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McDonald's, elitism and expertise 29 MIN, 41 SEC

One year after Donald Trump won over the masses, a debate over the role of elitism continues. Some maintain that Trump was elected because many Americans are sick and tired of being talked down to by smug, condescending elitists. Others claim that what put Trump in office is something even more dangerous -- a growing skepticism of expertise that has left ordinary people convinced that they know more than they really do. Which is it? We sort it all out.

Guests:
Patrick T. Reardon, writer and journalist (@PatrickReardon)
Thomas Nichols, Naval War College (@RadioFreeTom)
Joan C. Williams, University of California Hastings College of the Law (@JoanCWilliams)
Khanh Ho, KCRW listener

More:
Williams' 'White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America'
J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis'

The Death of Expertise

Thomas M. Nichols

The #MeToo movement edges closer to the White House 13 MIN, 35 SEC

President Trump had already been getting attention from women who have renewed their allegations of harassment against the president. In a suggestive tweet today, he said that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand would "do anything for money." Is Trump trying to stir a backlash against the #MeToo movement? 

Guests:
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)

More:
Kilgore on Alabama Senate election results: Republicans will have a headache either way

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