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Nancy Pelosi To Step Down As House Speaker After Two Decades

Published November 18, 2022 at 9:07 AM PST
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Announces She's Stepping Down From Party Leadership Role
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers remarks from the House Chambers of the U.S. Capitol Building on November 17, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Nancy Pelosi To Step Down As House Speaker After Two Decades

Pelosi Stepping Down 11.18.22

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress, making way for a new generation to steer the party after Democrats lost control of the House to Republicans in the midterm elections.

Pelosi announced in a spirited speech on the House floor that she will step aside after leading Democrats for nearly 20 years and in the aftermath of the brutal attack on her husband, Paul, last month in their San Francisco home. The California Democrat, who rose to become the nation’s only woman to wield the speaker’s gavel, said she would remain in Congress as the representative from San Francisco, a position she has held for 35 years, when the new Congress convenes in January. It’s an unusual choice for a party leader to stay on after withdrawing from congressional leadership, but Pelosi has long defied convention in pursuing power in Washington. Joining guest host Austin Cross to discuss is Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME Magazine and author of “Pelosi” (Henry Holt and Co., 2020).

With files from the Associated Press 

What Can The Musk-Twitter Saga Tell Us About His ‘Fanboys’ & Male Fandom?

Fanboys & Elon Musk 11.18.22

Fanboys, as a social construct, can be a real social force in the world around us. A recent example of such has been Elon Musk’s rise on the internet, having reached its potential climax with his purchase of Twitter. With many layoffs and resulting technical issues resulting from his transition into power, its led folks to criticize the billionaire and that led to folks shamelessly defending Musk, having even gone after a fictitious employee in the process. So what’s groups of men to defend folks like Musk, who are in significantly different social and economic classes as them?

Today on AirTalk, we dig into the concept and complexities of male fandom with Efrén Pérez, professor of political science & psychology at UCLA.

Following The Death Of Bush, 9/11 Speechwriter Michael Gerson, A Debate And Speech Expert Explains What Makes A Great Presidential Scribe

Gerson Obit & Presidential Speeches 11.18.22

This week, former George W. Bush chief speechwriter turned Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson died, he was 58 years old. Gerson was the ghostwriter behind some of the most influential Bush speeches of the early 00s, and was also a trusted adviser and confidant. He wrote the president’s speeches in the wake of 9/11, and was charged with crafting addresses that would console a nation in mourning and prepare it for what would become the Iraq War. He even coined the term “Axis of Evil.” Gerson himself told the New York Times in 2006 those speeches were among his favorites he wrote while in the White House.

Speeches and addresses are key to the success of any U.S. president -- they can be used not only as major drivers of policy but also in times of crisis to unite a nation that is hurting or divided. Whether a president is trying to get buy-in on a policy proposal or playing the role of healer-in-chief, having a top-notch writer who can say what they want to say, but better, can be the difference between gaining and losing support when it matters most.

Today on AirTalk, we’re talking with University of Michigan Director of Debate Aaron Kall, who has written several books on presidential addresses and speeches.

New LAist Essay Series “Being American” Features Southern Californians Sharing Their Search For Belonging, In Their Own Words

Being American Series Release 11.18.22

What does it mean to be “American?”

The answer depends on who you ask. And as KPCC/LAist immigrant communities correspondent Leslie Berestein-Rojas discovered a few years ago when she was editing the LAist essay series “Race In L.A.,” many immigrants here in Los Angeles said they felt a sense of never being seen as “American” enough, even if their families had lived here for generations.

So, Leslie decided to dig deeper into some of these questions about what it means to be “American” and who it belongs to here in Los Angeles. To do it, she decided to crowdsource essays once again from members of the community to try and capture not only the immigrant experience, but this idea of belonging in Los Angeles.

Today on AirTalk, Leslie is with guest host Austin Cross today to talk about the new essay series, “Being American,” the first of which is out today at

You can read the essays that guest host Austin Cross contributed to “Race In L.A.” by clicking here and here.

FilmWeek: ‘She Said,’ ‘The Menu,’ ‘Bones And All’ And More

FW Reviews 11.18.22

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Wade Major review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

John Horn’s Interview about SHE SAID with actor Zoe Kazan

FW Feature 11.18.22

In 2017, New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey wrote an article about their investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s long history of sexual assaults. Along with Ronan Farrow’s work in the New Yorker, Kantor and Twohey helped launch the Me Too movement. The new film ‘She Said’ chronicles Kantor’s and Twohey’s investigation that eventually led to Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction in New York, with Carey Mulligan as Twohey and Zoe Kazan as Kantor. KPCC’s John Horn spoke with Kazan about the film and her own history of speaking out against sexual harrassment in Hollywood.

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