A post by Peter Slutsky

Hoagies And Hope!

We are working hard to get some press about our trip across America. If you know any reporters who you think would be interested in covering our story - a story of triumphant in the face of adversity, shoot us an email. In the meantime, check out this morning’s hit in the New York Jewish Week.

Political Podcasting, On The Road
Twins take up their parents’ minivan and the progressive cause in run-up to midterm elections.
Liel Leibovitz

The road trip is an old American tradition. The political road trip, for aspiring new media journalists, however, may be something new: It may have started four months ago, when Peter and Matthew Slutsky, 25, two Philadelphia-born twins, said goodbye to friends, family and employers and got in a minivan headed for the great open.

It was, in part, an odyssey born of frustration. After working on Democratic campaigns — most recently John Kerry’s — the Slutskys decided to switch sides.

“We decided we were more interested in taking the media angle,” said Peter Slutsky. “And so, we developed a podcast,” a self-produced radio show of sorts available for download over the Internet (www.doublespeakshow.com). It gets a few thousand hits a day, which is considered a respectable number.

The podcast’s first interviewees were politicians in the Washington, D.C. area, where the two were living. But a few months into serving as the hosts of their own program, they realized the only way to get to the truly interesting candidates in the districts that really mattered was to literally take their show on the road.

“So we took a leave of absence from our jobs,” said Peter, “and we bought a minivan from our parents.” (The twins are brothers of Jewish Week staff writer Carolyn Slutsky.)

Together with their childhood friend, Josh Skaroff, they’ve covered more than 20 states in the last several months, interviewing nearly every major candidate on the ballot in next week’s midterm elections. “We had incredible access,” said Peter, “and it shows that campaigns are looking at people like us, because we’re a new way to get the message out. It’s very successful.”

Read the rest here…

My favorite line:

The trip, of course, wasn’t all politics. There were hoagies and muffins and all other manner of fast food inevitable when on the road. There was breathtaking scenery, distracting even the very purpose-driven team. And there was also a buffalo that almost ended up as road kill. But overall, Peter said, there was a sense of hope.

It’s all about hoagies and hope!

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