Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Powered by MomsRising) (general)
First up: We hear about how Ted Wafer, the man who killed Renisha McBride, the unarmed teenager who was shot on a porch through a locked door as she was seeking help after a car accident, was finally convicted in Michigan.  Our next segment gives an update on the child refugee crisis happening right now in our nation. Then the next interview covers the FAMILY Act and paid family leave, AKA maternity/paternity leave.  Last but far from least we hear the latest about the Staten Island dad who died from a police chokehold, a death that was recently ruled to be a homicide, and we talk about addressing police brutality.

*Special guests include: dream hampton, writer, activist and filmmaker from Detroit, and campaign consultant with MomsRising; Jennifer PodkulMigrant Rights and Justice Program; Vicki Shabo, National Partnership for Women & Families; and Matt Nelson,
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 On the show this week we hear about the link between domestic violence and spyware, as well as get an update on what's going on in our nation's capital on gun safety and domestic violence--and how the two are interlinked. Our next segment covers the criminalization of motherhood, including an update on the mom who was arrested for letting her 9 year old play in the park while she worked. Then the next interview covers football, violence against women, and how if abuse can be provoked by triggering the aggressor as some have said, then there would be a lot more violence towards the sports world's most powerful men and coaches too.   Last but far from least we hear from a mom who just got back from sharing her personal story with an entire U.S. Senate Committee.  Find out what she had to say! 
*Special guests include: Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence; Dr. Michele Goodwin, Professor of Law at the University of CA, Irvine and  Director for The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy; Byron Hurt, award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer; Jennine Soto, MomsRising member and Director of Durham Connects.
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 First up on this show, we get an update on the situation with the water shutoffs in Detroit.  Our next segment covers the expected impact of the powerful Latino vote in the upcoming elections. Then the next interview is an update the fight to increase the minimum wage to a livable wage that is raging in Congress right now.  Last but far from least we hear about the criminalization of motherhood, including an update on the mom who was arrested for letting her 9 year old play in the park while she worked.
*Special guests include: Monifa Bandele, MomsRising; Matt Barreto, Professor and University of Washington and the director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan; Shireen Mitchell, Women's Media Center (WMC). 
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This show was taped LIVE at Netroots Nation in Detroit, Michigan.
*Special guests include: Rashad Robinson, Color of Change; Shaunna Thomas, Ultraviolet;   Lily Eskelson, National Education Association (NEA); Ben Wikler, The Good Fight radio show; Monica Lewis Patrick; founder of We the People of Detroit.
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First up, we talk patriotism, diversity and the American Dream with Eric Lui about his new book: A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream. Next up we cover the continuing impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's horrible Hobby Lobby decision and discuss the new legislation that U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Mark Udall just dropped, the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act.  Then we cover the World Cup!  Yes, soccer, sports, and women our on our minds!  Last but far from least is an update on the Affordable Care Act, the gaps, and the opportunities for affordable healthcare.

*Special guests include: Eric Liu, award-winning author with a new book, A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream;  Samantha Gordon, NARAL Pro-Choice America; Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Women’s Sports Foundation;  Ashley Boyd, MomsRising.
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This show covers the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, including why now some bosses can limit your birth control options.  And we also get the lowdown on the White House Summit on Working Families, what happened and what's next. Speaking of next, our next segment covers the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary gathering that just happened. The civil rights movement then and now. Last but far from least we about a self-sufficiency standard calculator which is shining light on the impact of poverty on women and families.
*Special guests include: Jonathan Cohn, senior editor for the New Republic;  Ruth Martin, MomsRising;  Derrick JohnsonPresident for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP; Dr. Diane Pierce, Director of the Center for Women’s Welfare and is on the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. 
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First up: We get the lowdown on an Executive Order that the President is expected to sign soon barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBTQ folks. The next segment covers kids, schools, and summer!  Yes, It's summer! Many schools are out, but parents are working year round.  And let's face it: In order to work, parents need safe, enriching places for their kids to be during the day.  So on this show we're going to talk about what it means that childcare now costs more than college--and what you can do to help children, families, and businesses thrive while also saving tax payer dollars. Next up we hear about the upcoming White House Summit on Working Families.  Last but far from least we hear the latest on what you can do to help move Congress forward on getting access to affordable, high quality, early learning and childcare opportunities for all--along with some tips for choosing the best childcare programs for your kids and grandkids.
*Special guests include: Kylar Broadus, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Jon Grabelle Herrmann, Director for Pre-K for PA; Ellen Bravo, Executive Director of Family Values @ Work; Lauren Hipp, MomsRising.
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We start out talking with about the article that has sparked women's groups across the nation to call on the Washington Post to fire George Will. Next up we hear from Zerlina Maxwell about the insane and hopeless logic of critics of #YesAllWomen. Then we hear about #MomEqualPay Day and why it's only THIS WEEK that due to wage discrimination moms will make as much as men earned in 2013. Last but far from least, we cover the recent school shootings, the insanity in the US around gun safety right now -- and what you can do about it.
*Special guests include: Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence;  Zerlina Maxwell, political analyst and contributing writer for,,, and RHRealitycheck.orgLiz Watson, Director of Workplace Justice for Women and Senior Counsel to the Education and Employment and Cross-cutting Teams at the National Women's Law Center; Gloria Pan, MomsRising Senior Campaign Director.
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This show starts out covering the victory that just happened in Seattle, WA where the highest minimum wage in the country just passed.  Next up we hear about the flat out food fight happening in Congress right now. Then we hear from feminist journalist Jennifer Pozner about #YesAllWomen.  Last but far from least we talk with award winning artist Favianna Rodriguez about how art and action intertwine.
*Special guests include: Nick Hanauer, author, co-founder and partner in Seattle-based venture capital firm, Second Avenue Partners; Maya Rockeymore; founder, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions (GPS);  Jennifer Pozner, founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), and author of Reality Bites Back; Favianna Rodriguez, award winning artist and activist. 
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We start the show talking about Maya Angelou's impact and also about the explosion of the hashtag #YesAllWomen in the aftermath of the violent sexist rampage that left many dead in Santa Barbara recently. Then we hear from Jose Antinio Vargas--Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American,-- about his new film, Documented, the crowd reactions to it, and what his mother has to say. Next up we get the lowdown from the woman behind Viva La Feminista. Last but far from least we take an in depth look at gun culture in America and what we can do about it. 
*Special guests include: Sally Kohn, CNN contributor and columnist for the Daily Beast, who is ranked by Mediaite as one of the top 100 most influential television pundits in America;  Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define AmericanVeronica Arreola, VivaLaFeminista, director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Women in Science and Engineering Program; and Cliff Schecter, Founder and President of public relations and political strategy firm, Libertas LLC and columnist for The Daily Beast.
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