Episode 129 talks about the historic Alabama Senate race result, the future of the #MeToo movement, whether gray areas exist in sexual harassment, and the suddenly viral short story, "Cat Person." Above, some of Trump's accusers. Monica Schipper / Getty Images


This is our last episode of the year—we’ll be back in your earbuds on January 3!—so we gave you a little extra in this one. Settle in.

First: Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Rich Smith look into the historic victory for Democrat Doug Jones in deep red Alabama. What does it mean for the left as we all barrel toward the 2018 midterms? And what do the Alabama exit polls tell us about the kind of Democratic coalition it takes to win tough races?

Second: Sydney Brownstone is back to talk about how much credit the #MeToo movement deserves for the stunning Alabama result. Along the way, Sydney also gets into a fascinating back-and-forth with Dan over whether there are any “gray areas” in workplace sexual harassment and what, exactly, a boss should do if she wants to have a respectful, consensual, non-coercive relationship with a subordinate. Don't miss this conversation.

Finally: Rich Smith takes us through “Cat Person,” the short story that did something short stories never do. It went viral. Bigly.

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.