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Girl and the Gov, The Podcast strives to provide a platform for young women to engage with the evolving political sphere in an approachable, digestible, and accessible way. Co-hosts Sammy Kanter and Maddie Medved, aim to provide an inside look at the ins-and-outs of government and politics through engaging interviews with leaders in the field and segments that address the questions everyone wants to ask but never does. In this podcast, there’s no question too stupid, no rock left unturned, and no mysterious jargon. Follow us on Social: Instagram: @girlandthegovthepodcast Twitter: @girlandthegov1 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/girl-and-the-gov-the-podcast/support

Girl and The Gov, The Podcast Maddie Medved & Sammy Kanter

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Girl and the Gov, The Podcast strives to provide a platform for young women to engage with the evolving political sphere in an approachable, digestible, and accessible way. Co-hosts Sammy Kanter and Maddie Medved, aim to provide an inside look at the ins-and-outs of government and politics through engaging interviews with leaders in the field and segments that address the questions everyone wants to ask but never does. In this podcast, there’s no question too stupid, no rock left unturned, and no mysterious jargon. Follow us on Social: Instagram: @girlandthegovthepodcast Twitter: @girlandthegov1 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/girl-and-the-gov-the-podcast/support

    Run for… school board with the Co-Founder of Run for Something, Amanda Litman

    Run for… school board with the Co-Founder of Run for Something, Amanda Litman

    Have you heard about what’s been happening with school boards? If you haven’t, you’re about to, with our conversation with the Co-Founder of Run for Something’s Amanda Litman. She provides the 411 on how the far-right has long had their eyes on this educational and powerful prize, and where their efforts have led… ya know like to book bans that have the dictionary on the no-go list… Yea… so it’s been a ride the last few years for school boards to say the least, and even more so recently a la Moms For Liberty. So, what next? The next is recruiting and training candidates that want to run for school board in all 50 states, as well as building and sustaining power on these school boards. It’s a plan in the process and one you can not just learn about with this episode, but can get involved with.

    Run For Something: https://runforsomething.net/

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    A Look at The Fentanyl Crisis with JoAnna Vance, Program Coordinator at WV Economic Justice

    A Look at The Fentanyl Crisis with JoAnna Vance, Program Coordinator at WV Economic Justice

    The fentanyl crisis has impacted individuals and families in every corner of this country. But how did this crisis start? And where are its impacts the deepest? Many of those answers start in West Virginia. As told by our guest JoAnna Vance, a Program Coordinator at WV Economic Justice, the crisis has taken a huge toll and a huge amount of lives. It’s a crisis that she’s actively a part of turning around through her advocacy. It’s also a crisis rife with stigmas around solutions and treatment – another element to this huge conversation.And to that point, in this conversation, we look at some of the solutions proposed, from Narcan distribution to safe injection sites, and beyond to see how we can work together to end this epidemic that’s already robbed too many people of their lives.

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    Hot Policy Topic: A look at Immigration Policy Messaging with Beatriz Lopez, Deputy Director of the Immigration Hub

    Hot Policy Topic: A look at Immigration Policy Messaging with Beatriz Lopez, Deputy Director of the Immigration Hub

    The topic on the tip of everyone’s tongues right now is immigration. From the border bill to the Trump theatrics to the meltdowns on team GOP, the issue is getting thrown around like a Superbowl football. But what is this messaging really doing? And how will it impact this year’s elections? In a classic look at words matter, this episode brings Beatriz Lopez, the Deputy Director of the Immigration Hub in to talk about the difference in messaging in the different camps on this vital policy vertical. 

    Beatriz Lopez, Deputy Director of the Immigration Hub: http://tinyurl.com/694keyxm

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    The GOP is coming for birth control with Mini Timmaraju, President & CEO of Reproductive Freedom For All

    The GOP is coming for birth control with Mini Timmaraju, President & CEO of Reproductive Freedom For All

    It’s 2024 and the GOP is coming for birth control. But the thing is this isn’t just a ‘whoops yolo’ by the ultra-conservative crew, it’s the definition of the political long game. It’s this very long game that we dissect with none other than longtime repro rights advocate, Mini Timmaraju, the President & CEO of Reproductive Freedom For All. We look at how this plan came to be, what’s different about the repro rights landscape now from when Mini first dove in, and how we can fight back now. We also look at how much is encompassed in the repro rights basket – and how important it is to go beyond just talking about abortion, but to talk about miscarriages, the criminalization of doctors, birth control and contraceptives, and more.

    Reproductive Freedom For All: https://reproductivefreedomforall.org/
    Mini Timmaraju: https://reproductivefreedomforall.org/about/leadership-board/mini-timmaraju/

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    Get in, we’re learning how to become campaign finance directors with Sydney Levin-Epstein, Director of Development at Arena

    Get in, we’re learning how to become campaign finance directors with Sydney Levin-Epstein, Director of Development at Arena

    Did we take out our calculators for this episode? No, but we considered it because this interview focuses all on campaign finance and how to cultivate a career in this very needed piece of the successful campaign puzzle. We talk challenges, we talk strategy, and we talk about how we need more young people to explore this vital path with Sydney Levin-Epstein, Director of Development at Arena who is an ace at campaign finance, having come to Arena having worked  Senator Markey’s Deputy Finance Director on his 2020 campaign and throughout the fundraising space. Sydney helped us (and now you) get an understanding of the campaign finance career track, what it’s like to transition from an external career into it, and the training available via Arena. Know someone that’s good at crunching numbers? Is that you? Then bam, this episode is going to be your bread, butter, and forever and always. 

    Arena Careers: https://arena.run/events/academy
    Sydney Levin-Epstein: https://arena.run/team/sydney-levin-epstein

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    Diplomacy, Mary Kate & Ashley, and Bringing Young Voices to the Table with Special Envoy for Global Youth Issues, Abby Finkenauer

    Diplomacy, Mary Kate & Ashley, and Bringing Young Voices to the Table with Special Envoy for Global Youth Issues, Abby Finkenauer

     If you’re an OG, you know that we love to put the spotlight on various political careers, sharing the BTS on what they’re like. If you’re new here, that’s a little bit about some of our episodes, including this one with Special Envoy for Global Youth Issues, Abby Finkenauer. In this episode, Abby tells us about her career journey, first as a state rep, then a member of Congress at age 28, and the current role in the State Department. We get into what a Special Envoy does, how they’re appointed, and what a day in their life looks like. We also talk about the focus of her particular department, looking at youth issues around the globe – naturally, diplomacy and yes, Mary Kate and Ashley make their way into this convo.

    Special Envoy for Global Youth Issues, Abby Finkenauer: https://www.state.gov/biographies/abby-finkenauer/

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161 Ratings

EHolloway99 ,

Love this Podcast

This show is very informative. Every time I tune into this podcast, I learn something new. Sammy and Maddie are great podcast hosts. They interview have guests who are in the political field and discuss varies topics. I highly recommend listening to this podcast.

FthisStupidApp ,

Amazing!

Love!!! So great at disseminating politics and making it fun (and relatable) to stay informed

amandayayay ,

Love love love!

Found this pod a few months ago and I’m obsessed! I love how informative it is and I feel like I know more about the politics outside of my own state. The girlies do such a great job explaining, asking the right questions, and highlighting amazing organizations! Highly recommend to anyone who wants to be more politically active and informed!

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