The Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew

We’re not letting a global pandemic stop us from catching up with some of our favorite activists, journalists and authors! Every other Tuesday, Hightower sits down with a new guest to discuss the historical roots of the work we’re all passionate about, and how we can apply that rich history to the ways We the People are igniting and fanning the fires of change. 

Watch Past Episodes

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

October 6, 2020

Some of the most innovative organizing of working-class and poor people in America is happening in the South. And we know that that’s not DESPITE the political circumstances, but BECAUSE of the political circumstances there. Join Hightower and Ash-Lee Henderson of the Highlander Research & Education Center for a lively discussion of what’s working, and how hope combines with solidarity and history to make a future that works for all people.

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: George Goehl and MariaElena Fournier

September 22, 2020

It’s crunch time, y’all! We’re in the final stretch of this campaign season, and we’re about to bust some major stereotypes about what rural America holds– and how that busting leads to progressive victories. Hightower will be joined by George Goehl, director of People’s Action, one of the largest multiracial working-class people’s organizations in the country, and Maria Elena Fournier of Michigan People’s Campaign, a “deep canvasser” working to help people in small-town America rethink their views on the 2020 election. Join us to hear more about the most exciting organizing work we’re seeing today!

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Fred Harris and Teresa Leger Fernandez

August 25, 2020

Pull up a chair to Chat ‘n’ Chew with Hightower and former Senator Fred Harris, who has been spreading populist gospel in his activism and electoral work for decades. They’ll take you on the adventure of their own friendship, share the fights they’ve fought (and sometimes won!), and fill in missing chapters of America’s populist history with stories that show what progressives need to win in 2020 and beyond. They’re joined by Teresa Leger Fernandez, running for Congress in NM, who talks about the impact of the populist tradition and what it means to win NOW in 2020!

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Tom Frank

July 28, 2020

Is Donald Trump a “populist”? Are you kidding? Grab a beverage, pull up a chair, and join Hightower and celebrated writer Thomas Frank (“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” and, just out, “The People, NO”) as they chat about the origins and successes of democratic grassroots people’s movements through our country’s history – and “anti-populism,” the backlash they provoke from mainstream elites.

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Kai Wright

July 14, 2020

History has a way of repeating itself — and what can learn from that? Join Hightower and Kai Wright, host of WNYC’s “United States of Anxiety,” as they time travel to people’s rebellions through American history — and point to the lessons for *this* transformative moment. (Join ’em — with your beverage of choice!)

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Beto O’Rourke

June 30, 2020

There’s no doubt that 2020 is a critical year for voting, right? Join Hightower as he speaks with Beto O’Rourke about how his new organization, Powered By People, is doing “the tough, necessary work that wins elections” — and what we can all do to challenge the voter suppression efforts happening in states across the country.

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Diane Wilson

June 16, 2020

In our June 16 Chat n Chew, Hightower and Deanna talk with Diane Wilson, a working-class shrimper from the Texas Gulf who, in the great tradition of American citizen-rebels, challenged a giant plastics corporation over its pollution — and won. Diane’s true-life drama has more twists than a Hollywood blockbuster!

Come meet “the crazy lady,” a woman who would not back off, shut up, be intimidated, or quit. We’ll be talking direct action tactics, multi-racial coalition building, and SO much more. You can read all Diane’s story in this issue of the Lowdown.

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez

May 19, 2020

The future is INSURGENT! Join us for our next Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew, featuring founder of Jolt Action and former US Senate Candidate Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez. We’ll be chatting about the rise of progressive populism, with insurgent constituencies of “outsiders” demanding bold policies, beginning to come together, and come inside.

Happy Hour at the Hightower Chat ‘n’ Chew: Mark Dimondstein

May 5, 2020

We had such a blast with y’all last time that we’re back for happy hour again! This time, we welcome one of our favorite activists and agitators, Mark Dimondstein of APWU – The American Postal Workers Union, who is part of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. You’ve seen the attacks on the post office–now come and get the inside scoop from Mark, AND learn what actions YOU can take right now that will keep this vital lifeline of The People thriving. Do you have a favorite story about a great letter carrier or postal worker? Share them with us here in the comments, and we’ll be reading a few of them live during the chat.

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