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Girl and The Gov, The Podcast
Girl and The Gov, The Podcast
Maddie Medved & Sammy Kanter

Available on the airwaves and YouTube every Wednesday, Girl and the Gov, The Podcast is an extension of Girl and the Gov®'s... more

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A Look at The Fentanyl Crisis with JoAnna Vance, Program Coordinator at WV Economic Justice

The fentanyl crisis has impacted individuals and families in every corner of this country. But how did this crisis start?... more

21 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Hot Policy Topic: A look at Immigration Policy Messaging with Beatriz Lopez, Deputy Director of the Immigration Hub

The topic on the tip of everyone’s tongues right now is immigration. From the border bill to the Trump theatrics... more

14 Feb 2024 · 44 minutes
The GOP is coming for birth control with Mini Timmaraju, President & CEO of Reproductive Freedom For All

It’s 2024 and the GOP is coming for birth control. But the thing is this isn’t just a ‘whoops yolo’... more

07 Feb 2024 · 58 minutes
Get in, we’re learning how to become campaign finance directors with Sydney Levin-Epstein, Director of Development at Arena

Did we take out our calculators for this episode? No, but we considered it because this interview focuses all on... more

31 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
Diplomacy, Mary Kate & Ashley, and Bringing Young Voices to the Table with Special Envoy for Global Youth Issues, Abby Finkenauer

 If you’re an OG, you know that we love to put the spotlight on various political careers, sharing the BTS... more

24 Jan 2024 · 54 minutes
Good Governance with Debbie Cox Bultan, CEO at The NewDEAL

What do legislators talk about behind closed doors? What happens when they get together? What ideas do they share? How... more

17 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
Bipartisanship with VT Future Caucus Co-Chairs, Rep. Mary-Katherine Stone & Rep. Casey Toof

Bipartisanship is back and we’re so freakin’ glad about it. Working across the aisle is not an easy feat and... more

10 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
Goodbye Manchin, Hello Zach Shrewsbury: The ‘24 Race for WV’s Senate Seat

If you asked us if we were surprised that Senator Manchin decided to retire, we’d say 50/50. If you asked... more

03 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
Who is ‘Big Hospital’ and shady hospital pricing practices that need to change with Sophia Tripoli, Senior Director of Health Policy at Families USA

Who is ‘Big Hospital?’ Going once…going twice…going three times… anyone?! Yea, it was an answer we did not have, so... more

14 Dec 2023 · 38 minutes
The 2024 Election Prep Guide with Rudy Garrett, VP at Alliance for Youth Action

2024 is literally right around the corner. How?! Couldn’t tell you, but here we are getting prepped for a critical... more

06 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
GUIDE: Fact-checking, misinformation, and propaganda in the age of social media and AI with Katie Sanders, Editor in Chief of PolitiFact

The way we consume media, the way media is shared, and the speed at which it’s shared has evolved rapidly... more

29 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Training The Next Generation of Campaign Staff with Lauren Baer, Managing Partner at Arena

Campaigns are like mini start-ups – they require a lot of minds to move and get off the ground effectively.... more

22 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
Passing a federal Transgender Bill of Rights & LGBTQ+ Protections with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

What would passing a federal Transgender Bill of Rights look like? How would it work? What does the current federal... more

15 Nov 2023 · 41 minutes
Dream blunt rotation politics edition, ‘24 manifestations, the next 100 eppys of GATG

Every once in a while we like to drop a solo episode, which is really like a duo episode, because... more

08 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
200th Episode: The Fight For Student Debt Cancellation with Melissa Byrne, Founder of We, the 45 Million

We did it, Joe – we officially have hit 200 episodes of Girl and the Gov, The Podcast! Cue the... more

01 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
‘23 Governor Races, ‘24 Governor Races, and No Off Years with Ofirah Yheskel, Director of External Affairs at Democratic Governors Association [DGA]

2023 is considered an off-year election year, which we think we need to rebrand because every election is important **adds... more

18 Oct 2023 · 39 minutes
The American Foster Care System, An Inside Look with Colorado State Rep. Lindsey Daugherty

What is the foster care system? And who is it set up to help? Does it work? And, what about... more

04 Oct 2023 · 42 minutes
Reforming SCOTUS, Term Limits, & a 5-Point Plan with Congressman Ro Khanna

By the time we hit release on this episode, we can only imagine another Clarence Thomas corruption scandal will have... more

27 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
26 Million people lack IDs in the US – Kat Calvin is working to change that; The Founder of Project ID Action and author of American Identity In Crisis: Notes From An Accidental Activist shares how

If you’ve tuned into any of the interviews your beloved co-hosts [hi, that’s us] have done, you’ll know that when... more

20 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
The FABRIC Act & Making Change for Garment Workers in the Us With ​​Emily Stochl, Director of Education at Remake

According to our friends at Remake, garment workers experience the second-highest rates of wage theft of any group of workers,... more

13 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
Climate Change, Tourism, and a Green New Deal with Hawai’i State Representative Kapela

