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The Michael Steele Podcast

Two Squared Media Productions

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Overview

The Michael Steele Podcast is a podcast hosted by former Republican National Committee Chairman and Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele. Each week, Michael moderates a barbershop style discussion about the key political and cultural issues of the day. Michael brings his experience as an MSNBC political analyst and from a lifetime in politics to a podcast which transcends traditional political boundaries in order to dig deep and find real solutions.

548 Episodes

Closing the Voting Turnout Gap (Barbershop)

Michael is joined by Louis Reed, Michelle Bishop and Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat for a discussion on how to close the turnout gap for formerly incarcerated citizens, people with disabilities and overseas Americans and the obstacles that stand between them and the ballot box. If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review or share this episode with a friend. Check out US Vote Foundation for more information: https://www.usvotefoundation.org/ Follow Louis: @LouislReed Follow Michelle: @MichelleVotes Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

Quick Take: Democracy Has Been In Peril Before Now

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "Lessons on Love, Politics and History: With Doris Kearns Goodwin." Michael Steele speaks with historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, Doris Kearns Goodwin. The pair discuss Doris' latest book, "An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s," which explores the personal journey of Doris and her late husband, Richard "Dick" Goodwin, as they delve into the 300 boxes of documents from the 1960s that they had collected. Michael and Doris discuss the idealism and challenges of the 1960s, Doris and Dick's love story, the impact of Lyndon Johnson on American history, the current state of American democracy, and the importance of voting rights. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Love-Story-Personal-History/dp/1982108665 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Doris Kearns Goodwin @DorisKGoodwin Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 8 June 2024

A Moment of Clarity: The Biden-Harris Program to Strengthen Black Voter Support

And now, for a moment of clarity... Michael Steele discusses the Biden-Harris campaign’s new national organizing program to strengthen Black voter support. Catch Michael Steele on The Weekend Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 10am on MSNBC. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2024

Quick Take: You Don't Have to Agree with Everything Biden Stands For

This is an excerpt from the full episode "A Moderate Approach: With Adam Epstein." Michael Steele speaks with Tony Award-winning retired Broadway producer turned moderate podcast host, Adam Epstein. The pair discuss the upcoming presidential election, polarization in politics and the need for a more moderate approach. Plus, Israel and Palestine and the protests on college campuses. Check out "Dirty Moderate with Adam Epstein" https://dirtymoderate.substack.com/podcast If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Adam Epstein on Instagram/Threads: @therealadamepstein Follow Dirty Moderate on X: @dirty_moderate Follow Michael Steele on X: @MichaelSteele Follow Michael Steele on Instagram/Threads: @chairman_steele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 1 June 2024

Quick Take: The Untapped Power of Black Men

Michael Steele speaks with Bakari Sellers about his new book, "The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now." They discuss the untapped power of Black men in America. Check out "The Moment" here: https://www.amazon.com/Moment-Thoughts-Reckoning-Wasnt-Forward/dp/006308502X If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Bakari Sellers @Bakari_Sellers Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 25 May 2024

The Argument for a Colorblind Society: With Coleman Hughes

Michael Steele speaks with Coleman Hughes about his new book, "The End of Race Politics: Arguments for a Colorblind America." The pair discuss the concept of colorblindness, its rejection by the political left, and the impact of race-based policies. They also touch on the importance of promoting meritocracy and how technology has influenced perceptions of race. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/End-Race-Politics-Arguments-Colorblind/dp/0593332458 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Coleman Hughes @coldxman Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

Quick Take: Trump Is Playing His Own Base

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "When They Go Low: With Roland Martin." Michael Steele speaks with Roland Martin, commentator and host of Roland Martin Unfiltered. The pair discuss the changing landscape of media, the future of broadcasting and the importance of understanding the business and adapting to new technologies. They also discuss the Trump trial, the relationship between Black men and Trump and whether Black people identify with him due to shared experiences with the criminal justice system. Check out Roland's daily show here: https://www.youtube.com/user/rolandsmartin If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Roland Martin @rolandsmartin Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2024

Quick Take: Trump Is Playing His Own Followers

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "When They Go Low: With Roland Martin." Michael Steele speaks with Roland Martin, commentator and host of Roland Martin Unfiltered. The pair discuss the changing landscape of media, the future of broadcasting and the importance of understanding the business and adapting to new technologies. They also discuss the Trump trial, the relationship between Black men and Trump and whether Black people identify with him due to shared experiences with the criminal justice system. Check out Roland's daily show here: https://www.youtube.com/user/rolandsmartin If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Roland Martin @rolandsmartin Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2024

