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A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

Renee Shaw talks with Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's Republican senior senator and minority leader in the U.S. Senate, about vaccine hesitancy, President Biden's proposed jobs and infrastructure plans, police reform, the teaching of systemic racism and more.
S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere: 5.9.21

Kentucky's Senior Senator on the New President, the Pandemic, and His Political Future

Last November, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell easily won a seventh term in office representing Kentucky.

But the then-Senate Majority Leader found a very different political landscape in the weeks that followed as Republicans lost not only the White House but control of the Senate. Along the way, the nation also watched an insurrection against the U.S. Capitol that was fueled by conspiracy theories President Donald Trump spread about the election results.

Even though McConnell said the president “provoked” and was “morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 attack, he voted against impeaching Trump.

Now as polling continues to show that a majority of Republicans believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen, McConnell wants to move on from the former president.

“I’m focusing now as the Republican leader of the Senate in unifying our conference against what I think has been demonstrated so far to be the most left-wing administration of my time in the Senate,” he says.

Concerns about Federal Spending

On the heels of passing his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, President Joe Biden has outlined plans for a massive infrastructure bill and an expansion of the family safety net, which would total about $4 trillion combined.

After voting to spend trillions in COVID relief last year, McConnell now questions the need for additional stimulus packages with the pandemic on the wane.

“Based on the pandemic, we now have a national debt the size of our economy for the first time since World War II,” says the senator. “There’s a role for government but to me there’s a dramatic difference between a 100-year pandemic and how you should react to that, and business as usual.”

The senator says the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that passed in March without a single Republican vote was “wildly expensive and unrelated to the needs of country.” He says only 10 percent of the $1.9 trillion package went to COVID-related vaccines and health care. McConnell contends such profligate federal spending is creating two problems: inflation and people staying out of the workforce so they can collect jobless benefits.

The Republican leader also criticizes the Biden Administration’s infrastructure plan for spending on items not generally considered infrastructure, including school buildings and home health care.

“What we’ve got here… is what could best be described as a bait and switch called infrastructure but much bigger with a whole laundry list of other things,” he says.

Then there’s Biden’s desire to raise the corporate tax rate to pay for the infrastructure bill. McConnell says the pre-pandemic economy was “rocking” thanks to the 2017 Republican tax cuts. He says any plan to now raise those taxes will guarantee GOP opposition.

Infrastructure, Policing, Voting, and Vaccinations

McConnell says he expects Democrats to try to pass the infrastructure bill through the 50-50- split Senate. While the Senate Democratic conference remained united in support of the ARPA, McConnell says that bond may not hold for the infrastructure package and other bills.

“I think they’ll find the sledding going forward more challenging,” he says. “I hope the result of that will be that they’ll decide to operate in the center where we’re prepared to do business.”

If the infrastructure plan fails, McConnell says Republicans are open to discussing a compromise. Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia has proposed a plan that focuses on traditional transportation infrastructure totaling $570 billion. McConnell says that would be funded through gas taxes and user fees such as tolls.

As for other issues, the Republican leader says he hopes lawmakers can reach an agreement on a police reform bill. He says Sen. Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, is working with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Democratic California Congresswoman Karen Bass to find a compromise on qualified immunity for police officers. McConnell says that without that protection it will become increasingly difficult to attract new recruits to law enforcement.

“So that is the last really challenging issue,” he says. “How do you improve policing and still have police?”

While he’s optimistic on police reforms, McConnell says he opposes the voting and elections reform legislation proposed by Democrats. The Senator calls the For the People Act a “horrible bill” that he says he will do everything he can to block.

“It’s a vast federal takeover of all American elections,” says McConnell. “They want to take public money and spend it on political campaigns… for people you don’t support.”

There is one area where McConnell agrees with President Biden: The need for all Americans to get a COVID vaccination.

But 40 percent of Republicans say they don’t plan to get vaccinated, according to recent polling. And it’s not just men. McConnell some women are also hesitant to take the vaccine because of social media rumors that say it could interfere with fertility.

While people continue to debate the need to wear face masks at this stage of the pandemic, McConnell says there is no doubt that the COVID vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary.

“I think we’re in a really complicated phase on the mask part,” he says. “What is not complicated is we need to get shots in arms. Every American who’s eligible needs to do that.”

Slavery and American History

The Republican drew criticism for his recent comment that 1619, the year the first enslaved people arrived in America, is not an important date in the nation’s history. McConnell joined other Republican senators in signing a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona protesting a proposed Biden Administration rule that public schools address systemic racism in their curricula. They contend such teaching would be “divisive.”

“I think we all have a pretty good agreement about the nature of our original sin and the steps we’ve taken to try to get past it,” he says, “all of which is an important part of any objective analysis of the history of the country.”

Instead of highlighting the year 1619, McConnell suggests history studies focus on 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 1787, when the U.S Constitution was signed, the Civil War years of 1861-1865, and 1964 and 1965, when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act respectively.

“I think a better job is to stick to the traditional view of the development of this country and how we’ve tried to improve and improve and improve our relationships with regard to race over the years,” he says.

