Susan Page On Pelosi, Trump and the Washington Establishment: 1A: NPR

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer / Getty Images hide subtitles

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

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For decades, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has cast a long and influential shadow over Washington and Democratic politics.

Her father was the mayor of a major city and her mother was its political organizer. But Pelosi didn’t run until she was 46, when most of her five children were kicked out of the nest.

As the first woman to serve as House Speaker, she took over the establishment to which she now belongs. She privately planned her retirement until Donald Trump became president. In a new biography, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief and New York Times best-selling author Susan Page records this titanic collision.

Susan Page speaks to us about this political struggle and the years before that she prepared for it.

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