Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Michele  Bachmann Francesca  Chambers
Valerie  Jarrett Geena Davis Marlene Trestman
Nicolle Wallace Lilly Ledbetter Sen. Barbara  Boxer (D-CA)
Amy  Siskind Monica Cevallos Jennifer  Marshall
Angela McGlowan Julie Gunlock Jennifer Sevilla Korn
Patrice Onwuka Cynthia Nixon Salma Hayek
Jillian Michaels Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Jane Pauley Atima Omara Carly Fiorina

Past Programs


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Woman Thought Leader: Tracye McQuirter

Date: 12/27/2019
Program Number: 2843
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We revisit our interview with Woman Thought Leader, Tracye McQuirter and journey toward veganism. In Ageless Vegan, McQuirter discusses the health benefits of adapting a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

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About Women & Girls Film Festival Winner: The Red Phone Project

Date: 12/20/2019
Program Number: 2842
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In the Red Phone Project,  filmmaker Laney O’Shea brings us the story about a community organizer and philanthropist who purchased a red telephone for her home in south Charlotte North Carolina founding of what is now the local chapter of  Planned Parenthood.

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About Women & Girls Film Festival Winner: The Jessicas

Date: 12/13/2019
Program Number: 2841
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From “The Lily” and The Washington Post, The Jessicas. This documentary short is about a little known cultural phenomenon. 30 years ago the number one name for girls born in America was Jessica.

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Free Speech in the Internet Age (Encore)

Date: 12/06/2019
Program Number: 2808R
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How has the internet changed the exercise of the First Amendment? Do social media companies have the right to regulate speech on their platforms? What are the limits on speech in the public square?

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Woman Thought Leader: Sarah Parcak

Date: 11/29/2019
Program Number: 2826R
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Space archaeologist and Egyptologist, Sarah Parcak, sits down with Bonnie Erbe to discuss the challenges powerful women have faced over time, how space now plays a crucial part in discoveries, and how she handles being a woman in a male-dominated profession.

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Impeachment; Fire Drill Fridays; #MeToo & The C-Suite

Date: 11/22/2019
Program Number: 2838
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Megan Beyer, Women For Biden Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Voice Sabrina Schaeffer, Senior Director, White House Writers Group

Featured Topics:

  • Impeachment Inquiry: Women support the impeachment of Trump more than men do.
  • Fire Drill Fridays: Jane Fonda joins young activists to protest against climate change.
  • #MeToo & The C-Suite: CEOs held accountable for sexual misconduct, but women still failing to reach higher representation in the S&P 500. 

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Woman Thought Leader: Kim Klacik

Date: 11/15/2019
Program Number: 2837
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We continue our Women Thought Leaders series with an interview with Republican commentator Kim Klacik. She rose to prominence after a video she took of rats in Baltimore was mentioned by President Donald Trump. Now, she's running for Congress in Maryland.

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Fetal Homicide Laws; Cohabitation; Pioneering Female Vet

Date: 11/08/2019
Program Number: 2836
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Ann Stone, Erin Matson, Rina Shah

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  • Fetal Homicide Laws: A California woman is charged with murder after delivering a stillborn.
  • Cohabitation: Living together is more common and more accepted than ever, a new study finds.
  • Pioneering Female Vet: Linda Bray was the first American woman to lead troops into battle. 

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Woman Thought Leader: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Date: 11/01/2019
Program Number: 2835
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We continue our Women Thought Leaders series with an interview with Representative Carolyn Maloney. She is here to talk about her opinions towards gun control and her proposal to study on gun safety. Besides this, she also talks about her proposed bill on paid leave for the federal government.

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Woman Thought Leader: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)

Date: 10/25/2019
Program Number: 2834
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) talks to us about her vision for America concerning Medicare for All, immigration, minimum wage, and other issues.

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Pelosi vs. Trump; #MeTooVoter; Transgender Athletes

Date: 10/18/2019
Program Number: 2833
Panelists: Erin Matson, Co-Founder of Reproaction, Rina Shah, Board Member, Republican Women for Progress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Carrie Sheffield, Fellow, Independent Women’s Voice

Featured Topics:

  • Pelosi vs Trump: Donald Trump takes aim at Nancy Pelosi, and the Speaker of the House fires back.
  • #MeTooVoter: Inside the next step of the #MeToo movement. 
  • Transgender Athletes: The effects of testosterone in women's athletics.

