Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Powered by MomsRising)

This show starts our covering how the push for affordable, assessable early learning and childcare is gaining momentum as people realize that parents need safe, enriching places for their kids to be so they can work, and kids need high quality early learning so they can thrive.  Turns out it’s a win-win, boosting our families and our economy. So why aren’t all politicians stepping up yet.  Find out. Our next segment takes a close look at the impacts of racial profiling coupled with police brutality as we hear from mother’s who have lost sons — and what you can do about it.

Then in the next interview is with a very special guest, one of the originators of the hashtag that’s the rallying cry of a movement, #BlackLivesMatter.  Get the inside scoop on how it all began and what’s next.
Last but far from least, we talk taxes—and I promise you it won’t be a boring conversation.

*Special guests include: Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning at the National Women's Law Center; Medea  Benjamin, Code Pink; Darlene Cain. President and founder of MOTHERS ON THE MOVE; Alicia Garza, National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-creator of #BlackLiveMatter; Steve Wamhoff, Policy Analyst for ITEP and the Legislative Director of Citizens for Tax Justice.
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*Special guests include: Dr. Justin Hansford, St. Louis University School of Law and founder of The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives; Esther Armah, radio host of The Spin, playwright, and creator of Emotional Justice; Liz Watson, Director of Workplace Justice for Women and Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center; and Anita Jackson,

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Sen Kirsten Gillibrand On "Off the Sidelines" 
Mary Lou Fulton On the School to Prison Pipeline, #DoTheMath 
Justin Hansford On, #BlackLivesMatter
Julian Castro on Housing Discrimination 
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*Special guests on this show include: Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America; State Senator Pramila Jayapal; Alice Proujansky, documentary photographer;  Jill Reese Alliance for a Just Society; Shannon Henderson; Wal-Mart and organizing Black Friday.

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You may have missed it: There was just an election debate on criminal justice reform — and change happened.  We talk about it on the #RADIO show this week. Don’t miss out. Our next segment takes a close look at children and healthcare—and why kids health is being used as a political football.  Again.  Then in the next interview we discuss net neutrality, and ask the question: How important is having free flowing information at your fingertips to you? Last but far from least, in honor of Veteran’s Day we talk about how mission readiness includes having healthy people in our nation.

*Special guests include: Lenore AndersonExecutive Director, Californians for Safety and JusticeEd Walz, First FocusMalkia Cyril, The Center for Media JusticeAmy Dawson Taggart, Mission: Readiness.

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A historic background check for gun purchases initiative overwhelmingly passed in Washington state, marking a new trend for the nation.  We talk about it with experts — and also look at the growing number of economic security measureslike increasing access to sick days, affordable childcare, and raising the minimum wage—that passed by wide margins in both red and blue states across the nation.  We also get the inside scoop about what the new mix in Congress means for women’s issues.  And, last but not least, we hear about Baby Gate and learn how to navigate workplace maternity/pregnancy issues.

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Living Room conversations, how to have them and why they are important, launch this radio show.  Our next segment takes a close look at the situation with housing discrimination against moms, a recent settlement with Wells Fargo bank, and what to do if you think you're being discriminated against.  Voter suppression and the importance of voting is the core of our next segment.  And the show closes with an update on gun safety measures, background checks for gun purchases, and the diminishing power of the NRA.
*Special guests include: Joan Blades, of LivingRoom Conversations, MoveOn, and MomsRising;  Secretary of HUD Julian Castro; Zach Silk,  Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility; Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
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The radio show starts off this week with the inside scoop on how some in Congress are gambling with children's health -- and what you can do about it.  
Stand your ground laws and the sexist way they are used is next up on the show.  Then we hear from the Health Program director from the NAACP about the how politics and policy passage impacts community change and visa versa. Then last but far from least we cover the dizzying day of court filings that ended with a federal judge nullifying the ban on same sex unions in North Carolina that everyone's talking about. Wedding bells are ringing and people are celebrating.  Find out why!  
*Special guests include: Ashley Boyd, MomsRising; Andrew Knapp, journalist at The Post and Courier; Niiobli Armah, NAACP; and Ashley Broadway,  American Military Partners Association.
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The #RADIO show this week starts out by getting the inside scoop on the minimum wage, which for tipped workers is stuck at $2.13 an hour!  We discuss how this impacts you and our economy.  Then in the next interview we cover just how many people do have access to paid sick days, and how many don't, as dangerous viruses make the front pages across our nation.  Next up we hear from Dr. America, not Captiain America, but doctor.  And yes, the doctor is in!  Then the show closes with nun other than the superstars from…. Nuns on a Bus!
*Special guests include:  Indivar Dutta Gupta, Director of the Project on Deep Poverty, Senior Fellow at Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University, as well as author of Improving Wages, Improving Lives: Why raising the minimum wage is a civil and human rights issueRuth Martin, MomsRising;  Sanjeev K. Sriram, AKA Dr. America;  and Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK and Nuns on the Bus.
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Special guests include: Elianne Ramos,  Speak Hispanic Communications.Justin Hansford,, SLU LAW faculty, founder of The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives; Kara Lynum, immigration law attorney; and Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network.

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