Podcast Looks At Gender In Politics


WNYC Studios has launched the third season of its acclaimed podcast The United States of Anxiety, with an examination of gender in American politics and the wave of women working to dismantle male power structures with the 2018 midterm elections.

A record number of women are running for office this election season, and many more will play pivotal roles as activists, organizers, and voters. As Democrats ride a wave of activism and seek to take over the House, The United States of Anxiety will explore if and how their efforts will change anything in a country where power remains concentrated in the hands of white men.

The series will chronicle the experiences of women candidates and citizens who are getting involved in the civic process across the nation, and also profile the lives and careers of women who led political movements throughout our nation’s history.

The United States of Anxiety is hosted by Kai Wright and features reporting from various WNYC contributors.

“In 2016, the ‘women’s vote’ was not as unified as many thought or hoped it would be, with 53 percent of white women voting for the Trump presidency,” said Wright. “Two years later, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the conventional wisdom is that there will be a ‘wave’ election of women of all backgrounds who are no longer taking male power for granted. In this season of ‘United States of Anxiety,’ we’re seeing an electorate call into question who this democracy serves and whether men still have a singular claim to power in American politics.”

The first two episodes of the third season of The United States of Anxiety are available now at wnycstudios.org, Apple Podcasts, and all other platforms.

New episodes will be released weekly through mid-November. Topics will include: