To mitigate risks of COVID-19, some hospitals have instituted extreme policies banning parents from visiting their babies in the NICU.

On this popup episode, Independent Women’s Forum Julie Gunlock and Kelsey Bolar, both of whom had babies in the NICU, share their stories and concerns about separating babies from their parents in the early days following birth, and offer practical advice for new parents facing an unforeseen NICU stay.

Christian Toto joins the podcast to talk about Hollywood. He addresses how the entertainment industry has adapted during crises like COVID-19 and #metoo – for example, has Hollywood become more hypocritical because of #metoo and more partisan because of COVID-19? And, finally, he recommends the best movies to watch for quarantine times.

Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist, film critic and podcaster with more than 20 years’ experience covering Hollywood from a right-of-center perspective. He previously oversaw entertainment coverage at Breitbart News and LifeZette and currently contributes to The Daily Wire, The Federalist, JustTheNews.com and Newsbusters. He is the founder and editor of HollywoodInToto.com, the Right Take on Entertainment.

We talk to Dr. Claudette Lajam an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone who herself recovered from COVID-19 and is now back at work, volunteering in the medical ward to treat patients. Dr. Lajam offers insight on what the “new normal” will be like at hospitals and talks about her experience with the virus.

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.

On this week’s episode, we cover IWF’s April policy focus: A Realistic Approach to Climate Change. We explore the common myths about climate change and how innovation has led to a cleaner environment. And we delve into the latest tactics by environmental alarmists who propose “solutions” that would destroy our country.

Julie Gunlock is director of Independent Women’s Forum’s center for progress and innovation. She is the author of the book From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back. Before joining IWF, Gunlock served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and on the House Homeland Security Committee, and on the staffs of Ohio Senators Mike DeWine, George Voinovich, and Tom Coburn. Gunlock writes about food and is a regular contributor to National Review Online, BlogHer and Huffington Post. She has offered political commentary on Fox News and other networks and is a regular guest on local, regional and national radio programs.

On this week’s episode, Dr. Nicole Saphier joins the podcast to talk about how to keep you and your family healthy. We discuss ways to do that right now in the COVID-19 pandemic, but we also cover the future of healthcare policy and how to make general, healthy lifestyle choices which she outlines in her new book Make America Healthy Again: How Bad Behavior and Big Government Caused a Trillion-Dollar Crisis.

Dr. Saphier is a medical contributor and regular guest anchor for the Fox News Channel, and is a full-time practicing, board-certified radiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Nicole Fox joins to discuss occupational licensing–a form of government regulation that requires a person to obtain a license in order to pursue a particular profession or vocation for pay. Nearly 30% of jobs in America require this permission slip, yet many states are pushing back saying that doing so places unnecessary and burdensome barriers on people just trying to earn a living.

Nicole serves as Director of Government Relations at the Platte Institute. She joined the Platte Institute in 2017 after serving in the Nebraska Legislature from 2015-2016, where she was appointed by the Governor to represent Legislative District 7. During her time in the Legislature, she passed Nebraska’s first occupational licensing reform bill to exempt natural hair braiding from cosmetology licensing. One of her areas of focus at the Platte Institute is occupational licensing reform, and she has seen several bills to reduce the burdens of licensing cross the finish line.

Author and free-range kid expert Lenore Skenayzy joins to offer her parenting advice, especially in light of COVID-19. She answers questions like, “is there such a thing as free range parenting while we’re all stuck in the house?” She also gives us some tips on how to keep the kids occupied.

Lenore is the co-founder and president of Let Grow, a nonprofit promoting independence as a critical part of childhood. Ever since her column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” created a media firestorm, Lenore has been declaring that our kids are smarter and stronger than our culture gives them credit for. She is the author of Free-Range Kids, the book-turned-movement that garnered her the nickname, “America’s Worst Mom.” At Let Grow, Lenore oversees school programs, an online community, and legislative efforts all promoting childhood independence.”

On this week’s episode, Charlotte Whelan joins to discuss whether women need quotas in order to achieve great things in corporate America. California and some European countries have installed corporate board gender qoutas, so we consider whether this practice leads to higher profits and/or actually helps women move up the economic ladder.

Charlotte recently joined IWF as a policy research assistant. 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.

Congressman Andy Biggs joins the podcast this week to answer questions about the latest coronavirus developments, including Congress’ efforts to mitigate the spread of this disease and support the economy. He also discusses a bill he’s introduced called the Freedom for Families Act, which is a free-market alternative to federally-mandated paid family leave.

Congressman Andy Biggs is an Arizona native and currently serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a retired attorney and Congressman Biggs served in the Arizona Legislature for 14 years – the last four as the Arizona Senate President. He was awarded “Champion of the Taxpayer” from Americans for Prosperity for his cumulative service in the Arizona legislature, and has been honored numerous times by the Goldwater Institute as a “Friend of Liberty.” He lives in Gilbert with his wife of 35 years, Cindy. They have six children and five grandchildren.

Kristin Tate joins She Thinks to discuss her new book “The Liberal Invasion of Red State America.’ With the migration of liberal Americans from blue states to red states at an all-time high she breaks down the data and explains why this trend is drastically changing the economy and living standards in many states.

