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Nancy Pelosi’s Legacy

What the strongest speaker of the House of the modern era got right … and wrong.


Episode Notes

Villainized by the right, protested from the left, Nancy Pelosi led the Democrats through the Iraq war, the fight for Obamacare, and two impeachments. As Congress resumes, she will step down from leading the House Democrats, leaving behind a complicated legacy—and a list of hard-fought accomplishments.

Guest: Rachael Bade, political analyst for CNN and the co-author of Politico’s Playbook newsletter.

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Podcast production by Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, and Madeline Ducharme, with help from Anna Phillips, Tori Dominguez, and Jared Downing.


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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.