Background Briefing: November 27, 2018 – Shirley Jahad sits in for Ian Masters


More Manafort Lies Mean No More Plea Bargain

First we look into the latest developments in the Mueller investigation. Prosecutors are cutting up a plea deal with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort saying he was still lying even after he started cooperating in the Russia investigation and will be sentenced soon. Dan Friedman, who covers foreign influence and national security for Mother Jones, talks with us about the Mueller investigation as well reports that Manafort met with Wikileaks’ Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London


How to Keep Trump’s Lies Out of Your Head

Then we attempt to retrain journalist to cover this President. We have a conversation with linguist George Lakoff about when to call a lie a lie, how lies or false statements stick in peoples’ heads and the best way to serve up the truth.


“American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts”

Then finally, with a wave of lawsuits coming against the pharmaceutical industry 20 years after prescription opioids were first marketed, we speak with Guardian reporter Chris McGreal about his new book, American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts.