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

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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This show starts out discussing the growing consensus in both Democrats and Republicans alike that we, as a nation, MUST address the criminal injustice system. Then we hear from Christy Turlington Burns about the current state of maternal mortality in the U.S.  Why more women are dying in childbirth here in the US than most other developed nations -- and, importantly, what you can about it. Next up the Women's Media Center gives the lowdown about what's really going on with women in the media, particularly given the controversial firing of NY Times Exec Editor, Jill Abramson. Last but far from least we hear from Sam Kass, Director of the White House Let's Move program about school lunches, healthy foods, and he even shares some easy recipes with you!

*Special guests include: Joan Blades, co-founder of MomsRising, MoveOn, and LivingRoom Conversations; Christy Turlington Burns, model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate, filmmaker, and founder of Every Mother Counts; and Rachel Loris, Women’s Media Center.
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The show starts out hearing from a woman who just got back from bravely sharing her story of wage discrimination with the U.S. Senate!  Find out what happened to AnnMarie, how she dealt with it, and why she's fighting for pay transparency today.  Then we get an update on the over 276 kidnapped girls in Nigeria, how we can help, and on the impact of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Next up, we get the lowdown on the controversial firing of NY Times Exec Editor, Jill Abramson that has people crying foul!  Last, but VERY far from least we have the one and only Arianna Huffington joining us, the founder of the Huffington Post, which now has more readers than the NY Times, and the author of 14 books, including her latest, which is titled THRIVE.
*Special guests include: AnnMarie Duchon, MomsRising member; Alyse Nelson, CEO of Vital Voices; Ruth Martin, MomsRising Senior Campaign Director: Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. Her most recent book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, just debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
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It's Mother's Day week and we have a great show for you today.  We start out with the Oscar winning producer of an Inconvenient Truth talking about her new film, Fed Up, which takes on our unhealthy relationship with food in America. Then we hear from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author about the impact her mom had on her love of words.  Next up we explore how a love of reading can carry kids through life. Last, but far from least, we explore how democracy grows and glows!
*Special guests include: Laurie David, producer of Fed Up; Alisa Valdes, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen commercial women’s fiction, young adult novels, and memoirs; Ayelet Waldman,  author of Love and TreasureRed Hook Road and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace;  Eric Liu, author, educator, civic entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Citizen University and the Civic Collaboratory.
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This show starts out hearing from 12 year old wonder, Madison Kimrey, whose speeches, articles, blog, and YouTube videos have taken the nation by storm as she clearly articulates why we all need to stand up and do something about the current state of politics in our nation. Then we hear from Lisa Maatz, super hero for fair pay to get the inside scoop, the real deal, and the truth about what the President's signing of the Executive Actions on equal pay will do in your community--and she's also going to share where we are on the path to equal pay, how far we've come and how far we have to go. Next up we explore the latest on the White House Working Families Summit, what are the top issues for people across the nation and who's saying what about our lives. Last, but far from least we hear the latest on the impact of the Affordable Care Act, access to affordable healthcare, consumer protections and what's next in your community healthcare access for all.
*Special guest include: Madison Kimrey, NC Youth Rock; Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women; Latifa Lyles,Director of the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor; Ashley Boyd, MomsRising.
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