FROM Lizz Winstead
Rape, Lies, Audiotape: Is the Weinstein scandal about sex or power? Kate Beckinsale has joined the growing list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of everything from workplace harassment to rape. The veteran Hollywood actor posted on Instagram that the movie mogul propositioned her in a hotel room when she was just 17 years old. The accounts of more than a dozen women in the New York Times and the New Yorker have sent Hollywood reeling and inspired women to demand that men be held accountable for their behavior. But why now? Are we redefining our long standing acceptances as to what is and what is not, consensual sex -- from college campuses to the boardroom?
Will the 2016 General Election Be Funny? It's been a great year for political humor… with 17 presidential candidates in the Republican Party and five on the Democratic side. Samantha Bee takes on the presidential campaign on "Full Frontal" Larry Wilmore, host of "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," speaks at the White House Correspondents Dinner Now the circus has dwindled down to fewer and fewer clowns. Will the general election be funny? Lizz Winstead was a founder of The Daily Show. She's a writer, producer and comic with the Lady Parts Justice media group.
When GOP Headlines Read Like Punch Lines During the week since the first two debates between Republican candidates for president, there's been saturation news coverage of Donald Trump's comment about Megyn Kelly of Fox News, saying, "There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… whatever." On CNN, GOP candidate Carly Forina commented, "I've had lots of men imply that I was unfit for decision-making because maybe I was having my period… The point is, women understood that comment and yes, it was offensive." Megyn Kelly questions a candidate during Fox TV's first Republican presidential debate Writer, producer and co-creator of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead heads the nonprofit Lady Parts Justice, which uses comedy and digital media to provide perspective on American politics. She helps us separate the headlines from the punchlines.
Barack Obama and the World of Comedy As Inaugural Day approaches, Barack Obama is even more the center of world attention than he was last year, before and after Election Day. What does that mean for the world of comedy? Will white comics have to be careful? Will black comedians have a built-in advantage? Lizz Winstead is a co-creator of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and star of the web show Wake Up World.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?