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American Democracy is not promised to us and, with all the forces working against it, saving it will take a level of work most people aren’t ready for. The Politics Girl Podcast is here to give people a reason to care and a reason to fight. Our goal is to inspire. To instill in people a true understanding of what this country COULD be, if the right people were fighting for it, and what it WILL be if they don’t. It’s a political podcast yes, but more than that, it’s a podcast about America’s ...
 
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Today’s episode is part of the Candidate Conversation series leading up to the midterms, where we talk to candidates from across the country whose victories are absolutely essential to the success of American democracy. Today’s podcast will be with 2 Democratic candidates running for the 3rd districts of their states. Brad Pfaff from Wisconsin and …
 
Today’s podcast is a conversation with Karen Bass, Congresswoman for California’s 37th district, former California assemblywoman, and current candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles. And you might think, “Ok I don’t live in Los Angeles so why should I care?” You should care because Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the US, and California is the …
 
For a political nerd like me being invited to the White House is like going to the Super Bowl. I was thrilled to be there, but even more excited to see the genuine passion the Biden Administration has for the country and its people. This is why I do what I do. To help people who care about the country, and to make sure that list of people grows eve…
 
We are starting a new series leading up to the midterms called Candidate Conversations, where we chat with candidates from across the country to highlight races and people that you might not be as familiar with, but whose victories are essential and need your support. Today’s podcast will be split into individual conversations with 2 amazing Democr…
 
Today’s podcast is a candid conversation with Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood. We are living at volatile time in American history. One entire party is hellbent on taking us backward into the worst parts of our country’s past filled with racism, homophobia, inequality and the subjugation of women. Since the reversal of…
 
Today’s podcast is a candid conversation with Mike Monroe, the Chief of Staff to North America’s Building Trades Unions, a labor organization representing more than 3 million construction workers, composed of 14 national and international unions. Prior to joining NABTU, Mike served as the Political Director for Labor on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presi…
 
When we last had Teri Kanefield on the show she was reminding us that just because we weren’t seeing the results we wanted didn’t mean the wheels of justice weren’t turning. People wanted so badly for the DOJ to tell us they were investigating Trump, for Trump to be arrested, for RESULTS, but Teri has always believed that the fact that we were seei…
 
Today’s pod is a candid conversation with Nick Carmody, psychotherapist, lawyer, and Executive Board Member for the World Mental Health Coalition. Nick uses his psychology expertise to look at politics and how politics affects the personality of the country. If there’s already political science, Nick believes there should be political psychology. W…
 
We shouldn’t have to be talking about authoritarianism, strongmen and propaganda in 21st Century America, and yet here we are. Join me and my guest Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of History and Italian studies at NYU, advisor to ‘Protect Democracy’, and author of ‘Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present’ as we discuss the danger the United States is in…
 
Want to understand what’s going on right now? We talk to Bharat about about inflation, the economy and all the things the Biden Administration is doing under the radar while the Republicans blame them for all the country’s woes. I promise this is actually a very hopeful episode. I know it doesn’t feel hopeful right now, with the prices so high and …
 
As our guest David Bender points out “It’s hard to watch the 1/6 hearings because it’s like looking directly into the sun. It hurts.” You can’t believe the President of the United States, the man who held the same office as Washington, Lincoln, JFK and FDR could’ve brought us so low. That he and his enablers could have put their own needs and desir…
 
American democracy is under attack in more ways than ever before. From the disinformation and voter suppression efforts based on Trump’s Big Lie, to the GOP abandoning democracy for their own power, to foreign cyber attacks and good old fashion voter machine manipulation. Congress is unable to pass a voter protection bill because the Republicans ke…
 
For generations American men have been raised in a rigid structure of what it meant to be a man, which had its benefits in the dominant position of power in the patriarchy, but was destructive to their personal relationships and authentic selves. Now our society finds itself at a tipping point of either a resurgence, or the end, of the patriarchy a…
 
This 4th of July I thought we’d revisit why were are doing this podcast in the first place. What’s at stake and what why we need to care about this country and the direction it’s heading. It doesn’t matter if you feel like you’re too busy to care about politics. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think it matters, or if you think it’ll all just be fine…
 
President of Emily’s List Laphonza Butler joins me on the day the Supreme Court strips women of their constitutional right to bodily autonomy. We were going to talk all the positive actions Emily’s List has been taking to get pro-choice women candidates elected up and down the ballot, and the importance of supporting pro-choice candidates in this p…
 
