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

On the #RADIO show this week, we covered the Women's March on January 19th and how you can march; why even businesses love the new Washington Paid Family/Medical Leave law; the powerful win relating to Cyntoia Brown regaining freedom; and get the inside scoop on how a bipartisan bill for universal background checks for gun purchases is moving through the US Congress.

*Special guests include:: Linda Sarsour, Women’s March, @Womensmarch, @lsarsour; Julia Gorton, Washington Hospitality Organization, @WAhospitality; Beatriz Beckford, MomsRising,
@MomsRising; and Chelsea Parsons, Center for American Progress, @amprog

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Breaking Through is off this week, but we rounded up some of our favorite recent moments for this "Best Of" episode. This week we cover the intersection of art, culture, representation and politics with Jessica Byrd, a woman who was named the January Woman to Watch by Essence Magazine, “12 New Faces of Black Leadership” by Time Magazine, and Rolling Stone named her one of the most influential millennials shaping the 2016 election. Next, we cover the recently released book Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of ColorThen we discuss why the fight for the Dream Act and for fair treatment of immigrant families is a fight for all of us. And lastly, a conversation about the next best steps in gun violence prevention.

*Special guests include:  Jessica Byrd,  Three Point Strategies, @JessicaLBYRD; Andrea Ritchie, author, @dreanyc123; Jess Morales Rocketto, National Domestic Workers Alliance, @JessLivMo@DomesticWorkers, Pastor Mike McBride, PICO Network, Live FREE Campaign, @pastormykmac;
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This show starts out diving into the rising number of U.S. women who are dying in childbirth.  Then we move to hearing more about theMarch 31st deadline -- and what happens if you miss it.  Next up we hear directly from the directors of the new film "Paycheck to Paycheck." Last, but far from least we get the inside scoop on how the NRA is trying to derail the nomination for Surgeon General, simply because the nominee has stated the obvious in the past:  Gun violence injures people. 
*Special guests include: Rita Henley Jensen, Founder and Editor in Chief of Women's eNews; Ashley Boyd, MomsRising; Shari Cookson and Nick Doobs, HBO Documentary “Paycheck To Paycheck;” and Dr. Chris Lillis, Doctors For America.
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This show starts out hearing from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas. Then we move to finding out what's going on in Texas--why do they have the highest rate of uninsured children and aha you can do to help.  Next up we hear directly from the Reverend Curtis Gatewood about the Moral Marches in North Carolina and how those marches are having a growing impact across the nation. And we close the show hearing about the too often ignored, but very important child tax credit--and what Congress is currently doing to it. You're not going to want to miss that segment - or any of the segments.

*Special guests include: Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define AmericanDr. Laura Guerra-Cardus serves as Associate Director for the Texas office of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF); Reverend Curtis Gatewood, NAACP North Carolina; Wendy Cervantes is the Vice President of Immigration and Child Rights Policy for First Focus. 
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We start out hearing how women leaders are changing the labor movement and winning!  Next up we find out how well the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is working -- and get the inside scoop on how you can get affordable healthcare. We then have a conversation with an award winning novelist and speechwriter about finding your voice, your path, and success.  And we close the show getting the latest on voting rights and talking about how democracy is more than a spectator sport.

*Special guests include: Bryce Covert, author and Economic Policy Editor for; Felicia Willems, MomsRising; Justina Chen, award-winning author;   Garlin Gilchrist II. MoveOn.
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This show is all about the new year and new year's resolutions.  We cover what we're resolving to do in the new year, both personally and politically; as well as the victories we're celebrating from 2013. 

*Special guests include: Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women (AAUW); Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Caring Across Generations campaign; Jo Comerford, National Priorities Project; Monifa Bandele, MomsRising.
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This show starts out getting the inside scoop on the labor movement America, then we jump to hearing about the big conflict in Congress over unemployment insurance. Will 1.3 million people get left out in the cold?  From there we move to explore the growing inequality in our nation and what you can do about it. And in closing we have an in-depth interview with a leading immigration policy expert.  Will there ever be a legal path to citizenship? Tune in to find out.

*Special guests include: Carol Joyner, Director of the Labor Project for Working Families (LPWF); Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP); Jill Reese, Alliance for a Just Society;  Pramila Jayapal, author and leading national advocate for immigrant, civil and human rights. 
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U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shares what’s really happening in Congress.

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Krist Novoselic, musician, bassist and co-founder of the band Nirvana, and chair of FairVote.  

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Hear the inside scoop on gun violence in America, listen to as U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shares what’s really happening in Congress, explore the brilliant campaign that led to Marissa Alexander being released from prison, and catch up with Krist Novoselic, bassist and co-founder of the band Nirvana and chair of FairVote.

