Rep. Mark Pocan On Proposed Congressional Ethics Changes, Women In Romantic Comedies, The Agenda For The 115th Congress

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The 115th Congress was sworn in Tuesday. Republicans have a majority in the House, Senate, and executive branches. Analysts are calling the Congressional priorities the most sweeping conservative agenda in decades. We talk to a political reporter about this agenda and what issues Republicans are still arguing about. We also discuss how, despite happy endings, the romantic comedy genre may actually be undermining women. And we talk to U.S. Representative Mark Pocan about a proposed change to Congressional ethics.

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Episode Credits

  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Mark Pocan Guest
  • Megan Garber Guest
  • Amanda Terkel Guest

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