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“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” - Leslie Knope"Waffles Friends Work" is a podcast that talks "Parks & Recreation" with real-life Leslie Knopes: women in public service making change in their communities. Join hosts Kathryn Baxter and Emma McAuley for a discussion of local government, powerful women, and every episode of this beloved NBC sitcom. It’s like Galentine’s Day every week!

Latest Episodes

0.13 A Special Galentine's Day Episode

Happy Galentine's Day! Is it a national holiday yet? It should be. In this very special Galentine's Day episode, we take a look back at all of our previous guests and have gathered insights and advice from each of our 66 guests into this one episode. We revisit why so many of our guests felt inspired to be a public servant, what lessons they have learned in their roles, and what advice they have for other women in public service. We hope your Galentine's Day is full of affirmations from the Galentine's in your life (aka, the noble land mermaids and powerful musk-oxens who walk among us)

47 MIN2019 FEB 13
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0.13 A Special Galentine's Day Episode

5.05 Halloween Surprise

In "Halloween Surprise" we gush over the house Leslie and Ben are going to move into, forget that Mark Brendanowicz existed, and bemoan the gang's treatment of Jerry after his fart attack (you're welcome, Tom). We also discuss the main event of the episode - Ben and Leslie's iconic proposal at the of the episode. We add U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes, former Teacher of the Year and representative from Connecticut's 5th District, to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

62 MIN2019 FEB 8
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5.05 Halloween Surprise

5.04 Sex Education

Cristina Leos, co-founder of Real Talk, a mobile ap that delivers sex education, joins us this week to discuss the episode "Sex Education" (hey, it's almost like we plan this kind of stuff!) She talks about how the idea of creating a mobile ap that delivers comprehensive sex education for teenagers came about, how she and her co-founders used human centered design to shape and refine Real Talk, and what the honest-to-God heck a pineapple could be used for in a sex education talk for seniors. We add U.S. Representative Deb Haaland from New Mexico to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

81 MIN2019 JAN 29
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5.04 Sex Education

5.03 How a Bill Becomes a Law

Waffles Friends Work has gone international! Tanya Paz, sustainable transportation consultant and former Chair of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council, joins us from CANADA to discuss "How a Bill Becomes a Law." We talk about how her work on the Transportation Policy Council has changed how Vancouver residents can use streets, what changes cities can make to improve residents' access and comfort with transportation options, and why this episode speaks so much to her (hint: it has to do with porpoises). We also add U.S. Representative Lucy McBath to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

80 MIN2019 JAN 22
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5.03 How a Bill Becomes a Law

5.02 Soda Tax

School Board Member Raaheela Ahmed joins us this week to discuss "Soda Tax." Elected to the Prince George's County Board of Education in 2016, Raaheela talks with us about her experiences running for office, what it's like to be one of six Millennials on the county's school board, and why Leslie's experiences grappling with complex policy issues as a new City Councilor resonated with her. We also add the newly sworn-in U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, the youngest black woman to ever serve in Congress, to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

71 MIN2019 JAN 15
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5.02 Soda Tax

0.12 Midterm Mondays Part 4

On our very last Midterm Mondays special minisode, we speak with Meg Carnaroli, founder of Playtime at the Polls. During these last midterm elections, Meg piloted a program in Rhode Island that provided a space at polling places for children to play, learn about elections, and cast their very own practice vote! She tells us how she came up with the idea, worked with her local Board of Canvassers to bring it to fruition, and her plans for expanding the program before the 2020 elections.

30 MIN2019 JAN 8
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0.12 Midterm Mondays Part 4

0.11 Midterm Mondays Part 3

On our third Midterm Mondays special minisode, we revisit 4 of our guests who have had some changes since the midterms. We update listeners on what happened to Voters Not Politician's anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative in Michigan, how Sofia Pereira's re-election campaign went on the City Council in Arcata, California, what happened to the "bully" county commissioner that opposed Becky Twamley's reproductive health clinic in Minnesota, and how Professor Michele Dauber's newly formed Enough is Enough Voter Project helped influence some campaigns in California and across the country.

33 MIN2018 NOV 12
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0.11 Midterm Mondays Part 3

0.10 Midterm Mondays Part 2

It's one more day until Election Day! Do you have your voting plan? Do your friends? In this episode we revisit an interview with Stephanie Smith, a woman who will be on the ballot tomorrow as the Democratic nominee for the 45th State Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates. Listen to what it's like to run for office in this election cycle, and use your voice tomorrow to VOTE!

89 MIN2018 NOV 5
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0.10 Midterm Mondays Part 2

0.09 Midterm Mondays

Happy Midterm Monday! With just two weeks left before the midterms, we wanted to highlight the great work that canvassers do in raising awareness of candidates and local issues by re-airing an episode from our very first season - 1.02 "Canvassing" with the great Akaylah (Jones) Weatherspoon. We also have a few brief highlights of what we have both been up to during our podcast hiatus - as well as an all-important reminder to remember to VOTE. Midterms are coming, people.

76 MIN2018 OCT 29
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0.09 Midterm Mondays

5.01 Ms. Knope Goes To Washington

For our season opener we have not one but TWO guests! Francesca Menes, the Florida State Coordinator for Local Progress, and Nancy Metayer, Local Progress Member and Supervisor for Broward Soil and Water Conservation District, join us this week to talk about their work in local politics. They give us their insights into why local governments are so integral to our daily lives, how they use collaboration and solidarity with fellow local politicians to move the dial, and we delve into why *exactly* Ron's employee appreciation BBQ fails. And introducing a brand new structure for our Wall of Inspirational Women, we add U.S. Representative Nanette Barragán to our list of inspirational women by sharing 5 meaningful, relevant, and compelling facts about her.