When we first scheduled our interview with Hawai’i State Representative Kapela early this summer we planned on talking about how... more

06 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
Political Careers: Campaign Management 101 with Sarah Andrews, Federal & Gubernatorial Campaigns Director at EMILY’s List and Founder at Created Not Equal

If you’ve been curious about what it’s like to run a political campaign, this episode is going to be your... more

23 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
Explainer: Disability Justice with Mia Ives-Rublee, Director, Disability Justice Initiative at Center for American Progress

What is disability justice and how is it achieved? And, what’s the difference between disability justice and disability rights? Wait... more

16 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
The Fight to End Forced Marriage Across the Us with Fraidy Reiss, Founder/Executive Director at Unchained At Last

You’re going to walk away with a new vocab word coined by the one and only Fraidy Reiss, Founder/Executive Director... more

09 Aug 2023 · 58 minutes
Affirmative Action’s Past, Present, and Future Explained with Dr. Shaun Harper, Head of USC's Race and Equity Center

This summer’s SCOTUS decision on affirmative action yielded an array of reactions across the sociopolitical spectrum. And, it also yielded... more

02 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Hot Strike Summer, Inside Starbucks Workers United with Michelle Eisen

It’s the summer of the strike, and this week’s episode features an interview with an expert that explains how we... more

26 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
The Campaign for Federal Receivership for Rikers with DeRay Mckesson, Executive Director of Campaign Zero

Rikers hasn’t just forged its reputation from the likes of Law & Order, but for the continual humanitarian crisis that’s... more

19 Jul 2023 · 55 minutes
Running against George Santos and electing young people to Congress with Zak Malamed, Founder of The Next 50 & Candidate for Congress

 If you’re a long time listener of the Girl and the Gov, The Podcast, you’ve without a doubt heard us... more

12 Jul 2023 · 50 minutes
Paid Leave For All: An explainer on what it would look like, the fight to get it passed, and how not having paid leave for all impacts us all with Dawn Huckelbridge, Director of Paid Leave For All

Only 25% of US workers have access to paid family leave through an employer. To flip it, 75% of US... more

28 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Latino Victory’s Executive Director Sindy Benavides on building and protecting a more representative government

This week’s interview features a conversation with the one, the only, the amazing Executive Director of Latino Victory, Sindy Benavides.... more

21 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
The Vanderpump Rules of Legislatures: Nebraska: How Nebraska’s legislative sesh became a reality show with villains and heroes in tow.

AP News noted that this year’s legislative sesh in Nebraska was most akin to reality TV. And there’s quite a... more

14 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
What’s up with West Virginia? A deep dive on the state’s politics, Joe Manchin, Jim Justice, and more with WV Delegate Kayla Young

This week’s interview is with West Virginia Delegate Kayla Young, and is the pod’s very first deep dive into WV... more

07 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Explainer: Florida’s new immigration & voting laws with Devon Murphy-Anderson, co-founder of Mi Vecino

This week’s interview is with Devon Murphy-Anderson, the co-founder of Mi Vecino, an on-the-ground voter engagement and registration org in... more

31 May 2023 · 57 minutes
FMK politics edition, dream prez tickets, worms with mustaches, and top political stories

Drum roll plz, we bring you a much requested ‘just us’ episode that really gets off to the races right... more

24 May 2023 · 46 minutes
Explainer: Background Checks, Safe Storage, Ending Family Fire, and Key Notes Surrounding Gun Violence Prevention & Reduction Strategies with Kris Brown, President of Brady

This episode is focused on a number of gun violence prevention and reduction facets and is done in an explainer-style... more

17 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Organizing Arizona: A look at Arizona politics with Alejandra Gomez, Executive Director at LUCHA

Without fail every major election year leads to a night in November where we’re all glued to a TV watching... more

10 May 2023 · 59 minutes
Top Stories: Congress takes on tech regulations, impeaching Clarence Thomas, Feinstein holds up judicial ethics reforms, and more

ICYMI, on Tuesday’s we release our top stories of the week episode. The news-focused episode is dedicated to covering a... more

09 May 2023 · 58 minutes
The Working in DC Starter Pack: How to do it, what to do once you’re there, and everything in between with Jessica Gail, Communications Director for Congressman Swalwell

You may have heard of Tinx’s rich mom starter pack, but this is better – it's a working in DC... more

03 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Top Stories: May 2, 2023

ICYMI, on Tuesday’s we release our top stories of the week episode. The news-focused episode is dedicated to covering a... more

02 May 2023 · 44 minutes
Communicating Political Wins to Voters with Daniella Gibbs Léger and Colin Seeberger of The Tent Podcast from CAP Action

What would it be like to be at brunch with a crew of tea-loving political friends? It would be something... more

26 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
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Explainer: Florida’s new immigration & voting laws with Devon Murphy-Anderson, co-founder of Mi Vecino
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This week’s interview is with Devon Murphy-Anderson, the co-founder of Mi Vecino, an on-the-ground voter engagement and registration org in Florida that... more