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A new podcast where a woman from the right and a woman from the left accessorize the news with a fresh perspective. Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers bring a nuanced perspective to discussions about politics and current events. No shouting. No insults. Lots of common ground.

A new podcast where a woman from the right and a woman from the left accessorize the news with a fresh perspective. Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers bring a nuanced perspective to discussions about politics and current events. No shouting. No insults. Lots of common ground.
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A new podcast where a woman from the right and a woman from the left accessorize the news with a fresh perspective. Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers bring a nuanced perspective to discussions about politics and current events. No shouting. No insults. Lots of common ground.




Tax Cuts, Mugabe and Zimbabwe, and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic impacts all of us in increasingly significant ways. Today, we’re discussing the impact of President Trump’s decision to declare this a public health emergency. It's Thanksgiving, and we're so grateful to everyone who makes Pantsuit Politics possible. We couldn't do the podcast without the support of our patrons, our advertising agency, and our sponsors. Thanks to today's sponsors: and ModCloth. If you're interested in advertising on Pantsuit Politics,...

Duration: 01:03:13

Roy Moore, Doug Jones, Tax Cuts, Al Franken, and George H.W. Bush

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images News / Getty Images Somehow, we’re still debating the Alabama senate race to fill Jeff Sessions’s seat. We’re here with additional thoughts on Doug Jones, Roy Moore, and tax cuts, plus a later-recorded segment on Al Franken and George Bush...because 2017. Thanks so much to everyone supporting our work on Patreon. If you'd like to bring some nuance to your neighborhood in 2018, please reach out to We also appreciate...

Duration: 00:49:07

Roy Moore, Trump's Asia Trip, and Tax Cuts

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News / Getty Images You know things have gone terribly wrong when we're having a national conversation about whether a 14-year-old girl consented to a relationship with a man in his thirties. We discuss the responses to Roy Moore, the President's presence in Asia, and the process and substance of the Republican tax cut plan. Thanks so much to everyone supporting our work on Patreon and to today's sponsors: ModCloth, The Flex Company, and VirtueLabs. We...

Duration: 01:05:53

Primer: The Constitution and Appropriations

We kick off a series on the U.S. Constitution by talking about the structure of Articles I-VI. This is a very basic review that reminds us of the intricate balance between state and federal responsibilities the framers envisioned. On Tuesday's episode, we'll be talking about tax reform, so we spend some time on a specific power granted to Congress -- the power of the purse. Recommended resources: Budget Basics from National Priorities Congressional Research Service's Intro to...

Duration: 00:22:02

A Democratic Wave, Accusations of Bigotry, and Research on Motherhood

A democratic wave on Tuesday signals that America might not be feeling great again. We discuss the election, listener feedback, and some fascinating articles on today’s episode. Thanks to everyone supporting our work on Patreon. And thanks to the sponsors of today's podcast: ModCloth and The Flex Company. We talk about the Virginia gubernatorial race, the election of Danica Roem, and other Democratic victories on Tuesday. Next, at listener Eva's recommendation, we discuss Peter...

Duration: 00:37:58

Sutherland Springs, Wilbur Ross, and What Kind of Country We Want to Have

The weekend's headlines painted an incredibly depressing picture. In the wake of these events, we're realizing that America needs a serious conversation about what kind of country we want to be. Thanks so much to our listeners who support us via Patreon. And thanks to today's sponsors: Crane & Canopy, ThirdLove, The Flex Company, and ModCloth. We discuss the horrific shooting in a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church and ask how we can move past talking points on gun violence. Do we want to...

Duration: 00:48:08

Terrorism in New York City, Facebook and Twitter, Donna Brazile, and Our Second Birthday

Pantsuit Politics is two years old! We celebrate, reflect, and discuss the week's news. We are so excited about our new book coming next year and our new podcast The Nuanced Life - coming soon! Thanks so much to all of you who financially support Pantsuit Politics. If you'd like to support our work, please visit our Patreon page. This month we're giving a shout-out to our international patrons! We also were so excited to be named in The Guardian's Best podcasts of 2017! Thanks to...

Duration: 00:54:16

Robert Mueller Indicts Manafort and Gates and We Talk with Gretchen Carlson

Happy Halloween! Paul Manafort and Rick Gates surrendered to the FBI this week, and George Papadopoulos plead guilty to lying to the FBI. We discuss the news of the week and share our conversation with Gretchen Carlson about her book, Be Fierce. Thanks to Virtue Labs and ModCloth for sponsoring today's episode. You can also support Pantsuit Politics through our Patreon page. We review what we know so far about George Papadopoulos's guilty plea and the indictment issued against Paul...

