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Trump may be gone but American politics is still in crisis. The Lincoln Project has sparked a nationwide movement to restore our democracy. This podcast is hosted by co-founder Reed Galen and he is regularly joined by our political experts and guests that helped defeat Trump and continue the mission to stamp out Trumpism and the seditionists who backed him. The podcast discusses today’s political challenges, our vision for the future and how all Americans can be part of our pro-democracy mov ...
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Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the GOP and its cognitive dissonance, the presidential field in the 2024 election, and why this election is a choice election. Plus, we got him again! For more from Reed Galen, be sure to subscribe to “The Home Front”. If you’d like to ask a question or sh…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi to discuss where we currently stand as a nation, why our democracy continues to face an existential threat, and why the pro-democracy movement must remain laser-focused on 2024. Plus, our biggest worries…and what we’re most optimistic about. For more from Stu…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Jeff Kosseff, Author and Associate Professor of Cybersecurity Law in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department. They discuss Jeff’s latest book, Liar in a Crowded Theater: Freedom of Speech in a World of Misinformation, which examines and defends legal protections for false speech. You can pick up LIAR …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Martin Pengelly, Author and Washington Breaking News Correspondent for Guardian US. They discuss Martin’s latest book, Brotherhood: When West Point Rugby Went to War, a story of American rugby and a story of the U.S. Army created through intimate portraits of men shaped by West Point’s motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.” Plu…
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This episode was originally released on August 4, 2023. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by the Political Scientist, Humanitarian Expert, and now member of the Polish Parliament, Aleksandra K. Wiśniewska to discuss the importance of humanitarian aid on the international stage, her first-hand account of the current state of Ukr…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Author and Journalist Brian Stelter to discuss the political media landscape, why the right-wing media ecosystem is so big and how it’s so effective in its messaging, and what really goes on behind the scenes at Fox News…especially during Donald Trump’s “Big Lie”. Plus, how does the media combat the flattening effect of…
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Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the 2024 election, third party candidates, the Israel/Hamas conflict, Trump’s bevy of legal cases, and so much more. Plus, thoughts on Donald Trump’s “Vermin” speech and why the mission of the pro-democracy coalition is more important now than ever before.…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Ashley Ehasz, the Democrat running for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District. They discuss how being a combat veteran informs her approach to leadership, why Democrats are the party of national security, and how the GOP governs through fear and subterfuge. Plus, a look at Pennsylvania’s 1…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Author, Television Writer/Producer, and Former Federal Prosecutor…Jonathan Shapiro. They discuss the life, mind, and leadership of our nation’s 16th president as well as the seven steps to being Abraham Lincoln as told through Shapiro’s newly released book, How to Be Abe Lincoln: Seven Steps to Leading a Legendary Life.…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Author and National Opinion Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Will Bunch. They discuss how the far-right’s call for a “Red Caesar” means welcoming chaos and dictatorship with open arms, the media’s discomfort with directly covering MAGA’s autocratic actions, and why a failure of imagination continues to be one of…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Daniel Barkhuff, Former Navy SEAL and Founder of Veterans for Responsible Leadership to discuss the latest in the Middle East, why American leadership continues to be so crucial on the world stage, and why it would be so dangerous if our nation re-elected Donald Trump (or another authoritarian) in 2024. Plus, some tough…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by McKay Coppins, an Award-Winning Author and Staff Writer for The Atlantic. They discuss McKay’s latest book, Romney: A Reckoning (a biography of Mitt Romney), Romney’s opposition to Donald Trump, and how Romney ultimately became a pariah in the GOP. Plus, now that Mitt Romney has announced that he’s not seeking another t…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens to discuss the series of historical events that led the Republican party to being the autocratic party that it is today, the GOP’s current state of dysfunction (especially as exemplified by the recent Speaker race), and how Donald Trump instilled an ethos of victimhood in th…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Trygve Olson and Jeff Timmer. They discuss the current state of the Republican party (especially the House GOP who’s going on 3 weeks without a Speaker), the national security and foreign policy strength/leadership of President Joe Biden, and how to counter MAGA messaging targeted at Bann…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Joe Walsh, Former Congressman and Director of Mission: Democracy, an organization whose mission is to educate Americans about the dangers posed by MAGA fascism and to encourage them to use democracy to help diminish MAGA influence. They discuss the latest with Jim Jordan’s bid for the speakership, the resultant dysfunct…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Liam Kerr, the Co-Founder of Welcome PAC, a Democratic-aligned PAC that applies insurgent tactics to support pro-democracy/center-left candidates in swing districts and also build a “big tent” Democratic party. They discuss the latest in the House Speaker race and the dysfunction around the GOP, why the labels of “moder…
