Pantsuit Nation Podcast
Summary: From the founders of Pantsuit Nation, the Facebook group that brought together millions of passionate and engaged people in the final weeks of the 2016 election, a weekly podcast that connects personal narrative to political action. With stories that will move and inspire you, we focus on the people at the heart of policy decisions and talk about resources to effectively resist the current administration and promote progressive change in American politics.
We will be back with new full episodes in January 2018! In the meantime, catch up on the Pantsuit Nation Podcast by checking out all 22 shows from 2017. Subscribe and share!
This week, Libby speaks with Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an organization that supports the more than 2 million women, many of whom are immigrant women and women of color, who care for our nation's homes and families. We talk about the link between narrative action and political action, and look forward to the tipping point of women taking back power in 2018. The Golden Pantsuit goes to Wendy Carrillo, another woman with determination and grit, and Cat's Call to Action is an urgent appeal to call our Members of Congress to demand a clean #DreamActNow. Listen and subscribe!
Today we talk with Christie George, Director of New Media Ventures, a seed fund and national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change (and supporter of Pantsuit Nation!). We discuss the need for testing out progressive tools and ideas, and the necessity of storytelling from the point of view of marginalized communities. We also give the Golden Pantsuit to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for not taking any BS from the President. P.S. Don't forget to do what you can to protect Net Neutrality!
Writer and comedian John Hodgman joins us to mansplain mansplaining (as only mansplainers can) and how great it is to be a white man in Trump’s America. The Golden Pantsuit goes to a group of young changemakers, and we tackle some big calls to action as the year starts to come to a close. Listen and subscribe!
This week, we are joined by Sally Kohn - political commentator, progressive activist, and pantsuit-wearing feminist - to talk about the delicate art of engaging in meaningful, even productive (!), political debate. We also call up an FCC Commissioner to talk about Net Neutrality, and return to DACA and the GOP's trash tax bill for our calls to action. Listen and subscribe today!
This week we talked to Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, founders of CHOOSE, a racial literacy education organizaton, and creators of The Classroom Index, a reference guide, story index, and racial literacy toolbox. These two young women, just graduated from high school and they are already well on their way to changing the world for the better. We talk trash about the tax bill (again), and give the Golden Pantsuit to Reshma Saujani for inspiring bravery in girls, and to our amazing producer Beth O'Connell for her thoughtful guidance. Subscribe today!
This week we are joined by Rita Bosworth, co-founder of Sister District, a grassroots organization mobilizing democrats to win state-level races. She makes a persuasive case for why we need to win at the state level to balance power, and talks about her transition from lawyer to movement leader. We get pissed about the newest attempt to destroy Obamacare wrapped up in the GOP's trash tax bill, and give the Golden Pantsuit to a woman who has been speaking up for assault victims for decades - after being disbelieved and criticized herself.
This week Cortney speaks with stand up comedian and fashion icon Cameron Esposito. They discuss exciting wins in Virginia, the activism of just being yourself, and Cameron's newest fashion find. The Golden Pantsuit goes to a barrier busting woman in Minneapolis, and we remind people to sign up for healthcare. Subscribe today!
This week we talk to Hasan Piker of The Young Turks (our first male guest!) about confronting conservative politics, the parallels between Turkey and the US, and the necessary resilience of dressing up for Halloween. We hand out the Golden Pantsuit to a young scientist who is changing the world and being a hero we can all look up to. Listen and subscribe now!
This week we celebrate Pantsuit Nation's 1 year anniversary and talk to chef-activist, Julia Turshen, author of Feed The Resistance, Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved. We discuss finding your place in activism, and the calming effect of cooking. Pantsuit Nation's Director of Engagement, Grace Caldera steps in for the Cat Call and gives us our weekly call to action, and we give the Golden Pantsuit to the woman who originated the #metoo campaign. Subscribe and listen today!
This week we talk with Valorie Aquino and Jessika Davidson, two of the women leading March for Science, a global effort to champion science for the common good. Keeping with the theme, the Golden Pantsuit goes to a NASA engineer, and as always Cat brings us the most urgent calls to action for the week. Listen and subscribe!
This week we continue our streak of talking with inspiring woman in politics with a conversation with Senator Patty Murray from Washington State. She gives us advice about how to effect change for common sense gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, tells us how she got her start in politics, and talks about her long term plans to improve child care for all Americans. We also give the Golden Pantsuit to the first Pantsuit Nation crowd-sourced recipient: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Subscribe today!
This week we talk to Hillary Clinton, the woman who's historic campaign (and of course, Pantsuits!) inspired Libby to create Pantsuit Nation. From her office in Manhattan, we hear about her new book, her love for HGTV, what we can do to protect democracy as we know it - plus she helps us give out the Golden Pantsuit. Subscribe and listen today!
Hurricane Harvey first made destructive landfall in Texas on August 25th, and since then Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of Florida, South Carolina, and the Caribbean. On this episode we talk to Faitth Brooks, a member of Pantsuit Nation, about the aftermath of the storm, the worry that her hometown of Houston is being forgotten, and how she is using social media to organize relief efforts. We also get a chance to talk to Valorie Aquino and Jessika Davidson from March for Science about what you can do to support climate science and policies in your local government. Plus we give the Golden Pantsuit to a woman who won and Emmy and actually owns a Golden Pantsuit. Subscribe today!
We are so lucky to speak this week with Rebecca Traister, New York Times Bestselling author of All The Single Ladies and writer at large for New York Magazine, to discuss Hillary Clinton's new book, What Happened. As Rebecca says, "there is almost nothing that Americans view as more repellent in women than anger," and we talk with her about why that is and the structures that keep women, both in political spheres and personal ones, from being able to deploy anger as an effective and (not to mention) justified emotion to rally support and create change.