Your Primary Playlist is an interview-style show that breaks down the major issues facing our country and what to expect from this presidential election. Every week join Host Emily Tisch Sussman, a veteran of political campaigns and issue advocacy, to talk issue by issue, candidate by candidate, with the women who know them best. With guests including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Cecile Richards, Emily will offer a comprehensive primer on what you need to know to feel ready to cast your ballot, granting behind-the-scenes access to the activism, movements, people, and research that have brought these issues to the forefront of this election.
In this episode, Emily sets the scene by chatting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the present and future of the Democratic party, the main issues at stake this election cycle, and how Democrats can succeed. Plus, what music does Speaker Pelosi jam out to in her free time?
In this episode, Emily talks with Cecile Richards about abortion, the power of women voters, and where the candidates stand on reproductive rights.
In this episode, Emily talks with Neera Tanden about one of the biggest topics every election: the economy.
In this episode, Emily talks with Dr. Alice Chen, former executive director of Doctors for America, about all things healthcare.
In this episode, Emily talks with Chelsea Parsons, Vice President of Gun Violence Prevention at the Center for American Progress, and Patricia Oliver, who lost her son, Joaquin, in the Parkland shooting.
In this episode, Emily talks with Angie Kelley and Wendy Carrillo about the state of our immigration policy and the 2020 candidate platforms.
In this episode, Emily talks with Allison Zelman, Former Director of States and Deputy Political & Organizing Director for the DNC, about field organizing and what it takes to win a campaign.
In this episode, Emily dives into redistricting, campaign finance reform, voting rights and the legacy of Merrick Garland with Marina Jenkins, Litigation Director at the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
In this episode, Emily seeks to understand how this voting block will or won’t show up for democrats in 2020 with Jenna Arnold, co-founder of ORGANIZE and a National Organizer for the Women’s March on Washington.
In this episode, Emily talks with Josie Duffy Rice, journalist, lawyer and President of The Appeal, about where the candidates stand on policing, clemency, marijuana legalization and more.
In this episode, Emily speaks with experts on shaking up policy and business to improve workplace policies. This episode was recorded live in Washington, D.C with Jenn Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway, and Fatima Goss Graves, CEO and President of the National Women’s Law Center.
In this episode, Emily talks with Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the League of Conservation Voters, about how climate policy has regressed under President Trump and how the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates hope to address the climate crisis.
In this episode, Emily talks with Tori Taylor, Head of Political Organizing at Swing Left, on what local politics and grassroots organizing can teach us about winning close elections in 2020 and beyond. This episode was recorded at a live event hosted by the Wednesday Group, which was formed after the 2016 election as a hub for activism moving forward.
In this episode, Emily talks to the CEO of the DNC, Seema Nanda, about employing a fifty-state strategy, focusing on down-ballot races, and working closely with presidential candidates throughout the primary process.
In this episode, Emily talks with Representative Abigail Spanberger, whose op-ed, co-penned along with six other freshman Democrats, played a key role in spurring the House Democrats to open a formal impeachment inquiry.
In this episode, Emily talks with Ambassador Wendy Sherman to understand Trump’s nationalist approach, and what effective foreign policy should look like in the 21st century. Emily also speaks to Kate Hoit, Senior Advisor at VoteVets.org and Director at Vet Voice Foundation, to get her opinion on the situation in Syria.
In this episode, Emily talks to Angela Hanks, Deputy Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative, to find out what the future of work really means, from fair wages, to union strength and more.
In this episode, Emily talks to Emily Chatterjee, Senior Counsel at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and Jessica Rosenworcel, the Federal Communications Commissioner. They each share what a comprehensive infrastructure plan would actually look like and which presidential candidates are talking about it in the right way.
In the season one finale, Emily talks to Leader Abrams about how Fair Fight tackles voter suppression by focusing on litigation, legislation, and advocacy. Leader Abrams also weighs in on how the primary candidates have been talking about voting rights, and shares what might motivate her to accept a job offer from a presidential nominee.