Kristin Tate is an author and columnist focused on taxation and federal spending. She is currently a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow at the Fund for American Studies, examining the size and scope of the federal workforce. Kristin writes a weekly column for The Hill newspaper. Her previous books include How Do I Tax Thee? and Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You for a Ride — and What You Can Do About It. Red Alert Politics and Newsmax Magazine each named Kristin one of the 30 most influential right- of-center leaders under the age of 30 in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Previously Kristin worked as a reporter focused on immigration issues for Breitbart.
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.

Tom Jipping joins the podcast to discuss the constitutionality of the Equal Rights Amendment. First proposed almost a century ago and passed by Congress in 1972, Tom delves into time limits and state ratification and how proponents of the ERA are doing whatever they can to skirt the system.

Thomas L. Jipping is deputy director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a senior legal fellow in the Center. Tom joined Heritage in May 2018 after 15 years on the staff of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), including several as his chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He spent the previous 13 years at two public policy organizations: Concerned Women for America and the Free Congress Foundation.

Julie Gunlock, Director of the Center for Progress and Innovation at Independent Women’s Forum, talks with Independent Women Forum’s foreign policy fellow Claudia Rosett on the Coronavirus, how it’s spreading from China and what you can do here in America to prepare.

 

Patrice Onwuka joins the podcast to discuss California’s Assembly Bill 5, or what is better known as AB5. We’ve discussed this gig law on past episodes of She Thinks, but we wanted to give you an update as there’s mounting pressure from independent contractors to overturn it. Patrice Onwuka gives us an update since the law’s implementation in January and previews what this law could mean for your state.

Patrice Onwuka, is a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum. She has worked in the advocacy and communications fields for more than a decade. Prior to joining IWF, Patrice served as national spokeswoman and communications director at Generation Opportunity, and worked at The Philanthropy Roundtable and the Fund for American Studies in policy and media roles. She also held consulting roles as a speech writer for a United Nations spokesman And you can catch her regularly on Fox Business and Fox News.

Jennifer C. Braceras from Independent Women’s Law Center talks with Julie Gunlock about recent lawsuits against the makers of baby powder, weed killer, and other household products.

 

Cam Edwards joins the podcast to discuss the gun issue, specifically in the state of Virginia where an assault weapons ban was just defeated amid aggressive gun control efforts. We’ll discuss the legislative pieces still in play, what these efforts mean for gun owners in the state, and whether there’s a larger national trend towards instituting stricter gun laws.

Cam Edwards has covered the 2nd Amendment for more than 15 years as a broadcast and online journalist, as well as the co-author of “Heavy Lifting: Grow Up, Get a Job, Start a Family, and Other Manly Advice” with Jim Geraghty. He lives outside of Farmville, Virginia with his family.

On this week’s episode, Kay Hymowitz joins to talk about the decline of marriage. With people marrying later, or not getting married at all, what does this mean when it comes to the family and the importance of long-term committed relationships. Has the rise of educated women and women in the workforce led to a rise in the happiness of women?

Kay Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She writes extensively on childhood, family issues, poverty, and cultural change in America. Hymowitz is the author of several books the most recent being The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back She has written for numerous outlets including the NYT and the WAPO and has is a frequent guest on numerous radio and TV programs.

We talk to author Amity Shlaes about her groundbreaking Great Society: A New History and why the most ambitious and well-meaning government initiative in our history had such catastrophic results. Amity’s remarks bear directly on the sudden vogue of socialism among today’s young voters.

Shlaes talks to Independent Women’s Forum Director of Cultural Programs and Senior Editor Charlotte Hays.

Ellie Bufkin joins the podcast this week to talk about how California’s Assembly Bill 5 (known as AB5) is straining the relationship between independent contractors and the companies that hire them. She’ll explain who is behind the AB5 push and whether or not exemptions for certain
occupations will solve the problem.

Ellie Bufkin is a freelance writer. She serves as a senior contributor to The Federalist and former reporter for The Washington Examiner. Originally from northern Virginia, Ellie grew up in Baltimore, and worked in the wine industry as a journalist and sommel-yay, living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. Ellie draws from her years in restaurants to write about current policies and legislation that affect workers in America.

Erin Hawley joins the podcast to preview Espinoza v. Montana, the highly anticipated landmark education case before the Supreme Court. The ruling could settle the on-going battle over the use of public funding for religious schools and may also declare the Blain Amendment unconstitutional.

Erin Hawley is a Senior Legal Fellow for the Independent Women’s Legal Center and a Senior Fellow at the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy. Erin’s research interests include the separation of powers, federal courts, agricultural law, and administrative law. Her work has been published in numerous top law journals, and she is a frequent national commentator on legal issues. Erin is a former clerk to Chief Justice John Roberts and has litigated extensively before the United States Supreme Court. Erin and her husband U.S. Senator Josh Hawley have two active boys, a dog, and a horse.

Jennifer Braceras, director of Independent Women’s Law Center, talks with Samantha Harris from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education about sexual assault on campus and forthcoming regulations from the Department of Education that establish how colleges and universities are to process such claims.

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.