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The Midpod: The Midterms Podcast

83 EpisodesProduced by Nicie Panetta and Heather AtwoodWebsite

The Midpod - Two moms travel the country to bring you the stories of the most exciting and important congressional races in the 2018 Midterm elections.

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Ep. 81 The Midpod Finale

December 21st, 2018


Eunice and Heather wrap up the Midpod and share conversations with one of their favorite listeners, Krishan Patel in California and one of their favorite candidates, newly elected Congresswoman elect, Haley Stevens from …

Ep. 80 In Memoriam: Giles Perkins

December 18th, 2018


Last November we traveled to Alabama to cover the race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. We were fortunate to spend time in Birmingham with the architect of the Jones campaign: Giles Perkins, who passed …

Ep. 79 Sen. Maggie Hassan: the SUPPORT Act

December 11th, 2018


There wasn’t much coverage, but this Fall Congress actually stepped up and passed a $6 billion, bipartisan bill to help communities fight the opiod epidemic. Senator Hassan (D-NH) tells us about new law and how it came …

Ep. 78 David King: We won! Now what?!

December 4th, 2018


Newly elected members of congress have been attending King's orientation program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for over two decades. King …

Ep. 77 Seth Moulton & Emily Cherniack: Servant Leaders & Power Politics

November 27th, 2018


Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Emily Cherniack have been recruiting service veterans to run for office, and Moulton is seeking to oust Democratic …

Ep. 76 Amanda Hunter: The Year of the Woman!

November 20th, 2018


Hunter describes how decades of research and activism contributed to historic gains at the ballot box for women this year.

Ep. 75 G. Elliott Morris, the Economist Midterms Results Round-up

November 13th, 2018


Morris' model for the house was spot on. We get his takeaways, and discuss a winning strategy for taking voter turnout to the next level. Hint: grab an apron & a long fork.

Ep. 74 Rachel Bitecofer: Election Night Preview

November 6th, 2018


This Virginia-based political scientist has a model for the House based on 'negative partisanship,' and she sees a blue wave.

Ep. 73 North Dakota, land of Hotdish and Heidi Heitkamp

November 2nd, 2018


Farmers here know the trade war with China first hand. Tribes know the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women first hand.  We speak to both, and have a long overdue conversation on abortion.

Ep. 72 Glenn Nye: Congress and the Future of Compromise.

October 30th, 2018


A "recovering politician" and former member of Congress, Nye heads the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He thinks elected …

Ep. 71 Harley Rouda, CA 48

October 27th, 2018


This businessman and first-time candidate is taking on controversial, 30-year incumbent Dana Rohrabacher. Rouda talks through the challenges of running one of the most competitive and expensive races in the country.

Ep. 70 Rick Wilson

October 23rd, 2018


When we were in Austin in late September, we had the chance to catch up with the face of the Never Trump movement and the king of the one-liner, Rick Wilson.

Ep. 69 Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Senator of North Dakota

October 19th, 2018


Heidi Heitkamp voted "no" on Brett Kavanaugh because she had voted yes so many times in support of victims, victims of sexual violence and sex …

EP. 68 Betomania

October 16th, 2018


Nicie and Heather return to Austin, Texas for breakfast tacos, Tex Mex (more about that on our blog), MJ Hegar, and for the Beto/Willie rally!  Willie Nelson has a new anthem, “If you don’t like who’s in there vote ‘em …

Ep. 67 The Great Battlefield x the MidPod

October 12th, 2018


Nicie shares the story of the MidPod with Nathaniel Pearlman and gets his insights into political technology and Progressive entrepreneurship.

Ep. 66 Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, JOLT

October 9th, 2018


Tzintzun Ramirez fought to build power for undocumented workers in Texas. Now she wants to empower young Latinos to become voters and leaders for Texas and America.

Ep. 65: Jared Golden, ME-02

October 5th, 2018


Maine State Representative Jared Golden describes himself as a "progressive heart with a pragmatic approach to delivery."  He’s running for U.S. …

Ep. 64 Iowa: The Dream Team in the Field of Dreams

October 2nd, 2018


At the State Fair and around the state, Iowans worry about the fate of their cherished traditions: farming, community, and decency.

Ep. 63 Gina Ortiz Jones, TX-23

September 28th, 2018


This former Air Force Intelligence Officer and trade expert from San Antonio is running for congress in a majority-minority swing district where health care, immigration and education are key concerns.

Ep. 62 Michael Miller: The Impact of Money in Politics and Voter ID Laws

September 25th, 2018


Professor Miller, who teaches at Barnard College, became a leading elections scholar after some serious time in the trenches of electoral politics.