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Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about the recent Hamas attacks in Israel, upcoming elections (both 2023 and 2024), GOP infighting, and Donald Trump’s mountain of legal troubles. To hear more from Reed Galen, subscribe to his brand new Substack, The Home Front. If you’d like to ask a question o…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by New York Times bestselling author Michael Lewis to discuss the rise of Sam Bankman-Fried, his (and his crypto exchange FTX’s) rise to prominence, and how it all unraveled. Plus, what seems to draw Americans to the likes of Sam Bankman-Fried, Elon Musk, and Donald Trump? For more on this topic be sure to pick up Michael …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Claire Atkin, Co-Founder of Check My Ads, an independent watchdog non-profit that's reshaping the digital ad-tech industry by cutting disinformation off from its lifeline…which is advertisements and money. They discuss the latest with the video platform Rumble and how a disturbing amount of toxic content/disinformation …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by writer and academic Yascha Mounk for a wide-ranging and nuanced discussion on American identity and how it informs our society, our political discourse, and ultimately our small-d democratic future. Plus, what to expect in the upcoming Polish election. For more on this topic be sure to pick up Yascha Mounk’s latest book…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Former Lt. Governor of Maryland and Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele. They discuss the field of 2024 GOP presidential candidates, the normative force of MAGA/right-wing media, and what to make of the impending government shutdown (and Kevin McCarthy’s catch-22). Plus, why our nation a…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson and Lincoln Project Senior Advisors Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi to discuss why it's so important for Americans to understand what a good job President Joe Biden is doing, the real reason behind the GOP wanting to shut down the government, and what a recent poll out of New …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by the television star turned crypto-critic…Ben McKenzie. They discuss the rise of cryptocurrency, who’s drawn to it, and why no one can seem to explain exactly what it is. Plus, a look at the fraud of Sam Bankman-Fried/FTX and other major players in the crypto-space…and how Donald Trump’s presidency/MAGA set the stage for…
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Host Reed Galen shares why The Lincoln Project is dedicating the month of September to ensuring that Americans across the country know just how good of a job that President Joe Biden is doing. For this moment in time, he’s exactly who is needed to lead the pro-democracy coalition. Plus, Donald Trump has nothing to offer the American people except f…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Heidi Przybyla, an award-winning National Investigative Correspondent for Politico. They get into her latest reporting on how the likes of Ginni Thomas and Leonard Leo gamed Citizens’ United and what dark money means for the MAGA movement as 2024 approaches…but first, what’s going on with Kevin McCarthy, his caucus, and…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Author and Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. They discuss the role extremist groups play in a nation’s evolution to authoritarianism, how every Trump rally since 2015 has been a radicalization site, and how the history of strongmen can inform our nation’s current political …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Simon Rosenberg, the Veteran Political Analyst, Strategist and Commentator. They discuss why it's so important for Democrats to continue spotlighting the accomplishments of President Joe Biden, why the current brand of the GOP is such a tough sell to the American people, and why Republicans continue to threaten a govern…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Madison Horn, a cybersecurity expert and former 2022 Democratic candidate for U.S Senate from Oklahoma. They discuss how her cybersecurity background has informed her politics, the dangerous power of misinformation/disinformation online, and why modern campaigns cannot treat rural voters like they commonly have in the p…
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This episode was originally released on April 12, 2023. In this encore presentation, host Reed Galen is joined by journalist and New York Times bestselling author, Jeff Sharlet. Jeff shares scenes from his travels across the United States which exemplify the convergence of MAGA, religion, militias, and fascism. The aftermath of Ashli Babbitt’s deat…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Imran Ahmed, the Founder and CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). They discuss the landscape of online hate and how it has exponentially grown in the last decade, the role of social media in the dangerous rise of misinformation/disinformation, and why it is so important for the fabric of our society to …
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Host Reed Galen shares his thoughts on last night’s Republican Presidential Primary Debate and Donald Trump’s “counter-programming” on Twitter with Tucker Carlson. Plus, what do the events of last night mean for the 2024 election, and how should the pro-democracy coalition respond? If you’d like to connect with The Lincoln Project, send an email to…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by author and Senior Political Correspondent for Yahoo News. They discuss the rise of the American Evangelical movement, the types of people it attracts, and how it became so closely tied to Trumpism. To hear more from Jon Ward, be sure to check out his latest book (Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed a …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens. They preview the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate slated for next week, examine the state of the GOP writ large (spoiler alert…it isn’t good), and discuss how Trumpism (and everyone that allows it to persist) is inarguably un-American. For more in-depth infor…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Ron