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

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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On this show we cover the Super 8: The 8 new free women's preventative health services that started on August 1st of 2012.  Services like access to free well-woman visits, free screening for gestational diabetes, free birth control, free breastfeeding support, free domestic violence counseling, and more. 

We unpack what's in these new services, how can you (and yours) can get access, and what's next in healthcare policy.  Joining us in that lively conversation are doctors, experts, and policy makers.  

  • Special guests include: Lisa James, Futures without Violence; Cindy Pellegrini, March of Dimes; Dr. William Jordan, National Physicians Alliance; Nita Chaudhary, UltraViolet; J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health.
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The torch.  The pageantry.  The athletic accomplishments that are unimaginable to us mere mortals.  This is a historic Olympics for women: The U.S. team included more female athletes than male for the first time ever.  We've come a long way since Title Nine passed 40 years ago, now more than 200,000 women play college sports, compared with 16,000 in 1972. But we still have a ways to go.  By age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys.  And as women's sports have gained prestige, fewer female coaches are hired.  

  • On this show we talk about the Olympics -- and about the triumphs, the failures, and the benefits of sports for women and girls--with female athletes, moms, Olympic medal winners, girls, and advocates.  And we're also going to learn how to make our own Olympic torches and gold medals to wear as we cheer on the athletes.

  • *Special guests include: Lisa Maatz, American Association for University Women; Sarah Francis, MomsRising; Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic medalist and Senior Director of Advocacy at The Women's Sports Foundation from London; Rosalynn Sumners, Olympic figure skating champion; and young athletes Naima Bandele and Anna Finkbeiner.
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Over 80% of U.S. women have babies by the time they’re 44 years old, and three-quarters of moms are now in the labor force, but our family economic security policies are still stuck in the dark ages.  That’s right: Even though 177 other countries have some form of paid family leave for new moms after the birth of a child, the U.S. doesn’t.  It’s no wonder that having a baby is now a leading cause of poverty spells in our nation—which is a time when income dips below what’s needed for food and rent.   But while millions of women struggle after the birth of a new child, a few highly paid women are stepping back from taking leave after the birth of a new child at all--and sparks are flying. The announcement of Marissa Mayer, the new chief of Yahoo, that her maternity leave would be “a few weeks long, and she’ll work throughout it,” ignited a firestorm of feedback.    For one thing, not all women have the same choices and options for childcare as a millioniare CEO.  For another thing, Marissa Mayer's comment flew into the face of a long fight in the women’s movement for everyone to have access to paid family leave, which is a policy proven to decrease poverty, save taxpayers and businesses funds, and to help build healthy families.   Joining us in our lively conversation on this show about maternity and paternity leave are policy experts, celebrities, real moms, and advocates, as well as real moms who’ve been able to take family leave, and moms who’ve needed family leave but couldn’t take it

*Thank you to special guests including: Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP; Christy Turlington, model and founder of Every Mother Counts; Debra Ness, National Partnership for Women and Families; Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute; Selena Allen, MomsRising mom; as well as Elisa Batista, Monifa Bandele and Ruth Martin of MomsRising.

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From firefighters discussing the Mayor of Scranton cutting their pay to $7.25 an hour, to the International President of the SEIU sharing that  2/3 of all people making minimum wage are women (& sharing what you can do about it), to moms trying to get by while raising kids on low wages, and to experts explaining how CEO pay has sky-rocketed by 725% over the last 30 years as the minimum wage hasn't even kept up with inflation; tune in and join us as we talk about how the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour doesn't cut it for supporting a family.

In fact, if you work full-time, year round, at federal minimum wage, you’ll make only about $15,000 each year.  And if you follow the bouncing ball, $15,000 per year is almost $9,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four.  You don’t need a calculator to figure out that these numbers are a problem. 

*Thank you to special guests: Julie Vogtman, National Women's Law Center; Margaret Lewis, mom and public transporter; John Judge, Scranton City Firefighter; Losia Nyankale, Restaurant Opportunity Center; and Mary Kay Henry, International President of the SEIU.

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From the rumors that Mitt Romney is considering a woman as Vice President, to the so-called “Palin Factor,” this show features lively conversations about women in leadership & sexism in politics.  With women comprising only 17% of Congress, our nation ranks a low 91st of all nations in terms of women’s representation. The United States is behind Rwanda, Costa Rica, Denmark, South Africa, Argentina and 86 other countries. We can do better.

  • *Special guests include: Siobhan Sam Bennett, from the Women's Campaign Fund; Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Intergenerational Public Policy Network; Jennifer Lawless, Director of American University's Women & Politics Institute; Adrienne Kimmell, Executive Director, Barbara Lee Foundation; and Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown.
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Sick days! Did you know that nearly 80% of low wage workers and 40% of all private sector workers don’t have access to a single paid sick day? Put these numbers together along with the fact that 100% of us get sick, and you can see how our lack of access to paid sick days could be a national issue with rippling repercussions to families, to businesses, and to public health.  

Join us today to hear from the Department of Labor, moms who’ve been fired just for getting sick, business owners, elected leaders, and policy experts all talking about how to build a nation where no-one gets fired simply for getting sick.

  • *Thank you to special guests including Adriana Kugler, chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor; Makini Howell, business owner; Wendy Chun-Hoon, Policy Director of Family Values at Work; Marianne Bullock, a mom who was fired when her daughter got sick; and paid sick days policy champion, Seattle City Council-member Nick Licata.

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Leader Nancy Pelosi, policy experts, and real moms share the lowdown on what the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision means to your health, to your family’s health, and to our economy.  The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as healthcare reform, in a 5 – 4 decision. Join us to hear what's really going on with healthcare in our nation right now.

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Tune in this week for lively discussion with filmmakers, doctors, moms, and heroines.  That's right.  This show we're talking with with the authors of the Top 5 most popular blogs on the MomsRising website. We start with how to make a superman cape, and then we uncover what’s really going on with corporations pushing infant formulas in hospitals to new moms. After that, we delve into a discussion about the DREAMERs and immigration.  And then we’ll touch base with an inspiring mom who took on Monsanto and won; and lastly, we’ll end with a deep discussion of the death penalty.

*Thank you to special guests, including: Caroline Urdaneta, author of the popular blog Salsa Pie; Kristin Schafer from the Pesticide Action Network; Dr. Melissa Bartick; Paola Mendoza, filmmaker and actor; and Monifa Bandele, author and advocate.
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Revolutionary new flexible workplace practices that help businesses, parents, trees, and people are all covered in this important, lively conversation.  What's the lowdown?  In the U.S. we now work more hours per week that most any other nation in the world.  Too many people are caught in a cubicled rat race, leaving no time for life and family.  But work doesn’t have to be that way!  Join experts, real people, policy analysts, and business consultants as they share revolutionary, new flexible workplace practices. 

  • *Thank you to special guests, including: Elisa Batista, MomsRising and MotherTalkers; Joan Blades, author and co-founder of MomsRising & MoveOn; Jody Thompson, co-author of  Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It and Co-Founder of CultureRx; Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families; and Joan Williams, author and founder of the Center for Work Life Law.
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