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This was originally published on November 5, 2018. We’re republishing it now for obvious reasons. Have you read the news today? (p.s. this year’s Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival is just around the corner. Do you have your tickets yet?)- ed.

Jonathan Van Ness recorded 2 live episodes of his hit Earwolf podcast GETTING CURIOUS right here in Washington D.C., live during our very magical Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival

His first guest was Mara Keisling, founder and director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, who joined Jonathan to discuss how allies can help trans rights,  and his second one was Nancy Pelosi.

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Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 115th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history.

For 30 years, Leader Pelosi has represented San Francisco, in Congress. She has led House Democrats for more than 12 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip.

Leader Pelosi joined Jonathan live on stage at the Bentzen Ball in Washington DC last weekend to talk about some of the exciting female and LGBTQ candidates fighting to flip the house and senate in Tuesday’s midterm election. (TOMORROW!)

She shares some of her own experiences as a woman in politics, her insights on what needs to change in the country and how voters and even those being denied a vote can help make that happen.

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE, courtesy of our festival partners STITCHER

and enjoy some photos from the festival w/ Nancy and Jonathan here and here. (courtesy of Jeff Martin and Nicholas Karlin for Brightest Young Things // Bentzen Ball)

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