Barbara Bush, Nikki Haley, and Civic Engagement Live from Walsingham Academy

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Barbara Bush passed away this week and Trump administration officials are making headlines. We discuss this week's news and the importance of student civic engagement in a live recording from Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Thanks to today's sponsors: SmartNews and Martha Stewart Wine Company.

Thanks also to Walsingham Academy who graciously hosted us in their classes and for the recording of this podcast. Walsingham Academy is the only Coed Pre-K through 12th grade Mercy School in the nation for students and families who seek a holistic approach to learning, grounded in the Mercy Core Values. If you want to learn more about Walsingham Academy you can visit Walsingham.org. An enhanced education and community engagement is only possible through the generosity of our donors. Please consider making your gift today at Walsingham.org or contact the Office of Advancement.

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James Comey, Sean Hannity, Michael Cohen, Syria, and David Singleton of OJPC Talks Criminal Justice Reform

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The weekend brought a military strike in Syria, breaking news about Michael Cohen, and a bombshell interview with James Comey. We also talk with David Singleton, the Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center after its work on criminal justice reform in Ohio.

Michael Cohen, Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Ryan, and more from Major Jason Baker

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A description of this week's headlines would sound a little like "We Didn't Start the Fire" lyrics. We tackle some of the many news stories of the week including the FBI raid of Michael Cohen's office, Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress, and Paul Ryan's resignation announcement. Plus, we share the second half of Beth's conversation about military policy with Air Force Major Jason Baker. 

Syria, Mueller Updates, and Air Force Major Jason Baker

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On Saturday, an apparent chemical weapons attack killed 25 people and injured more than 500 in Syria. Major Jason Baker adds his experienced voice to the conversation. Plus, Beth shares an update on the Mueller investigation. 

Activism and #MarchforOurLives Data with Dr. Dana Fisher

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March for Our Lives and the Parkland survivors continue to dominate public debate. We also cover the Kentucky pension crisis, our trade tiff with China, and the responsibilities that come with a public platform.

Thanks to our sponsors: Breach and Forto Coffee.

Kentucky Pension: 
Teachers Rally in Frankfort
Kentucky Schools Shut

China and Trade
China Tariffs on U.S. Products
Tariffs and Intellectual Property
Trump Country and China Tariffs

Alton Sterling & Stephon Clark
The Stephon Clark Tragedy
Sacramento Police Cruiser Hits Woman
Alton Sterling Police Videos (content warning)

Compliment the Other Side:
Sarah - Chris Christie and Scott Pruitt
Beth - Mark Warner and the Russia Investigation

March for Our Lives:
Gun Control and Children
Dr. Dana Fisher
American Resistance

Outside of Politics
Sarah - Wild Wild Country 

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Live from Ripon College, John Bolton, and the Census

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John Bolton is the new National Security Advisor, and the census is bizarrely in the headlines. Plus, we share some of the live recording from our day at Ripon College in Wisconsin. 

Thanks to our sponsors: Acer and EverlyWell

Ripon College Keynote Address

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Stormy Daniels, #MarchforOurLives, the Omnibus, Facebook, and Cambridge Analytica

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Should we all just delete Facebook? We talk about the political ramifications of social media along with a host of current events.

Putin's Election, Listener Feedback, and Running for Office with Emily Ellsworth

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We discuss the latest news and listener feedback and Beth talks to Emily Ellsworth about her recently announced campaign for Utah Senate District 15. 

Thanks to our sponsors: Acer and ModCloth.

Visit Emily for Utah to learn more about her campaign.

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The Danger of Othering

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Anna Palmer of Politico’s playbook helps us process the state of DC going into another spending fight. We also discuss how identifying ourselves in groups keeps us from seeing the humanity of others. 

Thanks to our sponsors: goodcleangrapes.com and EverlyWell.

 

Women's History Month Moment:

The Brutal History of Japan's "Comfort Women"

South Korea, Comfort Women, and Trump

Lee Yong-soo's Mission

Recommended Resources:

Politico Playbook

Andrew McCabe's Firing

Brené Brown on Pod Save the People

 

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Listener Feedback on Abortion, Administrative Upheaval, and Nuance vs. Politeness

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Everybody has thoughts about our discussion on abortion. We cover some of that feedback as well as some of the notable news of the week. 

Feminism and the Pro-Life Movement with Claire Swinarski

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President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un, but is less open to talking to Bob Mueller. We discuss the latest news and talk with Claire Swinarski about the pro-life movement and feminism.

Gun Sense and Female Leadership with Shannon Watts

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Shannon Watts started Moms Demand Action as a Facebook page at her kitchen table. Five years later, it is the driving force in the gun violence prevention movement. 

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Visit the Moms Demand Action website to learn about, support, or get involved with their work for gun sense in America.

