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Two Progressive Midwestern Moms talking politics (and parenting) in the Age of Trump.

Two Progressive Midwestern Moms talking politics (and parenting) in the Age of Trump.
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Two Progressive Midwestern Moms talking politics (and parenting) in the Age of Trump.




0029: Voters Not Politicians

In this episode Kelly speaks with Katie Fahey, the founder and president of Voters Not Politicians, a bipartisan ballot question committee in Michigan, that has collected enough signatures (over 315,654 valid signatures in 180 days) to add a question to the 2018 Michigan ballot to amend Michigan’s constitution to place an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission in charge of redistricting. In this way, they hope to use the power of volunteer organizers and citizens to end gerrymandering...

Duration: 00:34:20

0028: The Politics of Ohio (1/17/2018)

In the first segment, Sophy and Kelly speak with a panel of Ohioans (Mark Gavin, Lorraine Wilburn, and Eli Kalil) about the politics of Ohio, the important races of 2018, gerrymandering and voter purges, the opioid epidemic, and Ohio's economy. In the second segment, they talk to Jen House of Ohio Young Democrats about what OYD does and the increased participation they are seeing of young people across Ohio in the political process. In the final segment, Kelly chats with Aaron Godfrey, a...

Duration: 03:17:15

0027: Bard Prison Initiative (1/13/2018)

In this episode, Kelly speaks with Jessica Neptune, the Associate Director of National Programs of the Bard Prison Initiative and Director of BPI’s Chicago office, about the history of BPI and Bard College's success in educating students in prisons in the liberal arts model and placing them into a range of careers after graduation.

Duration: 00:20:15

0026: Reducing Gun Violence (1/10/2018)

In the first segment Sophy and Kelly speak with Kim Smith from the University of Chicago Crime Lab the work of the Crime Lab, 2017 gun crime statistics in Chicago, data driven policing, and the urban gun market. In the second segment they speak with Khary Penebaker, a DNC Representative for Wisconsin, about his own experience with gun violence, his work as an Everytown Survivor Fellow, and policy recommendations that could reduce gun violence. To join the Everytown Survivor Network, Text...

Duration: 01:03:49

0025: Wake, Rise, Resist (1/5/18)

In this episode, Kelly interviews Joanna Spathis and Kerri Kennedy about their friendship, their trip to the Women's March in DC, and their book, Wake, Rise, Resist: The Progressive Teen’s Guide to Fighting Tyrants and A-holes. Be sure to check out the Wake, Rise, Resist blog for a giveaway! Full show notes at

Duration: 01:22:09

0024: The Politics of Wisconsin (1/3/18)

In the first segment, Sophy and Kelly speak with Matt Lowe, the Chairman of the Waukesha County Democratic Party, Robert Hansen, the former Chair of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County, and Beth Alleman, the Social Media Organizer of Indivisible Madison, about Wisconsin politics, including gerrymandering, voter suppression, FoxConn, Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan. In the second segment, Kelly speaks with Cathy Myers, who is running for Congress in the Wisconsin 1st congressional...

Duration: 01:14:18

0023: EndTimesBroadCast (12/27/2017)

In this episode Kelly (the knitting one) and Sophy (the Christian one) join forces with Megan (the gay one) and Rebecca (the Jew one) from the End Times Pep Talk Podcast to rant about the shitshow that is 2017. Smitha (the brown one) was busy saving lives. Topics include: the Women's March, indictments, Sally motherfucking Yates, Queen Hillary, North Korea, Indivisible, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Alabama, Tim Ryan, Me Too, DACA, CHIP, the GOP Tax Scam, gerrymandering, Sessions, travel bans and...

Duration: 01:27:15

0022: Little Lobbyists (12/22/17)

Kelly speaks with Austin and Ben from the group Little Lobbyists about their work educating congresspeople and the public about children with complex medical needs and advocating for legislation that will protect their children's access to affordable, quality healthcare. Learn more about Little Lobbyists at:

Duration: 01:01:08

0021: On the Campaign Trail: Focus on the Issues (12/20/17)

In the first segment, Kelly and Sophy speak with Sarah Scanlon, who served as the National Director of Outreach for the LGBT Community and the Arkansas State Director for Bernie 2016 and who was the State Director for the Arkansas Voter Registration Project (AVRP), about the ways in which technology and volunteer enthusiasm are changing campaigning and how LGBTQ candidates can keep the focus on the issues. Then with speak with Kristine Mackin about her run for City Council in Waltham,...

