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.

August 10, 2017 – North Korea & Former Pentagon Speechwriter Kevin Sammy

Who defines how forceful American rhetoric has to be when we talked to our adversaries or allies around the world?

Today we spoke with former Pentagon Speechwriter to the Secretary of Defense, Kevin Sammy (bio), about how a shift in the words we use with North Korea can redefine our foreign policy doctrine; and can beg the question of how far our allies need to go to remain American Enough to our President. ​

August 9, 2017 – Trump’s RAISE Act: How do Immigrants effectively become integrated as American enough?

Trump’s RAISE Act and how immigrants can be American enough…

When an immigrant is told they’re not American enough to come to this country, stay in this country, or thrive in this country — how does the promise etched into the Statue of Liberty hold true? Our President RAISEd  this very question last week, by endorsing a set of immigration proposals that try to measure the likelihood of an individual succeeding or not in this grand American experiment. So what are his metrics?

July 27, 2017 – On Banning Transgender People in the US Military – with Gautam Raghavan

Gautam Raghavan, LGBT Advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks on President Trump’s planned ban of transgenders in the US military…

Vikrum Aiyer interviews Gautam Raghavan, former LGBT Advisor to President Barack Obama, and Pentagon White House Liaison who helped oversee the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and worked on implementing the rule enabling transgender service members to openly serve our country. Raghavan discusses the thinking behind President Trump’s TransBan, and shares his views on what it means to be American Enough to Serve God & Country.

July 25, 2017 – On Trump, Boy Scouts, Health Care, America Leadership

President Trump and the Boy Scouts, the Health Care vote, and American leadership…

As he travels, Vikrum Aiyer makes time to reflect on President Trump’s polarizing speech to the Boy Scouts, the  story-in-the-making vote on Health Care, and considerations for effective leadership in the United States.