Elevate Podcast

Episode 114: “Maryland NAACP Youth President Isaac Allen”


This week, Candace and Tom interview Maryland NAACP Youth President, and Reservoir High School student, Isaac Allen about how the youth are responding to and participating in the Black Lives Matter movement. He discusses what inspired him to become more involved and how we should talk about race. We were excited to have another inspiring young leader on the show and are sure you’ll enjoy this one! Read More

Episode 113: “Exploring the Edu-Tech Divide with Gigi Sohn”

Gigi Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Open Markets Institute. Gigi is one of the nation’s leading public advocates for open, affordable and democratic communications networks. For thirty years, Gigi has worked across the country to defend and preserve the fundamental competition and innovation policies that have made broadband Internet access more ubiquitous, competitive, affordable, open and protective of user privacy. Read More

Episode 112: “Cartoonists Are Sheepdogs” with Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher

Join Candace and Tom for this fun, engaging, and illuminating conversation with award-winning cartoonist and political satirist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. Kal’s cartoons have been featured in over 100 publications, but has been a prominent fixture in The Economist and The Baltimore Sun for years. He discusses “the line” that cartoonists walk, and sometimes cross, when engaging their audience via the medium of political cartoons. Kal also addresses the means by which political satire can bring us together in an age of political division. Read More

Episode 111: #SharingTheMic With Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary and Stephanie Smith

Share the🎙!

While our show features a powerful woman of color on a regular basis, we wanted to take the opportunity of celebrating Juneteenth to elevate the voices of two other extraordinary women – Delegates Vanessa Atterbeary and Stephanie Smith.

The chemistry on this show would have you believe they’ve been hosting a podcast for years. Definitely check in for this candid discussion of the biggest challenges facing Maryland and our country! Read More

Episode 110: An Urgent Need for Action with Baltimore County Executive Johnny O

In 100+ shows, we’ve had plenty of elected officials make ambiguous promises about future action, but we were a little taken aback by the complete opposite here. Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. has promised urgent action in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and he means it. Read More

Episode 109: Elevate Maryland Presents: HoCo For Justice & Other Student Activists

In this special edition of the show, Candace and Tom interview six student activists, including some of the organizers of the HoCo for Justice protest in Downtown Columbia. They share their view on current events, thoughts on what it means to act as an “ally”, and where they want to see change in Howard County schools and government. This will be the show everyone is talking about for months, if not years, to come. Read More

Episode 108: “Trump’s Dangerous Ethics” with CREW’s Deputy Director Donald Sherman

Candace and Tom interview Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Deputy Director Donald Sherman about his organization’s work to ensure more transparent and ethical government.  In particular, Donald talks about their FOIA request to Attorney General Barr’s office regarding the disbersement of protesters in front of the White House and CREW’s recent victory in the 4th Circuit emoluments case. Read More

Episode 107: “Treat People’s Needs as Holy” with Leah Daughtry


In this interview with Rev. Leah Daughtry we discussed the tragic killings and harassment of people of color across this country as well as the opportunity to heal. In the course of that interview, Rev. Daughtry called on the white community to work harder to take on the difficult conversations related to race and racism.

Rev. Daughtry also may have signed on a new mentee! Read More

Episode 106: Improving the Process with Montgomery Council-Member Andrew Friedson

Candace and Tom interview Montgomery County Council-member Andrew Friedson about his fiscal note legislation, equity in governance, and budget priorities. He also discusses the Council’s advocacy for the continued allowance of alcohol sales by delivery. Read More

Episode 105: “Satire in the Age of Trump” with The Daily Show’s Zhubin Parang

In this episode, Candace and Tom sit down with Zhubin Parang, producer and writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He discusses the process of deciding what to cover and whether they consider themselves an appropriate source of “news”. Zhubin also discussed his path from a big law firm to one of the most important comedy shows of our generation. Read More

Episode 104: “Prepared Fierce” with Cecilia Munoz


In this interview, Candace and Tom sit down with President Obama’s Domestic Policy Advisor and author Cecilia Munoz to discuss her new book “More Than Ready”. In this discussion, we hit on the importance of elevating the voices of women and people of color. We also hit on the idea that the progressive movement sometimes masks important discussions about real inclusion and empowerment.  Cecilia also has advice for how to moderate among competing egos and personalities.  This is not an interview you’ll want to miss. Read More

Episode 103: “Love Will Save the Day” with Wes Moore

Candace and Tom interview author, philanthropist, and community activist Wes Moore about his new book “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City”, which was co-authored with Erica L. Green. In this discussion, Wes describes the many manifestations of poverty and inequity, including the uprising of 2015. He talks about how his experience has guided his work and the importance of “proximity” when trying to do the work of social justice. Read More

Episode 102: The “Essential Moral Gesture” with Dan Porterfield, President & CEO of The Aspen Institute


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Dan Porterfield, the President & CEO of The Aspen Institute about his career in higher education, his Baltimore roots, and where he believes we should be investing during this time of crisis. He also explains why he sees education as the “essential moral gesture” our society offers to its members and must be protected in times of limited resources. Read More

Episode 101: “What’s Dividing the Progressive Movement? Housing – An Interview with Randy Shaw”

In this interview, Candace and Tom talk with housing activist and author Randy Shaw about how progressive jurisdictions across the country are divided over the subject of housing. They discuss his new book, Generation Priced Out, and the generational divide that is exacerbating the high cost of housing. Mr. Shaw also touches on some of the opportunities provided by the COVID-19 crisis to help restaurants thrive and provide more people-centric cities. Read More

Episode 100: Elevate Maryland’s 100th Show with County Executive Calvin Ball

A party in podcast form! Candace and Tom celebrate their 100th show by welcoming County Executive Calvin Ball back for his fourth appearance. They discuss Howard County’s response to COVID-19, the FY2021 Budget, Howard County’s new online dashboard, and the importance of every citizen completing the 2020 Census! The County Executive had a surprise up his sleeve for the end, which you won’t want to miss!

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Episode 99: “Look for the Helpers: Nonprofits and Citizens Respond to COVID-19”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Mister Rogers

In this episode of Elevate Maryland, Candace and Tom sit down with the “helpers” to find out what they’re doing to address the socio-economic crisis that has accompanied and, in many cases, has been revealed by COVID-19: Read More

Episode 98: “Howard County Schools & Remote Learning With Dr. Michael Martirano”


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Howard County School Superintendent Michael Martirano about the roll-out of Howard County’s remote learning program. He explained the timeline for getting things set up, the measures put in place to ensure consistency in learning, and how HCPSS is reaching its most vulnerable students. Dr. Martirano also addresses last fall’s redistricting process and how the school system is continuing to prepare for the reassignment of schools next year. Read More

Episode 97: “Health Disparities, Equity, and COVID-19” With Dr. Shawn Bediako


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview UMBC professor Dr. Shawn Bediako about health disparities made apparent by COVID-19 that are rooted in systemic racism. He also discusses concerns related to the stigma of those who have had the virus and recover. Read More

Episode 96: “College in the Age of COVID-19”


In this episode, Candace and Tom sit down with four college students to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their college experience, how they are coping with this disruption, and the advice they would give to students about to enter college in the Fall. This is a can’t miss show. Our future is bright. Read More

Episode 95: “Racial Dynamics of COVID-19” With Delegate Nick Mosby


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Delegate Nick Mosby about his efforts to get data on the racial dynamics and geographic impacts of COVID-19. In particular, Delegate Mosby discusses how Baltimore has been uniquely impacted by this pandemic and policy prescriptions that should be implemented to respond to the needs of city residents. Read More

Episode 94: “Equity in Remote Education” With Dr. John B. King, Jr.

As school districts across the country implement remote learning practices, former Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King, Jr. has sounded the alarm on ensuring that the under-privileged and left behind are not excluded from the opportunities of public education. Read More