Ep. 61 Chris Pappas, NH-01 & Lucas Meyer, NH Young Democrats.

September 21st, 2018


Chris Pappas' family has 100 years of history in New Hampshire, and he’s vying to become the state's first LGBT member of Congress. Lucas Meyer has been recruiting a new generation of candidates to run for office and …

Ep. 60 Tom Steyer Need to Vote Town Hall

September 18th, 2018


Nicie moderates a conversation about the future of our democracy with Tom Steyer and 200 active citizens in Manchester, NH.

Ep. 59 Mike Levin CA-49

September 14th, 2018


Environmental lawyer Mike Levin is running to replace retiring congressman Daryl Issa in this swing district that stretches along the coast north of San Diego and into southern Orange County. He shared his aspirations …

Ep. 58. Nathaniel Stinnett, Environmental Voter Project

September 11th, 2018


Using data mining and modeling, Stinnett has discovered a millions of passionate environmentalists, who defy our stereotypes. Now he’s working to get …

Ep. 57 Lauren Baer, FL-18

September 7th, 2018


Lauren Bear is a foreign policy and human rights expert running against incumbent Brian Mast. If elected, she would be Florida's first openly LGBTQ+ …

Ep 56 ME-02: "The old Democrat that's coming back" in a working class district

September 4th, 2018


Delivering healthcare in this vast, rural district has become almost impossible under a whittled away ACA, which the Republican incumbent voted to …

Ep. 55 Sean Casten, IL-06

August 31st, 2018


This engineer and green energy entrepreneur is running in a toss-up seat near Chicago. The moms went into full geek mode with Casten on what Congress …

Ep. 54 Deidre DeJear

August 28th, 2018


DeJear is bringing her family legacy of civic engagement to her pathbreaking bid for Secretary of State in Iowa. She’s got ideas about how to inspire the next generation of active citizens.

Ep. 53 Gil Cisneros, CA-39

August 24th, 2018


This Navy veteran is running in a highly competitive open seat race south of Los Angeles. His passion is education. 

Ep. 52 Michele Swers: The Gender Gap in Congress

August 21st, 2018


Swers, a political scientist at Georgetown University, studies women in congress: the challenges they face in getting elected and the tensions they …

Ep. 51 Haley Stevens, MI-11

August 16th, 2018


Stevens grew up in this suburban district outside of Detroit. Now she wants to bring her auto industry expertise to Washington and she wants to help build a vibrant 21st century manufacturing ecosystem in America.

Ep. 50 Texas 23: Borderlands

August 14th, 2018


Gina Ortiz Jones fights to win back this swing district and citizens protest as the Trump Administration tears refugee children from their parents and moves to build a wall on the Rio Grande.

Ep. 49 Lauren Underwood, IL-14

August 10th, 2018


Lauren Underwood has had a passion for health care since childhood for very personal reasons. She channeled that passion into a career in health …

Ep. 48 Rogelio Saenz: Latinx Demography and Politics in Texas

August 7th, 2018


One in ten school-aged children in America lives in Texas. Saenz charts the evolution of the Latinx communities in Texas, and the profound challenges …

Ep. 47 Jessica Morse CA-04

August 3rd, 2018


Jessica Morse describes her deep roots in this rural district, and her calling to public service to Baghdad and now back home to the mountains of Yosemite . She’s giving incumbent Tom McClintock a serious challenge.

Ep. 46 Eric Foner: The Imagined Community

July 31st, 2018


Historian Eric Foner shares key insights into the historical struggle for freedom and the crucial role of principled dissent. We find lessons for …

Ep. 45 NH-01: Who will stand up?

July 24th, 2018


We interview 7 candidates and tell 1 stunning story of citizen activism. We also ask what it means to stand for something, because saving this country may soon mean that we all learn.

Ep. 44 Talley Sergent, WV-02

July 20th, 2018


A sixth-generation West Virginian, Tally Sergent is challenging Republican incumbent, Alex Mooney, who moved to the district from Maryland to run for Congress. She talks about her mentors, her family's struggles, and …

Ep. 43 Jacob Hacker: American Amnesia

July 17th, 2018


Hacker describes how our kids are suffering from the polarization of the GOP that has undermined the constructive role that government used to play …

EP. 42 Katie Hill, CA-25

July 13th, 2018


Katie Hill jumped the candidate line, ran in the primary, and won the Democratic nomination in this key swing district.  She grew up here; she comes from a law enforcement family.  At 30, Hill’s spent the last 8 years …

