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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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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 26, 2016

In this episode of The Briefcase, we discuss Friday Feedback from so many listeners: Vielka, Bryn, Rachel, and Obie on college and school dress codes; Katie on Hillary Clinton and women in leadership; and Megan on the Oregon standoff.  Additionally, we promise to devote Tuesday's episode to populism, Trump, and Sanders based on a series of topics from Nickie.  

Additionally, we discuss the "hot mic" audio from a Donald Trump interview with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezenski.  Our listener Kedar flagged this for us, and it led to so many questions: In this media environment, what are the rules? What are journalists? And, what are we? 

Feb 23, 2016

Obviously, we have to talk about the Nevada Democratic caucus and the crazy South Carolina Republican primary.  We take a moment to lament Jeb Bush's exit from the campaign, and we discuss the state of the race going forward.  We've been disappointed that education has barely been a side note in the presidential race, so devote The Suit to our thoughts on education reform.  Finally, we talk Oscar nominations in The Heels. 

Feb 19, 2016

On this episode of The Briefcase, we give a giant shoutout and thank you to Jacquie, Caitlin, and Sharon for supporting Pantsuit Politics.  We received a ton of great feedback this week and appreciate every email, tweet, and Facebook message.  We briefly discuss Lou's feedback on asymmetric polarization and the Supreme Court.  At Loree's request, we talk about Jeb's "America" photo.  We lament Nikki Haley's endorsement of Marco Rubio and the state of the Republican horserace.  Finally, thanks to listener Michael, we consider identity politics and how much it should matter, if at all, that Hillary Clinton would be the first woman to be president.

Feb 16, 2016

Our listener Susan inspired the title of this episode.  We recap two crazy debates and the even crazier (and, let’s be honest, inappropriate) reactions to Justice Scalia’s death and the process to nominate his successor.  In the Suit (inspired by our listener Bailey) we discuss why we affiliate with our respective parties and what we think becomes of the parties after the 2016 race. Finally, in the Heels, we talk about the women in political media who inspire us. 

Feb 12, 2016

In this edition of The Briefcase, we share some of our brilliant listener insight and talk about how we got to a place where someone who isn't a Republican and someone who isn't a Democrat won the party primaries in New Hampshire. 

Feb 9, 2016

In this crazy-special episode, we interview Mark McKinnon, co-executive producer, co-creator, and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.  Mark shares perspective from three decades of political experience, talks with us about The Circus, and generally inspires us to step up in the political arena.  Also, we recap the GOP Debate, discuss controversial comments from Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem, and offer our New Hampshire predictions.  Finally, in The Heels, it’s all Beyoncé.  Fasten your seatbelts--there’s a lot of nuance coming your way.

Feb 5, 2016

In this week's Briefcase, Sarah and Beth attempt to recapture our nuance by responding to listener feedback about Bernie Sanders.  Not gonna lie: we're still struggling to have a nuanced perspective on Ted Cruz.  We share some thoughts on the Iowa Caucuses, the Democratic Town Hall, and the upcoming New Hampshire Primary. 

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