OppCast is a weekly podcast from Opportunity News Media that cracks through the surface of political commentary to reveal the people, stories and passions behind the headlines. With commentary from elected officials, gang leaders, preachers, writers, business executives, activists and everyone in between, we flesh out the bare bones political noise for your listening pleasure.
This week on OppCast, we bring together an expert panel to break down exactly what must happen for Congress and the Trump administration to smoothly repeal and replace Obamacare. From the tiniest details to the broadest of strokes, we’ll paint a clear picture of the challenges the nation will face during the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency.
To kick off 2017, we bring you a special story of hope. When Crystal Jenkins got pregnant with her daughter in the projects of Washington DC, she had no home, no job and no hope for a better future. Drugs, crime and poverty plagued her life, but her daughter gave Crystal the strength to dream. Now she says her daughter “will have what I never had, she’ll know she can do anything she wants in this life, she’ll know she can soar…” Listen to find out how she did it.
When so many polls got it so wrong this past November, is polling dead as we know it? We sit down with Kristen Anderson, co-host of the Pollsters podcast, to understand exactly what went wrong and how pollsters are adapting to the changing political landscape.
This week, a look at the heartland: We sent our producer Evan Smith to the Rust Belt of Ohio to investigate counties that voted for Obama in ’08 and ’12 but then flipped for Trump this past November. What caused this reversal of outcome? The answer may not be as simple as you think.
“Godfather of the grassroots” and civil rights leader Bob Woodson speaks on a life well-lived, his personal interactions with President-elect Trump, where the Conservative movement is heading under the new administration, and how neighborhood initiatives to fight poverty and decay are changing the face of the nation. Woodson also talks about changes taking place at the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, which is soon to undergo a very special name change. Finally, we break down expectations for Trump’s cabinet.
While everyone else was left scratching their heads, one man saw it coming clear as day. This week on OppCast we sit down with Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, to discuss how he knew Trump would win, why he believes Steve Bannon is being misrepresented, and why Weekly Standard columnist Steve Hayes might just show up wearing a speedo to this year’s CPAC. Later, co-host Ellen Carmichael breaks down the “Rubio Effect” and what it means for the next election cycle.
Now that the election is finally over, the tough job of paving the future of America has begun. But how much of president-elect Trump’s stated goals are mere lip-service to his base, and how much could become actual policy? Hosts John Hart and Ellen Carmichael weigh in on the obstacles the new administration will have to hurdle, and what it means for the national Conservative movement going forward.
It’s finally here. Election day. The final reckoning. As the clock ticks down to zero hour, we sit down to run through the last minute numbers, talking points and demographics (and discuss what we’ll each be drinking on election night). Join us on the lifeboat.
This week on OppCast, we break down just what it takes to get people back to work in this country: from policymakers who are plowing ahead on initiatives that will fight poverty across the nation, to passionate volunteers and ministry workers who are helping to transition individuals toward a life of pride and self-sustainability.
Hey, you there… so it’s Monday morning, long work week ahead, we know how it is. That’s why on this week’s OppCast, we lay out everything you need to know in politics for this home stretch of election season. From what we’ve learned since the debate, to how online hacking is shaping partisan politics, we’ll get your week started with a strong, caffeinated dose of opportunity.