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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re not an undecided voter. But if you don’t want Donald Trump to become president again, between now and November you’ll need to convince as many as you can to cast their ballot for Joe Biden.

With the help of some of the smartest strategists, pollsters, and organizers in politics today, host Jon Favreau explores the minds of voters who will decide the 2024 election, and gives you everything you need to persuade the persuadables in your life.

Season 4 launches on Sunday, May 26.
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The Wilderness is a documentary from Crooked Media and Two-Up Productions about the history and future of the Democratic Party. Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau tells the story of a party finding its way out of the political wilderness through conversations with strategists, historians, policy experts, organizers, and voters. In fifteen chapters, the series explores issues like inequality, race, immigration, sexism, foreign policy, media strategy, and how Democrats can build a winning majority that lasts. Coming July 16th.
How did we get here? The history of the Democratic Party, from its birth in the 1820s through the election of Barack Obama. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wildernessFor a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 2: The Change

Chapter 2: The Change

2018-07-1641:11

What is Barack Obama’s legacy? A closer look at how an historic presidency shaped the party and the country. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wildernessFor a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Why did Democrats lose the 2016 election? The candidates, campaigns, and conditions that led to America’s worst person becoming president.  Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness
Chapter 4: The Voters

Chapter 4: The Voters

2018-07-1653:11

How do we fix what’s wrong with the Democratic Party? Focus groups of Democratic voters in Texas and Michigan, along with thousands of callers, offer their views.  Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
How do we fight for justice and equality in the face of racism? The struggle to break the cycle of progress and backlash that defines race and politics in America. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this show, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 6: The Big We

Chapter 6: The Big We

2018-07-3042:35

How can Democrats build a multiracial coalition that adds up to an electoral majority? A discussion about whether it’s necessary or possible to win back voters we’ve lost. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 7: The Newcomers

Chapter 7: The Newcomers

2018-08-0601:02:251

What’s the best way to fight for a humane immigration policy? Immigration advocates talk about the decisions that shaped the debate and where we go from here. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 8: The 1%

Chapter 8: The 1%

2018-08-1341:33

Why do we have an historic level of inequality in this country? The economic transformations and political decisions that have diminished the American Dream. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
What does a bold, progressive economic agenda look like? Policy experts talk about the big ideas that can shape the Democratic Party’s platform. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 10: The Blob

Chapter 10: The Blob

2018-08-2052:281

How can Democrats avoid conventional thinking on foreign policy? A discussion about what a new era of American leadership might look like. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 11: The Filter

Chapter 11: The Filter

2018-08-2701:06:51

How can Democrats break through in today’s media environment? A strategy for rethinking the way we communicate with the public. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 12: The Party

Chapter 12: The Party

2018-09-0359:18

How democratic should the Democratic Party be? The evolving relationship between party leaders and grassroots organizers. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wildernessFor a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 13: The Bench

Chapter 13: The Bench

2018-09-1046:47

How can we recruit a new generation of winning candidates? Three young, recently-elected Democrats talk about what it’s like to run for office. Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wildernessFor a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 14: The Ceiling

Chapter 14: The Ceiling

2018-09-1701:03:09

What are the unique challenges facing women in politics? A first-time candidate who’s running to be a state legislator tells her story. Learn more:www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wilderness
In the series finale, Barack Obama and Jon Favreau have a conversation on the story we need to tell about America. What should the Democratic Party’s message be in 2018? Learn more: www.thewildernesspodcast.com The Wilderness with Jon Favreau is presented by Honey. Join for free at www.joinhoney.com/wildernessFor a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Jon Favreau looks for the path to victory in 2020 by talking to voters, strategists, organizers, and candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election.
Chapter 1: The Stakes

Chapter 1: The Stakes

2020-01-1343:03

What can the 2018 midterms teach us about 2020? A deep dive into how the Blue Wave shapes the race against Donald Trump and the path to 270.For a transcript of this show, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Chapter 2: The Northeast

