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Point of Contention

Point of Contention is a podcast with a goal to create a space where topics that are considered “volatile” in American society can be discussed from all points of view. We're looking to talk about things such as border security, abortion, tax laws and other topics that directly affect everyday Americans. Each episode will be about 30 to 45 minutes and provide viewers with the prior history of the topic, context of the why what’s happening is happening, what everyday people can do to change the narrative of the topic if they choose and what is currently happening with the issue.

This podcast is being created because talking about “hot-ticket” items is often looked at as taboo, but without talking about those issues how will people be able to come up with informed opinions on those topics? Also, there is a need for a space where people can get the context in each issue because with the insurgence of social media and the rise of the 24-hour news cycle, there is no longer a space for in-depth dives into issues as there once was in the past.

Ep. 10 - What is ranked choice voting?

Year after year America’s voting system comes under scrutiny in response to elections. Whether it be voting machines not working, whispers of voter suppression or complaints about the electoral college - there is a lot of work to be done to overhaul America’s elections.

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Ep. 8 - How Donald Trump became a champion of criminal justice reform

The First Step Act is a shining light in a hyper polarized era. For the first time in what seems like forever, bipartisanship worked. The bill if a first step in fixing America’s broken criminal justice system. #Cut50 has been working tirelessly to pass bills that will help reduce prison population numbers and make communities safer. We talked with co founder of #Cut50 Jessica Jackson to see how this bill came to be and what areas still need improving.

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Ep. 6 - Is it harder for white students to get into college?

Affirmative has been around for almost 60 years but has become more and more controversial over time. And with this most recent Harvard lawsuit, it looks like affirmative action won't be out of the headlines anytime soon. As schools continue to try and incentivize diversity throughout their campuses, are the making it more difficult for white students to get into those same institutions? I sat down with the author of The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges - And Who Gets Left Out of the Gates, Dan Golden to discuss how affirmative action has been affecting the college admissions process.

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Ep. 5 - The gun debate.

Statistically, there have been almost as many mass shooting as there are days in 2018. With massacres happening in the most sacred of places such as a synagogues or the local campus bar, many Americans will be leaving 2018 with a sense of fear. Angus McQuilken is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and spoke to me about ways he believes we can curb these senseless actions.

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Ep. 3 - Are our elections safe?

Listen as I sit down with Massachusetts State Representative Ken Gordon about election laws in Massachusetts, and the country. Gordon serves as the Vice Chair of the Election Laws Joint Committee in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

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