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Listen to the “A is for America” Podcast with Melissa Michelson, Political Science Professor at Menlo College

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The latest episode of our podcast, “A is for America”, features an interview with Melissa Michelson, an expert on Latino voter engagement and political science professor at Menlo College. Listen below or tune in via iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app.

In the news this week were more stories from the front lines of Trump’s war on immigrants, from a detained Florida Dreamer with Down Syndrome to parents who were arrested by ICE at their son’s military funeral to a mother who was detained after taking her four-year-old son to the hospital for emergency surgery. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans have been getting behind a “Queen of the Hill” legislative maneuver for the Dream Act — but it’s all just a show unless they also push for a discharge petition or another approach that will actually force their leadership to call for a vote.

2018 is an election year, and we spoke to political science professor Melissa Michelson about what some of the best messages and techniques are for getting out the Latino vote. Professor Michelson has conducted more than 300 studies designed to boost voter outreach. Yet many candidates are still treating Latino voter outreach as an afterthought, despite the fact that there are huge gains to be made in this key growing demographic. (Her interview begins at 9:10.)

“A is for America” is a podcast which tells stories from the front lines of a changing America. Each week, we’ll be talking to advocates and experts working in immigration reform, immigrants’ rights, immigration politics, and the forefront of what it means to be a new American. Tune in next week for more.