009 – The Real Americans – with Playwright Dan Hoyle

How theater questions political and ideological assumptions, with playwright Dan Hoyle …

Dan Hoyle

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At a time where SNL, Late Night talkshows, and Broadway shows like Hamilton use comedy and ensemble casts to deliver biting commentary on culture and politics — award winning playwright Dan Hoyle takes a different approach: he likes to get lost in the middle of the country first. Hoyle boards trains, drives aimlessly in a van, and gets on planes to stop off in cities he’s never heard of — and to meet strangers, gigolos, racists, neighbors, churchgoers, and citizens in the heartland of the country.

Dan Hoyle

Photo credit: Teresa Castracane

By spending time in scores of cities, Dan Hoyle has not only met hundreds of citizens in the heartland of what Sarah Palin famously referred to as “Real America” but he has created an award winning play about them too. Wedding satire, with an earnest examination of the stereotypes and values liberals often ascribe to those in the flyover states, “The Real Americans” prompts theatergoers question their assumptions about the other side of the ideological divide.

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There’s a lot going on in America (and the world) and Vikrum Aiyer — Former White House Senior Economic Policy Advisor (Obama Administration) and Former Chief of Staff of the United States Patent and Trademark Office — has something to say about it all and about what it takes these days to be American enough.

“American Enough™ with Vikrum Aiyer”, is a weekly, town hall-style podcast discussing your questions and comments about current events, politics, and American ideals. As events unfold, Vikrum will share timely commentary wherever he is, as he travels, between meetings, and even en route to the office. If political commentary, having your say, and America matter to you — you’re going to love this podcast.

008 – Sexual Misconduct and a Crumbling Moral Compass – with Tim Miller

Sexual misconduct. Self-segregating communities. And a crumbling moral compass.

In these moments its easy to point to the other guy, blame them, or even mock them. But Tim Miller — a long time Republican Operative, Pod Save America contributor, and presidential campaign strategist — is taking a stand against his own party’s president, and in support of the values that have often defined the best of America’s spirit.

Tim Miller specializes in communications and digital strategy. He served as the Communications Director for Jeb Bush 2016, senior advisor to the GOP’s leading anti-Trump Super PAC “Our Principles,” and was co-founder of America Rising LLC and America Rising PAC. He also is a commentator for Pod Save America/CROOKED MEDIA.

Between campaigns, Miller was the lead digital communications strategist in the Public Affairs Division of the Glover Park Group advising corporate clients such as Eli Lilly and Sallie Mae. You can catch Tim frequently pontificating on politics on FOX, CNN, and MSNBC.

007 – Real Americans, Skin Color, and Tough Truths – with Julie Lythcott-Haims

How is American Identity shaped, when you grow up here — and succeed here — yet still get asked “where you’re from”?

New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims joins American Enough to discuss how skin color, values, and tough truths about our nation have shaped what it means to be a Real American.

As the descendant of slave owners and the daughter of a bi-racial marriage, Julie often states that she’s So American It Hurts. In her most recent book, she highlights the racism, the micro-agressions and dominant narratives which shape the virtues of citizenship and identity in the United States.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). She is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives.

How to Raise an Adult emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. She received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult has been published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel which will be out in 2018.

Real American details Julie’s personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The child of an African-American father and a white British mother, Julie shows how microaggressions in addition to blunt-force insults can puncture a person’s inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Julie’s path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other.”

Julie is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and California College of the Arts. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over twenty five years, their two teenagers, and her mother.

006 – Working for Both Trump & Obama – with Maya Uppaluru

What’s it like working for President Trump after working for President Obama?

Maya Uppaluru

Former White House policy advisor Maya Uppaluru speaks to the energy of both white houses, the initiatives that persist despite the new President, and what it’s like to be a working mom in these roles…

Maya Uppaluru was a policy advisor in both the President Obama White House and President Trump White House.  Maya joined the White House in 2015, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, launching the Precision Medicine Initiative and serving as a policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, where she helped to shape national policies around health data interoperability and led public-private collaborations to facilitate better access to health data for medical research. She is now an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office with the Digital Health Practice and Health Care Group and provides strategic, legal, and regulatory advice to a range of organizations at the forefront of health innovation, including providers, plans, large tech companies, startups, and venture capital.

