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.

SETTING THE STAGE: Nancy Pelosi

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?

ABORTION AND THE POWER OF WOMEN: Cecile Richards

In this episode, Emily talks with Cecile Richards about abortion, the power of women voters, and where the candidates stand on reproductive rights.

LET’S TALK ECONOMY: Neera Tanden

In this episode, Emily talks with Neera Tanden about one of the biggest topics every election: the economy.

HEALTHCARE: Dr. Alice Chen

In this episode, Emily talks with Dr. Alice Chen, former executive director of Doctors for America, about all things healthcare.

GUN REFORM: Chelsea Parsons and Patricia Oliver

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.

IMMIGRATION: Angie Kelley and Wendy Carrillo

In this episode, Emily talks with Angie Kelley and Wendy Carrillo about the state of our immigration policy and the 2020 candidate platforms.

DEMYSTIFYING CAMPAIGNS: Allison Zelman

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.

DEFENDING DEMOCRACY: Marina Jenkins

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. 

WILL WHITE WOMEN SWING BLUE IN 2020?: Jenna Arnold

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.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM?: Josie Duffy Rice

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. 

LIVE WITH RENT THE RUNWAY: Jenn Hyman and Fatima Goss Graves 

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. 

ADDRESSING THE CLIMATE CRISIS: Tiernan Sittenfeld 

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.

LOCAL POLITICS AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING: Tori Taylor 

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.

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