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“Who Is?,” an original podcast from NowThis, explores the biographies of influential people in the United States and beyond. Now in a second season, “Who Is?” presents deep dives into the stories of political power players, the donor class, and more. The podcast is hosted by NowThis correspondent Sean Morrow.

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Who Is Voter Suppression?
In the United States, political power is allocated when Americans go to the polls and vote for the candidates whom they believe will best represent their interests in government. For that reason, access to the ballot has been restricted--and contested--since the early days of democracy, with each expansion of the electorate met by measures to suppress the vote. Democracy, it seems, has always been for some, but not others. On this episode of “Who Is?,” join Sean Morrow for a conversation on voter suppression in the aftermath of Shelby County v. Holder, a 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act and upended how Americans vote. Featuring three women who fight for voting rights nationwide: Stacey Abrams, Lydia Camarillo, and Natalie Landreth.   Stacey Abrams, 2018 Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia and former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. She’s the founder of Fair Fight and Fair Count, and her new book is, “Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America”  Lydia Camarillo, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and William C. Velasquez Institute  Natalie Landreth, a senior staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 15, 2020
Who Is Black Lives Matter?
On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. On July 13, 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the case of Martin’s death. In response to Zimmerman’s acquittal, Alicia Garza, an Oakland-based organizer, wrote a post on Facebook which contained the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” A friend, Patrisse Cullors, hashtagged it: #blacklivesmatter. Eight years later, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, tens of millions of Americans poured into the streets, in outrage and grief, to demand that this never happen again. Nationwide protests in support of racial justice continue, and, tragically, so do police shootings of Black Americans: from Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Los Angeles, California. On this episode of “Who Is?,” a look at how Black Lives Matter has grown into a movement.  Keisha N. Blain, a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, and president of the African American Intellectual History Society. She is the author of “Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom”  Miski Noor, a writer and organizer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Noor is a co-founder of Black Visions Collective Vince Warren, director of the Center for Constitutional Rights Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 08, 2020
Who Is Jeff Bezos?
In 1993, Jeff Bezos noticed that use of something called “the web” was up 2300 percent. So, he moved to Seattle and started a company: Amazon. Nearly thirty years later, Bezos, the wealthiest human being on the planet, is on track to become humanity’s first trillionaire, and Amazon has grown into one of the largest and most valuable companies in the world. An exquisite, revenue-generating machine, from e-commerce to Amazon Web Services, or, AWS, Amazon is both marketplace and infrastructure for the contemporary economy. But Amazon’s dominance and Bezos’s immense wealth come at a cost: to workers, to small businesses, and to the health of competitive markets. On this episode of “Who Is?,” the story behind the package--and your Amazon Prime membership. Vanessa, an Amazon worker and organizer with DCH1 Amazonians United Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self Reliance  Kshama Sawant, a Seattle City Councilwoman who has represented Seattle’s District 3 since 2014 Andreas Weigend, a data scientist who previously served as Amazon’s chief scientist. He is the author of the book “Data for the People” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Sep 01, 2020
Who Is Big Meat?
On the first season of “Who Is?,” Sean Morrow explored Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the military industrial complex. But what about the meat industrial complex? Whether it’s beef, chicken, or pork, most of the meat that winds up on your dinner plate is the ultimate result of an industrial food system controlled by a handful of powerful multinational meatpacking corporations: JBS, Smithfield, Cargill, Tyson, and National Beef. Big Meat. And for the most part, the story of Big Meat--and the system of industrial meat production that it controls--is a story untold, despite the enormous impact that these companies and this system has on everything from our diets, to the health and economic stability of rural communities in the United States, to the global climate crisis. On this episode of “Who Is?,” Sean Morrow takes a trip inside the refrigerator--and beyond--for the story of how Big Meat came to be, and what we can do about it. Leah Douglas, an associate editor and staff writer at the Food and Environment Reporting Network  Sherri Dugger, executive director of the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project Joe Maxwell, former Lieutenant Governor of Missouri and co-founder and president of Family Farm Action Alliance Shefali Sharma, director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s European office  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 25, 2020
Who Is Mark Zuckerberg?