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Steel tariffs, Watergate, and Women's History Month

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The President’s announcement on steel tariffs renews the conversation about America’s place in the world. Today, we’re discussing America’s economic role in the world, along with the Oscars, and Fox News

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Recommended Resources:

Donald Trump's Public and Private Presidency

Fabric Guru

Women's History Month Spotlight: Jeanette Rankin

Congresswoman Rankin Biography

Has Anything Changed for Female Politicians?

The Congresswoman Who Paved the Way for Hillary Clinton

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An Active Week in Washington

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Hope Hicks is out, Jared Kushner is downgraded, and Trump changes his tune on guns. We talk about an active week in Washington and take listener questions on Eric Greitens and Tom Nichols' thread on conservatism.

The Democratic Memo, Mueller's latest moves, #metoo at CPAC, and your thoughts on the gun debate

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Critical discussions in this country continue to develop about election interference, #metoo, and gun violence. 

Thanks to our sponsors for today's podcast: ThirdLove and Martha Stewart Wine Company

Beth summarizes her thoughts on the Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee response to the Republican memo on the Russian investigation as well as her new found commitment to primary sources. She also shared her thoughts on the recent indictments and movement of Robert Mueller and his team. We also talk about Mona Charen's #metoo moment at CPAC.

Beth compliments the Democratic governors. Sarah compliments Florida Governor Rick Scott.

In our main segment, we discuss the great feedback we've got from our community on the ongoing gun debate.

We end with what's on our minds outside politics. Beth is thinking about her crafting and we talk about the essential nature of idle time. 

Trump's listening session, Rubio's town hall, and America's changing conversation on guns

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The conversation on guns in this country is changing. We talk about a particularly intense day this week filled with listening sessions, marches, and town halls. 

We then spoke with Jeremy Hays and Eve Pearlman, cofounders of Spaceship Media, about dialogue journalism and their new project The Many

This show is sponsored by Tamara Mellon.

Parkland, the Mueller Indictment, and Tabitha Isner's Run for Congress

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Students across the U.S. are demanding action to prevent future gun violence, and Robert Mueller has issued an extensive indictment related to Russian interference in the 2016 election. We discuss the week’s news and talk with Tabitha Isner about her run for Congress. 

Thanks to our sponsors for today's podcast: Tamara Mellon and Martha Stewart Wine Company

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are leading a nationwide movement, demanding that policymakers address gun violence in schools. We discuss their activism and the need for reasonable progress and compromise. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in a 37-page indictment, has described Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. We discuss the indictment and updates regarding Michael FlynnRick Gates, and Richard Pinedo

Sarah compliments Congressman Carlos Curbelo for his remarks following the Parkland shooting. Beth compliments the Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council

We talk with Tabitha Isner and her campaign manager, Megan Skipper, about her run for Congress as a Democrat in Alabama. You can find Tabitha on her websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook

We end with what's on our minds outside politics. Beth is thinking about her bucket list. Sarah is excited about her friend's new children's album

Again.

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On January 23, there was a school shooting in our home state. On February 14, 17 people were killed in yet another

If you are ready to take action, consider doing one of the following things: 

  • text ACT to 64433 to join Moms Demand Action 
  • host a conversation in your community about the threat of violence (agree in advance about whether you'd like to discuss gun control provisions or not) 
  • contact your elected official to express your insistence on measures to combat gun violence  

Post-note: 

At the top of the episode, we cite the statistic from EveryTown that there have been 18 school shootings in 2018. This statistic has been criticized today by, among others, theWashington Post. EveryTown uses an expansive definition of school shooting to encompass every time a gun has discharged live rounds on school property. We encourage you to judge the meaning and importance of this statistic for yourself. 

 

The stock market and the economy with Heidi Moore.

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It’s hard to keep up with the memos, interviews, and leaks coming out of Washington DC so we take a painstaking look at what we do and don’t know about the memo and the Mueller investigation 

Thanks to our sponsor: Martha Stewart Wine and TomboyX Underwear

We discuss the resignation of Rob Porter and the President's wholly unacceptable response to the accusations of domestic violence against Porter. We also talk about the Olympics: North Korea's participation, the ugly part of the event, and why we keep watching

To compliment individuals who aren't members of our respective parties, Beth compliments the Democratic candidate in her home district, Patti Piatt. Sarah compliments Rand Paul on his continued stance against deficit spending. 

For our main segment, business journalist Heidi Moore joins us for a discussion of the stock market, the economy, and why debt colors Donald Trump's opinion of it all. 

We end with a discussion on what's on our minds outside politics. Beth loved Lady Bird and Victoria & Abdul. Sarah loved The Power and Sing, Unburied, Sing. Heidi shares her love for The Good Place and Call Me By Your Name.