148 episodes

Have you ever heard a story that has left your mind blown? The kind of story that sounds like a pure exaggeration? The kind of story that you want to turn around and tell to all your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors? Those are the stories you can expect to hear on The Sharon Says So Podcast, every single week.
Host Sharon McMahon, a longtime government and law teacher, has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on her viral Instagram account @sharonsaysso where she combats political misinformation with non-partisan facts. Sharon is no stranger to the rumor mill and is here to expose the damning details and unheard truth behind the TRUE stories of America you may never knew existed from espionage to sled dogs to presidential scandals and much, much more.
Sharon will also be joined each week by some of the nation’s most prolific thought leaders, government officials, authors and more to discuss developing matters of national importance in an effort to keep you informed on today’s rapidly changing news cycle.

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Sharon Says So Sharon McMahon

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 12.8K Ratings

Have you ever heard a story that has left your mind blown? The kind of story that sounds like a pure exaggeration? The kind of story that you want to turn around and tell to all your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors? Those are the stories you can expect to hear on The Sharon Says So Podcast, every single week.
Host Sharon McMahon, a longtime government and law teacher, has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on her viral Instagram account @sharonsaysso where she combats political misinformation with non-partisan facts. Sharon is no stranger to the rumor mill and is here to expose the damning details and unheard truth behind the TRUE stories of America you may never knew existed from espionage to sled dogs to presidential scandals and much, much more.
Sharon will also be joined each week by some of the nation’s most prolific thought leaders, government officials, authors and more to discuss developing matters of national importance in an effort to keep you informed on today’s rapidly changing news cycle.

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    147. Momentum: The Ripples Made by Ordinary People, Part 2

    147. Momentum: The Ripples Made by Ordinary People, Part 2

    On today’s episode of our special series, Momentum: Civil Rights in the 1950s, Sharon continues the story of young Thurgood Marshall as he travels to rural Tennessee on behalf of the NAACP and finds himself on the wrong side of trumped up charges and an angry mob. We also reconnect with George McLaurin and hear about Ada Fisher, two lifelong students who wanted equal opportunities in education and stood firm until they had a victorious Supreme Court ruling. Sharon also catches listeners up with J. Egar Hoover as he begins to transform the Federal Bureau of Investigation, though not without stirring up controversy over his denial of organized crime. What made Hoover so hesitant to pursue mid-century crime bosses?
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    • 20 min
    146. Momentum: The Ripples Made by Ordinary People, Part 1

    146. Momentum: The Ripples Made by Ordinary People, Part 1

    Welcome to the first episode of our new special series, Momentum: Civil Rights in the 1950s. Today, Sharon introduces us to a few key people who became the driving force behind early Civil Rights activism. We meet a young man named Thuroughgood–a bit of a troublemaker who put his curiosity and sense of justice to work and sought incremental change through the legal system. Joining him in the fight against the longstanding legality of “separate but equal” was the McLaurin family. Together, they sued the University of Oklahoma, which gave George McLaurin admission to the graduate program alongside white students… but the journey to true equal learning had only just begun. Sharon also introduces us to another important person–arguably America’s most powerful man in the mid-20th century–who was both a help and hindrance to the Civil Rights Movement.
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    • 24 min
    145. The Immoral Choices of Rogues with Patrick Radden Keefe

    145. The Immoral Choices of Rogues with Patrick Radden Keefe

    In this episode, Sharon is joined by writer and author Patrick Radden Keefe, whose new book, Rogues, tells twelve stories of people with big personalities–the grifters, the rebels, the crooks, the crime families, and the people who don’t play by the rules. Patrick talks about how he researches his larger-than-life stories, and gives us a few teasers, like what it was like to interview a woman who is in the Witness Protection Program after testifying against her own brother, and how deeply he dove into the world of wine fraud and revenge. Patrick is fascinated by the choices people make, and what it takes to get inside their minds where they justify their actions, and perhaps even consider themselves the hero of their own stories.
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    • 38 min
    144. Legislating at the State Level with Representative Jen Schultz

    144. Legislating at the State Level with Representative Jen Schultz

    In this episode, Sharon talks to Minnesota State Legislator Jen Schultz. Jen is currently running for Congress, and is also an educator who has taught economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth for about twenty years. Rep Schultz talks about the ins and outs of working in state government: how budgets are set as well as how bills are written, introduced, prioritized, and voted on. She touches topics like model legislation, which is when a state reviews bills that have passed in other states and looks at ways to adapt it to their state, how state legislators work together across the aisle, and what they do when the session has wrapped for the season (there’s a lot of door knocking involved). Shifting gears, Sharon and Rep. Schultz talk about her current run for Congress, how she plans to bring her state expertise to the federal level, and the value women bring to political office.
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    • 38 min
    143. The Power of Community, Micro Actions, and Boundaries with Jenna Kutcher

    143. The Power of Community, Micro Actions, and Boundaries with Jenna Kutcher

    In today’s episode, Jenna Kutcher sits down to talk with Sharon about the release of her first book, How Are You, Really?: Living Your Truth One Answer at a Time and how she wrote the manuscript in secret, doing it on her own terms. Jenna loved the refining process with her book, which saw it evolve from a business and marketing subject into a book that gets more personal, tackling topics like body image, loneliness, community, and personal intuition. Sharon and Jenna also touch on their shared sense of community living in the same Northern Minnesota city, and how to both tackle life’s challenges one small step at a time and say no when you need to.
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    • 38 min
    142. Why We Love the Things We Love with Aaron Ahuvia

    142. Why We Love the Things We Love with Aaron Ahuvia

    In this episode, Sharon spends time speaking with Dr. Aaron Ahuvia, who is an expert on a specific kind of love: our love of things–things like places, objects, brands, and activities. The things we love tend to be part of our own identity: perhaps a part of our childhood, or something we spend a lot of time with. Aaron advocates for using our particular loves–poker, PEZ dispensers, sneakers, water sports–in leading us to others who share our common interests, and can be a catalyst in forging interpersonal relationships. But what makes us really love something? There’s a difference between finding value in an object or activity and really loving it. Ahuvia says one of three things needs to happen for us to feel a connection with a thing: the thing itself is anthropomorphic, or it connects us to another person, or it’s a part of our own identity. This fascinating discussion will have you wondering just why you love the things you love!
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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12.8K Ratings

12.8K Ratings

Finney May ,

💥💥

My world is wider, deeper & richer now for Sharon’s work.

The Original Audge ,

I don’t know how she does it

Sharon promised a podcast for everyone and that’s what she gave. Probably one of the biggest podcast seasons a podcast has ever done, it has *everything*. Whether you’re looking for interesting stories, conversations, questions, there’s an episode for you. Across all of her content (IG stories, IG posts, Workshops, Book Club, etc) there is always one thing that is consistent: honesty and a genuine passion to make people’s lives better. She’s the teacher you always needed, with open arms for any question you have and a passion for teaching you whatever you want to know. And growing our hearts 3 sizes bigger in the process.

Thank you, Sharon!

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Sharon is the best!

Sharon is so clear and thoughtful in her podcasts. I learn so much following her social media stories/posts and listening to her podcast. Keep up the great content!

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