March 29 - Trump's Campaign Manager Arrested on Battery Charges; Obama's Critique of the Press; "Privacy and Security" in North Carolina's Bathrooms

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Part 1

We begin with the arrest of Donald Trump’s campaign manager Cory Lewandowski who is charged with assaulting a journalist at a campaign rally in Florida on March 8. Adele Stan, a columnist for The American Prospect joins us to discuss the new evidence of the contested alleged assault of the former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields released today by the police in Jupiter, Florida that shows Lewandowski yanking Fields away from Trump who is stone-faced and ignoring her as she walks alongside him trying to interview the Republican frontrunner for President of the United States.

Part 2

Then we examine the President’s keynote address at the Robin Toner Prize ceremony honoring outstanding political journalism where Obama called out the media for its uncritical and excessively generous coverage of Donald Trump. Media critic Robert McChesney, whose latest book is “Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy”, joins us to discuss the unusual praise coming from a politician for good investigative journalism which Obama said “matters more than ever, and by the way, lasts longer than some slap-dash tweet that slides off our screens in the blink of an eye”.

Part 3

Then finally we look into the North Carolina Legislature’s and Governor’s obsession with bathrooms where apparently there is a need for “privacy and security” against the possibility that one could enter a public toilet straight and come out gay. Molly Worthen, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she studies modern American intellectual life, particularly the history of evangelical Protestantism, joins us to discuss North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law that the state’s Attorney General calls a “national embarrassment”.