lincoln Project's YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

Feb 11, 2021
The Eve of the Senate Impeachment Trial with Elie Honig & Mark Zaid
45:29

Lincoln Project Co-Founder Reed Galen is joined by Mark Zaid (Co-Founder of Whistleblower Aid) and Elie Honig (CNN Legal Analyst and former State and Federal Prosecutor) to discuss what to expect in the upcoming February 9th Senate impeachment trial. They address the constitutionality and process of the trial, how it compares to Donald Trump’s first impeachment, and the importance of continuing to have the trial even though an acquittal seems inevitable.

 

Feb 09, 2021
Impeachment and Condemnation
33:19

Lincoln Project Co-Founder Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens and fellow Co-Founders Steve Schmidt & Rick Wilson to discuss the upcoming February 9th Senate impeachment trial as well as Senator Mitch McConnell’s recent condemnation of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: At the beginning of this episode, Co-Founder, Rick Wilson shares the Lincoln Project’s collective thoughts on John Weaver.

Feb 03, 2021
What’s Next
26:44

Lincoln Project Co-Founder Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Advisor Stuart Stevens and fellow Co-Founders Steve Schmidt & Rick Wilson to discuss what’s next for the Lincoln Project and how its mission has evolved since the Capitol was stormed and President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office.

Feb 01, 2021