Episode for September 2, 2021
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3:40 Lala Wu is Co-Founder and Director of Engagement & Partnerships at the Sister District Project, a national grassroots organization founded in the wake of the 2016 election with the goal of strengthening democratic majorities in the states to build progressive power nationwide. Since its founding, it has grown continuously to ~45,000 members and 100+ active teams and affiliates, each of which are “sistered” with 2-4 state legislative candidates for support each year. In total, Sister District has endorsed 57 races in 11 strategic states, raising over $1.8m in grassroots donations directly for candidates, as well as reaching out to over 2m voters via phone calls, doors, texts, and postcards. In 2020, Sister District is focused on races where it is our last chance to elect a Democrat who will help to redraw district lines in 2021. At Sister District, Lala has successfully led the expansion of the organization’s national volunteer infrastructure, as well as the development of strategic partnerships with national and local organizations. Prior to Sister District, she clerked for federal judges in the Northern District of California and the District of Massachusetts, and served as an associate in the environment and energy group at the law firm Morrison & Foerster. Lala is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and U.C. Berkeley, School of Law.
31:15 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.