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A podcast about epic battles for a better world, told from the behind-the-slingshot point of view. Tune in: http://thegoodfight.fm
A podcast about epic battles for a better world, told from the behind-the-slingshot point of view. Tune in: http://thegoodfight.fm
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The Good Fight has achieved lift-off.

We did it! Thank you, amazing backers! People-powered progressive podcasting is here to stay.

Although the Kickstarter is over, you can still check out The Good Fight at thegoodfight.fm, contribute via thegoodfight.fm/support or via Paypal (show@thegoodfight.fm, which is also the best way to reach us), and find us on iTunes, Twitter, and Facebook.

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The Good Fight covers politics and social issues like you've never heard them before. 

We tell immersive, personal, documentary-style radio stories about epic real-life battles for a better world. It's not the podcast you feel you ought to listen to—it's the one can't live without. 

In our first year, we interviewed a lobbyist nun, a gay rights activist from Uganda, and a Boy Scout with two moms. We clocked a million downloads. For a few days, we even topped the iTunes charts. Now, with your help, we'll take the show to places where no furiously opinionated, shamelessly enthusiastic, sonically adventurous radio storytelling program has ever gone.

This show is people-powered. For our first year, we were incubated by our sponsor and partner MoveOn.org. For 2015, it was up to our listeners to determine whether the show could continue. They came through, and then some—more than 1000 people chipped in, smashing through our $100,000 Kickstarter goal and demonstrating the power of passionate audiences to support independent media. We're thrilled at the chance to tell stories worthy of your faith in us.

Oh, and one last thing: our host Ben Wikler hit "record" on his iPhone before checking the Kickstarter website on the morning of February 5—deadline day—as he woke up with his wife and three-year-old son. This is what the moment sounded like:

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Listen: Good Fight moments

Rewards: they're their own reward

Community—the sense of being part of something larger than yourself—is one of the most fundamental human needs. For all pledge levels, from $9 on up, we've got that covered: you'll join the community of people whose names are listed on our website

Temporary tattoos are also a fundamental human need. Ask any toddler. And then impress the toddler by pledging at our $20 reward level.

a satisfied backer shows off his new tattoo
a satisfied backer shows off his new tattoo

For $40 or more, you'll become a sonic David to isolation's Goliath—with the first-ever, world-exclusive Good Fight headphone splitter. Who says podcast listening is a solo activity? Plug two sets of headphones into this nifty device and you'll be able to share the gift of hope and inspiration with a loved one, a frenemy, or even a stranger sitting uncomfortably close to you in coach. 

Host Ben Wikler and Production Coordinator Harum Helmy enjoy their new Headphone Splitter of Justice
Host Ben Wikler and Production Coordinator Harum Helmy enjoy their new Headphone Splitter of Justice

You've got shoes. You want service. You need a shirt. And that's why you'll love the $75 pledge level: you'll get a shirt!  

Artist's rendering. Actual shirt will be way nicer.
Artist's rendering. Actual shirt will be way nicer.

Why choose? The $100 Super Power Pack includes all of the above—plus something special: a 4x6 collectible print of the startling image below of our host, Ben Wikler, sternly pointing his finger, as though to say "YOU, my friend, have selected an excellent reward level." 

Hey, weird question: can you read? Oh, you can? Great! Because we've got some amazing signed books by Good Fight guests—$175 each, or all three, plus a bonus signed book, for $275!

But what if you're an organization, author, or cause that needs to reach a group of roughly 25,000 beautiful, brilliant idealists? By which I mean The Good Fight's audience? Well, you're in luck! For a limited time, you can sponsor an ad on the show for $2500—or two ads for just $4500! Below is our very first one, which will air on our next episode: 

Curious about other rewards? Shift your pupils over to the right, and your every question will be answered.

Thanks for your support!

Video credits

  • Directed by Ethan Young (ethansamuelyoung@gmail.com)
  • Original score by Zach Young (zyoung86@gmail.com)
  • Inspiring examples of heroism by various champions of all that is good

Our team

  • Associate Producer: Zach Young.
  • Production Coordinator: Harum Helmy
  • Executive Producer: Susan Davis¹

¹ Not pictured in the video. Susan, who is awesome, works with us half-time, commuting monthly from North Carolina. And Ben has two jobs: hosting The Good Fight and serving as Washington Director of MoveOn.org. So our total staff adds up to three. Four or five would be way better.

