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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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Jul 28, 2017

Sarah talks with our Pantsuit Politics Book Club founder Megan Hart and former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district Jason Altmire about the book club's June pick The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. Next month's pick is Tribe by Sebastian Junger. 

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Jul 25, 2017

On most days, you can bank on the news being brought to a grinding halt by a tweet from the President. Today we discuss all of the problems we aren’t solving because we are fixated on his 140 character musings. 

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The Pearls

Sean Spicer is out, and Anthony Scaramucci is in. We struggle to care about that, but we do get a little fired up about "the Mooch" making sexist comments about new Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

Surprise! There's more stuff that Jared Kushner left out of required disclosures. We try to put the constant barrage of information in perspective. 

We'd love to offer a nuanced analysis of the healthcare bill that will be voted on this week. If only we knew what's in it. 

Listener Leslie compliments Senators Rand Paul and Kamala Harris.

The Suit 

We're as guilty as anyone of focusing too much on the President's tweets. But there's a giant world of problems that we aren't solving because of this obsession. We start making that list. 

We think that the country's opiate crisis requires all hands on deck. Sarah recommends The House We All Live In. We also talk about our caregiving crisis and new ways to think about death. 

Technology is changing everything. We don't seem to be adapting our principles rapidly enough to affirmatively decide what kind of world we want to live in. What do we want from artificial intelligence? (Beth references this quote.) How do we adapt our educational systems to a post-industrial society? (We detour a little to discuss multipotentialites, why college isn't for everyone, and the limitations of valedictorians). 

Thanks to our listeners and patrons Meg (educational inequality), Aaron (inefficient military spending), and Katy (foster care as punishment) for contributing to our conversation. We ultimately think that on a lot of these issues, we need to go back to the drawing board

The Heels 

We discuss the music festival Beth worked on this weekend (check out The Flower Man) and Sarah learning to water ski. 

Jul 21, 2017

It's been another whirlwind week, so we experiment with covering five topics each in 20 minutes. 

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Here's our lightening round!

1.  The President's interview with the New York Times is really something. We also discuss  'The Daily': Life as a G.O.P. Congressman in the Trump Era

2. Apologies to Ann Coulter -- she paid for extra leg room not an extra seat. Here's the article Sarah mentioned about observations v. expectations - The Silent Killer Of Relationships — Derek Harvey.

3. We're sending our thoughts to Senator McCain

4. Leah asked for our thoughts on Charles Koch's interview with Freakonomics. 

5. This episode of Criminal about the clergy abortion network blew us away.

6. Jana gave Beth a great intro suggestion, as the struggle to identify with the parties continues. 

7. Our listener Peggy thinks the President's remarks about Brigitte Macron were directed at the French President. 

8. The President's remarks on healthcare are concerning. 

 

9. Our maternal death rates are shockingly high. 

10. Kris Kobach, please stop talking. 

Jul 18, 2017

We take a look at the frightening possibilities ahead for humanity because the planet is getting warmer. In the Pearls we discuss Colombia's continued peace process and President Trump's comment to Brigitte Macron and compliment the other party. In the Heels, we discuss cooking and eating. 

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The Pearls 

Sarah provides an update on the peace process in Colombia. We discuss the President's comments to Brigette Macron on her appearance and how objectifying women is never appropriate. Really. Between the President's statements and Ann Coulter's ridiculous twitter fit over the weekend, we share some reflections on those who rail against "political correctness." 

For our compliments to the other party, Sarah tips her hat to Representative Martha McSally for raising the need to update the Congressional dress code. Beth compliments Senators Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper for their bipartisan work (with Senator Rob Portman) on online sex trafficking

The Suit 

We take a deep dive into David Wallace-Wells' stunning essay in New York Magazine: The Uninhabitable Earth. We discuss why we're all in denial about the real scope of possibilities presented by climate change, what this means for our children, and why we still have hope. 

The Heels

Beth has been cooking. You should go make this and this, and use this for all your pie crusts. Unless, like Sarah, you're tracking and counting all the things.  

Jul 14, 2017

Today, we discuss the reporting regarding Donald Trump, Jr., and the Russian influence in the United States today. 

