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Dr. Jill Stein Gets Personal: How a Health Scare Got Her Into Politics

During the first part of our interview, Dr. Jill Stein talked about promoting the Green Party platform, doing push-ups in jail and fighting for local food. The former presidential candidate for the Green Party in 2012 seemed like she had always been fearless.

But growing up, Stein considered herself to be a passive, so-called good girl. She was a high school student who strived to be well-behaved and pleasant, never one to directly challenge ideas or situations. She preferred to be involved in the equal rights movement for women and people of color and support ending the Vietnam War in the 1960s from the sidelines, not as a leader.

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