Insana (Senior Analyst and Commentator at CNBC) to discuss the current state of the American economy, how remote-work and other post-pandemic variables have greatly affected the commercial real estate market, and how the economic policies of authoritarian states like China never seem to work. Plus, the wise words of…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Judd Legum, Founder and Author of the Popular Information newsletter. They discuss how those inside the Washington ecosystem don’t seem to be adequately alarmed that Donald Trump could return to office, how Ron DeSantis is influencing the Republican field despite his atrocious campaign, and how the changing dynamics bet…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor. They discuss Brad’s most recently published thriller, the competing forces with the Russian military ecosystem, the security threats of social media, and whether or not “post-americanism” is our nation’s new normal. If you’d like more from Brad Thor be sure to pick up his lat…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by the Political Scientist and Humanitarian Expert, Aleksandra K. Wiśniewska to discuss the importance of humanitarian aid on the international stage, her first-hand account of the current state of Ukraine (the people, the politics, and the military), and how Poland plays a crucial role as NATO’s eastern flank. Plus, what …
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In a special bonus episode, host Reed Galen gives you his thoughts on Donald Trump's third indictment. He discusses why this indictment should worry Trump much more than his previous two, what sort of response we can expect from the Republican party, and why it's never been more crucial for the pro-democracy coalition to decisively defeat Donald Tr…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Lincoln Project Senior Advisor Joe Trippi to discuss the current state of the 2024 presidential election, why a decisive win for Joe Biden would deliver a devastating blow to Donald Trump and his movement, and why defending our nation's democracy is so crucial when it comes to defending democracy around the world. If yo…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by the Lincoln Project’s Deputy Political Director, Philip Germain, to discuss the latest in the No Labels third-party-effort. They break down why the electoral math doesn’t work, how their recently published policy positions lack substance, and why a No Labels “Unity” ticket helps Donald Trump and hurts Joe Biden. Plus, a…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Financial Times columnist Jemima Kelly to discuss the comedic value of Donald Trump, the Mar-a-Lago ecosystem, and why our nation still cannot look away from Donald Trump. Plus, a UK lens on the American political landscape. Be sure to check out the latest from Jemima Kelly at Financial Times. If you’d like to ask a que…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Miles Taylor, a national security expert who previously served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They discuss Miles’ (sometimes horrific) experiences from inside the Trump administration at DHS, why he came out against the administration (first anonymously and then unmasked), and the ultimat…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Time bestselling author, Stacy Schiff to discuss the life of Founding Father Samuel Adams, his role in the American Revolution, and the legacy he leaves behind (despite his best efforts not to). Plus, what are the parallels between our nation's infancy and today. If you'd like more fr…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Brendan Ballou, a Federal Prosecutor who served as Special Counsel for Private Equity in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. They discuss the inner-workings of how private equity works, how it's reshaped American business (by raising prices, reducing quality, cutting jobs, and shifting resources from productive…
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Host Reed Galen answers questions asked by the members of the Lincoln Project community about what to expect in the upcoming road to the 2024 presidential election, the state of the Biden administration, the long con of the GOP, and so much more. Plus…cocaine! If you’d like to ask a question or share a comment with The Lincoln Project, send an emai…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by fellow Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson to discuss the latest slew of Supreme Court decisions, the state of the 2024 GOP primary field, and why Donald Trump will continue to be the leader of the Republican Party (whether they like it or not). Plus, why nobody has any interest in “Diet Trump”. If you’d like to ask …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by former U.S. Congressman, Presidential Candidate, and Radio Host, Joe Walsh. They discuss the threat that Donald Trump continues to pose to our nation’s democracy, the journey populism took to arrive at the forefront of the Republican Party, and the ever expanding field of presidential primary candidates (and the spoiler…
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Trygve Olson (Lincoln Project Senior Advisor) and John Sipher, a foreign policy and intelligence expert who served 28 years in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. They give their analysis on last weekend’s Wagner Rebellion including what it means for Putin, how it will impact the Ukrainians, …
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Host Reed Galen is joined by Dr. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. They discuss the current state of the different generations in America, their differences, and what to expect from each generation in the future. Plus, how has each generation interpreted our nation’s ever-evolving outlook on family and community? I…
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Host Reed Galen is joined for a two-part conversation by Journalist and Author Sam Quinones. In “Part 2”, they discuss how corporations prey on addiction to legally market their products, how communities that have recovered from large scale drug addiction are rich in “new coal” as a resource, and how the opioid crisis touches so many other non-drug…
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