Episode #207: A Watershed Moment?

The never-ending list of sexual harassment allegations now comes to Capitol Hill, where Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) is under pressure to resign, though he insists he has no intention of doing so.  Even Nancy Pelosi, who gave an awkward defense of Conyers over the weekend, is now said to be a behind-the-scenes effort to force him out.

Al Franken, the Minnesota senator accused of inappropriate touching, was deeply contrite when he returned to Washington after the Thanksgiving break.  Jennifer Brooks of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports on what this means for Franken’s present — and his potential future.

Brian Lyman of the Montgomery Advertiser has an update of the Alabama Senate race, which mercifully comes to a close on Dec. 12.

Robert Dallek has a masterful new book, “Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life,” and he is here to talk about the successes and disappointments of the 32nd President.

And finally, we go back 50 years, remembering the seemingly quixotic decision by Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy to challenge President Lyndon Johnson for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination.

Music used in this podcast:

Pocahontas by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You by the Bee Gees

Accidents Will Happen by Elvis Costello

Franklin Roosevelt by Electric Needle Room

Gloria by U2

Eugene McCarthy for President by Peter, Paul, and Mary

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