2.1.15: The Secret History Of Women In The Senate, Paid Maternity Leave, & The Origins Of Gatorade

Jan 30, 2015

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Male-only swimming pools, too few bathrooms, inappropriate sexual comments. On today’s Word of Mouth, the secret --- and not so honorable -- history of including women in the U.S. Senate

Then, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed paid maternity and sick leave. We’ll take an unfiltered look at the state of family leave in America.

Plus, we celebrate Superbowl Sunday with the curious history of one of the sports’ key beverages: Gatorade.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

The Secret History of Women in the Senate

    Lack of Paid Maternity Leave in the U.S.

  • Judith Barnett is a former senior government official and now a lawyer and consultant in international trade. She considers America’s unwillingness to provide women time off to have children an outrage and wrote about it for the Huffington Post. "An American Outrage: Having Babies on Sick Leave."

    Capturing That Once in a Life Time Photo

  • Rebecca Sheir brings us the story of a photographer on the front lines of childbirth.
  • You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.

History of Gatorade

  • Neil Amdur is the president and owner of the multimedia company, Amdur Productions and former sports editor for The New York Times. He co-directed, along with David Beilinson, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary on the history of Gatorade.
  • You can watch the documentary at this link: 30 for 30 Shorts: The Sweat Solution

    War on the Gridiron 

  • Historian David Wallace Adams tells the story of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team, who were successful on the field - but not always at dispelling stereotypes. This story comes to us from Brian Ballow, Ed Airs and Peter Onuff, hosts of the radio show Backstory With the American History Guys
  • You can listen to this story at PRX.org