This Pod is Your Pod
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, This Pod is Your Pod is 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.
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.
This week we talk with New York Times bestselling author Emily Rapp Black, who shares with us some of her experiences living as a person with a non-normative body, and what activism looks like for her (here's a hint - she's writes!). We call Cat for some critical actions around protecting immigrant youth in the face of Trump's move to rescind DACA in 6 months, and we give the Golden Pantsuit to some amazing young women in Texas who showed their governor what it looks like to take up space. Subscribe and leave us a review!
This week our thoughts are with the people of Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We talk with Aditi Juneja - co-author of the Resistance Manual and host of the podcast Self Care Sundays - about the need for storytelling and empathy within activism to make meaningful progressive change. Cat shares with us some resources for how we can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and we give the Golden Pantsuit to an amazing YA author using her books as a form of activism. Subscribe and leave us a review!
This week we talk with Talamieka Brice - artist, businesswoman, and mother extraordinaire - about her beautiful posts in Pantsuit Nation, and her advice for understanding and telling your origin story. Since it's back to school season, we share some homework for our listeners to understand the context of racial inequities in this country, and we award the Golden Pantsuit to a standout woman seeking to close representation gaps in the film industry. Subscribe and leave us a review!
In the wake of white supremacist terrorist attacks in Charlottesville last weekend, we hear from Elizabeth Sines, a law student at UVA who both witnessed the Friday night rally and participated in the counter-protest on Saturday, about what she saw, what she felt, and what she'll do next. We ask our listeners to take action locally and to speak out against hate in all its forms.
This week on the pod, we speak with Pantsuit Nation member Cheska Perez about the importance of DACA and defending the rights of all immigrant families. We also have our weekly Cat Call to Action and award the Golden Pantsuit to our shero this week, Amy McGrath, who was kind enough to answer our phone call and tell us what keeps her grounded as a newly famous candidate for congress in Kentucky. Listen and subscribe!
We are very lucky this week to talk to Representative Gwen Moore from Wisconsin (a great-grandmother!) about the alarming rate of infant mortality in the US, and what can be done to address it. She tells us about the people who have inspired her to a life of service, and how she plans to tackle infant mortality as a congresswoman and community member. We also talk about our self care practices (hint: cake and youtube), and do a bit of rocking out. Join the conversation at pantsuitnation.org/blog!
This week we look back at Pantsuit Nation’s origin story, talk with Lola Omolola who created (another!) million-member Facebook Group called Female IN (FIN) which empowers women to tell their stories, and try to find some productive outlets to channel our rage and disbelief at what’s happening in Washington right now. Join the conversation at pantsuitnation.org/blog.
In our first episode, we speak with two incredible women who channeled their outrage at the result of the 2016 election into positive, powerful action. Kristy Klein Davis, a Pantsuit Nation member from Missouri, tells us about a shocking undercurrent of bigotry in her community that she discovered as a candidate for her local school board. We also talk with Amanda Litman, a co-founder of Run for Something, about the incredible surge of new candidates she is seeing step up for office nationwide and how her organization is empowering them. Finally, we make our first “Cat Call,” pose a critical question about Oprah and pantsuits, and talk about how our members can take action this week.
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, This Pod is Your Pod is 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.