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American politics from a Heartland perspective. Focusing on facts and fundamental fairness, but not afraid to embrace the funny where it exists. Dedicated to the quiet heroes of America's Heartland who are making a difference every day. A variety of shows to showcase a variety of opinions from our hosts including a lawyer, a writer, a teacher turned politico, a scientist and education expert, an interpreter, and our resident "dad" - including Jess Piper's Dirt Road Democrat.

NOTE: THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE SPEAKER ONLY AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF ALL HOSTS ON OUR NETWORK. NO REPRESENTATION OF EMPLOYER IS MADE FROM ANY HOST ON ANY SHOW.

The Heartland POD Adam Sommer, Rachel Parker, Jess Piper, Sean Diller, Mid Map Media

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    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

American politics from a Heartland perspective. Focusing on facts and fundamental fairness, but not afraid to embrace the funny where it exists. Dedicated to the quiet heroes of America's Heartland who are making a difference every day. A variety of shows to showcase a variety of opinions from our hosts including a lawyer, a writer, a teacher turned politico, a scientist and education expert, an interpreter, and our resident "dad" - including Jess Piper's Dirt Road Democrat.

NOTE: THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE SPEAKER ONLY AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF ALL HOSTS ON OUR NETWORK. NO REPRESENTATION OF EMPLOYER IS MADE FROM ANY HOST ON ANY SHOW.

    "You have to protect them from their legislature." Rabbi Daniel Bogard speaks as a parent of a trans child in Missouri.

    "You have to protect them from their legislature." Rabbi Daniel Bogard speaks as a parent of a trans child in Missouri.

    Missouri extremists are pushing anti-trans legislation, but folks are standing up to testify including guest Rabbi Daniel Bogard.

    • 37 min
    Talkin' Politics | Feb. 6th, 2023 - Adam's Open; Gov. Kelly Killing It; Chinese Surveillance Balloon; MO GOP Taking Away Voters Voice; Big Oil Climate Suits

    Talkin' Politics | Feb. 6th, 2023 - Adam's Open; Gov. Kelly Killing It; Chinese Surveillance Balloon; MO GOP Taking Away Voters Voice; Big Oil Climate Suits

    This week on The Heartland POD: Open on The immutable mixture of modern politics, Then in talkin’ politics Rachel Parker and Sean Diller join me and we cover Gov. Kelly Setting The Bar, Chinese Surveillance Balloon, Missouri GOP’s never ending work hard to limit your voice, How Big Oil Is Getting The Big Tobacco Treatment. Support our shows at heartlandpod.com and click the patreon link to sign up today.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Flyover View, February 3, 2023 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    The Flyover View, February 3, 2023 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

    Host Kevin Smith @KevINmidMO brings a quick report of stories from the week that impact the Heartland.

    • 17 min
    Dirt Road Democrat | Dismantling Public Schools & The Money Behind The Movement with Jennifer Berkshire, co-author of "A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School "

    Dirt Road Democrat | Dismantling Public Schools & The Money Behind The Movement with Jennifer Berkshire, co-author of "A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School "

    Jess Piper the Dirt Road Democrat interviews journalist and co-author of "A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School"

    • 27 min
    High Country Politics - Feb 1, 2023 - Government News from the American West

    High Country Politics - Feb 1, 2023 - Government News from the American West

    Anti-Abortion Groups vs. the FDA | Colorado legislators seek big boost in Special Education funding | Catholic hospitals no longer performing tubal ligations after Dobbs decision | Cannabis legalization seems to be okay | RJD2 is the Concert Pick of the Week

    Welcome to High Country - politics in the American West. My name is Sean Diller; regular listeners might know me from Heartland Pod’s Talking Politics, every Monday.

    Support this show and all the work in the Heartland POD universe by going to heartlandpod.com and clicking the link for Patreon, or go to Patreon.com/HeartlandPod to sign up.

    Membership starts at $1/month, with even more extra shows and special access at the higher levels.

    No matter the level you choose, your membership helps us create these independent shows as we work together to change the conversation.

    Alright! Let’s get into it:

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    COLORADO NEWSLINE: Anti-Abortion Groups vs. the FDA

    BY: LINDSEY TOOMER - JANUARY 31, 2023 3:45 AM

    Reproductive rights advocates in Colorado were feeling optimistic following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to expand access to the abortion pill mifepristone in early January — but a federal lawsuit filed just 10 days later has made the future of medication abortions uncertain.

    On Jan. 3 the FDA issued a decision that allows the abortion drug mifepristone to be picked up at a pharmacy if the patient has a prescription, eliminating a previous requirement that the drug be given directly from a health care provider.

    Dr. Kristina Tocce, medical director at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said the FDA’s decision is a “really big breakthrough” that should increase access across the country.

    América Ramirez, program director for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, said it’s exciting to see expanded access and agreed it could be beneficial for people across the state, especially the Latina community.

    U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat who co-chairs the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said during a recent press conference with news reporters that the caucus is working with the Biden administration to ensure the U.S. Postal Service will be able to deliver abortion medications when prescribed by an out-of-state doctor.

