Transcripts (9)

MINISODE: How Little Miss Flint Mari Copeny is tackling America’s water crisis

The Deciding Decade with Pete Buttigieg

  • 4 months ago
  • 19:19

In the years since the Flint water crisis began, the Michigan city is still grappling with the aftermath. Many have gotten involved and stepped up to offer support, including some of the community's youngest members. For the final episode in our series of conversations with youth leaders, Pete talks to our youngest guest yet: Mari Copeny, also known as Little Miss Flint, is a 13-year-old water rights activist who rose to international fame when, at age 8, she fought to help her hometown by organizing a mass bottled water drive. To date, she has donated over one million bottles of water and raised over $500,000 for school supplies for Flint-area families affected by the contaminated water.

Eva Longoria on engaging Latinos to vote and fighting for farmworkers' rights

The Deciding Decade with Pete Buttigieg

  • 4 months ago
  • 41:01

From the beginning, the Latino community has been a vital part of America's story and now represents the fastest growing demographic group in America. Leaders across the nation in politics, advocacy and entertainment are working to expand opportunity and build empowerment for Latinos so that everyone has a chance to benefit from and fully contribute to American life. Actress Eva Longoria joins Pete to discuss her work mobilizing and engaging Latinos to vote, why farmworkers should be considered essential workers, and the value of increasing opportunities for Latinas in STEM fields.

MINISODE: 15-year-old Marley Dias on her push to diversify children's literature

The Deciding Decade with Pete Buttigieg

  • 5 months ago
  • 26:36

It's important, but not often prioritized, that younger generations see themselves in the stories before them. Are there characters who have similar backgrounds, characteristics, and experiences to them? Do they see their families and neighborhoods reflected in what they read? Too often, the answer is no. But at 15, Marley Dias has already done a lot to change that. In 2015, she launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive to collect and donate 1,000 children’s books featuring Black female protagonists. To date, she’s collected over 12,000 books. Continuing our series of conversations with youth leaders, Pete talks to Marley about the lack of diversity in children's books, the importance of representation in the classroom, and the surprising pattern in the books she found.

Susan Rice on rebuilding trust and the future of our foreign policy

The Deciding Decade with Pete Buttigieg

  • 7 months ago
  • 34:23

Restoring the credibility of the United States and repairing our reputation around the world will be an urgent task for the next administration and an ongoing effort in the years to come. It will be daunting but it is exceptionally important, not just for America's future, but the world's. One person who understands this well is Susan Rice, a longtime respected diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and was President Obama's National Security Advisor. She joins Pete to discuss this issue and what the next generation of diplomatic service might look like, reflect on leadership and how to overcome challenges, and talk about how to restore the trust our government once inspired around the world. 

Colin Jost on comedy’s role in 2020 and leaving SNL

The Deciding Decade with Pete Buttigieg

  • 7 months ago
  • 38:02

For as long as humans have faced challenges, humor has helped us get through. But given what's been happening in 2020, is it even okay to laugh right now? Or is humor more important than ever? Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost speaks to Pete about the role humor can play during these troubling times, when puzzling real-life events go beyond parody, the dark side of the comedy world, and why he's considering leaving SNL.