EPISODE TWENTY | Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood with Thalia GonzálezThe Electorette Podcast add
"Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood" is a groundbreaking report published by Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, which revealed that adults view Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers. In this episode, Thalia González, an Associate Professor at Occidental College and co-author of the report, discusses the ways in which adults perceive black girls in public systems have both short-term and long-term repercussions.
EPISODE NINETEEN | 'Spread The Vote' Founder, Kat CalvinThe Electorette Podcast add
Spread the Vote is an organization that tackles undemocratic voter ID laws by directly working with citizens in marginalized groups to help them obtain their state ID. Spread the Vote founder, Kat Calvin, discusses the original motivation by her organization's start, as well as the cost and challenges many eligible voters face in getting the necessary ID in order to vote. We also discuss the many hidden barriers that not having an ID poses in every day life, not related to voting.
EPISODE EIGHTEEN | Electorette Redux Pt 2: Racism & Xenophobia in Trump's AmericaThe Electorette Podcast add
In this episode, we've pulled together some of the most compelling moments from earlier interviews which explore racism and xenophobia in America, both during the Trump administration and following 9/11. This episode includes highlights of interviews from Maryam Zaringhalam, Catherine Squires & Ruth Defoster.
EPISODE SEVENTEEN | Michele Jawando | Center for American Progress, Co-Host of Thinking Cap PodcastThe Electorette Podcast add
"They're afraid of the 2.6 million people who came out and marched on the anniversary of the Women's March. They are afraid of the young black activists and Black Lives Matter who are standing up... They’re afraid of our activism, and our civic awareness, and awakening that I think is happening.... There is a civic awakening that I think is happening and I think that, that's powerful because what [the GOP] are afraid of, are our voices." This is one of the points you'll hear in this powerful conversation with Michele Jawando, Vice President of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress and Co-host of Thinking CAP Podcast. We discuss controversial judicial nominees, the Supreme Court, voter suppression and the #MeToo movement.
EPISODE SIXTEEN | Sharon Fairley, Candidate for Illinois Attorney GeneralThe Electorette Podcast add
This episode features an interview with Sharon Fairley, candidate for Illinois Attorney General and the first candidate to receive the endorsement of the American Women's Party. Sharon Fairley has an incredibly impressive background, serving as federal prosecutor with the US Attorney General’s office for the Northern District of Illinois for eight years; she's also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals section of the Office of Illinois Attorney General. In December 2015 Sharon Fairley became the Chief Administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, of which she led the transformation to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). Sharon Fairley is a passionate defender of women's reproductive rights, has a proven record for fighting corruption and inefficiency in city government and vows to be a public advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
EPISODE FIFTEEN | Katie Watson | Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law & Politics of Ordinary AbortionThe Electorette Podcast add
Jan 22nd 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision issued in 1973 on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. In this episode, with award-winning professor and author of the book "Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law & Politics of Ordinary Abortion" Katie Watson, we discuss the deeper structural, cultural, and social issues that fuel our modern debate on abortion rights.
EPISODE FOURTEEN | Electorette Redux Pt 1: Violence, Mass Shootings & MisogynyThe Electorette Podcast add
In this episode, we've pulled together some of the most compelling moments of episodes from 2017. This episode includes highlights of interviews from 1) Ruth Defoster, professor and author of Terrorizing the Masses 2) Pamela Nettleton, professor, domestic violence and media expert 3) Kate Manne, professor and author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
EPISODE THIRTEEN | Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny with Kate ManneThe Electorette Podcast add
"There is this a danger that if we hold misogyny to be a deep psychological property of individual agents, then it will become very difficult to know or justifiably believe if someone is a misogynist. " This is one of the points you'll hear in my conversation with author Kate Manne. In her book, "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny," Manne thoroughly explores the meaning of misogyny; her examination, through analogy, and examples from politics and the news headlines, provides considerable clarity about what misogyny is and what it is not. "Down Girl..." is a must-read and should be in every feminist's library along with other notable feminist classics.
EPISODE TWELVE | Addicted to Rehab: Gender, Race and Rehabilitation with Prof. Allison McKimThe Electorette Podcast add
In my conversation with Professor Allison McKim, we discuss her book "Addicted to Rehab: Race, Gender, and Drugs in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)" in which she compares two addiction rehabilitation programs: one is linked to the criminal justice system and the second, is private and is covered by private insurance. We discuss the ways in which gendered treatment or "Women Centered Treatment" the lives of women in recovery, the lives of their families and their relationships. We also discuss how racial stereotypes influence treatment.
EPISODE ELEVEN | Mass Shootings, the Media & American Terror with Dr. Ruth DefosterThe Electorette Podcast add
"For some reason, all of the tropes and the explanations and the frames that came out of the Columbine coverage, have been repackaged and recycled in media coverage of almost every mass shooting since." This is just one of the points you'll hear during my conversation with terrorism scholar and mass shooting expert, Dr. Ruth Defoster. We discuss the consistent features present in all mass shootings and their perpetrators, including toxic masculinity. We walk through several of the country's attacks and discuss the media's treatment of these incidents, the contagion effect of mass shootings, and the media's influence on the culture of gun violence in America. Lastly, we discuss the Trump administration's treatment of and response to terror.
EPISODE TEN | Dangerous Discourses: Media Coverage of Violence Against Women, Dr. Pamela NettletonThe Electorette Podcast add
"We've been asking the wrong questions. We ask 'why does she stay' instead of 'why is he hitting her...'" This is just one of the points you'll hear in my conversation with Dr. Pamela Nettleton. We discuss how the media's coverage of violence against women perpetuates a culture of violence. We also discuss how our social systems are set up to burden women who are victims of violence.
