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Editors’ Notes: “I think there's a lot of valid, complicated, hard differences in America right now,” says Sarah Stewart Holland, co-host of Pantsuit Politics, a biweekly podcast in which she and longtime friend Beth Silvers tackle the ideological polarization in US politics head-on with nuanced, intelligent discussions. “I think what we try to do is say, 'We see it. We see how hard it is.' Sometimes, it's not a political question or a political solution as far as who you vote for or what party you are in and then the conversation's over, because there's really hard, complicated discussions to be had beyond just your political party.”Since the show started in 2015, the Kentucky-based Holland and Silvers sought to subvert the traditional left-right punditry of cable news to have what they describe as “grace-filled conversations” which are more community-driven and derive from their own shared values and friendship. Both women grew up in Kentucky, studied law, and are raising families. It’s in those shared experiences that they’re able to stay truthful with each other, but also with their listeners—many of whom appreciate their views regardless of the differences they might have. “We hear a lot of ‘You're like our political therapists, you're our internet moms,’” Silvers says. “That feels right to me, because I think there are a lot of people who listen to our show who rarely agree with my political perspective, but they just like something about being able to sit and hear the news with us and know that we care about their feelings even if they are different than ours. That feels like the most important thing we can do right now.”

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Bonus Content: Bryn and Loree from the #WomensMarch

We got a report from the ground as Bryn and Loree marched on Washington!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


22 Jan 2017

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Culture Eats Elections for Lunch

Peter Drucker famously said that "culture eats strategy for breakfast." We take a look at the role of culture in this election season by discussing Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comments and sharing our interview with Nikki Johnson-Huston, attorney, advocate, and the author of "The Culture of the Smug White Liberal." We also briefly cover the cease-fire in Syria, how September 11 influences our generation, and the "life-changing" power of paring things down. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

13 Sep 2016

Rank #2

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Special Episode: Alex Merced on Libertarianism

In this special episode, Beth interviews libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate (New York) Alex Merced. Alex talks about his background, why he's a libertarian, the current presidential and his positions on a "lightening round" of issues.Here's what you should know about Alex: Name: Alex Merced - Libertarian Party US Senate Candidate (NY)Age: 31Married to wife for 2 years (together for 7 years)Profession: Corporate Trainer in Financial Industry, former retail store owner (Gamers Lounge in Bowling Green, oh), Podcaster/blogger, event promoter, social media consultantEducation: BA from Bowling Green State UniversityIf Elected Would Be...- Youngest Serving US Senator (dethroning Tom Cotton)- First Puerto Rican or Guatemalan Elected US Senate- First Libertarian Elected to US SenateMain issues:- Rolling Back Regime Change to reduce newInstability abroad- Ending the drug war and the overcriminalization and violence that comes with it- Increasing families disposable incomes and ability to save with tax reforms and reforming the policy drivers of inflation in healthcare, housing and education- increasing visibility of Transgender issues and using the pulpit to bring attention to suicide, homelessness, and structural unemployment within the transgender community (have very close transgender issues, so this is more a personal thing than a policy issue)Economic Policy Proposals:- Rainy Day Account: rolling IRAs, HSAs, Coverdells into one tax favored savings account for all of life's events such as Unemployment, education, retirement, healthcare, parental leave, etc.- The America Corp: a new corporate designation with 0% corporate tax rate but requires all assets and employees be in the US and that employees vote for one member of the board of directors to give labor more of a seat in corporate governance.- 20% flat tax: instead of a complex tax code and complex web of aid programs, have a 20% flat tax with a refundable tax credit that will provide aid to anyone for anything. The amount of the tax credit amount changes with age (25k 18-26,65+ - 10k 27-64)Interesting facts:- Son of a immigrant from Guatemala in which regime change created instability in the 1950s which led to decades of civil wars and dictators and has contributed to the frustrations over the border (stability abroad effects border security, so regime change is very much against the countries national interests)- parents are divorced so mainly raised by mother who after divorced lived in poverty working multiple part time jobs, going to school, raising two kids but worked her way to the middle class by the time I was 18 and has been my inspiration for my belief that anything is possible with hard work and determination- grew up in suburban CT, went to school in Rural Ohio, and has lived in urban NYC so has experience the different setting Americans live inSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


