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Let's Get Civical

73 EpisodesProduced by Lizzie Stewart & Arden WalentowskiWebsite

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… read more

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The U.S. Department of Education - Thank You Space Race!

March 25th, 2020

54:00

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the U.S. Department of Education. Join them as the talk about the history of the department, what they do, and some fun facts about those who have served …

Unsung Women in History - Elevate Them!

March 18th, 2020

53:44

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about awesome, talented, strong women who lead the charge and had a momentous impact on …

Presidential Primary Update- Part 2!

March 12th, 2020

25:21

In this mini episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden break down the Nevada caucus, South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday! Join them as they …

The Assasination of Abraham Lincoln - Hot Assassin Alert

March 11th, 2020

1:00:34

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the assasination of President Abraham Lincoln! Join them as they talk about why …

Federal Term Limits - Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

March 4th, 2020

51:45

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about federal term limits! Join them as they talk about how and why we have presidential …

Medicare - It’s Not That Simple

February 26th, 2020

47:18

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden unpack Medicare! Join them as they talk about the history of the program, who is eligible, what is covered by the various parts of the program, and why …

Presidential Primary Update!

February 20th, 2020

23:54

In this mini episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden break down the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses and primaries! Join them as they delve …

Presidential Primaries - They’re Finally Upon Us

February 19th, 2020

52:00

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the Presidential primaries and caucuses! Join them as they talk about the processes of primaries and caucuses, the differences between open and closed …

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson - Barricade Yourself!

February 12th, 2020

56:36

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by comedian, activist, and iconic orphan, Amber Rollo. Join them as they deep dive …

The War Powers Act of 1973- Trust No Bitch!

February 5th, 2020

57:39

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden tackle the ever relevant War Powers Act! Join them as they talk about where the power to declare war comes from, why the War Powers Act was passed, and how every …

Spread the Vote- Can I see ID?

January 29th, 2020

57:13

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden sit down with Kat Calvin, founder of Spread the Vote, an organization dedicated to helping voters get the proper IDs in order to vote! Join them as they discuss why …

Justice Stephen Breyer - SCOTUS Biopic!

January 22nd, 2020

37:34

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden continue their scenic route journey of introductions of Supreme Court Justices as they talk about Justice Stephen Breyer! Join them as they discuss his important …

Marbury vs Madison - #MarburyMood

January 15th, 2020

45:19

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden tackle a pinnacle court case in U.S. history: Marbury vs Madison. Join them as they talk about the concept of judicial review, Chief Justice John Marshall’s …

The 21st Amendment- Drink Sensibly!

January 8th, 2020

54:35

To celebrate the holidays, Lizzie and Arden are re-airing one last favorite episode from this past year! In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie …

Interview with Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) - Overtime Pay

January 1st, 2020

34:29

To celebrate the holidays, Lizzie and Arden are re-airing another one of their favorite episodes from this past year! In this episode of Let’s Get …

The Presidential Veto- Regular, Pocket, and Line Item- Oh My!

December 25th, 2019

50:33

To celebrate the holidays, Lizzie and Arden are re-airing one of their favorite episodes from this year! In this episode of Let's Get Civical, Lizzie …

The Whiskey Act of 1791 - Get You a Wig Desk!

December 18th, 2019

49:28

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden drink a bottle of Jack Daniels and talk about the Whiskey Act of 1791, the Whiskey Rebellion …

Impeachment Update!

December 12th, 2019

34:26

In this mini episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden break down the timeline of recent events leading up to the anticipated impeachment of the 45th U.S. President, Donald Trump. Join them as they talk about the …

United States v. Nixon - Don’t Record!

December 11th, 2019

45:56

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the Supreme Court case United States v. Nixon! Join them as they talk about what …

The Filibuster - Settle Down Aaron Burr!!

December 4th, 2019

45:32

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about the filibuster! Join them as they talk about how we got the filibuster, why it only …

Justice Clarence Thomas - SCOTUS Biopic!

November 27th, 2019

45:27

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden continue their CliffsNotes journey of introductions of Supreme Court Justices as they talk about Justice Clarence Thomas! Join them as they discuss the very few …

The Whip - Where’s Darryl?!

November 20th, 2019

59:56

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by comedian and host of “I'm Listening : A Frasier Podcast” Anita Flores to talk about the job of the Whip! Join them as they talk about the history of …

Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg - The Indivisible Movement!

November 13th, 2019

43:56

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg from the Indivisible Project! Join them as Ezra and Leah talk about their new book We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for …

Diplomats 101- Motivated Individuals Only!

November 6th, 2019

55:44

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by comedian Katie Compa to talk about the ins and outs of being a U.S. Diplomat! Join them as they break down the various positions that are under the …

Visiting the Supreme Court!

November 4th, 2019

23:35

In this mini episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by More Banana producer Cait Moldenhauer to talk about their experience …

Muftiah McCartin - Office of the House Parliamentarian

October 30th, 2019

46:15

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden interview interview Muftiah McCartin who spent almost 30 years in the Office of the House Parliamentarian. Join them as they talk about what exactly a …

Visiting the U.S. Capitol!

October 28th, 2019

25:05

In this mini episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden talk about their experience visiting the U.S. Capitol! Join them as they recount their …

Interview with Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) - Overtime Pay

October 23rd, 2019

34:06

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden interview Congressman Mark Takano from California’s 41st district. Join them as they talk …

U.S. Currency - E pluribus unum!

October 16th, 2019

56:50

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden cash in on the many fun facts about our currency! Join them as they unpack the history of our currency, how all of our money is made, and all the very impressive …

Justice Sonia Sotomayor - SCOTUS Biopic!

