Wall Street is one of the largest contributors to our political system, and that translates into political power which often benefits the rich over the rest of us.
To discuss, we've invited Carter Dougherty to the show. Carter is the Communications Director of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 200 civil rights, consumer, labor, business, investor, faith-based, and civic and community groups working to create an ethical financial system for everyone in America.
Despite the push for federal executions in the last days of the Trump regime, there is huge momentum for the elimination of the Death Penalty in America. Maurice Chammah joins the podcast this week to discuss the state of capital punishment, what it means for America, and his new book on the subject Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty.
Praise For Let The Lord Sort Them: The Rise And Fall Of The Death Penalty…
“A searing history of the rise and fall of capital punishment . . . Let the Lord Sort Them urges readers to reckon with the ugliest aspects of Texas history, and with how the political debate over the death penalty has elided the long-lasting trauma that executions inflict on everyone involved.”—Texas Monthly
“It’s a book pitched straight into the gulf between universal theory and individual experience.”—Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic
“Maurice Chammah has given us an indispensable history of how the debate over capital punishment has taken shape in our courts. And by centering the book deep in the heart of Texas, ‘the epicenter of the death penalty,’ he lays bare the human experience of litigating these heartrending cases through remarkably intimate, fair-minded, and trustworthy reporting on the people arguing over the fate of human life.”—Robert Kolker, New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
“An extraordinarily hopeful glimpse of a future in which we are finally beginning to imagine a very different version of justice—one in which the immediate and generational fallout is not so devastating.”—Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Our guest this week is Christian Picciolini. Christian is an activist, author and speaker who is a former white supremacist but is doing the hard work of reconciliation and helping other people leave hate groups through his nonprofit The Free Radicals Project. His newest book Breaking Hate: Confronting the Culture of Extremism is now available.
Praise For Breaking Hate: Confronting The New Culture Of Extremism…
"This riveting narrative portrays on an intensely personal level the impacts of extremism. Encouragingly, it also identifies a method for recovery. Picciolini's experience and practice reinforce the truism that hate is a learned behavior, and it can be unlearned. Breaking Hate should be required reading for all citizens who care about dangerous behavior, want to understand it, and are committed to reducing it."—James Clapper, former US Director of National Intelligence
"Riveting, horrifying, and hopeful, Breaking Hate provides a careful and detailed account of how to stop society's death spiral into extremism, and when we need it most urgently."—S.E. Cupp, nationally syndicated columnist and CNN host, author of Losing Our Religion
"With piercing insight and unrivaled compassion, Breaking Hate tells the tragic story of how extremism has torn our communities asunder and how every American can work together to end the epidemic of violence that has taken so many of our loved ones. In a country where more than 96 percent of mass shootings are perpetrated by men, we need to find ways of helping our boys grow into healthy young men who not only reject hate but also feel they have paths forward in today's economy."—Andrew Yang, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate
"Gripping and timely...Written with authority and first-hand experience...Breaking Hate is filled with rare insights that put today's rise of white supremacy into perspective -- and shows us how to stop it."—Ali Soufan, former FBI special agent and New York Times bestselling author of Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State
"Breaking Hate is a groundbreaking book. It reveals the depths of the modern white-power extremist movement and illustrates how easily the children of good-hearted, proud Americans can become transformed and corrupted...A sorrowfully necessary book for the dark period America has found itself in."—Malcolm Nance, counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and New York Times bestselling author of The Plot to Betray America, from the foreword
Disinformation is overwhelming our culture. From politics to medicine, investments to history, we’re drowning in it, and so we've invited our friend Nina Jankowicz back to the show. Nina is the disinformation fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Institute and author of How to Lose the Information war. She's the author of How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News and the Future of Conflict and a recent article in Wired titled Online Harassment Toward Women Is Getting Even More Insidious.
April 15th is normally Tax Day in America, and while COVID has prompted the IRS to extend the deadline this year, we wanted to take a look at inequities in the tax code. Dorothy Brown, Law Professor at Emory College and author of the new book "The Whiteness of Wealth" studies exactly this issue, and joined Alyssa Milano to share her insights.
Praise For The Whiteness Of Wealth: How The Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--And How We Can Fix It
“This enlightening book is a vital companion to The New Jim Crow, The Color of Wealth, and Evicted, for how it reimagines everything you thought you knew about U.S. social policy.”—Tressie McMillan Cottom, MacArthur Fellow and author of Thick: And Other Essays
“This book is a tour de force. With clarity and conviction, Dorothy Brown reveals how U.S. tax policy sustains and deepens the wealth gap between black and white Americans. As I read The Whiteness of Wealth, I found myself shaking my head as I eagerly turned the pages and shouting ‘damn’ with each revelation. If we are finally to address the long history of racism in this country, we must grapple with the arguments of Brown’s powerful book. This is a MUST read for these troubling times.”—Eddie S. Glaude Jr., New York Times bestselling author of Begin Again and Democracy in Black
“I couldn’t put it down! Dorothy Brown skillfully weaves her analysis of the racial bias in tax law with compelling personal stories of both Black and White taxpayers as well as policy recommendations for how to bring equity to our tax system.”—Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
“At once passionate and analytical, The Whiteness of Wealth is a bracing contribution to the history of policy racism that takes us to the heart of taxation’s effects on patterns of economic distribution.”—Ira Katznelson, author of When Affirmative Action Was White
Nonviolence and peace are not the same thing. Nonviolent action is action. It’s not passive. It requires courage and dedication and perseverance and being very, very smart and even more strategic. It is an act of destruction, but not an act of bloodletting. It is the path we need to take to tear down the systems of oppression that are so very evident in America today and build something better and more equitable for all of us.
This week we're honored to be joined by Jamila Raqib. Jamila is a former Nobel peace prize nominee and director of the Albert Einstein Institution which promotes nonviolent action around the world.
Our guests this week are Ben Relles, Head of Innovation for Youtube Originals, and Tess Finkle, Founder of Metro Public Relations. Together, they lead #GoodToVote, a non-partisan voter registration and engagement initiative featuring celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson, David Dobrik and many more rewarding fans for registering to vote.
Critical legislation on issues ranging from racial justice, the Equal Rights Amendment, gun violence prevention, economic justice, LGBTQIA rights, and so much more are at risk of dying in the senate because of the tyranny of the minority. The filibuster, an accident of the senate rules, is holding the chamber hostage, turning a majority-rule body into an arena of obstructionism.