8 Oct 2016

Rank #3

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Election Reform: Make Those Votes Count

In this episode, we briefly take a look at the McCain and Ayotte Senate races before diving into Election Reform. We talk about first-past-the-post voting in the primaries and the general election, the primary calendar, and the electoral college. And, of course, no discussion of election reform is complete without a little campaign finance (spoiler: we almost subtitled this episode, "Beth Says Unpopular Things") and gerrymandering conversation. In The Heels, in honor of National Poetry Month, we share two of our favorites. We always love your feedback, and now there's a new way to contact us. Leave a message at 859-268-2330 to make an appearance in the Friday feedback section of the Briefcase.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Apr 2016

Rank #4

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The WHCA Dinner, a #MeToo Moment, and Faith and Politics with Jen Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker is an evangelical leader who has made headlines for going public with her politics. We talk with her about how her Christian faith informs her political beliefs and about the modern marriage of evangelicalism and conservatism. We also discuss this week's news, including Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Plus, we chat about Avengers: Infinity War and its potential political symbolism. Thanks to our sponsors: SmartNews, Lola Tampons, and Away Travel.The WHCA Dinner:  Watch Michelle Wolf's Full Performance WHCA President Condemns Wolf's RemarksRecommended Resources: Charlie Rose's Comeback The Justice Department and Press FreedomCompliment the Other Side:Beth: Ben CardinSarah: Trey GowdyJen Hatmaker: You can find Jen at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or on her podcast, For the Love. Jen's Facebook Post Affirming LGBT Christians Jen's Blog Post: My Saddest Good Friday The Politics of Jen HatmakerTo support the show and get access to bonus content, please visit the Pantsuit Politics Patreon page.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 23mins

1 May 2018

Rank #5

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The Briefcase: SCOTUS, Trump's Travel Ban, and Health Care Feedback

We discuss the Supreme Court's decision on the President's travel ban and your overwhelming health care feedback. Our membership drive continues, and we hope you'll head over to our Patreon page to support the podcast and receive bonus content. We're close to our first goal of $3,000 per month, and we'll be producing a new series of podcasts when we reach that goal. Thank you for supporting us! Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:  Aaptiv is more than a fitness app -- it's on-demand audio fitness with the advice of a professional trainer and a perfect playlist. Go to aaptiv.com and enter the promo code PANTSUIT for a 30-day free trial when you sign up for a monthly subscription.   ModCloth is your go-to spot for fashion as unique as you. Whip up your wardrobe with quirky prints and classic silhouettes. Make every day extraordinary by going to modcloth.com and entering the code PANTSUIT to receive $30 off your purchase of $100 or more. Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here! Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Android Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook! Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | FacebookWe discuss the Supreme Court and the difficulty created by its new order on the President's travel ban. We also talk about political questions and the unintended consequences of Supreme Court decisions. The Senate delayed its vote on the BCRA. We discuss the politics and substance, along with your fantastic feedback.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


30 Jun 2017

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Democratic National Convention: Part II

Happy birthday to Sarah! We share our thoughts about Wednesday at the DNC during breakfast! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 Jul 2016

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Pros and Cons Part II: Nuance Challenge Accepted

Inspired by our listenersSierra and Michael, we set out in this episode to truly test ournuance. In the Suit, we talk about the five remaining candidatesfor president -- Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, Kasich, and Trump -- andprovide our thoughts on the pros and cons of their candidacies. Itwasn't an easy task, but we stepped up to the plate. In the Pearls, we discussMaryland down-ballot races, the upcoming Indiana primary, andChina's refusal to allow a U.S. ship to dock in Hong Kong. Finally,in the Heels, we talk about the enneagram. This month, Pictli is sponsoring ourepisodes. We're excited about this partnership because of theprogramming it will allow us to provide. Check out Pictli for awesome framedgifts that are a touch on your iPhone away. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