Chapter 2: The Northeast

2020-01-1352:161

How can grassroots organizers flip a red state? We talk to women who are trying to turn Pennsylvania blue and defeat Susan Collins, and sit down with a focus group of disaffected Democrats outside of Philadelphia.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
Are the Sunbelt’s suburbs key to victory in November? We talk to Romney-Clinton voters in Arizona and follow a candidate who’s trying to flip her changing district.For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/thewilderness.
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eastman

🧢🧢🧢

Apr 21st
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Edwin Perez

Hi how are you

May 27th
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Billy Shields

Well, no need for this podcast to have ever aired, y'all proved the only way to beat Trump was to cheap and boy did y'all! Trump worked hard to get this country back into shape and it had taken biden a few months to tear this country down and apart. all of you out there believing all this BS that's being delt out might wanna get that sheep wool out of your eyes and ears and start seeing the truth before it's completely too late and this country is completely ran into the dirt! you might wanna ask all your other x- sheep how they came about the truth and came over to the light.

Jul 8th
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Carmen Sofia Amaral

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Nov 11th
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Kalanda Hoffman

What a bunch of sh#×#!t .hes the best President in americas history .how have you missed this. stop the brain. wash !

Oct 10th
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Kalanda Hoffman

how could you want Biden to be president ??? crazy !

Oct 10th
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Jan Hessel Veurink

Hi! Will there be more episodes coming? Really enjoyed listening to both seasons.

Apr 13th
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Derek Reynolds

way to calmly spew lies

Feb 22nd
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Regina Magid

yes! "tell me what to do": exactly. so glad Vote Save America is back

Jan 29th
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BC

I really like the lady who's running, she sounds like she genuinely cares about what people want and being a teacher isn't easy work either.

Jan 26th
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Matthew Nelson

I don't imagine anyone is taking down the Trump Train!!!!!

Jan 22nd
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Lou D

Why don't you folks check out the Walk Away movement and listen to their stories?

Jan 21st
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Alex Mercedes

thank you!! inspiring!

Jan 14th
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podcastjunkie

I am in the same boat as that woman who didn't understand politics. Civics and all that need to be taught and talked about and made as simple as possible for people everywhere to understand.

Jan 14th
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Michael Mercado

while looking for a new podcast to listen to. i came across this one. i thought to myself. "the Wilderness" sounds like something i may enjoy. then i read the first description talking about Trump. let's just say a wilderness podcast with political undertone is a great way to turn away new listener's. needless to say i will not give your podcast a chance.

Jan 14th
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Tatyana Noyb

Inspiring! Sounds like a LOT of work.

Jan 14th
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Accordionbabe

Just what is desparately needed. Very well presented. Top tier podcast. Well balanced an a necessary educational tool. Thank you.

Jan 14th
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Philly Burbs

Love your podcasts! Just an FYI the background music is a little too loud. It's very hard to hear the speech filter through the music especially if your 50+. 😊

Jan 13th
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Philly Burbs

17:41 We were only talking to ourselves! Which PA counties? Maybe I missed it.

Jan 13th
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hamptonsjoy

I am a democrat. I have always been a democrat & I am still with her. Bernie is not a democrat, & I don't begrudge him that, but I resent that his backers chose to not vote so they could express their displeasure. Accept your responsibility in us being where we are & that Donald Trump is where he is because of the choices that were made in Nov 2016. But most of all, remember that Bernie needs us as much as we need him to beat Trump in 2020. It behooves us all to keep that in mind and to not let media control the narrative or dictate who actually gets coverage (looking right at Mayor Pete being exalted by the press while having no experience, having an atrocious record with women & minorities, having worked for McKinsey, and basically being a Republican, #justsaying). Vote w/ your heart in the primary. The shut the f*ck up and Vote Blue No Matter Who in the general. It really is that simple.

Jan 13th
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