Shadow Politics is a grass roots talk show giving a voice to the voiceless. For more than 200 years the people of the Nation's Capital have ironically been excluded from the national political conversation. With no voting member of either house of Congress, Washingtonians have lacked the representation they need to be equal and to have their voices heard. Shadow Politics will provide a platform for them, as well as the millions of others nationwide who feel politically disenfranchised and disconnected, to be included in a national dialog.
We need to start a new conversation in America, one that is more inclusive and diverse and one that will lead our great nation forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At Shadow Politics, we hope to get this conversation started by bringing Americans together to talk about issues important to them. We look forward to having you be part of the discussion so call in and join the conversation. America is calling and we're listening… Shadow Politics is about America hearing what you have to say. It's your chance to talk to an elected official who has spent more than 30 years in Washington politics. We believe that if we start a dialog and others add their voices we will create a chorus. Even if those other politicians in Washington don't hear you — Senator Brown will. He's on a mission to listen to what America has to say and use it to start a productive dialog to make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. If we are all part of the solution we can solve any problem.
Susan Milligan is senior political writer at U.S. News & World Report. She has covered domestic and foreign politics for 35 years, from New York City Hall to the Albany statehouse, and from Eastern Europe and the Middle East to Congress and the White House. As a foreign correspondent for five years, Milligan covered the conflicts in the Balkans and later reported on the war in Iraq. Her reporting on lobbying and abuse of power on Capitol Hill earned her the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, and she won a Society of Professional Journalists award for commentary. As a resident fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, she led a study group on midterm elections. She was on a team of authors of the New York Times bestselling biography "Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy" and was a contributor to the book "Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Congress." She has worked at States News Service, the New York Daily News and the Boston Globe and her writing as appeared in a wide range of magazines including the Central European Economic Review, Washingtonian, Rhode Island Monthly, Business Central Europe and Institutional Investor. She graduated with a degree in political science and journalism from the University at Albany. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.