News: The Good Fight is on hold

Dear friends,

The Good Fight is officially on hold. 

This may not be news to you, given that the last new episode came out in July. But I wanted to fill you in on what’s been happening on my end. 

A little more than a year ago, on a thrilling February day, The Good Fight smashed through its Kickstarter fundraising goal with mere hours to spare. Thanks to your generosity and belief in the vision of the podcast, the show finally had the funds to support its producers for another year of shows. 

A few weeks later, on another thrilling February day, my wife and son and I welcomed the newest addition to the Wikler family: my daughter Suzy Lynn, who will turn one year old this Wednesday. 

Things changed fast. When it comes to kids, as a wise friend put it, one is one—and two is many. 

And two jobs plus two kids? For me, at least, it was too much. 

You see, I have another full-time job: I’m the Washington Director of And over the last year, that’s grown as well. When I wasn’t telling the stories of real-life David vs. Goliath battles to change the world, I was helping MoveOn members to actually fight and win them—from the Iran nuclear deal to Syrian refugees to, now, the 2016 elections and Supreme Court vacancy. 

So even though I loved doing the show, and as deeply humbled as I felt—and still feel!—for the tremendous support of 1044 Kickstarter backers and so many other friends who’ve lent a hand, I had to choose. Kids and the world couldn’t wait, but the show could.

The show could yet return. Our unspent funds are securely gathering interest in a bank account. The microphones and mixers are in boxes in my basement. Our producers have moved on to other projects (hire Susan and Zach!), but the vision and promise of The Good Fight remain intact. If you’re frustrated and want a refund of your Kickstarter contribution, I totally understand; just write and let me know. Otherwise, we’ll keep the resources in trust for another day.

When will that day come?  And what will the next chapter look like? I'll be totally honest: I don't know yet. 

I've learned that I love broadcasting—I have the itch, and the knack. I've found an audience that loves Good Fight-type stories as much as I do. And the world is brimming with amazing stories and unlikely heroes, now more than ever. But in the course of ups and downs and twists and turns, I've learned that doing something big requires the right team with the right idea at the right moment. For me, that moment isn't now. 

Until that moment comes, I want to express my gratitude. It takes a village to launch a podcast. In its first chapter of life, The Good Fight reached the #1 spot on the iTunes charts, clocked well over a million downloads, and told dozens of powerful stories about people who made a meaningful difference in the world. I’m proud to have lifted up their voices. And I’m profoundly thankful to be part of a community so dedicated to fighting the real-life good fight and making this world a better place. 



Originally posted on February 21, 2016

Sen. Gillibrand, sexual assault, and the fight to fix military justice (Rerun from #5)

Invisible warriors take on the Uniform Code of Military Justice

Originally published on August 6, 2015

How Al Franken beat Comcast and saved the Internet

America's worst company tried to take over the Internet. One senator stood in their way.

Originally published on June 11, 2015

Using the ocean without using it up

How to save the reefs by drinking with fishermen

Originally published on May 4, 2015

We're back! Had a baby. Got Kickstarted. And talked to three heroes.

Suzy Lynn Wikler, Sister Simone, Shannon Watts, and Garlin Gilchrist II: an all-star line-up

Originally published on February 26, 2015

Why #BlackLivesMatter

Alicia Garza, #blacklivesmatter cofounder, takes us inside the movement igniting a generation.

Originally published on February 3, 2015

The Good Fight Kickstarter is live!

Today is a big day for the show. Our very first Kickstarter campaign is now live!

We've been planning this for months, tailoring reward levels, designing and sourcing branded swag, producing an awesome video (we're really proud of our video). If you're unaware: Kickstarter is a fundraising platform that works on an all-or-nothing basis. As in, if we don't hit our $100,000 goal, then we get nothing.

We launched this morning and the momentum is building! We've had a bunch of amazing people step up and chip in but we have a long way to go. If you're a fan of the show, head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out. Stick around till the end of the video for a surprise celeb cameo.

As you know, the show has been going for a year now. This is the first time we have reached out to you, our listeners, for support. If the show is going to continue and grow, we want it to be funded by you - by the people who listen. Help us make it happen. It's been a thrilling first day, but we have a long three weeks until the deadline.

Thanks for everything,

The Good Fight Team

Originally posted on January 15, 2015

ALEC: for evil

Meet ALEC — and Nick Rathod, the guy fighting back

Originally published on December 17, 2014

How the kid with two moms saved the Boy Scouts

Let's give Zach Wahls the merit badge for general awesomeness.

Originally published on November 21, 2014

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