Common Ground

The Democratic Party: Past, Present & Future


What is a progressive? What does being a moderate mean? In this episode, Dr. Robert Oden and Bridget Kennedy offer conversation and insight on what the American democratic party looked like yesterday, the complex nature of the party today, and share advice to upcoming generations about what its future may hold.

About the guests:
Bridget Kennedy is a lecturer of four years at Sacramento State teaching coursework on critical thinking. Bridget is also a proud graduate of Sac State, earning her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in gender equity from the university.

Dr. Robert Stanley Oden is a political science professor at Sacramento State, published author, and lifelong political and community activist for the Oakland, Berkeley, San Diego, and Sacramento areas. Dr. Oden is a former black panther party member. His most recent book is “From Blacks to Brown and Beyond: The Struggle for Progressive Politics in Oakland, California 1966-2017″ with Cognella Academic Publishers. Dr. Oden earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in sociology. He also holds a master’s degree in community and environmental management from US International University and received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Davis.

Song: On The Verge by Joseph McDade