Al Franken on his book Giant of the Senate.

Al Franken on the Humorlessness of the Senate  

Al Franken on the Humorlessness of the Senate  

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June 2 2017 8:32 PM

You Can’t Say That, Mr. Senator

Guest host Zoe Chace talks to Al Franken about jokes you can’t say out loud in Washington.

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Sen. Al Franken and Gist guest host Zoe Chace.

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In 2008, Al Franken was elected to the United States Senate. Since then, he’s become a well-respected member of the upper chamber. But he hasn’t lost his keen eye for satire. After the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, “I wanted to release a thing saying, ‘Mr. Franken is very happy, but he thinks Justice Scalia’s dissent was very gay,’ ” he tells guest host Zoe Chace. “My team told me I couldn’t do that.” Franken is the author of a new book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.

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Zoe Chace is a producer on This American Life. Before that, she was a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money team, as well as an NPR producer.