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 It is widely accepted that our political system is highly dysfunctional. Most political programs focus on discussing issues and assigning blame.
"None of the Above" is an attempt to dissect the problem with an eye toward process, not substance.  And, most importantly, to discuss solutions.


None of the Above - "Faces of Moderation" with author, Aurelian Craiutu; 2016 Ballot Access Year in Review with Richard Winger

Segment 1:   Introduction

Segment 2:  Discussion with Indiana University Professor Aurelian Craiutu regarding his book, Faces of Moderation

Segment 3:   Ballot Access Year in Review with Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, Part II (Litigation)

Segment 4:  Extreme Results of Redistricting

Segment 5:  Homework

None of the Above - “The End of White Christian America” with Robert Jones(Part II);  2016 Ballot Access Year in Review (Part I) with RichardWinger; Candidate Interview with Travis Christal 

Segment 1: Introduction 

  
Segment 2: Discussion with author Robert Jones regarding his book, “The Death of White Christian America" Part II


Segment 3: 2016 Ballot Access Year in Review, with Richard Winger of Ballot Access News  Part I (legislation)


Segment 4: Candidate interview and reflections with Green Party candidate Travis Christal

  
Segment 5: Homework

None of the Above - “The End of White Christian America” with Robert Jones (Part I);  The Electoral College with Richard Winger, Ballot Access News; Recall Elections with Abbey Smith of Ballotpedia.org"


Segment 1: Introduction 

  
Segment 2: Discussion with author Robert Jones regarding his book, “The Death of White Christian America" Part I


Segment 3: Historical perspective of the Electoral College, with Richard Winger of Ballot Access News


Segment 4: Review of 2016 Recall Elections, with Abbey Smith of Ballotpedia

  
Segment 5: Homework 

Ballot Initiatives 2016, Part II;  Political Watchdog POGO; Incumbents Rule Again in 2016


Segment 1: Introduction 

  
Segment 2: Review of 2016 ballot initiative results with Josh Altic, Ballotpedia.org, Part II


Segment 3: 2016 election results again strongly favor incumbents


Segment 4: Elizabeth Hempowicz of POGO discussing the role of government watchdogs and FOIA

  
Segment 5: Homework

None of the Above - "Progressive Movement Post-election, Part II, with George Goehl, Co-director of People’s Action; Ballot Initiatives with Josh Altic of Ballotpedia.org"


Segment 1: Introduction 

  
Segment 2: Progressive movement post-election with George Goehl, Co-director, People's Action, Part II


Segment 3: 2016 review of political books


Segment 4: Review of 2016 ballot initiative results with Josh Altic, Ballotpedia.org, Part I

  
Segment 5: Homework  


None of the Above - "Progressive Movement Post-Election with George Goehl of People's Action, Running for Office - Lessons Learned with Dafna Michaelson Jenet"

Segment 1:  introduction 

 
Segment 2:  running for office - candidate decision points 

 
Segment 3: progressive movement post-election with George Goehl, Co-director, People's Action, Part I


Segment 4: battleground states turnout, 2016


Segment 5: women's campaign school at Yale university with former student, Dafna Michaelson Jenet 

 
Segment 6:  homework 




Segment 1: Introduction 

Segment 2: Interview with Jonathan Martin, Editor of "Empowering Progressive Third Parties in the United States" (Part 1) 

Segment 3: Interview with Jonathan Martin, Editor of "Empowering Progressive Third Parties in the United States" (Part 2) 

Segment 4: Tutorial for the "None of the Above" Website 

Segment 5:  Homework

None of the Above - "Solutions for Political Corruption with Joshua Graham Lynn of Represent.US and Supreme Court Review with Kevin Eirich of Ballotpedia.org" with Host Steve Nemerovski


Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Joshua Graham Lynn of Represent.US discussing their legislation to avoid political corruption

