It’s here! The first season of eTown’s PurpleState podcast has arrived, just in time for fall, pumpkin everything, and - oh yeah - the midterm elections! Listen online below, or find/follow us on your favorite podcast app by searching eTown’s PurpleState. Check back on Saturdays through November for future episodes and extras.

Episode 1: We The Purple

eTown’s PurpleState Episode 1, We the Purple, explores the structural, historical, and cultural forces that have contributed to political division in America, centering on the esoteric question, “Umm… how the f*** did we end up here?!” It’s an epic journey, covering important topics such as Congress, the Judiciary, Money, the Media, Humanity, and Eggplants. (Nick says they’re out, by the way.)

The show was recorded live at eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado on Wed. August 29, 2018, featuring a conversation moderated by eTown's host, Nick Forster, with: 

  • Judge Jean Dubofsky, pioneering attorney and first woman justice elected to the Colorado Supreme Court;

  • Nick Troiano, civic entrepreneur and Executive Director of the independent political committee, UniteAmerica;

  • Carla Fredericks, Director of CU's American Indian Law Program and Indian Law Clinic; and

  • Anand Edward Sokhey, CU Assoc. Prof of Political Science

Check out commentary, references, and resources for this episode on the Etc. page.

You can watch the video featured in this podcast, where our producer Ali Lighfoot asks kids in the small town of Paonia, Colorado, what they want the future to hold by clicking here. (And please share your own pics and videos of the kids in your world by using the hashtag #NextGenPurple and tagging us at @TeamPurpleState!)

eTown’s PurpleState Podcast Season 1, Episode 1, “We the Purple”