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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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Jun 28, 2016

The sit-in is over (and there is no bill and indeed a break), Donald Trump is introducing conversations on faith into the race, and George Will is no longer a Republican. As if that's not enough, the UK voted to leave the European Union.  We talk about it all and what it means for our politics and our polling here in the States.  In The Heels, we talk about summer movies, the trailer for Hillary Clinton's America, and what is happening in our national political dialogue. 

Jun 24, 2016

We recorded before the shocking news from Britain and we could still barely keep up. We talk about recent Supreme Court decisions affecting affirmative action and President Obama's immigration plans, as well as the verdict in the Freddie Gray case and #NoBillNoBreak. 

Jun 21, 2016

We're feeling bogged down by the current headlines and decided to turn to something different - if not exactly uplifting. After discussing several international headlines in the Pearls, we're turning our attention to the growing movement to decriminalize prostitution. In the Heels, Sarah shares her thoughts (but not spoilers!) on Season 4 of Orange Is The New Black. 

Jun 17, 2016

In this episode, we discuss the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy, Chris Murphy's filibuster, and efforts to enact stricter gun laws.  We also discuss how Donald Trump seems to be sabotaging himself. 

Show Notes: 

Our Episode on Guns 

Sarah's Hopelessness 

Filibuster 

Trump Boosted, Clinton Hurt By Coverage

Jun 14, 2016

Pantsuit Politics Family: We recorded this episode early Sunday morning before much was known about the tragedy at Pulse in Orlando.  We will attempt to discuss more about the complexities of this act of terror, hate crime, and mass shooting at another time.  For now, our hearts are with every person impacted. 

We are emotionally drained this week.  In the Pearls, Sarah gets to celebrate the nomination of Hillary Clinton and President Obama's and Elizabeth Warren's endorsements.  We then sadly turn our attention to violence in Tel Aviv and Orlando.  We applaud the bravery of two Texas valedictorians who used their platforms to discuss our broken immigration system. Then, in The Suit, we discuss the Stanford case as a starting point for talking about rape culture and how we move forward.  Finally, in The Heels, we talk about Made in America and how our lives are becoming history. 

Show Notes: 

Hillary Clinton's Nomination

The Obama and Warren Endorsements

A Victory for the Women's Movement vs. A Victory for Women

The Tel Aviv Attack

Status of Tel Aviv Victims 

Texas Valedictorian Addresses Immigration

A Huge Myth About Rape on College Campuses 

What the Stanford Rape Case Can Teach our Sons

What the Stanford Rape Case Tells Us About Rape Culture

Disappointed and Not Surprised

The Stanford Victim's Letter 

Joe Biden's Response

Video: Victim-Blaming Makes No Sense 

Made in America

Jun 7, 2016

With the news that Paul Ryan has endorsed Donald Trump, Beth and Sarah struggle with the acceptance of Donald Trump as a "regular" nominee. We also talk about the UCLA shooting and Trump University. We also spend The Heels talking about our favorite concerts!

Jun 2, 2016

In this episode of the Briefcase, we try to bring a little nuance and a whole lot of grace to the Clintons and the Cincinnati Zoo incident.  We also talk about the idea that "a vote for a third party is a vote for Hillary Clinton."  Spoiler alert: Beth strongly disagrees.  

Show Notes: 

Shaming is Easy; Mourning Is Hard

Did it Have to Be So Hard? 

Sarah's Been Cheated On

Don't Fall For the Lesser of Two Evils

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