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Suburban women across America are breaking stereotypes, becoming more diverse and more politically engaged. Hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein chat with women across America about how politics affects their lives, their families, and how to become a part of the growing “suburban women problem.”

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    • Nov 24, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 45m AVG DURATION
    • 30 EPISODES


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    Revisiting Why Right Matters (with Alexander Vindman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 48:51


    This week is Thanksgiving and we thought it would be a good time to focus on family. So in the spirit of spending time with family, today we're reposting our episode with the one and only Alex Vindman.Earlier this year, Alex joined his wife Rachel Vindman and co-hosts Amanda Weinstein and Jasmine Clark to chat about his book, Here Right Matters. They talked about Trump's fateful phone call with the President of Ukraine, why Alex decided to report that call, the trolls and criticisms they've had to deal with as a result, and how Alex absolutely doesn't regret doing the right thing.Not only is this week a time for family and gratitude, it's also a great time to remember why doing the right thing matters more than ever.Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    The Light and the Fight (with Karen Walrond and Marla Zwinggi)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 44:41

    On today's episode, Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein talk about how they keep finding the energy and joy in activism. They discuss some of the many battles worth fighting⁠—for example, the undemocratic shenanigans happening last week in Jasmine's own Gwinnett County or the fact that the right wing actually wants to ban books. The hosts discuss how they rely on small victories and the energizing feeling of helping people in their community to keep them going. Then suburban mom Marla Zwinggi stops by the pod to discuss the work she's doing in her own Ohio community, how she felt burned out after the election, and what she did to bounce back.After that, Amanda sits down with Karen Walrond, an activism coach and author of “The Lightmaker's Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy.” They talk about personal transformation, adoption, how to find the joy in activism, and what activism even is. They also talk about Karen's friendship with Brené Brown (we promise we're not jealous!) and her cameo in the movie “Wine Country” (... okay, maybe we're a little jealous).Finally, Amanda, Jasmine, and Rachel raise a glass to sports victories, taking a vacation, and getting their kids vaccinated in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Screw It, We're Knitting! (with Kristina Wong)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 45:18

    On today's episode, Jasmine Clark, Amanda Weinstein and guest host Beverly Batte unpack last week's election. We had some big disappointments in statewide races (looking at you, Virginia!) but there are so many victories to celebrate on the local level. So many progressive women won their races for school board and a big reason why is that they didn't shy away from discussing right-wing issues like CRT. Instead they listened, they came up with thoughtful responses that incorporated their personal values as moms, and they won their elections.And speaking of CRT, we want to bang the drum yet again for Heather McGhee's incredible book The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together. If the right wing thinks that “CRT” means anything that involves thinking critically about race, like teaching Heather's book, then sign us up!Losses like what we experienced in Virginia can be frustrating, but we don't need to wait for elections to take action. There are so many ways to get involved… like craftivism! Women across the world have been using their creativity and skills—often traditionally “feminine” skills like sewing, baking, and knitting—to create change for centuries. So Jasmine sits down with Kristina Wong, a performer and activist who created a squad to sew masks during the pandemic. You can learn more about it in her book, The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine, and Beverly raise a glass to sports victories, Diwali, and getting our kids vaccinated in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    To Build or To Burn? (with Alyssa Milano and Katie Paris)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 48:39


    This is a big week! Not only was there an important election on Tuesday, but we got to talk to Alyssa Milano! We also got some disappointing news... it looks like paid leave is going to be cut from the spending bill. So on this episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark and Amanda Weinstein talk about turning our disappointments and frustrations into positive action. To quote Alyssa, we want to build, not burn! The hosts are then joined by Red Wine and Blue founder Katie Paris, who chats all about the incredible work that suburban women have been doing across the country in the lead-up to Election Day. After that, Amanda gets the opportunity to talk to the one and only Alyssa Milano. In addition to being an actor, Alyssa has always used her platform for activism and elevating the voices of others. She just released a brand-new book called “Sorry, Not Sorry” about her life in the public eye, getting Covid, her activism and humanitarian work, MeToo, and much more. Tune in to hear the inside scoop on her favorite on-screen witch, her pets, and the best on-screen kisser.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to lawn care goats, seeing the results of long term projects, vaccines for kids, and new takes on trick-or-treating during this week's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    Election Day is a Bones Day (with Hala Ayala and Deborah Morbeto)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 40:18

