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The PoliticsGirl Podcast

Meidas Media Network, Leigh McGowan

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American Democracy is not promised to us and, with all the forces working against it, saving it will take a level of work most people aren’t ready for. The Politics Girl Podcast is here to give people a reason to care and a reason to fight. Our goal is to inspire. To instill in people a true understanding of what this country COULD be, if the right people were fighting for it, and what it WILL be if they don’t. It’s a political podcast yes, but more than that, it’s a podcast about America’s ...
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Talking About Guns is a podcast created to demystify a typically loaded and polarizing topic, featuring a variety of guests who represent different perspectives in the gun safety debate. Our guests approach and dissect a wide range of gun-related topics and issues including relevant national news, personal stories, safety training, access to firearms, constitutional rights and freedoms, responsible gun ownership, gun culture, gun policy, and the role of firearms in keeping our communities safe.
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How do you lock in a minority worldview in America? You control the states. As our guest, democracy activist, author and professor, David Pepper tells us, “You win them. You gerrymander them. You suppress as many votes as you can, and then ram through your extremist agenda, and nobody can stop you.” We see it happening all over the country. This is…
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Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele reaches out to his party to remind them to vote R for Rights not Republican. He tells us that Republican values are still here, they just can’t breathe under this current top down, one person centric, wanna-be dictator. We talk about how the once great party has been co-oped, so it’s not just ok to be a Republican…
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At the end of the day, Sage Lenier, climate activist and one of Time Magazine’s 10 Next Generation Leaders, reminds us that we need to accept what we’re doing on this planet is unsustainable. That we will ultimately need to slow down the systems of production and consider a real economic transformation if we want to survive, but instead of waiting …
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There is a clear and planned takeover of the American government by people who no longer want to work under a functioning democracy but some form of authoritarian, kleptocratic, theocracy and the Republican Party are on board for all of it. If you don’t know about Project 2025 go back and listen to the top of the year show, but this episode is all …
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Sometimes we need to take a break from all the criticism of government to acknowledge the importance of government, especially when they’re doing good things. One of those good things was the recent creation of the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention because as we lose people to gun violence in our country every day, as America is put on …
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America is dealing with an existential threat in the 2024 election. It’s not Republican or Democrat, it’s democracy or autocracy, and we can’t screw it up. Which is why I’m pleased to be joined by political scientist and strategist Rachel Bitecofer to talk about her new book “Hit Em Where it hurts: How to Save Democracy by Beating Republicans at Th…
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Author, professor and sociologist Michael Sierra-Arévalo talks to us about his detailed look into American policing with his new book The Danger Imperative: Violence, Death and the Soul of Policing. According to Arévalo, the story of policing isn’t the story of a few bad apples, but of an institutional structure and system that is essentially not w…
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Something magical is happening. As MAGA doubles down on extremism and chaos, they appeal to fewer and fewer Americans. At this point all they have is their mad king, while Democrats, liberals and anyone who believes in the American experiment has the opportunity to really make America into the country we tell people we are. We have to plan to win, …
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Clearly there’s a need for a new type of media, one that exists explicitly to give people facts, but also to protect and strengthen our democracy. Today we talk to the amazing Tara McGowan, founder and publisher of Courier, one of the fastest growing news networks in the country. Courier is a new take on an old format that honors local news with re…
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“Anti-racist” isn’t an identity, it’s actions. It’s doing the work of deconstructing the systems of racism we were all raised in. Systems that harm us all. It’s not about being a “good person” or not being called “racist”, it’s about genuinely interacting with the world to make it better. And yeah, we’re going to make mistakes while we do it. We’re…
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Here we are at the top of 2024 with MAGA extremism on a rocket ship to the moon and the GOP hell-bent on stripping away as many of our fundamental rights & freedoms as possible. We don’t have a second or dollar to waste. We want to win 2024. We NEED to win 2024. But it doesn’t have to be endlessly miserable or expensive to do it. Which is why I wan…
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We can’t take our eyes off this court for a minute. Which is why I’m joined by Melissa Murray and Kate Shaw, two constitutional professors and hosts of Crooked Media’s legal podcast Strict Scrutiny, to go over the cases you really have to know. From Donald Trump’s Presidential immunity and ballot presence, to abortion drug access, to the attempt of…
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If you look at statistics it was actually non-voters who won the last Presidential election. Too many people think their vote doesn’t count, or as our guest, Wayne Liebman says, they think their vote counts too much and are afraid to make a mistake. The Blue Voter Guide takes the burden out of voting. They do the research into the candidates, ballo…
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The crisis in the Middle East, like so many issues that truly matter, is complicated and nuanced and simply won’t fit on a bumper sticker. It’s essential that we look at the whole picture and move beyond who needs to be punished (and many do) to set a goal of creating a place of peace and stability. This is also not an isolated issue. Governments a…
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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024, the year we either destroy or save America. This is it. Make it or break it. To give us a sense of the stakes, I’m joined by journalist Ahmed Baba who recently did an amazing article for the Independent about the the “conservative promise” of Project 2025. Project 2025 is a roadmap to fundamentally reshape the feder…
