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Does Franken's resignation signal a change in harassment culture?

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On Thursday, Sen. Al Franken announced his plans to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. 

Two other members of  Congress — Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Rep. John Conyers,D-Mich., — also announced their resignations this week in the face of sexual misconduct allegations.

Do these resignations and any others that follow simply indicate our political moment, or are they the next steps in a long-lasting cultural movement? 

MPR News host Kerri Miller talked with Kelly Dittmar, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden, and Julian E. Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University to learn more. 

Miller also ran through some recent listener letters with MPR News digital producer Nancy Yang.

Use the audio player above to hear the full segment.