Lessons on Love, Politics and History: With Doris Kearns Goodwin

Michael Steele speaks with historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, Doris Kearns Goodwin. The pair discuss Doris' latest book, "An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s," which explores the personal journey of Doris and her late husband, Richard "Dick" Goodwin, as they delve into the 300 boxes of documents from the 1960s that they had collected. Michael and Doris discuss the idealism and challenges of the 1960s, Doris and Dick's love story, the impact of Lyndon Johnson on American history, the current state of American democracy, and the importance of voting rights. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Love-Story-Personal-History/dp/1982108665 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Doris Kearns Goodwin @DorisKGoodwin Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

A Moment of Clarity: If Trump Doesn't Win, This Is Why

And now, for a moment of clarity... Michael Steele discusses Trump's refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election and that if he loses in 2024 it won't be because the system is corrupt. Catch Michael Steele on The Weekend Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 10am on MSNBC. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

Quick Take: Making the Case for a Third Party

This is an excerpt from the full episode "The Fall of the Republican Party: With Chris Vance." Michael Steele speaks with former Washington State Party Chairman, Chris Vance about his new book, "The Fall of the Shining City: What Happened to the Republican Party. Why it Happened. And What Must Happen Now to Save American Democracy.” The pair discuss third parties and creating a new faction of the GOP, whether or not the GOP will return to being a party of Reagan and where the party goes moving forward. Check out "The Fall of the Shining City" here: https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Shining-City-Republican-Happened/dp/B0CW2LVM1C If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Chris Vance @ChrisVance123 Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2024

A Moderate Approach: With Adam Epstein

Michael Steele speaks with Tony Award-winning retired Broadway producer turned moderate podcast host, Adam Epstein. The pair discuss the upcoming presidential election, polarization in politics and the need for a more moderate approach. Plus, Israel and Palestine and the protests on college campuses, the potential running mates for Trump and the challenges faced by Kamala Harris. Check out "Dirty Moderate with Adam Epstein" https://dirtymoderate.substack.com/podcast If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Adam Epstein on Instagram/Threads: @therealadamepstein Follow Dirty Moderate on X: @dirty_moderate Follow Michael Steele on X: @MichaelSteele Follow Michael Steele on Instagram/Threads: @chairman_steele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

Quick Take: The Life and Death of OJ Simpson

This is an excerpt from the full episode "The American Way: With Katty Kay." Michael Steele speaks with BBC Correspondent and bestselling author, Katty Kay about the trial and death of OJ Simpson, whether or not he was guilty and how this trial would be received by the public if it occured today. Check out "Influential with Katty Kay" on YouTube. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Katty Kay @KattyKay_ Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2024

Seeing the Stars in the Darkest Times: With Bakari Sellers

Michael Steele speaks with Bakari Sellers about his new book, "The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn't and How We All Can Move Forward Now." The pair discuss the missed opportunity for a third Reconstruction since the George Floyd protests in May of 2020. They also discuss the untapped power of Black men in America, raising Black boys in the current climate and the state of the Republican Party after Donald Trump. Check out "The Moment" here: https://www.amazon.com/Moment-Thoughts-Reckoning-Wasnt-Forward/dp/006308502X If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Bakari Sellers @Bakari_Sellers Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

Quick Take: The Benefits of Abolishing Party Primaries

This is an excerpt from the full episode "Let's Get Rid of Party Primaries: With Nick Troiano." Michael Steele speaks with Nick Troiano about his new book, "The Primary Solution: Rescuing Our Democracy from the Fringes." The pair discuss how in 2024, 24 million independents will be locked out of closed primaries for president or Congress. They discuss the benefits of abolishing the primary system, the states that have already changed their primary systems, and where third parties and ranked-choice voting fits into the mix. Check out "The Primary Solution" here: https://www.amazon.com/Primary-Solution-Rescuing-Democracy-Fringes-ebook/dp/B0C7RMW1Z1 Check out Unite America here: https://www.uniteamerica.org/ If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Nick Troiano @NickTroiano Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2024

When They Go Low: With Roland Martin

Michael Steele speaks with Roland Martin, commentator and host of Roland Martin Unfiltered. The pair discuss the changing landscape of media and the future of broadcasting and importance of understanding the business side of the industry and adapting to new technologies. They also discuss the Trump trial and the relationship between Black men and Trump and whether Black people identify with him due to shared experiences with the criminal justice system. Check out Roland's daily show here: https://www.youtube.com/user/rolandsmartin If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Roland Martin @rolandsmartin Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

