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April 11th, 2019

Listen Smarter with The Venn 

Hello and welcome!
 
This is The Venn's first newsletter and we're excited to get started on making it a whole lot easier for you to find great political podcasts.

In this week's playlist you'll find:

1.
The Venn Weekly
A selection of top political podcasts we recommend for enhancing your understanding of the week's news 

2.
The Venn Deep Dive
Three great episodes from the podcast archives exploring our political topic of the week. This week we're focusing on Immigration: Border Policy

3.
2020
The Democratic 2020 Presidential primaries are around the corner and there are now more candidates than we can count on both hands. To help you get to know the hopeful contenders, this week's 2020 podcast features an introductory interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg. 
 
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THE VENN WEEKLY

Our pick of the top political podcasts

IMMIGRATION FRONT AND CENTER

In the past few weeks, Trump threatened to shut down the border with Mexico, said he would cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in punishment for migrant caravans, fired Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and pulled his nomination for the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ron Vitiello, saying he wanted to go in a ‘tougher’ direction.

Immigration has, as a result, remained firmly in the headlines.

In this podcast, NPR’s political team discuss recent events, the personalities involved, and what they see as Trump’s strategy for winning back the White House in 2020: maintaining control over the media narrative through keeping immigration in the headlines.

00:18:18

IS THE POLITICAL NEWS CYCLE BROKEN?

In an era of so much news, and so much fake news, how are we meant to engage with the media in a productive way? Do media organizations have a duty to cover the news in a responsible way? 

These are the sorts of questions that have shaped our thinking as we’ve set up The Venn, and which shape this podcast discussion between former CNN White House Correspondent, Jessica Yellin and Special Correspondent at Vanity Fair, Nick Bilton.

Yellin takes issue with the way the political news media operates today: speaking in a tone of perpetual panic and triggering in people a level of outrage she says is unsustainable. Across the ideological board, the media is failing to be judicious with people’s emotions and distorting the way we judge political events as a result, she argues.

Something has to change and Yellin is attempting to lead by example with her own solo media venture. We at The Venn agree, and intend for our newsletter to be an antidote to the ‘IV drip of chaos’ served up by so many current news sources.

01:03:05

WHAT'S THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN A TIME OF CRISIS? 

Liberal, conservative, progressive, or libertarian, all would probably agree that one role of government is to provide coordinated action in a time of societal crisis. Natural disasters are on the rise and people expect government to provide leadership when hurricanes, floods, and fires strike. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, neighbours banded together, volunteers rushed to help strangers, but the government ‘fell down’. 
This podcast tells the story of what happened and asks what should we expect from our elected officials. Food for thought as we head into 2020.

00:46:11

THE VENN DEEP DIVE

This week's topic is immigration and we're focusing on America's border policy

 

GENERAL CHAPMAN'S LAST STAND

In 1973 General Chapman, former U.S. Marine Corps General who served as the 24th Commandant of the Marine Corps, was appointed the commissioner of what was then referred to as the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS), the agency in charge of securing the United States’ borders. He transformed the agency, which he believed had taken a relaxed approach to the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

“When Chapman took over the INS, the cost of crossing the Mexican border was effectively zero. By the time he left in 1977, it was not.”

In this episode, historian Malcolm Gladwell examines the impact General Chapman had on America's border policy, and the effects this has yielded on immigration patterns since. 
 

00:37:09


BORDER TRILOGY PART 2: HOLD THE LINE

In the late 90s there was a dramatic rise in the number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert. These numbers have remained high since.

In RadioLabs Border Trilogy series Anthropologist, Jason De Leon, traces this sudden spike in cross-border deaths to a policy referred to as “Prevention Through Deterrence”, implemented in 1994. The policy set out to deter migrants from crossing the US border by disrupting their traditional, urban crossing points and pushing them towards areas that were much tougher to traverse - deserts, rivers and other such extreme environments.

In this episode, which forms part two of the series, we learn how Chief Silvestre Reyes of the El Paso border patrol became the primary architect of the strategy that was to reshape how America guarded its U.S.-Mexico Border. 


00:49:34

WHAT A BORDER SHERIFF THINKS ABOUT THE WALL 

“Having been in this valley for thirty one years I've heard Democratic administrations, Republican administrations one after another say they're going to address this problem… that we're going to fix the immigration system, we're going to secure the border. And three decades later, here we are. My fear is that you'll be talking to some Sheriff thirty years from now who will be saying: 'I wish we could address this problem.'"

In our final instalment of this week’s deep dive into US border policy, we take you back to an interview recorded during the recent Government shutdown. Mark Napier is the Sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, who oversees patrolling of the longest stretch of the U.S./ Mexico border. 

During this interview, Napier reflects on how productive action around immigration has been immobilized by its politicization, as it has been reduced to an issue around which Democrats and Republicans remain locked in perpetual battle. A battle, he argues, that no one stands to win until America finds a bi-partisan solution to securing its border.


00:23:32


This rounds up our first immigration deep dive, but stay tuned as we continue this discussion in a few week’s time.
 

2020

The 2020 Presidential race is well underway. With 16 candidates officially in the race, and as many as 10 candidates still weighing up their options, pollster Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight thinks it could be the largest presidential field in one party since announced candidacies became a pre-requisite for those serious about becoming a major-party nominee. Before now, the largest Democratic field was in 1976 with 16 candidates. The party had a mere five major candidates in 2016, by comparison.
So, in a race awash with hopeful contenders throwing their hats into an increasingly crowded ring, lets’s get to know the candidates.
 

WHO IS PETE BUTTIGIEG?

The South Bend, Indiana Mayor was initially given little thought as a serious contender for the Democratic nominee. But since forming an exploratory committee earlier this year, he has quickly risen to prominence as an unlikely star in the democratic field. His campaign reported $7.1 million in fundraising for the first quarter of 2019 and, in a recent Emerson poll of potential Iowa Democratic caucus voters, he came third, behind political stalwarts Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. 

In this podcast interview with The New Yorker Editor, David Remnick, Mayor Pete talks about his personal background, political philosophy, and stance on some of the issues that will drive the 2020 election.


00:20:35

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A note to the listener: The Venn is committed to being non-partisan and searches for podcasts that offer insights from across the political spectrum. This means we will include podcast episodes wherein the interviewer clearly takes a specific position. However, we’ve listened carefully and judged it on its merit as taking a sufficiently responsible and thought-provoking stance on the topic to warrant inclusion. 
 
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