To discuss the filibuster and efforts to do away with it, we invited Adam Jentleson on to the show. Adam served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, where he advised on strategy and led one of the largest and most diverse communications teams on Capitol Hill during the Obama administration. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico Magazine. His new book Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy is now available.
Praise For Kill Switch: The Rise Of The Modern Senate And The Crippling Of American Democracy
Adam Jentleson’s Kill Switch is the most exquisitely timed book I’ve encountered in years. Jentleson’s explanation of the filibuster’s ignominious roots, and of the mendacious arguments made today by its defenders, is careful and thorough and exacting. Every senator should be forced to read it and then reread it.
— Michael Tomasky - New York Review of Books
[An] excellent, surprising new book . . . Jentleson is knowledgeable and adept, offering an account of increasingly flagrant obstruction that culminates in the age of McConnell.
— Benjamin Wallace-Wells - The New Yorker
An impeccably timed book. . . . In Kill Switch, Jentleson explains how ‘the world’s greatest deliberative body’ has come to carry out its work without much greatness or even deliberation, serving instead as a place where ambitious legislation goes to die. . . . [Jentleson’s] intimacy with the Senate turns out to be his book’s greatest strength. Jentleson understands the inner workings of the institution, down to the most granular details, showing precisely how arcane procedural rules can be leveraged to dramatic effect.
— Jennifer Szalai - New York Times
[L]eading Democrats, including Reid and former president Barack Obama, are pressing for a sweeping rehab of the “home” Biden has found so comfortable. Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy, a new book by Adam Jentleson, makes for a powerful brief on their behalf… a compelling read.
— Kathy Kiely - Washington Post
[A]n important new book… Adam Jentleson offers a harrowing portrait of how anti-majoritarian dysfunction has paralyzed the U.S. Senate… he writes with an insider’s knowledge… As the Senate has deviated further and further from majoritarian norms, the House and the state legislatures have followed. Among the great merits of Jentleson’s Kill Switch is that it reminds us how recent this trend is.
— David Frum - The Atlantic
[P]erfectly timed… authoritative and well-documented.
— Lloyd Green - The Guardian
[A] powerful historical account.
— Julian Zelizer - CNN.com
Our guest this week is David F. Walker. David is an award-winning writer known primarily for his work in comics including Luke Cage and Bitter Root. He is the co-creator, with illustrator Marcus Kwame Anderson, of the new graphic novel history “The Black Panther Party.”
ABOUT THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY
A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.
Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and significance of the Panthers, from their social, educational, and healthcare programs that were designed to uplift the Black community to their battle against police brutality through citizen patrols and frequent clashes with the FBI, which targeted the Party from its outset.
Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, The Black Panther Party captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring legacy.
It's been a year since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic. As bad as COVID is in the United States, we have the resources to confront it head on. But what about people in poorer countries around the world? Americans spent billions of dollars to develop the COVID vaccine, and now drug companies are selling it to the highest bidder. To examine the state of the global pandemic and what we can do to fight it equitably, we've invited Gina Cummings of Oxfam America and Dr. Vanessa Kerry of Seed Global Health to the podcast.
On February 23rd, 2021, Alyssa Milano hosted a special live episode of Sorry Not Sorry with Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District. He’s the lead sponsor of H.R. 1, the “for the people act.” This act corrects so many critical shortcomings and vulnerabilities in our election system, and is one of the most important pieces of legislation in the Congress in a very long time. This is a rebroadcast of that live episode.
About Rep. Sarbanes
Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the House Subcommittee on Health and the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. Congressman Sarbanes also serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on Government Operations. Since 2017, he has chaired the Democracy Reform Task Force, a bold effort in the House of Representatives to build a government that puts the public's interests ahead of special interests.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He and his family live in Towson, giving him the opportunity to drive home every night and hear from the people he serves in Congress. Listening to their concerns allows him to better represent Maryland and has shaped his work in the House of Representatives.
Our guest this week is Heather McGhee. Heather is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Color of Change, America’s largest racial justice organization. She’s also the author of the new book “The Sum of Us,” now available in bookstores across the country.
ABOUT THE SUM OF US
One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
“This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”—Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist
Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?
McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm—the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. Along the way, she meets white people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams, and their shot at better jobs to the toxic mix of American racism and greed. This is the story of how public goods in this country—from parks and pools to functioning schools—have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and of how this country, unique among the world’s advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare.
But in unlikely places of worship and work, McGhee finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race, to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own.
The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. McGhee marshals economic and sociological research to paint an irrefutable story of racism’s costs, but at the heart of the book are the humble stories of people yearning to be part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves. With startling empathy, this heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a new vision for a future in which we finally realize that life can be more than a zero-sum game.
After producing The Hangover and its sequels, Scott Budnick took the incredibly rare step of leaving Hollywood to work full-time on sentencing reform and keeping young people out of jail. Through his work with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, he was instrumental in passing sentencing reform and other key social justice measures in California. He's continuing in this work and is now pack in Hollywood with One Community, a production company making socially-minded entertainment.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been stripped of her committee assignments in Congress, but California Congressman Jimmy Gomez doesn't think that's enough. In this week's episode, he joins Alyssa Milano to discuss why he wants to expel the QAnon-supporting, gun-toting, victim-blaming conspiracy theorist from the halls of American government.
Our guest this week is Desmond Meade. When Desmond was sentenced on felony charges, he lost his right to vote. After completing his sentence, on the other side of addiction and the recipient of a law degree, Desmond was the driving force behind Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment which restored voting rights to those in Florida who served their sentences and were back in society. He joined Alyssa Milano to discuss his successes and the current state of voter reinfranchisement in Florida.
Our guest is Laura Packard. Laura is a Stage 4 cancer survivor, a national co-chair of Health Care Voter, and an advocate for effective and affordable health care for everyone. In 2017, just as the Congress was trying to end the Affordable Care Act, Laura was diagnosed with cancer. Like millions of Americans, losing access to affordable healthcare would have been a death sentence, and it inspired a life of activism for Laura.
Our guest this week is Marc Elias. Marc is an election law attorney who has been at the forefront of protecting voting rights and stopping political interference in elections. Marc is also the founder of Democracy Docket, a website and newsletter that highlights voter suppression efforts and his actions to stop them from taking effect.
In the week before this episode airs, the sickness and violence in our country again came into harsh focus. An insurrection, spurred by the delusional, hateful, and outgoing President of the United States resulted in five deaths and the desecration of the seat of our government.
This episode has healing. This episode has magic. This episode has Kwame Alexander.
Kwame Alexander is the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including THE UNDEFEATED, HOW TO READ A BOOK, THE WRITE THING, SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. He’s also the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that aims to Change the World One Word at a Time. His new book Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope is now available.