Segment 3:  Kevin Eirich of Ballotpedia.org discussing Supreme Court Review

Segment 4:  Voter Registration Deadlines

Segment 5:  Homework



Section 1:  Introduction

Section 2:   UCLA Professor Lynn Vavreck discussing negative campaign ads

Section 3:  Jason Swadley of Ballotpedia.org discussing lack of competitiveness in the 2016 state legislative elections

Section 4:  Homework

Section 1:   Introduction

Section 2:   Part 3 of interview with Matt and Terri Kibbe of Free The People - discussing their new millennial focused political organization and the 2016 political environment

Section 3:  Josh Altic of Ballotpedia.org discussing 2016 State level ballot initiatives

Section 4:  Third Party Ballot Qualification in 2018 and 2020 and the "Spoiler" Vote

Section 5:  Homework

None of the Above - "Tea Party Ups and Downs" with Matt and Terry Kibbe; John Gable, founder and CEO of AllSides discussing Media Coverage Bias

Section 1:  Introduction

Section 2:  Part II of Interview with Matt and Terry Kibbe of Free The People discussing the historic ups and downs of the Tea Party

Section3:  Interview with AllSides founder and CEO John Gable discussing media bias and how to present balanced news coverage

Section 4:   Homework


Matt Barretto of Latino Decisions discussing voting rights; Jerrick Adams of Ballotpedia on Election Policy

Segment 1:   Introduction

Segment 2:   Interview with Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions discussing Voting Rights

Segment 3:   2016 Voting Rights Decisions

Segment 4:   Interview with Jerrick Adams of Ballotpedia.org regarding 2016 election issues

Segment 5:  Homework

None of the Above - "Origins of the Tea Party with Matt and Terry Kibbe; American Gridlock author Professor Antoine Yoshinaka" with Host Steve Nemerovski

Section 1:  Introduction

Section 2:  Interview with Matt and Terry Kibbe of Free The People discussing origins of the Tea Party

Section3:  Interview with Professor Antoine Yoshinaka discussing solutions for dysfunctional and polarization from “American Gridlock”

Section 4:   Homework

None of the Above - "Everytown For Gun Safety with John Feinblatt; Independent Map Amendment with Dave Mellet" (Show 38)

Section 1:  Introduction

Section 2:  Interview with John Feinblatt, President of Everytown For Gun Safety, discussing impact of political dysfunction on the development and operation of his organization

Section 3:  Review elements of successful political movements

Section 4:  Interview with Dave Mellet, Campaign Manager for Independent Map Amendment, discussing attempts to achieve redistricting reform in Illinois

Section 5:  Homework

None of the Above - "Women’s Campaign School at Yale University with Executive Director, Patricia Russo; South Carolina Primary Voters, Former Candidate Andy Bakker" with Host Steven Nemerovski

Section 1:  Introduction  

Section 2:  Interview with Patricia Russo, Executive Director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University 

Section 2:  South Carolina Primary Voters Speak Out, Part 3 

Section 3:  Running For Office With Firmer Candidate, Andy Bakker

Section 4:  Homework assignment:  Run For Office

None of the Above - “Taxation Only With Representation” with Professor Richard Painter, Candidate Interview with Paul McIlvaine, and Interviews with South Carolina Primary Voters

Section I:  Introduction

Section 2:  Professor Richard Painter, author of “Taxation Only With Representation”, discussing campaign finance reform

Section 3:  South Carolina Primary Voters Speak Out, Part 2

Section 4:  Running for office, with former candidate Paul McIlvaine 

Section 5:  Homework

None of the Above: Democracy Awakening 2016, with Angie Wells of The Democracy Initiative; interviews with voters from the South Carolina Primary

Segment 1:  Introduction, including discussion of SCOTUS dysfunction

Segment 2:  Interview with Angie Wells of The Democracy Initiative discussing Democracy Awakening 2016

Segment 3:  South Carolina Primary voters speak out, Part I

Segment 4:  Running For Office, with former candidate Carl Loser

Segment 5:  Close and Homework assignment 

None of the Above: Fixing Dysfunction in Government Operations, with Author William Eggers; and Abbey Smith of Ballotpedia.org on School Board Election  