EP. 41 Daniel Barkhuff, President of Veterans for Responsible Leadership

July 10th, 2018


Barkhuff is a 2001 Naval Academy graduate and a former Navy Seal.  He believes moral courage is what is missing in Washington, D.C., but it’s alive and well in the U.S. military.  What started as a Facebook page just …

Ep. 40 Joseph Kopser, TX-21

July 6th, 2018


Kopser shares what he learned about the Zero Tolerance policy from a recent visit to the border, and reflects on his life's journey and describes his …

Ep. 39: The Underground Railroad

July 3rd, 2018


Family separations, civil disobedience, sanctuaries.  How should a people behave when a government makes immoral laws?   It’s time to look at this …

Ep. 38 Andrew Janz, CA-22

June 29th, 2018


Spend some time with the young prosecutor fighting to unseat Devin Nunes, one of the President's key allies in Congress.

Ep. 37 IL-14: Lauren Underwood’s extraordinary primary and plans for victory

June 26th, 2018


West of Chicago citizens worry about health care, tariffs and democracy and Democrats celebrate a rising star.

Ep. 36 Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

June 22nd, 2018


Get to know this former Navy pilot and prosecutor running in an open seat district near New York City.

Ep. 35 MidPod x Housetalk

June 19th, 2018


We journey to DC to talk with the hosts of the House Talk podcast, Ali Lapp, Democratic strategist at House Majority PAC, and Liesl Hickey, GOP strategist at  Ascent Media.

Ep. 34 Jacob Heilbrunn: the Rise of Autocracy and the Demise of the Western Alliance?

June 15th, 2018


Heilbrunn, Editor of the National Interest, reviews recent actions by President Trump and has one word of advice for citizens: "Panic."

Ep. 33 Elliott Morris: Primary Season Round-up

June 12th, 2018


We check in with Elliott Morris, Data Journalist at the Economist for his analysis of the June 5th primary results and his outlook for the midterms.

Ep. 32 Christie Todd Whitman

June 5th, 2018


The Former GOP Governor of NJ talks about leading the National Task Force for the Rule of Law and Democracy and reflects on a lifetime of public …

Ep. 31 Swinglandia: California Women Running for Office

May 29th, 2018


With the June 5th primary around the corner, we summarize the contests for GOP-held House seats in Southern California and introduce you to four …

Ep 30. CA-48: A Blue Wave in Surf City?

May 22nd, 2018


A crowded field vies to unseat 30-year incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, and the moms hold an upbeat, down ballot potluck.

Ep. 29 Nancy Cohen: Yes SHE can!

May 15th, 2018


Historian Nancy Cohen shares her insights into the impact of the women's movement on American politics and what works for women who are running for …

Ep. 28 Gustavo Arellano: the Lowdown on the O.C.

May 8th, 2018


Over breakfast bowls and chilaquiles, we talk with this LA Times Columnist and book author, also known as The Mexican With Glasses, about Orange …

Ep. 27 CA-25: Are you on my side?

May 1st, 2018


Kids march for safe schools, and three strong candidates take on Steve Knight, one of the most vulnerable GOP members of congress and a friend of the …

Ep. 26. Tony the Democrat: The Power of the Postcard

April 24th, 2018


Tony McMullin shares the story or Postcards to Voters. With a powerful digital platform, he's enabled thousands of dedicated craftivists to reach out …

Ep. 25 The Power of the Potluck

April 17th, 2018


There's a new social platform and it's called the dinner table

Ep. 24 Mary Wilson: Candidate in TX-21

April 10th, 2018


The biggest surprise of the Texas primary was Mary Wilson's win in the 21st. Now heading for a runoff on May 22nd against Joseph Kopser, Wilson, a baptist pastor, tells her story and shares her vision for a more caring …

Ep. 23 MidPod Roundup with Kitsy McNulty & Elliott Morris

April 3rd, 2018


This week the Two Moms review recent developments (Conor Lamb! Woo-hoo!), exhort listeners to sponsor the pod on and …

Ep. 22 CA-22: Devin Nunes Gets His First Real Challenge

March 27th, 2018


In the heart of California's fertile Central Valley, a growing number of voters are questioning whether Notorious Memo Author, Devin Nunes, has their interests at the top of his priority list. Heather & Nicie meet …

Ep. 21 John Lawrence, Part 2. The Class of 74 and the Roots of Partisanship

March 20th, 2018


We see a wave of reform-minded candidates running for congress in 2018. There are real parallels with the group of Democrats elected to congress after Watergate in 1974. John Lawrence tells their stories and describes …

Ep. 20 Heather Hargreaves: Firing up the Youth Vote

March 13th, 2018


At a time of powerful youth activism, Heather Hargreaves of Nextgen America is on a mission to inspire young people to vote. 