On January 3rd, 2020, the Washington Post broke news of a truly shocking phone call between Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Since then, multiple media outlets have obtained the full recording of that call. We're providing it here, unedited and in its entirety, and reminding you that on January 5th Georgia has a special election. Republicans in the Senate are trying to overturn the will of Georgia voters, and the will of the American voters.
Keep that in mind as you vote, Georgia.
Our guest this week is D.W. Gibson. D.W. is an awarding-winning writer who shared a National Magazine Award for his work on “This is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn” for New York magazine. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Nation. He joins us to discuss his new book 14 Miles: Building the Border Wall.
2020 was one hell of a year. On January 1st, none of us could have imagined that a pandemic would completely change the way we interacted with one another and that our government would be so very bad at managing it. We experienced a popular uprising for justice, an economic collapse, and, of course, a presidential election. Along the way we had so many important conversations about so many critical issues. This week, we’re taking a look back at just a few of my favorite moments from Sorry Not Sorry in 2020. We hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.
Mark Shanahan is a writer and reporter for the Boston Globe. He’s also a prostate cancer survivor who developed the podcast Mr. 80 percent for the globe detailing his experience with prostate cancer. After his diagnosis and during treatment, Mark had to re-examine and rebuild relationships and consider what it means to be a man if your sexual function is at risk. Be forewarned, this episode has very frank discussions about sex and anatomy, so if you haven’t had the birds and bees chat with your kids, make sure they’re out of earshot.
Sex is the elephant in the room that most people can’t stop thinking about but also which most of us have no good language to discuss. We hide it, or we flaunt it, and far too many learn from porn, which is so rarely a good teacher about good sex.
We owe it to ourselves to be better. We deserve the ability to talk about sex without hiding from it, to have clear and honest discussions of what we want—assuming those conversations are with partners who also want to have these discussions and not just women you happen to see on the internet—and find shameless ways to realize those desires.
Our guest this week is Dr. Nan Wise. Nan is a neuroscientist and sex therapist, and author of the book “Why Good Sex Matters.” It’s such an important discussion, but be aware that it does contain frank conversation about sex and sexual trauma, and listeners should use their own discretion. Additionally, this episode focuses on sex and sexual pleasure and as such does not specifically discuss asexuality. We see, support and acknowledge our Ace listeners. To learn more about Asexuality, visit the Trevor Project.
Our guest this week is Jill Twiss. Jill is a former writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where she won Emmy and Peabody awards and wrote “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” She’s the author of the new children’s book about voting called “Everyone Gets a Say.”
About Everyone Gets a Say:
Don't miss this picture book about voting from the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and The Someone New.
Pudding the snail and his friends can’t seem to agree on anything. Whatever Jitterbug the chipmunk wants, Geezer the goose does not. Whatever Toast the butterfly wants, Duffles and Nudge the otters are absolutely against. And if somehow Toast and Duffles and Jitterbug and Nudge all agree on something, then Geezer is not having it.
So when Toast suggests they need a leader, the friends try to figure out the best way to pick someone to be in charge. Should that someone be the fastest? The fluffiest? The squishiest? Or can Pudding show his friends that there just might be a way where everyone gets a say?
In this follow-up to The Someone New, Jill Twiss and EG Keller cleverly underscore the importance of speaking up and using your voice.
As the Trump presidency winds to its chaotic end, we examine Trump's approach to the world stage with our guest Jim Sciutto. Jim is an Emmy-award wining journalist, Senior National Security Correspondent for CNN, a former diplomatic Chief of Staff during the Obama Administration, and the author of the new book The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World.
It’s Thanksgiving week, and we have an episode for you that will change the way you see the holiday. Our guest today is Denise Kiernan. Denise is an author, journalist and producer. Her books, The Last Castle, and The Girls of Atomic City were national bestsellers. She joins us to discuss her new book We Gather Together: A Nation Divided, A President in Turmoil, and a Historic Campaign to Embrace Gratitude and Grace.
Our guest this week is Samantha Busch. Samantha is a lifestyle blogger, writer, business owner, and infertility activist. Her husband, Kyle Busch, is a two-time NASCAR cup champion. The pair founded the Bundle of Joy Fund to help couples struggling with infertility to afford their treatments.
So the 2020 election is in the history books. On Thursday, November 5th – two days after the polls closed – we hosted the first ever live episode of Sorry Not Sorry to put it in perspective. Our guests had such great information, and so many smart things to say that I know you’ll forgive the slightly less than perfect audio that comes from a live streamed event.
At the time, it was clear that Biden has a significant popular vote margin, and was then about four million votes ahead of Donald Trump. But, despite that big win, the electoral college was not settled. Disunity still in our country, with a huge divide between Trump’s supporters and Biden’s supporters over the fundamental questions of what it means to be American.
But the issues in this election go far wider than the presidency. Control of the senate still hangs in the balance, and won’t be decided until January. The conronavirus just reached its highest daily rate of new infections since the pandemic started and the fate of the affordable care act will decided by the Supreme Court, and what happens with healthcare by the new government next year. More than 100,000 Americans are victims of gun violence each year, and 40,000 of them die. And we can’t find the families of more than 500 immigrant children we separated at the border.
It’s a lot. To help us make sense of it all, I’ve invited an incredible group of experts here tonight. We were joined by E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country, Jesse Wegman is a member of the New York Times Editorial Board and the author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College, Po Murray is Chair of the Newtown Action Alliance, Laura Packard is National Co-Chair of Health Care Voter, and Hassan Ahmad is an immigration attorney and immigrant rights activist.
Angela Glover Blackwell is an attorney and founder in residence of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by lifting up what works. Her work changes lives and changes hearts, and our conversation was so enlightening. Please listen to her words, take them in, and channel them into action.
Santiago Mayer, Randi Garcia, Jerome Foster, Sophia Shapiro, and Matthew Weinstein are young voters and activists attending colleges across America. They—and their generation—lost so much this year when COVID struck and schools closed. Graduations, summer vacations, and other important rites of passage, like their Proms. And so, they came together to form Prom at the Polls—an incredible initiative designed to bring young voters to the polls in massive numbers. They inspire us, and we're sure they’ll inspire you, too.
This episode features two amazing women doing hugely important things for our democracy. Our first guest is Amanda Litman. Amanda is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, an organization supporting young candidates running in state and local elections. Later in the program, we hear from Kat Calvin, founder and executive director of Spread the Vote, a non-profit dedicated to clearing obstacles that keep poor people from getting the IDs needed to vote.