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Warren vs. Biden; SCOTUS & the LGBT Community; Facial Recognition

Date: 10/11/2019
Program Number: 2832
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Latifa Lyles, Fmr. Dir. Women’s Bureau, U.S. Dept. of Labor Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Voices Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump

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  • Warren vs. Biden: Elizabeth Warren is running neck-and-neck with Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, while Tulsi Gabbard threatens to boycott the debates.

  • Scotus & the LGBT Community: The Supreme Court takes on cases involving possible discrimination at work against 2 gay men and a transgender woman.

  • Facial Recognition: The possible racial bias in the software.

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Woman Thought Leader Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden

Date: 10/04/2019
Program Number: 2831
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Our Women Thought Leaders series continues with an interview with the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. She tells us the library's priorities and the importance of having this institution. She also tells us about her activism about certain portions of the USA PATRIOT Act.

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Woman Thought Leader Tracye McQuirter

Date: 09/27/2019
Program Number: 2830
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On our next segment of #WomenThoughtLeader series, Bonnie Erbe speaks with the best selling author Tracye Mcquirter. Her newest book is called Ageless Vegan, the Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Plant Based Life. She has been a vegan for 32 years and she will talk about the reasons behind it, women of color as vegans in the community and the food industry as a whole.

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Self Induced Abortions; LGBTQ Pronouns; Financial Literacy

Date: 09/20/2019
Program Number: 2829
Panelists: Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump Tiana Lowe, Commentary Writer, Washington Examiner Anushay Hossain, @AnushayHossain Debra Carnahan, Former Judge and Federal Prosecutor

Featured Topics:

  •  Self-Induced Abortions: The overall rate of abortions is down, but the rate of self-induced ones is up. 
  •  LGBTQ Pronouns: Grammy award-winning singer Sam Smith triggers debate after asking to be referred to as "they".
  • Financial Literacy: The differences in the way girls and boys are taught to think about money. We interviewed Carrie Scbwab.

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Woman Thought Leader: Dr. Michele Angello

Date: 09/13/2019
Program Number: 2828
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We speak with a therapist focusing on LGBT youth who co-wrote "Raising the Transgender Child," Dr. Michele Angello. She tells us what parents should do to help their transgender child navigate life. How do you deal with issues such as bullying, pronouns, bathrooms, and surgery?

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Progress of #MeToo; Caregiving: Afghan Peace Deal

Date: 09/06/2019
Program Number: 2827
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Rina Shah, Republican Strategist Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump Megan Beyer, Wilson Center, Women In Public Service

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  • Progress of #MeToo: As allegations emerge against Placido Domingo, we ask: how effective has the #MeToo movement been?
  • Caregiving: Women are forced out of the workforce by the need to care for family members.
  • Afghan Peace Deal:Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) says women should be included. 

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Woman Thought Leader: Sarah Parcak

Date: 08/30/2019
Program Number: 2826
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Space archaeologist and Egyptologist, Sarah Parcak, sits down with Bonnie Erbe to discuss the challenges powerful women have faced over time, how space now plays a crucial part in discoveries, and how she handles being a woman in a male-dominated profession.

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Woman Thought Leader: Carly Fiorina

Date: 08/23/2019
Program Number: 2812R
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Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tells us what she learned about leadership in her career, which included becoming the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company. Fiorina also gave her opinion the 2020 race and reflected on being personally insulted by Donald Trump, and talks to us about her new book, Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential.

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Encore Presentation: Free Speech in The Internet Age

Date: 08/16/2019
Program Number: 2808R
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How has the internet changed the exercise of the First Amendment? Do social media companies have the right to regulate speech on their platforms? What are the limits on speech in the public square?

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Misogyny & Shootings; Dartmouth Sexual Assault Settlement

Date: 08/09/2019
Program Number: 2823
Panelists: Megan Beyer, Wilson Center, Women In Public Service Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Voices Latifa Lyles, Fmr. Dir. Women’s Bureau, US Dept. of Labor Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump

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  • Misogyny & Shootings: The link between almost all mass shooters is a hatred of women, experts say.
  • Dartmouth Sexual Assault Settlement: The prestigious university pays out 14 million dollars to students who say teachers created a culture of assault.
  • Financial Literacy: The importance in teaching financial literacy to boys and girls. Bonnie says this part will be on an upcoming show on Sep 20, 2019.