*Special guests include Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America; Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi;  Esther Armah, political commentator for MSNBC, international journalist, playwright, creator of Emotional Justice Unplugged, and national best-selling author; Krist Novoselic, musician, bassist and co-founder of the band Nirvana, and chair of FairVote.  
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When the first lady is attacked and called a feminist nightmare for embracing her role as "mom-in-chief" -- despite her leadership in key policy areas like stemming the childhood obesity epidemic, increasing access to healthy food and aiding military families and veterans -- it's time to call foul.  The real feminist nightmare is when women are undermined because they are mothers -- particularly because more than 80 percent of women in our nation have children by the time they're 44 years old.

*Special guests include: Tamara Winfrey Harris, author specializing in race and gender and their intersection with pop culture and politics;  Joya Misra, author and Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts; Lori DorfmanDirector Berkeley Media Studies Group; Kristin Larson.
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On this show we cover hunger in America, including exploring how it came to be that 1 in 5 kids in our nation are experiencing food scarcity. Next, we find out what sparked a leading activist to fight for women, and to fight for paid FAMILY leave.  After that, we hear the lowdown from the front lines of fighting poverty. And last, we get the inside scoop on what's going on with the Affordable Care Act,, and how it can help you.

*Special guests include: Joel Berg is Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; Vicki Shabo, Director of Work and Family Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families; Amanda Andere, Executive Director of FACETS; and Ashley Boyd, MomsRising.
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We start out with Congressman Jim McGovern on SNAP, foodstamps, why they're in jeopardy and what you can do about it.  Then we move to Congresswoman Barbara Lee who shares the very latest on the current budget negotiations.  Next up, dream hampton shares the tragic story of 19-year old Renisha McBride, who was shot in the face while seeking help recently.  We close the show talking about the hope that people are feeling with the introduction of the FAMILY Act in Congress.  Are we really, truly finally going to catch our public policies up with modern labor force realities?  Listen and find out.

Special guests include: U.S. Representative Jim McGovern; U.S. Representative Barbara Lee; dream Hampton, writer, activist an award-winning filmmaker, and change maker; and Ruth Martin, Senior Campaign Director, MomsRising.
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On this show we talk about advertising directed at women and how it impacts our body images; hear the latest about women in politics; uncover how to fix the fact that childcare now costs more than college; and explore food marketing, how it impacts kids, and what you can do about it.

*Special guests include: Karla Ballard, Senior Vice President, Ogilvy and Mather; Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP); Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning at the National Women's Law Center;  Carol Hazen, Director of Advocacy Resources for the Food Marketing Initiative at the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University.
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Hear what's Behind the Kitchen Door; learn about the fight to stop toxic chemicals from reaching products that are sold on store shelves in your community; discuss the best way to address income inequality to raise all boats; and get an update on gun safety policies, as well as hear about a glimmer of hope from corporate change.

*Special guests include: Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), author, and an Assistant Professor of Public Law in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College; Rena Steinzor is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and the President of the Center for Progressive Reform; LeeAnn Hall is Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society; Gloria Pan, Senior Campaign Director MomsRising.
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On this show, we start with an analysis of what's going wrong in DC and how we can help turn our nation around, then hear from a journalist about why your story matters, get the details on the budget shennagins in Congress and what specifics you should be paying attention to, and find out about how to get access to affordable healthcare coverage.

Special guests include: Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, Director of Global Policy Solutions; Ben Wikler, host of Flaming Sword of Justice; Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, author, radio host, advocate, and leader;  Ashley Boyd, Director of Member Engagement and Senior Campaign Director for MomsRising’s Breastfeeding and Health Care campaigns.
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Category:politics -- posted at: 11:24am EST

This show covers the government shutdown and the rippling repercussions on real people across the nation, featuring special guests including: Jennifer NganduNational Council of La Raza (NCLR); Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women (AAUW);  Ashley Boyd, MomsRising;  Rev. Douglas GreenawayPresident & CEO of the National WIC Association. 

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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

From gun safety legislation to food stamps, from the Affordable Care Act to earned sick days, on this show we talk about the latest in Congress and how it impacts you.

Special guests include: Shannon Watts, Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Kathleen King, Children’s Defense Fund; Donna Dolanchair of the New York State Paid Leave Coalition; Ashley Boyd, MomsRising Healthcare Team Director.

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This week's show is a Best of. Special Thanks to all our guests:

 - Katrina Alcorn, author of "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink;" 
- Sally Kohn, author, media guru, Fox News commentator; 
- Pramila Jayapal,  author, founder of OneAmerica, and We Belong Together; 
- Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
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On this show we explore the potential impact of the proposed SNAP/food stamp cuts, the current state of climate change and juvenile justice in America, and the growing momentum around family leave.  Guests include Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC); Alisha Johnson, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Sarah Bryer,  National Juvenile Justice Network; Ruth Martin, MomsRising.

