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One Senator’s Decadeslong Fight for Universal Child Care

For years, Patty Murray was one of the few people in Congress talking about child care. Now she has a lot of company.


Episode Notes

Patty Murray began her career in the Senate pushing for a landmark piece of legislation: the Family and Medical Leave Act. Now, nearly 30 years later, she’s putting her weight behind a plan to grant universal access to affordable child care.

Guest: U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.