About Us

The Story Behind Our Podcast

Behind The Mic

Jake Schwartz​

Production Assistant

Jake is a Senior at American University in Washington D.C. where he is studying Political Science and International Relations.

He was born and raised in Mount Airy, Philadelphia and has worked on multiple Presidential and Senatorial campaigns in the Commonwealth. He also interned for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Mayor Jim Kenney.

He’s an avid runner, reader and listener of political podcasts. His parents, little sister and dog Bubbles still live in Mount Airy.

Ari Mittleman​

Show Host

Ari Mittleman is a native of the Lehigh Valley and real estate investor in Philadelphia. He now works in Washington, DC as the founder of Keystone Strategy +Advocacy. Ari worked for eight years with Senator Bob Casey.

Ari Mittleman​

Sarah McGrath​

Production Assistant

Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Sarah McGrath is currently a first year student at Brown University where she plans to concentrate in International and Public Affairs.

This semester, she served as a Constituent Services Intern for Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5) and chaired the Delaware County Back2Blue Youth Committee, a branch of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s 2020 election campaign.

Kira Halma

Production Assistant

Kira is a junior at Temple University in Philadelphia where she studies Political Science and Global Studies and serves as an officer for Temple Dems. She is originally from Allentown. She currently interns for Keystone Strategy + Advocacy and has volunteered on numerous campaigns. In the past she has interned for Advantage PEP Political Strategies and State Representative Peter Schweyer

About Our Show

In November 2020, all roads really did lead to and through Pennsylvania.

Besides for providing its crucial 20 electoral votes, suburban counties like Delaware and Chester highlighted exactly how Biden-Harris won–while more rural counties like Fayette and Lawrence, which Trump-Pence improved in, show the epitome of the Democratic problem.

This podcast looks at the shifting tides in every corner of the Commonwealth, but it does so through an untraditional lens.

We won’t just be interviewing elected officials and experts (don’t worry we’ll have plenty of those too). Instead, we also talk to campaign operatives, party officials, community organizers and everyday citizens whose stories are an integral thread to the nuanced web of our complex Commonwealth.

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Join Us

Join listeners from around the country as we discuss the literal Keystone State. We’ll do a deep analysis of what worked in November, what shifting demographics mean for 2022 and the stories of the everyday citizen activists and elected leaders across Pennsylvania.

Whether you’re retired in Scranton or a first time voter from Erie or thousands of miles away and just curious about Pennsylvania politics, we welcome every listener to our kitchen table.