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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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May 31, 2016

Inspired by a message from our listener, Lindsay, this episode tackles how to talk through political disagreement.  Beth discusses the importance of engagement and some tips for hearing and understanding others in The Suit.  First, in the Pearls, Beth talks about the Libertarian Party's convention, the State Department IG report on Hillary Clinton's emails, Memorial Day, and President Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima.  In the Heels, Beth talks about her new obsession with Alone on The History Channel.  Since Sarah is enjoying some family time this week, we conclude with an interview with Chris Chidzick, a PredictIt data analyst on how political prediction markets work. 

May 27, 2016

In this episode of the Briefcase, we tackle some of the more provocative subjects we've discussed lately.  We start by discussing feedback on our birth episode from Michael and Ashley.  Then, we discuss your reactions to our "Double the Partisans" episode, which takes us into a discussion of Hillary Clinton's "likeability," as prompted by David Brooks. 

May 24, 2016

With Memorial Day around the corner, we invited some friends to the Pantsuit Politics virtual kitchen table.  Our friends Loree (a Democrat, who briefly felt the Bern but now is #WithHer) and Stephen (a #NeverTrump Republican) join the discussion in the Suit.  We talk about the likely nominees for both parties and how the general election might shake out.  In the Pearls, we discuss the tragic Egyptian Air crash and Congress's failure to pass a budget, and we wrap things up by talking about our disdain for swimsuits. 

May 20, 2016

The Democratic Party seems far from unifying after a contentious Nevada state party convention. Donald Trump seems to have a long and complicated history with sexist behavior. Oklahoma seems to have forgotten a little decision called Roe v. Wade.  

But on a positive note... it also seems Sarah is on her way to becoming the next Paducah City Commissioner!

Also, Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives is FINALLY here! Get your copy today!

 

May 17, 2016

Several of our listeners have asked us to discuss our views on American obstetrics and birth. Today, we start that conversation and discuss the impact of U.S. birth practices on health care costs and gender equality. In the Pearls, we talk about Congress's efforts to combat the heroin epidemic and the legalization of marijuana. We also discuss the Obama administration's guidance to schools on restroom access. Finally, in the Heels, we go full MOM and discuss minivans vs. SUVs. 

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May 13, 2016

Today, we talk about liberal intolerance on campus and inspiring remarks from Loretta Lynch and President Obama.  We also discuss our tendency to lose our nuance about social conservatism and commit to do better. 

Don't forget to order your copy of Walk With Us: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives by Claire Handscombe! 

We appreciate your iTunes reviews and would love to hear your voices (859-568-2330). 

May 10, 2016

In this episode, Sarah and Beth talk about the Detroit sickouts, Hillary Clinton's discussions around coal in West Virginia, and the Illinois race between Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth.  In The Suit, we talk about the Affordable Care Act -- what it gets right, what it gets wrong, and where we go from here.  Finally, in the Heels, we recap our Mother's Day weekends.  

May 6, 2016

We spend this episode of the Briefcase confronting the reality of a Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton general election following the Indiana primary.  Thanks to Brett and Bryn for feedback that contributed to our discussion and to all of you have provided comments on the Affordable Care Act in advance of Tuesday's episode.  Reminder that you can also leave us a voice message by calling 859-568-2330. 

We're excited to welcome our second new sponsor.  We all love The West Wing at Pantsuit Politics, so we can't wait to read Claire Handscombe's new book, Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives, which will be available beginning May 14! 

 

May 5, 2016

On Tuesday, we're talking about the Affordable Care Act -- what it gets right, what it gets wrong, and where to go from here.  In advance, Beth takes a whirlwind tour through the 2,700-page law.  If you aren't familiar with insurance, the exchanges, and the myriad initiatives contemplated in the ACA, hopefully this 18-minute summary will get you started. 

 

May 3, 2016

Inspired by our listenersSierra and Michael, we set out in this episode to truly test ournuance. In the Suit, we talk about the five remaining candidatesfor president -- Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, Kasich, and Trump -- andprovide our thoughts on the pros and cons of their candidacies. Itwasn't an easy task, but we stepped up to the plate. 

In the Pearls, we discussMaryland down-ballot races, the upcoming Indiana primary, andChina's refusal to allow a U.S. ship to dock in Hong Kong. Finally,in the Heels, we talk about the enneagram. 

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