February 21, 2020

Podcast examines trends, attitudes from voters in districts pivotal to election 2020 outcome


February 21, 2020


Stacy Lewis

(202) 480-2051

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Podcast examines trends, attitudes from voters in districts pivotal to election 2020 outcome

Today, Millennial Action Project (MAP) released a new podcast, “Meeting in Middle America,” in collaboration with UW-Milwaukee and WisPolitics. The podcast highlights young leaders in the midwest and their solutions to problems of the future. Podcast host and MAP Founder and President Steven Olikara investigates what these young elected officials, entrepreneurs, and community leaders have to say about the issues that matter most to them, and how those views might play into the pivotal November 2020 election. The podcast will reveal the deeper and in many ways untold story that many of the national news outlets haven’t quite picked up on yet. 

Based in Milwaukee, the podcast will feature local leaders who are willing to bridge partisan divides. “If we can unlock the solutions to some of the big national challenges in Wisconsin — for example, how we deal with political polarization, how we create new economic opportunity in the Rust Belt, how we attract young people to Middle America so we can counteract the brain drain — if we can answer some of those questions, I believe the solutions will ripple across the country,” Olikara said.

The second episode of “Meeting in Middle America” features two members of MAP’s Wisconsin Future Caucus, Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa). In the episode, they discuss how Reps. Vining and Neylon got their start in politics and with the Future Caucus. The representatives highlight their takeaways from participating in MAP’s Red and Blue Dialogue series, and particularly the role that trust plays in passing legislation and working across the political aisle. The episode is capped with a discussion on the issues most important to southeast Wisconsin voters, and an emphasis on Wisconsin’s crucial role in the upcoming presidential election. You can watch and listen to the episode by clicking here.

Wisconsin — and particularly the greater Milwaukee area — is a key battleground in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, and Olikara believes this Milwaukee-based podcast will provide a unique perspective on the election.  “When we talk about Middle America, we talk about a region that is at the crossroads of the future of our country. You have powerful trends taking root here that matter to the very idea of America. This is a moment we need to hear from the people behind those trends,” Olikara said.

Media inquiries can be directed to Stacy Lewis at (202) 480-2051 or press

The Millennial Action Project (MAP) is a national, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to activating young policymakers to bridge the partisan divide and lead a new era of collaborative governance. In 2013, MAP organized America’s first-ever bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress, the Congressional Future Caucus. Shaping the next generation of leadership, MAP’s Future Caucus Network has expanded into nearly 30 state legislatures and grown into the largest nonpartisan organization of millennial elected officials in the U.S.


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