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EP 17  |  OCTOBER 29, 2020

Rushing to Judgement

Yup, we’re pissed about Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. We ended up with an aggressively conservative Supreme Court with a 6-3 supermajority that doesn't reflect the political makeup of this country and was appointed by a president who lost the popular vote. This is minority rule. But, Supreme Court headlines aside, many of us don’t really understand the court systems leading up to the highest court in the land. According to Ballotpedia, there are a total of 278 state appellate court seats up for election in 2020. What does that even mean? It’s too bad Law and Order didn't prepare us well enough.

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EP 16  |  OCTOBER 26, 2020

Untangling Undocumented

In this episode of #FOTV,  Grace hosts a roundtable with a Race and Ethnic Studies graduate student and two undocumented immigrants. They examine lived experiences to see how race and law work together to erase Asian Americans from the undocumented narrative. Complicating and untangling the notion of "legal immigration", they ask the audience members to find local ways to listen to immigrant stories in their own zip codes and act as co-conspirators - more than allies. 

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EP 15  |  OCTOBER 19, 2020

Rise & Shine, Hot Planet Coming Through

In the latest VP debate, Pence admitted the climate is changing without addressing the urgency of the climate crisis we are living in. This episode is a Green New Deal 101 featuring candidates working at the state, city, and ground level to bring attention to our politicians on the climate crisis. 
 

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EP 14  |  OCTOBER 12, 2020

Beyond The Field & Off The Court

In this episode, #FOTV hosts Emmy and Kenna interview two Asian American athletes on how race and culture come to play in sports. Camryn Hamaguchi is a Japanese-American two-sport athlete in basketball and track & field at Chapman University in California. She is also Head Coach at Ironmen Basketball Club Program and Assistant Girls Varsity Coach at Kennedy High School. Jojo McIntosh is a mixed-race Black and Cambodian-American football player and a University of Washington Huskies alum. 

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EP 13  |  OCTOBER 5, 2020

Breaking (Fake) News!

Have you and your parents ever had an argument about something they read on WeChat? What about WhatsApp? In this episode, Shawna (The Yappie) and #FOTV's Helen dive into these two ethnic media platforms to discuss misinformation and why it’s important to understand it in the context of election integrity. What exactly is “misinformation” and what is being done about it? With our guests from The WeChat Project, we look at a case study of second-generation Asian Americans combating misinformation about Black Lives Matter, racism, and affirmative action. 

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EP 12  |  SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Caring in a World that Doesn't Care

We're living through a global pandemic, civil unrest, and threats to our democracy. It's necessary for young people to step up in advocating for a better future. But in doing so, we often don’t realize the stress and anxiety that can take a toll on our bodies. How can you take better care of yourself? Especially when it feels like people may not be understanding? Or that self-care is expensive and inaccessible? 

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EP 11  |  SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Slacking or Acting?

In this episode, #FOTV hosts Jessica and Grace invite an Asian American illustrator Ji Sub Jeong (@geesubay) to chat about the virality of slacktivism. Jessica dives into the design of social justice slideshows on Instagram while Grace dissects the need to perform an identity or virtue signal for capital gain. As both consumers and creators, they discuss the rise of boba liberalism in tandem with Subtle Asian Traits.  Finally, the #FOTV hosts invite the audience to take their activism off social media including conscious spending and exploring longer forms of media and new topics.

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EP 10  |  SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Minority Roots to Majority Vote, Part 2

Today, we turn to Morgan Harper, a Black woman in politics and a former grassroots candidate for Congress, to help unpack Kamala’s Black identity. After attending Tufts (BA), Princeton (MA), and Stanford (JD), she spent three years at the CFPB protecting consumers against predatory lenders and at the Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC) which invests in systematically under-resourced communities. Morgan evaluates the viewpoints of those who might feel conflicted voting for Kamala given her past as a prosecutor, and instills passion in our audience to become less complacent in civic engagement!

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EP 9  |  SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Kamala Harris: Minority Roots to Majority Vote

Kamala Harris is the new Democratic VP nominee - she’s multiracial as a half Black and half Indian woman! Can we be excited that someone who “looks like us” is up there in the political hierarchy, and perhaps we’re finally seeing the representation we need? Our Indian American friends and families are celebrating. But young people are also left wondering if we can automatically “claim” Kamala just because she has Indian heritage. We hope to better contextualize and understand the nuances behind Kamala Harris’s half Black and half Indian identity. 

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EP 8  |  AUGUST 31, 2020

Church & State

Religious beliefs have a huge role in how voters decide their stances on candidates and issues. With that in mind, should a church be playing more or less of a role in civic engagement- and what is civic engagement, really? What does that look like in practice within the Asian American church? 

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EP 7  |  AUGUST 24, 2020

Bugs in The System & Our Health

In this episode, we break down the public health perspective of COVID as it relates to universities and schools reopening this fall. Public health, as the study of disease prevention and quality of life, includes mental health. We talk about the quality of our mental health after checking-in with both ourselves and our guest, Professor Chan Thai from the Department of Communication at Santa Clara University.

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EP 6  |  AUGUST 21, 2020

Young, Scrappy, & Hungry

Doctors, dinosaurs, and the DNC? Helen asks young delegates Pratyush, Ross, Beth, Anya, Wayne, and Bianca what inspired them to become a delegate, how their families reacted or didn't, plus some takeaway lessons. Pratyush is an admirer of Andrew Yang. Wayne and Beth recall personal stories on their political organizing experiences. They also have a message for the Asian American community - contribute! Vote! Finally, a stegosaurus makes an appearance.

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EP 5  |  AUGUST 19, 2020

Live From The DNC

It's a party...from your computer! In this episode of Fresh Off the Vote, our own founder, Helen, who is serving as an at-large delegate to the DNC, talks with other young AAPI delegates. What is the role of the DNC? How is it different in 2020? Are conventions still even necessary?

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EP 4  |  AUGUST 17, 2020

AA Squared Part 2: AA Roundtable

We're switching it up! This week, we have some special bonus content for you! On this episode, we brought together a bright group of Asian-American high-school seniors and college underclassmen from various backgrounds to open up about their thoughts on affirmative action. Following the roundtable, our team also does their own debrief between the two episodes. Special thanks to Emmy, Hanh, Kevin, and Sadir for joining us!

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EP 3  |  AUGUST 10, 2020

AA Squared: AAs on Affirmative Action

We dive into affirmative action, the major misconceptions in understanding how it works, and the emotional triggers that come with the topic. Why are Chinese Americans starting to flip their stances on affirmative action (hint: WeChat)? What immigration patterns contributed to a population heavily subscribed to the benefits of a meritocracy?

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EP 2  |  AUGUST 3, 2020

Love of the Land: The Aloha 'Āina Party

In the mainland United States,third parties get no love. We discuss the significance of 3rd party emergence in Hawaii, and in the U.S. broadly defined. What goes on behind the scenes in creating a 3rd party and what are the challenges? We touch upon Hawaii’s history including the continued general trauma and systemic oppression Native Hawaiians face. How do these policies affect us now?

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EP 1  |  AUGUST 3, 2020

Election in the AM, Frat Party in the PM

College students don't vote. Whose fault is it? Is it because they're lazy? Or, perhaps, are there barriers that prevent them from showing up at the poll booths? If so, what are they?

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