A Weekly Podcast Featuring Amplifire Project Contributors Jesse Crall and Victoria Lynn Hall
Victoria asks Jesse a question about our intelligence agencies that was sent in from a listener which leads to a discussion of being skeptical about political and media narratives, particularly those involving withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, that claim to be addressing “humanitarian” concerns as a convenient excuse to continue serving forces of global capitalism. Click here for show notes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A “best of” compilation of some clips from episodes 16 through 30 of Ask Jesse. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse about the feuds on the left involving comedian Jimmy Dore and Congress Rep. AOC and how the left in general might apply the wisdom of the late Michael Brooks who said, “Don’t cancel and don’t stan.” Click here for show notes.
Does having women of color in the high offices of our government make it diverse? Does refusing to consider dissenting opinions make a movement unified? How do we honor diversity and achieve unity? Jesse and Victoria discuss this and more in this episode. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse about Biden’s Cabinet picks, the misleading way the media is portraying them and what they mean for our foreign policy and economy going forward. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse about how Trump and Biden are handling this time of transition between their administrations and how we as citizens can use this time and the time during a Biden administration to increase our awareness and understanding of our government, ourselves and our relationships with each other. Click here for show notes.
War, what is it good for? Better questions to ask may be, who is it good for?, and why? Jesse and Victoria discuss this and more disturbing but important to know realities. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse about the 2020 general election and how our current politics are dividing us. Click here for show notes
Jesse and Victoria discuss how media manipulates our understanding of complex political issues through the practice of “narrative management”. Click here for show notes.
Is capitalism at the root of all of our problems? Victoria asks Jesse this and other questions concerning capitalism and it’s effect on our political system, our environment, our culture and more. Click here for show notes.
Are we really pursuing happiness? Or do we pursue wealth and success at the expense of happiness for ourselves and others? Jesse and Victoria discuss this and other topics during this episode. Click here for show notes.
Jesse and Victoria take a break from current events and discuss an interview conducted in 1970 with cultural icon Jim Morrison of The Doors and its relevance to today’s issues as well as that time in history from a political perspective. Click here for show notes.
Jesse and Victoria discuss the presidential debate between Biden and Trump and how it and the media have influenced our behavior ways that seem to reflect the very things we say we are against. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse how he maintains his unique focus and perspective in the face of the news cycle that dominates the political landscape. They also discuss how to decipher news sources objectively and the dangers of reacting to media narratives. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse why he thinks everyone seems to be talking about Fascism lately and they discuss how politicians and the media and even well meaning citizens distract from the truth by using “isms” to shape a divisive narrative. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse about his experience of the 9/11 attacks and how his views of war, peace and foreign policy have evolved. They also discuss how important it is for citizens to understand U.S. foreign policy today and whose interests it is serving. Click here for show notes.
Victoria asks Jesse for some perspective about how to best use her energy politically at this time which leads to a discussion of 3rd party movements, electoral issues, charitable efforts and more. Click here for show notes.
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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.
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.