Have you made your voting plan? Have you voted yet? It's not too late, and your democracy needs you. Visit IWillVote.com to get started.
Elizabeth Lesser is a bestselling author and the cofounder of Omega Institute, the renowned conference and retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York. Elizabeth’s first book, The Seeker’s Guide, chronicles her years at Omega and distills lessons learned into a potent guide for growth and healing. Her New York Times bestselling book, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, has sold almost 500,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Her newest book Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes reveals how humanity has outgrown its origin tales and hero myths, and empowers women to trust their instincts, find their voice, and tell new guiding stories.
Julian Castro has been many things: Mayor of San Antonio, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration, Author of An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream, 2018 presidential candidate, and now is hosting the new podcast "Our America." He’s a brilliant advocate for making sure everyone who is searching can find the American Dream
Our guest this week is Ebony Underwood. Ebony is a Soros Justice Fellow and the daughter of William Underwood, who has served decades of a cruel and unnecessarily harsh mandatory life sentence without parole. As the founder and CEO of We Got Us Now, Ebony is an advocate for children impacted by parental incarceration and keeping families connected and doing incredible and important work.
In the new book Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Anthology, Kelli Stanley of Nasty Woman Press brought together essays from so many remarkable women, and she’s brought two of them here with her today. From 1993-2017, Barbara Boxer represented California in the United States Senate, where she was a hero for women’s rights. Valerie Plame served as an undercover agent in the CIA protecting our national interests until she was outed by senior members of the Bush Administration. All three of these remarkable women joined Alyssa Milano for a very spirited discussion. Enjoy!
Chris Murphy is the United States Senator From Connecticut. Before his election to the senate in 2012, he served the people of Connecticut’s fifth congressional district in the House of Representatives. He’s the author of the remarkable new book The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy. This powerful examination traces the roots of violence in America to our shameful history of slavery and American gun culture. It is now available to order.
Fred Guttenberg is the first person we’ve asked back on the podcast for a second episode. His brother Michael was a doctor and a 9/11 responder who died in 2017 from 9/11 related cancer. Fred's family was still grieving when his daughter Jaime was murdered five months later in the Parkland school shooting. But rather than run from it, Fred’s spent every second of every day fighting to make sure it never happened again. His new book Find the Helpers: What 9/11 and Parkland Taught Me About Recovery, Purpose, and Hope is available order now.
In 40% of presidential elections this century, the electoral college selected a candidate who lost the popular vote. This institution results in mostly white, rural voters having votes which count much, much more than voters of color in more populous locations. We've asked Jesse Wegman on this episode to discuss the electoral college and efforts to mitigate it. Jesse is a New York Times Editorial Board member and the author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College.
The United States Postal Service is under attack—from our own government. Donald Trump, terrified of a landslide loss, is manipulating the mail to make it harder to vote. And his new Postmaster General is a nightmare. Louis DeJoy has financial holdings in post office contractors and competitors and has been sabotaging the Post Office’s ability to sort and deliver mail in a timely fashion. Alyssa Milano asked New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on the show to talk about it. Carolyn is the Chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, which has jurisdiction over the post office and a champion for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Shockingly, in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century, children and teachers are being forced back into schools at the risk of their own lives. Already, we’ve seen outbreaks in schools across the nation, and a president that refuses to bow to science in a sick attempt at political gain. Nicholas Ferroni is a nationally recognized educator and activist who educates, mentors and inspires students to reach their goals while driving a national dialogue about education reform. He joined Alyssa Milano to talk about the state of schools, and going back to school, during COVID-19.
Ron Klain served as Chief of Staff to both Vice President Gore and Vice President Biden before being appointed by President Obama as his Ebola Czar in 2014. He’s now an advisor to the Biden Campaign who appeared at the Democratic National Convention. He has amazing first-hand insight into the problems and opportunities facing America today.
Last year, Katie Hill left the House of Representatives after her abusive ex-husband released personal photos of her without her consent. In a swarm of misogyny and puritanical faux outrage of these photos, the 30-year-old Congresswoman was railroaded out of office. But Katie’s not done. Since leaving office, she’s started a PAC, a Podcast, and is the author of the newly released book She Will Rise.
Representing Ohio’s 13th district since 2013, Tim Ryan has been a stalwart voice for blue-collar workers and manufacturing jobs. He ran for the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 elections. More recently, he’s been working with Urban Yogis on Breathe for Eight, a mindfulness campaign in support of racial justice.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who has been representing California’s 13th district since 1999. She was the only person in Congress to vote against the expanded use of force authorization immediately after the 9/11 attacks and has been a constant force for peace in Congress since. She is working now to advance a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission through Congress.
In 2018 Doug Jones won a special election to replace Jeff Sessions in the United States Senate. Since then, he’s been one of the few members who can reach across the aisle and find common ground on important issues affecting veterans, access to healthcare, and more. Doug’s a moderate, and a former prosecutor who tried the people who bombed the 16th street Baptist Church in Birmingham. He’s up for reelection in 2020, and he joined Alyssa Milano to make the case as to why he is the right person to continue to represent Alabama in the senate.
In 2016, disinformation from foreign sources like Russia had a devastating effect on our domestic politics, and we’re still paying the price. They’re not stopping in 2020, and their tactics are expanding. It’s so important to understand what’s happening and what we can do about it, so we’ve invited Nina Jankowicz on the show.
Nina is the Disinformation Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She’s also the author of the new book “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and The Future of Conflict.”
Transcript available at https://sorrynotsorrypod.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Transcript-Alyssa-Milano-Sorry-Not-Sorry-Ep-68-Nina-Jankowicz.pdf
For nearly thirty years, women in the Mexican border city of Juarez have been disappearing, many of them turning up dead in mass graves. We don’t know who the killers are. Very few people have been charged, and fewer convicted. My guests today have been dedicated to finding out why. Oz Woloshyn and Monica Oritz Uribe, host the amazing podcast Forgotten: The women of Juarez, the final episode of which is now available. It's both a powerful true crime story and an important human rights story that you won't want to miss.
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Richie Reseda experienced the school to prison pipeline first-hand when he was sentenced to ten years in prison as a teenager. While incarcerated, Richie started Success Stories, a feminist group for prisoners which gained national attention. He’s a wonderful musician, a talented designer, and a leader in the fight for abolition of police and prisons. He has such an inspiring story and gives us so much hope for the future.