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Competence Stereotypes; 2nd Primary Debates; Adultification

Date: 08/02/2019
Program Number: 2822
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Anushay Hossain, Founder, Anushay Hossain Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Tiana Lowe, Commentary Writer, Washington Examiner

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  • Competence: A new study reveals that women are finally perceived as competent as men.
  • 2nd Primary Debates: Did any candidate put a dent in Joe Biden’s lead?
  • Adultification: Black girls tend to be treated as if they were older than they actually are

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Women Thought Leaders: Service Women & Women Veterans Congressional Caucus

Date: 07/26/2019
Program Number: 2821
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On our next segment of #WomenThoughtLeader series, Bonnie Erbe speaks with Rep. Chrissy Houlahan & Rep. Mikie Sherrill about The Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus. The members aims to tackle issues that women face during and after active duty.

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Trump vs. The Squad; The Rise and Risks of E-Cigarettes

Date: 07/19/2019
Program Number: 2820
Panelists: Patricia Sosa, Progressive Commentator & Director, Latin American Programs, Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump, Fmr. Rep Donna Edwards (D-MD) Liz Matory, Republican Commentator

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  • Trump vs. "The Squad:" A crowd at a Trump rally chanted ‘send her back,’ in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), inspired by the president’s own tweets which have been denounced by Congress.
  • Rise and Risks of E-Cigarettes: Marketing tactics have led people to believe that vaping devices, like JUUL, are a safe alternative to cigarettes. 

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Acosta’s Resignation; Equal Pay; Democratic Division

Date: 07/12/2019
Program Number: 2819
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Hilary Rosen, Progressive Commentator Rina Shah, Republican Strategist, Liz Matory, Author, Born Again Republican

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  • Acosta’s Resignation: Amid intensifying criticism over plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein, Labor Secretary steps down.
  • Equal Pay: U.S Women’s national soccer team follows success with demands of better pay.
  • Democratic Division: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & others clash with Speaker Pelosi.

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Woman Thought Leader: Linda Greenhouse

Date: 07/05/2019
Program Number: 2818
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We continue our woman thought leader series with renowned journalist Linda Greenhouse. The Yale Law lecturer spoke with Bonnie Erbe about reproductive rights and what's to come regarding abortion policies.

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First Democratic Debate & Women vs. Cable News

Date: 06/28/2019
Program Number: 2817
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Lara Brown, Associate Professor, George Washington University Tiana Lowe, Commentary Writer,Washington Examiner Sabrina Schaeffer, Senior Director, White House Writers Group

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  • First Democratic Debate: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Marianne Williamson joined 14 men in the debates.
  • Women vs. Cable News: Jessica Yellin, formerly of CNN, tells us why she thinks women are tuning out.

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Woman Thought Leader: Aimee Allison

Date: 06/21/2019
Program Number: 2816
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Our #WomenThoughtLeaders series continues with an interview with Aimee Allison, founder of She The People. She argues that to win elections, Democrats must center women of color as they lead a diverse, inclusive coalition.

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Women's Issues in 2020; Peace & Security; Men & Feminism

Date: 06/14/2019
Program Number: 2815
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump Erin Matson, Liberal Commentator Patrice Lee, Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Voices

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  • Women's Issues: Reproductive rights and other issues are picking up importance for 2020, according to polls.
  • Peace & Security: Ivanka Trump is the face of a new initiative to include women in negotiating.
  • Men & Feminism: Deputy PM of Belgium Alexander De Croo tells us why he says we're in the "age of women."

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Free Speech in the Internet Age (Encore)

Date: 06/07/2019
Program Number: 2808R
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How has the internet changed the exercise of the First Amendment? Do social media companies have the right to regulate speech on their platforms? What are the limits on speech in the public square?

