FULL SHOW: Stable Genius; Oprah 2020?; Going The Extra Mile(s); Case For Compensation

January 8, 2018

Reacting to the tell-all book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” President Trump tweeted a defense of his fitness for office, calling himself “a, like, very smart …. very stable genius.”  His comments — on which he doubled down at a press conference Sunday — have only fueled concerns for some about his mental stability. At the press conference, the President also dismissed the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Trump called the probe “dead,” despite new reporting from the Washington Post, which finds that Trump could soon be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Jim Braude was joined by Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge and senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, and Harvey Silverglate, a civil liberties attorney and WGBH contributor, to debate whether the media and Mueller overstepping their roles when it comes to Donald Trump.

After receiving the Cecil B. Demille Award at last night’s 75th Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech spurred many on social media to speculate about her potential run for the presidency in 2020. The powerful speech touched on her difficult upbringing, race relations, and the #MeToo movement. A report by the Los Angeles Times today fueled the rumors further when her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, said that it was “up to the people” and that she would “absolutely do it.” But should she go for it? Jim Braude was joined by Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, an associate professor at Boston College and Linnea Walsh, the interim executive director at the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus to discuss.

It’s a much-needed reminder that there are still some good people in the world, who are willing to go the extra mile for others — or, in this case, the extra hundred miles. 19-year-old Kori Malenfant and her family were recently heading back to their home near Portland, Maine  from New York City, where Kori had brain surgery just four days earlier. They had missed their connecting train in Boston and proceeded to ask two police officers near North Station where they could leave their bags and wait for their train in warmth. That's when Boston Police Captain Kelley McCormick stepped in to give them a ride back to Maine, unbeknownst to the Malenfant family.  He joined Jim Braude to discuss.

Jim Braude weighs in on a bid to change the state’s law on compensation for those wrongfully imprisoned.


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