The government shutdown is entering it's 25th day. It's the longest shutdown in the history of Congress. To discuss, we SPOTLIGHT Lisa Gilbert. Gilbert is the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch division. She advocates for government transparency, campaign finance reform, financial regulation, civil justice, and consumer protection. Previously, Gilbert was the Democracy Advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, where she focused on good government, ethics, and campaign finance reform. Media includes: The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR.
William Barr's confirmation hearing for attorney general. To discuss, we FEATURE Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter-Poza, Esq. Buckwalter-Poza is a attorney and political strategist with legal expertise in the Supreme Court, the federal judiciary, civil rights law, military law, and Indian law. She brings heightened insights into judicial nominations, politics, and decision-making. Her experience--including two federal appellate clerkships, a U.S. Attorney's Office fellowship, and a stint in the White House Counsel's Office--is unique. Media includes: Daily Kos, Democracy Journal, CNN, NPR, The Daily Beast, Pacific Standard,The Nation, The Atlantic, Politico.
A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's rollback on birth control, which would've allowed employers fto deny coverage of birth control. To discuss, we FEATURE Shivana Jorawar. Jorawar is a lawyer and policy advocate and, currently serves as the State Legislative Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights where she manages their defensive state advocacy initiatives. She identifies and analyzes harmful restrictions, implements strategies to fight back, and delivers advocacy support to the Center’s clients and state partners. Media includes: Associated Press, The Prospect, RHRealityCheck.
Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies, Associate Professor of Political Science
City University of New York
For interviews on Los Angeles teachers strike.
Over 30,000 teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike in order to advocate for higher wages and improved conditions for students. To discuss, we FEATURE Celina Su. Su is Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her research concerns civil society and social policy, especially health and education. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009) and Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (co-authored, New York University Press, 2009). Media includes: PBS, The Nation, The Progressive.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Business and Economics Program
For interviews on Brexit.
Today Members of Parliament will vote on the terms of the UK leaving the European Union. To discuss, we FEATURE Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, PhD. Rouxel-Laxton is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Global Business and Economics Program. She is also a Consultant on economics and development impact at the IFC (International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group). Before taking on her role at the Atlantic Council, Rouxel-Laxton was Head of Economics and Finance for the EU delegation in the U.S. She is an international economic affairs specialist, specialised in European integration and global economic trends. She strives to comprehend complex economic matters, communicate clearly to explain technical issues, and to advise on policies when appropriate. Extensive media experience.
For interviews on the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into President Trump.
The New York Times has reported that the FBI has opened a counterintelligence investigation to look into whether President Trump has been working on behalf of Russia. To discuss, we FEATURE Lauren C. Anderson. An international security and crisis management expert, and former FBI Executive, Anderson is the Founder and CEO of LC Anderson International, an international consulting business. Passionate about, and committed to, investing in women leaders and youth around the world to reduce conflict and to help address economic disparities, she is working on a program to grow the next generation of law enforcement in countries emerging from conflict. Media includes: Fox News, The Washington Post, Take the Lead.
Digital First Media, a media company headed by a hedge fund, has offered to buy Gannett. Both companies own multiple news publications throughout the country. To discuss, we FEATURE Adele M. Stan. Stan is the Senior Digital Editor of The American Prospect. Previously she was Washington bureau chief for AlterNet, the progressive news and culture Web site. Stan has served as a columnist and blogger for The American Prospect Online and as a featured essayist for The Guardian's Comment Is Free site, Stan's work has also appeared in The New Republic, the Village Voice, The Nation, The Advocate, Salon.com, the Washington Blade and Mother Jones magazine, as well as on the op-ed pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Daily News.
New York University Department of Population Health
For interviews on the opioid crisis.
The National Safety Council has found that the rate of dying from an opioid overdose has surpassed that of dying in a car accident. To discuss, we FEATURE Dr. Lipi Roy, MD, MPH. Dr. Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine and serves as clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Health. As the former Chief of Addiction Medicine for New York City jails including Rikers Island, Dr. Roy oversaw substance use treatment and recovery efforts at the nation’s 2nd-largest jail complex. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston’s vulnerable homeless population among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. Media includes: CNN, Dr. Oz, Charlie Rose, CBS New York.
The Women's March 2019 is this Saturday. To discuss, we FEATURE Agunda Okeyo, who is the Director of the Women's March NY. Okeyo is a writer, producer, comedian and activist. As an activist, she often dedicates her writing and productions to issues she cares about. She may write about white supremacy and guns or about a former women’s prison in NYC being converted to a women’s building for NGOs and activists. Her comedy productions have been co-sponsored by the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Coalition, Black Lives Matter NY and Equality Now, among others. Media includes: Time Out New York, The New Yorker,Essence, Black Enterprise, BBC, Forbes, NBC, TIME, Huffington Post.
Representative Steve King has been stripped of his House committee seats for his racist comments on "white nationalist" and "white supremacist". To discuss, we FEATURE Kelly J. Baker. Baker is the editor of Women in Higher Education (WIHE), a monthly feminist newsletter that evaluates the state of women in higher ed and reports on the sexism that women who are faculty, administrators and students continue to face. Her award-winning book, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011), is the first to analyze the white religious nationalism of the 1920s Klan and the continued legacy of their particular form of white nationalism today. Media includes: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Chronicle for Higher Education, Religion & Politics.
Professor and Director, Program for the Study of Women and Gender
Areas of Expertise: Activism and advocacy, Domestic violence, Feminism, Gender-based violence, Intersectionality, Labor and Employment, Law, Sexual harassment, Sexualized violence, Social justice, Trafficking, Women, Women's issues
Areas of Expertise: Activism and advocacy, Criminal justice, Feminism, Gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Human rights, Intersectionality, LGBTQIA, Poverty, Race and ethnicity, Sexual harassment, Sexualized violence, Social justice, Violence against women, Women, Women's empowerment, Women's issues