Morgan Ortagus, former Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, joins the podcast this week to dissect the Biden Administration’s foreign policy. We discuss the recent protests in Cuba, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and whether or not inviting UN Human Rights Council “experts” to investigate racism in the U.S. sets a good example for the rest of the world.

Morgan Ortagus is a seasoned business executive, distinguished public policy and communications professional, and an active U.S. Naval Reserve Officer. From 2019 to 2021, she served at the Department of State as the Spokesperson for the United States of America. During this time, she worked closely with the White House on the historic Abraham Accords that brought peace deals between Israel and UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan. As Spokesperson, she developed strategic communications plans for every area of U.S. foreign policy. In February 2021, Morgan joined Adam Boehler in starting Rubicon Founders, a leading healthcare investment firm.

Kenny Xu joins the podcast to talk about why a colorblind society is the society we should strive for. We examine the cons of affirmative action, the reasons for merit-based education, and why the attacks against Asian Americans must be confronted. Finally, we discuss his new book An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack on Asian American Excellence and the Fight for Meritocracy.

Kenny Xu is the president of the nonprofit organization Color Us United; the lead insider on Ivy League discrimination cases; and a commentary writer for The FederalistWashington Examiner, and other publications. Xu has spoken on the consequences of the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard case and its identity politics ideology in front of groups as diverse as the nationally-renowned Pacific Legal Foundation to the Boston Rally for Education Rights to the all-Black Connecticut Parents Union. Xu is a second-generation Chinese-American and lives in Northern Virginia.

Joining the podcast this week is the Secretary of Education under the Trump Administration, Betsy DeVos. We discuss the future of America’s education system, including the evolution of school choice during COVID, the battle for and against Critical Race Theory, and the ongoing changes to Title IX.

 

Tucker Carlson, host of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight and Fox Nation’s Tucker Carlson Today, joins the podcast this week to talk about a wide variety of topics, including the censorship of Big Tech; the Biden Administration’s fight against what they think is the biggest threat to the U.S. today, white supremacy; his recent claim that the NSA is spying on him and trying to cancel his show; and his new book The Long Side: Thirty Years in American Journalism.

 

Julie Gunlock talks to radiologist, professor, author, and Fox News anchor Dr. Nicole Saphier about her new book Panic Attack: Playing Politics with Science in the Fight Against COVID-19. Dr. Saphier’s book covers some of the most controversial topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic shutdown that followed, from face masks, hydroxychloroquine, and the inconsistent messaging on gatherings and protests to China’s role and the origins of the virus. Tune in!

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Carrie Sheffield joins the podcast to discuss this month’s policy focus: Public Policy Should Reward Work, Not Compete With It. We focus on the reasons why work is a vital component of fighting poverty and why policymakers should avoid using COVID-19 emergency tools to create permanent policies that are magnets for fraud and risk-triggering inflation.

Carrie Sheffield is a columnist and broadcaster in Washington, D.C. She earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard University and has managed municipal credit risk at Goldman Sachs and rated healthcare bonds at Moody’s Investors Service. While serving as executive director for Generation Opportunity, a project of Americans For Prosperity, she spoke at the U.S. Senate alongside key senators in favor of landmark tax reforms passed by Congress in 2017. Carrie is a member of the Harvard Christian Alumni SocietyThe National Press Club, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a 2018 winner of the William F. Buckley Awards by America’s Future Foundation, is listed in Maverick PAC’s “Future 40” 2019 class of influential young conservatives, and has been named a Most Inspiring New Yorker by Bumble, a social connection app with more than 55 million global users.

Joining us for this episode of She Thinks, guest-hosted by Jennifer Braceras, is Congressman Darrell Issa, representing the people of California’s 50th District in the U.S. House. Look behind the sensational headlines about court-packing to learn about reforms that might actually improve the functioning of our federal judiciary.

 

American workers are ditching traditional 9-to-5 jobs for more flexible hours, schedules, and positions. The pandemic has only accelerated this shift, especially among women. People are choosing to work as independent contractors either part-time or full-time. However, independent contracting is at risk from Congress and the Biden administration. Mike Hruby, President of New Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc., has a proposal to protect independent contracting by creating a federally-recognized classification for them. He joins us on this pop-up episode of She Thinks to explain his proposed bill, the Be My Own Boss Act. Tune in!

On this week’s episode, Katie McAuliffe joins to discuss broadband expansion efforts in the U.S., including how new 5G technologies offer more choices for personal use. We also delve into the implications of new tech regulations aimed at stopping tech censorship.

Katie McAuliffe is Director of Federal Policy at Americans for Tax Reform and Executive Director of Digital Liberty. Her research and advocacy efforts focus on telecom and technology issues, such as net neutrality, privacy, competition, internet taxes, future of work, broadband, tech/telecom reform, etc. Her commentary has been published in The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Townhall, Houston Chronicle, FlashReport, and The Daily Caller. In addition to appearing on One America News Network, Reel News on the Blaze TV Network, and Huffington Post Live, she frequently speaks on panels in DC and at conferences around the United States.

On this week’s episode, Rachel Greszler joins to discuss what President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan and American Families Plan mean for women and children. We specifically focus on whether funneling hundreds of billions of dollars to things like childcare and paid family leave help or harm American families.

Rachel is a Research Fellow in Economic, Budget and Entitlements in the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at the Heritage Foundation, where she focuses on retirement and labor policies such as Social Security, disability insurance, pensions, and worker compensation. Rachel also provides research and commentary on workplace issues, including federal employee compensation; women’s issues; and labor policies such as the minimum wage and paid family leave. Before joining Heritage in 2013, Greszler was a senior economist on the staff of the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress for seven years. She completed her graduate studies at Georgetown University, where she earned master’s degrees in both economics and public policy.

In the effort to reduce global carbon emissions, can conservatives and liberals ever agree? Rich Powell, executive director for ClearPath, a non-profit working to accelerate conservative solutions to climate change, maps out an energy future that focuses on innovation, markets, and global solutions. He discusses where the Left gets it wrong, what conservatives are doing right, and where both sides can agree.

 

Simone Barron joins the podcast to discuss this month’s policy focus: Technology’s Potential Revealed in the Pandemic. We discuss how innovation changed the landscape of medicine, work, and education and what it means post pandemic.

Simone Barron is a visiting fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum. She’s used her 30+ years of experience working in full-service restaurants to advocate for the industry and its workers. She is the co-founder of the Full Service Workers Alliance, representing restaurant workers in the protection of their freedoms and flexibilities through legislative advocacy. Simone is a Fox Business News contributor and has been published in multiple publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Her educational video for Prager University produced earlier this year on the impacts of minimum wage mandates on the restaurant industry has garnered over 3 million views.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney joins the podcast this week to talk about election security efforts with a focus on the newly-formed Election Integrity Caucus, which she co-chairs.

 

In this pop-up episode of She Thinks podcast, IWF’s President, Carrie Lukas, talks with the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member, Jillian Melchior about one of the biggest problems facing businesses across the country. It’s not the pandemic or lack of business; it’s the challenge on finding workers to hire when government is paying them so much not to work.

 

Kathy Barnette is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, and she joins the podcast this week to discuss her new book Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America. We focus on the mission to saturate our institutions with Critical Race Theory and the push for equity over equality of opportunity.

Kathy Barnette is running to become the first black Republican Woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She is a veteran, an adjunct professor of corporate finance, a regular guest on national TV and radio, and most importantly a mother and a wife. Kathy’s new book describes what it’s like being black and conservative in America. She says “socialism is the newest form of slavery.”

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski joins the podcast to discuss her new bill, The Working Families Childcare Access Act. The focus is on choice and flexibility as the main components of increasing access to child care and paid leave and provides an alternative to the one-size-fits-all approach that is often touted as the way forward. We discuss the details and why the Congresswoman thinks it’s the answer to improve our economy and benefit women and families.

 

Charlotte Whelan joins the podcast to talk all things nuclear energy, the largest source of clean energy in the U.S. Yet even with the advancements of this safe and reliable method of reducing carbon emissions, efforts continue to reduce nuclear energy’s role with a big focus on pushing renewable energy sources. Charlotte explains what this means for energy production in America and what the new energy policies and commitments from the Biden administration signal for the future of nuclear energy.

Charlotte is a policy analyst at IWF. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in French and a certificate in Global Health. At Princeton, she was involved in a variety of activities including the James Madison Program and was the President of the Princeton Chapter of the Network of Enlightened Women. Charlotte is also a member of the Emerging Leaders Council at the Steamboat Institute.

Kimberley Strassel joins the podcast to talk all things domestic policy, including the future of the country under Joe Biden’s Administration. We cover the infrastructure bill, the future of the filibuster, the state of the press, and, finally, whether progressive policies will hurt Democrats in the next election cycle.

 

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins the podcast to give us insight into what it was like serving the country as secretary of state, including his tough stance on China and how the landmark breakthroughs in the Middle East happened. He also shares his perspective on freedom in the U.S. and around the world, addresses the concerns that our rights are being eroded, and grades the Biden administration on their foreign policy.

 

Zainab Zeb Kahn joins the podcast this week to discuss Muslim Women’s Day. She explains why it’s important to not group Muslim women into one progressive category, but instead see them as a diverse group of women who’ve given much to society. She also discusses her fight against FGM (female genital mutilation) and shares the stories of the women she is helping. And finally, Zainab shares her own story and explains more about her work at the Muslim American Leadership Alliance.

Zainab Zeb Khan is Chair and Cofounder of the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. Born in the US to Pakistani-Afghan immigrants, she became an activist after eye-opening experiences counseling survivors of domestic violence and organizing exhibitions for artists facing repression. A former Senior Clinician holding a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Zainab also co-curated the International Museum of Women’s exhibition “Muslimah: Muslim Women’s Arts and Voices”and has served as a United Nations Delegate on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2013. Zainab has been published in the Oral History Review on Muslim American oral histories, and also serves as an Advisory Impact Board of Director for Picture Motion.  She is also the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business, in the Non-Profit/Government sector.