A Moment of Clarity: Bill Barr Backs Donald Trump After Denouncing Him

And now, for a moment of clarity... Michael Steele discusses Bill Barr backing Donald Trump after denouncing him. Catch Michael Steele on The Weekend Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 10am on MSNBC. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

Quick Take: Billionaire Space Exploration

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "Putting Politics Aside in Outer Space: With Astronaut Terry Virts." Michael Steele speaks with former fighter pilot and NASA astronaut, Terry Virts. The pair discuss space tourism and the role Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk will have on space travel. Check out Terry's latest book here: https://www.amazon.com/Astronauts-Guide-Leaving-Planet-Everything/dp/1523514566 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Terry Virts @AstroTerry Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 20 April 2024

The Fall of the Republican Party: With Chris Vance

Michael Steele speaks with former Washington State Party Chairman, Chris Vance about his new book, "The Fall of the Shining City: What Happened to the Republican Party. Why it Happened. And What Must Happen Now to Save American Democracy.” The pair discuss third parties and creating a new faction of the GOP, whether or not the GOP will return to being a party of Reagan and where the party goes moving forward. Check out "The Fall of the Shining City" here: https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Shining-City-Republican-Happened/dp/B0CW2LVM1C If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Chris Vance @ChrisVance123 Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

The American Way: With Katty Kay

Michael Steele speaks with BBC Correspondent and bestselling author, Katty Kay. The pair discuss the abortion ban in Arizona, Kamala Harris and the challenges faced by women in power, how Biden can win over voters, the war in Gaza and the trial and death of OJ Simpson. Check out "Influential with Katty Kay" on YouTube. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Katty Kay @KattyKay_ Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Quick Take: Michael Steele's Role in the Tea Party Movement

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "The Road to Building the GOP's Frankenstein Part 2: With Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum." Michael is joined by Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum to discuss Michael's role in the Tea Party movement and the current iteration of the Republican party. If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review or share this episode with a friend. Check out Native Land Pod and ACross Generations with Tiffany Cross wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Tiffany @TiffanyDCross Follow Angela: @angela_rye Follow Andrew: @andrewgillum Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 13 April 2024

Quick Take: Whether or Not to Engage with Black People Considering Voting for Trump

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "The Road to Building the GOP's Frankenstein Part I: With Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum." Michael is joined by Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum. Tiffany, Angela and Andrew discuss the intention behind their new podcast, Native Land Pod and have a nuanced discussion on whether or not to engage with Black people considering casting their ballot for Trump. If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review or share this episode with a friend. Check out Native Land Pod and ACross Generations with Tiffany Cross wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Tiffany @TiffanyDCross Follow Angela: @angela_rye Follow Andrew: @andrewgillum Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 6 April 2024

Let's Get Rid of Party Primaries: With Nick Troiano

Michael Steele speaks with Nick Troiano about his new book, "The Primary Solution: Rescuing Our Democracy from the Fringes." The pair discuss how in 2024, 24 million independents will be locked out of closed primaries for president or Congress. They discuss the benefits of abolishing the primary system, the states that have already changed their primary systems, and where third parties and ranked-choice voting fits into the mix. Check out "The Primary Solution" here: https://www.amazon.com/Primary-Solution-Rescuing-Democracy-Fringes-ebook/dp/B0C7RMW1Z1 Check out Unite America here: https://www.uniteamerica.org/ If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Nick Troiano @NickTroiano Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 3 April 2024

A Moment of Clarity: Trump's Bibles

And now, for a moment of clarity... Michael Steele discusses Trump selling his own Bibles. Catch Michael Steele on The Weekend Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 10am on MSNBC. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

Quick Take: Why So Many Americans Are Disillusioned with Religion

Michael Steele speaks with Dr. Phil about his new book, "We've Got Issues: How You Can Stand Strong for America’s Soul and Sanity." The pair discuss the decline of religion's influence on society, preparing children and students for the world, the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on society and the importance of speaking up for what you believe in. Check out "We've Got Issues" here: https://www.amazon.com/Weve-Got-Issues-Strong-Americas/dp/1668061708 Dr. Phil Primetime will premiere on April 2, 2024 @ 8PM EST on Merit Street Media. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Dr. Phil @DrPhil Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2024

Putting Politics Aside in Outer Space: With Astronaut Terry Virts

Michael Steele speaks with former fighter pilot and NASA astronaut, Terry Virts. The pair discuss the International Space Station and crew dynamics amidst international war, Ukraine, STEM education in the U.S, space tourism and the extraterrestrial. Check out Terry's latest book here: https://www.amazon.com/Astronauts-Guide-Leaving-Planet-Everything/dp/1523514566 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Terry Virts @AstroTerry Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 27 March 2024

Quick Take: The Fight to Pass Gun Control Legislation

This is an excerpt from the full episode "How Guns Radicalized America: With Ryan Busse." Ryan Busse once helped build one of the world's most iconic gun companies. Today, he's shining a light on how the gun industry radicalized America. Ryan speaks with Michael Steele about how the gun industry and the NRA have impacted American culture, why gun control laws don't pass, what role the GOP plays in protecting the Second Amendment and the importance of speaking truth to bullshit. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or tell a friend! Check out Ryan's book, "Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America," here: https://www.amazon.com/Gunfight-Against-Industry-Radicalized-America/dp/1541768736 Follow Ryan Busse @ryandbusse Follow Michael Steele @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 24 March 2024

The Road to Building the GOP's Frankenstein Part 2: With Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum

This is Part II of Michael's conversation with Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum. Tiffany, Angela and Andrew discuss the intention behind their new podcast, Native Land Pod and have a nuanced discussion on whether or not to engage with Black people considering casting their ballot for Trump. The script flips and Michael is interviewed on his role with the Tea Party, GOP and MAGA today, including his "Fire Pelosi" campaign and whether he regrets it. Angela's parents make a couple of cameos, too. If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review or share this episode with a friend. Check out Native Land Pod and ACross Generations with Tiffany Cross wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Tiffany @TiffanyDCross Follow Angela: @angela_rye Follow Andrew: @andrewgillum Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 23 March 2024

The Road to Building the GOP's Frankenstein Part I: With Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum

Michael is joined by Tiffany Cross, Angela Rye and Andrew Gillum. Tiffany, Angela and Andrew discuss the intention behind their new podcast, Native Land Pod and have a nuanced discussion on whether or not to engage with Black people considering casting their ballot for Trump. The script flips and Michael is interviewed on his role with the Tea Party, GOP and MAGA today, including his "Fire Pelosi" campaign and whether he regrets it. Angela's parents make a couple of cameos, too. Part II of this episode drops Saturday, March 23rd. If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review or share this episode with a friend. Check out Native Land Pod and ACross Generations with Tiffany Cross wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Tiffany @TiffanyDCross Follow Angela: @angela_rye Follow Andrew: @andrewgillum Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 20 March 2024

A Moment of Clarity: "How Can You Be a Republican and Vote for Biden?"

And now, for a moment of clarity... Michael Steele answers the question of how he can be a Republican and still vote for Joe Biden. Catch Michael Steele on The Weekend Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 10am on MSNBC. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

Quick Take: Facing Your Fears

This is an excerpt from the full episode "The Truth Doesn't Please Everybody, and That's Okay: With Larry Wilmore." Michael Steele speaks with Larry Wilmore, Emmy Award winner and television producer, comedian and writer. The pair discuss Trump's sneakers and relationship with the Black community, how our culture is reflected in music, television and film, discussing uncomfortable topics about race, Jon Stewart's return to The Daily Show and the importance of showing vulnerability amidst facing fears. Check out Larry's podcast, "Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air" here: https://www.theringer.com/larry-wilmore-black-on-air If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Larry Wilmore @larrywilmore Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 16 March 2024

A Moment of Clarity: Ronna McDaniel's So Called "Unity"

And now, for a moment of clarity... Michael Steele discusses Ronna McDaniel's so called call for "uniity." Catch Michael Steele on The Weekend Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 10am on MSNBC. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

Restoring America's Soul and Sanity: With Dr. Phil

Michael Steele speaks with Dr. Phil about his new book, "We've Got Issues: How You Can Stand Strong for America’s Soul and Sanity." The pair discuss the decline of religion's influence on society, preparing children and students for the world, the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on society and the importance of speaking up for what you believe in. Check out "We've Got Issues" here: https://www.amazon.com/Weve-Got-Issues-Strong-Americas/dp/1668061708 Dr. Phil Primetime will premiere on April 2, 2024 @ 8PM EST on Merit Street Media. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Dr. Phil @DrPhil Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 13 March 2024

Make Mine a Double: State of the Union Address

Welcome to Make Mine a Double, a segment where Michael responds to today's news and political crazy. Michael discusses Biden's State of the Union address and Senator Katie Britt's response. Plus, Nikki Haley's exit from the presidential race and Viktor Orbán's meeting with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast Twitter @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

Quick Take: What It Takes to Mobilize Voters

This is an excerpt from the full episode "The Power of Poor Voters: With Bishop William J. Barber II." Michael Steele speaks with Bishop William J. Barber II, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. The pair discuss the moral failing of poverty— how it's the fourth leading cause of death in America and how mobilizing poor voters could transform elections in America. Check out The Poor People's Campaign here: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/ If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Bishop Barber @RevDrBarber Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 10 March 2024

How Guns Radicalized America: With Ryan Busse [Rebroadcast]

Note: This is a reupload of an episode that originally aired 4/26/23. Ryan Busse once helped build one of the world's most iconic gun companies. Today, he's shining a light on how the gun industry radicalized America. Ryan speaks with Michael Steele about how the gun industry and the NRA have impacted American culture, why gun control laws don't pass, what role the GOP plays in protecting the Second Amendment and the importance of speaking truth to bullshit. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or tell a friend! Check out Ryan's book, "Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America," here: https://www.amazon.com/Gunfight-Against-Industry-Radicalized-America/dp/1541768736 Follow Ryan Busse @ryandbusse Follow Michael Steele @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

Quick Take: All Politics Is Local

This is an excerpt from the full episode "Hope Needs Help: With Tavis Smiley." Michael Steele speaks with Tavis Smiley, entrepreneur, broadcaster, best-selling author, and host of Tavis Smiley, airing weekdays from 9am-12pmPT on KBLA Talk 1580. The pair discuss the impact of talk radio on politics and the importance of Black and independent radio. Plus, what listeners care about leading up to 2024, how Black men view the election and becoming a nation as good as its promise. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Tavis Smiley @tavissmiley Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 2 March 2024

The Truth Doesn't Please Everybody, and That's Okay: With Larry Wilmore

Michael Steele speaks with Larry Wilmore, Emmy Award winner and television producer, comedian and writer. The pair discuss Trump's sneakers and relationship with the Black community, how our culture is reflected in music, television and film, discussing uncomfortable topics about race, Jon Stewart's return to The Daily Show and the importance of showing vulnerability amidst facing fears. Check out Larry's podcast, "Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air" here: https://www.theringer.com/larry-wilmore-black-on-air If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Larry Wilmore @larrywilmore Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

Quick Take: The F Words of Politics: Fascism and Freedom

This is an excerpt from the full episode "Beating Republicans at Their Own Game: With Rachel Bitecofer." Michael Steele speaks with Rachel Bitecofer, author of "HIT ‘EM WHERE IT HURTS: How to Save Democracy by Beating Republicans at Their Own Game." The pair discuss what helped Democrats in the midterms in 2022, the art of branding "freedom" and how Dems can incorporate stronger, emotional messaging to win in 2024. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Hit-Where-Hurts-Democracy-Republicans/dp/0593727142 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Rachel Bitecofer @RachelBitecofer Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 24 February 2024

The Power of Poor Voters: With Bishop William J. Barber II

Michael Steele speaks with Bishop William J. Barber II, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. The pair discuss the moral failing of poverty— how it's the fourth leading cause of death in America and how mobilizing poor voters could transform elections in America. Check out The Poor People's Campaign here: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/ If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Bishop Barber @RevDrBarber Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

Quick Take: AOC and the New American Politics

This is an excerpt from the full episode "How Populist Rebels Changed Politics: With Joshua Green." Michael Steele speaks with best-selling author Joshua Green about his new book, "The Rebels: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Struggle for a New American Politics." The pair discuss how the populist movement emerged from the 2008 financial crisis and led to the rise of Warren, Bernie and AOC. They also discuss how the populist movement helped get Trump elected in 2016 and what it might mean for 2024. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Elizabeth-Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez-Struggle-ebook/dp/B082H2KYG3 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Joshua Greene @JoshuaGreen Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 17 February 2024

