December 28, 2017

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Lisa Graves – The Year of Women Making a Stand
Adele Stan – The “#MeToo” Movement and Women Running for Office

Program Notes

Today we look back at the story in the news that began the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated and has grown steadily into both a powerful political and social movement which has already exposed men in high office and promises to sweep Trump from office in 2020 if not earlier. Lisa Graves, who served in all three branches of the federal government – as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, as Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a Deputy Chief for the U.S. Courts, joins us to discuss the emerging political clout of American women who are both running for office and mobilizing at the grassroots. We will also examine the attempt underway led by Fox News to create an alternative reality of manufactured scandal to mirror the Mueller investigation and diminish its impact by dredging up fictional ties between Hillary Clinton and the ludicrous “Uranium One” deal while the real uranium scandal is that Trump has opened up protected national parks in Utah that belong to the American people to uranium mining which will desecrate national monuments and destroy native American history as well as sites of prehistoric dinosaur fossils.

Then we continue the conversation about 2017 being the year of the woman with Adele Stan a journalist based in Washington who is a weekly columnist for the American Prospect where her latest article is “On the Road to Kleptocracy”. She joins us to discuss the extent to which the emerging “#MeToo” movement has exposed sexism, misogyny, harassment and discrimination in the workplace across corporate America, inside the Congress and the U.S. government and in the entertainment business. We also assess how the #Metoo movement relates to the emerging political activism of women in our politics and examine the growing number of women running for local, state and national office and the prospects for a number of women on the Democratic side likely to run for president.