While yes, 8 zillion other outrageous things have happened since Sunday night’s Meryl Streep speech that brought down the Golden Globes (and a certain volatile twitter account), we still think it bears discussing.

So today on the latest Spawned podcast episode, we’re chatting candidly about what she said, why we think her speech is worth defending (if you hadn’t guessed from the spisode title), and why we think it’s important that more people engage in politics and the issues they care about — not fewer — whatever their careers or backgrounds or hometowns.

It’s a passionate, fun discussion and we think you’ll really enjoy this one.

Plus, as parents, we talk about how other parents can pull out teaching moments from situations like these; how we’re talking about issues of respect, compassion, empathy, and political engagement with our own kids; why art and performance can be a great way for kids to get out their feelings about the world too.

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A few highlights from the show

-Should actors “stick with acting?” We’re going with no, and we’ll explain why.

-A hilarious but important Twitter rant from Veep actor Timothy Simons that takes down the “out-of-touch Hollywood elite” cliché, big time.

-Kristen shares some enlightening info about Ms. Streep and how she’s spent her life off-screen, which may cast some light on her decision to use acceptance speech the way she did.

– Whoa, Meryl Streep’s speech helped raise $60,000 in one day for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

-A site where you can look up various celebrities and the causes they’re involved with.

-The Human Rights Campaign is about to honor Meryl Streep with their 2017 Ally for Equality Award.

-Liz shares just a few politicians and pundits she like to follow on Twitter who have different politics or policy opinions from her own, to bring her a broader perspective including Evan McMullin, Anna Navarro, and David Frum.

-A chat about the decline of respectful disagreement and civil discourse. (Spoiler alert: Does the term, “UNFOLLOWING” ring a bell?)


This week’s sponsor 

We’re happy to welcome the brand new Very Berry Cheerios, which our kids happen to be going nuts for. They’re made only with natural flavors and colors from natural sources, and they’re packed with the taste of real berries in every bite.


Very Berry Cheerios, new from Cheerios. They're delicious! #berrieseverywhere

Also, they’re way easier (and less messy) than letting your kids try to create “their own” Very Berry Cheerios, as we learned from Kristen’s kids in this video!


Our Cool Picks of the Week

Winter 2017 box from Causebox

Kristen: Why Causebox is one subscription box you’ll feel good about buying. If only for yourself.

Liz: The Ticket to Ride Game is so amazing for Family Game Night, and in fact, a top pick for tweens and older kids in our newly revised Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide!


Thanks for so much for listening to Spawned. We love hearing from you! Drop us an email spawned@coolmompicks.com, catch us on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #spawnedshow, and please subscribe to our podcast feed on iTunes

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