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Join me and John Pavlovitz post-Christmas to talk about how America seems off track with the Christian faith. As John says, “It’s not politics or religion that divides us, it’s vision.” What we see as the future and purpose of our country and our collective faiths. We’re in a vision divide America, and we have to ask ourselves if it’s better to liv…
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We’re about to enter probably one of the toughest years in our country’s history. A year that could quite honestly end the American experiment. But America has been through crises before and people pulled us through. So the question is, what are YOU going to do to fight for what’s right in a time when so much is wrong? I’ve asked my friend, and lif…
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The Republican party has made it very clear they’re ready to abandon democracy and the rule of law. So, no matter how hungry we are for justice, we can’t help them by abandoning the rule of law ourselves. No matter how irritating it feels to watch justice move slowly, sticking with the strictest rules is the only way if we want to keep living in a …
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As Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis said, “America has a choice. We can either have great wealth in the hands of a few, or we can have democracy, but we can’t have both.” There’s a shift happening in the American consciousness right now. Where the idea we all bought into, that idea that if we just work hard enough we’ll make it, is starting to…
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As computers get smarter, who do we want regulating them? Who do we want programming them and, ultimately, who do we want leading our country and military response when AI is in the mix? If we get this wrong, how we feel about things like taxes, religion and racism will be the least of our problems. To have this essential conversation, I’m joined t…
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As we come up on Thanksgiving and the holiday season, I started to think of all the things in my life I was thankful for and I kept returning to having a roof over my head. America’s homelessness crisis has become extraordinary and housing has becomes out of reach for so many Americans. Not just in the big cities, but all over the country. Yes, it’…
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Our culture is literally littered with the fallout of unhappy men looking to assert their dominance. From the tantrums of our last president, to our daily mass shootings, to the broad resurgence of patriarchal male dominance, men are not doing ok and they’re making it everyone else’s problem. Join me and the founder of ReMaking Manhood Mark Greene …
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It’s election day in America and all over the country people are choosing the direction they want their country to go. While citizens exercise their right to vote, we know there are people actively looking to undermine and disrupt the process to their own ends. Which is why we can no longer afford to be reactive about our democracy. We must be stra…
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"Welcome to the world of reality denial, where truth is subordinate to ideology, feelings have more weight than evidence, and democracy hangs in the balance”. We are in a disinformation war in America where the goal of those creating the lies is not just to get us to question some particular fact - vaccines don’t work, covid isn’t real, the electio…
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If you have to work for a living, then you’re working class, and the sooner we realize most of us are in the same boat, the sooner we can ban together and ask for what we need. John Russell and I talk about how we have more to gain from solidarity than division, and as John says, “It comes down to power. If we want to find common ground, and close …
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Democracy’s white knight Marc Elias joins us to explain that we aren’t just fighting election suppression & subversion, we’re now fighting election vigilanteism and the new Republican strategy of standing in defiance of the law itself. The GOP seems to have decided it’s simply good politics to say you’re fighting a corrupt system when you, yourself…
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The 2024 senate map is rough. The Republicans only need to win 2 seats to change the balance of power and the Democrats have 8 that are considered vulnerable. It’s not only essential we win every seat we already have, but we have to buckle down and defend the ones we can’t lose. With that in mind, today’s guest is Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slot…
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We are seeing increasing calls for violence around the country, an incitement to violence by Trump and his compatriots, and an overall threat to our democracy and our public safety with the stockpiling of weapons and ammunition to use against a government, or fellow citizens, with whom people disagree. Join me, and well known public safety advocate…
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Presidential third parties are deceiving the public. They claim to offer a choice, but what they’re offering is an illusion. A dream that somehow their candidate could defy history and do something no 3rd party candidate has been able to do, and win the presidency. There is no grey area here. If you buy what they’re selling and give them your vote,…
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You want to make a difference to our democracy? Get more people registered to vote. Today we talk to Jason Berlin, the Executive Director of Field Team 6, which since its founding in 2019 has helped register almost 2.9 million Democratic voters, the vast majority in swing states. Jason and his team are a proudly “partisan voter registration” group …
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The majority of youth in America are not on board for the new extremist Republican agenda. They believe in reproductive rights, and that the climate is in crisis. They’re against book banning and propaganda education. They’re majority pro-LGBTQ, pro-union, pro-health care, pro-living wage and pro-common sense gun legislation, and the Republican par…
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In honor of Labor Day we’re going to talk about the importance of the American worker, but more specifically about the importance of union work. American workers have clearly had enough. The majority of us know we can’t carry on like this. That the wealth inequality and the growing chasm between workers and owners is leading this country down a dar…