Duration: 01:14:07

Mark Halperin, Jeff Flake, the Steele Dossier, and the Boy Scouts

Republican Senator Jeff Flake rebuked the tone of our politics on the Senate Floor this week. We discuss his remarks and the hard conversations we need to keep having to do real work in America. Thanks so much to ModCloth for sponsoring this episode. Here's Beth's favorite new piece. We begin by discussing the breaking news that five(+) women have described sexual harassment from Mark Halperin. We also talk about Senator Jeff Flake's speech on the Senate floor and the revolving doors of...

Duration: 00:42:57

Niger, Healthcare, Tax "Reform," and Sexual Harassment

We received an overwhelming amount of discussion from listeners about sexual harassment and assault. We've learned a lot and continue the conversation in today’s episode. Thank you to our sponsors for this episode: BaubleBar, Away, and ModCloth. To support Pantsuit Politics, please visit our Patreon page and rate, subscribe, and review the podcast on the Apple Podcast Player. We discuss the horrific ambush of US troops in Niger and try to provide some context to military engagement in...

Duration: 00:56:09

Reading People: Exploring Personality with Anne Bogel

Anne Bogel, author of Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, host of What Should I Read Next?, and the creator of Modern Mrs. Darcy, joins Sarah to discuss personalities. Thanks to ModCloth for sponsoring today's episode!

Duration: 00:40:54

The JCPOA (Iran Agreement), Mayim Bialik on Feminism and Weinstein, and Nuanced Relationships

On Capitol Hill, it feels like the gap between parties is increasingly wide. But across America, Republicans and Democrats build lives, homes, and families together every day. Today, we’re talking about how houses don’t have to be divided when you’re in a nuanced relationship. Thanks so much to the sponsors of today's episode: Crane & Canopy, ThirdLove, and ModCloth. We begin with a discussion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the "JCPOA") and President Trump's unwillingness to...

Duration: 01:19:34

LGBTQ+ Advocacy in the Trump Era

While Sarah enjoys some time with family, Beth covers listener feedback on Harvey Weinstein and Class Dojo and shares an interview with Alana Jochum, Executive Director of Equality Ohio. Alana discusses advocacy for both legal and lived equality, the challenges presented by the Trump administration, and how she works to change hearts and minds to create a more inclusive society. Thanks so much to ModCloth for sponsoring today's podcast. To support Pantsuit Politics, please visit our...

Duration: 00:45:39

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 ...

Duration: 01:01:49

Guns, God, and the Culture Wars

The Las Vegas shooting seems to be fueling rather than calming the culture wars. We talk about how God and guns do not have to tear America apart. Thank you to ModCloth for sponsoring today's podcast. We discuss listener feedback, why gun sales spike after mass shootings, and how "thoughts and prayers" has become a cultural lightning rod. If you would like to help Las Vegas victims and their families, our listener Megan shared this link:...

Duration: 00:40:30

Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, and American Consumerism

Photo by David Becker/Getty Images News / Getty Images We're heartbroken over the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We recorded this episode on Monday morning (October 2), so we share our initial thoughts. We also discuss the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and we share Sarah's interview with Joshua Davis. Thanks so much to today's sponsors: Modcloth, Ellevest, and Wunder Capital. As always, you can support Pantsuit Politics by visiting our Patreon page, leaving a favorable review on the...

Duration: 01:13:46

Pantsuit Politics Book Club: Tribe

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging By Sebastian Junger Sarah talks about Sebastian Junger's book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging with Kyla - a longtime listener.

Duration: 00:24:35

#TakeAKnee Part 2 + Oprah Talks with Michigan Voters about Donald Trump

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images News / Getty Images If the Trump presidency is teaching us anything, it’s that Americans have some deep psychological issues to sort out. We continue working through our patriotic therapy in today’s episode. Thanks so much to our sponsors, ModCloth and Ellevest. We discuss intense listener feedback to our conversation about President Trump's remarks on NFL protestors. Why is this discussion so hard? What do our reactions say about race in...

Duration: 01:03:22

#TakeAKnee: Kaepernick, Curry, and Trump

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images News / Getty Images 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...

Duration: 01:17:19

Trump's UN Speech, North Korea, Graham-Cassidy, and Listener Feedback

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images News / Getty Images President Trump addressed the UN this week. We discuss his remarks, the continued debate on Graham-Cassidy as a last ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and listener feedback. First, we celebrate reaching our first Patreon goal that will allow us to produce The Nuanced Life series. We're so excited and extraordinarily grateful. If you'd like to support our work and access our secret garden of bonus content, visit our...

Duration: 00:35:41

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