Stress Testing U.S. Institutions, Demonstrator Demands, The Memory Illusion
November 14, 2016•37 min
Coming up on today's show: As inauguration day approaches, The Takeaway is examining the health of American institutions that are designed to protect our values and rights. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., former solicitor general of the United States, examines the Supreme Court. Since Donald Trump was elected seven days ago, more than 200 hate crimes have been reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center. In the days since his election, Trump has appointed a white nationalist figure, Stephen Bannon, Breitbart News executive chairman, to be his chief strategist. How do Republicans feel about this appointment? Ryan Williams, a Republican strategist and former spokesman for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, weighs in. On Monday, The Takeaway heard from Asra Nomani, a Muslim-American, who explained why she voted for President-elect Donald Trump. Today we hear a different perspective from Suzanne Barakat, whose family members were murdered in a 2015 hate crime in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As post-election demonstrations continue across the country, The Takeaway hears from Natalia Aristizabal, the lead organizer of Make the Road New York, to find out what the protesters are hoping to achieve with these demonstrations. Over the weekend, more than a million South Koreans took to the streets of central Seoul and marched toward the Blue House where President Park Geun-hye lives. They're demanding her resignation amidst a growing scandal. Anna Fifield, Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington Post, has the details. This week, our friends at The Marshall Project explore a decades-old case that is still working its way through Missouri's courts. Andrew Cohen, commentary editor at The Marshall Project, and Kay Lincoln, daughter of Rodney Lincoln, who was charged with the killing of JoAnn Tate before her young children, weigh in. Much of what we think we know about the human memory is inaccurate, a truth that has significant implications for the criminal justice system. Julia Shaw, author of "The Memory Illusion: Remembering, Forgetting, and the Science of False Memory," explains.