Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Powered by MomsRising)
This show starts out getting the inside scoop on the labor movement America, then we jump to hearing about the big conflict in Congress over unemployment insurance. Will 1.3 million people get left out in the cold?  From there we move to explore the growing inequality in our nation and what you can do about it. And in closing we have an in-depth interview with a leading immigration policy expert.  Will there ever be a legal path to citizenship? Tune in to find out.

*Special guests include: Carol Joyner, Director of the Labor Project for Working Families (LPWF); Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP); Jill Reese, Alliance for a Just Society;  Pramila Jayapal, author and leading national advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights. 
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Category:politics -- posted at: 10:17pm EDT

U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shares what’s really happening in Congress.

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Krist Novoselic, musician, bassist and co-founder of the band Nirvana, and chair of FairVote.  

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Category:politics -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Hear the inside scoop on gun violence in America, listen to as U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shares what’s really happening in Congress, explore the brilliant campaign that led to Marissa Alexander being released from prison, and catch up with Krist Novoselic, bassist and co-founder of the band Nirvana and chair of FairVote.

*Special guests include Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America; Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi;  Esther Armah, political commentator for MSNBC, international journalist, playwright, creator of Emotional Justice Unplugged, and national best-selling author; Krist Novoselic, musician, bassist and co-founder of the band Nirvana, and chair of FairVote.  
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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

When the first lady is attacked and called a feminist nightmare for embracing her role as "mom-in-chief" -- despite her leadership in key policy areas like stemming the childhood obesity epidemic, increasing access to healthy food and aiding military families and veterans -- it's time to call foul.  The real feminist nightmare is when women are undermined because they are mothers -- particularly because more than 80 percent of women in our nation have children by the time they're 44 years old.

*Special guests include: Tamara Winfrey Harris, author specializing in race and gender and their intersection with pop culture and politics;  Joya Misra, author and Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts; Lori DorfmanDirector Berkeley Media Studies Group; Kristin Larson.
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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

On this show we cover hunger in America, including exploring how it came to be that 1 in 5 kids in our nation are experiencing food scarcity. Next, we find out what sparked a leading activist to fight for women, and to fight for paid FAMILY leave.  After that, we hear the lowdown from the front lines of fighting poverty. And last, we get the inside scoop on what's going on with the Affordable Care Act,, and how it can help you.

*Special guests include: Joel Berg is Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families; Amanda Andere, Executive Director of FACETS; and Ashley Boyd, MomsRising.
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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

We start out with Congressman Jim McGovern on SNAP, foodstamps, why they're in jeopardy and what you can do about it.  Then we move to Congresswoman Barbara Lee who shares the very latest on the current budget negotiations.  Next up, dream hampton shares the tragic story of 19-year old Renisha McBride, who was shot in the face while seeking help recently.  We close the show talking about the hope that people are feeling with the introduction of the FAMILY Act in Congress.  Are we really, truly finally going to catch our public policies up with modern labor force realities?  Listen and find out.

Special guests include: U.S. Representative Jim McGovern; U.S. Representative Barbara Lee; dream Hampton, writer, activist an award-winning filmmaker, and change maker; and Ruth Martin, Senior Campaign Director, MomsRising.
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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

On this show we talk about advertising directed at women and how it impacts our body images; hear the latest about women in politics; uncover how to fix the fact that childcare now costs more than college; and explore food marketing, how it impacts kids, and what you can do about it.

*Special guests include: Karla Ballard, Senior Vice President, Ogilvy and Mather; Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP); Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning at the National Women's Law Center;  Carol Hazen, Director of Advocacy Resources for the Food Marketing Initiative at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University.
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Category:politics -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

Hear what's Behind the Kitchen Door; learn about the fight to stop toxic chemicals from reaching products that are sold on store shelves in your community; discuss the best way to address income inequality to raise all boats; and get an update on gun safety policies, as well as hear about a glimmer of hope from corporate change.

*Special guests include: Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), author, and an Assistant Professor of Public Law in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College; Rena Steinzor is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and the President of the Center for Progressive Reform; LeeAnn Hall is Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society; Gloria Pan, Senior Campaign Director MomsRising.
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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

On this show, we start with an analysis of what's going wrong in DC and how we can help turn our nation around, then hear from a journalist about why your story matters, get the details on the budget shennagins in Congress and what specifics you should be paying attention to, and find out about how to get access to affordable healthcare coverage.

