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In this holiday rerun, I brought back some of the best interviews of the year. First, Representative Lauren Underwood of Illinois (pictured above) on her personal and professional connection to the maternal health crisis, and what she thinks politicians can and should do about it. Author Carmen Maria Machado shared how her gay memoir found itself at the center of a controversy in a Texas school district over what to teach students. Educator Lydia X.Z. Brown explained their perspective working within and without institutions as an activist in the disability justice movement. On Sippin’ the Political Tea, I discussed how moms are faring with their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the co-hosts of The Double Shift podcast, Angela Garbes and Katherine Goldstein.