3 May 2016

Rank #8

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Special Episode: Election Day

We made it, America! Get out there and vote, and while you're doing that, try not to take responsibility for how other people feel about this election. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


8 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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The Briefcase: Politics Ain't Easy

In this episode of the Briefcase, we tackle some of the more provocative subjects we've discussed lately. We start by discussing feedback on our birth episode from Michael and Ashley. Then, we discuss your reactions to our "Double the Partisans" episode, which takes us into a discussion of Hillary Clinton's "likeability," as prompted by David Brooks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


27 May 2016

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The Briefcase: Unanswerable Questions

Sometimes a nuanced take on issues means admitting that you don't have easy solutions, fully formed opinions, or satisfying answers. In this episode, we discuss our thoughts and questions about the Istanbul attack, the Benghazi reports, Brexit, and the Dump Trump movement. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


1 Jul 2016

Rank #11

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#TakeAKnee: Kaepernick, Curry, and Trump

America’s favorite sport has become the latest arena for partisan politics. We discuss the President’s statements on the NFL and the relationship between race, politics, and patriotism. We also talk about North Korean policy continuing to play out via Twitter and the incredible suffering Puerto Rico. We end the show with what's on our minds outside of politics--including Sarah's home purchase and an article on accidental killings that touched Beth.  Thanks so much to our sponsors for today's episode: ThirdLove and ModCloth.  North Korea has started referring to President Trump as "Mr. Evil President." Its foreign minister says that sending missiles to the US mainland is "inevitable," and the President tweeted that North Korea might not exist much longer if it continues this kind of rhetoric. Side note: we're grateful for professionals continuing to support this administration's foreign policy apparatus and concerned that they might exit around the one-year mark.  We wish we had the right words to express the angst we feel for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. Days after Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria destroyed 90% of Puerto Rican's homes, took down power lines and internet, and created floodwaters ten feet high. We also talk about continued recovery efforts in Texas and Florida. We're particularly inspired by The Lady General Foundation's efforts.  We send our thoughts to Nashville in the wake of a church shooting on Sunday.  We discuss President Trump's remarks in support of Luther Strange in Alabama over the weekend and how his comments on whipping votes might impact future negotiations.  To compliment the other side, Sarah highlights the work of Republican Puerto Rican Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon. Beth thanks Democratic Ohio Representative Nickie Antonio for sponsoring House Bill 160, making Ohio's non-discrimination laws more inclusive.  We discuss the President's comments about sports, race, and patriotism in depth. In our (not atypically!) wide-ranging discussion, we discuss what we know about

1hr 13mins

26 Sep 2017

Rank #12

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The Briefcase: Worn Out

In this episode of the Briefcase, we try to bring a little nuance and a whole lot of grace to the Clintons and the Cincinnati Zoo incident. We also talk about the idea that "a vote for a third party is a vote for Hillary Clinton." Spoiler alert: Beth strongly disagrees. Show Notes: Shaming is Easy; Mourning Is HardDid it Have to Be So Hard?  Sarah's Been Cheated OnDon't Fall For the Lesser of Two EvilsSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


2 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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Beto Drops Out, Warren's Healthcare Plans, and Gov. Steve Bullock