America is at a crossroad. There is a real possibility that we will cease to have democracy in the United States. As Rothkopf says, “Republicans don’t just want to repeat the “Big Lie”, they want to repeat the ability to do what Trump WANTED to do and disenfranchise the American people.” Holding Trump accountable is essential, but almost more impor…
 
As our guest today says, “A functioning democracy depends on a shared understanding of reality” and we all have a part to play in getting the truth and the message out. In his most recent book, “Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook and the MAGA Media are Destroying America”, Dan discusses how the right wing built a massive, billionaire funded di…
 
The Republican Party hasn’t just lost their minds and become anti-democratic overnight. Democracy was always less important to them than power, so as long as democracy upheld their power they supported it, now that it doesn’t, it’s out. The goal is clear: 1950’s style white, Christian, male dominance and they’ve been plotting to bring it back since…
 
Today’s PoliticsGirl: Candid Conversation is with Melissa Walker, Head of Giving Circles at The States Project. How do we fight back in a broken system where the deck is stacked against us? The States Project believes everything we care about starts in the states. Yes, we have to hold onto the House. Yes, we need at least 2 more Democratic Senators…
 
The shooting in Buffalo targeting black people. The shooting in Pittsburg targeting Jewish worshipers. The shooting in El Paso targeting Mexican immigrants. The shooting in Christchurch, NZ targeting Muslims. What do they all have in common? The Great Replacement Theory. The idea that white people are being deliberately replaced. Remember the white…
 
Today’s PoliticsGirl: Candid Conversation is with John Pavlovitz, writer, pastor & activist. John is the author of several best-selling books and the wildly popular blog “Stuff that Needs to be Said”. A 25-year veteran of church ministries, John is kind of a bit of an anomaly in today’s Christian communities with his deep commitment to equality, di…
 
After a copy of Justice Alito‘s draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health leaked to Politico. The draft, confirmed as authentic by Chief Justice Roberts, in very clear terms overturns both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey fundamentally ending the constitutional right to abortion in America. This is a hinge point in the hi…
 
Education has become a hot button topic in America. From school closings due to the pandemic, to the war on masks, to the endless talk of CRT, “parent’s rights” and the banning of books and discussions of LGBTQ issues, the Republicans, never one to let a good crisis go to waste, have found a way to capitalize on the issue to get the results they wa…
 
Today’s PoliticsGirl: Candid Conversation is Shannon Watts, founder of Mom’s Demand Action, the largest grassroots group fighting gun violence in America. We talk about what it takes to make a difference, the power of grassroots action and the power of numbers. The majority of America wants common sense gun legislation. Why can’t we get it? Or can …
 
From critically acclaimed podcast studios Pineapple Street and Wondery comes a new 8-part series called Will Be Wild that shines a light on the human stories left out of the headlines. It goes deep into the lives of people who took part in that day. People who saw it coming. And people who fear that January 6th was just the beginning of something, …
 
Conservatives are usually very committed to the idea of patriotic unity when it comes to foreign enemies, but this version of the Republican Party is different. The party of Reagan now seems closer to the party of Putin. Even an all out war being waged against freedom and democracy can’t seem to bring people to stand with the American president, if…
 
Candid Conversation is with author and lawyer Teri Kanefield as we talk about her most recent blog ‘Merrick Garland & the January 6th Investigation’. Teri is an appellate lawyer who has published over a dozen books as well as articles, essays, stories and legal briefs over the past 30 years. Her political analysis has been used in the Washington Po…
 
There are so many things we think we know but we don’t really know. When you hear someone use the word communism, socialism, Marxism, fascism…do you know what they mean? Or do you just have a general idea? Where did these ideas even come from? How did our governments evolve? What’s an aristocracy, a democracy, a kleptocracy? We keep talking about o…
 
Today’s PoliticsGirl: Candid Conversation is with esteemed epidemiologist, and Public Health expert Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding. As BA.2 decimates China and takes over Europe, it’s clear that no matter how much we want to be done with Covid, Covid isn’t done with us. Dr. Feigl-Ding and I talk how we got here, what’s really happening, and what to look for n…
 
In less than a year Governor Hochul has gone from Governor by default, after the abrupt resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, to leading gubernatorial candidate for New York’s November’s election. Born and bred in upper New York State, Governor Hochul is lawyer, a mother and lifetime public servant, Governor Hochul is also a tireless advocate for w…
 
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not some standalone crisis that started in late February, but rather a much bigger picture that’s coming together. A picture made up of hundreds of puzzle pieces that tell a story. A story of greed, power and ambition. A story of lawlessness and fraud. As story of weakness, and yes, a story of treason. We might never…
 