There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and as of this year, nearly 3 billion of them use Facebook or one of the platforms it owns: Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. As a result, the company is massively profitable, which has made Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and CEO, one of the most wealthy and powerful human beings in the world. At the helm of this behemoth, Zuckerberg wields a power that, according to legendary investigative journalist Julia Angwin, is unlike any other in history. On this episode of “Who is?,” Sean Morrow confronts Facebook, and the man in charge of the platform on which much of human digital communication occurs, and on which most of the world’s digital community resides.  Julia Angwin, a renowned investigative journalist who has written about tech for the Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, and is now editor in chief of The Markup, which she founded   Sarah Frier, who writes about social media for Bloomberg in San Francisco. She’s the author of “No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram,” which was published in April of this year  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 18, 2020
Who Is George Soros?
In some ways, George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who turns 90 this week, is the sum of the worst horrors and greatest triumphs of the twentieth century. A survivor of World War II who narrowly escaped Nazi concentration camps, Soros would escape totalitarianism twice, making his way to London on the eve of the Soviet occupation of his hometown, Budapest, Hungary. Soros went on to become one of the financial titans of global capitalism, a ruthless hedge fund manager whose aggressive currency speculation infamously broke the Bank of England. As he amassed an immense fortune, Soros would spend $32B on his Open Society Foundation, an organization through which he seeks to nourish liberal democracy worldwide. It’s that very work in support of democracy which has led Soros to become the reviled target of both Western antidemocratic conservatism and Eastern antiliberalism. On this episode of Who Is?, Sean Morrow explores the story of one of the most loved--and loathed--people on the planet. Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford and senior fellow at Stanford University, who has been writing about the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe for 40 years  Hannes Grassegger, an investigative reporter based in Bern, Switzerland, who focuses on digital power and information warfare Kati Marton, a Hungarian born writer, journalist, and activist. Marton is currently working on her tenth book, a biography of Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel  Emily Tamkin, U.S. editor and Washington correspondent at The New Statesman, a political and cultural magazine based in the United Kingdom. Tamkin's new book, “The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society,” is available now Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 11, 2020
Who Is Paul Singer?
On Who Is?, Sean Morrow talks a lot about the system--and the powerful financial interests that exert a profound influence on it. But who are these check-writing billionaires, where do they make their money, and how do they spend it in order to influence our democracy? One of them, Paul Singer, runs a hedge fund, Elliott Management, whose business is activism--but not the activism you might think of. Elliott’s “activism” is activist investing, and the changes Elliott advocates for--at major main street companies like AT&T--often involve tens of thousands of layoffs, and result in the collapse of small towns and regional economies. That’s not all: Elliott is also in the business of using the courts to force entire countries, like Argentina, into default, making a handsome profit in the process. What does Paul Singer do with all of the money he makes at Elliott? Invest it in politics, and think tanks that seek to advance American militarism in the Middle East. On this episode of Who Is?, the story of one of America’s financial titans, and the power he wields over not only our economy, but our democracy.      Michelle Celarier, a renowned finance journalist who has covered hedge funds and the men who run them for New York Magazine, Fortune, Institutional Investor, and the New York Post Eli Clifton, an investigative journalist who focuses on how money influences U.S. foreign policy, and research director of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft's Democratizing Foreign Policy Program Nell Geiser, the director of research for the Communications Workers of America Jen Wieczner, a senior writer at Fortune Magazine, where she covers finance, tech, and hedge funds and their role in the market Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 04, 2020
Who Is Chuck Schumer?
How did Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the son of Abraham Schumer, an exterminator, and Selma Schumer, a homemaker, become the most powerful Democrat in the Senate? Schumer’s path to power is, on the one hand, a case study in the American meritocracy elevating one of its best and brightest: a hardworking, public school graduate who worked his way to the top. On the other hand, Schumer’s politics are an object lesson in the demands American democracy makes of those who aim to reach such pinnacles of power. As the November election approaches--and Democrats aim to retake the Senate--this episode features a conversation with the last Democrat to run the Senate, former Majority Leader Harry Reid.  Carol Kellerman, who has had a long and distinguished career in public service in New York City, and who has worked with, and for, Senator and Representative Chuck Schumer throughout his career   Former Senate Majority Leader and former amateur boxer Harry Reid, who represented Nevada in the Senate for 30 years Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 28, 2020
Who Is Nikki Haley?
