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Parenting and Politics
38 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Ep. 54: Latinas' Access to Reproductive Care in a Post-Roe World with Lupe Rodriguez
“The decision to become a parent is one of the most life decision that anybody can make.” In this episode Diana has a candid conversation with Lupe Rodriguez, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice about Latinas’ and the Latinx community’s access to reproductive care: -what that looked like before the overturning of Roe v. Wade -the specific barriers to access that Latinx communities face to access abortion care (hint hint Border Patrol has something to do with it) -how we can shift cultural narratives -Marianismo and Catholicism and how they play a role -birth control and abortion stats -La Marea Verde why THIS is the moment to step up, speak out, get involved and do something. “Aquí se respira lucha…Here we breathe resistance.” Make sure to check out the Latina's Institute's great work and follow The Latina Institute on Instagram and if you can, support their work!
37 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Ep. 53: Abortion Rights Victory in Kansas with Kansas Abortion Fund
Earlier this week, the people of Kansas went out to the polls and had their voice heard… coming out in record numbers to say they want abortion rights protected in the state constitution. In this episode, Diana chats with Josh Siebenaler, organizer with the Kansas Abortion Fund. They discuss what organizing for abortion rights looks like in traditionally red-state like Kansas, what other states are having abortion rights in ballot measures this coming year, and why abortion rights is one of the top issues of the midterms. Josh has excellent advice for those looking to get invovled in abortion rights activism, and shares with us a list of local Kansas-based businesses that support the Kansas Abortion Fund. Make sure to listen and share this timely and passionate conversation filled with great insights on how you can advocate for abortion rights. Make sure to follow @kansasabortionfund on Instagram. If you liked this episode, check out: Ep. 48 "What Happens When you Deny Women Abortions" with Dr. Diana Foster . Ep. 50: God Abortions and Kids with Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft Be sure to subscribe, leave a review, recommend the podcast to your friends and follow us on IG: @parentingandpolitics You can also ideas for guests at email@example.com
25 minutes | May 27, 2022
Ep. 52: Parents Must Rise Against Mass Shootings with Sarah Montoya
In this episode, recorded a day after the Uvalde mass shooting where elementary school children and teachers were murdered, Diana talks to Sarah Montoya, a joyful motherhood coach and mom in San Francisco. They discuss why parenting IS political, how politics affects every part of our children's lives and why we must be engaged and pay attention to what elected leaders are doing-or not doing. They join to process the awful reality that our children have become casualties in a world where elected leaders answer to the NRA and not to their constituents. They are angry and to make a plea to parents to get involved, to hold elected leaders accountable-- to vote out the ones that don't support and protect families. You can follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahromontoya If you like this episode, make sure to check out Ep. 50: God, Abortions and Kids with Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft. Make sure to leave a review and share the podcast with your friends- and follow on Instagram, @parentingandpolitics
41 minutes | May 20, 2022
Ep. 51: Why We Should Build a Parent Nation
In this episode, Diana talks to Dr. Dana Suskind, the author of Parent Nation, Unlocking Evey Child's Potential, Fulfilling Society's Promise Dr. Suskind is a pediatric neurosurgeon who decided to use her experience working with children and families and brain research to write a book about what families need and how a society can help families thrive through policy. They discuss: What is happening in a baby’s brain in the early years? What is the Return on investment of investing in children in the early years? How do we get the lawmakers to use the science to inform policy? Why Parents and Caregivers should join together as a voting bloc AND MORE! Make sure to follow Parent Nation on Instagram @buildaparentnation and Dr. Suskind on Twitter @drdanasuskind and Instagram @drdanasuskind
45 minutes | May 13, 2022
Ep. 50: God, Abortions and Kids
We are kicking off Season 2 with Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft from Raising Imagination and we're chatting about abortion rights, how we can talk to our kids about what is happening-- and where does God and faith fit into all this, as parents who are committed to raising empathetic, respectful citizens of the world. Amanda shares what her Christian faith teaches her about abortion and how we can talk to our kids about difficult topics. She invites us to TAKE action by: 1. Participate in rallies #BansoffourBodies (happening tomorrow May 14th and 2. Donate to independent clinics. 3. Educate yourself on abortion pills. REMEMBER! As of this recording, abortions are still legal! You can follow Amanda at @RaisingImagination on Instagram. Don't forget to share this episode with your friends and check out our other conversations with Amanda: Women, Religion and Politics and Merry and Political: Baby Jesus, Consumerism and Gifts.
54 minutes | Feb 6, 2022
Ep. 49: Parenting During a Global Pandemic: Let's Check In
As we're getting close to the second anniversary of the pandemic, we wanted to talk about how parents and children are feeling-- what's normal? What isn't? How should parents be coping with (what feels like) incessant changes to every day life. Diana talks to Lina Acosta Sandaal, a parenting and child development expert, about what is considered normal for the times we are living in, and what to look out for in ourselves and in our kids. We also discuss when we should seek professional help. ***Please seek professional help if you have thoughts about harming yourself. You can contact the Suicide Prevention LifeLine: 1-800-273-TALK You can follow Lina on Instagram: @stopparentingalone and @parentingexpert
41 minutes | Jan 22, 2022
Ep. 48: What Happens When You Deny Women Abortions with Dr. Diana Foster
What happens when a woman is denied an abortion? That's exactly what Dr. Foster set out to find out in the groundbreaking Turnaway Study. which followed two sets of women for five years: one who had access to a wanted abortion, and a group who was denied. In this very timely discussion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Dr. Foster shares her findings about what the physical, financial, emotional impacts of women how are denied abortions are and what real implications denying abortions can have to families across the country.
23 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Ep. 47: Paid Leave, Child Tax Credit, Affordable Childcare, and UPK - Why Families Need Them All
In this episode Diana talks to Julie Kashen, Director of Economic Justice at the Century Foundation, about the family friendly policies that parents need and why these policies shouldn’t be looked at separately, but why we need them together. We discuss why this is a historic moment to finally get the family friendly Policies families in the USA need now: paid leave, the child tax credit, affordable child care and universal pre-k past the finish line and signed into law. Listen to find out what's happening in Congress and why we must make all these investments now. You can follow Julie on Twitter: @juliekashen and The Century Foundation: @tcfdotorg
43 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Ep. 46: Why the Time to #SolveChildcare is Now with Nina Perez
In this episode, Diana is talking to Nina Perez, the National Director of Early Childhood at MomsRising.org about why this is the moment to make a comprehensive, high-quality child care and pre-k system for families a reality. Nina is an expert in child care advocacy and in this episode she discusses how we *almost* got to universal child care under the Nixon administration, what the current legislation looks like, why it is important that parents share their stories, and what parents can do to push elected officials to support policies that benefit children and families. Listen to find out why child care is a public good, and what YOU can do! Find out why investing in child care makes sense for our families, communities and our society-- and why the time to make child care a reality is now. Find out what parents can do to help #SolveChildcare NOW! Make sure to follow @MomsRising on Instagram
30 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Ep. 45: The American Families Plan: A Big, Bold Investment in our Children with Katie Hamm
In this episode Diana talks to Katie Hamm, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, at the Office of Early Childhood Development in the Biden Administration. Diana and Katie discuss: - The Child Tax Credit and making it permanent - How the AFP will help families with a 0-5 childcare plan - a federally funded universal 3K and UPK. - "How are we going to pay for all this?" AND MORE! For more information on the American Families Plan visit whitehouse.gov/americanfamiliesplan
59 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Ep. 44: How This Mom Reimagines Education and Runs for City Council with Evie Hantzopoulos
”Education funding should be non-negotiable... We are already not getting what we deserve-- how can we possibly cut any more? It’s such an injustice." In this episode, Diana talks to Evie Hantzopoulos, a mom, educator and community leader who is running for NYC Council in District 22, in Queens, NYC. They discuss all things public school education: reimagining schools to serve the whole child getting police out of schools school budgets restorative justice practices community schools what can City Council do to improve schools (and what can't it do? Why does NYS owe NYC billions of $$$ for education AND MORE! Listen to this episode to find out why local politics is important, why parents need to harness their political power and learn more about Evie's 20+ years of experience as an educator and community leader... proof of why we need more moms in office.
45 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Ep. 43: Why We Need More Moms in Office with Liuba Grechen Shirley
When people asked Liuba Grechen Shirley what she needed to run for office, she replied "child care." They told her they couldn't help with that, but luckily for us, Liuba ran anyway, even though she had a 1 year old and a 3 year old. In this episode, Diana and Liuba discuss what it's like to run for office while raising two toddlers, why child care is a racial equity issue, canceling student loan debt and what that could mean for our country's economic growth. They also discuss how Vote Mama is helping more moms run for office (and win!) Listen and get inspired to help elect more moms to office, or run for office yourself!
