Season 1

Episode 1: February 10, 2016

Introduction and Broad Influence: Jay Newton-Small

Welcome to the Riveters Podcast! Join Sally Smith and Buffy Wicks as they introduce their podcast and discuss the inspiration behind creating this ode to modern womanhood. Did you know that the 20 women in the US Senate ended up producing 75% of the major legislation in the 113th session? Damn right they did. Buffy and Sally speak with special guest Jay Newton-Small about that statistic and more from her new book ‘Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works’. They also talk Hillary Clinton and women, in general, running the world.


February 10, 2016

Episode 2: Badass Boss Ladies: Neera Tanden

Sally Smith and Buffy Wicks talk Lena Dunham, how Will and Grace changed Sally’s life, and mobilizing public opinion to support marriage equality. Behind every strong women is a powerful, personal story of how she got there. In this episode of The Riveters, Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, tells Buffy and Sally about the hard decisions and hard work that made her the ‘bad ass boss lady’ she is today.


February 10, 2016

Episode 3: Refereeing in a Man’s World: Sarah Thomas

Sally Smith and Buffy Wicks talk the importance of sports, athletes who inspire them, and Barbie’s new body. On Sunday afternoon hundreds of men put on padding, slam on helmets, and hit one another on fields. And now there is one woman who joins them – Sarah Thomas. Sarah called in to the Riveters to tell Buffy and Sally what it’s like to referee NFL players and be a badass trailblazer for modern women.


February 24, 2016

Episode 4: Organizing: Amanda Brown

Sally Smith and Buffy Wicks share the importance of organizing both in their careers and in the lives of women around the world. Turns out, their lives as community organizers aren’t as mundane as Sarah Palin once led us to believe. (When was her last run in with a rooster?! Or Oprah for that matter…) In this episode of The Riveters, Amanda Brown, Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council, combines hilarity and brains as she shares wisdom beyond her years on The Riveters.


Episode 5: March 24, 2016

A Woman’s Right to Choose: Cecile Richards

Sally Smith and Buffy Wicks take a look at the story behind birth control. In this episode of The Riveters Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, joins Buffy and Sally to talk about that time she slayed testifying at Congress. She also tells stories of her mom – the equally bad ass Governor Ann Richards.


Episode 6: March 9, 2016

Heels in the Halls of Power: Ann Kuster

Buffy and Sally discuss Buffy’s pioneering decision to freeze her eggs several years ago. In this episode of The Riveters Congresswoman Ann Kuster joins Buffy and Sally to talk about how women in Congress are able to work together more than the men and the unique skills women can bring to public office.


Episode 7: March 16, 2016

How to be a CEO Having a Baby: Anne Filipic

Sally Smith and guest host Amanda Brown dish out advice on how to be bad ass lady bosses and tell personal stories of hard lessons they’ve learned. Buffy and Sally then speak with speak with special guest Anne Filipic, CEO of Enroll America, about preparing for maternity leave and leading a national organization while starting a family.


Episode 8: March 23, 2016

Achieving Major #ladyboss Goals: Briana Scurry

Buffy and Sally discuss tough and valuable leadership lessons they’ve learned along the way. In this episode of The Riveters Buffy and Sally are joined by the former goalkeeper for the US Women’s Soccer Team, Briana Scurry who talks about that time she won a freaking world championship for the US. She also shares her personal story of having a concussion, facing depression and pulling herself up and into a fabulous new person.


Episode 9: March 30, 2016

Lesbians Who Tech: Leanne Pittsford

Buffy and Sally discuss the ups and downs of their previous dating lives and how to they’ve made their marriages to equally badass men so amazing. In this episode of The Riveters Buffy and Sally are joined by Leanne Pittsford, founder of Lesbians Who Tech and a leader in promoting diversity within the tech world. Leanne gives great advice on how women can take more risks and support one another, especially when we’re in the minority.


Episode 10: April 6, 2016

Taking Down Trump: Katie Packer

Buffy and Sally discuss the unfortunate lead Donald Trump has in the presidential race with Katie Packer, deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012 and now founder of the anti-Trump SuperPAC “Our Principals.” Katie also talks about the importance of women voting on both sides of the aisle.


Episode 11: April 13, 2016

Fighting for Fairness: Senator Tammy Baldwin

Buffy and Sally discuss their pro tips on public speaking to any size of a crowd. In this episode of the The Riveters Buffy and Sally are joined by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Senator Baldwin talks about her first office of power in middle school and the many ways she is now fighting for equal rights for all.


Episode 12: April 20, 2016

Wine with an Oscar Winner: Patricia Arquette

Buffy and Sally discuss their own personal struggles and triumphs with body image. In this episode of the The Riveters Buffy and Sally are joined by Oscar winner and feminist hero Patricia Arquette. Patricia talks about her fight for equal pay, the jobs she’s walked away from and aging in Hollywood.


Episode 13: April 26, 2016

When Women Win: Ellen Malcolm

Buffy and Sally discuss the challenges of being taken seriously professionally as a young woman and give advice on how to assert yourself. In this episode of the The Riveters Buffy and Sally are joined by Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List and author of the new book “When Women Win.”


Episode 14: May 4, 2016

Seriously Historic: Dr. Libby O’Connell

Buffy and Sally discuss ways to ensure you’re taken seriously in your professional life. In this episode of the The Riveters, Buffy and Sally are joined by Dr. Libby O’Connell, an historian leading the charge for the World War I Commemorative Commission. Dr. O’Connell shares how pivotal WWI was for women and in our country.


Episode 15: May 12, 2016

The Power of Protection: Gina McCarthy

In this episode of The Riveters, Sally talks with Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The administrator shares how important women are in the environmental movement and how President Obama impressed her on the best day of her professional life.


Episode 16: May 19, 2016

Season Finale with Buffy and Sally

Buffy and Sally turn the tables and interview each other in the finale to Season 1.


Season 1 Wrap Up: June 1, 2016

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later! Thanks to all of our listeners for an amazing first season. Be sure to follow us on social media and keep an eye out for email updates on our summer series “Women in the West Wing.” Let’s keep in touch!