Special guests include: Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, Director of Global Policy Solutions; Ben Wikler, host of Flaming Sword of Justice; Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, author, radio host, advocate, and leader;  Ashley Boyd, Director of Member Engagement and Senior Campaign Director for MomsRising’s Breastfeeding and Health Care campaigns.
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Category:politics -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Gun safety.  Affordable healthcare.  Social security.  Parent organizing victories.  This show covers it all thanks to special guests, including: Thomas McInerny, MD, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); Ashley BoydDirector of Member Engagement and Senior Campaign Director for MomsRising’s Breastfeeding and Health Care campaigns; Ben Veghte, Research Director at Social Security Works; Kia Hinton, mother of three children in the Philadelphia public schools who is fighting to keep the schools open. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

This show covers the government shutdown and the rippling repercussions on real people across the nation, featuring special guests including: Jennifer NganduNational Council of La Raza (NCLR); Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women (AAUW);  Ashley Boyd, MomsRising;  Rev. Douglas GreenawayPresident & CEO of the National WIC Association. 

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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

From gun safety legislation to food stamps, from the Affordable Care Act to earned sick days, on this show we talk about the latest in Congress and how it impacts you.

Special guests include: Shannon Watts, Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Kathleen King, Children’s Defense Fund; Donna Dolanchair of the New York State Paid Leave Coalition; Ashley Boyd, MomsRising Healthcare Team Director.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

This week's show is a Best of. Special Thanks to all our guests:

 - Katrina Alcorn, author of "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink;" 
- Sally Kohn, author, media guru, Fox News commentator; 
- Pramila Jayapal,  author, founder of OneAmerica, and We Belong Together; 
- Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
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Category:politics -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

On this show we explore the potential impact of the proposed SNAP/food stamp cuts, the current state of climate change and juvenile justice in America, and the growing momentum around family leave.  Guests include Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC); Alisha Johnson, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Sarah Bryer,  National Juvenile Justice Network; Ruth Martin, MomsRising.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

The superstar line up for this show includes: Kimberly Seals Allers, award-winning journalist, author of The Mocha Manual™ series of books and founder of, a pregnancy and parenting lifestyle destination and blog for African Americans. Molly Wingate, author of Slow Parenting Teenssmall business owner, healthcare advocate, and author ofTough Choices for Momepreneurs: Combating the Health Insurance BarrierBarbara Arnwine, national leader and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Katrina Alcorn, author of "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink."

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Category:politics -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

Thank you to special guests, including: Chris Melody Field, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Sally Kohn, author, media guru, Fox News commentator; Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute; Pramila Jayapal,  author, founder of OneAmerica, and We Belong Together.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Thank you to special guests, including: Kuae Mattox National President of Mocha Moms, Inc.; Beth Messersmith, NC Campaign Director for MomsRising; Monifa Bandele, MomsRising; Jesicca Martin-Webber, The Leaky Boob.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Last Breaking Through before Kristin returns from vacation! Special Thanks to Aaron Calafato, Co-Founder of Student Debt Crisis; Isaiah Thompson, Reporter at ProPublica; and Amalia Deloney, Policy Director at the Center for Media Justice.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

On this episode we reprise last weeks phenomenal discussion on rape culture, talk to a housing/foreclosure activist who's really making a difference in the fight for fair housing/mortgage practices and we talk about not being evil when it comes to talking about climate change.

Special Thanks to Our Great Guests: Community leader Morris Legrande from Richmond, CA on the new victory to use eminent domain to stop foreclosure; Brad Johnson from Forecast the Facts, on their campaign to have Google quit funding climate change deniers & Wagatwe Wanjuki, Anti-Rape Activist & Writer for RH Reality Check.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

Great Show! We deal with Private Prisons & Immigration Reform, Rape Culture, & then we delve into Angel Investing 101 for Women. So many great guests, so little time!

Special Thanks To: Kathy Bird, Campaign Lead for the Florida Immigration Coalition's CCA Go Away Campaign; Wagatwe Wanjuki, Anti-Rape Activist & Writer for RH Reality Check; Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship.  

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Category:politics -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

On this show we talk with the legislative champion who passed paid family leave in Rhode Island; we get an update on the latest in immigration policy reform; we hear about summer opportunities for teens; and get the inside scoop on how small cows took over Congress for gun safety reform.

Special Thanks to: Rhode Island State Senator Gayle Goldin; Wendy Cervantes, First Focus; Sonia Torres, Summer Search; and Gloria Pan, MomsRising!

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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

 From victories to current battles, on this show we talk about the power of people to make our democracy work for all.