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New Freshwomen in Congress (Encore)

Date: 05/31/2019
Program Number: 2801R
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As we begin our 28th season and continue our Women Thought Leaders series we speak with the new "freshwomen" of Congress. Meet Representative Kim Schrier (D-WA) and Representative Susan Wild (D-PA)

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Woman Thought Leader: Carly Fiorina

Date: 05/24/2019
Program Number: 2812
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Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tells us what she learned about leadership in her career, which included becoming the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company. Fiorina also gave her opinion the 2020 race and reflected on being personally insulted by Donald Trump, and talks to us about her new book, Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential.

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Abortion Laws & Immigration Plan

Date: 05/20/2019
Program Number: 2811
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Rina Shah, Republican Strategist Genevieve Wood, Senior Advisor, The Heritage Foundation Siobhan"Sam" Bennett, Chief Strategic Officer, Legal Momentum

Featured Topics:

  • Abortion Laws: Laws in states across America narrow abortion rights, with Alabama's governor signing a near-total ban. What's the future of Roe v. Wade?
  • Immigration Priorities: Donald Trump's new proposal seeks to prioritize "merit" over family ties.  

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2020 Gender Bias; Moms & Housework; Traveling Solo

Date: 05/10/2019
Program Number: 2810
Panelists: Rina Shah, Republican Strategist Latifa Lyles, Fmr. Dir. Women’s Bureau, US Dept. of Labor Patricia Sosa, Progressive Commentator Patrice Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women's Voices

Featured Topics:

  • 2020 Gender Bias: Are female presidential candidates being treated unfairly?
  • Moms & Housework:New study shows single moms do less housework than married moms.
  • Traveling Solo: The risks for women who visit foreign countries alone. 

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Women Thought Leaders: April Ryan

Date: 05/03/2019
Program Number: 2809
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What is it like covering Donald Trump? We speak with White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, April Ryan. Her new book is called "Under Fire."

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Free Speech in the Internet Age

Date: 04/26/2019
Program Number: 2808
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How has the internet changed the exercise of the First Amendment? Do social media companies have the right to regulate speech on their platforms? What are the limits on speech in the public square?

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Dershowitz Accusations; SPLC Controversy; HIV in Africa

Date: 04/19/2019
Program Number: 2807
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Anushay Hossain, Founder, Anushay’s Point Rina Shah, Republican Strategist Tiana Lowe, Commentary Writer, Washington Examiner

Featured Topics:

  • Dershowitz Accusations: Lawyer Alan Dershowitz is being sued for defamation.
  • SPLC Controversy: The Southern Poverty Law Center is awash in accusations of having a “toxic culture."
  • HIV in Africa: How the Global Gag Rule affects efforts to combat the disease. 

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Digital Privacy; Joe Biden; Marriage Fundamentalism

Date: 04/12/2019
Program Number: 2806
Panelists: Sabrina Schaeffer, Consulting Director, White House Writers Group Frmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) Patrice Lee Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Voice Debra Carnahan, Former Judge and Federal Prosecutor

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  • Digital Privacy: What it’s like being a woman in the age of social media.
  • Joe Biden: The former VP emerges from controversy about his treatment of women with his polling numbers unscathed.
  • Marriage Fundamentalism: Is society unfairly biased towards traditional concepts of family? 

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Woman Thought Leader: Inez Stepman

Date: 04/05/2019
Program Number: 2805
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We continue our series with senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, Inez Feltscher Stepman. With a background in education policy, we speak with Stepman about school policies including privatization,  public schools, and the changes to Title IX. Stepman explains in great detail the School Choice initiative is and how the education system is progressing under Sec. Betsy DeVos.

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Plans to Help Families & Girls in the Boy Scouts

Date: 03/29/2019
Program Number: 2804
Panelists: Frmr. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) Erin Matson, Co-Founder; Reproaction Jennifer Higgins, GOP Political Strategist Genevieve Wood, Senior Advisor, The Heritage Foundation

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  • Plans to Help Families: We discuss Elizabeth Warren’s childcare plan, Kirsten Gillibrand’s FAMILY Act, the Republican paid leave plan, and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
  • Girls in the Boy Scouts: We speak with Sydney Ireland, who is trying to become the first female Eagle Scout, as well as with her ally in Congress, Rep. Maloney.