66 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Ep. 42: Representation, Storytelling and Motherhood with S. Nadia Hussain
In this episode, Diana talks to S. Nadia Hussain, a fierce activist, mother and Senior Campaign Director at MomsRising. In a candid conversation a day after Kamala Harris became our nation's VP, Diana and Nadia, who is Bangladeshi-American, talk about why representation matters and what this historic win means for children (both white and of color). Nadia shares why she decided to run for school board with an infant at home, why parents must raise their voices and why storytelling "saves lives and changes the world." Nadia lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. You can follow her at @vivalanadia .
52 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Ep. 41 Parenting and Politics Mental checkin for 2021
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62 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Ep. 40: Through the Night Film: The Human Stories Behind 24-Hour Childcare
Who needs 24-hour childcare? When we think of child care, we think many things, but usually we think of a standard child care situation for parents who work 9-5 jobs... but who takes care of the children of the people who work around the clock? People like Deloris and Patrick Hogan, who have been childcare providers since 1985, operating a 24 hour daycare out of their home. In this episode, Diana talks to Loira Limbal, the filmmaker behind the documentary titled "Through the Night" which tells the story of Dee's Tots, a 24 hour home based daycare. Dee's Tots is owned by Deloris and Patrick, affectionately known as Nunu and Pop Pop, who also join Diana in this episode. We talk about: the cost of child care essential workers and who is taking care of their children what legislators need to do to help working families the importance of a male figure who is a caregiver why workers need a living wage, and access to health care what child care providers need in order to be able to provide good care what the government should be doing to help working families who needs to be at the table in discussing child care men as caregivers breaking stereotypes of who can be a nurturing caregiver. AND MORE!
63 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Ep. 39: Election 2020 Debrief with Jenna Arnold
In this episode Jenna Arnold is BACK to debrief with Diana on the 2020 election results. They talk about President Elect Biden, Vice President-Elect Harris, and discuss all the issues the results of this election have shed light on... how many people voted for Trump, why Trump is a cult leader, what is Trump going to do after this, why we need a baseline of beliefs and the work is only starting, and much more!
39 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Ep. 38: Women, Religion and Politics with Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft
It's 5 days until Election Day 2020 and in this episode we are talking to Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft about women, religion and politics! We talk about the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the pro-choice versus pro life movement, white women and patriarchy and we ask... would Jesus vote for Trump? Listen, share and don't forget to VOTE on or before November 3rd! This is literally the most important election of our lifetimes!
55 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Ep. 37: Why Parents Should Only Vote Democratic in 2020
14 days left in this presidential election season! People are voting NOW! Are you pumped? In this episode, Diana talks to Democratic National Committee Directors, Xochitl Hinojosa, Communications Director, and Muthoni Wambu Kraal, Political and Organizing Director, about why we must vote Democratic up and down the ballot -- for our children and for our future generations. In this episode we discuss: Why this is the most important election of our lifetime What parents (and everyone else!) can do to support efforts to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Why down ballot elections are SO important for families (and everyone!) What is at stake in this election Why we can't afford four more years of this failed administration's disastrous policies for our children and families.
43 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Ep. 36: Latinx Moms for Climate Change with Natalie Carey
Latinx moms for Climate Change is what we're discussing in this episode with Natalie Carney, the Campaign Director of Vote Like a Madre, a movement that was created to mobilize Latinx moms to vote for candidates who believe that climate change is real, and that will support policies that will help save our environment. Climate change is one of the top concerns for Latinos at the polls. Latinos have been "rinsing, reducing, reusing, recycling" before it was cool. Listen to learn why we must #VOTELIKEAMADRE, and why we must pinky promise with our kids to promise to vote for climate change.
51 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Ep. 35: Reimagining Schools without Police with Beatriz Beckford
You may have heard of the "school to prison" pipeline and calls to "defund the police" ... but what does this mean? How are our children and communities affected by the presence of police in schools? How are our children's mental, emotional and physical health affected when regular behavior is criminalized in the places that are supposed to educate and nurture them? In this episode, Diana speaks to Beatriz Beckford, the National Director of Youth and Education Justice at MomsRising. In this important and necessary conversation, Beatriz breaks down what the school to prison pipeline is, how Black and Brown communities are being affected by the presence of police in schools, and more importantly, she breaks down why it makes sense- not only morally, but empirically- to invest in what actually works - instead of increasing budgets for police presence in schools, we should be investing our tax dollars in social emotional learning, nurses and counselors. Listen and be part of the movement that is working to reimagine schools without police!
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