Ask Jesse

A Weekly Political Podcast Featuring Amplifire Project Contributors
Jesse Crall and Victoria Lynn Hall

Have a question to “Ask Jesse”? Email us at AskJesse@AmplifireProject.com
See the Ask Jesse YouTube playlist for shorter clips as well as full episodes.

Latest Episode:

In this fourth installment of The Best of Ask Jesse, Jesse Crall shares his thoughts on foreign policy, middle class politics, working class issues, his favorite Beatle and more.


Previous Episodes:

Episode 66: Organizing & Chaos

Victoria asks Jesse to share his thoughts on the recent John Deere/UAW Strike agreement and they discuss Worker organizing, how middle class interests dominate our politics and how chaos & uncertainty might lead to change. Click here for show notes.


Episode 65: Living With War

On the day after Veteran’s Day and the day of Neil Young’s birthday, Jesse and Victoria talk about those who sing about Living With War and the realities and policies of war compared to the public perception of it. Click here for show notes.


Episode 64: History Rhymes

Jesse and Victoria discuss how current political events fit into larger patterns of history and how our systems may be more stable (heading neither towards progress or collapse) than we are led to or want to believe. Click here for show notes.


Episode 63: A Different Conversation

esse and Victoria have a conversation about how much their perspectives on politicians and our political system have changed and how they see things at this moment. Click here for show notes.


Episode 62: Free Assange

Jesse and Victoria discuss the political persecution of Wikileaks editor and publisher, Julian Assange and how his case represents a larger battle for truth, peace, justice and all the other values that Americans claim to stand for. Click here for show notes.


Episode 61: Proactive Focus

Victoria asks Jesse how he chooses what to focus on politically which leads to a discussion of foreign policy in general and specifically issues related to Belarus, China and Syria. Click here for show notes.


Episode 60: Freaking Out Is Never Helpful

Victoria asks Jesse why public reaction is different to Biden even though he is Per a listener request, Jesse dissects the current infrastructure debate then he and Victoria discuss what people seem to be freaking out over these days and how this rarely, if ever, does anything to challenge our destructive systems. Click here for show notes.


Episode 59: Groupthink & Tribalism

Victoria asks Jesse why public reaction is different to Biden even though he is carrying out many of the same policies as Trump did and they discuss how psychological factors like groupthink and tribalism play a role in our politics and our world. Click here for show notes.


Episode 58: Slogans & Labels

Victoria Asks Jesse about the substance or lack thereof behind slogans like, “tax the rich” and “pay their fair share”, as well as labels like, “Fascism” and “Socialism” and the difficulties many citizens have seeing beyond them. Click here for show notes.


Episode 57: Post-9/11 Perspectives

Victoria Asks Jesse about the substance or lack thereof behind slogans like, “tax the rich” and “pay their fair share”, as well as labels like, “Fascism” and “Socialism” and the difficulties many citizens have seeing beyond them. Click here for show notes.


Episode 56: The Disenchanted Left

Jesse and Victoria talk about disenchantment and division among politically active citizens and the issues that surround that. Click here for show notes.


Episode 55: Erring on the Side of Skepticism

Victoria asks Jesse if it is possible to be too skeptical and they discuss this as it relates to Covid-19 Vaccines and a variety of other political issues. Click here for show notes.


Episode 54: Williamson & War

Victoria asks Jesse how much he thinks Hollywood affects our worldview and they discuss how media and social class issues influence and reflect our mindset. Click here for show notes.


Episode 53: Movies & Mindsets

Victoria asks Jesse how much he thinks Hollywood affects our worldview and they discuss how media and social class issues influence and reflect our mindset. Click here for show notes.


Episode 52: Big Picture Politics

Jesse and Victoria discuss Cori Bush’s efforts to extend the eviction moratorium, the larger issues related to our housing crisis and how politicians and pundits often seem to react to single issues or events rather than consider the bigger picture. Click here for show notes.


Episode 51: A Beatles Break

Jesse and Victoria take a break from discussing politics and instead discuss a more enjoyable common interest: The Beatles. Click here for show notes.


Episode 50: That’s The Tweet?

Victoria and Jesse discuss a tweet they found ludicrous and disturbing and go one to talk about the differing agendas of Congress and the people who want and/or need real material change. Click here for show notes.


Episode 49: Cuba & The Regime Change Playbook

Victoria asks Jesse about the protests in Cuba and they discuss many issues and the history surrounding the country and similarities to U.S. regime change efforts around the world. Click here for show notes.


