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SoulCycle CEO tries to keep politics out of the studio

Fitness mogul Melanie Whelan puts her spin on leadership, politics, and why women rule in the fitness space. Whelan also teases a possible expansion of the SoulCycle brand.

Duration: 00:24:41

Nazanin Boniadi on Trump's tough Iran talk and human rights

Iranian-born actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi, who was protesting at the United Nations last week while Trump denounced the nuclear deal in an address to the General Assembly, said that the focus on the nuclear deal distracts from another pressing issue – human rights violations in Iran. She details how the international agreement has affected her humanitarian work, minority representation in Hollywood and more.

Duration: 00:33:42

What Democrats can do to save Dreamers

Obama’s immigration architect, Cecilia Muñoz, advises lawmakers in her party to forget broader immigration reform and ‘stay focused on the DREAM Act.’ In the latest episode, Muñoz recalls the lengthy West Wing deliberations leading up to Obama’s executive action on DACA, and the political landmines it entailed for the Democratic Party. Muñoz also touches on her own journey from the world of immigration advocacy to the White House —-- and what advice she would give to women of color...

Duration: 00:34:12

Episode 14: Why hasn’t the White House declared a state of emergency over the opioid crisis?

In early August, President Donald Trump vowed to formally dub the U.S. opioid crisis a “national emergency.” But nearly a month later, the president has yet to officially declare a state of emergency — a move that would enable the federal government to pump funds into addressing the drug epidemic. Two women on the front lines of the opioid fight — June Sivilli, the chief of the public health division in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Dr. Cece McNamara Spitznas,...

Duration: 00:50:29

Episode 13: The refugees who became ambassadors: Life after genocide

On this episode of "Women Rule," two ambassadors to the U.S., Vlora Çitaku from Kosovo and Mathilde Mukantabana from Rwanda, tell their deeply personal stories about life after genocide. They explain what got them through those trying times and how they continued to live – and thrive – in the face of those devastating circumstances, and along the way, they point out how women were integral in rebuilding their societies after war.

Duration: 00:47:18

Episode 12: A former Navy SEAL promises a fight against Trump's transgender ban

After President Trump took to Twitter last week to announce a ban on transgender military personnel, one former Navy SEAL lobs a warning at the White House: “You just smacked the hornet’s nest with a baseball bat." In this episode, POLITICO's Luiza Savage interviews Kristin Beck - a transgender war veteran - and discusses this turning point for the LGBT community.

Duration: 00:38:15

Episode 11: Female mayors take issue with "women's issues"

The mayors of Baltimore, Charlotte and Salt Lake City wrestle with some of the most contentious issues dominating national policy conversations, including health care and improving public school systems. These city leaders also all happen to be female – and are tired of having some of their cities’ most thorny issues singled out as “women’s issues.” Mayors Jennifer Roberts (of Charlotte), Catherine Pugh (of Baltimore) and Jackie Biskupski (of Salt Lake City) discuss critical policy areas...

Duration: 00:38:45

Episode 10: What's next for Mindy Finn?

In the wake of the 2016 election, former vice presidential candidate and long-time Republican digital strategist Mindy Finn may be leaving the GOP –- and Washington -– altogether. In this episode of "Women Rule," Finn, who ran alongside independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin last year, delivers a harsh critique of her party, its leaders in Congress, and President Trump.

Duration: 00:38:15

Episode 9: Re-imagining ‘Girls’ in the Trump era, feat. Allison Williams

Actress Allison Williams says she doesn’t like to get political – a feature, she claims, of being the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams. But she has some distinct opinions about how President Donald Trump would have knocked her hit HBO show “Girls” in a dramatically different direction. In the latest episode of "Women Rule," Williams talks politics, millennial activism, and women in Hollywood.

Duration: 00:26:27

Bonus episode: What it will take for women to win

Women are more politically mobilized than ever before, but that hasn't been enough to get them into office. With women stalled at 20 percent of Congress and 1 in 4 elected offices nationwide, POLITICO investigates the causes of this persistent gender gap — and what’s really stopping women from breaking through. Luiza Savage talks with journalist Amanda Ripley and American University professor Jennifer Lawless about the findings of POLITICO's deep dive into women and the political pipeline.

Duration: 00:35:11

Bonus episode: Why isn’t the GOP electing more women?

While the GOP swept into control of both chambers on Capitol Hill, the number of Republican women in Congress actually decreased in the last election. Collectively, they make up only 9% of Republicans on the Hill. By comparison, women are about one third of all Democrats in the Congress. To discuss this gap -- and possible solutions to decrease it -- Women Rule brought together three experienced Republican strategists: Andrea Bozek, the communications director for the National Republican...

Duration: 00:31:49

Episode 8: "I didn't fail," featuring Carly Fiorina

With President Trump confronting multiple Russia investigations, a stalled legislative agenda, and tense relationships with foreign allies, Carly Fiorina has some sharp words of advice: “Stop tweeting.” In the latest episode of Women Rule, the former Hewlett-Packard executive-turned-U.S. presidential candidate weighed in on a wide array of political topics, but also discussed some deeply personal stories: her first Washington meeting at a strip club in the ‘80s, how she felt responding to...

Duration: 00:38:46

Bonus episode: “I have a right to take up space,” featuring Sophia Bush

In a special episode of "Women Rule," POLITICO's “Off Message” podcast takes over the feed with an interview featuring actress and political activist Sophia Bush. POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Brown hands over the reins to her colleague Isaac Dovere for the bonus interview, where we hear Sophia Bush delve deep into issues Women Rule listeners are familiar with: women in politics and sexism in the workplace.

Duration: 00:37:59

Episode 5: Hollywood's 2020 wish list, featuring Tony Goldwyn, Jaime King, and Adrienne Elrod

Hollywood stars who went all-in for Hillary Clinton say the next woman who tries to shatter that highest glass ceiling needs something that Clinton sorely lacked – authenticity. Actor Tony Goldwyn, actress Jaime King and the Clinton campaign's Adrienne Elrod talk about post-election emotions still raw nearly 100 days into President Trump’s first term.

Duration: 00:42:36

Episode 4: Giving Ivanka Trump "the benefit of the doubt," featuring Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen, the former assistant to President Barack Obama and former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, weighs in on Ivanka Trump, discusses her personal experience as a working single mother, and reflects on how the former first lady was as a boss.

Duration: 00:46:26

Episode 3: "Men don’t prepare that much, so why do we have to?" featuring Elaine Chao

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao discusses the preparation gap, explores how her experiences as an immigrant have helped shape her long career in Washington, and weighs in on the number of women in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

Duration: 00:39:37

Episode 2: “None of us got here by being namby-pamby” featuring Sen. Mazie Hirono

Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii discusses the challenges of running for office and offers insight into the battles she’s fighting in the U.S. Senate. Hirono also opens up about her experience being the country's first Buddhist senator and how her mother's brave journey from Japan shaped her life and career.

Duration: 00:38:40

Episode 1: "I had to speak out" featuring Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Deb Fischer

On the first episode of the Women Rule podcast, Sen. Deb Fischer discusses working with Ivanka Trump to get family leave legislation and Valerie Jarrett tells Kellyanne Conway: “It’s hard in the beginning.”

Duration: 01:08:40