20 minutes | May 30, 2019

When the vice president took on a sitcom character

In May 1992, the TV character Murphy Brown gave birth to a baby boy. The following day, Vice President Dan Quayle publicly blamed Brown for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice." But Murphy Brown wasn’t the first single mom on TV, or the first pregnant character to wrestle with whether to have a baby. Other shows tackled more controversial issues like abortion decades earlier. We look back at the feud between a sitcom character and a real politician to find out what that fight tells us about our culture, in 1992 and today.Music credits:Reach Out by James CopperthwaiteMurphy Brown Theme by Steve DorffVoyage (A) by by Jon Lorca and Peter James QuineyA Most Quiet Season by Richard BoneRue Montclare (A) by Joe Henson, Alexis Leon Smith, and Reinould Willem Rutger FordWhen in the West by Landsman Duets (from Blue Dot Sessions)Two Dollar Token by Warmbody (from Blue Dot Sessions)Kitten by Podington BearConstructions (B) by John Devereuax Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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