Topics Discussed:Impeachment Update (02:13)Funding the Government (03:11)Saudi Aramco Goes Public (05:08)DHS Acting Secretary (08:05)Beto O'Rourke Ends His Campaign (12:10)Warren's Medicare for All Plan (17:00)Compliments: Oklahoma and Apple (35:34)Governor Steve Bullock (43:24 )Outside of Politics (59:04)Pantsuit Politics in the Wild:Nuance Nation Tour tickets for Dallas Blissdom (November 14-16)Sponsors:RitualBombasThank you for being a part of our community! We couldn't do what we do without you. To become a tangible supporter of the show, please visit our Patreon page, purchase a copy of our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), or share the word about our work in your own circles.Episode Resources:Department of Homeland Security: US border officers die by suicide 30% more often than other cops (Quartz) Border Patrol Suicide Rate Spikes (CBS News) Nearly 475,000 migrant families arrested at the US-Mexico border -- up 342 percent (CNN Politics)Border Patrol Apprehended Nearly 1 Million Migrants At The Southern Border In Fiscal Year 2019 (Time) Homeland Security Secretary story (AP News) White House To Name Chad Wolf As Acting Homeland Security Secretary (NPR) Trump, DHS differ on who is acting DHS secretary (Politico) Agency securing nation's borders struggles with permanent leadership (Axios) Mr. President, we need a secretary of homeland security (Washington Post)The Democratic Primary: Inside Beto O’Rourke’s collapse...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Harvey Weinstein, Masculinity & Mass Shootings, and Facebook, Trump, and the Attention Economy

Russian agents bought Facebook ads targeted to voters in crucial swing states in last years elections, and the implications of the attention economy on our democracy go far beyond 2016. We focus on Facebook, Twitter, and the devices we use to distract ourselves from discomfort.  Thanks so much to the sponsors for this episode: Baublebar, ModCloth, and Virtue Labs.  We start today's podcast discussing an article on why mass shootings tend to be committed by men. We also talk about the Harvey Weinstein story and the bizarrely partisan reactions to that story. We note that the transactional nature of masculine energy seems to be taking shape in the spat that Donald Trump is having with Senator Bob Corker.  To compliment the other party, Sarah commends Senator Dean Heller and other Republicans who have urged ATF to review standards on the sale of bump stocks. Beth compliments Senator Dianne Feinstein for her long-term service and work on gun safety measures.  For our feature topic, we discuss why Facebook, Twitter, and Google are so effectively and perhaps unintentionally transforming our politics and brains. In our discussion, we cite the following resources:   How Information Overload Robs Us of Our Creativity  Our Minds Can Be Hijacked Mindful Resistance  The Attention Economy and the Demise of the Middle Ground Pema Chodron on Dunzi  Realizd app We end, as always, with what's on our minds outside of politics. Both of us are thinking about clearing space to make room for things that make us better.       See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


10 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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Bonus: Director's Cut of The Great Redhead Debate

In case you can't get enough Pantsuit Politics, we're giving you an extended version of The Great Redhead Debate, complete with commentary from Sarah, Beth, and Dante. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 31mins

21 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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Processing Plandemic

So many of you wrote in asking us to talk about Plandemic, the viral video making its way around social media. We break down its content, intention, and what you need to know as you talk to the people in your life who are watching it.Topics Discussed:Processing Plandemic (01:48)Ahmaud Arbery (50:45)Thank you for being a part of our community! We couldn't do what we do without you. To become a tangible supporter of the show, please visit our Patreon page, purchase a copy of our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), or share the word about our work in your own circles. Download Hot Mic and use code BETH153 or SARAH818 to join us for live news events and see our past coverage.Episode Resources: Georgia family demands arrests 2 months after son shot dead (AP)Ahmaud Arbery's parents call for arrests after 'modern lynching in the middle of the day' (The Guardian)Plandemic:These are the '10 plain truths' about the coronavirus pandemic, according to former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden (CNN)Fallout From Fatigue Syndrome Retraction Is Wide (The New York Times)Fact check: Hospitals get paid more if patients listed as COVID-19, on ventilators (USA Today)Hospital Payments and the COVID-19 Death Count (FactCheck.org)Hospitals get paid more to list patients as COVID-19. (PolitiFact)Estimated Cost of Treating the Uninsured Hospitalized with COVID-19 (KFF)Royalty payments to staff researchers cause new NIH troubles (U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health)March-In Rights Under the Bayh-Dole Act (Congressional Research Service)See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


