Start Me Up with Kimberley A. Johnson

Hosted by blogger and author Kimberley A. Johnson.'Start Me Up' isn't just any other podcast. I'm willing to call BS when I see it and I don't care if it's coming from a rightwinger or a self-professed bleedingheart liberal. I'm not always politically correct and I'm a huge fan of loose talk and salty language. Sarcasm is guaranteed and political correctness will be at a minimum. This podcast is for anyone who wants to listen to compelling conversations with a variety of guests about current events and controversial topics.

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Start Me Up: Artist Adam Stone
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Start Me Up: Ben Cohen - Editor of 'The Banter'...
Ben Cohen, the editor of The Banter, joins me to talk about politics and what it was like to have a toddler during COVID. (In case: this show was recorded in advance and I may have said on the podcast that it would be released on a different date. If so, please ignore.) Ben is an awesome guest and we had a great time. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Election Analyst Rachel Bitecofer
Rachel Bitecofer is a political scientist and an elections analyst. She's also a badass.  Topics: The discouraging Census news; what Democrats have to do to win this "war" with Republicans. Rachel talks about her project StrikePac.com and how voters can help her fight that war. Really good stuff in this interview. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Greg Olear
Greg Olear is back! YAY! Topics: Some people who are afraid of side effects are skipping the second dose of the vaccine; Biden's first 100 days (he's kicking ass); Greg has an interesting take on who the 2024 GOP nominee might be and it's not Trump; there is reason to hope and Merrick Garland will likely be a very effective AG. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Author/Lawyer Teri Kanefield
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Start Me Up: Sarah Wood
Show Topics: The trial of Derek Chauvin came to a close; cops are still murdering unarmed black Americans; the debate over "Defund" the police slogan, and how electing Democrats is the only way we will see progress. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Eric Garland
Eric Garland is an Intelligence analyst and strategist. He's the host of the Game Theory Today Podcast and we had a lot of fun! Topics: Traitors are going to prison; why Democrats have reason to hope.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Sex Positive OB/GYN Dr. Leah Torres
Dr. Leah Torres is a sex-positive OB/Gyn promoting high-quality care and evidence-based medicine. Topics: Sex positivity; the best approach when talking to children about sex; what it's like being a doctor who performs abortions (in red states) and so much more!  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Jody Hamilton
Jody Hamilton, the host of the From The Bunker podcast is back! Topics: Covid vaccines, Los Angeles, earthquakes, kittens, Matt Gaetz and the future of the GOP. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Chris Hahn
Chris Hahn is a progressive pundit and the host of the Aggressive Progressive.  He also hosts a syndicated radio show and works as a  political consultant and attorney based in New York. He has made numerous national television appearances on a variety of political, pop culture and public policy topics. Topics: Matt Gaetz (is toast); GOP is dying; the future of Roe v. Wade, expanding the courts, Trump/prison; vaccines and dads talking to their daughters about sex. So much fun today! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Democratic Candidate & Actor Bruno...
Bruno Amato has been a working actor for the past 20 years and is a proud member of the SAG/AFTRA union. He's a Democrat running against Kevin McCarthy in California’s 23rd District. We talked about his military service, his time as an ironworker, his acting career and why he decided to challenge Kevin McCarthy. We both had a really good time and you will, too if you listen! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Melissa Walker
Melissa Walker is an author of 10 novels for young adults and children. A former magazine editor, she now enjoys gathering people together to share stories about how they can pool their resources and change the balance of power in state legislatures.  Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times and Teen Vogue. We talked about how voters can make a massive impact by joining forces with friends and family and focusing on state reps. Local politics has an enormous effect on laws that affect our lives and it's easier than you may think to make a real, positive difference. No matter how politically informed you may be, there's probably something in this show you may not be aware of. Information is power!  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Jared Yates Sexton
Jared is a political analyst and author. We had a productive conversation about white supremacy and how it's taken over the Republican Party--and how abortion plays a role. Jared offers important insights as well as ways to combat it -- good news!  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Andrew Laufer, Esq
Andrew Laufer is a Civil Rights attorney and he specializes in Police Brutality, False Arrest, Malicious Prosecution. Topics: There's a decent chance Trump lands in prison.  Junior is likely in trouble, too. Tucker Carlson is a white supremacist; Candace Owens is a grifter and Andrew weighs in on what will happen with our beloved democracy. Such a great conversation!  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Amanda Sowards
Writer Amanda Sowards returns for more lively discussion on the world's most pressing issues. (yes, I'm sarcastic.) Topics: Things are opening up, there's light at the end of the COVID tunnel but getting back to a new version of normal is kinda weird. Patriarchy palooza: Andrew Cuomo and the debate about whether he should step down, Woody Allen is a repugnant child rapist and American culture still allows pedophiles, rapists and predators to get away with all of it--and get standing ovations. Amanda and I like to talk and we sure had a lot to talk about today! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: John Pavlovitz
John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. Topics: the overall political climate...how people are feeling and what needs to be done; political fatigue; combating white supremacy, how to handle MeToo when politicians are accused of sexual misconduct, and more! I love comments. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Brooklyn Dad Defiant
Majid M. Padelan A.K.A. Brooklyn Dad Defiant is back!. He's the author of The Liddle'est President and he's funny, authentic, and a great conversationalist. Topics: Racist Royals; white supremacy is rising all over the globe; $15min wage; the Democrats passed a massive relief bill and much, much more!  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Sarah Wood
Sarah Wood is back and we had fun! Topics: Is it cancel culture or consequence culture? Either way, it is capitalism at work. What will happen to the Republican Party--will they split or unify? There was a failed coup...could a successful coup be next? Democrats need to work on selling the party values and so much more! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: Cheri Jacobus
Cheri Jacobus is a nationally recognized political strategist who used to be a moderate Republican but switched to Independent when Trump got the Republican nomination. She's a pundit, a writer, a podcaster, and the executive producer of "America Reads The Mueller Report." Topics: Finding an appointment for the COVID vaccine is like the Hunger Games; the future of the GOP, CPAC's stage in the shape of a Nazi symbol; how the media is failing us, the fall of The Lincoln Project (Cheri was right about them) and Trump might go to prison.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Start Me Up: David T-Rex Ferguson
Be a fly on the wall and listen to two friends chatting about life.
