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In a world of women who aren't afraid to "go there" on tough issues, the LadyBrains Podcast stands out as a tight group of friends who navigate difficult topics—but not in a traditional way. The ladies are Lyndsey Fifield, Bethany Mandel, Emily Zanotti, Mary Katharine Ham, Kelly Maher, and Elisha Krauss.
 
Your weekly window into how the most impactful moments in politics unfold. From the Oval Office to the Clinton campaign war room to the hallowed halls of Congress to Maryland's Governor's Mansion, we bring you inside the rooms where the biggest decisions are made. Hosted by a couple of college kids still trying to learn how things get done in this complicated yet beautiful world of American politics.
 
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Mary Katharine Ham and Vic Matus of the SubBeacon discuss "Christmas Comes Twice," which if you know Vic was an unwise title to give him. They do their best not to earn an Explicit label in their discussion of this heartwarming Tamera Mowry-Housley vehicle fueled by "gentle Christmas time travel" and "zero action." Join the conversation and comment…
 
Mark Katharine Ham and Kelly Maher know that NOW is the time to shut our brains off and take a break--and what better way to escape than to fall into a world of Lords, Ladies... and a Duke who loves to take his shirt off? Is it historically accurate? No. Should you watch it anyway? Probably. (SPOILER ALERT!!!@) Sponsored by Native Deodorant, Ritual…
 
Bethany Mandel and Elisha Krauss give a fresh perspective on the Hilaria Baldwin saga. Is Amy Schumer a mean girl? Who is the anonymous twitter user who exposed the truth? And WHAT do we call her--Hilaria or Hillary? It's hilarious! Sponsored by Magic Spoon, MVMT Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcas…
 
Jenna Kim Jones In this episode Mary Katharine Ham welcomes in comedian Jenna Kim Jones for another dose of Christmas-themed Vanessa Hudgens, this time in The Knight Before Christmas (Netflix, 2019). It's a reverse tale of A Connecticut Yankee - instead of the modern girl being transported to a world of knights in shining armor - this time the knig…
 
Mary Katharine Ham and Kelly Maher go down some WEIRD rabbit trails to wind down our LAST episode of 2020--including... It's a Wonderful Life: "What if we hadn't met each other??" edition and some questionable home decor. Sponsored by Athena Club, NuCalm Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybra…
 
Mary Katharine Ham and Bethany Mandel talk about this rare Hanukkah offering in the Hallmark oeuvre, Bethany's very deep and real feelings for Ben Savage, how to get engaged in eight days or less and why that's an awesome idea, and whether Bethany deserves a screenwriting credit. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ri…
 
Mary Katharine Ham welcomes back fan fave Kristen Soltis Anderson to break down Netflix's "The Princess Switch: Switched Again," which includes even more Vanessa Hudgenses than the first "Prince Switch," which MK and KSA discussed in season 1 of A Christmas Ham. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast…
 
Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield try to remember their last New Year's Resolutions and decide this time around we're looking forward to a much brighter year... no pressure. Sponsored by Athena Club, Ritual, Stamps.com Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybrains/forget-resolutions-new-year…
 
Mary Katharine Ham and Ryan Manion discuss Hallmark's "USS Christmas," the classic love story of a reporter and a fighter pilot connecting on a Navy ship's Christmas cruise for civilians. Is that a thing? Apparently, it is! As a longtime advocate for military families at the Travis Manion Foundation, Ryan offers special insight on this movie while …
 
Elisha Krauss and Mary Katharine Ham talk about MK's ugly Christmas tree, how to avoid being a grinch in 2020, and what to get those hard-to-please folks on your list! Sponsored by MVMT, Ritual, Noom Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybrains/how-to-shop-for-christmas-in-2020/. Now become a Ri…
 
Congratulations--you're pregnant! Now... what are you supposed to wear when you don't even want to put on pants? Especially when you don't really have a FULL ON bump? Fashion guru and mom of 3 Emily Zanotti tells the very overwhelmed and pregnant Lyndsey Fifield what to wear when you're expecting. Special shoutout to LadyBrains listener Jenna Stock…
 
For our final interview of Season 8, the Flies Zoomed in with Fall 2020 GU Politics Fellow, Lis Smith. Lis Smith is a veteran on the campaign trail, having worked on over 20 campaigns, including Bill de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign, President Barack Obama’s second presidential campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 re-election campaign, and, most…
 
Our most-requested episode every year looks a little different than usual (like everything else amirite?) but some things never change. Kelly Maher and Lyndsey Fifield talk turkey (no, literally - trigger warning for discussions of turkey death), traditions, family, recipes... and you know, we take a couple rabbit trails to tell stories because THI…
 
This week, the Flies interviewed Jessica Taylor, Senate and Governors Editor for the Cook Political Report. Previously, she was a political reporter for National Public Radio, where she covered elections and breaking news, ranging from the White House to Congress. Her coverage of campaigns and elections has also appeared in The New York Times, The …
 
