Episode for June 25, 2021

Christian Finnegan and Rachel Bitecofer Episode 379

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Starting at 3:35 Christian Finnegan  is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor based in New York City. Finnegan is perhaps best known as one of the original panelists on VH1‘s Best Week Ever and as Chad, the only white roommate in the “Mad Real World” sketch on Comedy Central‘s Chappelle’s Show. Additional television appearances as himself or performing stand up have included “Conan”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “Would You Rather…with Graham Norton”, “Good Afternoon America” and multiple times on The Today Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and on History‘s I Love the 1880s. He hosted TV Land’s game show “Game Time”. As an actor, Finnegan portrayed the supporting role of “Carl” in the film Eden Court, a ticket agent in “Knight and Day” and several guest roles including a talk show host on “The Good Wife“. In October 2006, Finnegan’s debut stand up comedy CD titled Two For Flinching was released by Comedy Central Records, with a follow-up national tour of college campuses from January to April 2007. “Au Contraire!” was released by Warner Bros. Records in 2009. His third special “The Fun Part” was filmed at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston on April 4, 2013 and debuted on Netflix on April 15, 2014.

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 Rachel Bitecofer is a nationally-recognized election forecaster, analyst you can follow her research at The Cycle-On Substack where you can also find her podcast The Election Whisperer. Her innovative theory of elections, known as the negative partisanship model, successfully predicted the outcomes of the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election months in advance, arguing that in the polarized era, election outcomes are determined by the partisan composition of the electorate, which itself is determined by voter turnout motivated by negative partisanship.

Rachel is now running STRIKE PAC which modernizes Democratic messaging & electioneering. We have one ideology: winning Democratic elections. Strike Back with STRIKE PAC

Rachel delivers her innovative election forecasting analysis on her media website The Cycle as well as on The Election Whisperer, where she analyzed the 2020 cycle and interviewed political headline-makers such as The Lincoln Project’s Rick Wilson, former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, and other political heavy-hitters like Congressman Joaquin Castro, Mary Trump and Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action. She also serves as a senior adviser to The Lincoln Project.

Her fresh voice, backed by the power of data and a deep understanding of contemporary political behavior and psychology has made her a regular contributor to MSNBC, Sky News, CBC, The BBC, and Realtime with Bill Maher. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe New RepublicThe Guardian, and MarketWatch. She’s also been a guest on prominent and diverse podcasts that include The Michael Steele Podcast, Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart, The New Yorker, and The Bulwark Podcast. Responding to her exciting appearances and presentations, audiences have declared, “I have a new Rachel in my life! We’re so grateful she’s added her inimitable spirit and formidable database to our show.”

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