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Pantsuit Politics

For anyone discouraged by our current political discourse, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers bring a nuanced and grace-filled perspective to discussions about politics and news.
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Dec 31, 2016

In part 2 of the Middle East primer series, Beth attempts to describe the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in about 25 minutes. 

Dec 22, 2016

We're sharing our Second Annual Wish List, which takes us from a new conservative party to mental health, climate change, education, and changing the way we think and communicate. Merry everything, and happy nuanced year! 

Dec 16, 2016

With emotions still running high post-election, we talk about our reflections on critical listener feedback and what we think the promise of Pantsuit Politics should be in 2017. We also discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria and a blog post written about Sarah's run for office. 

Dec 13, 2016

We attempt to sort out what we're hearing about Russian interference during the election and how the electoral college should respond. In The Pearls, we applaud the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act and discuss the tragic bombings in Istanbul, the continued assault on Aleppo, and the treatment of refugees in Papua New Guinea. In The Heels, we talk about our current non-political passions. 

Dec 9, 2016

We take the Friday Feedback to a new level today in a conversation with Tamela Blalock on identity politics and race under a Trump administration. We know that the audio is difficult, and we appreciate your graciousness about that. We hope you enjoy this important and challenging conversation. 

Dec 6, 2016

Today we're talking with John Gable, Founder and CEO of AllSides, a news service dedicated to solving polarization through bias ratings and civil dialogue. In the Pearls, we briefly discuss current events--the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Italian referendum, and the Austrian election--and questions surrounding Betsy DeVos's faith. In the Heels, we discuss Sarah's love of movies. 

Dec 3, 2016

In this episode of the Briefcase, we discuss three articles that circle around the idea of a new center in American politics. 

 

Nov 29, 2016

Today, we talk about what we learned from the #exittheechochamber challenge and somehow end up dissecting the uselessness of cable news. In the Pearls, we talk about Jill Stein's efforts to recount votes in three states, Trump's latest cabinet appointments, the delay of new overtime regulations, and Fidel Castro's death. Finally, in the Heels, we happily kick off the holiday season.

Nov 25, 2016

We're here with Rebecca Wyhoff - co-creater Local Elections 101 - Campaign Essentials in 60 Minutes - Local Elections 101 is a guide for how to win a local election. You can get election advice without hiring a consultant or reading a library of books. The course is presented in a fast-paced, fun video format and would be a great solution for so many of you looking to get involved in local politics!

Nov 22, 2016

We're about halfway through the #exittheechochamber challenge and just a few appointments into the Trump cabinet. We are talking about both plus Sarah's thoughts on The Crown in today's episode. 

Nov 18, 2016

We're excited to launch our #exittheechochamber seven day challenge. For the next seven days, we're asking you to look beyond your own perspective by: 

Day 1 - Taking a selfie explaining why you want to exit the echo chamber 

Day 2 - Read three articles from news sources you don't usually read

Day 3 - Have a conversation in real life with someone who voted differently than you

Day 4 - Send a letter or email to someone you've disagreed with politically

Day 5 - Compliment the other side 

Day 6 - Draw an empathy map for someone in another political party 

Day 7 - Take action

Nov 15, 2016

Recognizing that we are all in different places post-election, we talk about ways to move forward. In The Pearls, we discuss the Bannon and Preibus appointments and discussions percolating on the electoral college. In The Heels, we chat about Thanksgiving coming up. 

Nov 11, 2016

We talk about President Obama and President-elect Trump's meeting in the White House. Voters dissatisfaction with the system and what sanitation has to do with the election. Plus, we talk about what the Democratic party got wrong and our upcoming Exit the Echo Chamber challenge.

We also welcome our new sponsor Make Room.

Nov 9, 2016

We recorded our first conversation post-election results and are sharing with you as we all process things together. 

Nov 8, 2016

We made it, America! Get out there and vote, and while you're doing that, try not to take responsibility for how other people feel about this election. 

Nov 7, 2016

Down to the wire: We're talking about the FBI's latest report, Jill Filipovic's controversial essay "The Men Feminists Left Behind," and more on reconciliation.

Nov 6, 2016

We're closing in on Election Day, and early voting is winding down. We talk about efforts to get out the vote, international affairs, and an interesting development in Sarah's race. 

Nov 5, 2016

Three days before the election, the media, governmental agencies, and politicians seem intent on undermining the public trust. We discuss verdicts in the Bridgegate and Rolling Stone cases as well as Rudy Giuliani's ill-advised insinuations regarding the FBI. 

Nov 4, 2016

Four days from Election Day, we're asking whether it's worth talking politics with friends and family and how reconciliation can begin on November 9. 

Nov 2, 2016

We celebrate our birthday (can you believe it?!?!) and talk about the "tightening" polls, momentum, and news cycles with five days until Election Day. 

Nov 2, 2016

With six days to go, we talk about important Senate races, the Trump effect in the Republican Party, and the commoditization of "nasty women" and "deplorables." 

Nov 1, 2016

With one week to go before the election, there's plenty to discuss. In this episode, we kick off a week of daily podcasts. We're talking Wikileaks, the FBI, and our predictions. 

Oct 31, 2016

In today's special episode, Beth moderates a debate between Robin Laverne Wilson (Green Party) and Alex Merced (Libertarian party), candidates for U.S. Senator from the State of New York.

Thank you for your patience with the audio -- we recognize it's not perfect, but we love the content and hope that you will, too.

Show Notes:

Alex Merced - Website

Robin Laverne Wilson - Website

Oct 28, 2016

Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next has suggestions for our fans for political fiction and other great reads!

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