Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner (Powered by MomsRising)
On this show we look at how individuals can make a difference and have an impact on issues ranging from paid family leave, crony capitalism, violence against women, food justice, and immigration reform.
*Special guests include Ruth Martin, MomsRising superstar;  Joan Blades, co-founder of MomsRising, MoveOn, and Living Room Conversations; Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence;  Tracy Fox, President of Food, Nutrition, and Policy Consultants; Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Project. 
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It's the 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but family leave remains unpaid despite the fact that having paid leave is proven to be better for families, for healthy starts, to save funds in the long run, and moms in 177 other countries have some form of paid leave after a new child arrives.  On this show we cover how far we've come, and how far we have yet to go on critical policies like the fight for paid family leave,  fair pay, and immigration reform.

Special guests include: U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro; Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women (AAUW); Dr. Eileen Applebaum, author and former director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work; Mary Olivella, MomsRising superstar; Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families.
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What do Beyonce's lip-synching, Nuns on the Bus, and Special Agents have in common?  This show covers what happened in Washington D.C. this week, as well as what's expected to move through Congress in the next several months.  From the inauguration to our national economy, from gun safety reform to immigration policy, tune in to hear the latest.
Special guests include: Sister Simone Campbell, who led the Nuns On The Bus tour and is Executive Director of NETWORK; Richard Fowler of the Richard Fowler Show;  Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF); David Chipman, Consultant to Mayors Against Illegal Guns and previously served for 25 years as a special agent in the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and MomsRising superstars Monifa Bandele and Anita Sarah Jackson.
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Tackling the top topics facing our nation, this show covers the flu epidemic and paid sick days; raising the debt ceiling; the latest on the implementation of health reform and how you can get help; and the behind-the-scenes scoop on Presidential Inauguration.

Special guests include: Ellen Bravo, author and director of the Family Values @ Work Consortium; Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow for The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and former Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor to Vice President-elect Joe Biden; Kim Posich, Executive Director for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty; Beth Messersmith, MomsRising superstar; Stefanie Brown, National African American Vote Director for the 2012 Obama for America Campaign and Deputy Director of the Presidential Inauguration.
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Taking a look at how violence against women, gun violence prevention, and the need for immigration reform overlap; this show tackles top issues facing women across the nation and the U.S. Congress.
Special guests include: Rita Smith,  Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Pramila Jayapal, author, activist and Senior Fellow at the University of Washington Law School and Center for Community Change; Steve Barton, Aurora survivor and gun violence prevention advocate; Lisa Maatz, American Association of University Women; Ester Lucero, Native American Health Center.
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From new gun safety policy proposals to new school lunches that fight childhood obesity, this show launches the new year with a look at some of the top issues facing our nation--and even includes some social media tips about how to tell (and show!) your friends about the topics that you care about the most.

Special guests include: Lori Haas, parent of VA Tech survivor, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG); Cliff Schecter, best-selling author and gun violence prevention expert; Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; and Emily Goldstein, photographer, Wild and Crazy Pearl blogger, and advocate.

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If Congress doesn't act before 11:59pm on December 31st, then our nation could go over the "fiscal cliff." This week on the #RADIO show we talk about our national economy and what the cliff could look like for all of us.

*Special guests include: Imara Jones, Economic Justice contributor for ColorLines Magazine; Sarah Anderson, IPS Global Economy Project Director;  Nick Hanauer, entrepreneur, author, and activist;  U.S. Representative Donna Edwards;  and Jared Solomon, Senior Director, Budget Policy at First Focus.

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What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School was an unspeakable tragedy. There have been 16 mass shootings this year in the United States alone that have risen to the level of national news, as well as many mass shootings that don't ever make it into the national dialogue. In fact, each day 34 people are murdered with guns in our nation. This is not okay. It's time to improve our gun safety laws.
On this show we talk about turning this trend around, about gun violence prevention, and about protecting our children and communities.
*Special guests include: Lori Haas, parent of VA Tech survivor, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG); Cliff Schecter, best-selling author and gun violence prevention expert; Ashley Boyd, MomsRising; Byron Hurt, award winning filmmaker; and Dean Baker -Co-Director Center for Economic and Policy Research.
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On this show we're talking with a billionaire, moms, economists, and experts about our national priorities, taxes, and what the budget says about who we are as a nation.  Times have changed. In our modern economy, the "safety net" is also a ladder to opportunity in important new ways that we explore with lively guests.

*Special guests include: Nick Hanauer, entrepreneur, author, and activist; Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project; Alex Lawson, Social Security Works;  Monifa Bandele and Dream Hampton, MomsRising Super Women; Margie Omero, Momentum, DC.
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Money, politics, and bears… Oh my!  From moms bringing bears (Yes, bears!) to Congress to urge them not to put moms & families in an "unbearable" financial situation, to the latest on the full implementation of health reform and the fiscal cliff, this week we cover the top topics facing our nation in lively conversations.

*Special guests include: Sarah Anderson, IPS Global Economy Project Director;  Imara Jones is the Economic Justice contributor for; U.S. Representative Donna Edwards; Ruth Martin and Charlie Rose, MomsRising; and Carrie Fitzgerald, Senior Policy Advisor and Jared Solomon, Senior Director, Budget Policy at First Focus.
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