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Women's Equality: A National Monument (Encore)

Date: 03/15/2019
Program Number: 2522R
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This week on a encore documentary episode of To The Contrary, Bonnie Erbe explores the historic Belmont Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the final headquarters of the National Woman’s Party. Declared a national monument in 2016 by President Barack Obama, the 200-year-old home sitting on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. is a treasure trove of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

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New Freshwomen in Congress

Date: 03/08/2019
Program Number: 2801
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As we begin our 28th season and continue our Women Thought Leaders series we speak with the new "freshwomen" of Congress. Meet Representative Kim Schrier (D-WA) and Representative Susan Wild (D-PA)

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Woman Thought Leader: Cecile Richards

Date: 03/01/2019
Program Number: 2752
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We continue our Woman Thought Leader Series with former Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards. Richards talks with Bonnie Erbe about the future of Planned Parenthood, her career in activism and what's to come.

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The Pope On Sexual Abuse, Suffragists & Black History Month

Date: 02/22/2019
Program Number: 2751
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Patrice Lee Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum Angela Sailor, Chief of Staff to the President, Heritage Foundation Megan Beyer, Wilson Center, Women In Public Service

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  • Pope Francis & Sexual Abuse: The Catholic Church holds a historic summit to stop abuse of minor.
  • Black Suffragists: How white suffragists frequently turned their back on their black sisters.
  • Black History Month: We speak with Reps. Karen Bass and Barbara Lee about African-American role models. 

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Woman Thought Leader: Karine Jean-Pierre

Date: 02/15/2019
Program Number: 2750
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Continuing our Woman Thought Leader Series this week we have Karine Jean-Pierre, the national spokesperson for political advocacy group MoveOn.Org. Jean-Pierre talks with Bonnie Erbé about her time serving under the Obama administration to now campaigning for equal rights under this current administration.

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Woman Thought Leader: Irene Bueno

Date: 02/08/2019
Program Number: 2749
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We continue our Woman Thought Leader Series with Irene Bueno, who shares her thoughts on the priorities and challenges of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. She covers topics from stereotypes and discrimination to healthcare, leadership and representation. Irene served in the Clinton Administration and is a co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group (NVG).

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#Women2020, ERA, Women & The Draft

Date: 02/01/2019
Program Number: 2748
Panelists: Lara Brown, Associate Professor, George Washington University Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Linda Chavez, Chair, Center for Equal Opportunity Tiana Lowe, Contributor, Washington Examiner

Featured Topics:

  • #Women2020: The majority of declared presidential candidates are women. What role will women play in 2020?
  • ERA: A new push to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.
  • Women & The Draft: A new Congressional commission is evaluating whether women should be a part of the selective service. 

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Woman Thought Leader: Rep. Donna Shalala

Date: 01/25/2019
Program Number: 2747
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Rep. Donna Shalala, a recently sworn in member of the 116th Congress is no stranger to politics. In this week's Woman Thought Leader series, we talk to Rep. Shalala about her legislative plans for Florida under the Trump administration.

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Woman Thought Leader: Dr. Leana Wen

Date: 01/18/2019
Program Number: 2746
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We jumpstart the new year with this week's woman thought leader: Dr. Leana Wen. Wen  is the first physician, in the past 50 years, to serve as Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund's president.

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Women's March 2019 & Ageism

Date: 01/11/2019
Program Number: 2745
Panelists: Frmr. Rep. Donna Edwards; Megan Beyer, Wilson Center, Women In Public Service Jennifer Higgins, GOP Political Strategist Sabrina Schaeffer, Chariman, Independent Women’s Forum Leadership Circle

Featured Topics:

  • Women's March 2019: Organizers vow to march on with this year's edition amid controversy.
  • Ageism: Millions of Americans forced into retirement because of this insidious bias. 

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New Congress & Senators Weigh Presidential Runs

Date: 01/04/2019
Program Number: 2744
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump Erin Matson, Co-Founder, Reproaction Rina Shah, Republic Strategist

Featured Topics:

  • New Congress: How will the new Congress, especially new female legislators, change the nation?
  • Senators Weigh Presidential Runs: We discuss the allegations against the Bernie Sanders campaign and Elizabeth Warren's chances of winning the primary. 

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