Senate So White

Episode #71

Senate So White

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You wouldn’t know how diverse the United States is from looking at our government. This is an issue that affects members of Congress as well as their staff. Take the Senate. Of the 100 senators in the current session, only one has an African-American chief of staff. Michele Jawando, vice president of Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress, and Pat Collier, director of Government Affairs at CAP—both former Senate staffers—join the show to talk about why Senate diversity matters. Then, what is the role of the media in the age of Trump? Judd Legum, founder and editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress, joins to discuss. But first, Brandon Tensley and Greg Kaufmann bring us up to speed on what’s been going on this week in poverty.

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Michele Jawando: @MicheleJawando
Pat Collier: @PCIV
Judd Legum: @JuddLegum
Brandon Tensley: @BrandonTensley
Greg Kaufmann: @GregKaufmann