00:00:00 | 3:02:50




If a city councilman voted against a new sports arena, would he be attacked because he's "a man?" We all know the answer. But, since five women council members voted that way in Seattle, they've been subjected to an onslaught of online attacks, leading to fear of violence -- because of their gender. Does that explain why so few women ever stand for election? 

Later on the program, in Venezuela, failure to prepare for the oil-price decline has led to economic and public health crises. Hospitals can't keep babies alive, and the political opposition faces armed repression by a government on the verge of collapse. 

Photo: Supporters in the lower bowl of CenturyLink Field, April 11, 2009. (Photo by Luis Antonio Rodríguez Ochoa)

Congress Weighs Emergency Zika Funding 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Oncoming summer weather is expected to increase the incidence of the Zika virus in the United States. That’s the mosquito-borne disease that can produce severe birth defects. The White House is fighting with both houses of Congress over how much should be spent on research and prevention. Stephanie Armour covers healthcare policy for the Wall Street Journal.

Stephanie Armour, Wall Street Journal (@StephArmour1)

Women Leaders and Sexist Trolls in the Age of The Donald 33 MIN, 33 SEC

The Seattle City Council’s five-woman majority said "no" to a land use deal that might – or might not -- have attracted a new sports arena. Their decision provoked a misogynist online backlash from "go back to the kitchen," to "rot in hell" to threats of physical violence. Even Samantha Bee took note on her TBS show Full Frontal.

They’re hardly the only women leaders facing vicious attacks on email and social media — because of their gender. Does this explain why so few women are willing to run for office… from City Hall to the White House?

Lorena González, Seattle City Council (@CMLGonzalez)
Erica Barnett, feminist, urbanist and political observer (@ericacbarnett)
Lindy West, writer on feminism and comedy (@thelindywest)
Nancy L. Cohen, historian and author (@nancylcohen)

Seattle Citywomen's Seattle Times op-ed in response to hateful voices
Barnett on bar complaint against pro-arena misognyist
West on confronting her cruellest troll
West's 'Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman'
Cohen on why women should vote for women


Nancy L. Cohen

Venezuela on the Brink of Collapse 9 MIN, 54 SEC

In Venezuela, an economic crisis is causing a public health crisis and President Nicolas Maduro has imposed a state of emergency amid real concern that his government is on the verge of collapse. Nicholas Casey is in Caracas, reporting for the New York Times.

Photo: President Nicolas Maduro (Agencia de Noticias ANDES)

Nicholas Casey, New York Times (@caseysjournal)
Shannon O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations (@shannonkoneil)

Subscribe to the 5 Things To Do newsletter

Never miss the best of what to do with your free time.


More From To the Point



View All Events


Player Embed Code