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Welcome to Progressive Opinions of Color (POC Podcast), a podcast where progressive people of color talk about everything. POC Podcast began in August 2020 as a platform to create space for more POC voices in conversations about politics and economics. We've covered the 2020 presidential election, the state of the economy during COVID-19, Kamala Harris, the coronavirus pandemic, the state of the economy, and other pressing topics in politics, economics, and culture, all through perspectives ...
 
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A solo episode today with Nancy Wu, who chats about women’s and gender studies theory versus facing everyday misogyny and catcalls. She also talks about the U.S. pulling troops out of Afghanistan and the Taiban’s entry, and the consequences of the U.S.’s actions abroad, and the narratives of the Delta variant in the U.S. and abroad, and the dangers…
 
Nancy is joined with Yanzi Ding to discuss her career as an actress and her short film, Sans Everything. * About the bilingual writer/actor Yanzi Ding New York Taiwanese bilingual actress Yanzi Ding is also a writer, translator, and dubbing artist. As an actor, she leads two Off-Broadway Play and two feature films. However, her mission in the Unite…
 
Nancy is joined by Tatenda Musapatike. Tatenda Musapatike is the founder and CEO of the Voter Formation Project. She’s spent over a decade working on digital programs and in tech to support progressive causes. She most recently was a senior advisor at ACRONYM where she built their $12.5M Expand the Electorate program from the ground up. This progra…
 
Nancy is joined by Varun Nikore, the President of the AAPI Victory Fund and Executive Director of the AAPI Victory Alliance. Varun discusses the importance of AAPI voter turnout in the 2020 election, why the AAPI vote matters, the importance of funding to turn out the AAPI vote, Andrew Yang's run for NYC Mayor, media perceptions of AAPI candidates,…
 
Nancy is joined with Thomas Andrews today. Thomas is the owner of T3 PowerReady, a group fitness program based right on the beach in Marina Del Rey, California. From overcoming addiction and homelessness to living in Singapore and Bali, Thomas’s story is one that I have the pleasure of sharing. He shares what it’s like to be black in Atlanta and ab…
 
Nancy is joined with Lillian So to talk overcoming obstacles of growing up in the inner city of Chicago, acknowledging and working through our cultural and ancestral baggage as Asian Americans and how to move forward and manifest our dream lives, and helping ambitious people rewrite self-sabotaging narratives that are holding them back from what th…
 
Nancy is joined with Ashley and Leanna of Cove Collective to discuss AAPI Heritage Month. We discuss: joy in being Asian American, reactions toward recent hate crimes, and more! Be sure the check out the live video recording on Cove Collective's Instagram (linked below). Contact Progressive Opinions of Color at: Instagram Twitter Email: opinionspoc…
 
In our first episode during AAPI Heritage Month, Nancy and Sonya are joined with Maggie Su. Maggie is a physical therapist and Asian American woman living in Birmingham, Alabama. They talk about life in the south, the recent acts of hatred toward the AAPI community, and perceptions of Asians since COVID-19. They also talk about fake news and their …
 
Nancy and Sonya are joined with Nicole Zhao to talk about the recent acts of hatred toward the AAPI community. They also talk about alternatives for community care outside of policing, whether the cycle of carceration helps anyone, imagining a future without police, how Asian American experiences and oppressions are different from what the black co…
 
Sonya and Nancy are joined with Ashley and Leanna of Cove Collective to discuss Womxn of Color Storytellers for Black History Month. We discuss: Why is the literary and publishing world so white? What's the importance of representation in books? What are our book recs? Why is it so important to read from BIPOC authors and perspectives? What are oth…
 
Sonya and Nancy are joined by Sonya's sister, Aneesha Natarajan, to discuss the GameStop uprising, why Millennials use and Robinhood and why they should stop, Dry January and why America has an alcohol problem, critiques of "Boss Girl feminism," and whether our hobbies should be productive. We also explore cultural appropriation and all its nuances…
 
Nancy is joined by her new co-host, Sonya, to discuss some hot takes on the inauguration (from “unity” to J Lo), executive actions under the Biden administration, and the debate around raising the minimum wage (spoiler alert: we don’t think it will destroy the economy). We also explore student debt, classist forces keeping education inaccessible, a…
 
On Frank Chiang's second episode with POC Podcast, Frank and Nancy discuss Frank's "conservative" views. They're not actually conservative, so please give a listen to the entire conversation. Frank proposes that cancelling student loan debt and giving a $2,000 stimulus check are not enough to solve the actual problems at hand. We discuss student lo…
 
Joyce Pan has experienced all aspects of healthcare: she's studied pre-med, worked in healthcare consulting for medical devices companies, and now works on the data and marketing side of healthcare. On this episode, Joyce and Nancy will discuss the following topics: -Why healthcare is so expensive -How are pharmaceuticals priced -Their majors at Da…
 
Yami is an Afrolatinx creative and educator. She and Nancy will talk about the Happiest Season, Yami’s work as a tutor during the pandemic, queer and black representation, social media’s role in mobilizing Black Lives Matter, Sagittarius season, manipulative statistics, and more! Yamilette Vizcaíno Rivera is a Dominican-American writer and educator…
 
Sonya Natarajan has lived in Madrid, works in consulting, and graduated from NYU. Sonya and Nancy talk about the absurdity of capitalism and the difficulty of critiquing from within the system, Joe Biden’s win, Kamala Harris making Indian Americans proud, how Indian Americans got different spectrums of political views, dealing with anxiety in your …
 