Thank you to special guests, including: Michael Petit, President, Every Child Matters Education Fund; Ilyse Hogue, President, NARAL; Dream Hampton, author, filmmaker and MomsRising Fellow;  Monifa Bandele, MomsRising Senior Campaign Director; Ali Smith, author and photographer of MOMMA LOVE and more.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

Here are some of the best interviews from the last few weeks. Back next week with a brand new show! 
Thank You To All Of Our Incredible Guests:
Joel Silberman, Founder & President of Media 2.0 Inc.
Jody Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG
Mona Cadena, Campaign Strategist for Equal Justice
Lakshmi Sridaran, Policy Director at the Praxis Project
Veronica Arreola, Professional Feminist, Speaker, Mom, Wife & Writer (Viva La Feminista)
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Join us LIVE from Netroots Nation in San Jose, CA as we hear from national opinion leaders and pundits about the top topics impacting our nation.

Thank you to special guests, including: Mark Glazedirector of Mayors Against Illegal Guns; Joel Silberman Founder and President, Media Talent 2.0 Inc.; Sally Kohn, writer, activist and television commentator; Jehmu GreeneFox News contributor, co-founder of Define American, and former President of the Women’s Media Center; Dr. Kimberly Ellis aka Dr. Goddess scholar of American and Africana Studies, an artist, activist and entrepreneur who was named one of the "Most Influential Black Women on Twitter." 
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Category:politics -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Addressing rape culture.  Moving forward gun policy reform.  Exploring the fact that motherhood is now a bigger predictor of wage discrimination than gender. Talking with a new dad about paternity leave.  And a DIY moment: How to make the dads in your life a boo-boo kit for Father's Day to help nurture their nurturing.

*Thank you to special guests, including Shauna Thomas, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director for UltraViolet (@UltraViolet); Po Murray, Vice Chair of the Newtown Action Alliance (@ponumurray); Joya Misra, Editor of the journal, Gender & Society(@JoyaMisra); David Shuster, Host of Take Action News With David Shuster (@DavidShuster); Felicia Willems, Associate Campaign Director, MomsRising (@Felicia_Willems)Nina Perez, Fellow at MomsRising (@Nina_0421)

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

A Pew study came out showing that moms are now 40% of breadwinners, and conservative "pundits" and politicians starting panicking, saying working moms are a "catastrophe" making America "mediocre," and more.  Ridiculous!  On this show experts and moms tell the real story about how having moms in the labor force is both a necessity for many families and is also helping our overall economy. We discuss the irony of leaders saying that moms shouldn't work as they also cut programs for hungry kids like SNAP (food stamps), we learn about ways to get access to healthy food, including how to buildi your own container garden), and more!

Thank you to special guests, including: Karen Showalter, MomsRising;  Avis DeWeaver, President and CEO of Incite Unlimited, and Host of the new nationally-syndicated NPR radio show, Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever;  AnnMarie Duchon,  MomsRising member; Maya Rockeymoore, Global Policy Solutions;  Rep. McGovern (D-MA). #ManPanic 
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Category:politics -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

 On this show we uncover what's going on with kids and food; hear the latest about the 49 school closures in Chicago; learn about what started a key leader on the path to leadership when she was five years old; and find out how women took on Facebook's policies about sexist imagery and won.

*Thank you to special guests, including: Lakshmi Sridaran, Praxis Project; Veronica Arreola, professional feminist, speaker, mom, wife, writer (Viva La Feminista), troublemaker and PhD student; Ai-jen Poo National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA); Jaclyn Friedman, Women, Action, and the Media! (WAM!)

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Description: Birth control, covering pre-existing conditions, yummy & healthy foods, fitness programs that work, and how to get access to affordable health care.  It's National Women's Health Week and we cover it all on this show.

*Thank you to special guests including Angélique Roché, MomsRising and fitness trainer; Debbie Koenig, author of "Parents Need to Eat Too" and blogging at Words to Eat By; Erin Kotecki Vest, AKA Queen of Spain and leader at BlogHer; Sharon Levin, National Women's Law Center; and U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Celebrating the political power of moms: U.S. Representative Donna Edwards, a political powerhouse, shares what moms should be paying attention to in Congress. Ellen Bravo, a woman fighting for families everywhere to get access to earned sick days, talks about recent wins. Next we hear the latest about how moms may be impacted by immigration reform, and then about how moms took on bad credit card regulations and won.  Last but not least, Joan Blades shares why she co-founded MomsRising as we make a toast to Mother's Day together.  

*Thank you to special guests, including U.S. Representative Donna Edwards; Ellen Bravo, Family Values @ Work Consortium; Miriam Yeung, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF); Ashley Boyd, MomsRising;  and Joan Blades.
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT

From repealing the death penalty in Maryland to moving forward immigration policy reform, there's much to celebrate. At the same time, national gun safety policies have yet to pass and there are some ridiculous anti-women bills in Congress.  We cover it all on this show.  Tune in to hear more.