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with William Eggers, Author, “If We Can Put A Man On
The Moon…”

Segment 3:  Non-Competitive School Board Elections, with Abby Smith, School
Board Project, Ballotpedia.org <http://ballotpedia.org/>

Segment 4:  Running For Office, with former Independent Candidate Nick
Troiano

Segment 5:  Homework:  read a book by Bill Eggers 

None of the Above: Ideas Fest Speakers Series: “Misfit Economy” with author Alexa Clay (Show 33) 

Segment I:   Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Alexa Clay discussing her book: “Misfit Economy”

Segment 3:  Accuracy of Political Surveys?

Segment 4:  Interview with Nick Troiano - Civic Entrepreneur

Segment 5:  Closing 

 

None of the Above: Reducing Prison Population, with Shaka Senghor, Cut50; Omnibus Budget Legislation Gimmickry, Protecting Dark Money" 

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Shaka Senghor, Cut50, regarding reducing prison populations

Segment 3:  Omnibus Budget Legislation Gimmickry, Protecting Dark Money

Segment 4:  2015 Ballot Access Issues, Part II, with Richard Winger, Editor, Ballot Access News

Segment 5:  Homework - Register to Vote

None of the Above "Difference Makers: The Democracy Initiative, with Chairman Larry Cohen, and 2015 Ballot Access Issues, Part I"

Segment I:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Larry Cohen, Chairman, The Democracy Initiative

Segment 3:  Pew Center Report: “Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government”

Segment 4:  2015 Ballot Access Issues, Part I, with Richard Winger, Editor, Ballot Access News

Segment 5:  Homework

None of the Above "Clifton Kinnie on Millennial Activism” with Clifton Kinnie, and Chris Nelson of Ballotpedia.org discussing “influencers” 

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2;  Interview with Clifton Kinnie, Millennial Activist, discussing origins of Black Lives Matter movement

Segment 3:  Political books

Segment 4:  Interview with Chris Nelson of Ballotpedia.org discussing “Influencers”

Segment 5:  Homework assignment:  political reading 

 

None of the Above "Seeking Civility, Eric Dawson, Peace First" with Eric Dawson and John Denny

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Eric Dawson, President of Peace First, discussing civility, including Wei Chen, Peace a First Award Winner

Segment 3:  Running for Office, interview with former Third Party candidate John Denny

Segment 4:  2015 Elections, Successful Ballot Initiatives

Segment 5:  Homework
 

None of the Above - "Demographics Revisited - Diversity Explosion" with William Frey and Steve Nemerovski 

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with William Frey, Brookings Institution, author of "Diversity Explosion", Part I

Segment 3:  Interview with William Frey, Brookings Institution, author of "Diversity Explosion", Part II

Segment 4:  Demographic Maps and the 2016 Election

Segment 5:  Demography - Republicans Beware

None of the Above "Campaign Finance Reform from the Right and Left" with Heather McGhee of DEMOS, John Pudner of Take Back Our Republic 

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Heather McGhee of DEMOS discussing campaign finance reform

Segment 3:  Interview with John Pudner of Take Back Our Republic discussing campaign finance reform

Segment 4:  Homework assignment:  campaign finance reform cross-over

None of the Above Aspen Ideas Fest Series - "Pioneer: Ai-jen Poo" hosted by Steve Nemerovski

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance discussing the politics of passing legislation creating Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Segment 3:  Interview with Ai-jen Poo discussing her book, “The Age of Dignity”

Segment 4:  Review of Citizen Lobbying components

Segment 5:  Homework assignment.

 Ideas Fest Speaker Series - "Citizen University" with Eric Liu and Audrey Faber

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Eric Liu of Citizen University

Segment 3:  U.S. Supreme Court Decision regarding redistricting

Segment 4:  Interview with Audrey Faber of Ballotpedia.org discussing political scorecards

Segment 5:  Homework assignment: local political scorecards
 

Ideas Fest Speaker Series - "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Professor Robert Putnam discussing his book, "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"

Segment 3:  King v. Burwell = dysfunction

Segment 4:  Interview with Brittany Clingen of Ballotpedia.org discussing the 2015 elections

Segment 5:  Homework assignment: 2015 elections

Difference Makers: LivingRoom Conversations

Segment 1: Introduction

Segment 2: Interview with Joan Blades discussing MoveOn.org and MomsRising.org

Segment 3: Interview with Joan Blades discussing LivingRoomConversations.org

Segment 4: Interview with Professor Carl Klarner discussing Competitiveness in State Legislative Elections

Segment 5: Homework - investigate Living Room Conversations

 

Difference Makers: FairVote.org - with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and Geoff Pallay of ballotpedia.org

Segment 1: Introduction

Segment 2: Interview with Krist Novoselic, Chairman, FairVote.org, discussing voting rights issues

Segment 3: FairVote.org voting rights priority issues

Segment 4: Interview with Geoff Pallay of Ballotpedia.org, discussing the 2016 Midterm Elections

Segment 5: Homework assignment - visit FairVote.org, get informed on voting rights issues

Quantifying Polarization

Segment 1:   Introduction

Segment 2:  Congressional demographics, Part 1 - the good news

Segment 3:  Interview with Professor Marina Azzimonti discussing her research related to Public Conflict, Polarization and the impact on the economy

Segment 4:  Congressional demographics, Part 2 - the bad news

Segment 5:  Interview with Cathy Stewart, founder of the Politics4thePeople book club, discussing the origins and functions of the book club and blog

Segment 6:  Homework - check out the Politics4The People book club

"Difference Makers: The Madison Initiative" with Daniel Stid

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segments 2 and 3:  Interview with Daniel Stid, Director of the Madison Initiative, discussing the origin, goals, and successes to date of its grant program investigating causes of and solutions for polarization.

Segment 4:  2014 "spending package", lipstick on a pig in the form of legislation

Segment 5:  Program review, homework


Citizen Lobbyists: The Red Ant

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Interview with Elizabeth Milias, Publisher and Investigative Journalist, "The Red Ant"

Segment 3:  Dysmal Midterm Election Turnout  (Part II)

Segment 4:  Interview with Richard Winger, Editor of Ballot Access News, discussing 2014 ballot access issue highlights related to court decisions  (Part II)

Segment 5:  Homework

Public Opinion

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Dysmal Midterm Election Turnout  (Part I)

Segment 3:  Interview with Karlyn Bowman of the American Enterprise Institute discussing her specialization in public opinion and the intersection of demographics and public opinion, including Millenials

Segment 4:  Interview with Richard Winger, Editor of Ballot Access News, discussing 2014 ballot access issue highlights related to legislative efforts (Part I)

Segment 5:  Homework - who voted in 2014?

Public Pension Debacle, Part II


Segment 1:  Review of national state level statistics reviewing pension deficits based on total deficit and as a percentage of revenues

Segment 2:  Interview with State Representative Elaine Nekritz of Illinois discussing the role of the Illinois legislature in attempting to deal with the worst state level pension situation in the country

Segment 3:  Review of the municipal pension debacle, including impact based on per person liability

Segment 4:  Interview with Michael Kolenc describing the fate of redistricting overhaul in Illinois, including the litigation brought by the Democrats and Republicans to defeat redistricting

Segment 5:  Program review, no homework

 

Public Pension Debacle, Part I

Segment 1:  Introducing the Public Pension Debacle topic including review of nationwide statistics by state

Segment 2:  Interview with panel representing PolicyPedia discussing research on Ballotpedia.org on the Public Pension Debacle

Segment 3:  Interview with Joshua Sharf, Research Associate, Independence Institute of Denver, CO discussing public pensions in

Colorado, including structuring, what can and has gone wrong, and possible solution sets

