Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Powered by MomsRising)
If Congress doesn't act before 11:59pm on December 31st, then our nation could go over the "fiscal cliff." This week on the #RADIO show we talk about our national economy and what the cliff could look like for all of us.

*Special guests include: Imara Jones, Economic Justice contributor for ColorLines Magazine; Sarah Anderson, IPS Global Economy Project Director;  Nick Hanauer, entrepreneur, author, and activist;  U.S. Representative Donna Edwards;  and Jared Solomon, Senior Director, Budget Policy at First Focus.

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What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School was an unspeakable tragedy. There have been 16 mass shootings this year in the United States alone that have risen to the level of national news, as well as many mass shootings that don't ever make it into the national dialogue. In fact, each day 34 people are murdered with guns in our nation. This is not okay. It's time to improve our gun safety laws.
On this show we talk about turning this trend around, about gun violence prevention, and about protecting our children and communities.
*Special guests include: Lori Haas, parent of VA Tech survivor, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG); Cliff Schecter, best-selling author and gun violence prevention expert; Ashley Boyd, MomsRising; Byron Hurt, award winning filmmaker; and Dean Baker -Co-Director Center for Economic and Policy Research.
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On this show we're talking with a billionaire, moms, economists, and experts about our national priorities, taxes, and what the budget says about who we are as a nation.  Times have changed. In our modern economy, the "safety net" is also a ladder to opportunity in important new ways that we explore with lively guests.

*Special guests include: Nick Hanauer, entrepreneur, author, and activist; Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project; Alex Lawson, Social Security Works;  Monifa Bandele and Dream Hampton, MomsRising Super Women; Margie Omero, Momentum, DC.
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Money, politics, and bears… Oh my!  From moms bringing bears (Yes, bears!) to Congress to urge them not to put moms & families in an "unbearable" financial situation, to the latest on the full implementation of health reform and the fiscal cliff, this week we cover the top topics facing our nation in lively conversations.

*Special guests include: Sarah Anderson, IPS Global Economy Project Director;  Imara Jones is the Economic Justice contributor for; U.S. Representative Donna Edwards; Ruth Martin and Charlie Rose, MomsRising; and Carrie Fitzgerald, Senior Policy Advisor and Jared Solomon, Senior Director, Budget Policy at First Focus.
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Artists, activists, advocates, and experts all tackle the latest on what's at stake with the fiscal cliff.  From trees to childcare, this show covers it all--and even covers how to take the best photographs to spark civic engagement around the fiscal cliff and other issues online.
*Special guests include: David Rolfe, International VP SEIU; Emily Goldstein, photographer, Wild and Crazy Pearl blogger, and advocate; Ruth Martin, MomsRising Superwoman; Helen Blank, National Women's Law Center; David Goldston, National Resources Defense Council.  
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The election may be over, but our work has just begun.  If Congress doesn’t act, massive across-the-board cuts could cost millions of jobs and hurt health care, education, aid to state and local governments, and vital programs that kids and families depend on, such as Head Start, child care, and food safety.  Even worse, some lawmakers are trying to use this high-stakes moment of legislative complexity as an opportunity to attempt to sneak in drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.  

We're going to to talk about the fiscal cliff, our economy, election mandates, and even about cupcakes with experts, business owners, and advocates on this show.

*Special guests include: Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, Global Policy Solutions; Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the publisher of; Monifa Bandele and Ashly Boyd, MomsRising; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorOfChange and Lisa Lopez, WalMart employee; Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale and board member of Main Street Alliance.
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"Is it an action scene in a James Bond movie?"  No.   You can't watch the news without hearing the "fiscal cliff" that Congress must address by the end of the year.  One of the biggest items on the table:  Congress must decide before the end of the year whether to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans--and to protect investments in working and middle-class families, as well as in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.  

But, other than sounding like a movie scene from Skyfall, what does this "fiscal cliff" mean to you in your daily life?  We're going to talk about it on this show with experts, economists, and advocates in a lively conversation about our national economy and how the fiscal cliff could impact our daily lives.

*Thank you to special guests: Kimberly Inez McGuire, Senior Policy Analyst; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Joan Entmacher, National Women's Law Center; Jared Bernstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Melanie Campbell - CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women's Roundtable; Hilary Shelton, Vice President, NAACP.
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What an election!  There was a clear choice before our nation on Election Day and people--including women and moms--made a strong statement.  On this show we talk with experts, pollsters, media corespondents and advocates about who voted and what those votes meant,  We also discuss how social media impacted the election, why more women won Congressional seats, and what's ahead for our nation.

*Special guests include: Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President and CEO of the Women’s Campaign Fund; Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions and professor at the University of Washington; Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D., affectionately known as Dr. Goddess, is a writer, entertainer, entrepreneur, scholar, and activist; David Shuster, Emmy Award-winning broadcast news anchor and correspondent for Current TV; Eric Liu, author and served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and as deputy domestic policy adviser. 
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On this show we rock the vote, covering what policies are at stake in this election for women's health, for students, for the Latino community, for domestic workers, and more.  And, we hear the latest on tactics that some are using to try to suppress the vote--as well as what you can do to make sure everyone who can vote, is able to vote.
*Special guests include: Heather Smith, President and Chief Rocker, Rock the Vote; Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA); Judy Waxman, Vice President of Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center; Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland.
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Bayonets, Big Bird, and Binders: The presidential debates, according to internet memes, were brought to you by the letter "B."  On this show we analyze the latest from the campaign trail on topics ranging from gender equality to foreign policy, from domestic policy to voter suppression, and also human rights.  And we cap the show off with a look into pumpkin policy, AKA political pumpkin carving, that you don't want to miss.

*Special guests include: Galye TzemachNew York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorofChange.orgMark Levine, Senior fellow at the Truman National Security Project and talk show host; Michelle Ringuette, Amnesty International USA's Chief of Campaigns and Programs; and Sarah Francis & Ruth Martin, MomsRising.
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