After serving as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump Administration, former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, the first woman to lead the state, has fast become one of the most prominent and powerful politicians in the contemporary Republican Party. Haley, the daughter of Punjabi Sikh immigrants, grew up in rural South Carolina, and first entered politics when she defeated a longtime incumbent in a longshot race after Hillary Clinton inspired her to run for political office. As a member of the South Carolina House, Haley fought for transparency. But as Governor, Haley was in line with some of the most antidemocratic positions of her party, from fighting to limit voting rights to seeking to attract jobs to South Carolina via toady corporate giveaways. To understand one of the most talented, compelling, and complicated women in conservative politics, Sean Morrow talks to the people who have observed--and served--with Haley during her meteoric rise to the top. Featuring a conversation with former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and CNN analyst Bakari Sellers.  Eleanor Openshaw, Co-Director of the New York office of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR). She leads ISHR’s work to to promote NGO participation and protect civil society space at the United Nations Bakari Sellers, former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and CNN political analyst. His new book, My Vanishing Country, was released in May 2020 Andy Shain, Columbia Bureau Chief of South Carolina’s Post and Courier Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 21, 2020
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
In 2018, after defeating a powerful corporate Democrat in one of the biggest political upsets in American history, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the most prominent progressive in the United States. In office, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has proposed visionary policy, like the Green New Deal, and become famous for her willingness to challenge the status quo directly--a formidable poise she developed over more than a decade of experience in grassroots organizing. Ocasio-Cortez, who will turn 31 in October, is a politician with a long career ahead of her. As she cruises toward a second term, more than anything else, she has proven that it is possible to fight back against the moneyed political establishment and win. On the first episode of the second season of “Who Is?,” join Sean Morrow, host of “Who Is?,” as he talks with the journalist who first covered AOC’s longshot primary challenge, the volunteers who were with her from the start, and the activists fighting on the ground to propel the progressive movement forward.  Naureen Akhter, Deputy District Director for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Aida Chavez, who covers Congress and politics at The Intercept Shaniyat Chowdhury, an activist and insurgent candidate who challenged Representative Gregory Meeks in New York’s 5th congressional district Bianca Cunningham, a former co-chair of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and a co-founder of the DSA AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 14, 2020
Coming Soon: Who Is? The Podcast: Season Two
"Who Is?," an original podcast from NowThis News that explores the lives of the powerful, is back. On "Who Is?," host and NowThis correspondent Sean Morrow dives deep into the stories and backstories of the politicians, donors, media moguls and movements that shape our lives, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Mark Zuckerberg, and #BlackLivesMatter to George Soros. Featuring conversations with the reporters, biographers, colleagues, confidantes--and occasionally adversaries--who know these world molders best, "Who Is?" is back for another season of sixteen episodes. It's an election year, and we're living through a pandemic. There's a lot to talk about. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 10, 2020
Who is Charles Koch?
A billionaire among billionaires, Charles Koch is one of the most powerful men in the world. By all accounts a brilliant businessman, Charles inherited his father’s company when Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House, and, over decades, has transformed privately held Koch Industries into a massive multinational conglomerate with annual revenues of well over a hundred billion dollars. Since the 1970s, he’s not only reinvested that money in his company, but funneled it into American politics, financing ideas, organizations, and politicians, which together present a carefully engineered attempt to dismantle the regulatory state, and perhaps government itself. And he’s been very successful: Charles Koch, more than anyone else, may epitomize the pervasive influence of money on American democracy. On the final episode of the first season of Who Is, Sean Morrow explores the biography of Charles Koch, and the history of the Koch Network, for a look at how the very, very wealthy seek to control the political process, and what the rest of us can do about it. Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer of Democracy Now! Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His most recent book is State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation  Christopher Leonard, Author of Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 03, 2020
Who is Mike Pence?
