Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Beto O’Rourke

“You have to have a fundamental curiosity about people and their lives, and how they can be made better, or else you have no business being involved in politics.”

 – Beto O’Rourke, episode 166 on Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso


Beto O’Rourke entered politics because of people. He believes in their capacity for goodness and decency. He believes in their potential. And yet– what if his political brand is not exactly what the country wants in 2020? For the first time since suspending his Presidential campaign, Beto reflects on where he succeeded and where he failed these past three years. His strengths and weaknesses as a candidate, and the intense challenges one faces when running for President. We also discuss the circuitous path that led him to politics, from punk-rocking in New York City to a sobering run-in with the law. Then, finally, Beto looks speaks on the enduring influence his late, larger than life father had on all fronts- as a politician, a man, and a parent himself.


Show-notes:

            • Please consider making a donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, especially in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis.
            • To learn more about Beto O’Rourke, visit his site.
            • Follow Beto on Twitter.
            • You can watch Sebastian, Sam’s short film about his grandfather, here.

Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.

Music by: Dylan Peck and Jinsang.

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