Risks and challenges

What could possibly go wrong? Making incredibly good podcasts is really easy. Except—ha! No, it's actually hard. Also, our host is simultaneously the voice of The Good Fight and also the Washington Director for MoveOn.org. And also has a family. Which is growing. And there aren't many others of us on the staff. So one general risk is that we'll fall behind our production schedule. But we've developed a ton of techniques to keep things moving forward—and with enough resources, we'll be able to do things like, say, buy a computer that doesn't crash all the time, which will speed up our process even further.

Another risk is that we might not have our studio right upstairs from a post office from which we can mail you your rewards. But we've addressed this concern by locating our studio right upstairs from a post office.

Lastly, the emission of carbon into the earth's atmosphere might trigger a cascading series of climatic feedback loops, leading to a catastrophic rise in the earth's temperature, a spike in ocean acidity, and a relentless string of devastating superstorms. We're working on this one.

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    THE ASTERISK - Our immense gratitude, and your name carved eternally in pixels on the Good Fight Wall of Kickstarter Heroes, plus an asterisk denoting that you didn't want to contribute the full ten bucks. Our cheapest level!

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    YOUR NAME IN PIXELS - Your name, with no asterisk, on our website. Plus, a second year of The Good Fight.

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    TATTOO (TEMPORARY) - All the glory, none of the pain. See artist's rendering on lower left of this page. The Good Fight logo can spread its message of heroism from your choice of body parts. Tweet us a family-appropriate photo @TeamGoodFight and we'll retweet it!

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    THE HEADPHONE SPLITTER OF JUSTICE - Plug two sets of headphones into one device with this exclusive, gorgeous, slingshot-shaped splitter, graced with our beloved logo. The listeners, united, will never be defeated!

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    BOOK: SOCIAL SECURITY WORKS! - Signed by co-authors Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson, this new and invaluable tome will prepare you to win debates on Fox News (or with in-laws) about America's greatest social insurance program.

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    THE GOOD SHIRT - Look in your closet. Do you see the Good Fight logo on any of your t-shirts? We didn't think so. Time to update your wardrobe.

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    SUPER POWER PACK - All of the above (shirt, splitter, tattoo, name, no asterisk, tingles)—plus a 4x6 postcard of Good Fight host Ben Wikler pointing directly at you!

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    MARRY BEN WIKLER - Join with our host in holy matrimony. Raise a family, entertain in-laws, grow old together. Plus, a headphone splitter. (Note from host: I hope Beth Wikler snags this one.)

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    MY TWO MOMS: SIGNED BOOK - TGF episode 38, "Two lesbians raised a baby and this is what he did," told the story of Zach Wahls—the Eagle Scout leading the fight against homophobia in scouting. It's one of our top episodes. But guess what? His book is better! Get a signed copy, and we'll throw in a Super Power Pack.

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    AI-JEN POO SIGNED BOOK - Ai-jen Poo, MacArthur "genius" grant winner and guest on TGF #17, "The Nanny Uprising," just published her amazing manifesto, The Age of Dignity, this week—and we've got ten signed copies reserved for Good Fight backers! Plus a Super Power Pack.

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    LARRY LESSIG SIGNED BOOK - Harvard Law prof and anti-corruption campaigner Lawrence Lessig, guest on TGF 25, 31, and 37, will sign his book "Republic Lost" for Good Fight backers... and we'll throw in a Super Power Pack!

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    HEAR YOUR NAME ON THE SHOW! We'll thank you (or a beneficiary of your choosing) by name on a coming Good Fight episode. Decency standards apply. Plus a Super Power Pack.

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    4 SIGNED BOOKS! - Get a Good Fight library! Books from Lessig, Ai-jen Poo, Zach Wahls, AND Social Security works... plus we'll throw in a Super Power Pack!

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    YOUR AD ON THE AIR! We'll work with you to make, and air, an underwriting spot on the show—for your organization or your favorite cause. As long as it's pro-justice.

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    TWO ADS! We're running two ad spots per show. Buy them both, and we'll make a two-part series that keeps people listening—and promote them on social media and Soundcloud. More than twice the impact, less than half the price!

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