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005 – How Words & Tech Shape a Presidency & Identity – Aneesh Raman

Do The Words A President Uses Really Matter?

Former Obama Speech Writer, and CNN Reporter, Aneesh Raman joins American Enough for a discussion on how words can shape the heartbeat of the country and inform the trust American’s have for the White House. From his time covering presidents, to writing for them, to leveraging technology for a new-media revolution, Aneesh opines on the challenges that presidential rhetoric are presenting to everything from childhood education to cultural identity to consumer consumptions.
Aneesh Raman leads civic engagement & partnerships at Facebook. Previously he was a Vice President at Raise.me, a technology startup focused on expanding access to higher education in America.[1]
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004 – Messages of Division – with Steve Schmidt

Former John McCain Presidential Campaign Senior Strategist Steve Schmidt on messages of division…

In a discussion about trust in American institutions, Russia meddling, and how we counter messages of division — American Enough is joined by Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, and former senior strategist to the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain & Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. He is currently a political analyst for MSNBC, and has appeared frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. (profile)

003 – America’s Moral Authority in Shaping Global Democracy – with Kevin Xu

Unpacking the role of America’s moral authority in shaping democracies around the world with former White House communications & press advisor Kevin Xu…

Kevin Xu at The White HouseMyanmar has seen a massive shift to democracy in recent years, but is being accused of ethnic cleansing and genocide against an ethnic minority in the region. Just a few years prior, Kevin Xu helped planned President Obama’s trip to Myanmar, in which the US praised the country’s shift to a democracy but Obama also cautioned that violence against those having different beliefs would cripple their ability to grow into a true democratic state.

Kevin Xu

Xu unpacks the role of America’s moral authority in shaping democracies around the world and confronting genocides, and how the relationship America has with its own media is impacting the effectiveness of that moral authority.

Kevin Xu is a former White House communications and press advisor who helped plan President Obama’s trip to Myanmar, a country which is now embroiled with accusations of condoning genocide. He also advised the former Secretary of Commerce during the Obama Administration, and is a recent graduate of Stanford Law School.

September 24, 2017 – Trump Bullies the NFL

Why President Trump’s statements on NFL player protests are not American enough…

In the last 24 hours. President Trump has criticized members and players of the National Football League who refuse to stand for the National Anthem all while dumping on NBA Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry as well as NBA star LeBron James.

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these owners of the NFL Trump decried when somebody disrespects our flag to get that son of the bitch off the field right now? Tell him he’s fired.

These were our president’s exact words to considerable applause from an overwhelmingly white crowd. Total disrespect of our heritage, President Trump said, a total disrespect of everything that we stand for everything that we stand for. President Trump said. As though the individuals that choose to exercise their right to free speech and their ability to captivate an entire audience and encourage them to think about some harsh words that have been clouding the climate of racial equality in this country as though they themselves do not stand for the same heritage of our country.

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002 – What America’s Health System Should Look Like – with Emma Sandoe

What Should America’s Health System Look Like?

Vikrum speaks with Emma Sandoe (profile), who previously worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services serving as the Medicaid spokesperson and working on HealthCare.gov communications as well as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Center.  She also worked in the Department of Health and Human Services Budget Office as the Affordable Care Act coordinator and at the Center for American Progress.

The Capitol Hill health care fight sure seemed dead. After Republican proposals to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, failed to pass a Republican-controlled Congress, lawmakers looked poised to move on to other topics, like a tax overhaul. But this week, proposals from both the left and the right are grabbing headlines. (Meanwhile, some members are also wrangling over how they can stabilize Obamacare.)

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001 – Town Hall – September 9, 2017

Host Vikrum Aiyer addresses call-in questions and comments from listeners in a town hall style conversation on everything from FEMA, equality, positivity in politics, cultural variety, whether we are regressing as countrymen, and what it means to be an American.

Call in with your question or comment for future town hall episodes to 844-484-5786.