Nancy Wu talks with John Montgomery, a clinical psychologist based in Chicago, about finally getting rid of Trump from the White House. We talk about politicians who see politics as a game, cancelling RBG, what's up with black Trump Supporters, why voter turnout was higher this year, is there hope for democracy, feeling patriotic and proud to be an…
 
Nancy Wu talks with Isaac Miller about the future of the US regardless of the winner of the presidential election, what police reform, abolish the police, and defund the police really mean, political semantics, the code of the flag, and the path to anarchy. Isaac Miller works as a photographer, teacher, Uber driver, and at an LA juicery. Contact Na…
 
Farrah Hsu has worked in every industry and country imaginable and currently works with autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas. We chat about her life living abroad in Japan, Taiwan, International Waters on a cruise line, and in Las Vegas. She talks about her time working with autonomous vehicles and the future of cybersecurity and technology. Contact Na…
 
Sumaya Bouadi studies tax law at Yale Law School. We talk about Trump’s taxes—what’s legal and what isn’t and what are the consequences? What would Biden’s tax on people who make more than 400k do? Could getting rid of the corporate tax actually be more progressive tax policy? Why isn't capital taxed? How do we get more progressive tax policy? What…
 
Frank Chiang joins today to talk about being a gay, cis, Asian man in various white and Asian queer spaces. We talk about activism and far left social media activism. Has seeing racial activism on social media bummed you out? Why and what can you do about it? We also shit on sheltered white people and their bubbles and talk about desirability and b…
 
What was that SHITSHOW?! Four guests bring their perspectives and reactions of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. What are the consequences, dangers, and opportunities of a more polarized society? How can stats and data help Biden swing swing voters his way? What's up with Trump's taxes from the perspective of a tax s…
 
A special episode focusing on comparative politics and political theory today, featuring Gavin Huang, the managing editor of Goldthread. Gavin is based in Hong Kong and writes on China and Asia. We talk about how Asia and China are portrayed in Western media as scary, weird, or ancient. We talk about living in Hong Kong during the pro democracy pro…
 
Does anyone else struggle with feeling like 2020 isn't real? How is it possible that all this shit is happening? How do we even react to all the bad news quickly enough? John Montgomery is a therapist based in Chicago. We're going to address mental health, including our personal experiences and John's as a professional in the field. How are workpla…
 
RIP RBG, but now is not the time to wallow in misery and give up. I'll talk about concrete actions you can take now, as well as the significance of this event and the upcoming election. We have to elect Joe Biden and defeat Donald Trump, flip the Senate, protect Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat until the election, have conversations with people we know w…
 
Ron Costa owns a house by the beach, leads his own real estate team, made a savings plan for his mom to help her budget to buy a house, and also an immigrant AND in his 20s. Learn about how to save, budget, and invest as a millennial, and how to talk to parents who may be immigrants, POC, lower or middle class about saving, budgeting, and investing…
 
Today's guest is Nicole Zhao, a native New Yorker who will talk about the importance of antiracist education. We have lots of history on structural inequities, systemic racism, and the different experiences within Asian immigrant communities and across racial groups. We grew up in very different communities and Asian American experiences. I was NOT…
 
Nina Li Coomes is a writer based in Chicago. Nina grew up in Japan and I grew up in China, so we talk about our experiences immigrating to the U.S. and growing up in the U.S.. We also talk about her writing, language barriers in activism, talking to Asian parents about politics, public school education, patriotism, citizenship, national borders, bo…
 
Economist Nancy answers all your questions about the economy! S&P 500 and Nasdaq at record highs (and as of 9/3, dropping again)? What is GDP and is it the right measure of an economy's success? What are alternatives to GDP? What's up with the rising deficit? Will we have inflation? What about interest rates? (1:15)- What are flaws of using the S&P…
 
David Kim joins Nancy Wu today to talk about how our Asian immigrant parents have shaped our views on economics and politics. David gives his experience as being undocumented and an Asian American, the importance of DACA, the lengthy process of applying for a Green Card. We also talk about WHAT exactly IS ECONOMICS, what are its shortcomings, and w…
 
Nancy Wu talks with Rachel and Adam Svatos, progressive activists in the the predominantly Republican, Inland Empire, California. We discuss ALL ABOUT LOCAL ELECTIONS and BLACK LIVES MATTER, and some quick thoughts on the 2020 Presidential Election. (6:30)-How every vote counts at local elections. (7:20)-How to register to vote. (8:40)-How much it …
 
The economy is complicated enough to understand as it is. Learn about it through stories from real people. Nancy Wu talks with Isaac Miller about his experiences through work and layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic, and his experiences with unemployment insurance, the enhanced unemployment assistance benefits of the CARES act, how COVID-19 has …
 
On the first episode of the POC Podcast, Nancy breaks down her thoughts on Kamala Harris and the DNC. The questions answered: Is Kamala Harris progressive enough? What was her track record as Senator of California? What does representation mean and is representation important? What were the things that Biden and the DNC did well? What was up with t…
 
Welcome to the Progressive Opinions of Color (POC) Podcast. I am your host, Nancy Wu. I started this podcast to create space for more people of color in politics and economics. With the 2020 presidential election coming up and the state of the economy during COVID-19, it is more important than ever to think about who we include in the conversations…
 
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