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Donald Trump, Jr.'s behavior has us reeling. Plus, we discuss Leah's feedback on our antitrust episode: 

On antitrust, your discussion of the very grey area was so important. I'm a policy lawyer in the agricultural industry, and consolidation and mergers are a huge topic for our industry like most. Obviously, there are concerns about putting market share into less and less companies, and I share those concerns. At the same time, the costs, for example, of bringing new seed or a new drug to market are prohibitive and possibly insurmountable for any new/small company to actually hurdle. So, along with this discussion of what the corporations are doing to limit market access, is a question of, has the government through regulation or other means also (unintentionally) encouraged that consolidation and lack of market access? I'm totally in support of reasonable regulation and I see the need for a lot of the reviews/permits/etc that have to be done for many of these companies that create high tech solutions like seeds, pharmaceuticals/etc. At the same time, if those requirements are making it impossible for new innovation to be explored (and if that new innovation is not going to be properly funded through public research-but that's another issue) than aren't we (collectively as the govt/people demanding this) at least contributing to the issue of the consolidation?

We also appreciate our listener Sarah explaining that paper was indeed invented by a person at a specific time: 

Sarah, you made an off-hand comment in the latest episode about how no one really invented paper, and societies all simultaneously invented it. It was actually invented in China in 105 AD by Tsai Lun. Papyrus, because it is woven, is not technically paper, so it was definitely invented in China at one time (approximately).

Jul 11, 2017

We spend a lot of time talking about the size and scope of government. Today, we turn those questions to private industry. 

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The Pearls

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted the G20 in Hamburg, and it was a tough time. Merkel and others (including this Australian journalist) criticized the United States for the President's decision to exit the global climate accord. Ivanka Trump sat in for her father for part of the summit, prompting controversy. The President met with Vladimir Putin -- a meeting that generated conflicting accounts, consternation for Americans, and according to the President,"tremendous" results. 

For our compliments to the other party, Sarah gives kudos to Republican Representative Shelley Capito for her stance on the BCRA. Beth compliments former Representative Donna Edwards for her moving Washington Post op-ed on health care and MS. 

The Suit

Antitrust laws are receiving increased attention. We were particularly struck by Steve Hilton's comments on the importance of antitrust laws in this Freakonomics interview. So, today we consider how the US economy is becoming less competitive. We talk about the importance of stability in the people and policies enforcing antitrust laws. We consider the mergers over the past two years (the most on record). We wonder about our myopic focus on price is causing us to miss other important aspects of private power. European countries seem to be taking a harder line on large tech companies, and we wonder if America needs to follow suit. But antitrust is complex, and who knows where the President will come out on these issues

The Heels

Based on y'all recommendations, Sarah has gotten into Harlots. Beth discusses her visit to Country Concert and saying "yes" to the universe. 

Jul 10, 2017

In this quick primer, we set the table for a discussion of federal antitrust laws and enforcement. 

Resources: 

Federal Trade Commission Website 

Current FTC Personnel

Why Antitrust Laws Matter 

 

Jul 7, 2017

Mitch McConnell has been our Senator since we were toddlers. We have thoughts. 

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North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the Trump administration is considering U.S. options. We discuss how we'd handle this escalating situation if we were in the White House. 

Representative Clay Higgins filmed himself discussing his public service in a gas chamber in Auschwitz. He has apologized. We reflect on whether we're losing our sense of sacred spaces. 

We discuss listener feedback on patriotism before turning to our thoughts on Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Believe it or not, McConnell used to be a moderate and even helped work toward passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. But the Senator has built his career on tactical, rather than legislative, achievements and is now seeking the tactical victory of repealing the Affordable Care Act. We talk about what we've observed and hoped for in our Senator. 

 

Jul 4, 2017

It's an interesting year to celebrate America's birth. We talk about our patriotism here in 2017. 

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The Pearls

We discuss the President's vile tweets about Mika Brzezinski and CNN. We also talk about lectureporn and its manifestation in a recent HuffPo piece. We're frustrated by the general approach of the Trump administration (and Sarah discusses the downside of the cautious Obama administration). While the lectureporn essay is aimed at liberal narcissism, it applies to the conservative narcissism on display in the new NRA ad

We both compliment Secretaries of State today. Beth appreciates Kentucky's Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Sarah compliments Mississippi's Secretary Delbert Hosemann.

The Suit

We discuss our patriotism and the nature of America in 2017. You can find the Pantsuit Politics book club selection here and the episode of On Being Sarah discusses here.

The Heels 

We talk about Sarah's #lakelife and Beth's Big Brother viewing. 

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