82 MIN2018 AUG 28
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5.01 Ms. Knope Goes To Washington

Latest Episodes

0.13 A Special Galentine's Day Episode

Happy Galentine's Day! Is it a national holiday yet? It should be. In this very special Galentine's Day episode, we take a look back at all of our previous guests and have gathered insights and advice from each of our 66 guests into this one episode. We revisit why so many of our guests felt inspired to be a public servant, what lessons they have learned in their roles, and what advice they have for other women in public service. We hope your Galentine's Day is full of affirmations from the Galentine's in your life (aka, the noble land mermaids and powerful musk-oxens who walk among us)

47 MIN2019 FEB 13
Comments
0.13 A Special Galentine's Day Episode

5.05 Halloween Surprise

In "Halloween Surprise" we gush over the house Leslie and Ben are going to move into, forget that Mark Brendanowicz existed, and bemoan the gang's treatment of Jerry after his fart attack (you're welcome, Tom). We also discuss the main event of the episode - Ben and Leslie's iconic proposal at the of the episode. We add U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes, former Teacher of the Year and representative from Connecticut's 5th District, to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

62 MIN2019 FEB 8
Comments
5.05 Halloween Surprise

5.04 Sex Education

Cristina Leos, co-founder of Real Talk, a mobile ap that delivers sex education, joins us this week to discuss the episode "Sex Education" (hey, it's almost like we plan this kind of stuff!) She talks about how the idea of creating a mobile ap that delivers comprehensive sex education for teenagers came about, how she and her co-founders used human centered design to shape and refine Real Talk, and what the honest-to-God heck a pineapple could be used for in a sex education talk for seniors. We add U.S. Representative Deb Haaland from New Mexico to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

81 MIN2019 JAN 29
Comments
5.04 Sex Education

5.03 How a Bill Becomes a Law

Waffles Friends Work has gone international! Tanya Paz, sustainable transportation consultant and former Chair of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council, joins us from CANADA to discuss "How a Bill Becomes a Law." We talk about how her work on the Transportation Policy Council has changed how Vancouver residents can use streets, what changes cities can make to improve residents' access and comfort with transportation options, and why this episode speaks so much to her (hint: it has to do with porpoises). We also add U.S. Representative Lucy McBath to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

80 MIN2019 JAN 22
Comments
5.03 How a Bill Becomes a Law

5.02 Soda Tax

School Board Member Raaheela Ahmed joins us this week to discuss "Soda Tax." Elected to the Prince George's County Board of Education in 2016, Raaheela talks with us about her experiences running for office, what it's like to be one of six Millennials on the county's school board, and why Leslie's experiences grappling with complex policy issues as a new City Councilor resonated with her. We also add the newly sworn-in U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, the youngest black woman to ever serve in Congress, to our Wall of Inspirational Women.

71 MIN2019 JAN 15
Comments
5.02 Soda Tax

0.12 Midterm Mondays Part 4

On our very last Midterm Mondays special minisode, we speak with Meg Carnaroli, founder of Playtime at the Polls. During these last midterm elections, Meg piloted a program in Rhode Island that provided a space at polling places for children to play, learn about elections, and cast their very own practice vote! She tells us how she came up with the idea, worked with her local Board of Canvassers to bring it to fruition, and her plans for expanding the program before the 2020 elections.

30 MIN2019 JAN 8
Comments
0.12 Midterm Mondays Part 4

0.11 Midterm Mondays Part 3

On our third Midterm Mondays special minisode, we revisit 4 of our guests who have had some changes since the midterms. We update listeners on what happened to Voters Not Politician's anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative in Michigan, how Sofia Pereira's re-election campaign went on the City Council in Arcata, California, what happened to the "bully" county commissioner that opposed Becky Twamley's reproductive health clinic in Minnesota, and how Professor Michele Dauber's newly formed Enough is Enough Voter Project helped influence some campaigns in California and across the country.

33 MIN2018 NOV 12
Comments
0.11 Midterm Mondays Part 3

0.10 Midterm Mondays Part 2

It's one more day until Election Day! Do you have your voting plan? Do your friends? In this episode we revisit an interview with Stephanie Smith, a woman who will be on the ballot tomorrow as the Democratic nominee for the 45th State Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates. Listen to what it's like to run for office in this election cycle, and use your voice tomorrow to VOTE!

89 MIN2018 NOV 5
Comments
0.10 Midterm Mondays Part 2

0.09 Midterm Mondays

Happy Midterm Monday! With just two weeks left before the midterms, we wanted to highlight the great work that canvassers do in raising awareness of candidates and local issues by re-airing an episode from our very first season - 1.02 "Canvassing" with the great Akaylah (Jones) Weatherspoon. We also have a few brief highlights of what we have both been up to during our podcast hiatus - as well as an all-important reminder to remember to VOTE. Midterms are coming, people.

76 MIN2018 OCT 29
Comments
0.09 Midterm Mondays

5.01 Ms. Knope Goes To Washington

For our season opener we have not one but TWO guests! Francesca Menes, the Florida State Coordinator for Local Progress, and Nancy Metayer, Local Progress Member and Supervisor for Broward Soil and Water Conservation District, join us this week to talk about their work in local politics. They give us their insights into why local governments are so integral to our daily lives, how they use collaboration and solidarity with fellow local politicians to move the dial, and we delve into why *exactly* Ron's employee appreciation BBQ fails. And introducing a brand new structure for our Wall of Inspirational Women, we add U.S. Representative Nanette Barragán to our list of inspirational women by sharing 5 meaningful, relevant, and compelling facts about her.

82 MIN2018 AUG 28
Comments
5.01 Ms. Knope Goes To Washington
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