Episode cover of #04 - The Team Exposing Financial Conflicts of Interest in Congress

#04 - The Team Exposing Financial Conflicts of Interest in Congress

Heal our Division

  • 02/01/2022
  • 49 min

About this Episode

Should Congressional stock trading be banned? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Dave Levinthal, the deputy Washington Bureau chief for Insider. His team published the "Conflicted Congress" reporting project, helping to reveal financial conflicts of interest and hypocrisy among the US House and Senate. More than 9000 financial-disclosure reports were reviewed to inform Americans of the many moments when lawmakers' personal finances clash with their public duties. In this episode we discuss how researching Congressional stock trading is intentionally made difficult by the government, the most eye-opening findings from the report, how members of Congress reacted to this negative publicity, Nancy Pelosi’s response defending this trading, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join me with an open mind as we work to heal the division on Congressional stock trading.Conflicted Congress Report:https://www.businessinsider.com/conflicted-congress-key-findings-stock-act-finances-investing-2021-12

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#09 - An Online Vigilante Group Hacking Russia
What retaliation should Russia face for their Ukraine invasion? One online hacking collective is taking matters into their own hands. My guest today is Userware, a member of the Ghost Security (GhostSec) hacking collective fighting against Russia. In this interview with Userware we discuss GhostSec’s background, motivations, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join us with an open mind as we work to heal the division on Russian retaliation measures.Ghost SecurityMedium: https://ghostsec420.medium.com/Telegram: https://t.me/GhostSecc YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvKgOPDxt6n09B-OVF9xLAg Twitter: https://twitter.com/GS_M4F14Twitter (Co-Founder) : https://twitter.com/SebastianDAlex
12:49 04/11/2022
#08 - The Head of the Ukraine Center for Civil Liberties on the Russian Invasion
How should foreign nations respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine? It’s March 2022 and Americans are divided. My guest today is Oleksandra Matviichuk, a human rights lawyer and civil society leader living in Kyiv, Ukraine. She serves as head of the Ukraine Center for Civil Liberties. Last year, Oleksandra was nominated by Ukraine for the United Nations Committee against Torture. In this episode we discuss current civilian life and military preparations in Kyiv, the ongoing debate over foreign supplies and troops, evidence of war crimes, Putin’s approval rating in Russia, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join us with an open mind as we work to heal the division on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Євромайдан SOSFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvromaidanSOSTwitter: https://twitter.com/sosmaydan
22:30 03/15/2022
#07 - A Trucker Participating in the People's Convoy
Is the People’s Convoy justified? It’s March 2022 and Americans are divided. My guest today is Taylor Barker, an American trucker currently participating in the People’s Convoy. In this episode we discuss the convoy’s goals, public reception while traveling across the country, if it’s a partisan movement, media reactions, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join us with an open mind as we work to heal the division on the People’s Convoy.The People’s Convoy: https://thepeoplesconvoy.org/
17:13 03/08/2022
#06 - The Former USA Olympian Speaking Out Against the International Olympic Committee
Have the Olympic Games been corrupted? It’s February 2022, the Beijing Olympics just concluded, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Noah Hoffman, a former two-time Winter Olympian with Team USA who recently made headlines for speaking out against the Beijing Olympics and International Olympic Committee (IOC). Noah has recently helped launch Global Athlete, an Olympic athlete movement dedicated to addressing the balance of power between athletes and Olympic administrators. In this episode we discuss his criticism of how the IOC operates, his interactions with current Team USA olympians, when protests are appropriate, the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join us with an open mind as we work to heal the division on future Olympic Games.Global Athlete: https://globalathlete.org/Noah Hoffman: https://twitter.com/hoffnoahman
40:18 02/21/2022
#05 - A Transgender Man on Transgender Rights Today
What are transgender rights in America today? It’s February 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Alex Petrovnia, a binary transgender man. He’s the founder of the Trans Formations Project, a nonprofit dedicated to tracking and educating transgender legislation in the United States. In this episode we discuss if transgender athletes have an unfair advantage, if there’s only two genders, controversy from Dave Chappelle’s comedy special, age limits for transitioning, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join us with an open mind as we work to heal the division on today’s transgender rights.Trans Formations Project:https://www.transformationsproject.org/
30:44 02/07/2022
#04 - The Team Exposing Financial Conflicts of Interest in Congress
Should Congressional stock trading be banned? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Dave Levinthal, the deputy Washington Bureau chief for Insider. His team published the "Conflicted Congress" reporting project, helping to reveal financial conflicts of interest and hypocrisy among the US House and Senate. More than 9000 financial-disclosure reports were reviewed to inform Americans of the many moments when lawmakers' personal finances clash with their public duties. In this episode we discuss how researching Congressional stock trading is intentionally made difficult by the government, the most eye-opening findings from the report, how members of Congress reacted to this negative publicity, Nancy Pelosi’s response defending this trading, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join me with an open mind as we work to heal the division on Congressional stock trading.Conflicted Congress Report:https://www.businessinsider.com/conflicted-congress-key-findings-stock-act-finances-investing-2021-12
