Episode #142: Read My Lips — See My Tears

Tom Lutz, author of “Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears” explores the history of shedding tears in politics, starting with perhaps the most famous incident of all, Ed Muskie breaking down during the 1972 campaign in New Hampshire.

Regardless of whether Hillary Clinton makes it to the White House later this year, Jay Newton-Small, a correspondent for Time magazine and an author of a new book on the subject — says that women in politics are already showing increasing influence and power, despite numbers in Congress that hardly reflect their population.

Ninety-nine years ago, Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman in history sworn into Congress.  House historian Matt Wasniewski talks about the role Rankin played in history.

And, Jon Meacham joins the program to discuss his biography of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president who soared in popularity in the aftermath of the successful 1991 Gulf War but who was ousted after just one term, with the lowest numbers for an incumbent since William Howard Taft in 1912.

Photo via Doug Mills/AP 

Music played in the podcast:

Summer’s Almost Gone – The Doors

Crying – Roy Orbison

I Am What I Am – Gloria Gaynor

War (What Is It Good For?) – Edwin Starr

Born in the U.S.A. –  Bruce Springsteen

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