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In 1991, Anita Hill told the world that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Thirty years later, we’re still feeling the ripple effects of that testimony—in our politics and our lives. This four-part podcast explores the enduring impact of that moment, with new insights and on-the-ground stories from guests like Tarana Burke, Kerry Washington and Professor Hill herself, in her first-ever public conversation with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified 27 years after her.

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    • 4.4 • 371 Ratings

In 1991, Anita Hill told the world that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Thirty years later, we’re still feeling the ripple effects of that testimony—in our politics and our lives. This four-part podcast explores the enduring impact of that moment, with new insights and on-the-ground stories from guests like Tarana Burke, Kerry Washington and Professor Hill herself, in her first-ever public conversation with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified 27 years after her.

    The Movement

    The Movement

    The 1991 Thomas hearings felt like a catalyst for change: Harassment reports spiked. “The Year of the Woman” brought women to Congress. And...then what happened? In our final episode, hosts Dr. Salamishah Tillet and Cindi Leive hold our courts, newsrooms and culture up to the light to see how much progress we’ve actually made on issues like harassment and assault. These are stories that’ll change how you think: Tarana Burke, ‘me.too’ founder, discusses what we owe survivors; legal advocate Fatima Goss Graves assesses some startling holes in the law; and journalist Irin Carmon, who reported on Charlie Rose’s sexual abuse, asks why we still value men’s reputations more than women’s real lives.

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    • 46 min
    The Conversation: Prof. Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

    The Conversation: Prof. Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

    In 2018, Christine Blasey Ford stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify in the Supreme Court nomination hearings of Brett Kavanaugh. Among the millions of people watching was perhaps the only person who could really relate: Professor Anita Hill, who’d appeared before the committee 27 years before. In this landmark episode, Professor Hill and Dr. Ford sit down for their first-ever public conversation—about their shared experiences, their emotions, their lives beyond the hearing rooms, and their hopes for the future. It’s a wide-ranging, intimate conversation between two women who are uniquely positioned to tell us what’s changed since 1991, and what has not.

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    • 54 min
    The Aftermath

    The Aftermath

    It’s November 1991. Clarence Thomas has been confirmed, but the domino effect of his hearings has only begun—especially for many Black women. 
    In this episode, we hear three very personal stories of what happened next: Professor Barbara Ransby rallied Black women in a historic show of visible support that still reverberates today. Carol Moseley Braun ran for office—and won, becoming the first Black woman in the Senate. And Drew Dixon, a young record producer grappling with sexual abuse in her own profession, had to make difficult decisions with the long shadow of the hearings looming over her. “Anita Hill was with me every minute,” she says.
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    • 35 min
    The Testimony

    The Testimony

    On October 11th, 1991, Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill calmly told the Senate Judiciary Committee that her former boss, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, had sexually harassed her years earlier. Thirty years later, we’re still talking about that fateful weekend—and understanding its impact. In our opening episode, hosts Dr. Salamishah Tillet and Cindi Leive walk you through the anger, the intrigue and the surprises, with fresh perspective from lawyer Kimberlé Crenshaw, who served on Hill’s legal team; journalist Jane Mayer, who helped expose the hearings’ flaws; and actor Kerry Washington, who later immersed herself in the hearings for a role as Anita Hill. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Audible. Download a free trial at audible.com/anita.

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    • 56 min
    COMING SOON: BECAUSE OF ANITA

    COMING SOON: BECAUSE OF ANITA

    In 1991, Anita Hill told the world that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Thirty years later, we’re still feeling the ripple effects of that testimony—in our politics and our lives. This four-part podcast explores the enduring impact of that moment, with new insights and on-the-ground stories from guests like Tarana Burke, Kerry Washington and Professor Hill herself, in her first-ever public conversation with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified 27 years after her.

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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
371 Ratings

371 Ratings

NSJFost ,

What a Fantastic Synergy

We’ve been waiting to hear from Dr. Blasey-Ford (and now we have her fabulous memoir, too). Really great interviews.

Needham1533 ,

Such an important series

I was months old when Professor Anita Hill testified in front of the Supreme Court. I was in my late 20s when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went through the process. Both of these women are heroes.

Thank the creators of this series for not only developing this project but discussing the nuance and importance of these women’s stories. I have listened to this series more than once because it is so important.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

mrsedna ,

Legacy Opinion

I deeply admire Professor Hill for her activism. Fortunately her actions gifted us with a positive legacy of movements like Me, Too and workplace sexual harassment outlawed in whole. Unfortunately, negative implications such as women competing with other women over the affections of men, EEOC sometimes ineffectiveness and wives standing by the side of adulterous husbands still exist. I was in my 30’s during Professor Hill’s testimony. The fact that Thomas coupled with a white woman was proof enough to me that Professor Hill was telling the truth. White women tend to do any financial and/or sexual deed to keep black men. Since the Professor Hill testimony I never, ever thought highly of Thomas or his wife. I found and continue to find them repulsive. I will always respect Professor Hill for giving we females-young, middle and senior ages - the gift of EEOC work protections. I have her first book and will read it. I look forward to listening to all parts of this podcast. By the way, I am very disappointed that not one black Supreme Court judge was and is coupled with a black spouse. Marshall committed adultery on his dying black wife with the Asian he eventually married, and he was appointed to the SCOTUS. Thomas, a sexual pervert, devalued black women and settled for a bigoted white wife as he was appointed to SCOTUS. Lastly, Brown continues the cancel culture of black families with her white husband alongside her ascension to the SCOTUS. Such egregious examples for black and all children.

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