Vice President Mike Pence, who has described himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” for decades, was born a Catholic Democrat, but rose to prominence as an Evangelical conservative. Once elected to Congress, his friendly attitude toward big business attracted the attention of billionaire donors like Charles Koch. But as Governor of Indiana, Pence became infamous for how his faith informed his politics, from praying for an answer to an HIV outbreak in Scott County, to advocating for a religious freedom policy that enabled business owners to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people. Then came Donald Trump. On the penultimate episode of the first season of Who Is, Sean Morrow turns to Pence biographer Tom LoBianco, to try to understand the man who could be the next President of the United States. Tom LoBianco, Reporter and Author of Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House  Sarah Posner, a Reporting Fellow at Type Investigations, where she covers the religious right, white nationalism, and more. Her latest book, Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump, is out on May 26, 2020  Laura Ungar, a Midwest Editor and Correspondent at Kaiser Health News. Ungar recently returned to Austin, Indiana, for a look at how the city has recovered, and to evaluate the challenges faced by those living in rural America, for Kaiser Health News and NPR. Her extensive coverage of Austin may be found at https://www.courier-journal.com/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 25, 2020
Who is Tom Cotton?
Arkansas is one of America’s poorest states. Today, it’s also one of its reddest, and the politicians it sends to Washington, like its star senator, Tom Cotton, aim to cut the government assistance programs that many Arkansans depend on. But the state was once solidly democratic, and elected charismatic democratic politicians like former President Bill Clinton, for decades. In the second of three episodes exploring the contemporary Republican Party, and the future of the party after Trump, Sean Morrow digs into the forces that brought Sen. Cotton to power, including deep pocketed donors like Charles Koch, and untangles the complexities of white identity politics and the nationalization of Southern beliefs and attitudes.    Ernie Dumas, Journalist and Author of The Education of Ernie Dumas  Tamika Edwards, Executive Director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College  Angie Maxwell, Director of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Arkansas Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 18, 2020
Who is Mike Pompeo?
As Democrats nationwide consider who their party will nominate to challenge President Trump in November, Republicans look ahead -- to 2024. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, after a meteoric rise through Kansas politics to leading the CIA and the State Department, is widely believed to be preparing to run for higher office. A businessman; a veteran; and a committed Christian, Pompeo represents one possible future for the Republican Party. He’s also an object example of how conservatives, by and large, have accommodated themselves to Trump. On this episode of Who Is, Sean Morrow inspects the complex and contradictory beliefs and impulses of the man who rode the Tea Party to Congress and Benghazi to fame. Lara Jakes, a Diplomatic Correspondent based in the Washington bureau of The New York Times  Dion Lefler, Government and Politics Reporter at The Wichita Eagle  Tom Shine, Director of News and Public Affairs at Wichita Public Radio, KMUW  Nahal Toosi, Foreign Affairs Reporter for Politico Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 11, 2020
Who is Stephen Miller?
Who is Stephen Miller? One of three Senior Advisors to the President--along with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump--Miller is arguably the person who has had the greatest impact on the most people. Policy that Miller has devised, and, thanks to a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, by in large been able to enact, has changed how immigration works in the United States. But that's not all: as one of President Trump's favorite speechwriters, Miller has crafted much of the language that brings "Make America Great Again" to life. On this episode of Who Is, Sean Morrow explores how a Jewish kid from liberal Santa Monica became an immigration hardliner, and dives deep into the history of immigration--and immigration control--in the United States. Airs 02/04/2020.     Marisa Franco, director and co-founder of Mijente, a political, digital, and grassroots hub for Latinx organizing and movement building Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Professor of History, African American Studies, and Urban Planning at UCLA, and the author of Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol  Nick Miroff, immigration enforcement and Department of Homeland Security reporter at the Washington Post  Laurie Winer, co-founder and editor of the LA Review of Books Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 04, 2020
Who is Jared Kushner?
Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump, is probably the most powerful person in the United States who we know the least about. The grandchild of immigrants who escaped the Holocaust, Kushner is the beneficiary of his family’s meteoric rise, and the quintessential rich kid: before his donation-based admission to Harvard, Kushner hobnobbed with politicians and managed segments of his family’s vast real estate holdings. In graduate school, he bought a newspaper--and ran it into the ground--and a billion-dollar Manhattan office tower--which, until the election of President Donald Trump, nearly bankrupted the family business. But once his father-in-law is elected president, Kushner finds himself--or maneuvers his way into--the middle of everything, whether it’s building the wall, devising a solution to the Israel-Palestine imbroglio, or negotiating a trade deal with China. Featuring Andrea Bernstein, author of the newly released book American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power.      Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the Trump Inc. podcast from WNYC and ProPublica, and author of American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Daniel Golden, Senior Editor at ProPublica and author of The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges—and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates Vanessa Grigoriadis, host of Tabloid: The Making of Ivanka Trump and author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 28, 2020
Who is Mohammad bin Salman?
How did Saudi Arabia get away with the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kidnapping and alleged torture of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and even 9/11? How does it get away with war in Yemen and human rights violations at home? Oil, and the wealth that oil has brought about. On the first international episode of Who Is, Sean Morrow explores the 34-year-old trillionaire in charge of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, and the story of a monarchy that is using its wealth to secure its global legitimacy--and expand its influence--through investments in Silicon Valley notables like Twitter, Uber, and Slack. Featuring Agnès Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions, who investigated Khashoggi’s 2018 killing. Hala Aldosari, Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies Agnès Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions and Director, Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book is False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 21, 2020
Who is Mark Esper?
In the United States, war is big business. The Department of Defense, led by Secretary Mark Esper since 2019, has a budget of $738 billion this year. And while many of those dollars pay for those who serve in the armed forces and the maintenance of a nuclear arsenal, a significant portion of that budget will go to the military-industrial complex, which President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans about in his farewell address in 1961, and which, prior to his appointment, Secretary Esper represented in Washington as a lobbyist. With the question of war in the air after the United States--in a targeted drone strike on Iraqi soil approved by President Donald Trump--assassinated the second most powerful man in Iran, Qasem Soleimani, who stands to profit? On this episode of Who Is, Sean Morrow dives deep into Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the military-industrial complex.    Kate Brannen, Editorial Director of Just Security Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent of Al-Monitor Aaron Mehta, Deputy Editor and Senior Pentagon Correspondent of Defense News Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 14, 2020
Who is Nancy Pelosi?
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in the United States. The first woman to lead the House of Representatives--and third in line to the presidency--she’s passed landmark legislation like the Affordable Care Act; has been the legislative partner, or adversary, of three presidents; and is playing a decisive role in the impeachment of President Trump. All that, and she didn’t even hold elected office until she was 47, after she had raised five children. Whatever your politics, this is Nancy Pelosi’s moment. Join Sean Morrow for this not-to-be-missed look at the woman who is, arguably, the leader of the democratic party.  John Lawrence, former Pelosi Chief of Staff; Visiting Professor at the University of California's Washington Center; author of The Class of '74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship Paul Kane, Senior Congressional Correspondent and Columnist at the Washington Post  Stephanie L. Young, former White House Senior Public Engagement Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 07, 2020
Who Is Fox News?
On this episode of Who Is, host Sean Morrow explores the backstory of Fox News and its founders: media savant Roger Ailes and Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch. A sophisticated mix of media and politics, what we know as Fox News is the result of a decades-long conservative effort, and has become a defining force in American politics and presidential elections. Featuring scholars who study conservative media and movements--A.J. Bauer, Reece Peck, and Khadijah White--as well as Caroline Heldman, who appeared on the network hundreds of times, and whose harrowing recollections of the behavior of major personalities echo in contemporary dramatizations like Bombshell and The Loudest Voice, among others. GUESTS: A.J. Bauer, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University  Reece Peck, Assistant Professor at the City University of New York, Staten Island Khadijah White, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University Caroline Heldman, Professor of Politics at Occidental College Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 17, 2019
Who Is Bernie Sanders?
Sen. Bernie Sanders is America’s most prominent self-described democratic socialist, and he’s running for president--as a democrat. Born in Brooklyn, Sanders arrived in Vermont via Chicago, where he was first elected Mayor of Burlington in 1981 by a margin of 10 votes. And from the climate crisis to income inequality to his Medicare For All plan, Sanders has been a consistent progressive voice ever since, as mayor, congressman, and finally, senator. But has Sanders had a measurable impact on our democracy? Does he know how to ‘play the game’? On this episode, host of Who Is, Sean Morrow, talks to the Vermonters who know “Bernie” best, including another former candidate for president: former Vermont governor Howard Dean. GUESTS: Howard Dean, 2004 Democratic Candidate for President; former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (2005-2009); Governor of Vermont (1991-2003) Alan Abbey, Director of Internet and Media at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel Bob Kinzel, of Vermont Public Radio Dave Levinthal, editor-at-large at the Center for Public Integrity Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 10, 2019
Who Is Joe Biden?
Former Vice President Joe Biden has been in politics for like, ever. Elected to the Senate nearly fifty years ago in 1973, Biden was Obama’s Vice President and is now running for president himself (and not for the first time). He’s been praised for his public service, criticized for his record on race, and noticed for his sunglass selection. On this episode, host of Who Is Sean Morrow unpacks Biden’s long career, for the stories you need to know about Uncle Joe. GUESTS: Ryan Grim, The Intercept Natasha Korecki, Politico Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 03, 2019
Who is Elizabeth Warren?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is running for president. A mother who had her first child at 22, Warren vaulted from Oklahoma to the halls of Harvard and on to the Senate. On this episode of Who Is, host Sean Morrow takes you beyond the 2020 hype for the stories that you need to know about the woman who wants to take on President Trump. GUESTS: Sheelah Kolhatkar, of The New Yorker  James Pindell, of the Boston Globe Alex Thompson, of Politico Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 26, 2019
Who Is John Roberts?
Who Is the most powerful person in America? Perhaps Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts. Appointed for life, Justice Roberts could cast the decisive vote—defining the law of the land—when it comes to issues like abortion, gun control, LGBTQ rights, and things you don’t even realize touch your everyday life. Presidents and Senate power breakers might get the press, but for the power behind the throne, look for the man in the black robe. GUESTS: Amy Howe, of Howe on the Court and host of podcast SCOTUSTalk. Co-founder of SCOTUSblog Dahlia Lithwick, of Slate, she hosts the Amicus podcast. Mark Joseph Stern, of Slate, and author of “American Justice 2019: The Roberts Court Arrives” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 19, 2019
Who Is Betsy DeVos?/Who Is Erik Prince?
Billionaire and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater are siblings whose decisions have shaped America’s youth and defense systems. Are they genius strategists like the Lannisters, or bungling buffoons like the Bluths? On this episode of Who Is, find out how these powerful siblings obtained the positions they have (hint: money), and what the privatization of public education and the privatization of the military have in common. This episode features Katherine Gallagher, an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represented Iraqis wounded and families of Iraqis killed by Blackwater in Baghdad. Watch the video series at NowThisNews.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 12, 2019
Who Is Mitch McConnell?
Who Is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? Host of Who Is Sean Morrow flew to Kentucky to find out, where he interviewed the people who have covered McConnell from his home state for decades. Is Mitch McConnell a political genius or just somebody willing to play outside the rules? GUESTS: Phillip Bailey, Louisville Courier-Journal John Cheves, Lexington Herald Leader Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky Alec MacGillis, ProPublica Alex Pareene, The New Republic Watch the video series at NowThisNews.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 05, 2019
Introducing: Who Is?
“Who Is?,” an original podcast by NowThis, explores the back stories of well-known, powerful people in the U.S. Over the course of sixteen 30-45minute episodes, the podcast will look at top leaders in Washington, Trump’s inner circle, the field of presidential hopefuls and major political donors. The podcast is hosted by NowThis correspondent Sean Morrow.
Oct 28, 2019