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Start Me Up: Amanda Sowards
Amanda Sowards is a writer and she's also a friend! Today's topics: Amanda has received both COVID vaccine doses and described her experience; Donald is having a really bad day; stop worrying about offending Nazis; the Allen V Farrow documentary; rape culture, and so much more! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Abortion Debate With Libertarian Joe Walsh
A liberal feminist and a conservative Libertarian debate abortion
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Teri Kanefield
Teri always makes me feel better
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Nick Knudsen - Demcast
Political engagement is everything
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Greg Olear
Greg Olear, the author of Dirty Rubles, returns for another entertaining and informative conversation. Greg is currently writing a five-part-series about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and we discuss it, as well as Merrick Garland, this week's Senate impeachment hearing, Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox, Giuliani, and Fox anchors, and so much more. Greg is always a good time. Also, I love comments. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Rebecca Sive
Rebecca Sive is the author of Vote Her In and Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide To Winning Any--Office. Show topics: the significance of having a woman serve as VP; the importance of electing women and how we can elect more; AOC was mocked and dismissed by some men on Twitter after she admitted she's been sexually assaulted, however, more and more men are calling out the sexists; how the pandemic hurts working women and what may happen as a result of next week's impeachment trial. A good show. Also, I love comments.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Jody Hamilton
Jody Hamilton, the host of the From The Bunker podcast is back! Topics: First a little fun and personal stuff and then politics. Democrats need to be bold with messaging; GOP is basically dead and Jody shares some optimism about Trump's impeachment trial next week. We always have a great time. Listen and you will, too! I love comments See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Ex-MAGA David Weissman
Former Trump supporter (now Democrat) David Weissman returns and we chatted about the latest news. He's working with the Lincoln Project and I expressed my concerns about that group. David was able to put some of my fears to rest ( at least for now). Also discussed: GOP is carrying on Trump's disastrous legacy; Trump has destroyed the GOP and now they're trying to stop the party from splitting; the importance of progressives and moderates finding common ground. David shares why he's running for office as a Democrat and why he's uniquely qualified to talk with Trump supporters.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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James Reynolds
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Kirk Acevedo
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Glenn Kirschner
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Charles Johnson
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Randy Bryce
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Greg Olear
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Jody Hamilton
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Steph Walton
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Bob Cesca
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Danny Deraney
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David TRex Ferguson
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Kiersten Warren
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John Pavlovitz
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Jennifer Cohn
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Greg Olear
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Political Analyst Drexel Heard
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Jody Hamilton
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Climate Activist Josh Fox
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Jody Hamilton
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Dana Goldberg
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Texas Dem Candiate Hank Gilbert
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Chrissy Stroop
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Malynda Hale
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Greg Olear
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Teri Kanefield
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Mary Trump
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Fred Guttenberg
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Glenn Kirschner
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Noel Casler
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Rob Anderson
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Alex Mohajer and Jonathan Welch
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Brooklyn Dad Defiant Returns
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Hal Sparks
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Jody Hamilton
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Comedian Jen Kirkman
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Khary Penebaker
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Texas Dem Candidate Hank Gilbert
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David Pepper
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Steph Walton
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Nick Knudsen of DemCastUSA
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Jared Yates Sexton
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Cheri Jacobus
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Travis Akers
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Jody Hamilton is Back!
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Actor Jim Piddock
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Teri Kanefield
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Greg Olear
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Author Ann Werner
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Julian E. Zelizer
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Former Justice Department Prosecutor Michael J....
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Brooklyn Dad Defiant
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Sarah Wood
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David 'T-Rex' Ferguson
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John Pavlovitz
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Frangela!
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Glenn Kirschner
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Kathy Griffin
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Political Stratgegist Cheri Jacobus
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Writer Amanda Sowards
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Political Strategist Adam Parkohmenko
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Publicist Danny Deraney
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Lorraine Devon Wilke
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Sarah Wood
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Feminist Next Door
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Randy Bryce
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Kimberley and Steph together Again
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Sarah Wood Returns
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The Banter's Ben Cohen
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Rob Sullivan - The Power of The Positive
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Rob Anderson - Democratic Candidate In Louisiana
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Teri Kanefield on Oligarchy v. Democracy
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Actor Diedrich Bader
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