Ask Jesse Episodes 1-15

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

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Best Of 1-15

A “best of” compilation of some clips from the first 15 episodes of Ask Jesse. Click here for show notes.

Episode 15: Playing the Long Game

Victoria asks Jesse his thoughts on how sports impact and relate to politics and it leads to a larger discussion about race, class, economy and playing the long game of political activism in this country. Click here for notes and further information.

Episode 14: Public Services Vs Public Perception

Victoria asks Jesse to explain how the attempts to dismantle the USPS is nothing new and it leads to a larger discussion of how current public perceptions and attitudes prevent us from acquiring the public services and other solutions to address the material needs of the poor and working class in this country. Click here for show notes.

Episode 13: Biden-Harris Awareness

Victoria ask Jesse for his views on the Joe Biden – Kamala Harris ticket and they discuss why it is important that we maintain awareness of the influence of concentrated power on our government no matter who is president. Click here for show notes.

Episode 12: Criticizing Republicans

Victoria Asks Jesse to share his criticisms of Republican leadership for a change, which he does while also pointing out that it is ultimately not any one party or individuals that he is criticizing but a system which gives too much power to too few. Click here for show notes.

Bonus Cut: Focus On Class

In this bonus cut from Episode 11, Jesse goes into further detail about the need to put class at the forefront of political projects.

Episode 11: Keeping it Real on Climate

Victoria asks Jesse why he seems to be so cynical about our climate crisis and Jesse explains how our awareness and views on economics, foreign policy and other issues need to evolve before we can tap into our potential to create significant change. Read further thoughts in our show notes by clicking here.

Episode 10: Michael Brooks & Empathy

Jesse talks about the tragic loss of political commentator Michael Brooks (The Michael Brooks Show/The Humanist Report) and the impact he had on Jesse and many others. Jesse and Victoria discuss how to carry his message of global interconnectedness and empathy forward. Click here for additional thoughts and information.

Episode 9: Progressive Possibilities

Victoria asks Jesse about some victories and upcoming challenges for progressive down ballot candidates in both primary and general elections. They also discuss future possibilities for the progressive movement and policies in general. See the show notes for this episode here.

Episode 8: The Last Time We Talk About Russia

Victoria asks Jesse about Russia and The War in Afghanistan, The media, Intelligence Agency leaks and our enormous military budget – and expresses her hope that they can talk about issues that are closer to home in the future. Read more thoughts about these issues from Jesse and Victoria here.

Episode 7: Peace > Partisanship

Victoria and Jesse discuss a number of issues relating to looking beyond partisanship and other polarities to engage in nuanced conversations about peace and other political issues. Click here to read further thoughts from Victoria and Jesse.

Episode 6: Fund Peace

Victoria asks Jesse what he thinks “Defund The Police” means and they also discuss defunding the Pentagon and issues of foreign policy. Click here to read further thoughts from Victoria and Jesse.

Episode 5: Facebook

Victoria asks Jesse why Joe Biden is so concerned about Facebook and this leads to a greater discussion on political awareness and activism. Click here for further information and perspectives in our show notes.

Episode 4: Imperialism & NeoLiberalism

Victoria asks Jesse to explain the terms “imperialism” and “neoliberalism” and they discuss how they relate to current events. Click here for show notes by Victoria and Jesse.

Episode 3: Russia & China

Jesse explains how and why false narratives concerning our relations with other countries such as Russia and China are perpetuated and how to look deeper at these issues. He also answers a question about voting by mail submitted by one of our listeners. Click here to read show notes by Victoria and Jesse and find additional resources.

Episode 2: Progressives Vs Establishment

In this episode we follow up on our discussion of Nancy Pelosi and the HEROES Act and talk about the significance of former presidential Candidate, Marianne Williamson endorsing Pelosi’s challenger, Shahid Buttar as well as other exciting progressive candidates. Jesse also explains why Elizabeth Warren’s endorsements are a disappointment and who he would like to challenge in his Congressional run in 2022. Click here for show notes and more information.

Episode 1: Pelosi is Not a Hero

Victoria Lynn Hall asks Jesse Crall about Nancy Pelosi’s “HEROES” Act, The struggling progressive movement, his plans to run for Congress in 2022 and more in this first episode of “Ask Jesse”. Follow Jesse at @JesseCrall and Victoria @Victoreeah on Twitter. Click here for a full introduction and more information.

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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.

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.

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