Adapted and Directed by Rachel Karp
George: Gracie, coming down to the studio today I saw a big banner saying, “Send Gracie to Washington.” What does this mean?
Gracie: Well, George, I’ll let you in on a secret. I’m running for president.
George: But in the entire history of the United States, there’s never been a woman president.
Gracie: Yeah, isn’t that exciting? I’ll be the first one. br>
In 1940, a famous comedienne by the name of Gracie led one of the greatest radio pranks of all time: a “run” for president of the United States. It’s in the Bag puts together highlights of Gracie’s prank with the lowlights from the dozens of real campaigns women have run for U.S. President. Old time radio soundstage magic, classic and contemporary misogyny, and a whole lot of campaign pins prick through decades of U.S. political noise to ask: how long will a woman running for president still be just a joke?