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Let's Get Civical
Let’s Get Civical is part civics class and part comedy show. Join Lizzie Stewart and Arden Walentowski as they unpack and repack those political and government structures that have driven us to the cry for help we’re in today. This stuff is confusing and we’ve made it our mission to break it down so we all understand what the FDR is going on. It’s like being in American Government class with your BFFs! But no exams. We promise! Lizzie is an NYC based comedian who performs regularly all over the city and headlines all of her family functions as the "one from New York". Arden is a politics and civics buff who’s worked on local, state, and national campaigns.
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Government
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1
The 21st Amendment- Drink Sensibly!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden welcome back Amanda Hunt, creator and star of Monica Lewinsky Sings Your Heart Out. Join them for part two of the prohibition amendments as they unpack the 21st Amendment and talk about why national sentiment toward prohibition changed, how the gangsters filled the alcohol void, and whether or not prohibition achieved its goals. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
52 min
2
Justice Elena Kagan- SCOTUS Biopic!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden continue their journey of informal introductions of Supreme Court Justices by taking a look at the VERY OVERQUALIFIED, Elena Kagan! Join us as we unpack her unusual journey to the Supreme Court, the significant cases she’s been apart of, and how she might be the quirkiest of all the Justices. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
46 min
3
The 18th Amendment- Hold My Beer!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by Amanda Hunt, creator and star of Monica Lewinsky Sings Your Heart Out. Join them as they unpack the 18th Amendment and as they talk about the origins of the infamous prohibition amendment, who the major players were, and why, in retrospect, America definitely needed to sober up. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
52 min
4
State of the Union - It Is Strong!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the State of the Union! Well, the annual message that has been delivered to the Congress since the beginning of the United States! Join Lizzie and Arden as they talk about the evolution of the State of the Union, famous speeches, and - of course- fun facts!
44 min
5
Chief Justice John Roberts - SCOTUS Biopic!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden bring you an informal introduction to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Join them as they talk about his early work as a clerk, the number of Presidents he’s served, and the important cases he’s had a hand in deciding.
48 min
6
International Relations - It’s Jan Astin!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the topic of International Relations. Join them as they talk about the different ways to look at international norms and relations, why countries even want to have nuclear weapons, and why countries like to impress each other. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
54 min
7
The Office of the Vice President - The Spare Heir
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden break down the Office of the Vice President of the United States. Join them as they talk about why this used to be the most undesirable position in DC, how they’re chosen, and how the position has changed over time. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
45 min
8
The Presidential Cabinet- The Sequel
In this mini episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden do their first of what will probably be many updates on the Presidential Cabinet! Join them as they talk about who has stood the test of time, who we have lost, and how it’s unlike any presidential cabinet in history. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
26 min
9
The 4th of July- Arousing Men to Burst the Chains!
In this very special 4th of July episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden take a look at the history of our independence day, why July 2nd is also significant, and some of the most fun facts surrounding this holiday! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
49 min
10
The 19th Amendment - Suffrage At Last!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden welcome More Banana Network creator and show producer Cait Moldenhauer. Join them as they talk about what’s in the 19th Amendment, what suffrage was like before the Amendment, and how the Amendment was passed. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
57 min
11
History of Abortion in America - It’s About Hav...
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden welcome Margaret Katch and Roni Geva, creators, writers, and directors of “ctrl alt delete: a pro choice comedy”. Join them as they talk about the Supreme Court Cases Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade, what abortion was like in the U.S. before Roe, and what the restrictive laws proposed in multiple states could mean for women across the country. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
57 min
12
Declaration of Independence - Eat Out Our Subst...
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the Declaration of Independence. Join them as they discuss what the documents says (some of it rather shocking!), who wrote it, and why exactly they were so angry at King George III!
56 min
13
POTUS 101 - Iceberg Right Ahead!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden breakdown the basics about the office of the President of the United States. Join them as they discuss what the duties of the president are, what the benefits are of being a former president, and what former president graced the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in his youth! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
50 min
14
The Bill of Rights - It’s All About Context!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the Bill of Rights! Join them as they break down each amendment, dish on how we almost had 12 amendments in the Bill of Rights, and talk about why we even have them in the first place!
53 min
15
National Party Conventions - Pick Us!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden welcome special guest and dear friend Danny Rocco, playwright of the upcoming show Convention, a play based on the real life drama that unfolded at the 1944 Democratic National Convention. Join them as they talk about what a party conventions are, the different types of delegates, and how the different national parties handle conventions. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
54 min
16
SCOTUS 101 - We Dissent!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden finally tackle the basic elements of the Supreme Court! Join them as they talk about how the Supreme Court chooses cases, the very first case decided by the court, and what it means to be the baby Justice on the court.