8 May 2020

Rank #17

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5 Things You Need to Know About Abortion Law

This week kicked off our annual Patreon drive! Visit our Patreon page to become part of the incredible community that supports our work and get access to exciting bonus content and perks. Today, we're sharing five things you need to know about abortion law in advance of a deeper conversation about recent events on Tuesday's episode. Abortion has a long emotional history in the US that Roe vs. Wade didn't stop.Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Georgia have passed "heart beat bills".Heartbeat bills and outright bans on abortion in all circumstances are surging in popularity, despite the fact that public opinion is largely more nuanced about abortion.Stare decisions recently took a hit on the Supreme Court. Kentucky's law has already been struck down in court. Mississippi and Ohio's are already being challenged. Georgia and Alabama laws are also expected to be challenged.Resources on Abortion Law New poll finds "dramatic shift" on abortion attitudesGallup polls on abortion Abortion would automatically be illegal in these states if Roe v. Wade is overturned Abortion Opponents Think They’re Winning. Have They Set Themselves Up to Fail?‘The Time Is Now’: States Are Rushing to Restrict Abortion, or to Protect ItThanks to our sponsors: the American Beverage Association and Rothy's.Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), is available! You can purchase it now - for yourself, for friends, for your representative, for your senator, for everyone! We appreciate all of you who are spreading the word about the book to your local bookstores, libraries, and social circles.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


17 May 2019

Rank #18

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Updates from the Mueller Investigation and Tiffany Bond

We're discussing Individual 1 and the latest updates from the Mueller investigation, plus sharing our follow-up conversation with Tiffany Bond, who ran for Congress as an Independent in Maine. Outside of politics, we're talking about the latest season of Top Chef. Compliment the Other Side: I’m a Democrat and a Feminist. And I Support Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Reforms.We are so thankful to our wonderful patrons who support the show. If you'd like to join the ranks of our faithful supports and get access to bonus content, visit our Patreon page.Our book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), comes out in February! You can preorder it now and lock in the best price!Need holiday gift ideas? Check out our new Pantsuit Politics merchandise!See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


11 Dec 2018

Rank #19

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The Complexity of North Korea

Today, we're discussing the most difficult problem facing the Trump administration: what to do about North Korea. SPONSOR: Aaptiv What do you get when an app that Sarah is obsessed with becomes a sponsor of the show? Aaptiv - a fitness app that provides audio workouts guided by a trainer synched with the perfect playlist and fully customizable by workout type, machine, duration, and intensity. Aaptiv is are offering our listeners a free 30 day trial. Go to https://aaptiv.com, sign up for a monthly subscription, and enter promo code PANTSUIT.CREDO• Whenever you use a CREDO product or service, you generate critical donations for progressive causes and vital activism work – at no extra cost to you. If you want a better world for all of us, AND a better way to stay connected to it, you want CREDO mobile. Go to CREDOMobile.COM/pantsuit and get 2 smartphones FREE plus 50% off unlimited talk and text. Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here! Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook! Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | FacebookShow NotesFirst, in the Pearls, we discuss a new law repealing an Obama-era rule on funding for Planned Parenthood. Sarah recommends this documentary on abortion. We also talk about the Trump administration's decision not to make White House visitor logs public. For our compliments to the other side, Sarah compliments Republican governors in blue states (Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland), who tend to be enormously popular and effective. Beth was impressed by a profile of Governor Dannell Malloy of Connecticut. In The Suit, we discuss North Korea. We recorded this episode prior to North Korea's failed missile test, but the question remains--how should the Trump administration respond to North Korea's weapons program? So far, the Trump administration has See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Apr 2017

Rank #20