    Today's episode is about the importance of the upcoming elections on November 2nd. So if you live in Virginia (or anywhere that has an election next week), please vote and make your voice heard!On this episode, Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark and Amanda Weinstein talk about how important it is for Democrats to turn out for their local elections. Jasmine announces that she's begun her re-election campaign, Rachel gushes about the uplifting energy at a recent campaign event she attended in Virginia, and Amanda compares the Democratic platform to her fave… HGTV!They're joined by Deborah Morbeto, a suburban mom in Loudoun County, Virginia. Deb explains how frustrated she's been that a handful of right-wing extremists acting out at school board meetings has been giving her whole district a bad name and how she's fighting back—with kindness. She organized a school supplies drive for teachers in her district to show them that parents do appreciate and support their hard work.Then Amanda gets the chance to sit down with Hala Ayala about her campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Hala reiterates the importance of the Nov 2nd election  and chats about how much caffeine it takes to run for office and what is more political, the PTA or the VA House of Delegates.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to sweater weather, sports victories, and launching a new opinion column in USA Today during this week's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    The Kids Are Alright, Right? (with Melinda Wenner Moyer and Gina Heumann)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 47:13

    On today's episode, Jasmine Clark, Amanda Weinstein and guest host Beverly Batte discuss the struggles (and successes!) of parenthood. They get real about their own parenting conundrums, talk about mistakes they've made (and what they've learned), and chat about how to have hard conversations with your kids.They're then joined by Gina Heumann, a suburban mom with adopted kids who founded Trauma Drama University to help other parents who have kids dealing with trauma.Then Jasmine sits down with Melinda Wenner Moyer - author of the aptly named book ‘How To Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes.' They discuss the research behind parenting and how to talk to your kids about racism, sexism and even screentime, to help shape them into honest, kind, generous, confident, independent, and resilient people.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine, and Beverly raise a glass to eye opening television, inspiring parents, and the Real Housewives in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Unite and Fight: Dispatches From DC (with Sarah Longwell and Adrienne Elrod)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 44:45

    On today's episode, Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark and Amanda Weinstein discuss what the heck is going on in Washington. What's the debt ceiling? Should we eliminate the filibuster? What's the difference between the infrastructure bill and reconciliation? Are Democrats really in disarray? And most importantly… why should we care?After a quick primer on the debt ceiling from economist Amanda and an explanation of the filibuster by state rep Jasmine, Democratic strategist Adrienne Elrod joins the pod to help explain what is going on inside the Beltway. How can Democrats unite and fight against the right wing? If you want to reach out to your representatives to make sure they know you support the child tax credit, paid leave, and other legislation that will help American families, you can find your representative here or call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.Then Rachel sits down with Sarah Longwell to chat about her podcast The Focus Group. Sarah's focus groups are a wild ride through the minds of MAGA voters, swing voters, and everyone in-between. She and Rachel talk about misinformation, suburban women, and what might keep swing voters from going back to the GOP. Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to being intentional, birthdays, hard conversations, and beautiful fall weather in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community. Our next training will be on Thursday October 14 at 8PM Eastern.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Women Lead The Resistance (with Jennifer Rubin and Janice Robinson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 46:19


    Women across the country were shocked and horrified when Trump was elected. But we didn't let that feeling paralyze us—we sprang into action! On today's episode, Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark and Amanda Weinstein discuss how the 2016 election spurred them into getting politically involved. They also chat with Janice Robinson, a suburban woman in North Carolina who was activated by Trump's election and has been organizing for candidates in her area ever since.Then Rachel sits down with Jennifer Rubin to discuss her new book, “Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump.” Much like Rachel, Jennifer used to consider herself a Republican. But Jennifer realized that she could no longer consider herself part of a party that would choose Trump as a candidate. She and Rachel discuss leaving the GOP, the Women's Marches, Edie Falco's Hillary Clinton, and how we can continue to fight for democracy.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to good news, great dresses, democracy, grandmothers, and the power of music in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community. For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    School Board Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 43:35