Emily Zanotti already conquered one motherhood challenge (having twins) and she just crossed another rubicon: She had a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). So... what happened? What does she want women to know? Kelly Maher asks her for all the details... Sponsored by Ned and Co, NuCalm, Stamps.com Join the conversation and comment on this podcast …
 
The Flies are excited to welcome Sarah Rogers to the podcast this week! This episode was recorded on Thursday, November 5, while election results are still being tabulated.Sarah Rogers currently works as Vice President of Navigators Global LLC, a Republican government relations and strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. Previously, Sarah …
 
Mary Katharine and Bethany are doing what most Americans are doing this week. THIS IS FINE! Tuck in and enjoy--and get some coping mechanisms! Sponsored by Jordan Harbinger Show, Indeed, Ritual Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybrains/a-non-election-podcast-sort-of/. Now become a Ricochet me…
 
Mary Katharine Ham and Elisha Krauss team up for a trip down memory lane--academia style. What are the lessons they're glad they got in school... and which they wish they had. Sponsored by Jordan Harbinger Show, Native Deodorant, Noom Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybrains/what-you-wish-yo…
 
Our guest this week is Mary Katharine Ham, a former local news journalist turned Presidential debate moderator. MK has done almost everything in the world of journalism. She is currently a CNN correspondent and a Fall 2020 Fellow with our very own Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service.By Fly on the Wall: a GU Politics Podcast
 
Being first-time homeowners prepping for their first winters in new houses, Bethany and Lyndsey run through their checklists for getting their homes cozy for the holidays... and their plans to keep sane, happy, and prepared during the season of S.A.D. Sponsored by Athena Club, Ned and Co Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: ht…
 
This week, two of our newest Flies sat down with Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz. Commissioner Franz has over two decades of experience in environmental law and public policy. In 2016 she was elected to run the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. As Commissioner of the state’s largest wildfire fight force, …
 
We're not going to give you self-care tips or talk about how "in these times" we're all soooo stressed out. Kelly Maher and Lyndsey Fifield have figured out that sometimes you just need to sit with a friend and acknowledge that things are chaotic in your life... without immediately looking for answers or life hacks to make it better. Just tuck in! …
 
We're welcoming Fall 2020 Fellow Errin Haines to the podcast this week! Since starting at the Atlanta Daily World, Haines has written for major publications such as the LA Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Currently, she is Editor-at-Large for The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics, and policy …
 
How can we address the differences between men and women without cliches like "mansplaining?" Are men really the only people who ever interrupt others? Bethany Mandel and Lyndsey Fifield don't agree--which makes this an episode you won't want to miss! Sponsored by Indeed, Ritual Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ric…
 
This week, we interviewed Fall GU Politics Fellow Kevin Hassett. He is a former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors under the Trump Administration and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the President. Prior to the White House, Hassett served as an economic advisor on the McCain, Bush, and Romney presidential campaigns, as …
 
Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield are coffee addicts--but are they coffee snobs? It's complicated. Did you know we could talk about coffee for this long? We didn't either--but apparently National Coffee Day is a perfect time to pay homage to our wonderful, wonderful caffeinated ritual Sponsored by Ned and Co, Noom Join the conversation and com…
 
The Flies are bringing you an interview with Mia Love, a former 2-term U.S. Representative of the 4th Congressional District of Utah, where she was the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. Prior to her time in Congress, Rep. Love served on the city council and was elected mayor in her hometown of Saratoga Springs, Utah. She is currentl…
 
Going outside? Wearing masks? Is there really a better holiday in this pandemic? Mary Katharine and Bethany hash out the reasons why they want a NORMAL halloween experience--and you should too. Sponsored by Native Deodorant, Stamps.com Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybrains/halloween-the-p…
 
Welcome back to a new season of Fly on the Wall! We're kicking off Season 8 by bringing you an interview with Faiz Shakir, campaign manager for Senator Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign. Prior to the campaign trail, Shakir was a national political director at the ACLU, and previously a senior advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a…
 
How do couples and families create healthy boundaries and set good habits for sharing family updates online? Kelly and Lyndsey lay out some good rules to live by. Sponsored by Athena Club, Ned and Co, Ritual Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybrains/social-media-but-with-marriage/. Now become…
 
Bethany and MK explore the new frontier of schooling in a pandemic. MK has taken the plunge, given up her former life as a Zoom butler, and joined Bethany's homeschool cult, delighting no one more than Bethany. They're on their inaugural field trip with 6 kids! Just like everything in 2020, this is fine, everything is fine. Sponsored by Freshly, Ri…
 
Mary Katharine Ham and Lyndsey Fifield are NOT ready for fall. How can we make the best of these last summer days? Let's chat about it! Sponsored by Ned and Co, Noom Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/ladybrains/holding-on-to-summer/. Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and …
 
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