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The United States of Anxiety: Gender, Power and the Midterm Elections looks at how we arrived at what could be a wave election for women and people of color, and what it means – from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916, to the women who are entering politics for the first time today.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Nancy, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin and many others.
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    • 4.6, 354 Ratings

The United States of Anxiety: Gender, Power and the Midterm Elections looks at how we arrived at what could be a wave election for women and people of color, and what it means – from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916, to the women who are entering politics for the first time today.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Nancy, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin and many others.
© WNYC Studios

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
354 Ratings
354 Ratings
Noboddyy ,

Excellent. Fascinating

Love Kai Wright and the stories are always thought provoking. Always learn lots of new things about history and the current moment

enamariam ,

Love United States of Anxiety!

Such a big fan! It’s an amazing look into the history and the make-up of current ideologies within our political system. It humanizes people while still holding them accountable for inexcusable behavior. We need more Pods like this. This is also one of those rare pods where I don’t feel the need to correct the pod because it’s so well researched and they researchers take so many narratives into account.

Keep up the amazing work and keep teaching me more!

Love,
Mariam

dykelawyer ,

Great series; some quibbles on the Playboy episode

On the while I'm enjoying each season of this podcast more than the last. Season 3's looks at the history of gender politics are fascinating and illuminating. But what to make of S3:E4? Standing on its own it would be a very worthwhile, if more then a little overly tidy, documentary on the origins, context, and to a lesser extent the impact of Playboy's rise to cultural prominence. It seems out of place in this season, however, as the attempt to position Playboy as a major explanation of sexual violence against women is incredibly reductive. Sexual violence was pervasive long before Playboy and Vargas pinups. Pornography - always with us and always accessible to men of privilege - is not a monolith, and Playboy has always been more a reflection than a driver of male entitlement; well worth examining and, Steinem-style, skewering, but only a small part of the story. A useful companion to this episode might be the same week's episode of the podcast "Sex Out Loud," which takes a much more nuanced look at the cultural content and context of hardcore pornography in the 1970s. Still a fan of the series and recommend it to anyone following today's politics.

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