Just Something About Her with Jennifer Palmieri

Just Something About Her with Jennifer Palmieri

“Just Something About Her with Jennifer Palmieri” is hosted by the former communications director for the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Palmieri explores why — after decades of making steady progress — women find themselves banging up against the same glass ceilings. The show features interviews with powerful women from business, politics, the arts and journalism to learn how they found a way to break through and create their own path to success.

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May 13, 2021 51 min

Julia Gillard was the first (and only) female Prime Minister of Australia when she served from 2010 – 2013. During her term, she received especially harsh and vulgar criticism from fellow politicians and constituents, culminating in one of the most memorable moments in Australia's Parliamentary history: what's come to be known as the "misogyny speech," where Julia claps back at a male politician of another party for...

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Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," a best-selling author, and the founder of "Know Your Value," a movement in partnership with NBCUniversal to empower women to recognize their worth and get paid for it. Mika recently partnered with Forbes to create its first "50 over 50" list of women who have achieved success later in life.

Jennifer invites Mika on the show to discuss how Mika "...

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Alexis McGill Johnson is the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She's dedicated her life to championing reproductive freedom, equity in health care, and racial and social justice. She co-founded the Perception Institute, which uses mind science research about race, gender, and other identities to find ways to reduce bias and discrimination.

Jennifer invites Alexi...

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April 22, 2021 49 min

Paola Ramos is a host and correspondent for VICE and VICE News, who primarily covers issues affecting migrant and border communities. Before that, she worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign as Deputy Director of Hispanic Media and served in the Obama administration. Paola joins Jennifer on the show to discuss her recent VICE report from a violent jungle region in South America that many migrants are forced to cross on their ...

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April 15, 2021 44 min

Muffet McGraw was the women's basketball head coach at Notre Dame for 33 seasons, winning two national championships and scoring her entry into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. But her voice resonated outside the sports world during a 2019 Final Four press conference, where she spoke out about the lack of women in leadership positions in a 2-minute address that went viral.

After the 2021 NCAA tournaments, Jennife...

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April 8, 2021 55 min

Norma Kamali is a fashion designer, wellness expert, and author of her new book "I Am Invincible," which empowers women to embrace aging. At age 75, Norma's career has spanned five decades, during which she's become best known for the sleeping bag coat, the red swimsuit worn by Farrah Fawcett, and creating an athleisure line before athleisure was a thing. And she says her best years are still ahead.

Jennifer invites ...

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April 1, 2021 49 min

In a very special episode of "Just Something About Her," Jennifer talks to the inspiration for this podcast: Hillary Rodham Clinton. As the communications director for Sec. Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, Jennifer was consistently confronted with detractors who – when asked why they wouldn't vote for Sec. Clinton – would respond by saying, "I don't know, there's just something about her I don't...

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March 25, 2021 43 min

Bobbi Brown is a makeup artist and serial entrepreneur, whose eponymous makeup line launched in the early '90s with just 10 lipsticks and quickly became the beauty empire it's known as today. After four years, she sold Bobbi Brown to Estée Lauder with a 25-year non-compete clause in the contract, vowing that she would never want to work in her sixties. But on the day her non-compete expired, Bobbi revealed her new makeup li...

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March 18, 2021 57 min

Ambassador Samantha Power, an immigrant from Ireland, dreamed of becoming a sports journalist. But as she watched unedited tape of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as a college intern at CBS, her passion to fight for human rights was activated. She began her career as a war correspondent in Bosnia, eventually writing a book on the American response to genocide, which then-Senator Barack Obama read and took Samantha under his wing. She...

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March 11, 2021 39 min

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot knew the challenges ahead when she was elected to run one of America’s most populous, politically turbulent, and segregated cities. But she never expected a teacher's strike, global pandemic, historic recession, and months-long protests against police violence.

Mayor Lightfoot joins Jennifer on "Just Something About Her" to discuss what it's like to lead during these critical times and ho...

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Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett represents the at large district of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the United States House of Representatives. Many Americans got to know her this past month as one of the impeachment managers in former President Trump's trial in the Senate. She used her platform on the Senate floor to discuss the gravity of the January 6th Capitol insurrection and the importance of upholding our democracy. But now, sh...

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February 18, 2021 63 min

Mary Robertson and Samantha Stark are the showrunner and director, respectively, behind The New York Times Presents "Framing Britney Spears." The documentary chronicles Britney Spears' life in the spotlight – from her teen pop stardom, through her relationships, mental illness, custody battles – eventually unveiling the mystery behind her 13-year conservatorship, where her father has controlled her business, medical, an...

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February 11, 2021 44 min

Glennon Doyle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers UNTAMED and LOVE WARRIOR. She is an activist and founder of Together Rising, a women-led nonprofit organization that has revolutionized grassroots philanthropy. Aside from encouraging women to live their wild and free selves, Glennon also encourages us to quit what we're doing...each and every day. Jennifer and Glennon discuss the power of quitting, how to avoid a...

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February 4, 2021 51 min


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January 28, 2021 54 min

Kara Swisher is known as “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist” – a name she’s earned since moving to San Francisco in the 1990s as one of the first reporters on the internet beat at The Wall Street Journal. Now she’s also known for hosting numerous podcasts, such as the New York Times’ new show “Sway” and Vox Media’s “Pivot” with co-host Scott Galloway.

After the insurrection at the Capitol, and the subsequent foc...

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January 21, 2021 46 min

Rebecca Sugar (she/they) is an animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and songwriter. They are best known for creating the award-winning series Steven Universe on Cartoon Network, which has not only resonated with children, but teens, adults, and the LGBTQIA community alike. On this episode of “Just Something About Her,” Rebecca describes how they created Steven Universe as a personal journey of self-discovery, what they learn...

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January 14, 2021 48 min

Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan is a former lawyer, prosecutor, and state representative. As COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Detroit quickly became one of the hardest hit cities, and Governor Whitmer was quick to initiate a stay-at-home order and point out the federal government’s lack of assistance to states in need. President Trump fired back with angry tweets and the nickname “That Woman From Michigan.” In the fo...

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January 7, 2021 53 min

Stephanie Schriock just stepped down as the President of EMILY’s List; but during her 11-year tenure, the organization recruited and trained thousands of pro-choice candidates. Since it's founding in 1985, EMILY's List has helped elect more than 180 women to the House and Senate, and the 117th Congress begins its first session with a record number of women in office.

Jennifer and Stephanie discuss why Republican women made m...

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December 31, 2020 46 min

Happy New Year’s Eve from all of us at The Recount! On this episode of “Just Something About Her,” Jennifer Palmieri and producer Sari Soffer share their favorite advice from previous episodes. Spoiler alert: Valerie Jarrett taught us how to ask for our money’s worth, Lori Gottlieb changed our perspective on anxiety during the pandemic (and beyond), Sarah Cooper shared her struggles with imposter syndrome, plus a few surprises. For...

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