Thank you to special guests including: Mona Cadena, Campaign Strategist for Equal Justice; Pramila Jayapal, Founder of OneAmerica and Co-Chair of the We Belong Together Coalition; Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families; Ruth Martin, Senior Campaign Director at MomsRising; Judy Stadtaman, Co-founder of the Project for Safer Communities NH.
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

Pop culture, legislative change, public safety, and building a nation where both families and businesses can thrive: On this show we explore the connections flowing between us that move our nation.  From the first ever "group sourced" investigation via Twitter in the Boston marathon bombing tragedy, to what happens when you try to change a diaper at 30,000 feet in a culture where the needs of parents are ignored, to prom music lyrics, gun safety policies, and childcare. This show is about real change in real life.
Thank you to special guests including:  Michael Skolnik Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons, and co-President of; Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence; Lori Haas, Gun Violence Prevention advocate;  La'Keisha Sewell,  Girls Like Me Project, Inc; Helen Blank, National Women's Law Center.
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

This show covers a recent victory in stopping rape culture, as well as what it's going to take to end gun violence, address sexism on the campaign trail and in immigration policy, and to move forward comprehensive toxic chemical reform.
Special guests include: Dream Hampton, writer, award winning filmmaker, and senior fellow at MomsRising;  Lance Orchid, Executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence; Martina Leinz, President of Million Mom March Virginia State Chapter, Brady Campaign; Mee Moua, President and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center; Lindsay Dahl, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
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Category:general -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

On this show we cover highlights from the front lines in the fight for equality:  From marriage equality to the rights of immigrant families; from women's equality (and the ongoing fight for fair pay) to the right to live safely; this show covers how we can raise all boats in our nation.
Thank you to special guests, including:  Jody Huckaby, PFLAG National; Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF); U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro; and Gloria Pan,

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:06am EDT

Stop the madness! It's not the 1960s anymore but women still earn, on average, 23% less than men for the same work. Mothers and women of color earn less. It's time for this madness to end! This year Equal Pay Day – the day that marks how far into 2013 women have to work to earn what men earned for the same work in 2012 -- is April 9th, 2013.  And, on this show we talk about what it's going to take for women to finally get equal pay for equal work.

Thank you to special guests, including: Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center (ARC) and the publisher of; Judy Litchtman, National Partnership for Women and Families; U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro; Sharon Parrot, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women (AAUW).

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Wake up!  This show covers the wake up call that's spreading across America about the need to marriage equality; getting junk food out of schools, along with how to support USDA regulations for better vending mating foods;  safer cosmetics and the Safe Cosmetics Act; and "Sequester Watch!" about how the national budget fiasco impacts you.

Thank you to special guests, including: Jody Huckaby, PFLAG National; Joan Entmacher, National Women's Law Center; Anita Sarah Jackson, MomsRising; Betting Elias Siegel, lawyer, freelance magazine writer and blogger; Janet Nudelman,  Breast Cancer Fund. 
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

On this show we showcase why women's voices, contributions and needs must incorporated into immigration policy reform as we move forward.  We talk with about recent victories and about their work to get the show "Cops" off the air.  And we cover "Sequester Watch," reviewing how the national budget talks impact you.
*Thank you to special guests Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF); Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of; Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project.
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Category:general -- posted at: 8:07am EDT

Top Topics:  NRA calls police on moms trying to deliver messages.  Sequester watch: The latest & how it will impact you.  "Lean In" vs. "Leaning Together," the controversy.  Sexism in legislatures.  Media madness.

*Thank you to special guests, including Gloria Pan, MomsRising; Joel Friedman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Nanette Fondas, award-winning author; Claire Moshenberg, MomsRising; Madeline Di Nonno, See Jane and The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. 
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Food Power! Fighting for food justice & against obesity. Inside new radio. Sequester! Latest on the Hyatt Boycott. New CDC data on breastfeeding & what you can do.

*Special guest include Monifa Bandele, MomsRising superstar; Rich Webster, We Act Radio;  Alan Jenkins, Opportunity Agenda; Cathy Youngblood, UniteHere; Dr. Sahira Long, DC Breastfeeding Coalition 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

What!? Yahoo's CEO ends remote work options for employees.  Next up: Immigration reform and what it means for women.  The national budget disaster and how it impacts you. $2.13 per hour for restaurant workers is not enough.  Looking forward at next steps in equal rights for women!

