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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The Trump Administration's Zero Tolerance Policy on Immigration, the Devastation in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria, and the Volcker Rule

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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. 

Women in Political Leadership - Live from Transylvania University

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We took a trip back to Transylvania University, our alma mater, for a live podcast recording. We discussed all sorts of women in political leadership, including some of our favorite fictional portrayals, with Dr. Emily Goodman, Assistant Professor of Art History. 

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A Canceled Summit, Primary Election Results, and Listener Feedback

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From North Korea to primary elections to Steve Almond, our inboxes have been full this week. We talk about this week's news as well as share some of the great listener feedback we've gotten recently.

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Santa Fe School Shooting, Trade, the Mueller Investigation, and Bad Stories with Steve Almond

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Another school shooting. Another twitter rant. We talk current events and also have a conversation with author Steve Almond about his new book, Bad Stories, a literary investigation of what is happening in America.

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The Role of the Senate, North Korean Strategy, and Basic Human Decency

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Reports confirm Russia interfered in our election and that the President lied to the American people. Plus, North Korea throws cold water on the upcoming summit and the President of the United States described our fellow human beings as animals.

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The Jerusalem Embassy and Race, Class, and Education with Dr. Wendy Osefo

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The United States has opened its embassy in Jerusalem, and national issues keep surfacing in local races. We also discuss race, education, and policy with Dr. Wendy Osefo.

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Iran, North Korea, Michael Cohen, and Books

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The Iran Nuclear deal, North Korean detainees, and Russian oligarchs. We discuss lots of foreign policy, lots of lawyers, and lots of books. 

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The Chaos Presidency and the Dairy Industry

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We often ask ourselves "what kind of country do we want to live in?" Today, we ask that question in several contexts: national leadership, foreign policy, and the dairy industry. 

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The Meaning of Nuance and Spaceship Media's Bipartisan Project, The Many

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We've been thinking about the President, and we've got some things to say. So do women across the country. Spaceship Media's bipartisan Facebook project, The Many, is allowing them to do that. We also discuss what nuance means to us and a few of the headlines of the week.

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The WHCA Dinner, a #MeToo Moment, and Faith and Politics with Jen Hatmaker

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Jen Hatmaker is an evangelical leader who has made headlines for going public with her politics. We talk with her about how her Christian faith informs her political beliefs and about the modern marriage of evangelicalism and conservatism. We also discuss this week's news, including Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Plus, we chat about Avengers: Infinity War and its potential political symbolism. 

Women in the Freshman Class of the Virginia Legislature

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The Virginia House of Delegates seated a record number of women in January, and those women aren't messing around. We attended The Blue Victory Dinner in Arlington, Virginia and spoke to some of them about their successful campaigns and the importance of women in political leadership. 

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The Delegates:

Jennifer Carroll Foy, 2nd district: A public defender, Jennifer is a graduate of the third class of female cadets to ever attend the Virginia Military Institute. She has a masters from VSU, a JD from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and twin boys, to whom she gave birth while on the campaign trail.

Wendy Gooditis, 10th district: An educator and local business operator, Wendy co-founded the Clarke County chapter of Indivisible following the November 2016 election. Her successful 2017 run was her first electoral campaign, which focused on education, jobs, health and the environment.

Danica Roem, 13th District: An award-winning journalist and Manassas native, Danica is the first transgender politician to be elected to Virginia's General Assembly. She out-raised her Republican opponent--a 25-year incumbent --by 5 to 1 with a campaign focused on economic and transportation issues.

Elizabeth Guzman, 31st district: A Peruvian-American public administrator and social worker, Elizabeth came to the United States as a single mom looking for a better future for her eldest child. She delivered the Spanish response to the 2018 State of the Union address at the invitation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Kathy Tran, 42nd district: Kathy is the first Vietnamese-American to be elected to the General Assembly and a former federal government employee. She came to the United States as a refugee and has spent her career advocating for workers, working families, and immigrants.

Hala Ayala, 51st district: A public servant and cyber security expert, Hala is one of the first Latinas to be elected to the General Assembly. A former vice president of the National Organization of Women (Virginia chapter), Hala has also served on former Governor McAuliffe's Council of Women and is an advocate for women and families.

Karrie Delaney, 67th district: A long-time local civic leader, counselor for sexual assault survivors, and advocate against human trafficking, Karrie beat a four-term Republican incumbent with a campaign focused on economic growth & innovation, education and health care.

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 Delegate Wendy Gooditis, Sarah, Delegate Karrie Delaney, Beth, and Delegate Hala Ayala

Delegate Wendy Gooditis, Sarah, Delegate Karrie Delaney, Beth, and Delegate Hala Ayala

 Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, Sarah, Delegate Danica Roem, and Beth

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, Sarah, Delegate Danica Roem, and Beth

 Sarah, Delegate Kathy Tran, Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, and Beth

Sarah, Delegate Kathy Tran, Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, and Beth

 Senator Tim Kaine delivers the keynote address.

Senator Tim Kaine delivers the keynote address.

Waffle House Shooting, DNC Lawsuit, and Current Events with Mark McKinnon

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The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Campaign, and speculation about Michael Cohen is reaching a fever pitch. We also discuss the Waffle House shooting and share our interview with the gracious Mark McKinnon of Showtime's The Circus

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