California Congressman Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Member of the January 6th Select Committee and one of the Lead Impeachment Managers for the first impeachment of Donald Trump, joins us to share insight on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Congressman Schiff notes that what we’re seeing in Ukraine is not a new war. Th…
 
The current, far right, conservative make up of the Supreme Court clearly has an agenda, and it’s terrifying for the legitimacy of our rule of law and way of life. So today we’re going to talk about the Supreme Court, its importance to American society, it’s capture by the far right and what, if anything, can be done to save it from itself. I want …
 
Inflation is an obvious problem in America right now. The cause, however, is little less obvious. We have a supply chain problem due to the pandemic, but we also have companies recording record profits, and one whole political party who would rather weaponize inflation than solve it. I’m no financial expert but when this many people are talking abo…
 
Active and prolific Republican communications and PR strategist for most of his career. Schmidt worked on the George W Bush presidential campaign, the Schwarzenegger campaign for California Governor, and ran John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. Schmidt was the Vice Chair at Edelman PR and a political analyst for MSNBC. A founding member of …
 
Between Tucker Carlson doing an entire prime time segment on the brown M&M's shoes, to The New York Times printing deceptive clickbait titles and op-eds from known liars because they think it’ll sell, to major corporations systematically buying up and dismantling our entire media structure in the shadows, something has clearly gone wrong with media…
 
Alexander Vindman was the Director for European Affairs for the National Security Council under Donald Trump and the military officer who reported the now infamous phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that led to the first of Donald Trump’s two impeachments. Vindman is a military expert in all things Ukraine…
 
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki joins us today for our new segment PG:CC to discuss where we’re at at the one year mark of the Biden Administration. We dive into the disconnect between what is really happening and what we hear about. We talk Covid, voting rights, the Supreme Court, and the democratic messaging problem. It’s a candid conversat…
 
The autocrats of the world are on the rise and one party in America seems more than happy to join their club. We need a resurgence of democracy, not only at home but around the world or those who would seek to sink the west will finally succeed and the values and human rights that we have come to take for granted will be a thing of the past. Stick …
 
Democracy is not doomed. We can fight for it. But the first step is to acknowledge we HAVE to fight for it. To recognize the reality of what CAN happen, and accept what WILL happen, if we don’t all work together to fix what’s broken. Democracy is under attack and it’s under attack, not from outside forces, but from one of the two major parties righ…
 
The right to vote in America is under attack. The Republicans, and the dark moneyed powers who fund them, have made a calculated decision to rig the elections in their favor to regain and retain power. Between redistricting, partisan gerrymandering, voter suppression laws and criminal intimidation Republicans have decided to abandon the fundamental…
 
Based on the recent powerpoint presentation, text messages and correspondence that Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, released to the January 6th Bipartisan Select Committee, we can now see, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the 45th President of the United States, in collusion with his team and current sitting members of Congress delibera…
 
America needs to accept the Republican Party no longer plays for Team Democracy. The have chosen the Democrat’s failure over America’s success. They are willing to trade American lives, the economy and our place in world to get themselves back in power and, once there, they’ll consolidate that power to undermine our institutions until the America w…
 
The court that Trump built seems poised to set women’s rights back a century with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We talk about the history of a woman’s right to choose, the fundamental dishonesty of the pro-life movement, the myth that the religious right has always been anti-abortion, and the threat this decision will have, not only on women’s ri…
 
It is a frustrating time. Most of us are losing our minds with the lack of accountability for Trump & Co. We’re mad at the Democrats for not moving faster and doing more. We’re mad at the DOJ for seemingly doing nothing. We’re mad that it feels like we’re the only ones calling for justice and we want results like, yesterday. But, as Teri Kanefield …
 
Enough of the spin, the depressing headlines & the bad poll numbers. By almost every discernible metric, the Democrats are actually doing incredibly well. We talk about the signed bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the biggest investment in our country in over 50 years; the Build Back Better Act, that could be the greatest social spending bill in deca…
 
Leigh gives you some background on where she comes from, why she’s doing this, and why she thinks you should care. We talk about the danger of General Michael Flynn’s public call for one religion in America, churches increasing involvement in politics, and the danger our democracy faces right now. We touch on the Kyle Rittenhouse case and the curre…
 
American Democracy is not promised to us and, with all the forces working against it, saving it will take a level of work most people aren’t ready for. The PoliticsGirl Podcast is here to give people a reason to care and a reason to fight. Our goal is to inspire. To instill in people a true understanding of what this country COULD be, if the right …
 
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