EPISODE NINE | Dangerous Discourses: #SayHerName, Bringing Intersectionality to a Mass ShootingThe Electorette Podcast add
Dangerous Discourses: Feminism, Gun Violence & Civic Life | This is the first in a series of episodes in which I'll cover gun violence from several angles. In this episode, I discuss the essay titled "Making Visible Victimhood, Bringing Intersectionality to a Mass Shooting - #SayHerName, Black Women & Charleston" with Professor Catherine Squires. We discuss the Charleston shooting, the need to bring violence against women of color to the forefront, and the patriarchal nature of racism.
EPISODE EIGHT | Voter Suppression, Gerrymandering & the Voting Rights Act With Kira LernerThe Electorette Podcast add
If you've been following the news around the deterioration of our voting rights, including how gerrymandering and redistricting efforts or voter suppression efforts have further stripped equal access to the ballot, you'll want to listen to this episode with Think Progress journalist, Kira Lerner. We discuss the history of the recent destruction of voting rights starting with the Karl Rove Op Ed in 2010, which was the genesis of voter disenfranchisement.
EPISODE SEVEN | Diversity from the Office to the Oscars with Lauren Leader ChiveeThe Electorette Podcast add
"We need more Americans to connect, on a very deep level with a sense of empathy, for the experience of others..." This is just one of the points you'll hear during my conversation with Lauren Leader Chivee, author of "Crossing the Thinnest Line: How Embracing Diversity—from the Office to the Oscars—Makes America Stronger" and co-founder of All In Together, an organization dedicated to non-partisan women’s organization committed advancing the progress of women’s political, civic and professional leadership in the United States.
EPISODE SIX | American Women's Party with Maya Contreras & Mia BrettThe Electorette Podcast add
Mia Brett and Maya Contreras are the co-founders of the American Women's Party, an advocacy group fighting for equal representation, participation, and policy development for women in the Democratic Party. We discuss their role in creating "underground Hillary Clinton support groups" during the 2016 election as a safe space for women to discuss politics free from the threats of online attacks and misogyny. We also discuss how the American Women's Party is working to combat voter suppression, including the Voter Empowerment Day events being help around the country.
EPISODE FIVE | The Free-Love Candidate, Women Politicians & the Media w/Teri FinnemanThe Electorette Podcast add
"If a male politician is in his 20’s and 30’s he’s an ambitious go-getter, who’s a rising star - no one asks “what about his kids, why isn’t he at home?” This is just one of the points of discussion you'll hear during my conversation with Dr. Teri Finneman, author and professor of journalism. We discuss her book "Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s–2000s" including the media coverage of women politicians including the 1st female presidential candidate (a.k.a. Mrs. Satan as she was referred to by the press), Sarah Palin and of course, Hillary Clinton.
EPISODE FOUR | Twitter Blocks, Judicial Nominees & LGBT Rights with Rebecca Buckwalter-PozaThe Electorette Podcast add
"If the left has had one shortcoming, it's a failure of imagination when it comes to the audacity of the right to lie, to upset custom, to do anything they can to get around the law to achieve their aims." This is just one of the points made by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a political and legal analyst. Rebecca has been blocked by Trump of Twitter and we discuss how silencing dissenting voices in a public forum presents a threat to democracy. We also discuss judicial nominees, the need to clarify a unified, progressive message and threats to LGBT rights.
EPISODE THREE | Science Policy Jujitsu & Islamophobia in Trump's America with Dr. Maryam ZaringhalamThe Electorette Podcast add
"We can't expect marginalized communities, especially ones that find that their lives are constantly under threat, to stand up for themselves in places where they don’t feel safe…" This is just one of the points made in this emotional conversation on xenophobia, Islamophobia, science policy and gerrymandering with science policy fellow and public scholar, Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam.
Dr. Zaringhalam is the founder of NYC branch of 500 Women Scientists and producer of the live science show, The Story Collider. We discuss science policy, racism and partisan gerrymandering in this raw and moving conversation.
EPISODE TWO | Sexism in Science with Public Scholar, Climate Scientist Dr. Sarah MyhreThe Electorette Podcast add
"Your brain is not as important as the currency of your body and the sexual appeal of your body to the male gaze." This is just one of the points made during my conversation on feminism, racism, climate science and the Trump administration with public scholar and climate scientist, Dr. Sarah Myhre.
Dr. Myhre is one of the founders of Seattle's branch of 500 Women Scientists and is a vocal advocate for greater racial equality and for greater representation of women's voices in science and in society as a whole. In fact, she describes herself as a loudmouth and nasty woman. In our conversation, Dr. Myhre is very vulnerable and open about her experiences as a woman in science, being a single mother and about coming to terms with her own privilege in a racially charged political climate.
EPISODE ONE | Reproductive Justice & the Politics of Reproductive Rights with Dr. Laura BriggsThe Electorette Podcast add
"If the police are killing young folks in our communities, that's a threat to our reproductive rights." This is just one of the points you'll hear in my conversation with Dr. Laura Briggs, author of the forthcoming book "How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics." Briggs discusses reproductive rights in a broad context including how the right to a living wage and violence-free communities are a part of reproductive justice. We also discuss conservative and evangelical leaders' strategies to dismantle the social safety net for women.