This week we bring you a special show about women finding their voices in the midterm election.
For the past few months, we've been bringing you stories of four women running for office for the first time. They've been recording audio diaries of themselves for our series The Long Run. Today we bring you their final check-ins from the campaign trail.
As we wrap up our series The Long Run, we also listen in on a conversation between two other candidates, Barbara Leary and Samantha Parcher. They're both single moms. Barbara is a retired nurse practitioner running for City Council in Folsom, in Sacramento County. Samantha a millennial, a high school teacher running for a seat on the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors, in El Dorado County.
Hotel Workers Facing Sexual Harassment Push for Panic Buttons
Blanca Smith works in room service at the Hilton Hotel next to the Oakland Airport. Some of the guests have harassed her. She says she’s been traumatized by some of the things they’ve done, like flashing her, and opening the door naked. She says it can be so painful that she doesn’t know if it’s worth it to keep working. But she does. And now she’s pushing for a ballot measure that would require panic buttons for hotel staff in Oakland. KALW’s Holly McDede and Kristin McCandless tell us about what inspired this hotel worker to demand more protection from assault.
Golden State Plate: The Story of the Martini, Straight Up, With a Twist
By now, some of us may need a break from all these political stories. How about a Martini? The cocktail is iconic. There's James Bond, the glass it’s served in, those neon signs in front of old school bars. It even has its own emoji. But where the drink was invented, how it got its name, even what it’s made of — that’s where it gets muddled. For our series, Golden State Plate, Bianca Taylor tells us more.