Hope Needs Help: With Tavis Smiley

Michael Steele speaks with Tavis Smiley, entrepreneur, broadcaster, best-selling author, and host of Tavis Smiley, airing weekdays from 9am-12pmPT on KBLA Talk 1580. The pair discuss the impact of talk radio on politics and the importance of Black and independent radio. Plus, what listeners care about leading up to 2024, how Black men view the election and becoming a nation as good as its promise. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Tavis Smiley @tavissmiley Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

Quick Take: "America Needs a Tough Mom"

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "America Is Not What It Promised to Be: With Politics Girl." Michael Steele is joined by Leigh McGowan, also known as PoliticsGirl. They discuss the American Dream and framing politics in a way that everyone can understand. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Politics Girl @IAmPoliticsGirl Follow Michael Steele @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2024

Quick Take: America Needs a Tough Mom

This is an excerpt from the full episode, "America Is Not What It Promised to Be: With Politics Girl." Michael Steele is joined by Leigh McGowan, also known as PoliticsGirl. They discuss the American Dream and framing politics in a way that everyone can understand. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Politics Girl @IAmPoliticsGirl Follow Michael Steele @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 10 February 2024

Beating Republicans at Their Own Game: With Rachel Bitecofer

Michael Steele speaks with Rachel Bitecofer, author of "HIT ‘EM WHERE IT HURTS: How to Save Democracy by Beating Republicans at Their Own Game." The pair discuss what helped Democrats in the midterms in 2022, the art of branding "freedom" and how Dems can incorporate stronger, emotional messaging to win in 2024. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Hit-Where-Hurts-Democracy-Republicans/dp/0593727142 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Rachel Bitecofer @RachelBitecofer Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

Quick Take: Messaging on the Right vs. Messaging on the Left

This is an excerpt from the full episode "The Right Has Drastically Changed Over Time: With Tina Nguyen." Michael Steele speaks with Tina Nguyen, author of The MAGA Diaries: My Surreal Adventures Inside the Right-Wing (And How I Got Out), about how the right and left are structured different from the fundamentals, working for Tucker Carlson, and her unique experiences as a conservative woman of color. Check out the book here:https://www.amazon.com/MAGA-Diaries-Surreal-Adventures-Right-Wing/dp/198218969X If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Tina Nguyen @tina_nguyen Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 3 February 2024

How Populist Rebels Changed Politics: With Joshua Green

Michael Steele speaks with best-selling author Joshua Green about his new book, "The Rebels: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Struggle for a New American Politics." The pair discuss how the populist movement emerged from the 2008 financial crisis and led to the rise of Warren, Bernie and AOC. They also discuss how the populist movement helped get Trump elected in 2016 and what it might mean for 2024. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Elizabeth-Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez-Struggle-ebook/dp/B082H2KYG3 If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Joshua Greene @JoshuaGreen Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2024

Quick Take: The Nikki Haley of 2010 vs. The Nikki Haley of Today

This is an excerpt from the full episode "The Weekend on MSNBC: With Alicia Menendez and Symone Sanders-Townsend." Michael Steele speaks with Alicia Menendez and Symone Sanders-Townsend, his co-hosts of the new MSNBC show, The Weekend, premiering Saturday, January 13th at 8amET. The trio discuss Nikki Haley omitting slavery as the cause of the Civil War and the minds of voters heading into 2024 The Weekend, hosted by Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders-Townsend and Michael Steele, premieres Saturday, January 13, just two days before the consequential Iowa caucuses. The new program will air 8am to 10am ET on Saturdays and Sundays. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Alicia Menendez @AliciaMenendez Follow Symone Sanders-Townsend @SymoneDSanders Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 27 January 2024

Quick Take: What Beats Trumpism

This is an excerpt from the full episode "Who's On America's Side?: With Steve Schmidt" Michael Steele speaks with Steve Schmidt about how the disruptions that occurred in 2023 will shape 2024, the messaging of the Biden Administration and Democratic challengers such as Dean Philips. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Follow Steve Schmidt @SteveSchmidtSES Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 21 January 2024

The Right Has Drastically Changed Over Time: With Tina Nguyen

Michael Steele speaks with Tina Nguyen, author of The MAGA Diaries: My Surreal Adventures Inside the Right-Wing (And How I Got Out), about how the right and left are structured different from the fundamentals, working for Tucker Carlson, and her unique experiences as a conservative woman of color. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to leave a review or share it with a friend! Find Tina Nguyen: https://www.amazon.com/MAGA-Diaries-Surreal-Adventures-Right-Wing/dp/198218969X Follow Michael @MichaelSteele Follow the podcast @steele_podcast

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2024

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