Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Powered by MomsRising) (general)
Fair pay, binders, dinner, and women! During this show we discuss and analyze the second Presidential debate from what the "binders" moment meant, to what the candidate's body language told us about what they're really thinking.  We uncover new polling data, and talk about undecided voters with a rock star pollster. And we even learn about the latest political Halloween costumes--and how you can make them (Want to be a, ahem, "binder"?).
*Special guests include: Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director of National Council of Negro Women; Joel Silberman, Founder of Media Talent 2.0 Inc.; Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners; Claire Moshenberg, MomsRising; Lisa Maatz, Public Policy and Government Relations Director, American Association of University Women.
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On this show we explore key takeaways from the 1st Presidential debate of 2012--from an interview with a media coach about what the candidates did right (and wrong); to a cutting edge conversation about how Twitter is impacting candidates and traditional media; how women's reproductive health issues are being used as political footballs; and also how to talk with your kids about the birth control topics that candidates debate; and closing with how to get engaged and have an impact on November 6th.  It's a great show!

*Thank you to special guests, including: Joel Silberman, Founder of Media Talent 2.0 Inc;  "Dr. Goddess," Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D., Scholar of American and Africana Studies, an Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur; Dana Singiser, a Vice President at Planned Parenthood Action; Leslie Kantor, Vice President of Education at Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO at Voto Latino.

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As the November 6th general election draws near, candidates across the country are talking about the issues they think will get them the most votes.  But are they missing out on important topics?  Let's face it women comprise more than half the electorate, yet too often the top priority issues of women are missing from center stage.

On this show we explore the priority topics, issues, and policies for women that are missing from the spotlight with pollsters, experts, advocates, and moms.

*SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: Stephanie Coontz, author, professor, and Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary FamiliesKellyanne Elizabeth Conway is CEO and President of the polling company™, inc./WomanTrend; Amy Allina is Program Director for the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN);  Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute; Jeffrey Hayes, Institute for Women's Policy Research; and Ashley Boyd, MomsRising.
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Election day is the one day that we’re all equal—rich or poor, young or old, male or female – we all have one equal vote.  The November 6th election is fast approaching, and early polls are showing that a record voter turnout is expected. But that doesn’t mean that a lot of shenanigans aren’t going on leading up to the election.  It turns out that some politicians are trying to rig the system for their own gain so that only some people can vote.  During this show we talk with authors, experts, and advocates about the fight for our democracy.

*Special guests include: Brenton Mock, a New Orleans–based journalist who serves as lead reporter on Voting Rights Watch;  Keesha Gaskins, Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program; Stephanie Porta, Executive Director of Organize Now in Florida; Celinda Lake, top pollster and strategist; and Tova Wang, author and Fellow at The Century Foundation.

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On this show, we're joined by authors, experts, economists, and hard-hitting analysts as we ask the key question: If the media portrayed women's real issues instead of focusing coverage mainly on objectifying women's bodies, then would that impact what policies actually move in Congress? Would we, for example, have better educated leaders and fewer candidates doing things like dismissing 47% of our population, many of whom are women, working parents, seniors and veterans?

*Special guests include: Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos; Jessica Valenti, found of and author of many books, including her most recent, Why Have Kids?; Elaine Maag, Senior Researcher at the Urban Institute; Melissa Silverstein from Women and Hollywood; and Tiffany Dufu who is CEO of the White House Project.

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It’s time to take back the word “mom.” In the wake of the lovefest for the word “mom” at both the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention, it’s time to get real about what the word “mom” really means in our nation.

Here’s the deal.  For far too long the word “mom” has been used to disempower and discriminate. This hurts more than feelings, this hurts pocketbooks.  One study found that women without children make 90 cents to a man’s dollar, moms make 73 cents to a man’s dollar, and single moms make only 60 cents to a man’s dollar.  Women of color experience increased wage hits on top of that. This is a big deal. Over 80% of women in our nation have children by the time they’re forty-four and we all have mothers—so this impacts all of us. Our families are hurt too since three-quarters of moms are now in the labor force and half of them are the primary breadwinner for their family.

*Joining us in this lively conversation are: Kuae Kelch Mattox is National President of Mocha Moms; Jennifer Pozner, author and founder of Women In Media & News; Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Tamara Winfrey Harris, author, and blogger at What Tami Said; and Lisa Belkin, author, NY Times writer, and Huffington Post editor.

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Direct from the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina this show brings you fresh, insider perspectives on policy issues that are front and center in our national conversations.
*Special guests include:  Author, Leader and Ambassador Swanee Hunt; Lisa Maatz of the American Association of University Women; U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Ellie Smeal of Feminist Majority;  and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky.
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Junk food. Let's face it.  We have a problem in our nation: Nearly 23 million school age children are overweight or obese, making them more likely to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and more. But hope is on the horizon.  For the first time in 15 years, the school lunches that 32 million kids eat are getting healthier because of new USDA nutritional standards. 

On this show, we reveal the new changes we'll see on our kids’ lunch plates due to updated USDA standards, talk with food experts, moms, and even hear from the White House chef the latest news on food, kids, and you. We also talk about what else can be done to make the school day healthier. 

*Special guests include: Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; Jessica Donze Black, Director, Kids Safe and Healthful Food Project, Pew Health Group; Alison Crockett, vocalist, pianist, and MsDivaBlue blogger; Cynthia Liu, mom and author; and Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator. 
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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg ignited a firestorm of controversy with his recent policy to make breastfeeding support a priority in NYC hospitals that made headlines across the nation.

What could possibly be controversial about breastfeeding?  On this show, we explore breastfeeding, the controversy, and the reality. 

But first, hold on to your hats for some stats to ground us in this conversation: Over 80% of American women have children by the time they’re forty-four years old.  And of those women, 75% start out breastfeeding, but only 13% end up nursing exclusively when their babies are 6 months old as doctors universally recommend. 

That’s a big gap.

This show goes beyond the hyped up tabloid style controversies about breastfeeding, and uncovers the real deal about where this gap is coming from, what can be done to close it, and why it matters in a lively conversation with doctors, moms, and advocates.  

*Special guests include: Dr. Lorraine Boyd, Medical Director for the New York City Health Department’s Bureau of Maternal, Infant & Reproductive Health; Dr. Kathleen Marinelli, the USBC Chair Elect US Breastfeeding Committee; Kimberly Seals Allers, blogger, activist and founder of; Ashley Foxx, MomsRising Mom; Wendy Fery, Kaiser Permanente.

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The race to the Presidency. With the election fast approaching, things are heating up. And while talking about federal budget proposals can be like a cold, wet blanket on any conversation.  This year, these conversations are blazing hot.  In fact, one federal budget proposal is at the very center of the race to the Presidency. 

That budget has been called, “The Path to Prosperity.”  It's also been called the “Reverse Robin Hood" budget, “The Path to Poverty,” “The War on Families budget,” the "blueprint for dismantling the American middle class," and much more.

Why's it at the center of the race to the Presidency?  The author of this highly controversial federal budget proposal, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, has been selected as the Vice Presidential candidate to run alongside Mitt Romney.

During this show we talk about what this budget proposal tell us about where these candidates really stand on a wide variety of public policies that impact us all. And we also talk about the history of the Vice Presidency, including asking the critical question of: Are we going backwards because neither party has a woman on the ticket this election cycle?  Not-to-be-missed are also lively conversations about how you can make a difference and be sure your vote counts; what it's like to serve with Rep. Paul Ryan in the House. 

*Special guests include: Joan Entmacher, National Women's Law Center; Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards; Barbara R. Arnwine, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Ilyse Hogue, author and Friends of Democracy; and Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, author and Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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