Takepart Live: Cast

Jacob Soboroff:

is Co-Host of “TakePart Live,” Pivot’s new late-night talk show. A skilled host, interviewer, producer and public speaker, PAPER Magazine called him “the media world’s new favorite nerd-hunk” in January 2013.

Previously, Jacob was a host and producer at HuffPost Live, the streaming network of The Huffington Post. He has interviewed a wide range of newsmakers and celebrities, from the mayors of New York and Los Angeles, to Bill Maher and Tyler Perry, to survivors of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

Jacob co-anchored HuffPost Live’s weeklong breaking news coverage of Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting, as well special live broadcasts following the 2012 presidential debates and party conventions.

In 2012, Jacob contributed to MTV’s election coverage, appearing with candidate Mitt Romney. He also hosted the web series “Civics In A Minute” for Participant Media, a Webby Award honoree. That same year, his TED Talk about American voter participation was featured on the main stage of the prestigious conference.

Jacob co-hosted NBC’s proactive school makeover show “School Pride” in 2010, a seven-episode series executive produced by actress Cheryl Hines. The following year he hosted SoCal Wanderer, a series about outdoor life in Southern California for KCET, the nation’s largest independent TV network.

In 2008, Jacob was hired as the face of AMC, hosting coverage of new movies and film festivals for the critically acclaimed network. Also for AMC, Jacob narrated the documentary “Committed," which he executive produced with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

After the election of Barack Obama, Jacob developed a documentary for Participant Media about voting in America based on his work running the nonprofit Why Tuesday? organization.

Jacob has also contributed to CNN, NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and the PBS series “WIRED Science.” While a student at NYU, he was an advance man to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and presidential candidate Howard Dean.

Jacob is married to Nicole Cari and they live in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Meghan McCain:

As the daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, Meghan was propelled into the national spotlight at an early age, involved in everything from community events to national conventions. Meghan’s unparalleled exposure to American politics gave her the opportunity to hear voters debate the most complex issues first-hand from the campaign trail. As a result, her unique perspective and bold approach has not only galvanized a younger generation of Republicans, but
has launched a national movement to redefine Republican stereotypes and values:

“I am concerned about the environment. I 
love to wear black. I think government is best when it stays out of people’s lives and business 
as much as possible. I love punk rock. I believe 
in a strong national defense. I have a tattoo. I believe government should always be efficient and accountable. I have lots of gay friends. And yes, I am a Republican.” 

At the podium, Meghan openly discusses her personal experiences on the campaign trail and
her observations on the future of the Republican Party. Often said to possess the McCain “maverick gene,” Meghan has no qualm in saying what is on her mind and brags that she inherited “my dad’s heartburn-inducing ability to say what he thinks.”

A powerful role model for young women and Republicans alike, she passionately discusses women’s issues, social issues and marriage equality. Meghan firmly believes that Republicans need to get back to their core beliefs—and that there is room for all walks of life in the Party.

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, McCain graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Art History. With ambitions to pursue a career in music journalism, she completed internships at Newsweek and Saturday Night Live before joining her father’s 2008 presidential campaign.

To give Americans a real sense of life behind-the-scenes on the campaign trail, Meghan launched McCainBlogette.com: “The blog, for me, was showing young women they could be interested in politics and everything else. I chose to show that I’m a real person with shortcomings, and that this is my life.” McCainBlogette has been recognized with two distinguished awards in politics: The Golden Dot Award for Best Blog, and two Pollie Awards from the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals.

While writing her blog, Meghan never imagined the mainstream media would pay attention to her social and political commentary. Quite the contrary has proven true: her positions have been discussed by some of the most prominent voices in politics, from Karl Rove to Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh. As a columnist for The Daily Beast and an MSNBC contributor, Meghan often responds to her own party’s attacks, but also discusses America’s most challenging issues with a clear objective: to help the Republican Party expand and survive.

Meghan’s time on the campaign trail inspired her acclaimed memoir, Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story (Hyperion 2010). The book chronicles Meghan’s personal journey across the American political landscape in the witty, candid, and boisterous voice that has made her a role model for young members of the GOP. Campaigning with her father also inspired Meghan to publish My Dad, John McCain, an illustrated children’s book that brings her father’s heroic story to life before young eyes.

McCain’s most recent book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom recounts the cross-country road trip that she and left-winged comedian Michael Ian Black embarked upon together in 2011. Along the way they stopped to talk with politicians, gun lovers, abortion-rights advocates and opponents, gay parents, teen moms, but mostly they spoke with each other about their differences, similarities, beliefs and opinions. McCain and Black are now speaking about their experiences, offering audiences an exciting and entertaining evening as they deliberate over everything from politics and food to the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage.

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