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.
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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 Miller-McCune.com 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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