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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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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
361 Ratings

361 Ratings

The Bookwoman ,

Finished this excellent series

I just finished this excellent series. 5/5⭐️ I’m looking forward to what you two will be doing next!

Abivens ,

It is a problem

I totally am in agreement that Anita Hill did get harassed throughout her career. If you listen and review Brett Cavanaugh I’m not so sure that I would compare the 2.
Thomas continued to harass Anita for years after she said no, not that once is not enough because it is. No is no.
cavanaughs was a teenager and has shown throughout entire adulthood not one indiscretion and no one else has come forward at a day and time when it is looked at ok to do so.
I 100% believe and have experienced harassment in the workplace, nothing to the extent of Anita and it does need to be addressed absolutely.
I also do not think that it is fair to ruin reputations of people for others gain and feel that has happened as well in several instances.

I feel that making this issue A partisan issue is inappropriate by the hosts, and am so sick of listening to host making everything political that I refuse to listen to podcasts that have to forces issues to be political.
This country needs to pull together not apart. Sexual harassment is in both sides of the isles and have effected both parties equally
It does not matter who you vote for, the majority of men and women as well to be fair have said inappropriate things in the past, especially as a teenager and to say that they should not hold an office because of that is a little much. If that was the case, no one would/should be allowed to hold office because of something in their past.
I hope and pray that we continue to move swiftly in a direction that ensures that people that feel treating people like Thomas did is not ok and will not be tolerated. In the meantime, most of your listeners would appreciate it if you would keep your political agenda to yourself or start another podcast about politics.

Mary Rothschild ,

Where did you go?

Maybe I missed something. Is it over?

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