Jenna Spinelle

@jspinelle

Writer, journalism instructor, and producer/host of the Democracy Works podcast.

jspinelle echoed Demagogues are more common than you thinkMay 21st

Are you a demagogue? 🤔 According to Patricia Roberts-Miller, you might be. If you engage in political discussions online or offline, you’l find this episode valuable.

Demagogues are more common than you think

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriouslyMay 21st

Interesting discussion of the lineage between Richard Dawkins/Christopher Hutchins and Jordan Peterson/Sam Harris. I’d never thought of it that way!

Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriously

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed What kind of news is cable news? (With Brian Stelter)May 17th

There’s a lot of truth to Brian’s notion that cable is increasingly a “conversation about the news” rather than solely reporting the news itself. I like hi optimism about what we can do once we accept that premise.

What kind of news is cable news? (With Brian Stelter)

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed 194. Jared Diamond (Historian) – Look inward, Nation May 13th

Really interesting comparisons between small scale and large scale crises, and that that means for geopolitics.

194. Jared Diamond (Historian) – Look inward, Nation

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

jspinelle echoed 276: Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in AmericaMay 10th

I learned so much in this episode! The conversation with the Mayor of Jackson was especially interesting.

276: Red in the Stars and Stripes?: A History of Socialism in America

BackStory

jspinelle echoed The constitutional crisis episodeMay 10th

Given the rhetoric in Washington right now, I’m just going to let this here 😀

The constitutional crisis episode

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed The American Family: Postponing Parenthood May 9th

Loving this series! I found the stories of motherhood in this episode particularly relatable as I grapple with some of the same decisions about having kids.

The American Family: Postponing Parenthood

After the Fact

jspinelle echoed Ask Ezra Anything 3: EndgameMay 9th

Really interesting to hear Ezra’s perspective on how he approaches the show and prepares for interviews.

Ask Ezra Anything 3: Endgame

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed Public Education, Facebook-StyleMay 6th

A good reminder that technology is not always a net positive or the answer to a problem.

Public Education, Facebook-Style

If Then | News on technology, Silicon Valley, politics, and tech policy

jspinelle echoed Ep. 322 - Bryan CranstonMay 5th

I could listen to Bryan Cranston talk all day long. Such a sense of humility from someone who has been so successful.

Ep. 322 - Bryan Cranston

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

jspinelle echoed Punch Brothers - AntifogmaticMay 4th

One of my favorite albums - it was great to hear the band talk about it!

Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic

The Breakdown

jspinelle echoed Episode 1 - The Red HerringMay 3rd

This show seems like it will be an interesting blend of marketing, history, and media theory. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the series!

Episode 1 - The Red Herring

Electronic Propaganda Society

jspinelle echoed Videomate: MenMay 2nd

This was a fun trip back in time and look at the ways dating has, and hasn’t, changed since the 1980s.

Videomate: Men

Decoder Ring

jspinelle echoed S4E2: Scraping by on 600K (w/ Rachel Sherman)May 1st

Very interesting discussion on work, wealth, and privilege. I read Rachel’s book last year and enjoyed revisiting it in this interview.

S4E2: Scraping by on 600K (w/ Rachel Sherman)

Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

jspinelle echoed What Serial taught Sarah Koenig about criminal justice — recorded live at Penn StateApr 30th

I really respect Sarah’s work as a journalist. It was great to meet her and get a peek behind the curtain on Serial.

What Serial taught Sarah Koenig about criminal justice — recorded live at Penn State

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed The Working TapesApr 28th

It was so interesting to hear how much has - and has - not changed since Studs Terkel’s recordings in the 1960s and 70s.

The Working Tapes

Radio Diaries

jspinelle echoed To Impeach Or Not To Impeach?Apr 26th

Really interesting discussion of impeachment, looking back at historical examples and what’s likely to happen between now and 2020.

To Impeach Or Not To Impeach?

Radio Atlantic

jspinelle echoed #34 — Dave Weigel (Washington Post)Apr 25th

I love Dave’s reporting and it was great to peek behind the curtain in this episode.

#34 — Dave Weigel (Washington Post)

Inside The Newsroom with Daniel Levitt

jspinelle echoed Send us your questions!Apr 25th

Do you have a question about democracy? I want to hear it!

Send us your questions!

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed Episode 3: From Ratf***ed to Unrigged: David Daley Discovers HopeApr 25th

This show is all about gerrymandering and how people are fighting back to ensure fair maps are drawn after the 2020 Census.

Episode 3: From Ratf***ed to Unrigged: David Daley Discovers Hope

Draw the Lines

jspinelle echoed Work as identity, burnout as lifestyleApr 22nd

As a workaholic, I totally identify with a lot of this episode. Now that Millennials are becoming parents, I worry how our view of work and life will influence our children.

Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed Michael Mann’s journey through the climate warsApr 22nd

I’m lucky to have one of the world’s leading climate scientists in my backyard. Sharing this episode in honor of 🌍 Day! It’s hard not to feel at least a little hopeful after listening to Michael Mann.

Michael Mann’s journey through the climate wars

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed The End of EmpathyApr 21st

Really interesting look at incel culture and how much framing a story matters!

The End of Empathy

Invisibilia

jspinelle echoed Special Edition: The Mueller Report in Under an HourApr 18th

I didn’t know I needed Ben Wittes to narrate the Mueller report, but I totally did.

Special Edition: The Mueller Report in Under an Hour

The Lawfare Podcast

jspinelle echoed E.J. Dionne on empathy and democracyApr 15th

E.J. is such a genuinely nice person, and I think it comes across in the interview. I really enjoyed his insights on argument and look forward to seeing more from his universal voting project.

