Correction: In the original 2014 broadcast of this episode, Act Two contained a factual error. Former Sen. Alan Simpson originally said in this story that Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas watched pornographic movies together. During the Clarence Thomas hearings, Anita Hill testified that Thomas described scenes from pornographic movies to her. They did not watch pornography together. We have cut Senator Simpson's incorrect statement from the story and removed it from the transcript.
Reporter Anna Sale tells the story of the high profile politician who came to her with an issue that had nothing to do with politics and nothing to do with him. Instead it had everything to do with Anna and the state of her love life. A version of this story appears on Anna's podcast Death, Sex and Money, produced by WNYC. (16 minutes)
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt talks to her 13 year old sister Maya about Maya’s most important friendship to date. In fact, it’s her first real friendship. Chana’s mom and partner — Maya’s parents — have always known that their daughter wasn’t your average girl. But they weren’t worried about that. They were worried that Maya should have a friend. And now that she’s found one, the only question is, for how long? (18 minutes)