I work on a daily show, meaning there’s rarely time for reflection and deep dives into a topic. But after producing several segments on the #metoo movement:
on our standards for politicians vs actors;
on relinquishing anonymity, and shame, years after reporting harassment;
on what it meant for our own love lives if aziz ansari assaulted that girl;
on a bygone understanding of consent;
on powerful abusers that pit communities against women;
and how to heal those communities;
and our part in supporting the art of abusive men;
and sexual harassment on Metro—
—at a certain point, I was exhausted. I’d burned out on triggering tales of sexual abuse and assault, and I still didn’t feel like we’d tackled the issue in a way that felt like enough.
So we decided to do a one-off show that incorporated hosts and reporters from around the station (which my coworkers cruelly refused to let me call A Very Special Episode).
The show looked at workplace culture, harassment, assault, activism, and consent from several angles. I served as showrunner/ringleader for the project.