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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: March, 2016
Mar 29, 2016

Sarah and Beth dive into the controversial waters of so-called religious liberty laws.  We talk about the impact, purpose, and social consequences of these laws, and we talk a little about our own spiritual perspectives on these issues.  In the Pearls, we discuss Bernie Sanders' big victories in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii as well as the devastating attacks in Belgium and Pakistan.  We wrap up with the most intense discussion of Easter candy you'll find in podcasting.  

Mar 25, 2016

This week was BRUTAL.  After reviewing some fantastic Friday Feedback, we give the week of March 21 a much-needed do-over.  We discuss how US politicians SHOULD have handled the Flint hearings, the Brussels attack, the candidate-spouse-twitter-feud, and the western primaries.  

Mar 22, 2016

This week, Jimmy Williams (host of Decode DC) joins us to discuss strange happenings in politics.  We talk about the embarrassing congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis, President Obama's visit to Cuba, and, of course, the 2016 presidential race (yes, we spend some time on Ivanka's dad.  Sigh.).  Finally, in the Heels, we talk about our favorite West Wing characters, because we needed to end on a happy note. 

Mar 18, 2016

In this episode of The Briefcase, we share some very touching messages from listeners about the election and the rhetoric associated with the election.  We also discuss President Obama's SCOTUS nominee and the bizarre refusal of Senate Republicans to advise and consent.  We recap the results from Tuesday's primaries, and we weigh on the criticism of Hillary Clinton's, ahem, demeanor during her post-sweep speech. Finally, we take a moment to reflect on our interview with Rebecca Traister. 

Mar 16, 2016

Today, the amazing Rebecca Traister joins us to discuss her new book, the influence of single women on the political landscape, and feminism and politics.  First, in The Pearls, we discuss violence at Ivanka's Dad's events and the state of the race.  We end on a light note--talking about things we are looking forward to!

Mar 11, 2016

We cover these topics plus your (always amazing) Friday feedback, which ranges from the distinction between being pro-market and pro-business, the Catholic Church, the impact of technology on the parties, and white working-class nostalgia. 

Mar 8, 2016

Since we've been arriving at the conclusion that Beth needs to start her own party, we explore what that might look like today in the Suit.  But first, we recap another bizarre week in politics-- from Super Tuesday to Super Saturday and everything in between.  We discuss Mitt Romney's speech, Chris Christie's New Jersey press conference, and that disastrous GOP Debate.  Finally, in the Heels, we take our first "ask me anything" question and reveal our dream tickets.  

Mar 4, 2016

In this episode, we discuss Friday Feedback (as always!), reflect on the state of the race post-Super Tuesday, and then turn our attention to the Supreme Court's hearing on Texas's anti-choice laws.  We also discuss the recent elections in Iran and the continuing world crisis resulting from Syria's civil war.  Finally, we express concern about gun violence in a Middletown, Ohio, school.  We never want to be numb to these incidents. 

Mar 1, 2016

Since the presidential election keeps setting record levels of crazy, there is a lot to talk about in the episode.  We do our best to cover it all-- from the Democratic primary in South Carolina to the train wreck GOP debate to Chris Christie's more trainwreck-esque endorsement to expectations going into Super Tuesday.  We also revoke the benefit of the doubt we previously gave to Rick Snyder, and we discuss the tragic shootings in Kansas and Michigan.  In a segment we called "WTF MSNBC," we ask WHAT is up with Rick Tyler's hiring and Melissa Harris Perry's departure.  In the Suit, we discuss the populism, frustration, and authoritarian forces in this race.  We try to regain some nuance about the Sanders and Trump movements.  But, in the Heels, we Photo Credit: juha-pekka via Compfight cc where we totally lose our nuance---outside of politics. 

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