Wisconsin Special Election Legal Order Update, African American Women Running For Office, Cooking With Maple Syrup

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Although nineteen African American women hold seats in Congress, a new report shows that black women are still underrepresented. We talk with the co-founder of the organization that issued the report. We also talk with a chef who has some ideas for maple syrup cooking outside of the usual pancake plate, and discuss a judge’s order on special elections to fill two state legislative seats in Wisconsin.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Shawn Johnson Guest
  • Scott Gordon Guest
  • Glynda Carr Guest
  • Casey Elsass Guest

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