E.J. Dionne on empathy and democracy

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed 28: Victoria's Secret is OutApr 13th

This was a trip down memory lane to my high school and college years. It was interesting to hear how much the company had resisted change despite the changing culture.

28: Victoria's Secret is Out

Household Name

jspinelle echoed Karen StennerApr 12th

Yascha correctly describes this as a heady interview, but it’s worth listening to for an understanding of what draws people to authoritarian leaders, and what we can do about it.

Karen Stenner

The Good Fight

jspinelle echoed #SabotagingDemocracyApr 10th

Laura and Jamie doing such good work. And, astute listeners might hear a familiar voice at the beginning of this episode 😀

#SabotagingDemocracy

The Strategerist

jspinelle echoed Inside The Fight For Free PressApr 10th

David McCraw pretty much has my dream job, but you’ll learn a lot from this interview even if you are not a media law nerd.

Inside The Fight For Free Press

Fresh Air

mm echoed 346- Palaces for the PeopleApr 8th

If you love libraries, you need to listen to this episode on why social infrastructure like libraries are so important to communities. 📚

346- Palaces for the People

99% Invisible

jspinelle echoed Doing Justice Live (with Preet Bharara)Apr 6th

Preet is so smart and well spoken. Looking forward to reading his book!

Doing Justice Live (with Preet Bharara)

Stay Tuned with Preet

jspinelle echoed Episode 170: Guest Show - Democracy WorksApr 5th

I was honored to lend our David Frum episode to No Jargon. They do great work!

Episode 170: Guest Show - Democracy Works

Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon

jspinelle echoed Episode 337: Casey NewtonApr 4th

I’ve enjoyed Casey’s work for a while now and appreciate it even more after hearing this conversation. I really like what he said about the power that journalism has to hold tech companies accountable.

Episode 337: Casey Newton

Longform

katzemoos echoed 11: Featuring the Man Who's Floor I Peed On (w/ EJ Wolborsky)Apr 3rd

this just shows what an incredible woman nicole is. how can you even face someone after you've peed on their floor. i love it and can't stop listening!

11: Featuring the Man Who's Floor I Peed On (w/ EJ Wolborsky)

Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

jspinelle echoed Are We a Democracy? with Astra TaylorApr 2nd

I interviewed Astra and wish I could have listened to this interview first! Her film “What is Democracy?” is great, too.

Are We a Democracy? with Astra Taylor

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes

koelbl echoed #152 — The Trouble with FacebookMar 31st

The current business model of Facebook - more time on the platform leads to higher profit - combined with the observation that outrage increases the time we spend on social media sites makes this a really insightful conversation.

#152 — The Trouble with Facebook

Making Sense with Sam Harris

jspinelle echoed Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist podcastMar 28th

I really appreciated Helen’s comment about the choice between reading books and listening to podcasts. I want to read all the books and listen to all the shows - the struggle is real!

Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist podcast

Podcast Brunch Club

kimwaudio echoed The EnforcerMar 28th

I’m speechless and heartbroken! If you aren’t familiar with the details of this Theranos progression and Elizabeth Holmes investigation, I highly recommend you listen to this podcast from the beginning of the series.

The Enforcer

The Dropout

jspinelle echoed Columbia University's Emily Bell: Platforms need to pay for polluting the journalism environmentMar 27th

Emily is one of the smartest people taking about the relationship between journalism and platforms, and it really comes across in this interview.

Columbia University's Emily Bell: Platforms need to pay for polluting the journalism environment

The Digiday Podcast

jspinelle echoed David Frum Makes The Case For Restricting Immigration Mar 25th

The name of the episode pretty much says it all. Worth a listen, even if you feel differently about immigration than Frum does.

David Frum Makes The Case For Restricting Immigration

The Federalist Radio Hour

km echoed Yuval Harari, author of “Sapiens,” on AI, religion, and 60-day meditation retreatsMar 22nd

I've been getting into meditation and heart rate variability training. Yuval blocks out 30 to 60 days a year for meditation and then builds his calendar around it. Super interesting and the results show in his work.

Yuval Harari, author of “Sapiens,” on AI, religion, and 60-day meditation retreats

The Ezra Klein Show

jspinelle echoed Live Weeds with Pete ButtigiegMar 21st

Mayor Pete is definitely establishing himself as the wonk candidate in 2020. And I kind of love that. 🤓

Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg

Vox's The Weeds

jspinelle echoed The future of Facebook and democracy with Casey Newton and Alex StamosMar 20th

I think a lot about the relationship between social media and democracy. This was an interesting conversation about where the platforms are coming from in their decisions.

The future of Facebook and democracy with Casey Newton and Alex Stamos

The Vergecast

jspinelle echoed Jonathan Haidt on the psychology of democracyMar 18th

I really enjoyed this conversation with Jonathan Haidt. I know he’s been on a ton of podcasts but this one is a little different than what he’s been doing lately. Would love to hear what you all think!

Jonathan Haidt on the psychology of democracy

Democracy Works

jspinelle echoed Manafort & The Retreat of Western Liberalism (with Ed Luce) Mar 15th

Ed’s book will make you depressed about the future of the world, but it’s worth a read.

Manafort & The Retreat of Western Liberalism (with Ed Luce)

Stay Tuned with Preet

jspinelle echoed #18 || The defection of a Roger Ailes warriorMar 15th

This is a really interesting concept for a show. Looking forward to digging into more episodes.

#18 || The defection of a Roger Ailes warrior

Reckonings