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

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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Ep. 5 - Birth control: It's more than a political football!
Bust some birth control myths with special guests including physicians, psychologists, policy experts, and real moms.  We'll learn about the latest birth control options available out there for you right now.  We'll also hear about one mom’s love affair with the IUD.  And we're lucky to have expert guests who can share the lowdown on what women’s health policies are really at stake behind the sensationalized birth control headlines.  We'll even get some relationship advice along the way.  


  • *Thank you to special guests, including: Valerie Tarico; Dr. Vanessa Cullins, Planned Parenthood; Amy Allina, National Women’s Health Network; Claire Hatch, relationship counsler; and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

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Ep. 4 - Fair Pay: Game On!  The Fight for Equal Pay for Equal Work From Main Streets to Congress!

Listen to real moms, inspiring experts, and elected leaders having a lively conversation about an issue that impacts all women (and our daughters) in the United States, but is rarely talked about--even between best friends. In fact, it’s often a secret, taboo issue.

- Pay discrimination.

Get fired up & hear what you can do, including advocating for the Paycheck Fairness Act which is coming up for a vote on Tuesday!  It's time to make sure women and mothers get equal pay for equal work--and to make sure our daughters don't face wage discrimination too.  


  • *Thank you to special guests AnnMarie Duchon, MomsRising mom; Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women; Fatima Goss Graves, National Women's Law Center; Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunity Centers United; and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro.
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Ep. 3 - Toxics: Tips for Tackling Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products, Sunscreens, Homes, and in Congress!
Join us as we tackle the topic of toxic chemicals in our children's products, sunscreens, flame retardants, and homes. Our guests share tips on what you can do to get rid of harmful toxic products -- from talking about what products are the best to buy, to sharing the inside scoop on moving the Safe Chemicals Act through Congress. 

  • *Thank you to special guests: Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group (EWG); Rachel Gibson, Healthcare Without Harm; Emily Enderle, Earthjustice; Jessica Burroughs, MomsRising mom; Fawn Pattison, Toxic Free North Carolina; and Loira Limbal, Award-winning film maker.


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