Religion, Power, and Feminism with Erin Wathen

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More painful information about abuse in the Catholic Church has come to light this week. We discuss the heartbreaking crimes that were perpetrated by those in positions of religious power. This leads right in to Sarah's conversation with Erin Wathen, author of Resist and Persist, about the intersections of faith and feminism. 

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9/11: How Did We Miss This?

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One of the hardest questions to grapple with about 9/11 also sounds like the simplest: How'd we miss this? We discuss the history of the FBI and the CIA and their circumstances leading up to September 11. We also do a lightning round and cover Omarosa, the Unite the Right rally, Trump's latest tweets, and the pilot who stole and crashed a plane in Seattle. We end the episode with a discussion of Hannah Gadsby and tension in comedy.

Reflecting on Guest Host Episodes

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We share our reflections on each other's episodes with the guest hosts. We also talk about our takeaways from Tuesday night's elections. 

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9/11: A New Kind of Terrorism

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It's impossible to understand 9/11 and the US response to it without knowing how and why al-Qaeda formed. For Part Two of our 9/11 series, we do a deep dive into recent Middle Eastern history and what led to the creation and successes of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. We also talk about recent media conflicts, concerns around campaign finance, and share our weekly gratitude moments.

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Shifting Political Parties and Military Spouses

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Beth covers a few current events on her own while Sarah is still on vacation. She shares some thoughts on shifting political parties and how the Trump administration has caused her to double down on conservatism. Then, we share an interview with Libby Jamison and Lauren Weiner about the Military Spouse JD Network and Homefront Rising, a non-partisan initiative that encourages and trains military spouses to speak up and get involved in the political process through advocacy and public service.

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Paul Manafort, Nia Wilson, Family Separation, and Mass Incarceration

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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. 

The Progressive Left and the Campaign Experience

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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. 

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Foreign Policy Fiascos and Carri Hicks for State Senate

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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. 

Carri Hicks for State Senate

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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.

Trump in Europe, Peter Strzok, New Indictments, and That Press Conference

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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.

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Gratitude Moment: John Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to Russia

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The Supreme Court, NATO, Calling Strangers Out, and the Trump Family

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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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9/11: The Day

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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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The Supreme Court

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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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Lightning Round, Political Civility, and Congressional Campaigning in Maine with Tiffany Bond

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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.

Immigration Dilemmas and Talking Politics with Our Kids

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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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Separating Families at the Border and Immigration Policy

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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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Diplomacy and Historical Context with James Kirchick

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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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The G7 and North Korean Summits, More Indictments from Mueller, and Civic Gratitude with Diana Butler Bass

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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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Tension around the G7, Diplomats in China, and the House GOP

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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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SCOTUS, Military Cuts, Pride Month, and the New American Aristocracy

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We cover a lightning round of news and discuss Mathew Stewart's "The Birth of the New American Aristocracy." 

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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