Segment 4:  Homework – review PolicyPedia regarding the Public Pension Debacle

The Last Great Senate 

Segment 1:  Introduction

Segment 2:  Civics lesson - the U.S. Senate

Segment 3:  Discussion with Ira Shapiro, author of The Last Great Senate

Segment 4:  Civics lesson - brief glossary of Senate terminology

Segment 5:  Discusion of Senate rules/procedures, including filibusters and holds

Segment 6:  Political books worth reading and political topics worth studying

Segment 7:  Homework - Watch the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"


Lack of Civility – Next Generation

Segment 1: Voting drop off during mid-term elections, impact on elections and ballot measures

Segment 2: Interview with Ted Celeste of Next Generation, National Institute for Civil Discourse, University of Arizona, discussing state

legislative program designed to increase civility and discourse

Segment 3: Pew Research statistics on polarization

Segment 4: Interview with Sarah Rosier, Congress Project Director for Ballotpedia.org discussing “moneymaker districts”

Segment 5: Homework assignment – review the Pew Research report on polarization

 

The Third Party Solution 

Segment 1: The Third Party Solution

Segment 2: Interview with Charles Wheelan, author of The Centrist Manifesto and publisher of The Centrist Project discussing the need for and advantages of an effective, competitive third party to break the cycle of dysfunction and polarization

Segment 3: E Party

Segment 4: Difference Makers: Part V – Restoring Colorado, interview with Randy Schafer regarding a unique redistricting solution

Segment 5: Homework assignment: check out ThirdParty101.com 

Difference Makers:  WolfPac 

The Third Party Solution

Segment 1: Justice Kennedy comments, demographics

Segment 2: Difference Makers, Interview with Todd Jagger, Texas Coordinator, Wolf PAC, discussing Wolf PAC’s agenda to create a constitutional convention to cure the effects of the Citizen’s United decision

Segment 3: Demographics – Millennials

Segment 4: Interview with Geoff Pallay, Director of Strategic Projects, ballotpedia.org, discussing the lack of competitiveness in elections from nationwide to local and the impact of primaries

Segment 5: Homework assignment – Demographics; Watch an

episode of The Young Turks 

Difference Makers:  Represent.us/Honest Gil 

Segment 1: Cook County ballot initiative; intro to Honest Gil

Segment 2:  Difference Makers, Interview with Mansur Gidfar,  Communications Director, Represent.Us discussing efforts to pass the  American Anti-Corruption Act and creation of the faux politician Honest Gil Fulbright

Segment 3:  Political contributions from the 1% of the “1%”

Segment 4: Interview with Kristin Matthews of Ballotpedia.org discussing Political Trifectas

Segment 5: Homework assignment – Do you live in a trifecta state?

Difference Makers: The Bipartisan Policy Center 

Segment 1: Review of basic elements of dysfunction

Segment 2:  Difference Makers, Interview with Secretary Dan Glickman discussing the work of the Bipartisan Policy Center, including its Commission on Policy Reform and Democracy Project

Segment 3:  Review of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s report –Governing in a Polarized America:  A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy

Segment 4:  Interview with Brittany Clingen, Ballot Measures Project Director at Ballotpedia.org discussing recent developments with ballot measures

Segment 5:  Building Relationships and Lists, Karen Jagoda, Digital Politics Radio

Segment 6:  Homework assignment – review the Bipartisan Policy Center report – Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy

 

Difference Makers: No Labels

None Of The Above wins election in Nevada, introduction to the Difference Makers programming

Segment 2:  Difference Makers, Interview with Margaret Kimbrall, Executive Director of No Labels

Segment 3:  Interview with Joel Williams of Balletpedia.org discussing Recall and Special Elections

Segment 4:  Ballot Initiative Gimmickry in Illinois, 2014

Segment 5:  Homework assignment – summer reading 

 

Lack of Civility in Politics: Part I

Segment 1:  Introduction to discussion of Lack of Civility in Politics

Segment 2:  Lack of Civility in Politics, interview with Blanca O’Leary, Chairwoman, Pitkin County Democratic Organization