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The superstar line up for this show includes: Kimberly Seals Allers, award-winning journalist, author of The Mocha Manual™ series of books and founder of, a pregnancy and parenting lifestyle destination and blog for African Americans. Molly Wingate, author of Slow Parenting Teenssmall business owner, healthcare advocate, and author ofTough Choices for Momepreneurs: Combating the Health Insurance BarrierBarbara Arnwine, national leader and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Katrina Alcorn, author of "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink."

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Thank you to special guests, including: Chris Melody Field, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Sally Kohn, author, media guru, Fox News commentator; Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute; Pramila Jayapal,  author, founder of OneAmerica, and We Belong Together.

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Thank you to special guests, including: Kuae Mattox National President of Mocha Moms, Inc.; Beth Messersmith, NC Campaign Director for MomsRising; Monifa Bandele, MomsRising; Jesicca Martin-Webber, The Leaky Boob.

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Last Breaking Through before Kristin returns from vacation! Special Thanks to Aaron Calafato, Co-Founder of Student Debt Crisis; Isaiah Thompson, Reporter at ProPublica; and Amalia Deloney, Policy Director at the Center for Media Justice.

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On this episode we reprise last weeks phenomenal discussion on rape culture, talk to a housing/foreclosure activist who's really making a difference in the fight for fair housing/mortgage practices and we talk about not being evil when it comes to talking about climate change.

Special Thanks to Our Great Guests: Community leader Morris Legrande from Richmond, CA on the new victory to use eminent domain to stop foreclosure; Brad Johnson from Forecast the Facts, on their campaign to have Google quit funding climate change deniers & Wagatwe Wanjuki, Anti-Rape Activist & Writer for RH Reality Check.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 6:55pm EST

Great Show! We deal with Private Prisons & Immigration Reform, Rape Culture, & then we delve into Angel Investing 101 for Women. So many great guests, so little time!

Special Thanks To: Kathy Bird, Campaign Lead for the Florida Immigration Coalition's CCA Go Away Campaign; Wagatwe Wanjuki, Anti-Rape Activist & Writer for RH Reality Check; Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship.  

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On this show we talk with the legislative champion who passed paid family leave in Rhode Island; we get an update on the latest in immigration policy reform; we hear about summer opportunities for teens; and get the inside scoop on how small cows took over Congress for gun safety reform.

Special Thanks to: Rhode Island State Senator Gayle Goldin; Wendy Cervantes, First Focus; Sonia Torres, Summer Search; and Gloria Pan, MomsRising!

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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

 From victories to current battles, on this show we talk about the power of people to make our democracy work for all.

Thank you to special guests, including: Michael Petit, President, Every Child Matters Education Fund; Ilyse Hogue, President, NARAL; Dream Hampton, author, filmmaker and MomsRising Fellow;  Monifa Bandele, MomsRising Senior Campaign Director; Ali Smith, author and photographer of MOMMA LOVE and more.

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Category:politics -- posted at: 10:06am EST

Here are some of the best interviews from the last few weeks. Back next week with a brand new show! 
Thank You To All Of Our Incredible Guests:
Joel Silberman, Founder & President of Media 2.0 Inc.
Jody Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG
Mona Cadena, Campaign Strategist for Equal Justice
Lakshmi Sridaran, Policy Director at the Praxis Project
Veronica Arreola, Professional Feminist, Speaker, Mom, Wife & Writer (Viva La Feminista)
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Category:politics -- posted at: 3:33pm EST

Join us LIVE from Netroots Nation in San Jose, CA as we hear from national opinion leaders and pundits about the top topics impacting our nation.

Thank you to special guests, including: Mark Glazedirector of Mayors Against Illegal Guns; Joel Silberman Founder and President, Media Talent 2.0 Inc.; Sally Kohn, writer, activist and television commentator; Jehmu GreeneFox News contributor, co-founder of Define American, and former President of the Women’s Media Center; Dr. Kimberly Ellis aka Dr. Goddess scholar of American and Africana Studies, an artist, activist and entrepreneur who was named one of the "Most Influential Black Women on Twitter." 
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Category:politics -- posted at: 7:11pm EST

A Pew study came out showing that moms are now 40% of breadwinners, and conservative "pundits" and politicians starting panicking, saying working moms are a "catastrophe" making America "mediocre," and more.  Ridiculous!  On this show experts and moms tell the real story about how having moms in the labor force is both a necessity for many families and is also helping our overall economy. We discuss the irony of leaders saying that moms shouldn't work as they also cut programs for hungry kids like SNAP (food stamps), we learn about ways to get access to healthy food, including how to buildi your own container garden), and more!

Thank you to special guests, including: Karen Showalter, MomsRising;  Avis DeWeaver, President and CEO of Incite Unlimited, and Host of the new nationally-syndicated NPR radio show, Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever;  AnnMarie Duchon,  MomsRising member; Maya Rockeymoore, Global Policy Solutions;  Rep. McGovern (D-MA). #ManPanic 
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