The Pandemic’s Toll On Mothers, A Proposal For Ranked-Choice Voting In Wisconsin

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In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan’s father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. Seth Wenig/AP Photo

A writer, and mother, discusses why a lot of moms are feeling — as data suggests — like failures during the pandemic. We talk about some causes, and some ways to reassure people of the great job they’re doing. Then a Democratic and a Republican Wisconsin state lawmaker tell us about the proposal they’re sponsoring that would establish ranked-choice voting in the state.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Jennifer Senior Guest
  • Dale Kooyenga Guest
  • Sen. Jeff Smith Guest

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