Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joins the podcast this week to talk about the record number of Republican women who have been elected to Congress. She gives us insight into why more conservative women are running than ever and also shares her own experience as a strong conservative woman, including the recent controversy of her alma mater, Harvard University, dropping her from an advisory committee.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik proudly represents New York’s 21st District in the House of Representatives in her third term in office. She is a Member of the Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Education and Labor, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On the Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Stefanik serves as Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness. On the Committee on Education and Labor, she serves on the Subcommittees on Higher Education & Workforce Development and Civil Rights & Human Services. Congresswoman Stefanik is proudly the youngest Republican woman ever elected to Congress in United States history.

Heather Nauert, journalist and former State Department spokeswoman, joins the podcast this week. She shares what she learned from her service in DC, the challenges women face in taking on high-profile, public roles while balancing a family, and the role of women in advancing constructive dialogue with the goal of solving our nation’s greatest challenges.

 

We dive into our policy year in review. And what a year it has been. With 2020 being anything but predictable, Hadley Manning joins us to discuss what policy wins IWF had over the past 12 months and what can look forward to in 2021.

 

Jennifer C. Braceras interviews Paul Craney from Mass Fiscal Alliance about the failed RCV initiative in Massachusetts and the future of ranked choice elections.

 

On this week’s episode, Elise Westhoff joins to discuss philanthropic giving in 2020, including the most recent data on charitable giving during COVID. We’ll also discuss how private giving tends to solve social challenges better than the government, why donor privacy is paramount, and debate whether or not diversity and inclusion mandates in the philanthropic sector have been helpful or harmful.

 

Following China’s annihilation of freedom in Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party’s next likely target is Taiwan, home to a thriving and peaceful Chinese democracy. IWF fellows Claudia Rosett and Elisha Maldonado talk about why Taiwan matters to America, and must be defended.

She Thinks is a podcast for women (and men) who are sick of the spin in today’s news cycle and are seeking the truth. Once a week, every week, She Thinks host Beverly Hallberg is joined by guests who cut through the clutter and bring you the facts.

This week we have a special holiday episode with a very special guest–Patrick Turnbull. Patrick is a retired landscape contractor from Sunland, CA, and has worked independently as Santa Claus for the past 20 years. He’s joining us to talk about how a California law known as AB5 is making it very difficult for him to cheer up kids this holiday season. AB5 has forced millions of independent contractors like Patrick–who do not have or want traditional 9-5 jobs—out of work by forcing them to make an all-or-nothing choice about employment. This is why Santa may just give CA a lump of coal this year.

 

Michele Steeb co-author of the new book Answers behind the Red Door: Battling the Homeless Epidemic joins the podcast to detail the underlying problems in our nation’s rising homeless population. She’ll explain why many of our current policies have made the problem worse and why the key to helping those struggling the most involves much more than providing a roof over their head.

 

On this week’s episode, we discuss an issue that is gaining traction in the state of Virginia—the battle between parents and state officials over the admission process to merit-based high schools in the region. The families who are protesting changes to the rigorous testing required at these high schools have been met with much hostility. Asra Nomani is one of the parents leading the charge and joins the podcast this week to talk about her efforts.

 

Every five years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, an independent advisory board made up of scientists and medical experts, reviews and updates the government’s nutrition guidance. These guidelines are important because they affect how school lunches and military meals are administered and how SNAP funds are allocated. Yet, these guidelines only offer one-size-fits-all advice and are largely based on dubious nutrition studies. In this popup podcast, Center for Progress and Innovation Director Julie Gunlock talks to Dr. Richard Williams, the FDA’s former Chief Social Scientist at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Williams is currently writing a book about the FDA and is also the Board Chair of the Center for Trust in Science, an organization that examines the intersection of law and science. Dr. Williams and Julie talk about the newly released dietary guidelines, why the field of nutrition science is dangerously flawed, why the new alcohol restrictions included in the DGAC are nonsense, and the future of innovation in food production.

 

Patrice Onwuka joins the podcast this week as we shift our focus to the season of giving and spending and the importance of community. We talk specifically about the importance of American philanthropy and why it matters during a global pandemic. We also discuss how small business ownership among women has skyrocketed recently, the impact of the coronavirus on their survival, and the role of public policy in helping businesses through this pandemic.

 

Race scholar Shelby Steele joins to talk about his new documentary: “What Killed Michael Brown?” The film, released last month and is available on Amazon.com, details the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 and how the response has impacted race relations in 2020. Mr Steele argues that systemic racism is less about objective truth and is more “poetic truth.”

 

Julie Gunlock and Angela Logomasini discuss a worrying trend in the medical arena. Increasingly, radical green activists are claiming safe and critically needed sterilizing products are dangerous to use and manufacture. That’s not true. Yet activist demands to shut down some of the manufacturing facilities in the United States have been met. That’s dangerous, especially in the age of Covid when the medical community needs every tool in the toolbox to fight disease. Listen as Julie and Angela discuss one concerning example and why the medical and scientific community should push back on this worrying trend.

 

On this week’s episode, we discuss the hard issue of maternal mortality. In the US, approximately 700 women die each year from pregnancy-related deaths which is the highest rate in the developed world. Representative Michael Burgess joins to help us understand why mothers are dying in pregnancy and childbirth and what can be done to prevent it.

 

On this week’s episode, Christina Sandefur joins to discuss big government and how certain proposals that seek to replace the individual as the decisionmaker are detrimental to women, including employment quotas, minimum wage increases, and mandatory paid leave.

 

Patrice Onwuka joins to discuss this month’s policy focus: Policing Reform. As recent civil unrest has prompted discussions about policing tactics, the question today is what reforms can we institute that recognize police put their lives on the line every day while also increasing accountability for officer misconduct.

 

Jennifer Braceras from Independent Women’s Law Center talks with Senator Joni Ernst about her work on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.

 

On this week’s episode, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Pamela Powers joins to talk about the reforms in the VA over the past three years and how our veterans have fared under the Trump Administration. This episode is especially timely since Veterans Day is right around the corner.

 

On this week’s episode, Harvey Mansfield joins to discuss cancel culture and the woke attitudes pervading college campuses. He’ll delve into his long history at Harvard as well as the evolution of higher education towards activism.

 

Indiana’s Senior Senator Todd Young joins to talk about a bill he’s introduced called the Support Working Families Act, which would help new parents take paid time off by giving them the option to take out an interest-free loan in the form of a tax credit. He’ll also talk about the upcoming roll the Senate will play in the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barret.