In the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many more people, criminal justice reform has surged to the forefront of the national debate. From the racial biases in policing to the criminalization of poverty and for-profit prisons, our criminal justice system is broken. We've asked Alyssa Milano's friend Eliza Orlins on the show this week to talk about these issues and more.
Eliza spent years as a public defender in New York City and is now a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney. You may also recognize her as a two time contestant on Survivor and as a contestant on The Amazing Race.
Our guest this week is A.G., co-host of the brilliant podcasts Mueller She Wrote and the Daily Beans. She’s also a Navy veteran who experienced sexual assault while serving and a former Veterans Affairs department staffer who lost her job in Trump’s loyalty purges.
Her experience, insight, and humor can teach all of us.
And just a warning—this episode contains frank discussions of sexual assault and trauma.
Many of you may be surprised by our guest for this episode. David Frum is a proud conservative, having served in the George W. Bush administration as a speechwriter, where he is credited with coining the phrase “axis of evil.” He and I don’t agree on a lot of things.
But it turns out Donald Trump is the great uniter after all. Following on the success of his book Trumpocracy, David has just released his book Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy. It’s a powerful argument against Trumpism, and I hope you all will put politics aside and listen. He has interesting and important things to say.
Today’s episode is a treat. We’ve invited David Litt, one of President Obama’s speechwriters, on to the show. He’s very funny, and we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a bittersweet interview remembering when we had a president who had a sense of humor and was able to complete a sentence. David’s got a new book out, Democracy in One Book or Less, and we think you’ll find our conversation inspiring. I know we sure did.
This special Juneteenth Eve episode features Ben Jealous. Ben is the newly elected president of People for the American Way, the former Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland, and the youngest person ever elected to be president of the NAACP. He’s a brilliant organizer, a great mind, and has truly deep knowledge of American history. It’s an honor to welcome him to the show.
George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Stephon Clark. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Philando Castile. John Crawford. Akai Gurley. Freddie Gray. We say their names over and over again. The list never stops. Black and Brown Americans murdered by police at wildly disproportionate rates, and a white America which refuses to surrender our power and privilege to stop this from happening.
And in the middle of the latest national response to the murder of George Floyd comes Juneteenth. It’s a commemoration of the day in June when slaves were freed at the end of the Civil War. To mark this history, and to speak frankly about systemic racism, we have two episodes this week where we look at the history and the future of racism in America.
On this powerful episode, our guest is Blair Imani. Blair is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream, she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She is the co-host of America Did What?!, an educational podcast and anti-racism initiative with Kate Robards.
ICE and CBP continue to detain immigrants in facilities without adequate medical care, sanitation supplies, or even the ability to maintain a safe social distance. At the same time, our weak, failed president is using the pandemic as an excuse to end all legal immigration to our country, increase family separations, and even deport sick immigrants after diagnosis. Our guests today are on the right side of that fight, working to make life better for immigrant communities. Jenn Budd is a former supervising agent in the Border Patrol who exposed racist, nationalist policies in the agency. Andrea Guerrero is executive director of Alliance San Diego, a community-based organization supporting the immigrant community in that city. They are on the ground, fighting the fight every day. Please listen.
On the same day Donald Trump’s regime ordered the national guard to violently clear several city blocks with tear gas and rubber bullets so that he, surrounded by secret service, police, and military could take a walk to a church for a photo op before scurrying back to hide in his bunker, the temporary occupant of the white house had a phone call with governors. And get this, he called them weak. We all know Trump is the weakest, most insecure narcissist in America—but this call underscores just how horrible, how unfit, and how dangerous he is. It’s presented here unedited in its entirety.
Alyssa Milano first met Congressman Steve Cohen when she went to Washington for a shadow hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment. She was instantly impressed with his candor, his humor, and his passion for doing the right thing. And each of those traits shine through in the conversation you’re about to listen to. If you don’t know Steve, he’s a Democrat serving Tennessee’s 9th District, which includes Memphis. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where he chairs the subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. We're so happy he agreed to come on the show, so you all get to see how special he is.
In 2018, Jocelyn Benson was elected as Secretary of State in Michigan. It was part of an historic sweep, where women were also elected to the Governorship and to the Attorney General’s office. Then the coronavirus hit, and Donald Trump went on the warpath, personally attacking Governor Whitmer as she fought to get her citizens access to needed medical equipment.
He’s now also attacked Jocelyn, calling her a “rogue secretary of state” for her plan to make sure all Michigan voters can apply to get an absentee ballot this fall, keeping them safe from the coronavirus and ensuring everyone has a chance to vote.
She joined us to talk about the monumental importance of voting rights in the age of Trump and COVID-19.
When we think of smart, insightful political commentary, one of the first names that comes to mind is E.J. Dionne. He’s a regular on NPR, MSNBC, and PBS, an opinion journalist for The Washington Post, a former staffer for the New York Times, and a lecturer at Georgetown and Harvard. His new book Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite To Save Our Country is on bookstore shelves now.
When the nation was shut down due to the coronavirus, people in all professions were impacted. Hit especially hard were up-and-coming performers, including musicians, actors, dancers, and comedians. Ben Gleib, a comedian and former presidential candidate, found a way to bring live comedy back to audiences, providing work for performers and much-needed laughter to people around the world. His Social Distancing Social Club and Nowhere Comedy Club are essential business in our view, and we’re so happy to have him on the show.
Featuring comedy from Ben Gleib, Greg Proops, Jill Maragos and other very funny people.
We all know the stats. Women make up more than half of the population around the world, and yet are dramatically underrepresented in government, in business, and in leadership positions. But we also know that when women lead, amazing things happen. This week, we feature several of those leaders who work with Vital Voices. This amazing organization invests in women leaders in every corner of the globe, and the work they do is changing the world. In this extended episode, we hear from Alyse Nelson, the President of Vital Voices. Lina Kalifeh, founder of the SheFighter self defense for women, Esra’a al-Shafei, a Bahraini activist fighting for LGBTQ rights in the Middle East and North Africa, and Kah Walla, the first woman to run for president in Cameroon. Each of these women have stories of power and pain, and I hope you listen well.
We are so focused on our physical health right now, but we are a social species and our emotional and spiritual health is suffering in isolation. There are increased calls to suicide hotlines, and people around the nation and world are struggling. We've invited James Bottoms and Camille Loftin on the show to talk about how we can care for ourselves emotionally and spiritually during these difficult days.
Camille brings movement therapy, yoga, and meditation to marginalized and unhoused communities as well as to those suffering from PTSD, and those recovering from physical injury. She works extensively with adults with developmental disabilities, creating movement therapy programs to help cultivate strong interpersonal connections as well as personal growth and development amongst participants.
