April 26, 2018

What Changed Between the First and Second Trials of Bill Cosby?
A Psychiatrist Assesses Trump’s Unhinged Rant on Fox and Friends
How the DCCC Does Triage Revealed in a Secret Tape
Program Notes

We begin with the three guilty verdicts in the second trial of Bill Cosby who has fallen from grace as the beloved “America’s dad” to facing the rest of his life in jail for drugging and sexually assaulting womenDeborah Tuerkheimer, a professor of Law at Northwestern University’s School of Law and author of numerous articles on rape and domestic violence, joins us to discuss what has changed in the intervening time between the last trial which ended in a hung jury and this one. We will assess the extent to which the #metoo movement has influenced the broader culture and thus the jury pool out of which the jury of 7 men and 5 women who convicted the 80 year-old Cosby came. And we will also look into whether the new evidence presented was the factor in overcoming the defense who attacked Cosby’s main accuser Andrea Constand for having received $3.38 million in 2006 as part of a confidential financial settlement with Cosby.

Then with President Trump calling in to his favorite program “Fox and Friends” this morning, ostensibly to wish Melania happy birthday, we will examine the unhinged paranoid rant that ensued in which there was a fragmented and psychotic tirade against the press, James Comey and Senator Tester mixed with praise for Kanye West and the pro-Trump African-American social media “personalities”, Diamond and Silk. Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and editor of the bestselling book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrist and Mental Health Experts Assess a President”, joins us. We assess the extent to which Trump is acting like a trapped animal lashing out and how as investigations close in on him and his chaotic incompetence becomes more apparent, our dangerous president is likely to become more dangerous.

Then finally we speak with Lee Fang, an investigative journalist with The Intercept where his latest article is “Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive to Leave Race”. We explore how the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee does triage in deciding which of the many Democratic hopefuls running for congress to back, and whether in trying to change red districts blue, by choosing conservative over progressive candidates, grassroots activists will be alienated and the candidates elected will end up voting with the Republicans.

Deborah Tuerkheimer | Bandy Lee | Lee Fang