    Today's episode of the pod is a little different... Amanda Weinstein, Rachel Vindman, and guest host Katie Paris focus on real suburban moms who have been attending school board meetings in their communities. Katie discusses the “Read In” that Red Wine and Blue recently organized at the Ohio Board of Education, while Amanda and Rachel share their frustrations about the right wing's latest “boogeymen” to scare suburban moms. Then we brought on not one, not two, but four suburban moms who have been stepping up and getting involved in their local school board meetings. Moms Marla, Rachel, Kelly and Meredith tell us all about how they didn't give in to the fear-mongering of the anti-mask crowd. Instead, they organized, showed up early (like moms!), and spoke out to protect their kids and the kids in their communities.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to vaccines for kids, getting together with other moms for Red Wine and Blue's “Read In,” and going to therapy in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community. For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Save Our Moms (with Representative Lauren Underwood and Veranda Rodgers)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 47:01

    Maternal mortality, especially Black maternal mortality, is a real crisis in this country. So on today's episode, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Vindman cover some of the shocking statistics and share some personal stories from their own life and the lives of their friends. They're joined by Veranda Rodgers, a suburban mom from Ohio who founded Pregnant With Possibilities Resource Center, an organization dedicated to creating positive outcomes for Black moms and babies in her community.Then Jasmine gets the chance to interview Representative Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse and the youngest Black woman ever to serve in Congress. Lauren tells Jasmine all about why she ran for office, what inspired her to tackle this issue of maternal mortality head-on, and the importance of the Momnibus Act. They even find a little time to share their teenage heartthrob crushes and their love for Whitney Houston.Then Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to Pfizer's announcement that they're seeking approval for the Covid vaccine for kids 5-11, getting teenagers to smile, and Pregnant with Possibilities' recent “Mommy and Me” ball in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”Do you feel like you could use some support figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your community? We invite you to sign up for one of our Troublemaker Trainings! They're fun events where you can meet other women who are facing this stuff too and learn strategies to stand up for the kids in your community. Our next meeting is Wednesday September 22, at 7:30 Eastern.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    All Aboard the Struggle Bus (with Dr. Andrea Bonior and Deborah Paris)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 46:45

    On today's episode, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Vindman get real about mental health. Covid may have made everything worse, but we've had a mental health crisis in this country for a long time and we're only just now starting to talk about it. After they discuss their own mental health and what policy changes could help us address this crisis, child therapist Deborah Paris joins the pod to answer their parenting questions and give some tips on how to talk to our kids about mental health.Then Rachel sits down with Dr. Andrea Bonior, a clinical psychologist and the voice behind “Baggage Check,” the mental health advice column in The Washington Post. Dr. Andrea is such a wise and calming presence, her chat with Rachel almost feels like 20 minutes of free therapy! She and Rachel discuss how we can keep engaging with politics while still prioritizing our mental health, how the epidemic of loneliness is dangerous for our country, and why “just calm down!” is never a useful thing to say.Then Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to big birthdays, different perspectives, and making it through a rough parenting week in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”If you're outraged over the latest attack on women's rights in Texas, let's make sure our elected officials know that suburban women will not accept this attack on our rights. Take our No Bans No Bounties pledge here and commit to never voting for a candidate who supports criminalizing abortion.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Sometimes You Just Need To Talk To Cecile Richards (with Cecile Richards and Kellie Love Titus)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 48:32

    On today's episode, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Vindman talk about empowering women and giving them choices... both in their reproductive health and with good economic policies. They discuss their own evolution on the issue of abortion and the importance of the Child Tax Credit, bringing on Kellie Love Titus (a suburban mom and owner of a dance studio) to discuss balancing work with childcare.Then Amanda gets the chance to sit down with the one and only Cecile Richards— former long-time head of Planned Parenthood, the daughter of former TX Governor Ann Richards, and the current co-chair of American Bridge 21st Century. Their interview happened to fall on Cecile's mom's birthday AND on the very day that a horrific new abortion bill was passed in Texas. Cecile and Amanda discuss abortion, the American Rescue Plan, and the best advice Cecile ever got from her mom.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to camping, the Laconia Indian Historical Association's annual Pow Wow, connecting with friends, and returning to the classroom in this week's “Toast to Joy.”If you're outraged over the latest attack on women's rights in Texas, let's make sure our elected officials know that suburban women will not accept this attack on our rights. Take our No Bans No Bounties pledge here and commit to never voting for a candidate who supports criminalizing abortion.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Revisiting an Honest Education (with Heather McGhee and Juliet Kuehnle)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 52:15

