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