Marianne Williamson on the Opioid Crisis, Racism, and Healing America

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We share our compelling conversation with Marianne Williamson, teacher, speaker, author, and, now, presidential candidate. We were honored to speak with her about a variety of issues facing America today. She shared her vision for the future of the country and how she envisions her part in that future. 

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Immigrants, Ilhan Omar, the 2020 Primary, and an American in Socialist Denmark (with Marjorie Skiba)

We discuss the impending release of the Mueller report, President Trump's plan to send immigrants to sanctuary cities, and the continued controversy around Ilhan Omar's comments about 9/11. We also check in on the 2020 primary, including thoughts on how the coverage of Mayor Pete Buttigieg contrasts with that of the women candidates. Then, we share our conversation with Marjorie Skiba, an American expat living in Denmark; she shares what it's like to move from America to a socialist country. Plus, Beth shares what she's ready and Sarah talks Game of Thrones. 

Compliment the Other Side: Texas State Rep. Jeff Leach and Nevada State Senators Nicole Canizzaro and Julia Ratti

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Changing Political Parties (with Rep. Stephanie Clayton)

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We talk with Kansas House of Representatives member Stephanie Clayton, who switched political parties last year. Stephanie shares with us what that process looked like for her and her motivations behind it. Plus, the response of her constituents might surprise you. You can follow Rep. Clayton on Twitter @SSCJoCoKs.

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Biden, Buttigieg, Kirstjen Nielsen, and Our Conversation with Senator Maggie Hassan

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We follow-up on our conversation about Joe Biden from Friday's episode. His actions over the weekend have shifted Beth's position a bit. We also discuss the end of Kirstjen Nielsen's tenure at the Department of Homeland Security and Pete Buttigieg's comments on faith and morality. In our main segment, we share our conversation with Senator Maggie Hassan from our live event in at South Church in Portsmouth, NH. To finish out, we share the Q&A segment from the event. 

Thank you so much to Tom at the RiverRun Bookstore and the New Hampshire Women's Foundation for putting on such a great event on Friday evening. 

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Questions About Joe Biden

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The conversation around Joe Biden's potential presidential campaign is getting contentious. We have some disagreements about it as well. We talk about all the distinct questions we believe we should be asking about a Biden candidacy. Plus, we talk about Kathy Griffin and how that picture has impacted her life and career.

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John Delaney on the ACA, the Border Crisis, Adam Schiff, and Running for President

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We're honored to be joined for the whole show by Rep. John Delaney, a Democratic candidate for president. He chats with us about healthcare, the border crisis, and the call for Rep. Schiff's resignation. We compliment all the other side and then Rep. Delaney shares the vision of his candidacy for president. Plus, outside of politics, we talk about his NCAA bracket and the great work his wife is doing. 

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The Barr Letter, Bad Press, and Reaching Political Parity (with Kelly Werder)

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!

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The Mueller Report and Criminal Justice Reform

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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5 Things You Need to Know About Criminal Justice Reform

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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.

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Brexit, the Veto, Guns, and White Nationalism

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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Beto, Manafort, the College Admissions Scandal, and Understanding Antisemitism (with Deborah Lipstadt)

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

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2020 Dreams, Paul Manafort, and Elizabeth Warren Takes On Tech Giants

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.

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Seismic Shift: The New World of Women in Politics

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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

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More Democrats and The New Rules of War (with Sean McFate)

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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Michael Cohen, North Korea, Methodists, and North Carolina

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.

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Foreign Policy, Hard Conversations, and Recruiting Black Women (with Courtney Hill)

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We talk about the United States and Venezuela, process some of the feedback from our conversation with Noah Rothman, compliment good constituent services and Republican responses to the national emergency, and share our conversation with the fabulous Courtney Hill of Polaris Strategies, who works to recruit black women to run for office. Outside of politics, we talk about our trip to New York, seeing Mean Girls on Broadway, and Sarah shares her thoughts about the Oscars.

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Noah Rothman and the Social Justice Movement

We share our conversation with columnist and author Noah Rothman about his new book Unjust and the social justice movement in America. 

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National Emergencies, LGBTQ Rights, and the Green New Deal

We discuss the president's choice to declare a national emergency and what that looks like in the context of past emergencies. During Compliment the Other Side, Beth praises Mama Bears who are welcoming LGBTQ children into their communities and cautions about discriminatory legislation cropping up in state legislatures; Sarah is excited to see Republican Bill Weld considering a primary challenge to President Trump. 

In our main segment, we break down the proposed Green New Deal and our different perspectives on it. Outside of politics, we're talking The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, reusable paper towels, and makeup. 

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Green New Deal

We discuss the TVA and the latest problems between Paul Manafort and federal investigators. Then, we share 5 things you need to know about AOC's proposed Green New Deal. We'll share our opinions on this bold vision on Tuesday's episode.

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Jeff Bezos, Justin Fairfax, and All the Democratic Women

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We touch briefly on the looming return of the government shutdown. Then, we talk about lots of men in power who are in varying levels of trouble: Jeff Bezos, Ralph Northam, and Justin Fairfax. In our main segment, we talk about the Democratic women running for president and whether or not media coverage of them has been sexist. Included in that discussion are our thoughts on Amy Klobuchar's staffing issues. Outside of politics, Beth watched Black Mirror and Sarah talks about her mother-son book club. 

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If you're on the fence about buying the book, maybe this quote that Kelly read at the end of the show today will inspire you:

"We can’t get to the substance of Komisar’s research without first recognizing our stakes in our personal choices and how those stakes color our perspective. That’s the beauty of curiosity. In trying to understand another person’s perspective, it often gives us the space to understand our own more deeply as well. We also can’t have productive dialogue with others without getting curious about what stakes color the other person’s perspective. Our stakes aren’t always logical, coherent, or rational, and that’s okay. The same holds true for other people. We don’t need to discount a person’s position because of what’s influencing it; we just need to acknowledge what’s influencing it."