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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: April, 2016
Apr 29, 2016

We share Friday Feedback about our Election Reform issue. Then, we dive into Cruz/Fiorina, HBO's Confirmation and Governor Matt Bevin's recent actions. 

 

Apr 26, 2016

In this episode, we briefly take a look at the McCain and Ayotte Senate races before diving into Election Reform.  We talk about first-past-the-post voting in the primaries and the general election, the primary calendar, and the electoral college.  And, of course, no discussion of election reform is complete without a little campaign finance (spoiler: we almost subtitled this episode, "Beth Says Unpopular Things") and gerrymandering conversation.  In The Heels, in honor of National Poetry Month, we share two of our favorites. 

We always love your feedback, and now there's a new way to contact us.  Leave a message at 859-268-2330 to make an appearance in the Friday feedback section of the Briefcase.   

Apr 22, 2016

A nuanced perspective requires you to see all sides of a topic or person.  In this episode of the Briefcase, after discussing some Friday Feedback on the wage gap, we discuss President Obama's achievements and shortcomings.

Apr 20, 2016

Beth is back with a Pantsuit Primer on party primaries, elections, and campaign finance in preparation for Tuesday's episode.

Apr 19, 2016

Today we're talking to the writer, producer, and director of Raising Ms. President Kiley Lane Parker. Kiley joined us for the whole show and shared insight and advice about female leadership. In the Pearls, we followed up on Beth's solo Briefcase and issues surrounding paid family leave. In the Suit, we discussed the film and the challenges women considering public office face. In the Pearls, Kiley shared her current projects and how you can see Raising Ms. President. 

Apr 15, 2016

In today's Briefcase, Beth discusses Friday feedback from Kaitlyn and Bryn on the presidential nomination processes, takes a look at Donald Trump's new Wall Street Journal op-ed, and spends some soapbox time on parental leave and Equal Pay Day.  We hope Sarah will feel better soon so that we'll be fully balanced for our Tuesday episode.

Apr 12, 2016

We're so excited to share our interview with Sellus Wilder, who is seeking the Democrat's nomination to the United States Senate in Kentucky.  He's a Pantsuit Politics kind of candidate--he's campaigning with his entire heart, fueled by his desire to have an honest conversation with voters about making our state and our nation healthier.  

In the Pearls, we discuss the presidential race with a focus on process.  While we have frustrations with the current process from different angles, our common ground is this--we all have to get involved! Finally, in the Heels, we chat about our fun weekends in Gatlinburg (Sarah) and Cincinnati (Beth).  You might need a corn fritter or steak after listening.  

Apr 8, 2016

We received so many insightful listener questions this week about barriers--from national and religious borders to barriers to voting with our dollars.  We talk about trade, immigration, and Brussels. We also answer one of our favorite listener questions ever: "Was Dwight Eisenhower a #crazymoderate?" 

Apr 5, 2016

Anti-globalization sentiments underlie some of the populism shaping this presidential cycle.  In this episode, we discuss trade and the absence of nuance in trade discussions (Note: if you're brand new to discussing trade, you might like to check out our bonus episode: Pantsuit Primer).  In The Pearls, we talk about a few key senate races in 2016, the nuclear summit, and the release of the #PanamaPapers.  Finally, we return to our very strong feelings about dessert. 

Apr 4, 2016

In this bonus episode, Beth provides a very brief and basic overview of trade in preparation for our discussion of trade on Tuesday-- the language used in trade discussions, NAFTA, the TPP, and considerations for listeners in evaluating politicians and forming their opinions about trade agreements.  

Apr 1, 2016

The hits just keep coming. On this episode of The Briefcase, we spend a few brief and lovely moments on feedback from our brilliant listeners before turning to more awfulness from the news cycles - specifically the Trump campaign. 

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