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Party on the Potomac

A podcast about politics, pop culture, and parties - because we like to party! Live from the Nation's Capitol. Hosted by Kiara Pesante Haughton and Michele Blackwell. Follow the conversation at #POPcastDC. Brought to you by the Blacktastic Podcast Network.

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Ep. 103 - "The Definition of Insanity..."

One year from the 2020 elections, Kiara and Michele dive into what accountability truly means, and whether or not elections are enough to hold politicians accountable. A billionaire endows Spelman College with a Chair for Queer Studies, the DNC is doing something right, it’s officially Christmas time (NO DEBATE), and Michele confirms that black folks do indeed Electric Slide at weddings in Napa Valley.

40mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Ep. 105 - "Pass the Peas"

Back from a break, Kiara and Michele talk about traditions they want to keep - and those that can die a quick death. They share the joy of their most recent trip to one of their favorite cities, and name the winner of the second Have A Seat Award. Abortion rights, housing segregation, Julian Castro, and the Atlanta Democratic Debate dominate the majority of this episode, which includes a nod to the first Black woman to reach both the North and South Poles. TRIGGER WARNING: This episode includes discussion and description of sensitive women's health issues.

1hr 6mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 106 - "Don't Mess with Me"

With a historic impeachment vote looming in the House, Kiara and Michele think about authority - who has it, who doesn’t, how its used to build power for some people while rendering others without access to resources. The hosts are fully in the Chrimmuh spirit as they run down a list of holiday concerts and parties they recently attended, while trying to get to the bottom of who makes good chicken wings in DC.

41mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 112 - Happy WoMEN's History Month!

The Democratic field radically transforms in a matter of 72 hours, and Kiara and Michele walk through what happened and who is left in the wake of Super Tuesday. The Have A Seat Award has multiple winners this week, Amy vs. Pete comes to a head, and black voters matter over everything. Kiara had a powerful trip to New York, and Michele kicks off frozen drinks season!

1hr 2mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Ep. 104 - "#AHymenIs"

With yet another candidate jumping into the 2020 fray, Michele announces the recipient of the first Have A Seat Award. For 'On The Dais,' the women discuss rapper T.I.'s ridiculous and hurtful practice of virginity testing his daughter, while wondering who is protecting black girls. Kiara invites everyone to make s'mores with her on a DC rooftop, and celebrates 50 years of Sesame Street.

34mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Ep. 110 - Impeached Forever

On the heels of the Senate’s cover up of 46-1’s abuses of power, Kiara and Michele analyze what it all means for 2020. The “State of His Mind” address happened, and so did some smart recycling. Kiara was back in the Big Easy with some dynamic black women, and Michele gives the Have A Seat Award to a very deserving winner. A candidate t-shirt controversy during Black History Month, debate responses, and the best press conference ever round out this episode.

1hr 4mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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Ep. 111 - It's Come to This

The South Carolina Democratic debate and primary hit the country at the same time as the coronavirus, and similarly, panic and fear have taken hold of people. Michele got her Tarot cards read at a cocktail festival, and Kiara was in Charleston for the big event. Black History Month ended, Women’s History Month started, Rep. Clyburn resuscitated an entire campaign, and a primer on Super Tuesday make up the rest of the episode. The Have A Seat Award winner will literally make you sick, and Lent has inspired the hosts to make tough choices.

1hr 9mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Ep. 108 - Get Your Mind Right

While reacting to the New York Times’ endorsement in the Democratic primary, Kiara and Michele dive into mental health and wellness issues. They discuss how the government invests (or does not) in prevention and treatment, the role insurance companies play, the presidential candidates’ positions on mental health, and the impact that suicide has had on both of their families. Michele gives the latest Have a Seat Award, and Kiara talks about the difference between how people addicted to opioids have been treated versus victims of the crack cocaine epidemic that ravaged black and brown communities in the 80s and 90s.

1hr 13mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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Ep. 109 - The Changes I Been Going Through

On February 3rd, voters in Iowa were supposed to kickoff the path for the next Democratic Presidential nominee… but it didn’t quite happen. Given displacement and economic disparities that have gripped many cities across the country, Kiara and Michele consider whether the Hawkeye State would choose a candidate that will help set economic policies that would help close the income gap in the U.S., or leave a suffering status quo. The Have A Seat Award winner has something to do with that, and the hosts chart their paths through D.C. gentrification and discuss a local citywide candidate they are supporting.

1hr 4mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Ep. 107 - New Year, Same Mess

On the first episode in the new decade, Kiara and Michele talk about how much things have changed - but stayed the exact same. Resolutions, impeachment, #Megxit, and police traffic stops are covered, and for the first time, Michele's Have A Seat Award is a three-way split. And, even after having foot surgery, Kiara has decided to jump on the latest wellness app craze.

54mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #10