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As more women are speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace and beyond, women in the media industry — specifically, television news — are sharing their stories of how they’ve been harassed by viewers. It’s a pervasive problem, with women discussing how the men and women who watch them make inappropriate comments about their appearances, clothing, personalities, and more. Anchors and reporters say the comments are offensive, disgusting, and racist.

We’re joined by local reporters who share what they’ve experienced. Our guests:

As more women across the country feel empowered to share their experiences of being sexual harassed or sexually assaulted -- often in the workplace -- some people are asking the question, "What could detail the #MeToo movement?" A piece in the Daily Beast addresses that and offers a warning. We discuss it with our guests:

  • Vanessa Cheeks, reporter for Open Mic Roc
  • Erin-Kate Howard, co-founder of Lady Parts Theatre Company
  • Kelsey Claire Hagen, comedian

Roger Ailes is out as the head of Fox News, and his fall was precipitated by a sexual harassment suit from former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. After Carlson's allegations surfaced, many Fox News employees rallied to defend Ailes, but when current star anchor Megyn Kelly reportedly made her own allegations, the floodgates opened. More women came forward. Fox News responded by publishing glowing handwritten notes from Carlson, while Ailes' allies pointed out that Kelly has repeatedly praised Ailes over the years. Even Donald Trump implied that the women alleging harassment are ungrateful.

So for those who wonder why an employee can suffer harassment and still praise the harasser, we discuss what sexual harassment victims commonly go through. Our guests:

  • Beth Cordello, employment law attorney with Pullano & Farrow
  • Jack Tuckner, attorney focusing on women's rights in the workplace, and founding partner of one of the first firms to focus its practice on workplace gender rights