Elevate Podcast

Episode 124: “HoCo’s Progressive SMOB” Zach Koung

This week, Candace and Tom interview the Howard County Student Member of the Board of Education Zach Koung.  They discuss whether students support having police in schools, how students are receiving remote education, and mental health.  Read More

Episode 123: “Authentic Advocacy” with JOTF’s Caryn York

Our shows are always just a little better when we have our friends on. We think that shows through in this interview with JOTF’s Executive Director Caryn York. Of greatest interest is how she describes how important authenticity is to her work, both in the “board room” and in the community.

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Episode 121: “Optimism, Patriotism, and One Billion Americans” with Matthew Yglesias

What if the only way for the United States to maintain dominance as a world super-power in the 21st century would be to add 600 million people? That’s the premise of Matthew Yglesias’s new book One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger. In this episode, Candace and Tom discuss this idea, the patriotism implicit in the conversation, and why Matt still has hope that America’s best days may be in front of us. We also discuss more local issues such as why building more housing is both important and, often, politically impossible.

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Episode 120: “Behind the English Ivy” with Baltimore City Council-Member Ryan Dorsey


In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Baltimore City Council-member Ryan Dorsey about his views on Baltimore police, Kimberly Klacik’s city-wide attack ad, and renaming Baltimore’s Columbus obelisk. Ryan also touched on the criticisms of “single party rule” and why he thinks the emergence of another political party in Baltimore may be good for the city. Read More

Episode 119: “ElectionPalooza” w/Baltimore Positive & A Miner Detail

This happened this week. Nestor J. Aparicio and I are very excited about joining the teams from Elevate Maryland and A Miner Detail to talk all things Election 2020. – Don Mohler Read More

Episode 118: “Most Egregious Case of Police Corruption in US History” with Brandon Soderberg


Must listen for a must read. In this episode, Candace and Tom sit down with Brandon Soderberg, one of the co-authors of “I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad”, which covers the rise and fall of the corrupt Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force led by police officer Wayne Jenkins. Soderberg discusses the manner in which the criminal justice system enables and protects corruption, including the complicity of city prosecutors.
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Episode 117: Honoring Black Philanthropy Month with the Women’s Giving Circle

August is Black Philanthropy Month. In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Malynda Madzel and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz about the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and the importance of philanthropic inclusion. #BPM2020 #WGCBPM2020 #OurGivingOurStories Read More

Episode 116: “Housing 14,000 with Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership’s Adria Crutchfield”

In this episode, Candace and Tom interview Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership’s Executive Director Adria Crutchfield. The BHRP is dedicated to providing housing for lower income families in “safe, healthy, and economically vibrant communities.” Adria discusses many of the obstacles to obtaining such housing and the means by which the BHRP provides subsidies to live in such areas. Read More

Episode 115: “Facts, Truths, and Realities” with Delegate Marc Korman

Candace and Tom return from hiatus for this wide-ranging interview with Delegate Marc Korman, who represents Montgomery County’s 16th District. They discuss the decision on whether to hold a Special Session, COVID-19 tests from South Korean, and Delegate Korman’s successful effort to have archived editions of the Maryland Manual posted online. He even brought back the long lost tradition of host gifts! Read More

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