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Andrew Yang Is Headed to the World of Podcasting

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By Joe Allen

Thanks in part to the increased national profile that he got through the campaign, Andrew Yang has become a public figure. Now, Variety has learned that Yang is planning to launch an issues-focused podcast called "Yang Speaks." He will develop the podcast in partnership with the podcast studio Cadence13.

The show plans to focus on the future of the U.S. economy as well as society more broadly, and will include discussions on a range of topics including tech, public policy, sports, entertainment and pop culture.

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The series will feature conversations between Yang and other thought leaders, and is set to launch in May of 2020.

The show's guests will include "some of the smartest and most interesting people in the world,” said Zach Graumann, Yang’s former campaign manager and a senior adviser on the project. "The ideas of our campaign have always deserved more airtime than a 60-second answer on a debate stage or a 3-to-5-minute TV hit," Graumann added. Podcasts were one of the ways that Yang became a well-known political figure.

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Since he left the race for president, Yang has joined CNN as a political commentator, and he also launched a foundation designed to support candidates who fight for universal basic income and humane forms of capitalism.

As Variety suggests, each of these moves points toward the possibility that Yang will again seek political office sometime in the not-too distant future. He certainly wants to remain a central voice in the political conversation, which is why launching the podcast makes sense.

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Yang's long-shot run for the White House picked up momentum in part because his core idea, providing $1,000 a month to every person in the country, was able to be so easily digested and understood.

He believed that using this form of universal basic income would allow Americans to take more risks. It would also give those who stay at home and raise children their own independent revenue stream, showing that America values work that has typically not had a salary.

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Yang's podcast will join a flood of political podcasts that have launched in the last five years. Some of those podcasts focus on day-to-day news inside Congress and the Trump administration, while others, like Yang's, seem to be more interested in the broader policy ideas behind the day-to-day political fights.

Yang's advocacy for universal basic income may have paid off, as Congress recently passed an economic recovery package that delivers $1,200 to all Americans who earn less than $75,000 a year.

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