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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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Now displaying: March, 2019
Mar 29, 2019

The response to the Barr letter continues and the fight to have the full Mueller report released continues to escalate. We discuss that and why President Trump seems intent on wasting this positive news cycle. Then, we're joined by Kelly Werder to discuss 50/50 by 2020, a bipartisan political action committee determined to see gender parity in our elected officials. They are sponsoring the Courage to Run 5K across the country on April 13. We're extra fond of them because our book is their first pick for their book club!

Can't get enough Pantsuit Politics? Listen to our interview on the Mind Love podcast or come see us interview Senator Maggie Hassan at South Church in Portsmouth, NH on April 6th at 6:30pm. You can also buy Pantsuit Politics merch!

We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: the American Beverage Association and Amenity Health

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 26, 2019

March is National Criminal Justice Month and we're diving in deep on that subject today. Friday's episode will help get you ready for this conversation. We also are discuss the newly released Mueller report. On Compliment the Other Side, Sarah compliments Justin Amash and Beth compliments Senator Lauren Book. Outside of politics, Sarah went hiking and Beth learned about perimenopause.

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Can't get enough Pantsuit Politics? Come see us interview Senator Maggie Hassan at South Church in Portsmouth, NH on April 6th at 6:30pm.

We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: ThirdLove and FabFitFun

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 22, 2019

March is National Criminal Justice Month. Plus, criminal justice reform is one of the few pieces of major legislation that has been passed with bipartisan consensus under the Trump administration. We'll be talking more about this issue on Tuesday's episode. Today, though, we're getting you ready for that conversation by sharing five things you need to know about criminal justice reform. 

  1. The cost of the criminal justice system can begin before a person is every convicted of a crime.
  2. Once you're in the court system, the process is difficult and representation is hard to come by.
  3. If you plea or are convicted, sentencing is another layer of inequity.
  4. A prison sentence is often just the beginning of the punishment which can continue far beyond the prison walls.
  5. Let's talk about the death penalty.

Can't get enough Pantsuit Politics? Check out our interview on the Little Faith podcast or come see us interview Senator Maggie Hassan at South Church in Portsmouth, NH on April 6th at 6:30pm.

We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: the American Beverage Association and Amenity Health.

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 19, 2019

On today's show, we discuss a variety of important news stories from around the globe. We discuss flooding in Nebraska, continued Brexit drama, Governor Newsom's death penalty decision, President Trump's first veto, and, in our main segment, the tragic shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The shooting raises discussion about gun control, terrorism, and white nationalism. Outside of politics, Beth finally saw Hamilton and Sarah is ready for spring cleaning. 

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We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: Ritual and Rothy's.

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 15, 2019

In today's episode, we're joined by Professor Deborah Lipstadt, an expert in Holocaust studies. Professor Lipstadt helps us understand the controversies surrounding the Women's March and Representative Omar, and she advises us on how to thoughtfully discuss and critique America's relationship with Israel. 

But first, we dive into the week's news. Paul Manafort received 43 additional months in prison from Judge Amy Berman Jackson, and he's been indicted by Manhattan's District Attorney on state charges. 

After great anticipation, Beto O'Rourke has announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination. We're a little confused by his splashy Vanity Fair rollout and campaign announcement video. 

We also talk about Operation Varsity Blues and the state of college admissions, wealth, and parenting in America. Sarah recommended these three episodes of Revisionist History: Carlos Doesn't Remember, Food Fight, and My Little Hundred Million.

Thanks again to Professor Lipstadt for joining us in conversation. She is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her books include The Eichmann Trial, Denial; Holocaust History on Trial (a National Jewish Book Award-winner); Denying the Holocaust: the Growing Assault on Truth and Memory; and Beyond Belief: the American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust. She lives in Atlanta. Her latest book is Antisemitism: Here and Now. Rachel Weisz portrayed Professor Lipstadt in the 2016 film Denial

We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: the American Beverage Association and Amenity Health.

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 12, 2019

We recorded a live episode in Sarah's hometown, Paducah, Kentucky. Our comments about President Trump signing Bibles led us to a bigger conversation about what kind of presidential candidate we need in 2020. Then, we discuss Paul Manafort's prison sentence. In the main segment, we discuss Elizabeth Warren's desire to break up the tech giants and why we expect her ideas to gain traction. Outside of politics, we discuss Top Chef and Captain Marvel.

We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: ExpressVPN and HelloFresh.

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 8, 2019

To celebrate International Women's Day, we are sharing clips from the incredible event we did in partnership with Ambassador Swanee Hunt in January. The event brought together an eclectic group of women, each working to advance the cause of women in politics in their own way. You'll hear short clips in today's episode, but we are providing the full audio on our Patreon page

Individual Interviews:

  • Kelly Dittmar, Center for American Women & Politics
  • Muthoni Wambu Kraal, Former Vice President of National Outreach and Training of EMILY's List, National Political and Organizing Director for the DNC
  • Sarah Riggs Amico, Businesswoman, 2018 Candidate for Lt. Gov. of Georgia
  • Marianne Schnall, Founder of What Will It Take Movements

Action Steps Panel: 

  • A'shanti Gholar, Former Political Director, Emerge America
  • Courtney Hill, Political Consultant, Emerge America
  • Sabrina Schaeffer, Board Member, RightNOW
  • Cynthia Terrell, Executive Director, RepresentWomen

Primary Hurdles Panel:

  • Julie Conway, Executive Director, VIEW PAC
  • Rebecca Schuller, Executive Director, Winning for Women
  • Rina Shah, Co-Founder, Women's Public Leadership Network
  • Corie Whalen, Writer, Former Capitol Hill Comms. Director

Media Matters Panel:

  • Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director, International Women's Media Foundation
  • Susan Page, Washtington Bureau Chief, USA TODAY
  • Maureen Bunyan, Veteran TV Journalist

Thanks to our sponsor, Robinhood

Want more Pantsuit Politics? Come see us in Paducah, KY on March 9.

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 5, 2019

We discuss news coming out of the Judicial Committee and two more Democratic candidates putting their name into the presidential primary. Then, we share a fascinating conversation with Sean McFate, author of The New Rules of War about how the nature of war has shifted dramatically and how American defense strategy needs to as well. 

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We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: ThirdLove and Lola. Help us find great sponsors for the future by taking this survey.

Want more Pantsuit Politics? Come see us in Paducah, KY on March 9.

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

Mar 1, 2019

We discuss President Trump's abrupt departure from meetings with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un. We also talk about the decision of the United Methodist Church regarding LGBTQ congregants and clergy. Plus, our thoughts on Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee and the drama of election fraud in North Carolina.

We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.

Thanks to our sponsors: Pact, and Honeybook.

Want more Pantsuit Politics? Come see us in Paducah, KY on March 9.

Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.

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