James Bottoms is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an extensive background helping individuals and couples navigate the difficulties of relationships and sexuality, as well as helping many individuals and families recover from depression, anxiety and addictive/ compulsive behaviors.
A few weeks ago, renowned doctor, vaccine scientist, and educator Peter Hotez came on the show to answer some questions about the state of the coronavirus. Since then, we’ve seen the pandemic flood over America. Tens of thousands have died, and hotspots continue to break out across the nation. And yet, President Trump seems hell-bent on reopening the economy and attacking the science, scientists, and elected officials trying to save lives at every turn. Republican governors are already taking action to open businesses and recreation areas, frothy-mouthed protesters are endangering us all, and we still have no effective treatment for the disease. And so today, we've him back to update us on where things stand with the virus at home and around the world.
This week marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day. This week's guest is Bill McKibben. Bill is one of the premiere environmental activists and educators in the world. His book “The End of Nature” was first book about climate change and influenced a generation of politicians and activists, and he continues to do so around the world as the co-founder of 350.org.
Our guest this week is Andy Slavitt. Andy is a leading expert on healthcare in America. As Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services under President Obama, he took over management of healthcare.gov after a difficult rollout and got it up and running. He’s the founder of United States of Care - a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to expanding healthcare to everyone, the host of the In the Bubble podcast, and Alyssa Milano's friend.
Many of the failures we are seeing around the coronavirus response could have been prevented by strong leadership in the area of public health. My guest today, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, is no stranger to this leadership. As a physician and former Health Director for the city of Detroit, Abdul saw firsthand how important this work is in the day-to-day lives of Americans. He was a candidate for governor of Michigan in 2016, and is the author of the new book Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic.
The 2020 election is just months away and states around the nation are using outdated and vulnerable voting machines. To make matters worse, many of these machines leave no audit trail and no way for us to know that the vote we cast is the vote which was recorded. In this extended episode, John Bonifaz of Free Speech for People, Susan Greenhalgh of the National Election Defense Coalition, and election security advocate and attorney Jennifer Cohn join Alyssa Milano to discuss the threats to our election and what we can do about it.
Recently, Congress passed an historic $2 Trillion stimulus bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Before it passed, Democrats had to fight tooth and nail to make sure that most of the money went to the people, small businesses, and healthcare workers, and small businesses--and to make sure that the money that did go to large corporations had stringent oversight requirements. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Alyssa Milano to talk about the crisis, how bad the original bill was, and provide first-person insight into the hard decisions that went into making it so much better than was presented by the Republicans.
We are facing an increasing crisis of teen and youth suicide in America, and it is especially hurting young girls. Today’s episode is a difficult one. Kendra Fisher—a former elite ice hockey player and mental health activist and advocate joins Alyssa Milano to dig into the roots of the problem and what we can do to turn it around. Years ago, when faced with the opportunity to realize her dream of goaltending for Team Canada, Kendra was diagnosed with a Severe Anxiety Disorder coupled with Severe Panic Attacks, Depression and Agoraphobia; forcing her to leave the National Program in order to seek help to learn how to live with what had become a crippling disease. She now dedicates her life to helping young people get help for their mental illnesses.
In our second Coronavirus special episode, Alyssa Milano asked Dr. Dena Grayson to join us. Dena is a former Congressional candidate from Florida, an infectious disease expert and medical researcher who spent nearly a decade working on treatments for Ebola. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing highly dangerous viruses and in the public policy of managing these illnesses, and we’re so lucky to have her.
If you’ve paid even a little bit of attention to the political news of the past several years, you are familiar with this episode's guest. Congressman Adam Schiff represents the 28th district of California in the Los Angeles suburbs. He’s the chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee, where he played a pivotal role in the impeachment of Donald Trump, both from the Committee then as an Impeachment Manager during the trial itself. He’s been the target of nonstop, vile, and personal attacks from the president and his lackeys, and it’s our honor to have him join us this week.
In the past few days, life changed in America and around the world more than any of us likely ever imagined. Entire cities are on lockdown. Restaurants and bars and schools are closed in an all-out effort to combat the coronavirus. It is scary. It is confusing. It’s been made worse by an incompetent response at the presidential level, and that can make it hard to get good information.
So today, in this special episode, we’ve asked esteemed vaccine scientist Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the Baylor College School of Tropical Medicine and health care expert to join us by phone to share clear, accurate, and helpful information about the situation. Please listen. Please stay safe. And please stay home.
Chrissy Stroop is one of the leaders of the #Exvangelical movement of those raised in evangelical traditions who are leaving their churches. As the editor of the book Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church, she brought together the personal, powerful stories of 26 former evangelicals who left their religious upbringings and the challenges they faced. Chrissy joins Alyssa Milano to discuss sexism, homophobia, and other hateful ideas that are driving people from evangelical churches in record numbers, the hypocrisy of evangelicals in their support of Donald Trump, and whether and how true change can be achieved from within evangelical communities.
From the small but mighty state of Rhode Island, Rep. David Cicilline has been a stalwart progressive voice in Congress since his election in 2010. Before that, he was the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island where he was the first openly gay mayor of a state capital. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee and was a highly visible presence in the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump. In this episode, he joins Alyssa Milano to talk about the changes in congressional relationships since he took office, what happened behind-the-scenes during the impeachment of Donald Trump, and the House Democrats' vision for 2020 and beyond.
Katie McHugh is a former white nationalist who renounced those views and is working hard to undo the damage she did when she held them. She is a former writer for alt-right propaganda websites The Daily Caller and Breitbart, where she was in constant correspondence with Stephen Miller, now a key aide to Donald Trump. In conjunction with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Katie exposed those emails and the deep ties of Miller and others to the white nationalist movement in America.
In this sobering episode, Alyssa Milano is joined by guest co-host Hassan Ahmad. Hassan is an immigration attorney and anti-white nationalist activist who is suing to expose the papers of eugenicist and FAIR founder John Tanton, currently sequestered at the University of Michigan. Alyssa, Hassan, and Katie delve into the white nationalist movement, the ways young people are recruited into white nationalist organizations, and the depth of this abhorrent philosophy in our government and right-wing media.
Joe Walsh is a former republican congressman from Illinois’ eighth district, a conservative radio commentator, and a former candidate for president who challenged Donald Trump for the 2020 nomination.
Joe and Alyssa Milano disagree on almost everything—but not on one of the most important issues of our day: that Donald Trump is an existential threat to our nation. In a rollicking conversation, they talk about the state of the Republican party, the dangers of Trumpism, and Joe’s new book “Fuck Silence.”
In 2018, Brianna Titone became the first trans person elected to the Colorado General Assembly, winning a seat that had been held by a Republican in a Republican district. In this episode, she shares her personal history of service, the struggles of coming out as trans in the workplace, and the importance of staying true to yourself while winning on the issues.
In February of 2018, one of our nation's greatest tragedies struck. In just over six minutes, a gunman armed with an AR-15 entered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, killed seventeen people and wounded seventeen more. Jaime Guttenberg was one of those killed.
Since that day, her father Fred Guttenberg has been on a mission: to break the back of the gun lobby and reduce gun deaths in America. Along the way he's made national news by continually speaking truth to power. He's confronted Marco Rubio, Brett Kavanaugh, and the President* of the United States. He's changed the national conversation about gun violence, and he joins Alyssa Milano to talk gun violence prevention, finding community through tragedy, and his charity Orange Ribbons for Jaime.
You’ve heard what happened—and more importantly, what didn’t happen—inside the sham impeachment trial of Donald Trump. This episode is about what happened outside while the Senate Republicans were refusing to put American democracy over their own lust for power. Joining Alyssa Milano this week is Tae Phoenix. Tae is a singer, songwriter, and activist who is a leader in the impeach and remove movement. She’s been arrested at the Capitol for demanding the Senate do its job and remove Donald Trump from office.
We talk about the importance of standing up and fighting even when you know it’s very unlikely you will win, the need for civil disobedience, and getting up and getting back in the fight even after you lose.
America is carving out new history. For only the third time we have impeached a president. At the center of this drama is Ukraine—a nation many of us know almost nothing about. But my guest today, Andrea Chalupa does. Andrea is a journalist, filmmaker, host of the excellent podcast Gaslit Nation, and expert in all things Ukraine. Her conversation with Alyssa Milano covers the recent history of that country, authoritarian regimes and their effects on the world, election hacking, and Andrea’s personal family history in Ukraine.
This is a special episode of Sorry Not Sorry, focused entirely on the developing military situation in Iran. It’s such an unnecessary mess—remember that three years ago, we had a working peace and nuclear disarmament treaty with that country. Now, we’re at the brink of war.
We take the time to go in-depth into the situation both historically and politically, to help us all understand what’s happening and what we can do about it. Most importantly, we examine the human cost of generations of conflict and war in the region. CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon joins the show from Istanbul, and Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Ro Khanna join from Washington.
In Vermont in the 1970s, childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield started Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. They pioneered equitable business practices, fair trade, and championed local farms while fighting for social justice and building one of the most recognizable brands in American history. Ben and Jerry led the way in building an ethical and just business, and even managed to maintain the social justice mindset of the company when it was sold to Unilever. Now, they're turning their talents to the Bernie Sanders campaign.
Listen in for a bit of ice cream history and a lot of front-line activism from two of the sweetest guys in business.
When Peter Morley fell off a ladder, he had no idea that his spinal injury would reveal lurking kidney cancer. He's turned this tragedy, along with even more dire health issues, into purpose, passion, and power. A regular on Capitol Hill, Peter delivers healthcare stories to members of Congress in support of the Affordable Care Act and other vital healthcare programs.
2019 started with a record number of women being sworn into office around the nation. It’s ending with the impeachment of the President of the United States. So much happened this year and in this episode, Alyssa Milano looks back at some of the biggest events in the news and on the podcast. Featured guests include Joe Biden, Andrew Yang, Marianne Williamson, Ben Glieb, Manuel Oliver, excerpts from The Investigation featuring Annette Bening, John Lithgow, Kevin Kline and so much more.
Thank you for being part of our podcast family in 2019. We’ve got such great things in store for you next year, and we can’t wait to share them!
For more than two decades, Ted Bunch has been teaching men how to respect, value, and interact with women in ways which are not toxic. As one of the founders of A Call to Men, Ted works directly with men of all ages—including those who have committed domestic and sexual abuse—to break their cycle of sexual violence. He teaches children, adolescents, and adult about consent and healthy masculinity.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Ted and Alyssa discuss the necessity of men taking responsibility for their actions and how to teach new ways for men to look at gender, power, and what it means to be a man.
Royce White was a standout basketball player at Iowa State, where he was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year for the 2011-2012 season. He played professional basketball in the NBA and the Canadian NBL, where was a two-time all-Canada NBL first team selection and the 2018 NBL scoring champion. He's now making his mark as a mixed martial artist.
He also suffers from sometimes crippling anxiety which derailed his NBA career. He's become a leading advocate for mental health parity and workplace protections for those with mental illness. He joined Alyssa Milano for a frank and compelling conversation about living, working, and excelling with mental illness.
Alyssa Milano sat down to talk with Ammar Campa-Najjar, a candidate for congress who nearly beat Duncan Hunter in 2018. Since the election, Hunter pleaded guilty to misuse of campaign funds, and it now looks like he'll be trading the halls of Congress for the halls of prison. Ammar is again running for the seat, and he shares his inspirational story of growing up poor with a single mother, working at low-wage jobs from a young age and learning the dignity of hard work, and his efforts to unseat a southern California political dynasty.
Heather Matarazzo (The Princess Diaries, Welcome to the Dollhouse) is a brilliant actor, an activist, and a mental health warrior. She and Alyssa both started their acting careers as children in very prominent productions and experienced a very different world than what most of their peers did. And it’s created some parallel successes and struggles in their lives. Heather’s passion for equality and justice for everyone in America has been an inspiration to me, and we're so happy to be able to share their conversation with you.
The great promise of success in America has been this: work hard, get an education, and there’s nothing you can’t do. That promise is no longer being kept for far too many of us. Student loan debt is eating away so much of our disposable income, keeping us from buying homes, starting families, and starting businesses. We’re now living in a nation with more than a trillion dollars in student loan debt—and much of that debt cannot be refinanced or even cleared via bankruptcy.
Our guest Natalia Abrams is the Executive Director of Student Debt Crisis, where she advocates for student debt reform, affordable education, and smart lending solutions for everyone pursuing a degree.
Every day, 100 Americans are killed by guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. On this episode of "Sorry Not Sorry," Alyssa is joined by Ben Jackson, one of the co-founders of NoRA, an organization working to counteract the influence of NRA money in the American political system.
Jacob Schick is the Chief Executive Officer of 22KILL, a non-profit which raises awareness and combats suicide by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families through traditional and non-traditional therapies. Jacob, who is also a third-generation Marine, joins Alyssa on Sorry Not Sorry to discuss joining the service, his time in Iraq, the day that changed his life, PTSD, and what we need to do to better support our veterans.