    Today, we're reposting a past episode of The Suburban Women Problem. Before mask mandates were the hot-button issue of the day, the right wing was trying to make us all afraid of Critical Race Theory. And we bet that pretty soon they're going to try again to make us afraid of an honest education for our kids. So let's keep this conversation going.On this episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein discuss Critical Race Theory and what our children are being taught in school about race and American history. They talk about the history they weren't taught when they were in school--for example, about the Tulsa Race Massacre--and how we have to provide our kids with the truth about our history if we want to equip them to be good citizens and empathetic humans.Then Amanda gets the opportunity to talk with New York Times best-selling author Heather McGhee. Heather's new book is “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” Heather and Amanda discuss what all Americans have lost by treating history and public services as a zero-sum game... and they bond over their love of economics, barbecue, and John Legend.If you feel like you could use some support in your community figuring out how to respond to anti-mask, anti-vax, or anti-CRT messaging in your local community and it would feel good to hear from other women who are facing this stuff too, we invite you to sign up for one of our “Troublemaker Trainings”!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Taking Politics out of the Pandemic (with Dr. Leana Wen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 51:35

    On today's episode, Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark and Amanda Weinstein dig into the pandemic, sharing their anxiety about sending their kids back to school and frustration over anti-vaxxers and how medical science has become so politicized. And this week, Jasmine answers questions from you, our listeners! From “should my kids wear a mask on the playground” to “is Covid just going to be around forever,” Dr. Jasmine dishes out data and wisdom.Then Rachel gets the chance to sit down with Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen is a physician and public health professor, a CNN medical analyst, and the author of a new book, “Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health.” Rachel and Dr. Wen discuss strategies for keeping kids safe at school, the unfortunate backlash against public health, toddlers, boba tea, and one of Dr. Wen's favorite sayings: “public health saved your life today―you just don't know it.”Then Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to young people, to going back to school, and to our hard-working medical heroes in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Breaking Up The Boys' Club (with Christina Reynolds and Meredith Lawson-Rowe)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 47:25

    On today's episode, Red Wine and Blue founder Katie Paris is filling in for Rachel Vindman. Katie, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein discuss their experiences with being the only woman in the room. Sometimes it can be tempting to prove to the men in charge that we're “different." That we're “one of the boys." But what we really need to do if we want to break up the boys' club is to support other women. Our hosts then chat with Meredith Lawson-Rowe, a suburban mom from Reynoldsburg Ohio, about running for city council alongside a group of other strong supportive women.After that, Jasmine chats with Christina Reynolds, the VP of Communications with Emily's List and the co-author of a new book, “Run To Win: Lessons in Leadership For Women Changing The World.” They discuss the work that Emily's List does, how Jasmine herself was an Emily's List candidate, sexism, Leslie Knope, and a lot more. Finally, our hosts raise a glass to water-skiing, volleyball, and other new experiences in this week's “Toast to Joy.”In our next episode, we'll be talking about Covid and—lucky for us—one of our hosts happens to be a microbiologist! So we want to know... what are you stressed about? Are there any questions you've been too afraid to ask? Send us your worries or your questions at theswppod@redwine.blue.You can also email theswppod@redwine.blue for a transcript of this episode.

    Feeling the Burnout (with Malynda Hale and Nichole Leporati)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 48:09

    On today's episode, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Vindman dig into burnout. Like so many women in America, all three are busy moms with schedules that can sometimes feel overwhelming. And burnout doesn't just happen because of our to-do lists and our calendars… it happens when we don't see hope on the horizon. So Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel chat about what gives them hope, how they manage their busy lives, and how they combat burnout.Then they're joined by Nichole Leporati, a suburban mom from Ohio who balances her full-time job with being a Girl Scout Leader, an active member in her union, a foster mom for cats, a candidate for Executive Secretary-Treasurer of her local AFL-CIO, and even more. Nichole talks about how she manages it all and what she does when she's starting to feel burned out… or, as she puts it, “a little sassy-pants.”After that, Amanda sits down with Malynda Hale. Malynda is a singer, actress, business owner, activist, podcast host, and new mom, so she knows a thing or two about burnout. Malynda and Amanda chat about their kids, their faith, prioritizing social justice, and how to take care of our mental health. Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to medical science and hard-working campaign staffers in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Later this month, we'll be talking about Covid and—lucky for us—one of our hosts happens to be a microbiologist! So we want to know... what are you stressed about? Are there any questions you've been too afraid to ask? Send us your worries and your questions at theswppod@redwine.blue.You can also email theswppod@redwine.blue for a transcript of this episode.

    Right Matters (with Alexander Vindman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 48:51


    Today we have a special episode of The Suburban Women Problem! Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman—AKA the man who testified against Trump in the first impeachment hearing, AKA our lovely host Rachel Vindman's husband—joins the pod to chat about his brand-new book and why doing the right thing matters more than ever.Rachel, along with fellow co-hosts Amanda Weinstein and Jasmine Clark, chat with Alex about Trump's fateful phone call with the President of Ukraine, why Alex decided to report that call, the trolls and criticisms they've had to deal with as a result, and how Alex has never regretted doing the right thing.After that, Rachel and her husband ask each other questions one-on-one about how it felt to go through that experience together. They chat about why he decided to write a book, how Alex handles seeing her attacked by online trolls (he says he wishes he could challenge them to a duel!), how Rachel has taken care of her mental health through all of this, and more. They even find time to ask each other fun questions like who they'd cast to play each other in a movie version of their lives, their favorite binge-watch, and what title Rachel would choose if she wrote her own autobiography.Then Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to summer, listening to scientists, and the brave Capitol Police officers who testified at the January 6th commission hearings in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    Take the Leap! (with Nan Whaley and Maya Guy)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 48:46

    On today's episode, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Vindman talk about taking our involvement to the next level— whether that means running for office, supporting a candidate, joining a grassroots organization, or hosting a podcast! Jasmine discusses what drove her to run for state representative in Georgia, while Amanda mentions her dedication to local issues and Rachel talks about why she joined The Suburban Women Problem. Our hosts also chat with Maya Guy, a suburban mom from Virginia who recently decided to run for school board. Then Jasmine gets the chance to sit down with Nan Whaley. Nan has served as the mayor of Dayton since 2013 and she's now running for Governor of Ohio. Nan and Jasmine share stories of why they ran for office and hope to inspire other women to do the same… but they also find time to bond over karaoke, 80s movies, Tina Fey, and ice cream.Then Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to teachers, taking time for family and friends, and saying “why not” to opportunities in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Self Love is a Political Act (with Amy Pence-Brown and Andrea Wilson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 47:47

    On today's episode, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Vindman get vulnerable about their self-love journey. Jasmine discusses the different standards she's held to as an elected representative than her male colleagues, and Rachel mentions the personal attacks on her appearance that she had to deal with after her husband testified against Trump. Our hosts also chat with Andrea Wilson, a mom and stand-up comedian from Boise who has dealt with body positivity issues for her entire life. Then Amanda interviews body activist, author, artist, and all-around inspiring woman Amy Pence-Brown. Amanda and Amy talk about self-love, why body positivity is political, Brené Brown, Kevin Bacon, and thrift shopping. Finally, our hosts raise a glass to good books, new challenges, and getting caught in the rain in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    The Right's Christian Women Problem (with Kristin Du Mez and Hannah Dasgupta)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 45:51

    On today's episode, Red Wine and Blue founder Katie Paris is filling in for Jasmine Clark. Katie, Rachel Vindman, and Amanda Weinstein discuss their experiences with Christianity—especially evangelical Christianity—and how it's shaped their lives, their perspectives, and their politics. They also talk with Hannah Dasgupta, a mom from suburban Ohio; Hannah grew up in a conservative evangelical church and although her politics have changed since then, she hasn't lost her faith.After that, Rachel sits down with Kristin Du Mez, the author of one of her favorite books, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. Rachel has been singing Kristin's praises on Twitter ever since she read her book, so she was thrilled to chat with her about the intersections between faith, evangelical culture, sexism, racism, and Donald Trump. Finally, our hosts raise a glass to their children, camp, and the unexpected thrill of farm equipment in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Social Media Darlings (with Sharon McMahon and Julie Womack)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 45:46

    On today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein talk about social media. When it comes to Twitter and Facebook, it's easy to find the bad and the ugly… but what about the good? Social media can be a powerful tool to bring people together and organize around issues that we care about. To learn more, the hosts chat with Julie Womack, the head organizer for Red Wine and Blue. Julie discusses the simple power of talking to your friends about politics and how we can use social media to create positive change.Then Jasmine gets the incredible opportunity to chat with Sharon McMahon. Sharon has built a huge community around her Instagram account SharonSaysSo, where she educates people about history and the government. They talk about her community of “governerds,” combating misinformation, and Sharon's favorite historical insults. Finally, our hosts raise a glass to positive experiences on social media—and the importance of logging off sometimes—in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    Our Mythical Bootstraps (with Sheryl WuDunn and Beverly Batte)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 48:05


    On today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein talk about the myth of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” America loves to idealize self-reliance and independence, but the truth is, none of us made it to where we are today by ourselves. So our hosts discuss the family, friends, and community care that helped them become the successful women they are today. They explore the importance of empathy and recognizing that other people's life experiences have shaped them in ways we may not understand.They chat with Beverly Batte, one of the women behind the scenes of this podcast, about her experience growing up in Appalachia. Beverly explains how the kindness of strangers and the kindness of her community helped her rise out of poverty. She blasts JD Vance for perpetuating the harmful “bootstraps” myth and shows us just how hollow that myth really is.Then Amanda sits down with Sheryl WuDunn, author of Half The Sky and Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope, about the poverty crisis in America and the importance of empathy. Finally, our hosts raise a glass to their supportive communities and the National Parks in this week's “Toast to Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    We're Not Hysterical, We're Pissed! (with Amy Siskind and Adrienne Martini)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 47:04


    On today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein talk about anger. They discuss the injustices in the world and in their personal lives that make them angry, and how women often aren't allowed to express anger. And Jasmine reminds us that as a Black woman, she's given even less space to show her anger because she'll be stereotyped as an “angry Black woman.” Then they all discuss how to channel our anger into meaningful change.They speak with Adrienne Martini, who wrote a book called “Somebody's Gotta Do It: Why Cursing at the News Won't Save the Nation, But Your Name on a Local Ballot Can.” Adrienne explains how her anger over the 2016 election pushed her to run for local office in her conservative district… and win!Then Rachel sits down with Amy Siskind, the activist and author who organized the We The People March and created The Weekly List, a catalogue of all the authoritarian and “not normal” things that happened under the Trump administration. Amy chats with Rachel about how her anger over sexism, particularly the treatment of Hillary Clinton, propelled her into activism.Finally, our hosts raise a glass to supportive friends and Opal Lee's role in getting Juneteenth designated as a national holiday in this week's “Toast to Joy."Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    The She-cession (with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Heidi Lewis)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 50:58

    On today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein discuss how women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and how we as a country need to value the work that women do, both in the workplace and at home. They reflect on their own experiences over the past sixteen months as they tried to balance work, childcare, and the emotional labor that all too often falls on women's shoulders.They speak with Heidi Lewis, who recently went viral with a photo of herself working from her bathtub while entertaining her toddler. Heidi's attempt to occupy her daughter while tackling workday tasks felt all too familiar for the millions of moms who were left without options last year when daycare centers closed across the country.Then Jasmine gets the opportunity to talk with the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and Congressman from NY Hakeem Jeffries. They chat about being at home with their kids during the pandemic, how we can create policies that support women, and his favorite classic New York foods. Finally, our hosts raise a glass to well-earned vacations, local small businesses, and reconnecting for a few weeks without kids in this week's “Toast to Joy."Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    An Honest Education (with Heather McGhee and Juliet Kuehnle)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 48:35

    On today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein discuss critical race theory and what our children are being taught in school about race and American history. They talk about the history they weren't taught when they were in school—for example, about the Tulsa Race Massacre—and how we have to provide our kids with the truth about our history if we want to equip them to be good citizens and empathetic humans.For another mom's perspective, they chat with mental health counselor and mom of two Juliet Kuehnle. Juliet shares how she's approached anti-racism with her daughters and what she's learned as a psychologist about how we can have these difficult conversations.After that, Amanda gets the opportunity to talk with New York Times best-selling author, Heather McGhee. Heather's new book is “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” Heather and Amanda discuss what all Americans have lost by treating history and public services as a zero-sum game... and they bond over their love of economics, barbecue, and John Legend.Finally, our hosts celebrate doctors and nurses, their partners, and their dogs in this week's “Toast To Joy.”If you want to stop politicians from banning conversations about race in our schools, please sign and share this petition.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    The Insurrection Disconnection (with Connie Schultz and Lisa Reese)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 46:34