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If you care about democracy in America, then you care about the upcoming election in Virginia this November. And before you think yeah, I don’t live in Virginia, I’ll think I’ll skip it, I want you to think about the Wisconsin Supreme Court race in April, or the Ohio special election this August. Most of us don’t live in those states, but our atten…
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Despite how frustrated we might be with the ethics, decisions, and arrogance of this far right activist court, guest Dahlia Lithwick believes we’re actually at an amazing moment in American history where we have the opportunity to really address the court with our politics. If we’re not happy, then we insist on change. Supreme Court justices are no…
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Dr. Allison Gill, the founder of MSW Media, host of the Daily Beans and the Jack Podcast, is here to talk the ins & outs of the most recent, and most serious, Trump indictments - namely the one’s related to January 6th and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. Trump has been indicted for fraud against the government, the plot to disrupt the peac…
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A recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal for her “exemplary public service to advance free and fair elections,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joins us for the latest episode of TAG. From armed protestors outside her home in the middle of the night contesting the 2020 election results and learning of a plot published on Facebook t…
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It’s easy to demonize Hollywood, to think the people who work in entertainment don’t have the same problems as you or I, but when you take away the glitz & glamour, entertainment is just another industry filled with regular people doing regular work. The vast majority who work in Hollywood are not superstars. This strike is primarily working people…
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Republicans spin a good yarn, but data doesn’t lie, and since globalization began the contrast between Republican and Democratic performance on the economy has been incredibly stark. Look no further than Bidenomics vs. Reaganomics. While the Democrats continue to evolve to attempt to create an economy that works for all of us, Republicans keep doub…
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We know the conservative movement wants to return us to “a better time”, what they see as the “natural order”, with the white, straight Christian man on top, but even those who see themselves as liberal or centrist can struggle with the idea of changing the status quo, because it feels like a potential losing proposition for people who have always …
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She was given a death sentence. Years later, she asked herself, “What am I doing with this extra life I’ve been given?” On the latest episode of TAG, we chat with Leigh McGowan about her Webby-award winning @IAmPoliticsGirl “Breakfast Rants” and podcast that have attracted nearly 2 million followers and earned her praise for her breakdown of comple…
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The mounting chaos surrounding the Republican presidential primary makes you wonder what we’re doing here. To figure it out, we have a conversation with Micheal Steele, former Chair of RNC, and someone who knows this party well. Despite the fact that MAGA keeps trying to get rid of him, he believes in his party. The question is, how do we stop the …
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The Republican Party of today has taken a turn, a turn from traditional “conservative” values into something far more odious and, as our guest, Dara Starr Tucker, would say, far more toxic. As a popular influencer in social commentary Dara is launching a new project to explore this rise of toxicity. Where it comes from, what it’s based in, and hope…
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Today’s episode is a sneak peak of what the PoliticsGirl Premium subscribers will have access to with our first Ask Me Anything episode in which Political Warriors & Champions have the opportunity to write in questions that I’ll answer directly as bonus content. Today’s Questions: Knowing what you know about American politics, how can you be positi…
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How many emails a day do you get from people claiming if you don’t send money immediately democracy will die and it’ll be all your fault? How many texts do you get from people you’ve never heard of because you gave your information to someone at sometime and now everyone has your number? How many campaigns have you donated to that either lost by 20…
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Go to dave.com/politicsgirl to sign up for an ExtraCash account and get up to $500 instantly! Terms: dave.com/legal Join the brilliant Thom Hartmann and I as we break down the most recent Trump indictment and discuss how the documents he had, and lied about having, are most likely just the tip of the iceberg. Understand where we stand with this cas…
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Christian nationalists believe that America is defined by Christianity, and the government should be taking active steps to keep it that way. This is completely antithetical to how our nation was actually set up, but they now have their hands in so many pots - from education, to voting, to human rights - and are backed by such an large amount of da…
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Today’s pod is a Candid Conversation with return guest, former award-winning executive producer at Funny or Die and author of “OMG WTF Does the Constitution Actually Say?” Ben Sheehan. Ben has written a modern day breakdown of our founding documents that explains everything we never learned in school in an easily digestible book filled with humor. …
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Join us for a truly amazing conversation with Jocelyn Benson who challenges us to ask who we’re going to be at this moment in history. Are we going to be passive as our voices are silenced and our will is ignored, or are we going to stand up and say not today through our attitude, our efforts and yes, our vote. Secretary Benson reminds us that demo…
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I want everyone feeling discouraged to know that there are people working behind the scenes every day to make this country a better, safer and more democratic place. One of those unsung heroes is Mathew Littman, who is the Executive Director of 97Percent, bipartisan group who support the Second Amendment and responsible gun ownership, and the leade…
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The youth of America have the opportunity to truly change the state of politics, and they’re starting to realize it. They don’t want to be told what they can read, or say, or who to love. They don’t want to be shot in their schools or live on a dying planet. Quite frankly, the majority of the country’s youth have no interest in making America great…
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