Looking to 2022 and Beyond

Now 79 years old, the senator has faced questions about his future in Washington. Speculation increased after McConnell worked with state Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) on a bill to change how Kentucky governors fill a vacancy in a U.S. Senate seat.

Under the bill passed earlier this year by the Republican-dominated state legislature, governors can no longer select any person to fill a seat left open by the death or resignation of a senator. Now governors must select a temporary replacement from a list of three people provided by the executive committee of the political party of the departing senator.

McConnell acknowledges that Republicans took advantage of their supermajorities in the state House of Representatives and Senate to craft and pass the bill. Democrats decried the measure as another effort by state Republicans to strip power from Gov. Andy Beshear. The Democrat vetoed the bill, but lawmakers overrode his veto.

“This came about because I’d been watching over the years how vacancies were filled and thought this was a better way to do it,” McConnell says. “I understand why the governor didn’t like it. I wouldn’t either if I had been in his shoes.”

Even with the new legislation in place, McConnell says he has no plans to step down from Senate leadership or the seat he has held since 1985.

“I’m still in the height of my career,” he says. “I’m at the top of my game, I enjoy the confidence of my colleagues.”

Despite the debate roiling Republicans about former President Donald Trump and his role in the future of the GOP, McConnell says he is focused on the 2022 midterm contests and restoring GOP majorities in Congress.

“I think the ’22 election is not going to be about what Republicans may be saying about each other, but rather how the American people feel about the performance of the new administration,” says McConnell.

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Carol Peachee - S12 E46

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Renee speaks with journalist Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic and other books. A reporter for almost 30 years, Quinones lived and worked as a freelance writer in Mexico and is a former reporter for the LA Times.

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Kristin Ashford - Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy - S13 E2

Renee speaks with Kristin Ashford, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing whose research focuses on prenatal care and interventions aimed at preventing/ending tobacco use and illicit drugs. The program features a young woman who's participating in "Get Fit and Quit" recovery/smoking cessation program that is a partnership between the UK College of Nursing, Chrysalis House (a treatment center for women), and the YMCA. Part of KET's on-going initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Renee speaks with Tameka Montgomery, who was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs.

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Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

Renee Shaw talks with restaurateur and culinary artist Ouita Michel about her first cookbook, Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from Our Favorite Places, which features some favorite recipes of her restaurant patrons.

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Psychologist Julie Cerel

Renee Shaw and psychologist Julie Cerel, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, discuss grief and mental health challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao - S13 E4

Renee sits down with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for a wide-ranging, one-on-one interview. Filmed at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, Chao discusses the U.S. Department of Transportation's involvement in emergency response and rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans to address the nation's transportation infrastructure, and other issues.

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Steve Beshear - S13 E5

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discusses his new book, People Over Politics, that covers the tests and triumphs of his administration from 2007-2015. He talks about embracing the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid in Kentucky, his philosophical evolution on same-sex marriage, his unsuccessful struggle with advancing expanded gambling, the persistent plight of funding public employee pensions, among other issues.

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Gordon Hamlin - S13 E7

Renee's guest Gordon Hamlin, president of Pro Bono Public Pensions and a retired attorney, offers ideas about how to fix Kentucky's ailing public pension systems. Hamlin recommends that Kentucky transition to a shared risk pension plan: longer working careers, elimination of cost of living adjustments, and transition to career average formula.

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Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - S13 E8

Renee Shaw discusses youth suicide prevention with Julie Cerel, a professor, licensed clinical psychologist, and president of the American Association of Suicidology. She also talks with Courtney Parr, who shares her powerful and inspiring journey to better mental health.

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Health Issues - Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. Addia Wuchner - S13 E10

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams and State Rep. Addia Wuchner, chairs of the Senate Health and Welfare and House Health and Family Services committees, respectively, discuss upcoming health care issues that will be addressed during the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly.

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Good Samaritans - Surgery on Sunday; Bluegrass Families First and One Parent Scholar House - S13 E12

Lexington plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Moore talks about Surgery on Sunday, providing outpatient essential surgical services at no cost to income-eligible, uninsured or underinsured individuals. Then, Kelly Duffy talks about Bluegrass Families First (BFF), a non-profit that provides opportunities for early childhood development, adult education, and other services helping Lexington families move toward self-sufficiency. BFF supports three organizations: The Family Care Center; The Nest Center for Women, Children, and Families; and One Parent Scholar House. Mirsada Simic talks about One Parent Scholar House and its Child Development Center with a 5-star curriculum program.

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Sexual Harassment Issues - Consultant Rus Funk - S13 E14

Renee's guest is Rus Funk, a consultant on gender equity, anti-racism, and violence prevention. He serves on the board of the National Center on Sexual and Domestic Violence. Funk talks about the spate of sexual harassment charges that have dominated news headlines and offers advice on helping men learn how to modify their behavior to create a professional and respectful work environment.

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Silas House - S13 E16

Novelist, activist, and educator Silas House discusses his book to be released later this year that focuses on parenthood, his work as an advocate for environmental and gender equity causes, and other topics.

