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The Pledge Podcast

Allison Daskal Hausman

The Pledge Podcast explores political activism through short audio portraits. We call it The Pledge because it celebrates activism as a commitment to the hard work of democracy. Making this pledge means taking risks, speaking out, working hard and fi...Show More

05:53 | Jul 11th

The Pledge asks people on the street about their pledges to work for our democracy. We also bring you an update on plans for Season Two!

29:38 | Jun 27th

For this second episode of the mini-bonus season of the Pledge, we’re going to hear an interview with Dr. Joyce Ladner, from the podcast Democracy Works. Democracy Works, created by The McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University, ...Show More
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22:49 | Jun 9th

In the first episode of our bonus mini-season of the Pledge, Allison shares her own story of activism in the 2018 midterm elections. Using audio diary entries along with interviews with friends who shared the journey, Allison explores the highs, lows...Show More

01:09 | May 30th

The Pledge announces three bonus episodes for our listeners to be released in June - stay tuned!

14:46 | Apr 28th

Mary Wilson spent most of her life keeping her thoughts under wraps, only taking them out on the piano keys. After her husband was unjustly laid off she realized it was time to speak her mind. A self-defined "feisty old broad", Mary is not afraid to ...Show More

17:28 | Apr 14th

Nancy Deabler, a traditional White, Southern woman, breaks every stereotype. She demonstrates what it means to link her liberal politics to her Christian values, and to have these values inform every part of her life. Nancy reminds us that we have to...Show More

16:16 | Mar 31st

Listen to The Pledge as Ashley tells her story of the ongoing struggle for equal rights and justice in the footsteps of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights.

16:20 | Mar 18th

Episode Three of The Pledge tells the story of Oni. A resident of one of Birmingham’s poorest neighborhoods, Oni regularly visits barbershops and strip clubs to speak with members of the community where they congregate, to inform then of their rights...Show More

15:02 | Mar 4th

Episode Two introduces us to Stacie Propst, the Director of Emerge Alabama, who is training and supporting a generation of first-time woman candidates in Alabama. Growing up Stacie fit in well with her anti-feminist republican peers, but she sensed s...Show More

18:53 | Feb 17th

Episode One of The Pledge tells the story of Elizabeth, who found her political voice in the Alabama special election for Senate and just keeps fighting for change. Listen as we explore what motivates this inspiring and tireless activist, and follow ...Show More

03:00 | Jan 30th

In this pilot episode we introduce The Pledge Podcast and meet host Allison Daskal Hausman. We are also introduced to some of the inspiring Alabama activists who will be featured in Season One.