47 min
17
The Census - It’s Cen-sational!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden finally tackle the Census! Join them as they talk about how the Census has changed over time, the other things the Census Bureau does (did you know it did other things??), and the upcoming SCOTUS ruling on the controversial question of citizenship! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
47 min
18
Separation of Powers- There Can Be No Liberty
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden take on the ever present concept of Separation of Powers! Join them as they uncover which 18th century philosophers we stole all of our ideas from, where the concept exists in the Constitution, and why we probably need to burn it all to the ground and start again! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
53 min
19
Attorney General - That’s Open for Interpretation
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by special guests Emily Rems and Callie Watts, editors of Bust.com and co-hosts of the podcast Poptarts! Join them as they talk about the job of the Attorney General, what they do, and why their job is to represent the U.S. in court, not the President. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
50 min
20
Legislative Caucuses - We Liaise
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by special guest Kyle Ishmael, the Executive Director of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus. Join them as they talk about what a legislative caucus does, who they are, how they’re funded, and why we should care about their existence! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
38 min
21
How a Bill Becomes a Law - Feat. Gandalf, The M...
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden go full-on Schoolhouse Rock! and delve into process of how a bill becomes a law. Join them as they lose their minds going through the litany of terms involved in the bill passing process, the difference kinds of bills that congress can pass, and how Flint still doesn’t have clean water! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
61 min
22
The US Territories- Break Up With US!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden dive into the ins and outs of the US territories! Join them as they figure out what it means to be a territory, how we got them in the first place, and why the chances of them becoming states is slim to none. Special shout out to our listener Andrew who called in and requested this topic to be discussed on the podcast! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
56 min
23
Presidential Pardons - If I Mistake Not!
In this episode of Let's Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden tackle the Presidential pardon. Join them as they talk about the Office of the Pardon Attorney, what Alexander Hamilton thought about the pardon, and what makes Trump’s pardons a little bit different. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
54 min
24
Congress 101 - Spoiler: It’s a Mess!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden give you a crash course in all things Congress related! Join them as they talk about why we only have 435 House representatives, what the leadership does in each of the chambers, and how we got a bicameral legislature to begin with! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
56 min
25
Campaign Finance - Moral of the Story? It Depends
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by Amanda Litman, co-founder of Run for Something! Join them as they deep dive into campaign finance regulations, the various ways candidates raise money, and what they pay for with that money! Visit RunForSomething.net to learn more about the organization and the candidates they’re supporting. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us atletsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
49 min
26
National Emergencies - We Do Declare!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden get real about declaring national emergencies! Join them as they talk about the different types of national emergencies, what they’re usually used for, and why President Trump needed to declare one in order to fund the border wall. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
44 min
27
Electoral College - What the AF?
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by actor, comedian, and friend John Early to talk about the Electoral College! Join them as they talk about the history of the Electoral College, why it’s really outdated,
39 min
28
Gerrymandering - Knock, Knock, Ding-Dong, SCOTUS!
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about gerrymandering. Join them as they break down the process of gerrymandering, when and where it’s been used, and why SCOTUS needs to make a decision already! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
50 min
29
The Presidential Veto - Regular, Pocket, and Li...
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the presidential veto with their guest, actor and activist, Piper Perabo. Join them as they break down the different types of vetoes (yes there’s more than one), how they’ve been used in history, and why Grover Cleveland really needs to settle down. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @letsgetcivical, @lizzie_the_rock_stewart, and @ardenjulianna. Or visit us at letsgetcivical.com for all the exciting updates!
48 min
30
The Presidential Cabinet- C. U. N. Wednesday?
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the Presidential Cabinet, how it started, the people and positions within it, and all of the souls we have lost from the cabinet in the last two years.
51 min
31
The First Amendment- As Long As It’s Not Polygamy
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the First Amendment of the Constitution with their guest, actor, writer, and voice over artist, Mara Wilson. Join them as they deep dive into: freedom of the press, speech,
43 min
32
Impeachment- It’s Not Personal, It’s Politics
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the impeachment process with their guest and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg. Join them as they detail the political process of impeachment,
44 min
33
Voter Turnout - There’s an Equation for That
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about voter turnout with their guest Mike Houston, best known for his role as Lee Dixon in Orange is the New Black. Join them as they talk about the different ways to define voter turnout,
44 min
34
The History of America’s Political Parties - An...
In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden welcome guest and co-host of By the Book Podcast, Jolenta Greenberg. Join them as them deep dive into the parties of the founding fathers, talk about the short-lived Bull Moose Party,
48 min
35
Let’s Get Civical Sizzle Reel!
Here’s a quick preview of the new podcast, Let’s Get Civical. As hosts, Lizzie Stewart and Arden Walentowski breakdown politics and government structure, they aim to have fun doing it! These are some of the best moments from upcoming episodes.
3 min
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Let's Get Civical Trailer
Launching January 30th, 2019, Let’s Get Civical is part civics class and part comedy show. Join Lizzie Stewart and Arden Walentowski as they unpack and repack those political and government structures that have driven us to the cry for help we’re in to...
1 min