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DV8 Kitchen - S13 E17

Renee visits DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant and bakery in Lexington that provides second chance employment opportunities for people in substance recovery who are trying to redirect their lives. She speaks with Rob and Diane Perez about their vision for the restaurant and its support from the community. Renee also talks with employees at the eatery to hear their stories of recovery and how DV8 Kitchen helps them.

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Gerald Smith - S13 E20

Dr. Gerald Smith, a history professor at the University of Kentucky and co-editor of The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, joins Renee to discuss race relations in honor of Black History Month. Topics include activism around removing Confederate statues, the status of black leadership in Kentucky, and Dr. Smith's thoughts on the needed response from the faith-based community in eradicating racism.

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Educational Innovation - S13 E21

Educational innovation in the mountains is leading to a teaching and learning renaissance in southeast Kentucky. Renee and her guests, Dr. Dessie Bowling, associate director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and Rose Shields, rural project manager for the Center for Excellence in Rural Health at the University of Kentucky, discuss recent innovative education practices in the region.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - S13 E23

Connections remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Renee speaks with organizers of a commemorative event in Frankfort and shares highlights from speeches at the MLK Memorial March to Move.

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Child Marriage Laws in Kentucky - Donna Pollard - S13 E24

Renee speaks with Donna Pollard, a child marriage survivor and founder of Survivors' Corner, who has become the ambassador for changing child marriage laws in Kentucky with the passage of Senate Bill 48 that was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on March 29, 2018. SB 48 raises the legal age to marry to 18 in Kentucky with some exceptions.

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Kosair Charities Face It Movement; Terry Brooks - S13 E25

In part one, Renee speaks with Keith Inman with Kosair Charities and Dr. Jennifer Green, University of Louisville Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow about Kosair Charities Face It Movement that provides resources for parents and caregivers on child abuse. In part two, Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, talks about legislation passed in the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly that benefits children and families.

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Dr. Donna Grigsby - S13 E28

Renee speaks with Lexington pediatrician Dr. Donna Grigsby about early childhood brain development and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on cognitive and physical health. Dr. Grigsby discusses how to develop literacy skills in young children.

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Criminal Justice Reform - Cherise Fanno Burdeen - S13 E34

Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), talks about her organization's mission to reduce incarceration rates and their efforts to reform the bail system.

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Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy - S13 E35

Renee speaks with filmmaker Tiffany Webb, whose documentary, Voice of the Epilepsies, chronicles the story of a young girl living with epilepsy and her family's determination to treat the seizure disorder. Webb also discusses her own experience of being diagnosed with epilepsy.

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Tiffany Manuel - Affordable Housing - S13 E42

Renee's guest is Dr. Tiffany Manuel, vice president of knowledge, impact, and strategy at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., where she drives the collection and dissemination of data and information from within Enterprise and across the affordable housing industry through innovative solutions. She discusses affordable housing.

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Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health and Wellness - S13 E43

Renee speaks with Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. Timmerman discusses her organization's work to help those suffering from mental illness find effective treatment.

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Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

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Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

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Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

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Kentucky Authors - Prisha Hedau; Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

  • Saturday June 12, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

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David Thompson - S12 E11

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Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

  • Monday May 31, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Christopher 2X

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Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

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Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

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Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

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Terrence Walton - S11 E38

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Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

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Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

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Jason Merrick - S11 E35

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Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

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Dr. Lynne Saddler - S11 E33

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

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Cynthia Knapek

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Scott Hesseltine - S11 E32

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Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

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Season 16 Episodes

Psychologist Julie Cerel

S16 E31 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 6.13.21

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 6.6.21

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

S16 E29 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5.16.21

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5.9.21

Cynthia Knapek of Louisville Leadership Center

S16 E27 Length 27:35 Premiere Date 5.1.21

Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

S16 E26 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 4.24.21

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Sharon Price

S16 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4.18.21

Chef and Activist Dan Wu

S16 E24 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4.11.21

EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

S16 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 4.3.21

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

S16 E22 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 3.28.21

Authors Prisha Hedau, Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

S16 E21 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 3.21.21

Charles Booker

S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 3.14.21

Mental Health and COVID-19

S16 E19 Length 28:39 Premiere Date 2.14.21

Community Activist Christopher 2X

S16 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 2.7.21

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson

S16 E17 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.31.21

A Mission to End Institutional Racism in Kentucky

S16 E16 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.24.21

Celebrating the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

S16 E15 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 1.17.21

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

S16 E14 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 1.10.21

Caroline Randall Williams

S16 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 12.20.20

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

S16 E12 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 12.13.20

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.22.20

Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry

S16 E10 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 11.15.20

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

S16 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 11.8.20

Terrance Sullivan

S16 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.1.20

2020 Election Preview with Colmon Elridge and Tres Watson

S16 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10.25.20

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

S16 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10.18.20

Nana Ama Aya Bullock and Muriel Harris

S16 E5 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 10.11.20

Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

S16 E4 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10.4.20

Fabian Alvarez, Leyda Becker and Mercedes Harn

S16 E3 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 9.27.20

Devine Carama; Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton

S16 E2 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 9.20.20

Marsha Weinstein

S16 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9.11.20

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