Duration: 02:35:31

0020: Donna Bowman and the Pussyhat Project (12/15/2017)

In this episode, Kelly and Sophy talk with Donna Bowman, Professor of Religious Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas, about the Pussyhat Project, the Women's March, feminism, white Southern Evangelicalism, abortion, and the future of American politics.

Duration: 02:27:15

0019: The Politics of Divorce (12/13/17)

In the first episode of our Politics of the Family series, Sophy and Kelly speak with Kevin Curran, Senior Attorney at Life Span, an organization that provides legal and counseling services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families, and with Marie Kent, a recently-divorced mother of two in Minnesota, about the politics of separation, divorce, alimony, custody, and mental health.

Duration: 01:27:44

0018: Peter and Red Go to Washington (12/11/17)

In this episode Kelly speaks with Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) and Red T Raccoon (@redtraccoon), two grass-roots political activists, about their recent trip to DC to talk to the offices of 20 different Senators and Representatives about their signature issues, healthcare and veterans issues. Peter and Red discuss what they learned in their meetings, the future of the ACA, the importance of constituents regularly calling their congresspeople, the difficulty of making these trips while...

Duration: 01:01:46

0017: She Should Run (12/8/2017)

In this episode, Kelly speaks with Clare Bresnahan-English, the Executive Director of She Should Run, a non-partisan 501(c)3 that provides a free incubator and mentorship for women considering running for office and a network for women who are running and those who want to help them.

Duration: 00:39:14

0016: Gun Violence Prevention (12/6/2017)

In the first segment Sophy and Kelly talk with Brenna, the Chicago lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America about the problem of gun violence in America and what Moms Demand Action is doing to fight the NRA. In the second segment, they speak with Shannon Cosgrove, the Director of Health Policy at Cure Violence, an NGO that stops the spread of violence by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and...

Duration: 01:26:07

0015: Tony the Democrat with Postcards to Voters (12/1/2017)

Kelly chats with Tony the Democrat from the grassroots get-out-the-vote effort, Postcards to Voters, about how they grew from 5 volunteers in March 2017 to over 7,000 volunteers today, and how people can get involved writing postcards to Democratic voters in races all over the country.

Duration: 00:47:03

0014: How to Run for Office (11/29/2017)

In this episode Sophy and Kelly talk with Marla Hexter, a Democrat who recently won her first election, for Township Supervisor, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and with Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, about why more women are running for office than ever before, and how women should approach running for office.

Duration: 01:36:19

0013: How to Talk to People You Don't Agree With (11/22/17)

In the first segment, Sophy and Kelly speak with Emily, a clinical social worker, and Kate, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about strategies for talking to people whose politics you disagree with. In the second segment, they talk to Megan Romer about political Twitter.

Duration: 01:37:06

0012: A Chat with Chicago Votes (11/17/17)

Kelly talks with Stevie Valles and Jen Dean from Chicago Votes about their efforts to get young people excited about and engaged in the democratic process, by registering voters, parading to the polls, educating young people about their voting rights, providing voter guides, running leadership development training and organizing for legislation.

Duration: 00:34:19

0011: Nonprofits, Volunteering, and Politics (11/15/17)

Sophy and Kelly talk to Devon and Jamie, both of Chicago, about their work with nonprofits and the intersections between the nonprofit world and politics. **Editor's note**: In the episode we state that Planned Parenthood does not endorse candidates. This is not completely accurate. Planned Parenthood Federation of America is "a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally." The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonprofit, non-partisan group....

Duration: 00:58:56

0010: Craftivism with Jayna Zweiman (11/10/17)

Kelly talks with Jayna Zweiman, the co-founder of the Pussyhat Project and the artist behind the Welcome Blanket Project, about craftivism, getting kids involved in political discussions through art, and the good side of social media.

Duration: 00:56:27

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