    Karen Middleton, president of Cobalt, a Colorado-based reproductive rights advocacy organization, said the FDA’s decision will be particularly beneficial for Coloradans outside of the Denver metro area, so long as their pharmacies are willing to participate. But, she said while this is a positive step forward, there are still too many “bureaucratic and cost barriers” for those seeking abortion care.

    “We’ve known for years that medication abortion care is overwhelmingly safe and effective,” Middleton said in an email. “We hope that Colorado pharmacies, especially in rural areas, will make it available to patients as soon as possible and without bureaucratic delay.”

    But anti-abortion groups have sued to stop pharmacies from filling prescriptions for mifepristone, and the case will likely go all the way to the Supreme Court.

    The lawsuit argues the FDA “exceeded its regulatory authority” in approving the use of mifepristone and misoprostol to end a pregnancy, and seeks a preliminary and a permanent injunction that would remove the FDA’s approval. That would imply that Congress should decide, which is of course, dumb.

    Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department said there are no examples in history where a court has second-guessed a determination from the FDA that a drug is safe and effective.

    Karen Middleton said the lawsuit was the anti-abortion groups’ only choice, as they “know that they’ll lose at the ballot box” since purple and red state voters repeatedly voted to protect abortion rights in 2022.

    “That’s why these radicals are bringing legal challenges in Federal District Courts with conservative judges — to

    • 19 min
    Extremism In Legislation In A Red State: A 30,000 Foot View From Missouri

    Extremism In Legislation In A Red State: A 30,000 Foot View From Missouri

    Adam Sommer dives into MO Senate Bill 137 as a way to understand the larger issue surrounding modern right wing extremism legislation and the full frontal assault on Women by way of an overt use of dangerous rhetoric centered on "Manly" and "patriotic" ideals rooted in extreme right wing rhetoric from 1935.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

SarahOetting ,

One of my favorite podcasts!

As a 20 something democrat living in rural Mid-MO it’s hard to find a community of people who share your political views. It’s even harder to find (accurate) information about what goes on in our neck of the woods. This show keeps me informed, engaged, and hopeful for the future! Jess Piper’s weekly episodes are something I look forward to every Thursday! Keep it up.

Michelle&Vince ,

Keeps on giving

This show keeps me sane and fighting in Missouri. Thank you Adam, Rachel, Sean, and Jess!

mhayslip ,

Jess Piper is Missouri’s New Progressive Voice

History has ascribed to the philosopher Plato the following quote:

“No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.”

I suppose, if we brought this quote into the 21st century, that “he” could also be a “she.” Because, pronouns DO matter in todays world.

That she, I am speaking of, is Jess Piper.

Jess, a former veteran school teacher resigned her post, and left her classroom, in order to be the change others always talk about, but do little about.

Jess became the first progressive candidate in MO House District 1, and the first female to run in HD1, in the last election cycle (2022). She may have lost her race, but Missouri Progressives gained a new, exciting, and powerful voice for many of us who felt our voices were being stifled by MAGA America, and it’s distant cousin, the GOP.

From her vast, and daily, presence on virtually all social media platforms, to her writings in local, and major newspapers, to her new weekly podcast on The Heartland POD — “#DirtRoadDemocrat,” Jess Piper goes all in on improving Missouri.

Anyone who knows and follows Jess understands completely that education, and issues pertaining to the education of our children are at the forefront of her mind — from 4-day school weeks to increased pay for teachers, to the safety of all students and teachers in the school environment — these are just a few of the many issues Jess takes on, in life, and in her new podcast.

But Jess isn’t just any talking head. She is a woman who has lived a life of experience. A life where what she talks about on her weekly podcast episodes, are based, in large part, in where she grew up, her experiences with poverty, religion, young parents, and those combined forces who shaped the person she ultimately grew up to be.

With a warm gentleness akin to a fresh cup of hot chocolate, a blanket, and a great book, Jess weaves life stories, useful anecdotes, and some “hella” humor to bring the subject matter she discusses to light. Things like “I grew up hearing from Conservatives to ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps, but I need some freaking boots first.’” to all the unsolicited dietary comments strong Missouri Republican men “gently” offer her. This podcast has it all.

Jess doesn’t bash Missouri Republicans, but she maturely points out how they continually fail their constituents. She reveals the lies, the gaslighting, and the actions they have taken to maintain their stranglehold on Missouri politics.

Jess brings the receipts.

Men, and some women, who claim to be leaders, and even Christians, despise Jess. They attack her, and they slander her, and they lie about her record, and her character.

These people do this because Jess Piper obviously strikes a nerve within them. She is a truth teller, and she speaks truth to power. Truth tellers, as Plato once said, are not popular among those who regularly seek to conceal truths.

The #DirtRoadDemocrat podcast is the latest in what, I am sure, is a line of great things to come from Jess Piper. For she knows what is going down behind the scenes of our state politics, in large part because she has converted their failures into real life issues, and she is not afraid to speak out and tell us all about it.

The haters want her to shut up, but Jess Piper is just gearing up.

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