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Now displaying: June, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court this week. We discuss what it may mean for the future of the Court. We also talk about the varied reactions to Justice Kennedy's announcement and how they relate to our discussion of political civility. 

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Jun 26, 2018

Social media has been dominated by the serious stories of immigration atrocities and less serious stories about jackets and restaurants. We cover these stories in our lightning round before talking about the need for civility in our political discourse. Plus, we chat with Tiffany Bond about her run to represent the citizens of Maine in Congress. 

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Jun 22, 2018

All week, we've heard from listeners who, like us, are struggling to process what's happening at our southern border. We talk through the various elements of this crisis as well as our thoughts and feelings surrounding it. Additionally, we discuss how and why we talk politics with our kids.

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Jun 19, 2018

It's being reported that 2000 children have been separated from their families at the US border between April 19 and May 31. We discuss our perspectives on this horrifying policy as well as reflect on how we view immigration to the United States. We also discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering, immigration issues in the European Union, and our weekly Pride Month moment. 

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Become a monthly patron at our Pantsuit Politics Patreon page. There, you can get access to The Nightly Nuance, where we're talking Supreme Court decisions this week. You can also hear Beth discuss the investigation into the murder of Fannyann Eddy, who she highlighted in today's Pride Month moment. 

Jun 15, 2018

We address the separation of families at the border, share our reflections on the summit with North Korea, and Beth talks with James Kirchick, author of The End of Europe. Beth and James discuss historical context for our modern diplomacy with European countries, including Russia. 

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Jun 12, 2018

The President faces backlash from the G7 heading into talks with North Korea, and Robert Mueller's work. We take a closer look at the new indictments and what they mean for the continuing case. We also talk with Diana Butler Bass about the need for civic gratitude. 

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Pride Month Moment: Bayard Rustin

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To hear the rest of our conversation with Diana Butler Bass, tune in to this week's episode of The Nuanced Life. To support our show and get access to The Nightly Nuance, visit our Patreon page

Jun 8, 2018

There's so much tension in the news this week. International leaders are unhappy with the United States over tariffs, leading to concerns about the ability of the G7 to issue a joint statement. American diplomats in China are being brought home after experiencing neurological symptoms caused by sustained and mysterious sounds. And House GOP leaders are trying to quell and immigration revolt among their members. We discuss all of this, the idea of negative capability, and listener feedback on language as privilege. 

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Mysterious Neurological Conditions in American Foreign Service Workers 

G7 Chair Notes 

Has the Western World Started Shunning America? 

House Immigration Meeting 

Revolts from the GOP Wings 

Farai Chideya Twitter Thread 

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations - Jack Kornfield: Buddhism 101

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Jun 5, 2018

We've discovered that it's hard to talk about what you think is important without talking about what everyone is talking about, so we set a timer to tick through the public frenzy stories of the week: the pardon memo, Roseanne and Samantha Bee, and the Bill Clinton interview. Then, we get down to business, talking about contemplated cuts to U.S. Special Forces in Africa and the Niger report, the impact of trade tariffs on America's alliances in the world, and news that Facebook had partnerships with 60 device makers involve data-sharing. 

Sarah shares a quick update on the Supreme Court's decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. 

To celebrate Pride Month, we're highlighting the accomplishments of LGBTQ leaders every Tuesday. Today, we feature Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston and President and CEO of the Victory Fund. 

For our main segment, we discuss Matthew Stewart's "The Birth of the New American Aristocracy," income equality, insecurity, and living in relationship with each other. 

Outside of politics, Beth is thinking about music and Sarah about summer family fun. 

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Contemplated Special Forces Cuts in Africa

Lessons from the Niger Report 

Justin Trudeau Interview 

Macron and Trump Call 

Facebook and Data Sharing

The Victory Fund 

Annise Parker on Family 

Annise Parker Family (video) 

The Birth of the New American Aristocracy 

Richard Rohr on The Third Way 

A Book That Takes Its Time 

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Jun 1, 2018

We talk about the social media outrage machine in the wake of stories that families are being separated at the border, ICE has abused its power, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement has been unable to verify the status of children placed with sponsor families. In the #wherearethechildren outrage, we are missing key policy and enforcement issues that could help improve outcomes for immigrant families and Americans in the long run. 

We also discuss the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the historic failure of our government to mitigate the storm's impact. 

Finally, we talk about proposed changes to the Volcker Rule, a financial regulation that was implemented as part of the Dodd-Frank efforts to prevent another economic collapse because of speculative investments by banks. 

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Why Families Are Being Separated at the Border

Fact-Checking Major Immigration Stories 

Why Immigration from Central America is Increasing 

The Importance of American Trade Policy to Immigration (from ForeignPolicy.com) 

American Policies are Going in the Wrong Direction on Central America 

Together Rising 

How You Can Give Your Time and Care to Help Immigrant Children (our Twitter thread with link)

The Actual Death Toll from Hurricane Maria 

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath is a Devastating National Failure 

The Volcker Rule Changes Aren't a Total Win for Wall Street 

The Contemplated Volcker Rule Changes 

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