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The Helm

Jenny Kaplan is Bringing Women’s Stories Front, Center and to Your Ears Every Day

“I wanted to tell the story and I realized that the best thing I could do was do that on my own.”

Wonder Media Network (WMN) co-founder and CEO Jenny Kaplan is interviewed by The Helm for their series, Women at the Helm.

Marie Claire

The 15 Best Political Podcasts to Prepare You for the 2020 Election

We're only a few months in, but it looks like the 2020 election is shaping up to be yet another dumpster fire. With more than 20 Democratic candidates already in the running and Trump vying for reelection by playing up his worst xenophobic impulses, it's enough to give you whiplash. That's why we've rounded up the best politics podcasts. These 15 picks will help you cut through the noise and focus on what's important to you. Think: Reproductive rights, healthcare, student debt forgiveness, and the border crisis. 

A'shanti F. Gholar is reclaiming the political discourse for women of color. Her podcast, The Brown Girls Guide to Politics, provides black and brown women a space to stay informed, be engaged, and feel supported in an otherwise male-dominated political space.


MM La Fleur, The M Dash

Mixing Friendship With Business: The Co-Founders of Wonder Media Network on Being Their Own—and Each Other’s—Bosses

Fittingly, Wonder Media Network (WMN) co-founders Jenny Kaplan and Shira Atkins became friends through an entrepreneurship class at Brown University, and they stayed close after each moving to New York to pursue different career opportunities. Last summer, they decided to quit their jobs and start WMN, an audio-focused media company that kicked off with an ambitious podcast series, “Women Belong in the House,” about the record number of women who ran for office in 2018. Here, they talk about the fallacy of work/life balance, the upside of working with a best friend, and how they learned to talk about money.

Teen Vogue

The 6 Best Political Podcasts

Jenny Kaplan recently quit her job as a reporter at Bloomberg News to start her own media company, Wonder Media Network (WMN). The company's first podcast, Women Belong in the House, began in September by comparing this year’s congressional-candidate demographics – in the general election, 23 women are running to serve in the Senate, and 237 women are running for House seats – with those in 1992, the "Year of the Woman," when, after the Anita Hill hearings, a then-unprecedented number of women ran in the general election. In the latter, 11 women won major party nominations for Senate races, and 106 women ran for seats in the House.



How My Mom’s Run For Congress Made Me Rethink Everything About My Life

In this op-ed, Jenny Kaplan, co-founder of Wonder Media Network and host of the Women belong in the House podcast, shares why her mom's decision to run for Congress inspired her to quit her job and reinvent her life.

Glamour Magazine

I Watched My Mom Lose on Election Day. Here's What We Won.

Eleven months ago my mom decided to run for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. Last night I felt prouder of her than ever.

Here’s the catch—she lost.

From the beginning, the experience watching my mother run was inspiring. Last December Kathy Manning decided it was time to step up and take action; she couldn’t just stand by and watch as our country veered down a dark and twisted path.