FROM Nina Totenberg
The NPR Story behind HBO's 'Confirmation' With an opening Saturday, the HBO film Confirmation is about the Senate hearings that ultimately put Clarence Thomas on the US Supreme Court in 1991. One witness was Anita Hill, a young lawyer who claimed that Thomas sexually harassed her when she worked for him at two federal agencies. The Judiciary Committee was on the way to confirming Thomas until NPR's Supreme Court reporter, Nina Totenberg, noticed identical envelopes on each Senator's desk, and made a connection with Chairman Joe Biden's comment that evidence should not include what he called "rank gossip." She had heard rumors about Thomas…and she took it from there .
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.