Ep.19 Raphe Sonenshein: The New Golden State Warriors

March 6th, 2018


Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Sonenshein gives us the skinny on this epic year in California politics.

Ep.18 PA-18: A Special Election, co-starring the Opioid Epidemic.

February 27th, 2018


This is Trump country, but the Democrat in the race has strong numbers. Opioids are devastating this district, but we learn an even darker side to the national opioid story. In this Special Election March 13th, working …

Ep.17 John Lawrence, Part 1: An Insider's View of Congress

February 21st, 2018


John Lawrence worked on Capitol Hill for 38 years, most recently as Chief of Staff for Rep. Nancy Pelosi. He offers thoughts on Congress as a whole, …

Ep.16 Terry Madonna: Pennsylvania is in Play

February 13th, 2018


Terry Madonna is the Professor of Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College and a veteran pollster and observer of politics in the Keystone …

Ep.15 FL 18 Two Strong Women and the Fight for the Treasure Coast

February 6th, 2018


Meet Pam Keith and Lauren Baer, both running for U.S. House.  We have some meaningful citizen stories in this episode, and we learn about toxic blue …

Ep.14 Brenda Stevenson: Slavery and Resistance in the Black Experience

January 30th, 2018


Stevenson, a Professor of History at UCLA, has written extensively on the slave experience and the black family, as well as the events that led to the LA rebellion of 1992. She shares her insights into the legacy of …

Ep.13 TX 21: Welcome to the New Texas

January 23rd, 2018


We get lost in the Texas Hill Country and find a new generation of leaders.

Ep.12 J. Heilbrunn: What Role Should Congress Play in National Defense?

January 16th, 2018


Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor of “The National Interest” magazine and website shares the history behind Congress’ shrinking role in national security. He …

Ep.11 David Chipman: It's Patriotic to Fight for Gun Safety

January 9th, 2018


David Chipman, Senior Policy Advisor at Giffords and a retired 25-year ATF special agent believes we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous …

Ep.10 W. Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, looking for its champion

January 2nd, 2018


We headed to West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District to meet two young Democrats running for Congress, Talley Sergent and Aaron Scheinberg, to meet citizens, to understand the district.

Ep.9 Holiday MidPod

December 27th, 2017


The Two Moms take stock and look ahead to 2018. With gratitude, hope, and a dish for the holiday table.

Ep.8 Leah Greenberg & Indivisible: Growing the grassroots

December 19th, 2017


It started as a google doc. Just a year later Indivisible has 6,000 groups around the country and hundreds of thousands of members resisting President Trump's agenda. Now they are pivoting to the 2018 midterms with the …

Ep.7 Jane Mansbridge: Why are we so polarized?

December 11th, 2017


Jane Mansbridge has been studying democracy for decades. She has some surprising insights into what's causing our deep divisions, and thoughts about how citizens can support positive change.

Ep.6 Breaking the Silence

December 7th, 2017


What is it like to report a sexual assault? Why aren’t victims believed? How do survivors heal? We visit The Crisis Center in Birmingham, AL to …

Ep.5 Alabama Senate: Who is the Good Shepherd?

December 5th, 2017


On the eve of a crucial special election, Heather & Nicie listen and learn from Alabama citizens as they struggle with questions of belonging and division, belief and disbelief. These are not new questions in …

Ep.4 Michigan 11, built by Detroit Auto; what happens next?

November 28th, 2017


The two moms fire up a Ford Focus to explore these Motor City suburbs, and the candidates stepping up to replace the retiring "Foreclosure King".

Ep.3 Nick Penniman: Is Money in Politics a Bipartisan Issue?

November 21st, 2017


Nick Penniman and his team at Issue One are fighting money in politics and they are finding allies in places that might surprise you.

Ep.2 Emily Cherniack: The "New Politics" of Servant Leaders

November 14th, 2017


Emily believes the men and women who have served this country in the most selfless ways could be the next generation of statesmen; sometimes they …

Ep.1 New Jersey 11: Where America Survived

November 6th, 2017


The two moms travel to New Jersey, where they visit George Washington's winter headquarters, meet the candidates who are challenging a powerful …

Ep.0 Setting The Table

November 2nd, 2017


Nicie & Heather introduce themselves, describe the genesis of the MidPod and share their personal motivations for dropping everything to help fix Congress.

Intro to The MidPod

October 28th, 2017


On The MidPod we are going to be visiting congressional districts all around the country, especially ones with close races.

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