Why Beauty and Politics Are So Hard To Marry

Oct 4, 2013

Earlier this week, NBC announced it was cancelling its miniseries on Hillary Clinton. Diane Lane, above, was reportedly cast in the role of the First Lady.
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As Slate embarks on a quixotic search for the "most beautiful woman in the world," The Nose will examine how feminine beauty plays a role in American politics. Earlier this week, a U.S. Representative from Indiana dissed a CNN anchor saying, "You're beautiful, but you have to be honest."

And as Hillary Clinton gears up for a visit to Yale this weekend, we'll revisit the implications of a question posed by writer Anna Brand earlier this year, "Is Diane Lane Too Sexy For Hillary?" (On Monday, NBC announced it was killing their proposed Hillary Clinton miniseries.)

Later in the show, a government gone dormant and our panelists give you their endorsements.

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  • Irene Papoulis - Professor, Trinity College
  • Rand Richards Cooper - Writer, Food Critic
  • Heath Fahle - Deputy Director, Yankee Institute for Public Policy