Segment 3:  Discussion of Federal Budget/Deficit (part 1)

Segment 4:  School Board Politics and Elections, interview with Daniel Anderson, Director, School Boards Project, Ballotpedia.org

Segment 5: Homework assignment – reaching out to elected officials

 

Lack of Civility in Politics: Part II

Segment 1:  Discussion of Federal Budget/Deficit (part 2)

Segment 2:  Lack of Civility in Politics, interview with Freida Wallison, Chairwoman, Pitkin County Republican Organization

Segment 3:  Discussion of Federal Budget/Deficit (part 3)

Segment 4:  School Board politics and Elections, interview with Nick Katers, Associate Project Director, School Boards Project, Ballotpedia.org

Segment 5:  Homework assignment – get educated on the Federal budget 

 

Redistricting: Part I

Segment 1: Lack of Competitiveness in Elections, review of statistics from the Cook Political Report

Segment 2:  Redistricting, first part of interview with Professor John Jackson, Paul Simon Institute of Public Policy

Segment 3:  Straight Party Voting/Ticket Splitting

Segment 4: Lack of Competitiveness in Elections, interview with Sarah Rosier, Congress Project Director, Ballotpedia.org

Segment 5:  Ballot Access Issues,  interview with Richard Winger, Editor, Ballot Access News

Segment 6:  Homework assignment – reading about politics

 

 

Redistricting: Part II

Segment 1:  Redistricting – Votes Cast v Seats Held

Segment 2:  Redistricting, second part of interview with Professor John Jackson, Paul Simon Institute of Public Policy

Segment 3:  Redistricting: Challenging the Status Quo, interview with Michael Kolenc, Yes for independent Maps

Segment 4:  Targeting Online Ads, Karen Jagoda, Digital Politics Radio

Segment 5:  Homework assignment – redistricting in your state

 

Campaign Finance Reform: Part I

Segment 1:  Introduction to discussion of campaign finance reform and incumbency protection

Segment 2:  Campaign Finance Reform, first part of interview with Peter Wallison, author of “Better Parties, Better Government”

Segment 3:  Incumbency Protection

Segment 4:  Ballot Access Issues, interview with Richard Winger, Editor, Ballot Access News

Segment 5:  Targeting Online Ads, Karen Jagoda, Digital Politics Radio

Segment 6:  Homework assignment – know who represents you

 

Campaign Finance Reform, Part II

Segment 1:  Campaign Finance Reform, review of recent Supreme Court decisions

Segment 2:  Campaign Finance Reform, second part of interview with Peter Wallison, author of “Better Politics, Better Government”

Segment 3:  Linking Campaign Finance Reform and Single Party Rule

Segment 4:  Lack of Competitiveness in Elections, interview with Geoff Pallay, Director of Research, Ballotpedia.org

Segment 5:  Homework assignment – find your political passion

Getting Politically Active, Citizen Lobbyists: Part I

Segment 1: Introduction to None Of The Above

Segment 2: Citizen Lobbyists, Interview with Warren Klug of the Aspen Resort Chamber Association discussing Immigration Reform

Segment 3: Legislative “Inside Baseball” – Process Gimmicks

Segment 4: Interview with Bailey Ludlum, Editor, Ballotpedia.org discussing the content and functionality of Ballotpedia.org

Segment 5: Homework assignment - finding an internet political home

 

Getting Politically Active, Citizen Lobbyists: Part II

Segment 1:  Who’s to Blame – Failure to Vote

Segment 2: Citizen Lobbyists, Interview with Ralph Vasquez, Workers for  Justice and Diversity (Basalt, CO), and Sophia Clark, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, discussing lobbying efforts to deal with planned municipal evictions in Basalt, CO

Segment 3: Functioning as a Citizen Lobbyist

Segment 4: Convergence of Technology and Politics, interview with Karen Jagoda of the E Voter Institute and the Digital Politics radio program

Segment 5:  Homework assignment – register to vote