    On today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein discuss the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death. When George cried out for his mother, moms across America felt that cry in their hearts and began working for justice. But despite a year of protests and conversations, it still seems impossible to gain any traction on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Jasmine mentions a fellow legislator in Georgia who would rather talk about “Black on Black violence” than take any action to protect Black lives.And speaking of laws that have failed to pass, our hosts then discuss the recent Senate vote to block a commission that would investigate the attempted insurrection on January 6. From there, they discuss QAnon and right-wing misinformation more generally... what exactly is QAnon? And how do we deal with loved ones who have been sucked into Q or other conspiracies? To learn more, they chat with Lisa Reese, who lost her relationship with her sister over QAnon.After that, Rachel gets the opportunity to chat with Connie Schultz. Connie is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, columnist for USA TODAY, an author, and the wife of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. She and Rachel discuss the events of January 6th, how Connie deals with trolls on social media, what makes her laugh, and how she ended up with a trash bag full of boxes of hair dye. Finally, our hosts celebrate the supportive women in their life in this week's “Toast To Joy.”Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    50 Shades of Voter Suppression (with Nse Ufot and Mari Yepez)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 45:45


    Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.In today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein discuss the CDC's new guidance on masks and whether they're feeling ready to jump back into normal life this summer. After that, our hosts discuss the wave of Voter ID laws that have suddenly been cropping up across the country. Rachel and Amanda admit that they didn't realize how restrictive some of these voting laws were until they saw the effects first-hand. And for another perspective, our hosts speak with activist and organizer Mari Yepez, who grew up in Arizona and has worked to get out the vote since the age of 19.Then Amanda interviews Nse Ufot, the CEO of The New Georgia Project, the organization started by Stacey Abrams to defend voting rights in Georgia. Nse reveals what Stacey said to convince her to join the organization (hint: it involved brunch!), the strangest thing that's happened to her on Zoom, and her favorite binge-watch of the pandemic.Finally, our hosts celebrate their grandmothers, parks, and being lifelong learners in this week's “Toast To Joy.”For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    They're Just Kids (with Chasten Buttigieg and Jaime Jara)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 49:24

    Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.In today's episode, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein chat about the Republicans' growing suburban women problem. First they discuss the Liz Cheney news and how there's no room in the GOP for a woman who speaks her mind. Jasmine shares her own story about speaking out against the “good ole boys” in the Georgia Legislature.Then our hosts discuss the right wing's culture war against trans children and the deluge of anti-trans bills all across the country. Rachel, Jasmine and Amanda admit that trans issues aren't a subject they know a lot about, but they explore the topic with compassion and kindness. To help them understand more, they speak with Jaime Jara, a mom in Florida who has been fighting against anti-trans legislation on behalf of her beautiful trans daughter Dempsey.And after their conversation with Jaime, Jasmine sits down with Chasten Buttigieg to talk about the importance of LGBTQIA+ representation, his memoir I Have Something To Tell You, his favorite wine, and what he's learned during the pandemic. Finally, our hosts celebrate their families and our growing return to normalcy in this week's “Toast To Joy.”For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.

    We Are The Suburban Women Problem (with Heather Cox Richardson and Katie Paris)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 47:21


    Suburban women helped decide the 2020 election. But we're just getting started. Are you ready to be part of The Suburban Women Problem? Sign up here to join our amazing community of women.In this very first episode, we invite you to get to know our incredible hosts. Rachel Vindman is a suburban mom with foreign policy chops who left the Republican Party after her husband, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Alexander Vindman, was fired for standing up to Trump. Jasmine Clark is a suburban mom and scientist who flipped a seat in the Georgia legislature to become the first Black woman ever to represent her district. And Amanda Weinstein is a US Air Force veteran, suburban mom, and economist who left the Republican Party when she couldn't reconcile its values with her evangelical Christian faith or basic economics.Our hosts interview Red Wine and Blue founder Katie Paris about the organization, this podcast, and the power of suburban women. Then Rachel interviews historian Heather Cox Richardson about how this moment compares to other inflection points in US history, the power of women's voices, and the surprising origins of Mother's Day.Finally, our hosts celebrate their moms, daughters, and friends in this week's “Toast To Joy.”Learn more about Rachel (@natsechobbyist)Learn more about Jasmine (@JasmineForHD108)Learn more about Amanda (@ProfWeinstein)You can subscribe to Heather Cox Richardson's newsletter here.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.


    Welcome To The Suburban Women Problem

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 2:14

    Check out The Suburban Women Problem, a new podcast from Red Wine & Blue. Hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein chat with women across America about how politics affects their lives, their families, and how to become a part of the growing “suburban women problem.”Coming May 12th. Subscribe now so you don't miss a thing!

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