*Thank you to special guests, including:  Joan Blades, author and co-founder of MomsRising, MoveOn, and Living Room Conversations; Juhu Thukral Director of Law and Advocacy, Opportunity Agenda;  Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project; Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door, and co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United; Ellie Smeal, President of Feminist Majority.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

This show covers top current news topics from a perspective that's not often covered: The perspective of women.  Women in combat.  Equal pay. Where you fit into the national budget and sequester fiasco.  The fight in Congress for gun safety.  And why 180 other countries have some form of paid leave for new moms, but not the U.S.  Listen in and get involved!
*Special guests include Stephanie Himel-Nelson, co-founder of Blue Star Families; Sarah Howard, MomsRising superstar and veteran; Heidi Hartmann, founder of the Institute for Women's Policy Research; Gloria Pan, MomsRising gun safety campaign director;  Jody Heymann, author, professor, and director of Global Working Families; Susan Shaer, Women's Actions For New Directions (WAND).
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

The topic of gun safety is moving through Congress right now. On this show, you'll hear from a gun violence survivor, a former ATF agent, and more as we talk about why it's important to act quickly to end gun violence.  We're also going to hear from a billionaire about our changed economy, as well as about the current state of the labor movement,  Enjoy the show!

Thank you to special guests:  Lori Haas, parent of VA Tech survivor, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG); David Chipman, Consultant to Mayors Against Illegal Guns and previously served for 25 years as a special agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Byron Hurt, award winning filmmaker; Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families; and Nick Hanauer, entrepreneur, author, and activist.
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am EDT

On this show we look at how individuals can make a difference and have an impact on issues ranging from paid family leave, crony capitalism, violence against women, food justice, and immigration reform.
*Special guests include Ruth Martin, MomsRising superstar;  Joan Blades, co-founder of MomsRising, MoveOn, and Living Room Conversations; Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence;  Tracy Fox, President of Food, Nutrition, and Policy Consultants; Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Project. 
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

It's the 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but family leave remains unpaid despite the fact that having paid leave is proven to be better for families, for healthy starts, to save funds in the long run, and moms in 177 other countries have some form of paid leave after a new child arrives.  On this show we cover how far we've come, and how far we have yet to go on critical policies like the fight for paid family leave,  fair pay, and immigration reform.

Special guests include: U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro; Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women (AAUW); Dr. Eileen Applebaum, author and former director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work; Mary Olivella, MomsRising superstar; Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families.
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

What do Beyonce's lip-synching, Nuns on the Bus, and Special Agents have in common?  This show covers what happened in Washington D.C. this week, as well as what's expected to move through Congress in the next several months.  From the inauguration to our national economy, from gun safety reform to immigration policy, tune in to hear the latest.
Special guests include: Sister Simone Campbell, who led the Nuns On The Bus tour and is Executive Director of NETWORK; Richard Fowler of the Richard Fowler Show;  Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF); David Chipman, Consultant to Mayors Against Illegal Guns and previously served for 25 years as a special agent in the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and MomsRising superstars Monifa Bandele and Anita Sarah Jackson.
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:10am EDT

Tackling the top topics facing our nation, this show covers the flu epidemic and paid sick days; raising the debt ceiling; the latest on the implementation of health reform and how you can get help; and the behind-the-scenes scoop on Presidential Inauguration.

Special guests include: Ellen Bravo, author and director of the Family Values @ Work Consortium; Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow for The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and former Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to Vice President-elect Joe Biden; Kim Posich, Executive Director for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty; Beth Messersmith, MomsRising superstar; Stefanie Brown, National African American Vote Director for the 2012 Obama for America Campaign and Deputy Director of the Presidential Inauguration.
Direct download: MomsRising_011913_Ep37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Taking a look at how violence against women, gun violence prevention, and the need for immigration reform overlap; this show tackles top issues facing women across the nation and the U.S. Congress.
Special guests include: Rita Smith,  Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Pramila Jayapal, author, activist and Senior Fellow at the University of Washington Law School and Center for Community Change; Steve Barton, Aurora survivor and gun violence prevention advocate; Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women; Ester Lucero, Native American Health Center.
Direct download: MomsRising_011213_Ep36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

From new gun safety policy proposals to new school lunches that fight childhood obesity, this show launches the new year with a look at some of the top issues facing our nation--and even includes some social media tips about how to tell (and show!) your friends about the topics that you care about the most.

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; Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; and Emily Goldstein, photographer, Wild and Crazy Pearl blogger, and advocate.

Direct download: MomsRising_010513_Ep35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT