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Wonking Week: Dirty Laundry

In this week’s audio newsletter, we discuss political missteps and the norms of masculinity. In addition, Emily Badger looks into Meredith Attwell Baker and reforming the FCC.

The embarrassed admission by Congressman Anthony Weiner of his Twitter indiscretions is the latest example of the problems that arise when power meets irresponsibility — especially among powerful male politicians. In this podcast — completed shortly before Weiner-gate broke — Wonking Week hosts Jessica Hilo and Tom Jacobs discuss the foibles of men of power and definitions of masculinity as presented on over the years.

In the second half of the podcast, Idea Lobby blogger Emily Badger talks about the Federal Communications Commission, which some have described as a broken federal regulator, especially in the wake of FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker's jump from government to a company she regulated the day before.

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Audio flourishes for this week’s Wonking Week podcast were drawn from:

- The outro to our discussion on masculinity was Don Henley’s Dirty Laundry drawn from YouTube.

- The outro to our discussion on the FCC was taken from an interview with Meredith Attwell Baker.

-  Intro and outro music for our podcast interview with Emily Badger was Time Traveling Musicianby Nickleus.

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