Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Powered by MomsRising) (general)
"Is it an action scene in a James Bond movie?"  No.   You can't watch the news without hearing the "fiscal cliff" that Congress must address by the end of the year.  One of the biggest items on the table:  Congress must decide before the end of the year whether to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans--and to protect investments in working and middle-class families, as well as in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.  

But, other than sounding like a movie scene from Skyfall, what does this "fiscal cliff" mean to you in your daily life?  We're going to talk about it on this show with experts, economists, and advocates in a lively conversation about our national economy and how the fiscal cliff could impact our daily lives.

*Thank you to special guests: Kimberly Inez McGuire, Senior Policy Analyst; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Joan Entmacher, National Women's Law Center; Jared Bernstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Melanie Campbell - CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women's Roundtable; Hilary Shelton, Vice President, NAACP.
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What an election!  There was a clear choice before our nation on Election Day and people--including women and moms--made a strong statement.  On this show we talk with experts, pollsters, media corespondents and advocates about who voted and what those votes meant,  We also discuss how social media impacted the election, why more women won Congressional seats, and what's ahead for our nation.

*Special guests include: Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President and CEO of the Women’s Campaign Fund; Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions and professor at the University of Washington; Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D., affectionately known as Dr. Goddess, is a writer, entertainer, entrepreneur, scholar, and activist; David Shuster, Emmy Award-winning broadcast news anchor and correspondent for Current TV; Eric Liu, author and served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and as deputy domestic policy adviser. 
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On this show we rock the vote, covering what policies are at stake in this election for women's health, for students, for the Latino community, for domestic workers, and more.  And, we hear the latest on tactics that some are using to try to suppress the vote--as well as what you can do to make sure everyone who can vote, is able to vote.
*Special guests include: Heather Smith, President and Chief Rocker, Rock the Vote; Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA); Judy Waxman, Vice President of Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center; Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland.
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Bayonets, Big Bird, and Binders: The presidential debates, according to internet memes, were brought to you by the letter "B."  On this show we analyze the latest from the campaign trail on topics ranging from gender equality to foreign policy, from domestic policy to voter suppression, and also human rights.  And we cap the show off with a look into pumpkin policy, AKA political pumpkin carving, that you don't want to miss.

*Special guests include: Galye TzemachNew York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorofChange.orgMark Levine, Senior fellow at the Truman National Security Project and talk show host; Michelle Ringuette, Amnesty International USA's Chief of Campaigns and Programs; and Sarah Francis & Ruth Martin, MomsRising.
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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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