Jenn Budd is a former senior border patrol agent turned immigrant rights activist. She joins Alyssa on "Sorry Not Sorry" to talk about how she decided to become a border agent, what went into the training, the abuse and misogyny she faced there, and why she finally decided to leave.
Children are the future and we have increasingly seen the power of youth activists (who are getting younger and younger) and their ability to effect change. In collaboration with the release of her new New York Times best-selling book “Hope: Project Middle School,” Alyssa uses this episode of “Sorry Not Sorry” to highlight some of the incredible youth activists out there fighting to make a difference in the world on many causes, ranging from the environment to gun violence.
Lauren Gussis is a television writer and producer, known for her work on "Dexter" and for creating Netflix's "Insatiable." She sits down with Alyssa to discuss her career, how she learned to navigate the dynamics of the writer's room, where the idea for "Insatiable" came from and the process of making the show, magic, and much more.
Andrew Yang is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur, lawyer, and philanthropist. He joins Alyssa to discuss how he’s taking a different approach than the other candidates - from his freedom dividend to free financial counseling for all. He also discusses the importance of creativity, investing in education, infrastructure, and much more.
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Joe Sanberg is a progressive entrepreneur who is working to end poverty. He joins Alyssa on the latest episode of Sorry Not Sorry to discuss his personal story, how he’s working through the public and private sectors to eradicate poverty, and why he’s an advocate for the earned income tax credit for low-income families.
Matt McGorry is an actor and activist. He joins Alyssa on the latest episode of Sorry Not Sorry to talk about the importance of being an ally, how to educate and immerse yourself in the causes you are passionate about, what made him identify as a feminist and more.
This episode of Sorry Not Sorry features a conversation about gun violence prevention between Alyssa, Senator Ted Cruz, Fred Guttenberg whose daughter Jaime was one of 17 people killed in the Parkland shooting, and Ben Jackson who co-founded #NoRA. Senator Cruz livestreamed the nearly 90-minute conversation on his facebook page. This is the unedited audio of that livestream.
Jaime King is a mother, actor, filmmaker, writer, and activist. She joins the latest episode of Sorry Not Sorry to discuss the impact of starting her career at such a young age, the shame surrounding body image, bullying, her miscarriage, and much more.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN and a practicing neurosurgeon. This week, he sits down with Alyssa to discuss his career, why he changed his mind on the benefits of cannabis, how to eliminate the stigma of mental health, and the impact of deregulation.
Gloria Allred is one of the top women’s rights attorneys in the country. Her firm has fought for more women’s rights cases than any other private firm in the nation and this year she will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. This week, she sits down with Alyssa to discuss her career, the importance of the courts and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, believing victims, and much more.
One in four women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the age of 45. But since the beginning of 2019, more than 250 bills restricting access to abortion care have been introduced in forty one states. Throughout this episode, you will hear from women who share why they decided to have an abortion - women who sent in their own stories, women who have shared publicly in the media or in front of Congress, and Alyssa tells her own abortion story.
Actor and activist Frances Fisher does not hold back when it comes to speaking out on crucial issues. She joins Sorry Not Sorry to talk about the importance of activism, why we need to keep art in schools, and what gives her hope.
What happens in an impeachment inquiry? Is this the best thing to do ahead of the 2020 election? In this episode, Alyssa Milano and guests explore why now is the time to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump and what this would mean for the country.
Author and activist Marianne Williamson is running for president in 2020. She joins Sorry Not Sorry to share why she’s decided to join the race, her thoughts on how the media is treating outsider candidates, and why we need to consider the power of love.
This week, ahead of the Mueller hearings, we wanted to share “The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts,” which was adapted by playwright, screenwriter, and actor Robert Schenkkan and performed live on June 24th, 2019 in partnership with Law Works and Indivisible.
Tara Strong has played “Bubbles” in The Powerpuff Girls, “Timmy Turner” in The Fairly Odd Parents, “Dil Pickles” in Rugrats, “Raven” in Teen Titans, “Twilight Sparkle” in My Little Pony, and so many more. She joins Sorry Not Sorry to share how she’s using her voice to fight for change.
Comedian and 2020 presidential candidate Ben Gleib joins the latest episode of Sorry Not Sorry to share why he's seriously running for president of the United States, the reasons why he thinks career politicians are not the answer, the policies he feels most strongly about, and why he has not been officially included in the polls.
After 36 years, Congress finally held a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment, which would provide equal protection to women under the law. In this episode, you’ll hear from Representative Carolyn Maloney, Kate Kelly, a human rights attorney and activist, Kimberley Johnson, an author and activist, and many more voices on why this is a crucial time to fight for equality. Justice Antonin Scalia once said “Certainly the constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't.”
In his first week on the job, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro began an investigation into Catholic clergy sexual abuse. The report unmasked a huge cover-up, leading all the way to the Vatican, and identified 1,000 children who were victims, prompting a wave of activism in Pennsylvania and across the country.
Kim Raver is an actor, director, and executive producer. She discusses her latest project “Tempting Fate,” the importance of getting more women behind the camera, and why the narrative of "female-directed and female lead action movies don't make money" doesn't hold up.
Erin Brockovich is a consumer advocate and clean water activist who continues to inspire people to take control of their health. She shares her story, the importance of clean water, and why we need to start making America’s infrastructure, our water and our health and welfare a national priority.
Charlotte Clymer is a transgender woman, army veteran, and activist who came out publicly on Twitter in 2017. She shares her story and weighs in on what’s happening to LGBTQ people in our country under the current administration and what we can do to help fight for change.
Adam Edelen is running for governor of Kentucky. He wants to create more renewable energy jobs, is pro-choice, and has a lot to say about education in this country. Even if you don’t live in Kentucky, you’ll want to hear this conversation.
6.6 million people are currently in the criminal justice system in the United States. On this episode, Alyssa sits down with Van Jones to talk about prison reform, restorative justice, and his CNN series, “The Redemption Project.”
Tarana Burke joins Alyssa to discuss the power of the Me Too Movement, the importance of what happens after survivors say those words, and the most rewarding part of the work she’s doing.
We also hear from presidential candidate Joe Biden about his work with It’s On Us and the Violence Against Women Act.
Sorry Not Sorry launches on April 29th. The podcast, hosted by Alyssa Milano, will tackle social, political and cultural issues from the perspective of unapologetic guests while highlighting activists doing amazing things and grassroots efforts throughout the country.