Nine million Americans have some kind of active interface with incarceration. If incarceration were a city, it would be the largest city in the US. Guest host Sarah Shotland and Beth discuss this issue in depth and how you can make a difference. They also talk Paul Manafort's trial, Nia Wilson's death, and the ongoing crisis of family separation at our southern border.
Paul Manafort's Trial:
Nia Wilson's Death:
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Mental health - specifically adolescent mental health - is an issue everyone likes to talk about but Will Powers is actually doing something about. We talk to him about the organization he represents, StAMINA, which works to end the stigma around youth mental health in Kentucky.
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Sarah welcomes guest host Jo Kroger to talk about the state of the progressive left and how it's impacted the Democratic party at large. Sarah also hosts a group of Pantsuit Politics listeners with real life campaign experience. They talk about their levels of involvement in a variety of campaigns and what led them to get involved in the first place.
The Campaign Round Table Participants:
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The odd grammatical clarifications President Trump and the White House keep offering are dominating headlines, but the policy and actions behind them are far more concerning. We return to our conversation about confronting strangers after so much great listener feedback. We also talk to Carri Hicks, who is running for State Senate in Oklahoma.
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More from Carri Hicks:
Why we need education funding: Last year Oklahoma approved over 2,000 emergency certifications to fill teaching jobs. This has been done in an attempt to keep schools open as we are in dire need of teachers. However, it gives the false impression that everything is fine in education because school is in session. Clearly there is a large problem when 50,000 children were educated by someone other than a certified teacher last year. The number is expected to rise again this year.
Why she decided now was the time to run: After the defeat of the penny cent sales tax, I took many personal days to advocate on behalf of my students at the capital. I met with Senator Mark Allen who is on the education committee (and will be on the ballot in Nov.). As I introduced myself and explained how many students I had in my classes at the time, 28, he called me a liar. He further went on to explain that they knew the average class size in Oklahoma is 16, so that I was clearly not being truthful. I have taught for 7 years and have never had less than 23 students. This interaction led me to believe not only were lawmakers misinformed about the needs in public schools, but were unwilling to hear what they were. Since these are the decision makers affecting my profession and millions of innocent children, I knew now was the time to give teachers, and education a loud voice inside our state government.
Our plans for today's episode were upended by Donald Trump's extraordinary statements in Helsinki. We share our thoughts on Trump's foreign policy across Europe, the Peter Strzok hearing, the new indictments from the Mueller team, and the shocking Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki.
Gratitude Moment: John Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to Russia
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We're tackling the new Supreme Court nominee, NATO, and Sarah has some things to say to white people with cell phones. This leads us into a conversation about when and how to call out strangers for words and actions we find objectionable. Plus, Beth talks with Emily Fox about her new book about the Trump children, Born Trump.
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2,977 people were killed by 19 al Qaeda-backed terrorists on September 11, 2001. Today, as immigration and travel bans dominate the news, we begin a several month exploration of what that day has meant for American government, agencies, policies and culture.
We start the show lightning round to cover the this week's headlines. We're also sharing our first gratitude moment, a new regular segment in our Tuesday episodes.
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