October 9th, 2019

48:50

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 Mother of Dragons, Sonia Sotomayor! Join them as they unpack how …

Our Uniformed Forces - Don’t Be So Petty

October 2nd, 2019

45:29

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden tackle the collective uniformed forces of the United States. Join them as they talk about the …

Articles of Confederation - Part 2- In Congress Assembled!

September 25th, 2019

57:28

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden take on part 2 of their Articles of Confederation journey! Join them as the comb through each article, unpack their meaning, and discover how pirates plagued our …

#PODSTRIKE

September 20th, 2019

6:02

The climate crisis is here and our house is on fire. Communities around the world are already experiencing the environmental and economic impacts of rising global temperatures. The Let’s Get Civical team supports those …

Articles of Confederation - Part 1 - Our Perpetual Union!

September 18th, 2019

53:51

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden embark on a two-part journey of the Articles of Confederation! Join them as they talk about who wrote the Articles, why they were written and how Maryland almost …

Justice Neil Gorsuch- SCOTUS Biopic!

September 11th, 2019

51:40

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 fly fisher, Neil Gorsuch! Join us as we unpack his journey to the …

Masterpiece Cakeshop VS Colorado Civil Rights Commision- Stream of Commerce!

September 4th, 2019

58:48

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by ex-nun and comedian Kelli Dunhamto tackle the infamous Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case! Join them as they go through the facts of the case, …

The History of the US Capital- Nevermind the Roads!

August 28th, 2019

57:04

In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden are joined by comedian Shalewa Sharp (Comedy Central, HBO’s 2 Dope Queens) to unpack the really petty history of the US Capital! Join them as they go through the …

The 21st Amendment- Drink Sensibly!

August 21st, 2019

54:14

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 …

Justice Elena Kagan- SCOTUS Biopic!

August 14th, 2019

47:48

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 …

The 18th Amendment- Hold My Beer!

August 7th, 2019

53:57

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 …

State of the Union - It Is Strong!

July 31st, 2019

46:04

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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 …

Chief Justice John Roberts - SCOTUS Biopic!

July 24th, 2019

49:49

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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 …

International Relations - It’s Jan Astin!

July 17th, 2019

56:06

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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 …

The Office of the Vice President - The Spare Heir

July 10th, 2019

47:08

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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 …

The Presidential Cabinet- The Sequel

July 4th, 2019

28:09

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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 …

The 4th of July- Arousing Men to Burst the Chains!

July 3rd, 2019

50:15

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In this very special 4th of July episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden take a look at the history of our …

The 19th Amendment - Suffrage At Last!

June 26th, 2019

59:11

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In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden welcome More Banana Network creator and show producer Cait …

History of Abortion in America - It’s About Having A Choice

June 19th, 2019

59:01

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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 …

Declaration of Independence - Eat Out Our Substance!

June 12th, 2019

57:48

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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 …

POTUS 101 - Iceberg Right Ahead!

June 5th, 2019

51:16

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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 …

The Bill of Rights - It’s All About Context!

May 29th, 2019

54:33

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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 …

National Party Conventions - Pick Us!

May 22nd, 2019

55:35

Support us and More Banana Podcasts! 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 …

SCOTUS 101 - We Dissent!

May 15th, 2019

49:05

Support us and More Banana Podcasts! 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 …

The Census - It’s Cen-sational!

May 8th, 2019

48:34

Support us and More Banana Podcasts! 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 …

Separation of Powers- There Can Be No Liberty

May 1st, 2019

54:19

Support us and More Banana Podcasts! In this episode of Let’s Get Civical, Lizzie and Arden take on the ever present concept of Separation of Powers! …

Attorney General - That’s Open for Interpretation

April 24th, 2019

51:58

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 …

Legislative Caucuses - We Liaise

April 17th, 2019

40:08

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 …

How a Bill Becomes a Law - Feat. Gandalf, The Moth!

April 10th, 2019

1:02:22

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 …

The US Territories- Break Up With US!

April 3rd, 2019

57:48

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 …

Presidential Pardons - If I Mistake Not!

March 27th, 2019

55:58

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 …

Congress 101 - Spoiler: It’s a Mess!

March 20th, 2019

57:27

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 …

Campaign Finance - Moral of the Story? It Depends

March 13th, 2019

50:49

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 …

National Emergencies - We Do Declare!

March 6th, 2019

45:17

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 …

Electoral College - What the AF?

February 27th, 2019

40:31

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 …

Gerrymandering - Knock, Knock, Ding-Dong, SCOTUS!

February 20th, 2019

52:13

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 …

The Presidential Veto - Regular, Pocket, and Line Item - Oh My!

February 13th, 2019

50:12

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 …

The Presidential Cabinet- C. U. N. Wednesday?

February 6th, 2019

52:35

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 …

The First Amendment- As Long As It’s Not Polygamy

January 30th, 2019

44:26

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 …

Impeachment- It’s Not Personal, It’s Politics

January 30th, 2019

45:51

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 …

Voter Turnout - There’s an Equation for That

January 30th, 2019

46:08

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 …

The History of America’s Political Parties - And What the Illuminati Gave Us

January 30th, 2019

50:09

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 …

Let’s Get Civical Sizzle Reel!

January 16th, 2019

4:24

Here’s a quick preview of the new podcast, Let’s Get Civical. As hosts, Lizzie Stewart and Arden Walentowski breakdown politics and government …

Let's Get Civical Trailer

December 30th, 2018

2:19

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 …

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