politics

6: HASAN MINHAJ | Comedy = Medicine for Thinking

HASAN MINHAJ is one of the biggest Muslim pioneers of American pop culture in the past decade.

From his scathing sketches on “The Daily Show” to his biting, on-point critiques of media and Hollywood at the 2016 Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner & 2017 the White House Correspondents Dinner to his upcoming weekly Netflix late night show, Hasan is becoming a household name with his hilarious, ultra-informed comedy that is both political and personal. Plus, his incredible Netflix special “Homecoming King” just won a Peabody Award, which recognizes excellence in storytelling.

In this conversation, we get personal as he traces his comedy steps, examine the palpable shift in Hollywood’s appetite for Muslims since Trump took office and do some predicting about what’s coming next.

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5: AMANDA LITMAN | Run for Something, Do it Local

As the head of email marketing director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, AMANDA LITMAN had every right to shut down and unplug after her candidate’s shocking loss to Donald Trump. But instead, just three months later on Inauguration Day, she helped launch an organization called Run for Something, to encourage and support millennials to run for state and local office.

Since then, over 17,000 millennials have signed up. In 2017, Run for Something endorsed 72 first-time candidates in 14 states — and 35 won. In the first few rounds of primaries which have taken place so far, more than a dozen Run for Something candidates have advanced to the general election in November. Plus, their endorsed candidates are nearly half women and/or people of color, and are poised to change the face of public service as we know it.

In this conversation, Edina and Amanda talk about her journey, working for the Obama and Clinton campaigns, what she’s learning about the new candidates and new voters of America, and her predictions for the election season ahead.

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