49:14 02/01/2022
#03 - A Critical Race Theory (CRT) Professor on CRT Concerns in American Education
Is critical race theory being taught in American schools? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Jennifer Ho. The daughter of a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, whose parents themselves were immigrants from Hong Kong, Professor Ho is the director of the Center for Humanities & the Arts and Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches courses on Critical Race Theory and Asian American culture. In this episode we define what Critical Race Theory is, how transparent schools should be with parents about the curriculum they teach, whether school board protest meetings are justified, if college campuses and academia have a left-leaning bias, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join with an open mind as we work to heal the division on Critical Race Theory concerns in American education.Opinion Piece from Professor Ho:https://coloradotimesrecorder.com/2021/06/dont-be-afraid-critical-race-theory-wont-bite-but-it-may-make-you-think/37640/
40:49 01/26/2022
#02 - An Afghan Refugee on the Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan
Did the United States make the right decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan last August? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Hussain Rezai, a native Afghani who evacuated the country in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August 2021. In July 2017, his fiancee, Najiba Bahar, was killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in the same city of Kabul. Najiba had returned to Afghanistan after acquiring a Masters Degree in Computer Science abroad. Her hope was to provide young Afghan women and those from deprived communities with inspiration to pursue higher education. Hussain started the Najiba Foundation in her honor. At first just a library, the foundation expanded to also include a solar-powered computer lab and girl’s volleyball team. In October 2021 after their takeover, the Taliban destroyed the library, ransacked the computer lab, and the volleyball players went into hiding for fear of retribution. In this episode we discuss the Najiba Foundation’s interactions with the Taliban, whether accusations of the Afghan people not fighting for themselves are accurate, the future of women’s and human rights under the new Taliban rule, if foreign intervention is preferred, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join with an open mind as we work to heal the division on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.GUEST INFORMATIONHussain Rezai: https://twitter.com/Husain_rezaiNajiba Foundation: https://twitter.com/Najiba_FDN
30:00 01/17/2022
#01 - An Unhoused Member on the American Unhoused Crisis
How should we treat the unhoused population in our country? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Theo Henderson, who lives in Los Angeles, California and is a member of the unhoused community. Born in Chicago, Theo earned a scholarship to a local private college and received his undergraduate degree in education. During the 2008 recession, he was working as a schoolteacher in South Los Angeles until his own financial crisis hit: He lost his job, and health issues from diabetes saddled him with medical debt. After being evicted from his apartment in 2013, he first moved into his car until he could no longer afford to keep it. He’s been unhoused ever since. As a result, he started “We the Unhoused”, a podcast that interviews, lifts the voices, and highlights the struggles of the unhoused community in Los Angeles and beyond. His work has been featured in media outlets like the BBC, Los Angeles Times, Vice, Curbed, and more. In this episode we discuss why Theo advocates to use the term “unhoused” instead of homeless, if there’s a correlation between being unhoused and abusing drugs, whether unhoused street sweeps across American cities are justified, the recommended approach to help an unhoused member you may encounter, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join with an open mind as we work to heal the division on the unhoused crisis in America.GUEST INFORMATIONWe the Unhoused Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wetheunhousedWe the Unhoused Website: https://www.wetheunhoused.com/Teodore Henderson: https://www.instagram.com/thhheohenderson/
51:00 01/10/2022
#00 - Heal our Division Trailer
America is deeply divided, largely driven by our declining distrust in government, institutions, and media outlets. This decline of American media isn’t hard to see. Turn on the tv, and you’ll often struggle to distinguish what qualifies as journalism vs entertainment. Provocative commentary has taken precedence over asking questions and collecting facts. News anchors posing as neutral moderators often make themselves the star of the show. They’re only willing to interview guests who reflect similar opinions and political identities. When they do, the result is often a surface level conversation lasting mere minutes. My name is Kevin MacPherson, and I feel that there must be a better way forward. Our media distrust can’t continue if we want to maintain the social fabric of our country. As a result, I started the Heal our Division Podcast. Each week, I host a long form conversation with someone directly involved and impacted by today's most pressing issues. Guests share their story without interruptions, provide commentary, and answer the questions that often go unaddressed. They’re also challenged to address opposing views and criticism, even if uncomfortable. The goal of the podcast is always the same. Speak with those directly involved in today’s issues, identify solutions, and demonstrate that we can heal our division as people despite our differences. Left, right, center, or independent - I invite you to join me with an open mind as we work to heal the division in our country, one interview at a time.
03:18 01/10/2022