Episode 48: Executive Decisions

Victoria asks Jesse about Biden’s recent executive orders and he explains his skepticism that they will bring about significant change when it comes to challenging the power structures that create so much inequality in our world. Click here for show notes.


Episode 47: Propaganda 101

Victoria asks Jesse to give a lesson in propaganda which leads to a discussion of all the different ways it is utilized and accepted and how challenging it is to counteract it. Click here for show notes.


Episode 46: Challenging Syria Narratives

Victoria asks Jesse to explain what has been happening in Syria and how it relates to U.S. Foreign policy and he discusses how lies and narrative management confuse the issues involved with this country as well as others. Click here for show notes.


The Best of Ask Jesse: Episodes 31-45

Enjoy these clips from Ask Jesse Episodes 31 through 45. Click here for show notes.


Episode 45: A World That Works For All

Victoria introduces the theme for International Children’s Month, “Building a World that Works for All” and asks Jesse what that might entail and look like in terms of political movements as well as personal and collective consciousness. Click here for show notes.


Episode 44: Electoral Dilemmas

Victoria asks Jesse about his views on electoral politics and they discuss the challenges facing candidates and politicians as well as activists who want to serve the material needs of their communities. Click here for show notes.


Episode 43: Staying Awake

Victoria Asks Jesse what he thinks led to the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, what it means and how we can take advantage of the awareness raised about the suffering of Palestinians and stay awake for their cause and that of others who are affected by US foreign policy alliances. Click here for show notes.


Episode 42: Public Pressure for Palestine

Victoria asks Jesse about what is really complicated regarding Israel’s war crimes towards Palestine and they discuss how elitism, propaganda and disengagement allow these crimes to go unchallenged as well as how public pressure could change that. Click here for show notes.


Episode 41: For All Children At All Borders

In this special episode of Ask Jesse, Victoria and Jesse discuss the issues relating to immigration, especially as it concerns child refugees. Please visit allchildrenallborders.org to learn about the Mother’s Day Weekend Virtual Summit and help us amplify the voices of children who are not being seen or heard enough. Click here for show notes.


Episode 40: Duality & Uncertainty

Victoria asks Jesse about some of his takes on issues that she feels uncomfortable or undecided on and this leads to a discussion of their frustration with binary arguments and the fear of uncertainty. Click here for show notes.


Episode 39: Afghanistan & Skepticism

Victoria asks Jesse if a letter from congressional Democrats will convince Biden to take action to help end the blockade that is causing mass starvation in Yemen, Jesse breaks down the economic reasons for the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia and more. Click here for show notes.


Episode 38: Yemen & The Truth

Victoria asks Jesse if a letter from congressional Democrats will convince Biden to take action to help end the blockade that is causing mass starvation in Yemen, Jesse breaks down the economic reasons for the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia and more. Click here for show notes.


Episode 37: Economics & Alienation

This episode begins with Victoria asking Jesse his take on Biden’s Infrastructure plan which leads to a discussion of our economics and class divisions and then goes even deeper to touch on the sense of isolation and alienation in today’s culture. Click here for show notes.


Episode 36: What If

Victoria asks Jesse some what if questions about our political past, present and future in a discussion that covers repeated patterns, paths not taken and what could be. Click here for show notes.


Episode 35: The Whole Truth

Victoria asks Jesse why most Americans are unaware of or slow to learn the truth about our wars and foreign policy and how most mainstream media outlets and politicians only tell or tolerate as much of the truth as suits their agenda. Click here for show notes.


Episode 34: The Biden Paradigm

Victoria asks Jesse how he feels the Biden era is going so far and they discuss the American Rescue Plan, Biden’s foreign policy, the media’s coverage of Biden and more. Click here for show notes.


Episode 33: (Anti) Trusting Tech

Jesse and Victoria discuss the dangers of censorship and how quick fixes and moderate improvements don’t challenge the power structures that are responsible for much of the despair and the division in this country. Click here for show notes.


Episode 32: Reacting & Distracting

Jesse talking on the day after the Capitol Hill riot on how the reaction was equally if not more disturbing than the riot itself. His words ring even more true now. Click here for show notes.


Episode 31: Just One Victory

Jesse and Victoria talk about the latest Covid relief bill, the plot twist of Trump demanding much needed $2000 stimulus checks and how left activists movements might achieve more victories and momentum in the future. Click here for show notes.


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Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

https://linktr.ee/jessecrall

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

linktr.ee/victorialynnhall

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